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HARTEST WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Transcribed Russell Edwards; Researched Martin Edwards 2006

The War Memorial stands at a road junction in the centre of the village, on the edge of the village green, and takes the form of an obelisk mounted on a square plinth upon which the names and inscription reside which is again mounted on a stepped base. The memorial was unveiled by Capt. E H W Backhouse on 24th October 1920, it cost £20 and the builders were Messrs. S. B. Peagrum. It commemorates the men from the village who fell in the First and Second World Wars. The men are listed by surname, forenames, rank and Regiment or force. The names have been sorted into alphabetical order for ease of reading. Note that although Ezekiel Sore's name appears with the two men who died in World War 2 he actually died in World War 1.

Photographs Copyright © Russell Edwards 2006

In memory of the men of Hartest
who Fell in the War 1914-1919
for King and Country

BAKER
Ernest Edward
Private 26780, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 28th August 1916. Aged 32. Born Hartest, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Son of Mrs. Jane Baker, of The Hill, Hartest, Bury St. Edmund's. Buried in AGNY MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section F. Grave 47.
CARPENTER
Pearman
Private 275048, 2nd/6th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 23rd July 1917. Aged 33. Born Mildenhall, enlisted Sudbury. Husband of Kate E. Carpenter, of 5, Elmers Rd., Woodside, South Norwood, London. Native of Suffolk. Buried in COXYDE MILITARY CEMETERY, Koksijde, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row F. Grave 10.
CLARKE
Charles
Private 292067, 1st/7th Battalion (Territorials), Northumberland Fusiliers. Died of wounds 8th October 1917. Aged 42. Born Harley (sic - SDGW), enlisted Brockley. Son of John and Maria Clarke; husband of May Clarke, of The Row, Hartest, Bury St. Edmund's. Native of Hartest. Buried in BUCQUOY ROAD CEMETERY, FICHEUX, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row G. Grave 3.
CLARKE
John Philips
[Listed as John Philip CLARKE on SDGW &CWGC] Private 17811, 1st Battalion, East Surreys Regiment. Died of wounds 6th March 1917. Aged 25. Born Hartist (sic - SDGW), enlisted Bury St Edmund's. Son of Maria Clarke, of Church Gate, Harvest Green, Bury St. Edmund's. Born at Harvest (sic - CWGC). Buried in BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VI. Row B. Grave 86.
DEBENHAM
William
[Listed as Cambridgeshire Fusiliers on memorial] Private, 329209, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action 15th November 1917. Aged 35. Born Glemsford, enlisted Sudbury. Son of the late Alfred Debenham, of Glemsford, Sudbury, Suffolk; husband of Mabel Debenham, of Cross Green, Hartest, Bury St. Edmund's. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 148.
HINDS
Alfred
Rifleman 11405, 1st Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps. Died of wounds 27th July 1916. Born and resident Bury St Edmund's, enlisted London. Buried in DELVILLE WOOD CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL, Somme, France. Plot II. Row H. Grave 5.
KING
John Alic
[Listed as John Alec King on SDGW & CWGC] Private 59560, 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 29th September 1918. Born Hartest, enlisted Ipswich. No known grave. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 7.
PAWSEY
Charles [Arthur]
Private 14815, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 24th August 1916. Aged 20. Born Hartest, enlisted Burt St. Edmunds. Son of George Pawsey, of Shimpling Rd., Hartest. Born at Brockley, Bury St. Edmunds. Buried at the East end of HARTEST CEMETERY, Hartest, Suffolk.
PETTITT
Arthur John
[Listed as John on SDGW] Private 14816, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 26th September 1916. Aged 22. Born Hartest, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Son of James and Ann Pettitt, of Hartest Hill, Bury St. Edmund's. Buried in MILL ROAD CEMETERY, THIEPVAL, Somme, France. Plot VIII. Row A. Grave 9.
SIMPKIN
Arthur
Private 9052, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 3rd July 1916. Born Stradishall, enlisted Bury St Edmund's. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAl, Somme, Frane. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.
SMITH
Bertie Henry
Corporal 2596, 2nd/5th Battalion, Leicstershire Regiment. Died in Ireland 18th November 1916. Enlisted Oakham, Rutlandshire, resident North Luffenham, Rutlandshire. In the 1911 census he is aged 17, son of John and Caroline A S Smith, a Working Gardener, born Hartest and living with his parents in The Row, Hartest. He was born in the Sudbury Registration District in the January to February Quarter 1894. Commemorated on the screen wall in FERMOY MILITARY CEMETERY, County Cork, Republic of Ireland.
SMITH
Joseph
Private 6776, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 9th April 1915. Aged 27. Born Hartest, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Son of Harry Smith, of The Row, Hartest, Suffolk; husband of Priscilla Mathews (formerly Smith), of 7, Astonville St., Southfields, Wandsworth, London. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 21.
SORE
Ezekiel Thomas
Drummer 4487, 2nd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died 30th June 1916 in Mesopotamia. Aged 40. Born Hartest, enlisted Thetford, Norfolk. Son of Charles Ezekiel and Ann Sore, of Gageley, Newmarket. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 10.
STEAD
James
[Listed as STEED on SDGW & CWGC] Private 9055, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 1st October 1915. Aged 25. Born Hartest, enlisted Bury St Edmund's. Son of Mr. J. P. Steed, of Hartest, Bury St. Edmund's, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France.
1939-1945
STIFF
Frederick Charles
Warrant Officer (Air Gunner) 931202, 201 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 24th July 1946. Aged 34. Son of William Robert and Margaret Bessie Stiff, of Hartest; husband of Hilda Stiff. of Hurworth. Co. Durham. Buried in HARTEST CEMETERY, Hartest, Suffolk. Grave 219.
STIFF
George Edward
Aircraftman 1st Class 927911, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 9th December 1942 as a prisoner of war. Aged 22. Son of William Robert and Margaret Bessie Stiff, of Hartest, Suffolk. His brother Frederick Charles (above) also died on service. No known grave. Commemorated on YOKOHAMA CREMATION MEMORIAL, Japan. Panel 6.

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