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HOLLESLEY AND SHINGLE STREET WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and copyright © Stuart Green 2006

There are three memorials in Hollesley. The first is for the men from Hollesley and Shingle Street who died in World War 1 is in the form of a stone Latin cross on an octagaonal three stepped base and contains the names of 27 men who died in World War 1. Ths was unveiled on 26th September 1920 by Captain B N Chevalier and Colonel Sir John Jervis-White-Jervis the dedication was by the Venerable J G R Darling; the builders were Messrs Wrayn and Fuller, the Architects Messrs. Wykeham Chancellor; details can be found in the East Anglian Daily Times 27th September 1920..

IN PROUD AND GRATEFUL
MEMORY OF THE MEN
FROM HOLLESLEY AND
SHINGLE STREET WHO
LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WAR
1914-1919
THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR
EVERMORE

The second within the parish church is listed on the altar riddel posts for World War 2. A faculty for the posts was issued 2nd September 1953. They were removed in the 1970s when the side altar was refurbished.

TO BOYS FROM THE HOLLESLEY BAY COLONY

The third is in the form of wrought iron churchyard gates with a plaque carrying the names for those from Hollesley that died in World War 2. The inscription is further down the page.


1914-1919

ANDREWS

Albert Edward

Gunner 115952, 43rd Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 16/12/1917. Age 20. Son of Alfred and Rose Ena Andrews of Manor Farm, Hollesley. Buried at Gaza War Cemetery

BRANCH

Albert

Gunner 60741, 199th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 17/10/1917. Resident of Hollesley Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

BRANCH

Arthur Herbert

Private 15063, 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 22/09/1916. Age 22. Son of William and Sarah Branch of Hollesley. Buried at Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension

CLARKE

Lionel William

Private 7887, 2nd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died 05/12/1917. Age 27. Son of Richard John Clarke and Rose Ena Clarke of Shingle Street. Born Hollesley. Commemorated on the Kirkee 1914-1918 Memorial

COMLEY

William Tait

Rifleman TR/13/64109, 53rd Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Died 31/10/1918. Age 18. Son of George Comley and Elizabeth Bruce Comley of 1 Upper Dunbar Street, Wick, Caithness – Resident of Alderton. Buried at Northampton (Towcester Road) Cemetery. Rifleman Comley’s death is recorded at Northampton

DISBERY

Robert Charles

Private 3389, 1st/4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 24/02/1916. Age 18. Son of Samuel and Millie Disbery of Hollesley. Buried at Noeux-Les-Mines Communal Cemetery

DYER

Thomas William

Private 200855, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 20/07/1916. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

FORD

Mark

Sergeant 200980, 1st/4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment – Died 26/09/1917. Buried at Hooge Crater Cemetery

GIBBS

William Edward

Fireman, Mercantile Marine – Trinity House yacht Irene. Died 09/11/1915. Born Hollesley. Husband of Margretta Gibbs of 4 Benledi Street, London E14. Commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial. The Trinity House yacht Irene hit a mine 1.5 miles ESE from the Tongue Light Vessel and was lost with all hands

LANGMAID

Henry

Private 23351, 10th Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Died 11/04/1917. Age 19. Brother of Mr F E Langmaid of Colchester Road, Manningtree. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial

LANGMAID

James Parker

Leading Deck Hand 2399SD, Royal Naval Reserve – HM Trawler Vivanti. Died 07/03/1917. Age 28. Son of Thomas and Jane Langmaid of Shingle Street, Alderton. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. HM Trawler Vivanti did not return from patrol – cause not known

LAWRENCE

George

Boy 1st Class J/30489, Royal Navy – HMS Russell. Died 27/04/1916. Age 17. Son of George and Harriet Lawrence of Duck Corner, Hollesley. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. Just before dawn on 27th April 1916, the battleship HMS Russell was on patrol in the Mediterranean, near Malta, when she struck two mines laid by the German submarine U-73. The ship caught fire and sank with the loss of 124 of her 749 crew

MIDDLEDITCH

William Miles

Private 3162, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 01/11/1916. Age 33. Son of Miles Middleditch of Hollesley. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

MILLER

William Ernest

Private 16167, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 09/02/1915. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

O’SULLIVAN

William Henry

Ship’s Corporal 1st Class 217980, Royal Navy – HMS Defence. Died 31/05/1916. Commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial. HMS Defence was the flagship of Rear Admiral Sir Arbuthnot's First Cruiser Squadron. At the Battle of Jutland in 1916 she led her squadron ahead of the battle fleet when she became engaged with the light scouting forces of the German High Seas Fleet. She damaged and brought to a stop SMS Wiesbaden but as she closed to finish off the crippled cruiser, she came within the range of the German battle fleet. Smothered in fire from the battle cruiser SMS Derfflinger and four battleships. her forward magazine exploded, flashing along the passageways and setting off the others. There were no survivors

PETTITT

Bertie Randolph

Able Seaman J/84117(Ch), Royal Navy – HMS Proserpine. Died 28/07/1917. Age 22. Son of William and Laura M A Pettitt of Boyton. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. HMS Proserpine was a small cruiser operating in the Mediterranean. She was sold for scrap in 1919. This man, along with OS Charles F Greengrass J57199 (Ch) who was from Folkstone, was killed whilst serving on the Pelorus Class cruiser HMS Proserpine (1899), the deaths were caused by a collision. At the time the ship was operating in support of the British intervention in Mesopotamia and she stayed on station at Basra until the end of the war. The ship had previously served in the Mediterranean but on conclusion of the Gallipoli campaign she has been sent to the Gulf.

