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World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2012

The memorial takes the form of a Latin cross on an octagonal shaft resting on a stone plinth with a three-stepped base and stands outside the village cemetery. There are fifteen names for World War 1 and two for World War 2. The names have badly worn and hard to read as the inscription. The memorial was first unveiled on 25 April 1920 by the mothers of seven of the men commemorated on the memorial and the dedication was by Canon Markham; the architect was Sir Charles A Nicholson. Details appeared in the East Anglian Times 29 April 1920. The World War 1 names are on the faces of the plinth as is the inscription, names listed by date of death with full name, regiment and date of death, and the World War 2 names on one of the faces of the upper steps with full name only.

Photographs Copyright © Helen Steed - 2012

AND 1939-1945


[No forename of SDGW] Major, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Yeomanry attached Scots Guards. Died 17 September 1917. Aged 43. Son of Lt. Col. St. John Barne and Lady Constance Barne, of Sotterley Hall, Wangford; husband of Violet E. Barne, of Sotterley Hall, Wansford, Suffolk. Awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO). Buried in MENDINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot IV. Row D. Grave 36.

Extract from THE V.C. AND D.S.O. BOOK VOL. III, page 201:

BARNE, MILES (D.S.O. L.G. 1.1.17): b. 14.3.74; e.s. of the late frederick St. John Newdegate Barne and the late Lady Constance Adelaide Seymour, 5th daughter of the fifth Marquess of Hertford; m. Violert EElla, d. of Sir A. Orr-Ewing, 3rd Bart.; three s.; educ. Eton and Sandhurst; gazetted to S. Guards, Aug. 1913; T/Major, S. Guards; served S. African War, 1900-2; served Europ. War, Major, Suffolk Yeom. He died 17.8.17.

BARNE, MC Seymour
Captain, 20th Hussars attached 35 Squadron (British Royal Air Force, Officers' Service Records 1912-1920), Royal Flying Corps. Killed in action 23 April 1917. Son of Lt. Col. St. John Barne and Lady Constance Barne, of Sotterley Hall, Wangford. Awarded the Military Cross (MC). Left Eton College 1903, joined military 1903. Previously wounded and mentioned in despatches. In 1901 census he was aged 14, born circa 1887, son of Constance A Barne, born Dunwich, Suffolk, resident The Hall, Sotterley (his father had died by this time). Buried in AUBIGNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VI. Row C. Grave 11.

Extract from England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966 - 1917:

BARNE Seymour of 215 Ashley-gardens Middlesex captain 20th Hussars M.C. died 23 April 1917 in France on active service Probate London 25 August to the reverend Algernon Augustus Markham clerk. Effects £12388 3s. 4d.

