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SNAPE WAR MEMORIAL

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

The memorial is to be found on the north side of the A1094 ajoining the churchyard and takes the form of two pillars flanking a granite cenotaph which includes a wreath and cross. There are 30 names for World War 1 and 14 for World War 2. The original memorial was uneviled 30th October 1920; details can be found in the East Anglian Daily Times 3rd November 1920..

ERECTED IN HONOUR OF THE FALLEN

1914-1918

AIREY

Albert James

Private 200972, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 27/09/1917. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial

BATES

Charles Richard

Private 14196, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 13/10/1915. Age 19. Son of Charles and Elizabeth Susan Bates of 30 Near School, Hacheston. Commemorated on the Loos Memorial

BERRY

William Charles Russell

Corporal 14225, "W" Company, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 13/11/1916. Age 23. Son of Henry and Jane Berry of Holly Cottage, Snape. Buried at Luke Copse British Cemetery, Puisieux

BONE

Frederick

Private 20211, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 03/07/1916. Born at Hevingham. Buried at Ovillers Military Cemetery

COWELL

George Edmund Maurice

Major, Royal Field Artillery. Died 30/12/1917. Resident of Snape. Buried at Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manancourt. Major Cowell is also commemorated on the Tunstall and Aldeburgh war memorials

CRANE

Harry Harding

Private 2848, 1st /15th London Regiment (Prince of Wales' Own Civil Service Rifles). Died 25/09/1915. Age 22. Son of Mrs Annie Crane of 188 Harringay Road, West Green, London -born Snape. Commemorated on the Loos Memorial

CURTIS

Christopher Amos

Private 31283, 4t Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died 23/04/1917. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial

DAVEY

Walter Ernest Rose

Seaman 2037D, Royal Navy Reserve. SS Ethelinda. Died 29/01/1918. Age 43. Son of John Ernest and Elizabeth Davey of Snape. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

The ss Ethelinda was sunk by a torpedo fired by a German submarine while proceeding through the Irish Sea

FOREMAN

Harry Sidney

Lance Corporal 18701, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 29/08/1917. Age 19. Son of Charles and Mary Foreman of 15 Church Street, Shifnal, Salop. Born Snape. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

GANT

Daniel

Private 3297, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 20/07/1916. Husband of Alice M Gant of Farnham Road, Snape. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

GOODINGS

Samuel Maurice

Private 16457, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 02/08/1915. Son of Mr W Gooding of 265 High Street, Aldeburgh. Born Snape. Buried at Woods Cemetery

HAILE

William Robert

Private 3324, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 28/07/1916. Age 32. Son of William Robert and Annie Sarah Haill. husband of May Scarce (formerly Haill) of 4 Snape Terrace, Saxmundham. Born at Friston. Buried at Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L'Abbe

HOWELL

George Edward

Private G/14852, 8th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died 24/03/1918. Age 41. Husband of Annie Matilda Buckle (formerly Howell) of Freehold Road, Needham Market. Born Snape. Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial

HOWELL

William George

Private 34598, Royal Defence Corps. Died 12/04/1917. Age 45. Son of Mr and Mrs Harry Howell of Snape. husband of Ellen Howell of 93 Rosslyn Crescent, Wealdstone, Harrow, Middlesex. Buried at Greenwich Cemetery.

Private Howell's death is recorded in Kensington. Private Howell's grave is unmarked, but he is commemorated on a memorial screen within the cemetery

HUDSON

Herbert

Private 14492, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 04/11/1916. Age 24. Son of Harriet Hudson of The Street, Snape and the late James Hudson. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

KING

James

Private 2798, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). transferred to Labour Corps. Died 29/11/1918. Buried at Scoonie Cemetery, Fifeshire. The cause and place of death are unknown

LAST

Harry James

Rifleman 302072, 1st/5th Battalion, London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade). Died 09/10/1916. Born Snape. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

LEE

Joseph

Private 14200, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 25/11/1915. Age 22. Son of James and Mary Ann Lee of The Street, Snape. Buried at Snape (St John the Baptist) Churchyard. Private Lee's death is recorded at Wortley, South Yorkshire

LEEK

William

Able Seaman 218963, Royal Navy. HMS Aboukir. Died 22/09/1914. Age 29. Son of George Leek of Blaxhall. Native of Snape. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

HMS Aboukir, 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 Cressy 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

MOSS

Ernest William

Corporal 18391, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 13/10/1915. Born Friston. Commemorated on the Loos Memorial

NEWSON

Bertie

Private 24801, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 26/10/1917. Age 24. Son of William George and Alice Ann Newson of Brick Works, Snape. Buried at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery

OLDING

Frederick Charles

Private 27350, 6th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry. Died 23/10/1917. Born Snape, resident of Saxmundham. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial

PITHER

Cecil E

Captain, 12th Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 22/08/1918. Age 22. Son of the late Francis and Maria Pither of London. Buried at Bienvillers Military Cemetery.

