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NACTON WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Stuart Green 2006

The memorial is in the form of a Clipsham stone Latin Cross on a stone column standing on a brick and stone concical plinth. There are 18 names listed for World War 1. The memorial was uneiled by Viscount Allenby and dedicated by the Archdeacon of Suffolk on 3rd October 1920; the architect was Mr C E Eden and the builder Mr E E Saunders. Details appeared in the Easst Anglian Daily Times 4th October 1920. A second memorial can be found in St Martin's church in the form of a marble plaque commemorating 8 men. As a further memorial electricity was installed in the church. This memorial was unveiled on 23rd July 1947.

THIS CROSS WAS ERECTED
TO THE GLORY OF GOD &
TO THE HONOUR & GRATEFUL MEMORY
OF OUR MEN WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR

1914-1918

ARBIN

Harry W

Private 241338, 1st/5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 17/12/1917. Buried at Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel

BARNES

John Isaac

Private 14930, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 17/02/1917. Born Iken. Buried at Regina Trench Cememetry, Grandcourt

BURROUGHS

Jack

Private 21685, 53rd Company, Machine Gun Corps. Died 10/06/1916. Born Nacton. Buried at Carnoy Military Cemetery. On Memorial, Private Burroughs first name is listed as John

BUTTON

James Frederick

Private 9472, 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 16/09/1916. Age 20. Son of William and Elizabeth Button of Nacton. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

CLARKE

Charles William

Private 11386, Labour Company, Army Service Corps. transferred to 728th Area Employment Company, Labour Corps. Died 30/06/1918. Born in, and resident of, Ipswich. Buried at Bleue-Maison Military Cemetery, Eperlecques

COOK

Charles Henry

Private 28346, 14th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died 05/11/1918. Age 27. Son of Emma Cook of Mansbrook Farm, Nacton, and the late David Cook. Buried at Nacton (St Martin) Churchyard. Private Cook’s death is recorded at North Bierley, West Yorkshire

COWIE

Arthur

Able Seaman 216350, Royal Navy. HMS Formidable. Died 01/01/1915. Age 29. Son of William and Sarah Cowie of Nacton. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. The Battleship HMS Formidable was on a Channel patrol off Portland, when on 1st January 1915 torpedoes from a German submarine. U-24. hit her. She sank rapidly in bad weather with a loss of 547 of her 780 crew

DOUBLE

Ernest George

Gunner 94054, 26th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 28/10/1917. Born At Nacton. Buried at the Bedford House Cemetery

EAGLE

Albert W

Lance Corporal 31099, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment- Died 20/09/1918. Born in, and resident of, Nacton. Buried at St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen. Private Eagle is also believed to be commemorated on the Rushmere St Andrew Memorial

FORDHAM

George

Private 235740, 13th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment. Died 07/10/1917. Born Nacton. Buried at Roclincourt Military Cemetery

KETTLE

Frederick Octavious

Ordinary Seaman J/19310(CH), Royal Navy. HMS Natal. Died 30/12/1915. Buried at Cromarty Cemetery

MILLER

Arthur William

Stoker 1st Class, Royal Navy. HMS Cressy. Died 22/09/1914. Age 37. Son of Mrs. Bantoft (formerly Miller) of Eyke and the late William Miller. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. HMS Cressy, an old 1st Class armoured cruiser, was part of Cruiser Force C, in the area of the North Sea known as the Broad Fourteens (HMS Eurylus, HMS Aboukir and HMS Hogue were the other three cruisers). HMS Eurylus had technical problems and returned to port. Early on September 22nd 1914 the German submarine U9 under the command of Commander Otto Weddigen sighted the Cressy, Aboukir and Hogue steaming NNE at 10 knots without zigzagging. Although the patrols were supposed to maintain 12-13 knots and zigzag the old cruisers were unable to maintain that speed and the zigzagging order was widely ignored as there had been no submarines sighted in the area during the war. HMS Aboukir was hit by a torpedo first and rolled over within half an hour of the attack. HMS Hogue was picking up survivors when she was hit by two torpedoes, sinking within 10 minutes. HMS Cressy had stopped to pick up survivors, but got underway, before she was hit by a torpedo and damaged. Shortly afterwards, a second torpedo hit her and she sank within 15 minutes. 837 men were rescued but 1459 men were killed in total

