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SOMERLEYTON WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Michael Peck 2017

There is a war memorial and a roll of honour within St Mary's Church, Blundeston Road, Somerleyton, Waveney, Suffolk. The memorial takes the form of white marble on black marble with a circular motif at the top below which are crossed swords and at the bottom a white marble shield shaped memorial bearing the inscriptions. There are 17 names listed for World War 1. The roll of honour is in a wooden case, with glass front, and is handwritten and with illuminated text. There are 122 names listed, 120 served and returned and 20 who gave their lives.

Photographs Copyright © Michael Peck 2017

TO
THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE MEN
OF SOMERLEYTON WHO FELL
IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918

BURNABY G
Lieutenant. 1st Battalion, London Regiment.
Geoffrey Burnaby. Lieutenant. 1st Battalion, London Regiment. Died of wounds Camiers, France 23rd October 1916. Son of (the late) John Charles Wellesley and Louisa Frances Georgina Burnaby of Lyncroft, Weybridge, SRY. Born 1894 Beverley, YKS and resident Ashby, Suffolk (as probate). Commemorated Etaples Military Cemetery. I.A.63.
BALLS C R
Corporal. Rifle Brigade.
Charles Robert Balls. Corporal 2080. 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Killed in action 25th September 1915. Son of Charles and Ellen Mary Ann Balls of ‘Near Post Office’, Somerleyton, Suffolk. Born c1885 Lowestoft (as SDGW, born Somerleyton on census and army record), enlisted 2nd May 1907 Great Yarmouth, NFK and resident Somerleyton, Suffolk. Commemorated Ploegsteert Memorial. Panel 10.
ALLUM C
Lance Corporal. 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment.
Lance Corporal 3/10662. 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Ypres 12th March 1915. Son of William and Rebecca Allum. Husband of Amy Maria Allum (nee Ward) of 58 Roman Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk. Born 1876 Horham, Suffolk and enlisted Norwich, Norfolk. Commemorated Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Panel 4.
BETTS C W
Lance Corporal. 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment.
Cecil William Betts. Lance Corporal 12295. 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died 37 Field Ambulance 5th October 1915. Son of Charles and Maria Betts of The Green, Somerleyton, Suffolk. Born 1887 Somerleyton, Suffolk and enlisted Great Yarmouth, NFK. Commemorated Fosse 7 Military Cemetery (Quality Street). II.F.2.
COLE S W
Lance Corporal. 6th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.
Sidney William Cole. Lance Corporal 43400. 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, attached 101 Trench Mortar Battery (as Soldiers Effects), formerly 1434 6th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 26th August 1917. Son of (the late) John and Alice Cole (now wife of Charles Howes of The Retreat, Somerleyton, Suffolk). Born 1894 Somerleyton (as SDGW, born Ashby on census) and enlisted Lowestoft, Suffolk. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial. Pier and Face 1C and 2A.
ANDREWS C
Private. Suffolk Yeomanry.
Possibly Cecil Herbert Andrews, Private 1615. 1/1st Suffolk Yeomanry. Killed in action 18th December 1915. Son of William and Harriet Andrews of Markshall, NFK. Born 31st December 1896 Swainsthorpe, NFK, enlisted Ipswich, Suffolk and resident Claxton, NFK. Commemorated 77th Field Ambulance Cemetery. II.A.11.
Note: no proven Somerleyton connection found.
BROWN W
Private. 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.
