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SAXMUNDHAM WAR MEMORIAL

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

The Saxmundham war memorial is in the form of two white, marble, plaques containing 40 names of those who died in World War 1 and 13 in World War 2. The original memorial was unveiled 13th May 1923 by Major-General Sir Ronald Lane. Further faculty was granted on 20th October 1947 for the Second World War section. Details appeared in the East Anglian Daily Times 15th May 1923.

TO THE GLORIOUS MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR

1914-1918

ABBOTT

Hines William

Private 33995, 8th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Died 13/10/1917. Age 25. Son of William Hines of Saxmundham and the late Harriet Hines. Buried at Mendinghem Military Cemetery

BACKHOUSE

Henry Edward

MM. Company Sergeant Major 319998, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 12/10/1917. Born at Kensington. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial

BALLS

Harry Lewis

Private 200701, 1st/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died 01/05/1918. Age 21. Son of Harry and Caroline Balls of The Lodge, Saxmundham. Buried at Esquelbecq Military Cemetery

BATLEY

Charles

Private PW/6380, 16th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Died 24/12/1916. Age 41. Son of John and Mary Batley of Cransford, husband of Alice May of Badingham, resident of Saxmundham. Buried at St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen. Shown on memorial as Private E A Batley

CADY

Sidney George

Private 27214, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died 30/07/1916. Born at Kelsale, resident of Saxmundham. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

CHAPMAN

Albert

Private 38158, 1st Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Died 15/09/1918. Age 20. Son of Mr H C and Mrs A M Chapman of Chapel Road, Saxmundham. Buried at the Savy British Cemetery

COOPER

Bertie Charles

Sapper 495390, "L" Signal Battalion, Royal Engineers. Died 23/12/1919. Age 28. Son of George Frederick and Mary Ann Cooper of Saxmundham, husband of Lizzie Kate Cooper of 3 Chapel Terrace, Saxmundham. Buried at Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille

COOPER

Charles George

Sergeant 23810, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 26/09/1917. Age 21. Son of Ben and Elizabeth Cooper of Bank Cottage, Saxmundham, husband of Ethel Grace Cooper of 4 Quebec Cottage, Curlew Green, Kelsale. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial

COOPER

Spencer Bruce

Lieutenant, Wiltshire Regiment. attached 2nd Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment. Died 24/04/1918. Buried at Daours Communal Cemetery Extension

CORDLE

Arthur Edward

Private 235761, 2nd Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment. Died 18/09/1918. Age 32. Son of Charles and Georgiana Cordle of 29 Fairfield Road, Saxmundham. Commemorated on the Vis-En-Artois Memorial

COWLES

George Charles

Private 32002, 12th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 06/05/1917. Age 35. Son of Charles Cowles of Lowestoft, husband of Aggie Cowles. Buried at Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-Plouich

EVERETT

Albert Edward S

Gunner L/22937, "D" Battery, 162nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died 14/11/1916. Husband of E Everett of 122 Vauxhall Terrace, Vauxhall Walk, London. Buried at Couin British Cemetery

FLATMAN

Frank William

Private 205876, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died 23/08/1918. Resident of Saxmundham. Commemorated on the Vis-En-Artois Memorial

FREEMAN

Thomas George

MM. Lance Corporal 200149, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 15/07/1916. Age 20. Son of John Henry and Charlotte Freeman of Rendham Road, Saxmundham. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

GILDERSLEEVES

William Walter

Rifleman 4161, 8th Battalion, London Regiment (Post Office Rifles). Died 24/05/1916. Age 32. Son of the late Robert and Rose Gildersleeves of Saxmundham. Buried at Barlin Communal Cemetery Extension

GOOD

John Richard

Private 6146, 1st/24th Battalion, London Regiment. Died 14/09/1916. Son of Mrs A M Good of Mill Road, Saxmundham. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

CAMP-JERMYN

William Frederick

Sergeant 200284, "A" Company, 1st/4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 27/06/1917. Age 19. Son of Frederick and Emmeline Edith Camp-Jermyn of Trimley St Mary, Ipswich. Buried at Boyelles Communal Cemetery Extension. Sergeant Camp-Jermyn was awarded the Italian Medal for Military Valour