MOORSOM

Alfred Edgar

Lieutenant, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 03/08/1916. Age 22. Only son of Edgar and Alice M Moorsom of Nacton. Buried at Abbeville Communal Cemetery

PIPE

Albert Edward

Petty Officer 208727, Royal Navy. HMS Formidable. Died 01/01/1915. Age 30. Son of William and Rose Pipe of Nacton. husband of Edith Florence Pipe of 100 Dover Road, Ipswich. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. The Battleship HMS Formidable was on a Channel patrol off Portland, when on 1st January 1915 torpedoes from a German submarine. U-24. hit her. She sank rapidly in bad weather with a loss of 547 of her 780 crew

STAMMERS

Robert

Driver 50449, "T" Battery, 14th Brigade, Royal Horse Artillery- Died 27/12/1916. Age 28. Son of Mr Stammers of Half Way Cottages, Nacton. Buried at Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport

WATERS

George

Private 40159, 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died 18/04/1917. Born Nacton. Buried at Vermelles British Cemetery

WATERS

Jonathan

Private 116408, 29th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment). Died 23/04/1917. Buried at Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension

WISEMAN

John McLean

Lance Corporal 354253, 7th Battalion, London Regiment. Died 11/03/1917. Age 28. Son of Mr J McL and Mrs H Wiseman of Nacton. Buried at the Railway Dugouts Burial Ground

IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO FELL IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR

1939-1945

COGGINS

John

MM DFM+Bar Pilot Officer 44458, 235 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 16/12/1940. Age 27. Son of John Austin Coggins and Florence Coggins. husband of Ivy Gladys Coggins, of Nacton. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. On 30 October 1939, No 235 reformed at Manston as a fighter squadron and received Battles for training purposes in December. In February 1940, it equipped with Blenheims and was transferred from Fighter to Coastal Command on 27 February 1940 for fighter-reconnaissance duties. When the German invasion of the Low Countries began in May 1940, the squadron flew patrols over Holland and during the Battle of Britain was engaged in convoy protection and reconnaissance missions over the North Sea. Pilot Officer Coggins is listed as being one of "the Few" who fought in the Battle of Britain

COGGINS

William Roger

Flying Officer (Pilot) 142067, 255 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 16/12/1943. Age 21. Son of John Austin Coggins and of Florence Charlotte Coggins of Nacton. Buried at Bari War Cemetery

DURRANT

Sidney A

Gunner 5828623, 3 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 24/09/1940. Age 33. Buried at Gibraltar (North Front) Cemetery

GIRLING

Benjamin Arthur

Able Seaman P/JX 217613, Royal Navy. HMS Vortigen. Died 15/03/1942. Age 26. Son of Benjamin and Rose Girling of Nacton. Commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. The Destroyer HMS Vortigen was sunk by a torpedo fired from a German E-Boat of the Norfolk coast at Cromer on 15th March 1942

KING

Leslie Harold

Private 14655560, 1st Battalion, Black Watch. Died 24/03/1945. Age 20. Buried at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery

KING

Walter Charles William

Sergeant (Flight Engineer) 1269972, 432 (RCAF) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 24/03/1944. Buried at the Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery. At the time of Sergeant King’s death, 432 (Royal Canadian Air Force) Squadron were flying Halifax bombers as part of Bomber Command in the European Theatre of war

RALPH

Kenneth Victor

Gunner 914766, 67 Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 10/04/1945. Age 31. Son of Joshua and Ethel Ralph. husband of Alice Maud Ralph of Nacton. Buried at the Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery

SCOTT

Allan Frank

Sergeant 1151101, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 16/01/1942. Age 26. Son of Frank Emil and Mabel Carrie Scott of Ipswich. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

Last updated 12 November, 2006

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