William Brown. Private 18336. 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 27th October 1916, aged 36 years. Son of Samuel and Ann Brown of Somerleyton, Suffolk. Husband of Rose Brown (nee Suggate) of Widows Cottages, Somerleyton, Suffolk. Born Somerleyton and enlisted Lowestoft, Suffolk. Commemorated Etaples Military cemetery. VIII.D.17.
BUTCHER A
Private. 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.
Albert Butcher. Private 13230. 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 2nd October 1915. Son of James and Mary Ann Butcher. Born 1888 Lowestoft (as SDGW, born Ilketshall St Andrew on census) and enlisted Lowestoft, Suffolk. Commemorated Loos Memorial. Panel 37 and 38.
Note: property to brothers: David, Samuel, Charles and sister: Bessie Brown.
GARWOOD R
Private. 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.
Robert James Garwood. Private 16943. 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 24th April 1915. Son of Frederick and Elizabeth Garwood of 9 Brickfield Cottages, Somerleyton, Suffolk (as 1911). Husband of Edith Gertrude Garwood (nee Spooner) of 76 Stanford Street, Lowestoft, Suffolk. Born c1881 Haddiscoe, NFK (as SDGW, born Toft Monks on census) and enlisted Lowestoft, Suffolk. Commemorated Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Panel 21.
KEMP J
Private. 4th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment.
James William Kemp. Private 3417. 4th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died at sea HM Hospital Ship ‘Salta’ 25th September 1916. Son of James William and Mary Ann Kemp of 3 Brickfield Cottages, Somerleyton, Suffolk. Husband of Hannah Maria Kemp (nee Lound, now wife of Henry Tyrrell of 3 Old Barge Yard, King Street, Norwich, NFK). Born 1880 Somerleyton, Suffolk and enlisted Norwich, NFK. Commemorated Pieta Military Cemetery. B.XIV.3.
KITSON R
Private. 6th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.
Robert William Kitson. Private 43072. 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, formerly 1486 6th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 12th January 1917. Only son of Herbert and Frances Maria Kitson of Staithe Cottages, Somerleyton, Suffolk (as 1911). Born 27th November 1897 Somerleyton and enlisted Lowestoft, Suffolk. Commemorated Tilloy British Cemetery. II.F.25.
Note: property to sister: Elsie May Kitson.
PEARSON A
Private. 6th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.
Albert James Pearson. Private 43071. 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, formerly 1490 6th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died Epsom War Hospital 10th January 1917. Only son of Albert James and Agnes Emma Pearson of 15 The Green, Somerleyton, Suffolk. Born c1896 Somerleyton and enlisted Saxmundham, Suffolk. Commemorated Somerleyton (St Mary) Churchyard.
RICHMOND H
Gunner. Royal Garrison Artillery.
No trace SDGW/CWGC and unable to identify any record.
Note: a Richmond family associated with Somerleyton at The Common 1911, no H Richmond with connection to family found.
RUMSBY A
Able Seaman. Royal Navy.
Arnold Rumsby. Able Seaman J/15088, Royal Navy. HMS ‘Princess Irene’ (Liner converted to minelayer, sunk by accidental explosion while loading with mines). Killed in action 27th May 1915. Son of Arthur and (the late) Laura Rumsby of 1 Station Cottages, Somerleyton, Suffolk. Born 11th March 1896 Somerleyton, Suffolk. Commemorated Chatham Naval Memorial. 10.
SHREEVE W
Private. 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment.
Walter Cornelius Shreeve. Private 12297. 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 12th October 1916. Son of Frederick James and Matilda Shreeve of Holly Gardens, Somerleyton, Suffolk. Born 1895 Plumstead (as SDGW, born Postwick on census) and enlisted 18th August 1914 Great Yarmouth, NFK. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial. Pier and Face 1C and 1D.
