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RUSHMERE ST ANDREW WAR MEMORIAL

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

The Rushmere St Andrew World War 1 memorial is in the form of a granite Celtic Cross on a two stepped base, that was unveiled 11th April 1920 by Lieutenant-Colonel F W Turner, the builders were Messrs Frewer & Moss; details can be found in the East Anglian Daily Times 12th April 1920. For World War 2 as the memorial is in the form of Gold embossed names upon oak panelling surrounding the church organ, sponsored by Mrs E L Hunt, installed 1955. There is a further addition to the memorial for one man who died in Palestine after World War 2.

IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO GAVE
THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR

1914-1918

BROWN

Arthur Henry
Painter 3rd Class M/13869, Royal Navy. HMS Fisguard. Died 18/03/1919. Age 22. Son of Frederick Smith Brown and Alice Laura Brown of 32 Reading Road, Ipswich. Buried at Ipswich Cemetery. Painter Brown’s death is recorded at Colchester. HMS Fisguard was the RN articifer training establishment at Torpoint, Cornwall

CLARKE

James Large
Corporal 2613, 7th Dragoon Guards (Princess Royal’s). Died 14/11/1914. Age 26. Son of the late Mr and Mrs Arthur Charles Clarke of Ipswich. Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial

COOPER

Christopher J
Private 4164, 2nd Battalion, Australian Infantry, Australian Imperial Force. Died 09/08/1916. Buried at Etaples Military Cemetery

COOPER

Horace
Private 2346, 3rd/1st East Anglian Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died 13/08/1915. Age 21. Son of Harry Cooper of Hop Gardens, Rushmere. husband of Ruth Lillian Cooper of 2 Clarkson Villa, Station Road, Saxmundham. Commemorated on the Helles Memorial

DIGBY

William
Staff Sergeant A/3025, Advanced Depot, Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Died 27/12/1918. Age 32. Only son of William and Annie Amelia Digby "Crantock," Bray, Berks. Born at Ipswich. Buried at Baghdad (North Gate) War 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. Lance Corporal Eagle is also commemorated on the Nacton War Memorial

ELLIS

Clifford
Private 23643, 2nd Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Died 04/05/1917. Born at Mistley, Essex. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial

FISK

Albert Arthur
Boy 1st Class J/26689, Royal Navy. HMS Hawke. Date of death 15/10/1914. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

On the 15th October 1914, the German submarine U9 had been stalking the cruiser HMS Theseus for three hours but had been unable to take a shot. After the disastrous attack of September (by U9), which lead to the sinking of the cruisers HMS Aboukir, Cressy and Hogue, British cruisers now patrolled at full speed on a zigzag course. Two more cruisers, HMS Hawke and HMS Endymion joined the Theseus, and all three ships stopped dead in the water to exchange mail by cutter. U9 moved into attack position and as HMS Hawk got underway, U9 fired two torpedoes which caused her to sink rapidly. The remaining two cruisers, obeying a new Admiralty order forbidding large ships from assisting sinking vessels in danger areas, moved off at full speed without putting out their boats. 484 of Hawke’s 550 crew were lost. The U Boat commander, Kapitanleutnant Otto Weddigen, had been awarded the Knight’s Order of the Iron Cross for the sinking of Aboukir, Cressy and Hogue. this action led to the presentation of Germany’s highest award "Pour de Merit" (He was later to die on 18th of March 1915, when his new submarine. U29. was rammed by the battleship HMS Dreadnought)

FISK

Frederick Arthur
Private 235170, 8th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died 04/10/1917. Age 34. Son of George and Florence Fisk of 89 Orwell Road, Ipswich. husband of Annie Eliza Fisk of the Drift, Rushmere. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial

FRANCIS

William Thomas
Wireman 1st Class M/9999, Royal Navy. HMS Invincible. Died 31/05/1916. Age 26. Son of William and Gertrude Melnotte Francis of 103 Rushmere Road, Ipswich. Commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

The battlecruiser HMS Invincible was sunk by the German vessels SMS Derffliger and Lutzow during the Battle of Jutland. One of the many 12-inch shells that scored on Invincible, penetrated through the armoured plating into her magazine, causing a massive explosion. Only 6 of her 1,032 crew survived

GRAY

Leonard Henry Russell
Lance Sergeant 1778, Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps. Died 15/09/1914. Age 21. Son of the Rev A W and Helen Eliza Gray of Furze Croft, Nacton Road, Ipswich Born at Rushmere, Ipswich. Buried at Kandy War Cemetery, Sri Lanka.

The Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps (CPRC) was created from British volunteers and based at Kandy until October 1914 when they were deployed indefence of the Suez Canal. Lance Sergeant Gray was the only soldier buried at Kandy War Cemetery until the Second World War, when a further 200 burials were made. (In 1915, CPRC of 8 officers and 229 other ranks, were attached to the ANZAC Corps at Gallipoli. 80 were killed and a further 99 wounded)

HAGGAR

Harry Douglas Fox
Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Died 17/08/1916. Buried at Peronne Road Cemetery, Maricourt

HOWARD

James William
Private 40518, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died between 09/04/1918 and 19/04/1918. Age 37. Son of Joseph and Elizabeth Howard of Rushmere. Commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial

KENNELL

Bertie
Private 22843, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 22/03/1918. Born Rushmere. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial

LEWIS

John Arthur
Private 10363, "I" Company, 1st Battalion, Highland Light Infantry. Died 20/12/1916. Age 29. Son of John and E. Lewis of Rushmere St Andrews. Buried at Wandsworth (Earlsfield) Cemetery. Private Lewis’ death is recorded at Wandsworth

MANN

Alfred Ernest William [Durrant]
Private 50248, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 09/04/1917. Born Henley, Suffolk, enlisted Ipswich. Nephew of Frank (below). Formerly, 3/9912, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Embarked France 25/07/1915. In the 1911 census he was aged 14, born Henley Cum Thurston, Suffolk, grandson of Annie Mann, borth resident at Seven Cottage, Rushmere St Andrew, Rushmere, Suffolk. Buried in Tilloy British Cemetery, Tilloy-Les-Mofflaines.

MANN

Frank J
Lance Sergeant 13577, 3rd Company, 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died of wounds 11/09/1917. Age 29. Son of Mr and Mrs Charles Mann of Rushmere, husband of Elizabeth Mann of 134 Finchley Road, Cemetery Road, Ipswich; uncle of Alfred (above). Embarked France 13/08/1914. Buried at Canada Farm Cemetery

MINTER

Arthur Henry
Leading Seaman J/905, Royal Navy. HMS Primula. Died 01/03/1916. Age 24. Son of Mr and Mrs Minter of 82 Schreiber Road, Ipswich. husband of Florence Annie Minter of 28 Cavendish Street, Ipswich. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

The sloop HMS Primula was sunk by a torpedo fired from the German submarine U-35, while on patrol in the Mediterranean. In the First World War, U-35 is, in terms of tonnage sunk, considered to be the most successful submarine ever to date, recording 224 merchant ships with a combined total of 539,741 tons. plus HMS Primula

MINTER

George Frederick
Private 8511, 3rd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died 30/12/1917. Born Trimley. Commemorated on the Chatby Memorial, Egypt.

Private Minter was on board the troop ship "Aragon", when, as she was arriving at the port of Alexandria, she was hit by a torpedo fired by the German submarine UC34. As the destroyer "HMS Attack" was rescuing the personnel on board, "Aragon" was hit by a second torpedo, and "HMS Attack" was hit by a third. Both ships were lost with the total loss of 610 lives

PATERNOSTER

Albert Edward
Private 242537, 1st/5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 29/06/1917. Age 21. Son of William and Eliza Paternoster of Rushmere St Andrew. Buried at Gaza War Cemetery

PECK

Arthur Francis
Sapper 170850, 258th Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers. Died 29/03/1918. Age 31. Son of Mr and Mrs Arthur Peck of Ipswich, husband of Annie Peck of 56 Schreiber Road, Ipswich. Buried at the Namps-Au-Val British Cemetery

PECK

Charles Edward
Stoker 1st Class K/6405, Roayl Navy. HMS Invincible. Died 31/05/1916. Age 25. Son of Arthur and Annie Peck of 85 Schreiber Road, Ipswich. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

The battlecruiser HMS Invincible was sunk by the German vessels SMS Derffliger and Lutzow during the Battle of Jutland. One of the many 12-inch shells that scored on Invincible, penetrated through the armoured plating into her magazine, causing a massive explosion. Only 6 of her 1,032 crew survived

PECK

James
Rifleman 47676, 12th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Died 09/06/1918. Born Felixstowe. Buried at Sucrerie Cemetery, Ablain-St- Nazaire. Listed on Memorial as John PECK

PIPE

Charles James
Private 40850, 1st Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Died 21/10/1918. Age 20. Son of Thomas James and Edith Mary Pipe of 60 Schrieber Road, Ipswich. Buried at Harlebeke New British Cemetery

POTTER

Oliver N
Stoker 1st Class K/19107, Royal Navy. HMS Redoubtable. Died 13/05/1917. Age 22. Buried at Rushmere St Andrew Churchyard. Stoker Potter’s death is recorded at Alverstoke.

