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STOKE BY CLARE WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Transcribed Kim Andrews; researched Martin edwards2016

The memorial is on the main road through Stoke by Clare and adjacent to the old village primary school, now the Nursery School of Stoke by Clare College and opposite the village green, located in grassed area, hedged to all sides, at Lower Green, The Street, Stoke By Clare. Rather weathered with a lot of lichen, making the names hard to read in places. It takes the form of an obelisk set on a square plinth, with two steps, and a base. The memorial was dedicated by the Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich and unveiled by Field Marshall Sir William R Robertson, Bart., GCB., GCMG. KCVO, DSO on 23 January 1921. Details appeared in the East Anglian Daily Times 25 January 1921. There are 27 names listed for World War 1 and 3 for World War 2. The names of the fallen are on the front of the memorial and to each side are the names of those who also served, 39 names on one side,41 on the other. Interestingly the names of those ‘also served’ have their ranks included, Privates having names only, Frank Meekins name is hard to make out as it has been amended and that section of stone has been replaced with an infill.

Photographs Copyright © Kim Andrews 2010

TO THE
MEMORY
OF THE MEN
OF STOKE
WHO FELL IN
THE GREAT WAR
1914-1919

BAREHAM Walter
Private 223190, 226th Divisiona Employment Company, Labour Corps. Killed in action 7 August 1917. Aged 35. Born Stoke-By-Clare, enlisted Gravesend, Kent, resident Swanscombe, Kent. Husband of Alice Best (formerly Bareham), of The Rising Sun, Swanscombe, Greenhithe, Kent. Formerly 6892, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment) and 51576, 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Buried in BLEUET FARM CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row E. Grave 22.
BEAVIS Bertie
Private 15862, 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 29 September 1915. Aged 21. Born Stoke-By-Clare, enlisted Haverhill. Son of Walter and Jane Beavis, of Upper Green, Stoke, Clare, Suffolk. Buried in ABBEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot II. Row D. Grave 10.
BOWERS Charles
No further information currently available
BROWN George
No further information currently available
BRUTY Arthur
Private G/47618, 4th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 20 November 1917. Aged 20. Born and enlisted Clare, resident Suffolk. Son of George and Emma Bruty, of Burnt House, Stoke, Clare, Suffolk. Buried in FAVREUIL BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 25.
DRANE Percy
Private 13233, 10th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 9 April 1916. Aged 19. Born and resident Stoke-By-Care, enlisted Haverhill. Son of Jesse and Charlotte Drane, of 4, Station Terrace, Stoke, Clare, Suffolk. Buried in CERISY-GAILLY MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot II. Row D. Grave 10.
FARRANT Frank
Corporal 68366, 121st Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 22 April 1917. Born Stoke, Suffolk, enlisted Barking, Essex. Buried in ST. NICOLAS BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row G. Grave 4.
FRANK William Stanley
Private 12/107, 3rd Company. Auckland Regiment, N.Z.E.F. Killed in action at Gallipoli 25 April 1915. Aged 38. Son of William and Laura Emily Frank, of 9, Alexandra Rd., Sible Hedingham, Essex, England. No known grave. Commemorated on LONE PINE MEMORIAL, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Panel 72.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918:

FRANK, WILLIAM STANLEY, Private, No. 12/107, Auckland Infantry Battn. New Zealand Expeditionary Force, eldest s. of William Frank, of Stoke-by-Clare, co. Suffolk, by his wife, Laura Emily, dau. of Capt. Edwin Gooch, R.N.R. ; b. North Finchley, London, N., 26 Nov. 1876 ; educ. University School, Hastings ; served in the South African War 1899-1902, attached to the South African Light Horse ; went to New Zealand in 1908, and whilst there he was engaged at a Store ; volunteered for Imperial Service on the outbreak of war in Aug. 1914. and joined the Auckland Infantry Battn. ; left for Egypt, and from there went to the Dardanelles in 1915, and was killed in action there 25 April following ; unm.