WILSON H
Private. 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.
Horace Wilson. Private 14350. 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 14th July 1916. Son of Henry and Clarissa Wilson of The Green, Somerleyton, Suffolk. Born c1895 Somerleyton and enlisted Lowestoft, Suffolk. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial. Pier and Face 1C and 2A.
WELLING J P
Gunner. Royal Garrison Artillery.
No trace SDGW/CWGC and out of sequence on memorial.
John Plenderleth Waterton Welling, born c1896 West Woodhay, BRK, the son of John and Isabel Welling of Park Cottage, Somerleyton, Suffolk (as 1911). Died Blundeston, Suffolk 8th November 1919. Death possibly related to war service and therefore on memorial.
"THEIR NAME
LIVETH FOR EVERMORE."
Roll of Honour
[Note: forename initials difficult – transcription accuracy doubtful]
Somerleyton and Ashby
The path of Duty was the way to Glory
Names of the Men who served their King and Country
during the Great War 1914-18
Navy
BOYCE A J
Pro patria.
Not on memorial and unable to identify anyone of name with proven Somerleyton area connection.
BOYCE F J
CHILVERS J
HURLEY J
OLDMAN C B
POWLEY B
POWLEY R
Distinguished Conduct Medal.
POWLEY T
RUMSBY Albert
RUMSBY Arnold
Pro patria.
RUMSBY Arthur
RUMSBY Hector
RUMSBY Herbert
RUMSBY John
RICHES G
Wounded.
SMITH A C
WATERSON R J
WELTON J L
WILLIAMS Frederick
Army
ALLUM C
Pro patria.
ALP Frederick
ANDREWS C
Pro patria.
ASHFY F
BALLS C
Pro patria.
BATCHELOR S
BETTS C W
Pro patria.
BIRD Frederick
BOYCE R J
BROWN W
Pro patria.
BURNABY G
Pro patria.
BURNABY A
Wounded.
BUTCHER A
Pro patria.
BUTCHER R
Wounded.
CARTER R G
CLAYDON G S
COLE A C
COLE S
Wounded.
COLE S
COLE S W
Pro patria.
COLLINS A
COOK T
CRAWFORD A
CRAWFORD C
CRAWFORD J
CRAWFORD F W
CROSSLEY F S
Honourable. Military Cross. Wounded.
CROSSLEY de B
Honourable.
DARKINS C
Wounded.
DARKINS Edgar
DAY T
EVANS W P
FARROW R
GARWOOD R
Pro patria.
GEE W
GOLDSMITH F
GOLDSMITH J
Wounded.
GRIMMER J
HADDINGHAM A
HALL C
HALL J
Military Medal.
HERRALL H
JEFFRIES F
KEMP J
Pro patria.
KEMP Walter
KEMP William
KITSON H
KITSON R
Pro patria.
LONG H
MILLIGAN J
ORFORD C
ORFORD F
ORFORD J
ORFORD W
OSBORN C
PEARMAN A
Pro patria.
Not on memorial: Arthur William Pearman. Private 2991. 2/7th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Died of wounds Victoria Hospital, Keighley, YKS 29th July 1916. Son of Arthur and Eliza Pearman of The Dales, Ashby, Suffolk (as 1911). Born 1897 Ashby and enlisted Lowestoft, Suffolk. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial. Pier and Face 1C and 2A.
Note: property to sisters: Frances M and Eliza M Pearman.
PEARMAN C
PEARMAN J
Pro patria.
Not on memorial: Henry John Pearman. Private 43084. 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, formerly 1493 6th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 12th October 1916. Son of Arthur and Eliza Pearman of The Dales, Ashby, Suffolk (as 1911). Born 1892 Ashby, Suffolk and enlisted Rugby, WAR. Commemorated Keighley (Morton Cemetery). Special Memorial.
Note: property to sister: Eliza M Pearman.
PEARSON A
Pro patria.
POPAY P
PORRETT G W
PORRETT P
POWLEY J
Wounded.
PRETTYMAN J
Wounded.
RICHES F
RICHES L J
Military Medal.
RICHES S
RICHMOND H
Pro patria.
ROLL P
ROLL R F
RUMSBY A
RUSHMER F
RUSHMER G
SAUNDERS G W
Wounded.
SHREEVE B
SHREEVE J
SHREEVE W
Pro patria.
SMITH A J
Wounded.
SMITH C C
SMITH G
SOMERLEYTON Baron
STONE M
SYMONDS J
THACKER R
Wounded.
THACKER S
TURRELL C R
TURRELL S
VINER W
WELLING A C
WELLING A G
WELLING P J W
Pro patria.
WILKINSON F
WILSON A A
WILSON G
Wounded.
WILSON G F
Wounded.
WILSON H
WOODCOCK W R
YOUNGS H
Air Force
ASHBY B G
HOLLAND K
HOLLAND M
SLATER M S

Last updated 25 November, 2017

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