Originally named HMS Revenge, this battleship was the only one of its class to see service in the Great War. She was renamed HMS Redoubtable in 1915 and became an accommodation ship in Portsmouth Harbour

RUSH

Ernest William
Second Lieutenant, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 28/04/1917. Age 32. Son of William and Caroline Rush of Rushmere, husband of Flossie Ellen Rush of Chapel St Mary, Ipswich. Buried at Happy Valley British Cemetery, Fampoux

RUSH

Leslie Alfred
Private 49270, 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died 18/09/1918. Age 19. Son of Mr and Mrs Thomas Rush of 8 Rushmere St Andrews. Buried at Unicorn Cemetery, Vend’huile

SALMON

Robert James
Private 22011, 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 13/09/1916. Age 19. Son of Isaac and Louisa Salmon of The Fields, Rushmere. Buried at Guillemont Road Cemetery, Guillemont

SAWYER

Albert Edward
Ordinary Seaman J/24646, Royal Navy. HMS Black Prince. Died 31/05/1916. Age 19. Son of Mr and Mrs N Sawyer of 6 Falcon Cottages, Rushmere. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

The armoured cruiser HMS Black Prince was hit by heavy shell fire during the Battle of Jutland. She blew up and sank with the loss of all her 857 crew

SAWYER

Henry James
Rifleman 5274, 2nd/16th Battalion, London Regiment (Queen’s Westminster Rifles). Died 08/07/1916. Born at Rushmere. Buried at Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension

SHIPP

Stanley Robert James
Lance Corporal 42917, 10th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died 26/04/1918. Age 19. Son of Alfred Shipp of 101 Schreiber Road, Ipswich. Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial

SPURGEON

Bertie William
Private 50017, 84th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died 11/10/1917. Born Ipswich. Buried at Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta

TAYLOR

Harry
Private 1941, 4th Battalion, Guards Machine Gun Regiment. Died 02/10/1918. Age 30. Son of Harry and Zipporah Taylor, husband of M A Rose Taylor of 7 Cottages, Rushmere. Buried at Rushmere St Andrew Churchyard. Private Taylor’s death is recorded at Hunslet, near Leeds

WATSON

Alfred Newton
Private 43809, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 28/04/1917. Buried at Faubourg d’Amiens Cemetery, Arras

WEAVERS

Leonard Walter
Private 235465, 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died 21/03/1918. Son of Mrs Ruth Weavers of 87 Schreiber Road, Ipswich. Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial

WEBB

Robert Bertie
Private 13393, 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 09/02/1916. Age 24. Son of Robert and Jane Webb, of Rushmere, Ipswich. Buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery

WHENT

Reginald Victor
Private 31488, 1st/4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 24/09/1917. Born at Long Melford, resident of Rushmere. Buried at Locre Hospice Cemetery

WILDING

Frank
Private 290058, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 12/01/1918. Born at Great Blakenham. Buried at Croisilles British Cemetery

WORLEDGE

Charles Herbert
Rifleman 7799, 9th Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Died 30/11/1915. Age 20. Son of Laura Sarah Ann Keeble of Post Office Cottage, Rushmere. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

Faithful unto death

IN MEMORY OF THOSE FROM THIS PARISH WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR

1939-1945

BANYARD

Frederick William
Lance Bombardier 911791, 67 Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 14/11/1942. Age 22. Commemorated on the Alamein Memorial

BARNES

James Frederick
Sergeant 1300434, 2839 Squadron, Royal Air Force Regiment, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 23/01/1945. Age 34. Buried at Rushmere St Andrew Chruchyard. Sergeant Barnes’ death is recorded at Epping.

2839 Squadron, RAF Regiment were a Light Anti-Aircraft unit

BATTEN

Harold Royston
Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 1333486, 161 Squadron royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 11/11/1943. Buried at St Desir War Cemetery. Note: 10/11 November 1943 - 161 Squadron - Halifax eb129 - MA-W. Crashed at Brunelles, 45km west of Chatres, France. Operation PENNYFARTHING.