KERRIDGE

Arthur Ernest

Sergeant 116766, 102nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment). Died 04/12/1919. Age 33. Son of Arthur William and Ellen Kerridge of Market Street, Wymond Lane, Norfolk, husband of Gertrude S Kerridge of 131 15th Street West, North Vancouver. Buried at Vancouver (Mountain View) Cemetery. Sergeant Kerridge was awarded the French Medal of Honour

LAST

Basil William

Regimental Sergeant Major 320648, 15th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 02/11/1918. Age 23. Son of Henry and Sarah Last of Bigby's Corner, Saxmundham. Buried at Don Communal Cemetery, Annoeullin

LEE

Horace Edgar

Private 14923, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 03/03/1917. Age 24. Son of Walter and Esther Ruth Lee of 9 St Nicholas Street, Ipswich. Buried at Saxmundham (St John The Baptist) Churchyard. Private Lee’s death is recorded at Southampton

LEEDER

William George

Private 58665, 3rd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died 07/11/1918. Age 19. Son of George John and Julia Leeder of Gordon Terrace, Sudbury. Buried at Saxmundham Congregational Chapelyard. Private Leeder’s death was recorded at Halstead, Essex

MARTIN

Fred

Rifleman 471295, 2nd/12th Battalion, London Regiment (The Rangers). Died 08/06/1917. Age 25. Son of John Charles Martin of Garden Cottage, Saxmundham. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial

ORFORD

Frederick Gerald

Private 44100, 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 12/1/1916. Age 23. Son of Mrs J J Orford of London House, High Street, Saxmundham. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

PEATY

Herbert George

Lance Corporal 9592, 2nd Battalion, King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment). Died 20/02/1915. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

POOLE

Walter George

Private 52200, "B" Company, 26th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Died 07/06/1917. Age 28. Son of William Alfred Poole of 15 Fairfield Road, Saxmundham, husband of the late Eliza Poole. Buried at Dickebusch New Military Cemetery Extension

PRETOR-PINNEY

Charles Frederick

DSO. Lieutenant Colonel, 13th Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Died 28/04/1917. Age 53. Husband of Phyllis Julia Pretor-Pinney of 36 Sloane Court, Chelsea, London. Buried at Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension

ROW

Harry Akers

Second Lieutenant, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 11/03/1915. Age 29. Son of William Benjamin and Emily Row of Saxmundham. Buried at Pont-Du-Hem Military Cemetery, La Gorgue

ROW

John Eric

Second Lieutenant, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 29/10/1916. Age 24. Son of William Benjamin and Emily Row of North Lodge, Saxmundham. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

SALTER

Arthur Alfred

Private G/95345, 2nd/2nd Battalion, London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers). Died 11/08/1918. Age 28. Son of Frederick William and Fanny Salter of Fairfield Road, Saxmundham. Buried at Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille

SHIPP

Charles John

Private 42757, 10th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Died 17/04/1918. Age 27. Son of William Shipp of 5 North View, Rendham Road, Saxmundham. born Sternfield. Buried at Mendinghem Military Cemetery

SHIPP

William Francis

Private 28314, 10th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died 23/10/1917. Born in, and resident of, Sternfield. Buried at Dozinghem Military Cemetery. Private Shipp is also commemorated on the Sternfield War Memorial

SPALDING

Charles Frederick

Corporal 7560, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 14/10/1914. Born in Saxmundham. Buried at Khartoum War Cemetery

SPATCHETT

Sam Harold

Private 6108, 24th Battalion, London Regiment. Died 14/09/1916. Born in, and resident of, Saxmundham. Buried at Flatiron Copse Cemetery, Mametz

SPINK

Allan

Sergeant 11585, 7th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died 15/02/1916. Born in, and resident of, Saxmundham. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

STEWARD

Charles Percival

Lance Corporal 55772, 17th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps. Died 03/07/1918. Age 22. Son of George and Eliza A. Steward of South View, Saxmundham. Buried at Varennes Military Cemetery

TILLET

Reginald

Private 12500, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 03/07/1916. Age 23. Son of Mrs R A Tillett of 5 Fairfield Road, Saxmundham. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

WARD

Henry George

Private 75119, 10th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Died 21/03/1918. Age 19. Son of Thomas William and Rosaline Ward of Northcote, Albion Street, Saxmundham. Buried at The Huts Cemetery