No. 12 Squadron was formed on 14 February 1915 at Netheravon from a nucleus of crew and aircraft provided by No. 1 Squadron. In April 1916, the Squadron moved to St Omer, France equipped with BE2Cs primarily in the long-range reconnaissance role. By April 1918, No. 12 Squadron had added night bombing and strafing to its repertoire

PITHER

Sidney Edward

Captain, Royal Air Force. attached from 1st Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Died 11//06/1918. Age 23. Son of the late Francis and Maria Pither. Born in London. Buried at Suez War Memorial Cemetery

READ

Walter

Private 14186, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 23/02/1916. Born Snape. Buried at Chocques Military Cemetery

READ

William Charles

Rifleman R/33651, 8th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Died 12/05/1917. Age 34. Husband of E Read of 153 Packington Street, Islington, London. Born Snape. Buried at Wancourt British Cemetery

RIDGEON

Nelson

Private 3/10008, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 18/07/1916. Age 27. Son of Mr and Mrs W Ridgeon of 1 Bradfield Terrace, St Osyth Road., Clacton-on-Sea. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

SMITH

Alfred

Private 13367, 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 13/09/1916. Age 33. Son of John and Sarah Ann Smith of Snape Bridge, Saxmundham. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

SMITH

George Dennis

Private 14493, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 23/06/1916. Age 22. Son of Mr and Mrs Smith of Valley Farm, Snape. Buried at Bray Military Cemetery

SMITH

John

Private 18702, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 18/08/1916. Age 33. Son of Mr and Mrs John Smith of Snape Bridge, Saxmundham. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

1939-1945

BARNES

George Edward Claydon

Corporal 1176725, Royal Air Force Reserve. Died 01/08/1944. Age 33. Son of James Barnes and of Eliza Martha Barnes of Saxmundham. Buried at Saxmundham Cemetery. Corporal Barnes' death is recorded at Biggleswade

CALVER

George Dennis

Private 5828218, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 15/02/1942. Age 22. Son of Mr and Mrs E Calver of Snape. Commemorated on the Singapore Memorial

GOODCHILD

Kenneth Charles

Private 5830606, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 11/02/1942. Age 23. Buried at the Kranji War Cemetery

HOWARD-LOWE

David Willoughby

Lieutenant 258629, 3rd Battalion, Welsh Guards. Died 08/06/1944. Age 22. Son of Captain Edward Arthur Howard-Lowe (formerly Indian Army) and Frances Cecile Howard-Lowe of Snape. Buried at Bolsena War Cemetery

IRVING

Ruth Elizabeth

Leading Aircraftwoman 2005287, Women's Auxiliary Air Force. Died 16/02/1945. Daughter of the Rev Hugh Crauford Irving and Ruth Alice Irving of Snape. Commemorated at the Ipswich Crematorium

JOY

Philip Robert Bruce

Able Seaman C/JX 127163, Royal Navy. HMS Willamette Valley. Died 29/06/1940. Age 30 Husband of Mrs M E Joy of Brixton, London. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

On 29th June 1940, the 4,700 tons naval freighter HMS Willamette Valley was sunk by U-boat in the South Western Approaches

PANNIFER

Walter Charles

Gunner 1104634, 125 Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 05/07/1943. Age 32. Bured at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

PARKER

Harry William Joseph

Aircraftman 1st Class 1233202, 242 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 30/03/1944. Age 22. Son of Harry and Mabel Parker of Snape. Buried at Ambon War Cemetery, Indonesia.

On 30 October 1939, 242 Squadron was reformed at Church Fenton as a fighter squadron. In December it received Blenheim fighters that were replaced in January 1940 by Hurricanes, the squadron becoming operational on 23 March. Operations over France began on 16 May, a detachment being based at French airfields until evacuated on 16 June to take part in the Battle of Britain. After taking part in the Battle of Britain, the squadron began offensive sweeps and bomber escort missions in December. In December 1942 the squadron left for the Far East. En route its pilots were flown off to Malta where they were later absorbed no No. 126 Squadron. The ground echelon arrived in Singapore in January 1942, being merged with other personnel of Nos.232 and 605 Squadrons to service Hurricanes of a composite unit. The Japanese advance and air superiority forced a withdrawal to Sumatra and Java, where it was dispersed by 10 March 1942

SCARCE

William Robert Henry

Private S/260971, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 28/09/1945. Age 25. Son of May Scarce. Husband of Marjorie Doris Scarce of Leiston. Buried at Heliopolis War Cemetery, Egypt

SMITH

Felix Joseph William

Fusilier 14227440, 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Died 29/04/1943. Age 19. Son of William and Alice Naomi Smith of Snape. Buried at Massicault War Cemetery, Tunisia

SMITH

Ronald Arthur Frank

Warrant Officer Class II (S.Q.M.S) S/5828240, Royal Army Service Corps. attached HQ 18th Division. Died 03/06/1943. Age 22. Son of Arthur Robert and Mabel Smith of Snape. Buried at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

THIRKELL-WHITE

Derek John Plantagenet

Captain 73116, Suffolk Regiment. attached No1 Commando. Died between 14/11/1943 and 15/11/1943. Age 26. Son of Captain E Howard Thirkell-White and of Frances Cecile Thirkell-White of Snape. Commemorated on the Athens Memorial.

Captain Thirkell-White was killed during the Battle for Leros. His grave is believed to be within the Leros War Cemertery on the island, but the original burial records have been lost and 55 out of the 183 graves are unidentified and hence his name is specifically mentioned on the Athens Memorial

WELLS

Clement George

Private 5828229, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 27/08/1944. Age 25. Son of Thomas George and Kate May Wells of Snape. Commemorated on the Yokohama Cremation Memorial

WOODS

Ernest Harry

Sergeant 961555, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 02/01/1943. Age 29. Son of H and Elizabeth Woods of Snape. Husband of Barbara Woods. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

Last updated 14 February, 2007

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