On 15 February 1942, 161 Squadron reformed at Newmarket from a nucleus supplied by 138 Squadron and the King's Flight. It joined with 138 Squadron in dropping supplies and agents over occupied Europe and took over the landing and pick-up operations for which it used Lysanders, Havocs and Hudsons. Only a few sorties were flown with the Havoc, and many of these were as convoy escorts under the control of Fighter or Coastal Command. Halifaxes were received in November 1942 and in September 1944, it began using Stirlings with which it continued it's covert tasks until on the 2 June 1945 the squadron disbanded

BATTEN

Gilbert Herbert McDonald
Sergeant (Flight Engineer) 621459, 115 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 20/10/1943. Buried at Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery.

From the spring of 1943 onwards 115 Squadron flew Lancasters and for a while it was one of the relatively few operational units to use the Mark II version

BENTLEY

Michael
Flying Officer 136668, 143 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 12/12/1943. Age 23. Adopted Son of Mrs J M Bentley of Ipswich. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

In August 1943, 143 Squadron moved to Cornwall to provide fighter support (Beaufighters) for anti-submarine aircraft operating over the Bay of Biscay

BINGHAM

William Nicholas
Flight Lieutenant (Flight Engineer), 156 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 30/12/1944. Age 25. Son of William and Annie Bingham, husband of Marjorie Bingham of Leiston. Buried at Rheinberg War Cemetery.

In February 1942, 156 Squadron was re-formed at Alconbury, as a medium-bomber squadron equipped with Wellingtons and for the first few months operated with No. 3 Group. When the Pathfinder Force was formed in August, 1942, with the object of securing more concentrated and effective bombing by marking targets with incendiary bombs and flares dropped from aircraft flown by experienced crews and using the latest navigational equipment, 156 Squadron was one of the four squadrons selected to form the nucleus of the new force. It remained with the Pathfinder Force for the rest of the European war and, still flying Wellingtons at first and then Lancasters, played a major part in Bomber Command's offensive

BOOTH

Patrick Daniel S
Staff Sergeant S/5828726, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 29/10/1942. Age 22. Commemorated on the Brookwood Memorial

BOOTH

Trevor Victor
Sub-Lieutenant, Royal naval Volunteer Reserve. HMS Dasher. Died 27/03/1943. Age 25. Son of Hayward William and Eleanor Maud Buxton of Ipswich. Buried at Ardrossan Cemetery.

On 27th March 1943, the Escort Carrier, HMS Dasher, was returning to Greenock following flying exercises when an explosion ripped through her, resulting in her quickly sinking. 379 of her crew of 528 died in what is thought to have been a tragic accident that caused a petrol storage tank to explode

CALEY

Charles Leslie
Gunner 1623956, 458 Battery, 69 (10th Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers) Searchlight Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 08/01/1941. Age 26. Son of Arthur and Rose Caley, husband of Marjorie E G Caley of Ipswich. Buried at Rushmere St Andrew Churchyard. Gunner Caley’s death is recorded at Norwich

CAREY

Janet Ellen
Civilian. Died 03/11/1943. Age 6. Daughter of Mr and Mrs Frederick Carey of 69 Camplin Street, New Cross, London. Buried at Ipswich. Janet Carey was injured in a bombing raid that hit Elm Road, Rushmere. she died later that day in Ipswich (Borough) General Hospital

CHAPMAN

Colin Frank Mortlock
OBE. Wing Commander 33380, Royal Air Force. Died 29/09/1944. Age 25. Son of Frank and Lillian Mary Chapman, husband of Barbara Sylvia Chapman of Cobham. Buried at Caterham and Warlingham (Caterham) Burial Ground. Notes: 1. Wing Commander Chapman’s death is recorded at East Surrey

CHAPMAN

James Philip Sydney
Petty Officer Steward C/L 6129, Royal Navy. HMS Skipjack. Died 01/06/1940. Age 43. Son of Horace Burdett Chapman and Elizabeth Alice Chapman, husband of Rose Ethel Rebecca Chapman of Ipswich. Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial.