WARD

William Thomas

Private 242, 4th Battalion, London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers). Died 19/11/1919. Age 47. Resident of Saxmundham. Buried at Saxmundham Congregational Chapelyard. Private Ward’s death is recorded at London City

WELHAM

Clifford John

MM. Private 473141, 88th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died 23/11/1917. Age 21. Son of Mr and Mrs J Welham of Station Road, Saxmundham. Buried at Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manancourt

WOODARD

Louis

Private 3/9008. 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 09/08/1916. Age 25. Son of John Woodard of Chantry Road, Saxmundham. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. Private Woodard is also commemorated on the Leiston War Memorial

TO THE HONOURED MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO FELL
IN THE WAR 1939-1945

ATKINSON

Michael Firth

Lieutenant, Royal Navy. HMS Somali. Died 24/09/1942. Age 30. Son of George Leslie and Margaret Atkinson. Commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

On 20th September 1942, while escorting convoy PQ-18 near Iceland, HMS Somali was hit by a torpedo fired by U-703. Extensive damage was caused and most of her crew were taken off, although 80 remained. HMS Ashanti took HMS Somali in tow. By the evening of the 23/24 September, HMS Ashanti had, considering the damage to HMS Somali, achieved a remarkable towing distance of 420 miles, but in the middle of a snow storm, the tow-rope broke, HMS Somali split into two and sank almost immediately, with the loss of the remaining crew on board

BEDWELL

George Frederick Kenneth

Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 1250631, 9 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 02/01/1944. Age 24. Son of Walter Gordon Bedwell and Mabel Sophia Bedwell, husband of Joan Louisa Bedwell of Saxmundham. Buried at Hanover War Cemetery.

By 1944, the aircrew of 9 Squadron specialised in the dropping of large bombs on specific target (including the 12,000lb Tallboy bomb) using Lancaster bombers. Sgt Bedwell is also commemorated on the Leiston War Memorial

BLAKE

Alfred Douglas

Private 5828241, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 21/09/1944. Age 25. Son of Ernest and Alice Blake. Commemorated on the Singapore Memorial

BLAKE

Eric Frank

Gunner 1137279, 72 Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 18/01/1943. Age 19. Son of Ernest and Emily Blake of Saxmundham. Buried at Medjez-El-Bab War Cemetery

BLAKE

William George

Private 5828252, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 28/08/1943. Age 25. Son of Ernest and Alice Blake of Saxmundham. Buried at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand

BLOOMFIELD

Alfred Ernest

Lance Bombardier 953133, 67 Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 24/07/1942. Age 23. Son of Ernest James Bloomfield and Sarah Ann Bloomfield of Saxmundham. Buried at Benghazi War Cemetery

BROCK

John William

Lance Corporal 5826561, 13th Battalion, The King’s Regiment (Liverpool). Died 12/05/1944. Age 27. Son of William and Isobel Maude Brock of Saxmundham. Buried at Rangoon War Cemetery

COOK

Jack

Driver T/6030301, 463 Water Tank Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 02/03/1944. Age 38. Son of Jack and Grace Cook, husband of Dorothy Alice Cook of Saxmundham. Buried at Brookwood Cemetery. Driver Cook’s death was recorded at Chichester

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. born Lowestoft. Buried at Zaamslag General Cemetery

HILL

Arthur Charles Copinger

Major 73407, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 20/07/1944. Age 29. Son of Charles Copinger Hill and Ethel Mary Geraldine Hill of Saxmundham. Commemorated on the Bayeux Memorial

HOWARD

Jack Clarence

Gunner 1735559, 21 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 19/12/1943. Age 37. Son of Charles and Caroline Louise Howard of Saxmundham. Buried at Jakarta War Cemetery

PEARCE

Leonard Stanley

Private 5828233, 2nd Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died 21/09/1944. Age 24. Son of Stanley Francis and Edith May Pearce of Saxmundham. Commemorated on the Singapore Memorial

SMITH

Arthur William

Believed to be Corporal 5828234, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 09/02/1942. Age 22. Son of Frederick and Esther Mary Smith of Saxmundham. Commemorated on the Singapore Memorial

Last updated 4 December, 2006

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