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PETTISTREE WAR MEMORIAL

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The Pettistree war memorial can be found outside the parish church and takes the form of a Latin cross on a two stepped base. It contains the names of 9 men who gave their lives during World War 1 and 1 in World War 2. The memorial was unveiled 18th October 192,. the dedication was by Rev. Canon C D Lawrence; the bulder was Mr A C Stephenson. Details were reported in the East Anglian Daily Tiomes 21st October 1920.

1914-1918

BERRY

Samuel George

Lance Sergeant 15747, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 12/10/1916. Age 37. Husband of Annie Berry of Brick Kiln Cottages, Pettistree. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. (The memorial shows Samuel Sawyer BERRY)

BOON

Frederick

Gunner 140105, "F" Battery, 14th Brigade, Royal Horse Artillery. Died 11/09/1918. Resident of Pettistree. Buried at Vaulx Hill Cemetery

BOON

Walter

Private 3675, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 15/07/1916. Age 18. Son of Mr and Mrs J W Boon of Pettistree. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

CLEMENTS

James

Believed to be Lance Corporal 2161, 1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment. Died 04/09/1916. Buried at Knightsbridge Cemetery, Mesnil-Martinsart

CLEVELAND

Frank

Petty Officer 209633, Royal Navy. HMS Pembroke. Died 03/09/1915. Age 30. Husband of Caroline Cleveland of 74 Grosvenor Road, Hanwell, London. Buried at Paddington Cemetery in an unmarked grave. Commemorated on a screen wall memorial within the cemetery.

Petty Officer Cleveland’s death was recorded at Southampton. HMS Pembroke was the Royal Naval Shore Establishment at Chatham. Petty Officer Cleveland had served on the cruiser HMS Grafton in the Dardenelles, but had been returned to England due to injury or illness

FULLER

James

Able Seaman 179913, Royal Navy. HMS Hogue. Died 22/09/1914. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

HMS Hogue, 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 Cressy 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

HINES

Albert William

Private 2418, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 18/08/1916. Born at Aldeburgh. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

HOWARD

Herbert Graham

Private 320804, 15th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 06/11/1917. Age 25. Son of Mrs Emma Jasper of Hungarian Cottage, Pettistree. Buried at the Beersheba War Cemetery

LEACH

Arthur William

MC. Lieutenant, 6th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died 12/04/1918. Buried at Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery

1939-1945

SUTTON

George

Chief Petty Officer C/J 101777, Royal Navy. HMS Veteran. Died 26/09/1942. Age 38. Son of Mr and Mrs John Sutton. husband of Gertrude Elizabeth Sutton of Melton. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

On 26th September 1942, the destroyer HMS Veteran was on convoy escort duty in the North Atlantic when she was hit by a torpedo fired from the German U-Boat, U-404. Along with her crew of 159 officers and men, she was also carrying 48 crew picked up from the wreckage of the ss Boston and a further 30 crew from the ss New York. both ships had been sunk the previous day. There were no survivors .

Last updated 21 November, 2006

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