The minesweeper HMS Skipjack was sunk by aircraft, off Dunkirk during the evacuation with loss of all her crew and between 250 and 300 soldiers who had just escaped the beaches

COOK

David Frederick James
Trooper 328734, Life Guards. Died 10/10/1945. Age 28. Son of Horace Cook and of Alice Mary Cook of Rushmere. Buried at Rushmere St Andrew Churchyard. Trooper Cook’s death is recorded at Nottingham

FELGATE

Frederick Ernest
Rifleman 6031828, 1st Battalion, The London Irish Rifles, Royal Ulster Rifles. Died 18/07/1943. Age 30. Son of Ernest Robert and Mable Ellen Felgate, husband of Muriel Florence May Felgate of Ipswich. Buried at Catania War Cemetery, Sicily. Rifleman Felgate is also commemorated on the Tuddenham War Memorial

GARNHAM

Ivan Frank
Engineman LT/KX 108994, Royal Naval Patrol Service. HMS Fidelity. Died 01/01/1943. Age 21. Son of Barham and Susan Garnham of Ipswich. Commemorated on the Lowestoft Naval Memorial.

HMS Fidelity was a former French merchant ship known as Le Rhin. When the Vichy Government of France signed the armistice with the Germans, Le Rhin’s captain sailed her to Gibraltar and then the UK and turned her over to the Royal Navy. Converted into a heavily armed merchantman, she is believed to have operated some secret missions, before being used in convoy protection. In December 1942, she was travelling with convoy ONS-154 when it was attacked by a submarine wolf pack. While picking up survivors from other sunken vessels in vicinity of the Azores, HMS Fidelity was hit by a torpedo fired by U-435. she was sunk with all her 327 crew and other previous survivors

GILL

Frank
Civilian. Died 03/11/1943. Age 63. Of Helena, Elm Street, Rushmere St Andrew. Death recorded at Deben, Rural District. Frank Gill died at Elm Street, Rushmere following a bombing raid

GOOCH

Derrick George
Lieutenant 299630, 297 General Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 02/11/1944. Age 20. Son of Wilfred George and Florence Isabel Victoria Gooch of Rushmere St Andrew. Buried at Zaamslag General Cemetery

GOODCHILD

Jack Henry
Flight Sergeant 518760, Royal Air Force. Died 06/09/1942. Age 28. Son of Thomas Albert and Mary Goodchild of Rushmere, husband of Kathleen Goodchild. Buried at Rushmere St Andrew Churchyard. Flight Sergeant Goodchild’s death is recorded at Sudbury

HARRISON-JONES

Charles Archibald
Second Lieutenant, 1st (Perak) Battalion, Federated Malay States Volunteer Force. Died 19/11/1943. Age 26. Son of Charles Harrison-Jones and of Frances Margaret Harrison Jones (nee Dawson), of Ipswich. Buried at Chungkai War Cemetery

HOLDING

Richard George
Flight Sergeant 1333120, 82 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 17/10/1943. Age 23. Son of George and Lilian M Holding of Felixstowe. Buried at Taukkyan War Cemetery.

82 Squadron moved to India in the early part of 1942 to join the effort against the Japanese. The Squadron arrived in the Far East in May, and received Vengeance dive-bombers in August. Anti-submarine patrols began on 17 November but it was in June 1943 before bombing raids began against Japanese targets in Burma. These continued for a year before the Squadron was withdrawn to re-equip with Mosquitoes. Ground attack sorties began in December and continued until 12 May 1945

HOW

Reginald Burchell
Sergeant 959988, 9 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 09/11/1941. Age 25. Son of James William and Emily Ada How, husband of Mary Una How of Ipswich. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

In February 1939, 9 Squadron moved to Honington received Wellington Bombers, and it was with these that it was involved in anti-shipping sorties in the early stages of World War II until September 1942

HOWE

Stanley Foulger
Sergeant 1201246, 55 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 06/11/1942. Age 29. Husband of Alice Howe of Ipswich. Commemorated on the Alamein Memorial.

