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ORFORD WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
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The Orford war memorial can be found outside the parish church and takes the form of a rough hewn Celtic cross standing on a plinth which in turn is mounted on a base. On the shaft of the cross is a Crusader's sword. It contains the name of 29 men who gave their lives during World War 1 and 11 in World War 2; the lettering is black and is to be found on the front and back tablets of the memorial. It was unveiled by Colonel Eaton White on 31st October 1920, the dedication being by local clergy. The memorial was sponsored by public subscription at a cost of £170 1s 6d of which G MAile and Son contributed £136 16s 0d. The architect was Mr B A Hatcher, the builders Messrs G Maile and Son Ltd and the mason was Mr A C Stephenson. Details can be found in the East Anglian Daily Times 2nd November 1920.

IN HONOUR OF THE ORFORD MEN WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR

1914-1918

BRINKLEY

Fred William

Ordinary Seaman J/78131, Royal Navy, HMS Bombala. Died 02/05/1918. Age 18. Son of Mr and Mrs William Brinkley of Orford. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. HMS Bombala was a Q-Ship (covert submarine hunter) operating under the name ss Willow Branch. On 25th April 1918 she was reported NE of the Cape Verde Islands, near Ras Nouadhibou, Mauritania, in a gun battle with the German submarine cruisers U-153 and U-154. As a result of this action she is believed to have been sunk with her entire crew. Their deaths were reported a week later on 2nd May 1918

BRUNTON

Bertie James

Private 42365, 2nd/7th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Died 05/08/1917. Son of Mrs. E. M. Brunton of Redgrave Hall, Orford. Buried at Adinkerke Military Cemetery

BURWOOD

Ernest Benjamin

Private 16134, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 19/07/1916. Age 21. Son of Robert Ernest and Louisa Burwood of 112 Church Street, Orford. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

CULHAM

Henry William

Private 67300, posted to 2nd/1st Battalion, London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers). Died 14/09/1917. Resident of Orford. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial

DENNINGTON

Edwin John Garret

Private 201170, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 01/10/1918. Age 19. Son of Lindsey Burwood Dennington and Laura Dennington of Castle Green, Orford. Buried at Rumilly-En-Cambresis Communal Cemetery Extension

ELLIS

Edward John

Gunner 304507, 9th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery. Died 26/10/1917. Age 20. Son of Daniel David and Wilhelmine Ellis of Listowel, Ontario, Buried at Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery

ELLIS

William

Gunner 20597, 37th Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Died 14/06/1915. Born Orford. Buried at Niederzwehren Cemetery

FAIRHEAD

Thomas Harry

Private G/87128, Middlesex Regiment. posted to 2nd/7th Battalion, London Regiment. Died 21/09/1917. Age 37. Son of Allen Thomas and Mary Fairhead of Orford. husband of Pamela Fairhead of 4 Cromwell Road, Colchester. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial

FAIRHEAD

George C

Private 14974, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, attached Machine Gun Corps. Died 07/07/1916. Age 25. Son of Allan Thomas and Mary Fairhead of Orford. Buried on the Carnoy Military Cemetery

FAIRWEATHER

Walter William

Able Seaman J/15619, Royal Navy, HMS Calliope. Died 31/05/1916. Age 21. Son of James and Ellen Fairweather of 46 Daphne Road, Orford. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. The light cruiser HMS Calliope took part in the Battle of Jutland on 31st May 1916. She is reported to have been hit by fire rounds during a pursuit of German destroyers

FITCH

John

Private 112761, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died 19/05/1919. Age 35. Resident of Orford. Buried at Orford (St Bartholomew) Churchyard. Private Fitch is believed to have died at Orford, his name does not appear on the roll of honour in the church porch, although it does appear on the War Memorial

GODDARD

Bertie

Private 42020, Hertfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 4/9/1918. Aged 19. Born Iken, enlisted Bury St. Edmunds, resident Ordford. Son of Mr. Charles and Mrs. Emily Goddard, of High Gedgrade, Orford, Suffolk. Formerly Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried in Ruyualcourt Military cemetery. Grave L.2.

GOOD

George William

Private 16197, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 03/07/1916. Born at Orford. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

GREEN

Frederick George

Private 16867, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 19/08/1915. Born at Orford. Buried at Perth Cemetery (China Wall)

GREEN

George

Private 27560, 6th Battalion, Border Regiment. Died 28/11/1916. Born in, and resident of, Orford. Buried at Contay British Cemetery, Contay

HARPER

Frank

Company Sergeant Major 43644, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 29/03/1918. Age 21. Son of Stephen and Jane Harper of Orford. Buried at Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No 1

HAWES

Cyril Charles

Private 42898, 2nd Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment. Died 03/09/1918. Age 19. Son of George and Jane Hawes of 18 High Street, Orford. Buried at Hermies Hill British Cemetery

HAWES

Henry

Private 17128, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 23/09/1918. Born at Orford. Buried at Beaumetz Cross Roads Cemetery, Beaumetz-Les-Cambrai

LEWIS

Herbert Edward

Private 201534, 1st/4th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died 19/04/1917 (see note below). Born at Orford. Commemorated on the Jerusalem Memorial. On the Roll of Honour in St Bartholomew Church, Orford.