PETTITT

Joseph W

Able Seaman 237989, Royal Navy – HMS Raglan. Died 20/01/1918. Son of Mrs L Pettitt of Scotland House, Boyton. Buried at the Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Turkey. HMS Raglan was a Monitor, built to bombard Turkish forces in the Dardenelles. After the evacuation, she served in the Aegean and guarded the port of Imbros to stop any movement of the German ships Breslau and Goeben. On the morning of 20th January 1918, HMS Raglan exchanged fire with Breslau and Goeben and became engulfed in fire – eventually sinking in shallow water. 127 of her crew were killed

POTTLE

Bertie

Stoker 2nd Class K/49128/Dev, Royal Navy – HMS Vivid. Died 20/04/1918. Age 19. Son of Arthur and Celia Pottle of Duck Corner, Hollesley. Buried at Hollesley (All Saints) Churchyard. Stoker Pottle’s death is recorded at East Stonehouse, Devon. HMS Vivid were the RN Barracks at Devonport – now called HMS Drake

POTTLE

George Arthur

(Believed to be registered as James POTTLE on CWGC lists). Steward, Mercantile Marine – SS Sixty-Six. Died/06/1918. Age 69. Son of the late Robert and Lydia Pottle. Born in Suffolk. Commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial. SS Sixty-Six was torpedoed without warning, 3miles east of Scarborough. She sunk with the loss of six lives

POTTLE

Sidney Ernest

Private 16115, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 13/10/1915. Age 19. Son of Arthur and Celia Pottleof "Duck Corner", Hollesley. Commemorated on the Loos Memorial

PREW

Ernest

Private G/67254, 2nd/2nd Battalion, London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers). Died 26/09/1917. Age 19. Son of Thomas and Emma Good of 16 Bartley Street, Cornwall Road, Brixton Hill, London. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial

PREW

William

Private 200892, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 18/08/1916. Age 23. Son of the late John and Ann Prew of Hollesley. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

ROZZIER

Percy

Private 22361, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 22/10/1917. Age 27. Son of David and Mary Rozzier of Cadle Hale, Hollesley. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial

SAWYER

Arthur Edward

Pioneer 129957, 3rd Special Company, Royal Engineers. Died 23/07/1917. Born Hollesley. Buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery

SAWYER

George William

Private 30758, 1st/4th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. Died 16/04/1918. Age 29. Son of Mr E Sawyer of Hollesley. Buried at the Somer Farm Cemetery

WHYARD

Robert Keynes

Rank, unit and service unknown. Died April-June 1920. Age 34. The Whyard family were local to Hollesley and Boyton. Place of burial unknown. Robert Whyard’s death is recorded at Yarmouth. Presumably, Robert Whyard died of wounds received in action

THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE

THE GATES AT THE MAIN ENTRANCE OF THIS CHURCH WERE ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM

1939-1945

ALDERSON

Richard Cosmo

Captain (A/Major?) 99180 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Died 10/06/1944. Age 38. Son of Edward Hall Alderson and Mary Emily Alderson. husband of Gillian Mary Alderson of Hollesley. Buried at Bolsena War Cemetery, Italy

BEETON

Victor

Sergeant 557207, 8th Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps. Died 01/07/1942. Age 24. Grandson of Mrs E H Beeton of Southwold. Commemorated on the Alamein Memorial

COLLETT

Phillis Anne

Petty Officer Wren 11235, Women’s Royal Navy Service – HMS Angelo. Died 30/08/1945. Age 23. Daughter of Arthur Preston Collet and Sheila Collet of Felixstowe. Buried at Mazargues War Cemetery, Marseilles. HMS Angelo was the name given to the Royal Naval HQ on the Island of Malta during WW2

COOPER

Frederick Charles

Private 5828206, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment Died 16/11/1943. Age 32. Son of Alan Harry and Martha Ann Cooper of Hollesley. Buried at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand

DOWNING

Clifford Albert

Sergeant 616763, 223 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 23/05/1942. Age 21. Son of Albert Edward and Elsie Maud Downing of Hollesley. Buried at Tobruk War Cemetery. No 223 Squadron was re-formed in 1936 in Kenya as a light bomber unit. In May 1942, after having trained its own crews, it became an operational Baltimore bomber squadron and subsequently took an active part in the North African, Sicilian and Italian campaigns. 3. Sergeant Downing is also commemorated on the Ufford War Memorial

MIDDLEDITCH

Harry Arthur

Corporal 2724143, Guards Armoured Divisional Provost Company, Corps of Royal Military Police. Died 30/11/1946. Age 21. Son of Abraham John and Rhoda Elizabeth Beatrice Middleditch of Hollesley. Buried at Hamburg Cemetery. Corporal Middleditch died while a member of the occupying forces

MIDDLEDITCH

Sidney William

Private 910883, 67 Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 19/07/1942. Age 31. Son of Mr and Mrs William George Middleditch of Hollesley. husband of Hilda Middleditch of South Benfleet. Buried at Benghazi War Cemetery

OSBORNE

Bertram Kenneth

Leading Aircraftman 1452554, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 09/07/1943. Age 22. Son of Walter and Millicent May Osborne of Hollesley. Buried at Hollesley (All Saints) Churchyard

SHERMAN

Brian Gilbert

Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 1271716, 500 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 03/04/1943. Age 22. Son of Montagu V and Mabel Grace Sherman of Hollesley. Buried at El Alia Cemetery, Algeria. In April 1941 500 Squadron were flying Blenheims. these were used for reconnaissance, patrols and bombing raids on enemy coastal targets. In November 1941 Hudsons were received and in March 1942 the squadron moved to Scotland for patrols over the Atlantic and the approaches to the Clyde and the Irish Sea. At the end of August it moved to Cornwall and in November, soon after the Allied landings, to Algeria, there to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Western Mediterranean

THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE

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