Between September 1939 and June 1940, 55 Squadron patrolled the Suez region until Italy joined the War and bombing raids over Libya began. In March 1942, Baltimores replaced the Blenheims, and the unit supported the Eighth Army as it advanced through the Eastern Desert and into Italy

LEEK

Frederick George Henry
Warrant Officer Class II (CSM) 5823687, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 20/01/1944. Age 37. Son of James Thomas Leek and Beatrice Louisa Leek, husband of Lily Ellen Leek of Ipswich. Buried at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

MANN

Cyril George
Seaman LT/JX 222305, Royal Naval Patrol Service. HM Patrol Vessel Barra. Died 08/02/1942. Age 27. Son of Elsie Josephine Mann of Rushmere, Ipswich. Buried at Greenock Cemetery. The cause or place of Seaman Mann’s death is unknown

MARTIN

Eric Stanley
Private 10553572, 5 Ordnance Store Company, Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Died 17/08/1942. Age 21. Son of Mr and Mrs A Martin of Ipswich. Commemorated on the Alamein Memorial

PARHAM

Edward
Civilian. Died 03/11/1943. Age 78. of Awbrook, Elm Road, Rushmere St Andrew. Death recorded at Deben Rural District. Edward Parham died at his home in Elm Road during a bombing raid

PLAYLE

Dudley Frank
Civilian. Died 03/11/1943. Age 3. Of Helena, Elm Road, Rushmere St Andrew. Son of Private Kitchener Playle, The Essex Regiment and of Marjery Kathleen Playle. Death recorded at Deben Rural District. Dudley Playle died at his home in Elm Road during a bombing raid

PLAYLE

Marjery Kathleen
Civilian. Died 03/11/1943. Age 22. of Helena, Elm Road, Rushmere St Andrew. Wife of Private Kitchener Playle, The Essex Regiment. Death recorded at Deben Rural District Marjery Playle died at her home in Elm Road during a bombing raid

ROBERTS

Stanley Ernest
Private 5338690, 2/6th Battalion, The Queen’s Royal Regiment (West Surrey). Died 10/09/1944. Age 26. Son of Francis Daniel and Emily Anne Roberts, husband of Joyce Mary Maud Roberts of Ipswich. Buried at Gradara War Cemetery

SAWYER

Geoffrey James
Leading Signalman C/JX 151593, Royal Navy. HM Submarine Regent. Died 01/05/1943. Age 21. Son of James Walter and Elizabeth Marie Sawyer of Ipswich. Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial.

On 12th April 1943 HMS Regent left Malta for a patrol along the south coast of Italy. Sightings of a submarine on 13th, 15th and 16th off Calabria are thought to be that of Regent. At 1545 on the 18th Regent fired a torpedo at the merchant ship Balcic but missed. This attack took place five miles north of Monopoli. That evening a large explosion was heard in the same area, which is believed to have been the Regent striking a mine. She was reported overdue on 1st May 1943

SOUTHGATE

Noel Garrod
Private 5832405, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died 18/03/1945. Age 31. Son of James Allen Southgate and Dorothy Southgate. husband of Rita Ruth Southgate of Bury St Edmunds- Buried at Sai Wan War Cemetery

SPURLING

Sidney
Fusilier 1642356, 4/5th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Died 06/04/1945. Age 35. Husband of E M Spurling of Ipswich. Buried at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery

STEWART

John Alistair
Sergeant (Air Gunner) 1391507, 102 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 30/05/1943. Age 20. Son of Hazel Ivy Stewart and stepson of Sidney Walter Webb of Ipswich. Buried at Rheinberg War Cemetery.

In 1942, 102 Squadron re-equipped with Halifaxes and continued with aircraft of this type for the rest of the European war. It took part in each of the three historic 1,000-bomber raids in May/June 1942, and, later, in the battles of the Ruhr, Hamburg, and Berlin

STONE

Gerald Cecil William
Pilot Officer (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 49988, 156 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 27/08/1942. Age 25. Son of Leonard William and Daisy Stone, husband of Mary Mather Stone of Newtownards, Co Down, Northern Ireland. Buried at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

In February 1942, 156 Squadron was re-formed at Alconbury, as a medium-bomber squadron equipped with Wellingtons and for the first few months operated with No. 3 Group. When the Pathfinder Force was formed in August, 1942, with the object of securing more concentrated and effective bombing by marking targets with incendiary bombs and flares dropped from aircraft flown by experienced crews and using the latest navigational equipment, 156 was one of the four squadrons selected to form the nucleus of the new force. It remained with the Pathfinder Force for the rest of the European war and, still flying Wellingtons at first and then Lancasters, played a major part in Bomber Command's offensive

SYMONDS

John
Sergeant (Air Gunner) 1883370, 576 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 17/03/1945. Buried at Durnbach War Cemetery.

576 Squadron was formed on 25 November 1943 from C Flight of 103 Squadron at Elsham Wolds. It began bombing operations with Lancasters on 2 December and continued this role until the end of the war, as part of the main force of Bomber Command

THOMPSON

Jack Dennis
Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 1152206, 75 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 07/11/1941. Age 21. Son of Ernest Alfred Thompson and of Edith Ellen Beatrice Thompson of Ipswich. Buried at Bergen-Op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery.