Private Lewis’ date of death is shown as 16th August 1916. This does not agree with the CWGC lists, from the SDGW record nor from the PRO death register

LEWIS

Raymond

Deck Hand 4162/DA, Royal Navy Reserve, HM Drifter Veracity. Died 16/02/1918. Age 21. Son of George and Sarah Sophia Lewis of Quay Street, Orford. Buried at Orford (St Bartholomew) Churchyard.

HM Drifter Veracity was reported lost on 15th February 1918, Deck Hand Lewis’ death was recorded at Dover and this, along with his grave within the churchyard, would suggest that the incident leading to the loss of the vessel occurred in the English Channel and that a rescue was made

LING

Harry

Gunner 104797, 230th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 28/07/1917. Born at Orford. Buried at St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen

MANN

William George

Private G/36427, 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Died 24/04/1917. Born at Orford. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial

MANN

Wilfred Oates

Rifleman R/34568, 12th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Died 02/04/1918. Age 29. Son of Isaac John and Wilhelmina Mann of Orford. Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial

MEADOWS

Stanley

Private 2158, 2nd/4th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died 05/09/1918. Age 21. Buried at Kettleburgh (St Andrew) Churhcyard. Private Meadows’ death is recorded at Plumesgate

SMY

Charles

Private 40417, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 17/02/1917. Born at Orford. Buried at Regina Trench Cemetery, Grandcourt

SMITH

William

Private G/23130, 11th Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 31/07/1917. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

SPORTON

George Herbert

Able Seaman 206749, Royal Navy, HMS Cressy. Died 22/09/1914. 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

WORNE

Jack

Private 27915, 1th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 22/03/1918. Age 27. Son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Worne of 92 New Buildings, Orford. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial

THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE

REMEMBER BEFORE GOD THOSE WHOSE LIVES HAVE BEEN SACRIFICED IN THE WAR

1939-1945

BERRETT

Thomas George Donald

Lance Corporal 5834229, 53rd Regiment, Reconnaissance Corps, Royal Armoured Corps. Died 21/10/1945. Age 25. Son of Frank Willie and Georgina Rose Berrett, of Orford. Buried at Cologne South Cemetery

GIBBS

Eric William

Flight Sergeant (Wireless Operator (Air)) 1335091, 61 Squadron, Raoyal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 16/03/1945. Age 22. Son of Harold William and Alice Mary Gibbs of Orford. Buried at Durnbach War Cemetery. At the time of Flt Sgt Gibbs’ death, 61 Squadron were flying Lancaster bombers out of RAF Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire

GOUGH

Peter Beckford

Flying Officer (Pilot) 42599, 10 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 11/05/1941. Age 23. Son of Francis Berkeley Gough and of Frances Annesley Hope Gough of Wivenhoe. Buried at Kiel War Cemetery. At the time of Flying Officer Gough’s death, 10 Sqaudron were flying Halifax bombers out of RAF Leeming, North Yorkshire

GREEN

George William

Gunner 1616877, 4 Maritime Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 20/05/1941. Age 29. Son of David John and Ada Louisa Green of Orford. Commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial. On 20th May 1941 the tanker ss San Felix was sunk by a torpedo fired by U-111 in the North Atlantic

KNIGHTS

Andrew Walter

Corporal 612165, 66 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 22/10/1942. Age 21. Son of William John and Esther Helen Meadows of Orford. Buried at Orford (St Bartholomew) Churchyard. Corporal Knights’ death is recorded at Deben

KNIGHTS

Sidney Arthur

Lance Bombardier 1546546, 4 Maritime Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 20/05/1941. Age 26. Son of Esther Helen Knights and stepson of William John Meadows of Orford. Commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial. On 20th May 1941 the tanker ss San Felix was sunk by a torpedo fired by U-111 in the North Atlantic

MARTIN

Hubert Edward

Flight Sergeant (Air Gunner) 7 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 25/04/1944. Son of Rowland Joseph and Elsie Martin of Orford. Buried at Soufflenheim Communal Cemetery. At the time of Flt Sgt Martin’s death, 7 Squadron were flying Lancaster Bombers as part of the Pathfinder Force

OATEN

Thomas Raymond

Air Mechanic 2nd Class FAA/SFX 582, Royal Navy, HMS Illustrious, Fleet Air Arm. Died 10/01/1941. Age 25. Son of Thomas and Julia Oaten of Port Isaac, Cornwall. Commemorated on the Lee-On-Solent Memorial. HMS Illustrious was heavily damaged by a concerted enemy air attack by German dive-bombers on 10 January 1941, when the armoured flight deck armour was penetrated by an 1100lb (500kg) bomb. That and six other bomb hits kept her out of action until the following December

RICHARDSON

Alec Henry

Sergeant (Air Gunner) 615979, 466 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 23/06/1943. Age 23. Husband of Joyce E. Richardson of Orford. Buried at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. At the time of Sgt Richardson’s death, 466 Squadron were flying Wellington Bombers out of RAF Leconfield

SMY

Douglas Charles

Ordinary Seaman C/SX 354016, Royal Navy Died 22/10/1942. Son of Ellen Smy of Orford. Buried at Orford (St Bartholomew) Churchyard. Ordinary Seaman Smy’s death is recorded at Deben

WHEELER

Charles

Warrant Officer SR4, Royal Air Force. Died 26/07/1945. Age 59. Son of Charles and Ann Wheeler. husband of Nora Kate Wheeler of Ipswich. Buried at Orford (St Bartholomew) Churchyard. Warrant Officer Wheeler’s death is recorded at Samford

DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY

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