BIRD Henry
[Memorial states 16 September 1916] Private 6153, 1/24th (County of London) Battalion (The Queen's), London Regiment. Killed in action 17 September 1916. Aged 22. Born Ringsfield Corner, enlisted Beccles, resident Wangford. Son of Charles H. and Rose E. Bird, of Ringsfield Corner, Beccles, Suffolk. Formerly 24442, 3rd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 9 D 9 C 13 C and 12 C.
Private 9117 [CWGC] or 9177 [SDGW], 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 14 October 1915. Aged 22. Born Dunwich, Suffolk, enlisted Lowestoft. Son of Henry and Matilda Brown, of Sotterley, Wrentham, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 37 and 38.
Private 14532, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 19 July 1916. Aged 27. Born Dunwich, Suffolk, enlisted Lowestoft. Son of Henry and Matilda Brown, of East Lodge, Sotterley, Wrentham, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.
BULLEN Charles aka Charlie
Private 202018, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 10 May 1917. Aged 24. Born Sotterley, enlisted Beccles. Son of William and Mary Ann Bullen, of Sotterley Common, Wrentham, Suffolk. Formerly 4550, Suffolk Regiment. Buried in FEUCHY CHAPEL BRITISH CEMETERY, WANCOURT, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row F. Grave 41.
[Memorial states he died 27 November 1918] Private 14622, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 30 November 1918. Aged 34. Born Ellough, Beccles, enlisted Lowestoft. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Burgess, of Rose Cottage, Ellough, Beccles, Suffolk. Buried in BUSIGNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Nord, France. Plot VIII. Row B. Grave 27.
CARD George Henry
[Memorial lists ship as H.M.S. Ninus] Deck Hand 7625DA, H.M. Trawler Margate, Royal Naval Reserve. Died at sea 24 April 1917. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 26. [Registration information: GRO War Death Navy All Ranks Indices (1914 to 1921) Volume: RN Page: 628]
Private 29008, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died 13 September 1918. Aged 20. Son of Herbert George and Matilda Boyce Easey, of Sotterley Common, Wrentham, Suffolk. Buried in VAULX HILL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row A. Grave 17.
EASEY John Stephen
Second Hand 3343/DA (CH), HMS Pekin, Royal Naval Reserve. Died from disease 2 November 1919. Born 13 January 1880 at Sotterley. Husband of Ellen May Easey, of Sotterley Common, near Wrentham, Suffolk. Buried left of the chapel in SOTTERLEY CEMETERY, Suffolk.
GOODA Reginald [George]
Private 44016, 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 27 September 1916. Aged 25. Enlisted Sotterley. Son of the late Frank and Henrietta Gooda. Formerly 1508, Suffolk Yeomanry. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.
HAMMOND Bertie Edward
Lance Corporal 20440, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died 2 September 1918. Aged 20. Son of Edward and Emma Hammond, of Kiln House, Sotterley, Wrentham, Lowestoft. Buried in RED CROSS CORNER CEMETERY, BEUGNY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 17.
ORR-EWING Ernest Pellew
Captain, 1st Battalion, Scots Guards. Killed in action 15 September 1916. Aged 33. Son of Sir Archibald and Lady Orr-Ewing, of Ballikinrain. Buried in GUARDS' CEMETERY, LESBOEUFS, Somme, France. Plot X. Row Z. Grave 4.
Private 235270, 11th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action 5 September 1918. Born Barshar, enlisted and resident Beccles. Formerly 271731, Hertfordshire Regiment. Buried in TROIS ARBRES CEMETERY, STEENWERCK, Nord, France. Plot II. Row R. Grave 30.
TURRELL Ernest George
Able Seaman R/355, Nelson Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Killed or died as a direct result of enemy action24 April 1917. Born 18 March 1894 at Hulver, Suffolk. Husband of E. G. Willingham, living near Beccles, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 1.
CHARTRES Clive Frederick Evelyn
Lieutenant (E), H.M. Submarine Turbulent, Royal Navy. Died 23 March 1943. Aged 23. Son of Frederick William Charles Chartres and of Constance Muriel Chartres (nee Antill), of Woodbridge, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 73, Column 1.

Note: HMS Turbulent (N98) was a T-class submarine of the Royal Navy. She was laid down by Vickers Armstrong, Barrow and launched in May 1942.

On 23 February 1943 Turbulent sailed from Algiers for a patrol in the Tyrrhenian Sea. On 1 March she attacked and sank the Italian steam-ship Vincenz. On the 11th she is known to have attacked the mail ship Mafalda. The following morning the anti-submarine trawler Teti II sighted the periscope and conning tower of a submarine and attacked, it is believed, without success. Turbulent did not respond to any further messages and did not return when expected on 23 March. It is thought that Turbulent fell victim to a mine off Maddalena, Sardinia. The wreck has never been found and any reference to its discovery is incorrect.

[Notes from Wikipedia HMS Turbulent]

OAKES Joseph David Lance Serjeant 1469922, 26 Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 13 September 1944. Aged 27. Son of Joseph and Daisy Letha Oakes, of Sotterley, Suffolk. Buried in GRADARA WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot I. Row D. Grave 2.

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