Soon after the outbreak of war 75 squadron was posted to No 6 (Training) Group and on 4th April 1940, its number plate, with the letters "NZ" added, was transferred to a Royal New Zealand Air Force heavy bomber flight which was based at Feltwell, Norfolk, a station in No 3 Group. Equipped with Wellingtons, 75 (NZ) Squadron of the RAF. the first Commonwealth squadron to be formed in Bomber Command. took part in the early bombing offensive against enemy-occupied territories

WALLIS

John Hector
Ordnance Artificer 1st Class C/M 38683, Royal Navy. HMS Calcutta. Died 01/06/1941. Age 41. Son of Hector and Elizabeth Wallis, husband of Edith Florence Wallis of Ipswich. Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial.

The Anti-Aircraft cruiser HMS Calcutta, was sunk by aircraft during the evacuation of the island of Crete. 116 of her 400 crew were lost

WARNE

Edward James
Private 5827027, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 21/09/1944. Age 24. Son of Mr and Mrs W Warne of Ipswich. Commemorated on the Singapore Memorial

WARNE

Ivan Jonathan
Private 5827108, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died between 05/02/1942 and 15/02/1942. Age 20. Son of Mr and Mrs W Warne of Ipswich. Commemorated on the Singapore Memorial

WEBB

Godfrey George
Sergeant 841099, Corps of Military Police. Died 11/06/1941. Age 25. Nephew of Mrs J Salmon of Rushmere. Buried at Great Dunmow (St Mary) Churchyard. Sergeant Webb’s death is recorded at Dunmow

WELHAM

Alfred John
Pilot Officer (Navigator) 165193, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 28/08/1944. Age 27. Son of Ruth Welham of Hintlesham, husband of Gladys Alice Welham of Ipswich. Buried at Hintlesham (St Nicholas) Churchyard. Pilot Officer Welham’s death is recorded at Bridgnorth

WHITMORE

John Newman
Pilot Officer (Pilot) 44533, 59 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 30/06/1941. Age 20. Son of Sydney Charles and Dorothy Winifred Whitmore of Ipswich. Buried at Hawkinge Cemetery. Pilot Officer Whitmore’s death is recorded at Dover.

59 Squadron was reformed at Old Sarum on 28 June 1937 equipped with Hectors, initially specialising in night reconnaissance before being re-equipped with Blenheims in May 1939. The Squadron was moved to France in October and undertook reconnaissance missions before being forced out of their airfields by the advancing Germans. Withdrawn to southern England it continued to operate over France from British bases. In July 1940 the Squadron started bombing raids on the Channel ports and anti-submarine patrols and continued night attacks during the winter. Anti-shipping strikes began in July 1941 the Squadron converted to Hudsons

WHITING

Betty Ellen Minnie
Civilian. Died 03/11/1943. Age 5. Of Helena, Elm Road, Rushmere St Andrew. Daughter of L.A.C. Charles J. Whiting, R.A.F. Death recorded at Deben Rural District

WHITING

Ellen Janette
Civilian. Died 03/11/1943. Age 71. Of Awbrook, Elm Road, Rushmere St Andrew. Widow of John Whitng. Death recorded at Deben Rural District. Ellen Whiting died during a bombing raid at her home in Elm Road

WHITING

John Charles
Civilian. Died 03/11/1943. Age 4. Of Helena, Elm Road, Rushmere St Andrew. Son of L.A.C. Charles Whiting RAF. Death recorded at Deben Rural District. John Whiting died during a bombing raid at his home in Elm Road

WHITING

Vera Hatty
Civilian. Died 03/11/1943. Age 44. Of Awbrook, Elm Road, Rushmere St Andrew. Daughter of Ellen Janette Whiting, and of the late John Whiting. Death recorded at Deben Rural District. Vera Whiting died during a bombing raid at her home in Elm Road

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FURTHER ADDITONS TO MEMORIAL - PALESTINE

CARRINGTON

William Brian
Corporal 14847022, Intelligence Corps. Died in Palestine 16th June 1946. Aged 19. Son of William Resker Carrington and Freida Gwendoline Carrington, of Ipswich, Suffolk. Buried in Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel. Plot 7. Row H. Grave 6.

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