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RISBY WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and copyright © Elizabeth Orbell 2008

The memorial is to be found on Risby Village Green (OS Map Ref TL 801 664) and takes the form of a Latin cross on an octagonal, three-stepped base, chi-ro on reverse of cross, IHS on front of cross. The memorial is made of Weldon stone reaching a height of 4800mm, width 925mm, base depth 925mm. It was unveiled by Lt. S P Eagle on 9th April 1920 and details appeared in the Bury and Norwich Post 16th April 1920. The builders were Hanchets and the architect was Thomas Dinham Atkinson. There are also a First and Second World War Hopton Wood Stone plaques within St. Giles Church with the names of the nine men from World War 1 and four men for World War 2 who are also on the village green memorial. The World War 1 plaque was unveiled 29th August 1920 and the World War 2 plaque was dedicated by the Archdeacon of Sudbury 22nd February 1948. Within the church is an individual plaque for World War 1 also with a man not on the memorial. The World War 2 names are still to be transcribed.

Photographs copyright © Elizabeth Orbell 2008

IN MEMORIAM
1914-1919

IN GRATEFUL & HONOURED MEMORY
OF THOSE
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN OUR DEFENCE
FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH
1914 - 1919

BRIDGE

John

Private G/28995, 34th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers transferred to 60287, 101st Company, Labour Corps. Died of wounds 18 May 1918. Born Risby, enlisted Bury St Edmund's. Brother of Mr. D. Bridge, of 5, Church Cottages, Risby, Bury St. Edmund's. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Section Q. Plot III. Row H. Grave 19.

DANIEL

John Victor

Private 12561, 1st Battalion, Grenadiers. Lived at No 15 The Green, Risby in 1915. Died 10th July, 1916 of T.B. died in Sanatorium, Rougham Road, Bury St Edmunds U.D. He was an Army Pensioner. Registered at his death as being a Police Constable and living at Police Station, Risby. His Mother in Law, Edith Tasker of 5, Hampton Cottages, Maplehurst, Sussex was with him when he died. John Victor Daniel was born in Eastwood, Adelaide, South Australia in 1886. He married in 1911 in Bury St Edmunds Florence Mary Tasker, and they had a son Victor Thomas Tasker Daniel, born 2 Nov 1913 Bury St Edmunds. However, on his WW1 service records he gives his next of kin as his mother - Alice Maud Robinson of Regents Street, Stowmarket - younger siblings: Henry, Margaret & Maud. His occupation was a Baker and he joined the Grenadier Guards in 1906.

EAGLE

Gerald Charles

Second Lieutenant, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 12 October 1916. Aged 22. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Percy Eagle, of Risby. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.

HALLS

William Charles Edward

Stoker 1st Class K/21878, H.M. Submarine E.4., Royal Navy. Died 15 August 1916 in submarine E4 sunk off Harwich. Aged 24. Son of Edward and Sarah Halls of Risby. Buried in ST. MARY CHURCHYARD, SHOTLEY, Suffolk. Submarine Enclosure.

HART

George William

Sergeant 7389, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 24 April 1915. Aged 26. Born Dalhane (sic), cambridgeshire, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Son of William Henry Hart, of 114, Westley Bottom, Nr. Newmarket. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 21.

MILLS

Benjamin Henry

Lance Corporal 6465, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 30 September 1915. Age 26. Born and enlisted Bury St. Edmund's. Son of Fanny Mills, and the late Samuel E. Mills of Risby. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 21.

ORBELL

Ernest

Private G/26908, 12th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Killed in action 3 May 1917. Aged 19. Born Risby, enlisted Bury St Edmund's. Son of Walter and Emily Orbell of Risby. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.

RUSHBROOKE

Robert

[Spelt RUSHBROOK on SDGW] Private G/5292, 8th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Died of wounds 5 July 1916. Aged 35. Born Bradfiedl St george, enlisted Bury St Edmund's. Husband of Ethel May Rushbrooke, of Lackford. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 59A.

WALLACE

William James

[Spelt WALLIS on SDGW and CWGC] Private 17966, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 19 September 1916. Born Barrow, Suffolk, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Husband of M. Wallis, of 2, Oxford Place, Barrow, Bury St. Edmund's. Buried in NOEUX-LES-MINES COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row O. Grave 26.

THE
SECOND WORLD WAR
1939-1945
TO THE HONOURED MEMORY
OF THE FOUR MEN OF THIS VILLAGE
WHO DID NOT RETURN

CLIPSON

John Thomas

Private 5826396, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment who died, aged 32, on 12 October 1944. Son of William Webster Clipson and Sarah Jane Clipson, of The Avenue Risby.Buried in OVERLOON WAR CEMETERY.

THORP

John Phillip

Private 5835298, 2nd Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment who died, aged 32, on 31 May 1943 Thailand - Burma Railway Japanese POW . Son of Ernest and Julia Thorp; husband of Ella Maud Thorp, of Risby, Suffolk. His wife Ella was the sister of Will Gray, the village Baker. Buried in CHUNGKAI WAR CEMETERY, THAILAND. plot 7 G2

GIBBONS

Ben Thomas

Lance Corporal T/203296, D Platoon, Royal Army Service Corps who died aged 22 on 9 October 1943. Son of John and Agnes Florence Gibbons, of South Street, Risby. Buried in RISBY CHURCHYARD

WEBLING

Paul Francis

Corporal 1134366, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died, aged 31, on 24 January 1943. Son of Rev. Archibald F. Webling and Dora H. Webling; Risby Rectory. Husband of Joan Webling, of Thetford, Norfolk. Buried in MALTA (CAPUCCINI) NAVAL CEMETERY

Not on memorial but commemorated in the church

ABRAHAM, MC

Arthur Thomas

Captain, 23rd Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action at Houthulst Forest 22 October 1917. Aged 32. Eldest son of Mrs. Malon (formerly Abraham) and the late Rev. T. P. Abraham, Rector of Risby, Suffolk; husband of Ruth A. Abraham, of Pound Hall, Long Melford, Suffolk. Awarded the Military Cross (MC). No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 120 to 124 and 162 to 162A and 163A. The plaque was unveiled 3rd April 1921 and reads:

IN GRATEFUL AND LOVING MEMORY OF
CAPTAIN ARTHUR THOMAS ABRAHAM MC
MANCHESTER REGT
SON OF THE REV. T P ABRAHAM
WHO FELL AT HOUTHULST FOREST OCT 22 1917
AGED 32 YEARS
"BE THOU FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH" REV 11 10

Last updated 25 November, 2012

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