INCE Harry
Private 28239, 11th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 22 April 1917. Born and resident Stoke-By-Clare, enlisted Clare. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 85 to 87.
JAY Alfred
Private L/6706, 1st Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action 29 July 1918. Born Stoke, Suffolk, enlisted New Cross, Kent, resident Deptford, Kent. Husband of Ada Marie Jay, of 110, Folkestone Gardens, Deptford, London. Buried in ABEELE AERODROME MILITARY CEMETERY. West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row C. Grave 9.
JAY Frederick
Private 202196, 1/4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 23 April 1917. Born Boynton End, Suffolk, enlisted Sudbury. Son of James and Fanny Jay, of Boyton End, Suffolk. Formerly 2519, Suffolk Yeomanry. Buried in COJEUL BRITISH CEMETERY, ST. MARTIN-SUR-COJEUL, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section B. Grave 62.
KIMMENS Edward
Private G/24449, 1st Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 4 November 1916. Aged 25. Born Stoke-By-Clare, enlisted and resident Clare. Son of Mr. W. and Mrs. S. Kimmens, of The Green, Stoke, Clare, Suffolk. Formerly 2013, East Surrey Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 5 D and 6 D.
MEEKINS Frank
Private 202026, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 26 September 1917. Enlisted Haverhill. Son of William Meekins, of Frost Farm, Boyton End, Halstead, Essex. Formerly 2785, Suffolk Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 40 to 41 and 162 to 162A.
NEWMAN Maurice George
Lance Corporal 18619, 1st Battalion (Depot), Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 26 November 1916. Aged 32. Born Edwardstone, Suffolk, enlisted Clare. Son of John and Margaret Jane Newman, of Edwardstone, Suffolk; husband of Elizabeth Hunnebell (formerly Newman), of Pretoria House, Jackson Rd., Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. Buried in NUNHEAD (ALL SAINTS) CEMETERY, London. Commemorated on Screen Wall. 89. 32546.
ORBELL Albert [Edward]
Private 56671, 18th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 30 September 1918. Born Stoke-By-Clare, enlisted Sudbury. Buried in HOOGE CRATER CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XVII. Row F. Grave 3.
ORBELL Frederick
Private 18034, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 3 July 1916. Aged 25. Born Stoke, Suffolk, enlisted Clare. Son of Thomas Orbell, of Lower Green, Stoke-by-Clare, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.
PANNELL Valentine [Arthur]
Lance Corporal G/15774, 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 31 July 1917. Aged 23. Enlisted Brentwo0od, Essex. Son of Mr W. Pannell, of Stoke, Clare, Suffolk. Buried in DUHALLOW A.D.S. CEMETERY, . Plot I. Row A. Grave 45.
PLEDGER James
Chief Stoker 279184, H.M.S. Natal, Royal Navy. Killed or died by means other than disease, accident or enemy action 30 December 1915. Aged 40 [CWGC]. Born 20 January 1876 in Stoke by Clare. Son of Samuel Pledger; husband of Melina Pledger, of Mill Green, Stoke by Clare, Suffolk. Buried in ROSSKEEN PARISH CHURCHYARD EXTENSIONS (OR BURIAL GROUND), Ross and Cromarty. Plot/Row/Section C. Grave 363.
PLEDGER Jesse
Leading Stoker K/22095, H.M.S. Invincible, Royal Navy. Lost with his ship at the Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916. Aged 25. Born 5 February 1891 in Clare, Suffolk. Son of George Pledger, of Stoke Clare, Suffolk. His sister Grace, lived at Chapel Street, Stoke by Clare, Suffolk. Height 5 feet 10 incges, chest 39 inches, hair dark brown, eyes brown, complexion fresh. Fram labourer before volunteering. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 17.
PLEDGER Sidney
No further information currently available
PLEDGER William
Rifleman 592841, 2/18th (County of London) Battalion (London Irish Rifles). Died of wounds in Egypt 15 November 1917. Aged 30. Born Stoke-By-Clare, enlisted Mill Hill, resident Enfield Wash. Brother of Miss L. Rawlinson, of 24, Post Office Terrace, Stoke, Clare, Suffolk. Formerly G/21921, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Buried in ALEXANDRIA (HADRA) WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Section D. Grave 214.
READE Charles
Private G/61220, 24th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Died of wounds 2 May 1917. Aged 29. Born Stoke-By-Clare, enlisted Waltham Abbey, resident Enfield Wash. Son of George and Susannah Reade, of Stoke, Clare, Suffolk. Formerly 32240, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XIX. Row N. Grave 9A.
SMITH Joseph
Private 47783, 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 22 March 1918. Aged 19. Born Stoke-By-Clare, enlisted Sudbury. Son of Mrs. Eliza Smith, of Stonards' Farm, Stoke, Clare, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 54 to 56.
SUTTON Thomas [Stanley]
Private 103379, 10th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 6 May 1918. Aged 18. Born and resident Stoke-By-Clare, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Son of Samuel Charles and Kate Sutton, of Stoke-by-Clare, Suffolk. Buried in VARENNES MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot II. Row K. Grave 3.
TURNER Frank
No further information currently available
TURNER Oliver Thomas
Gunner 163944, 1st Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds 28 August 1918. Aged 35. Born Stoke, Clare, Suffolk, resident Wixoe, Halstead, Essex. Son of Mr. and Mrs. O. T. Turner, of Baythorne End, Halstead, Essex; husband of Annie M. Turner, of Stour House, Wixoe, Halstead. Buried in VILLERS-BRETONNEUX MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot XVIA. Row A. Grave 14.
UNDERWOOD Ernest
Private 97340, "E" Battalion, Tank Corps. Killed in action 20 November 1917. Aged 27. Born Stoke-By-Clare, enlisted Haverhill. Son of George and Susan Underwood, of Wixoe, Essex; husband of May Drane (formerly Underwood), of 2, Station Terrace, Stoke, Clare, Suffolk. Formerly 303340, Royal Army Service Corps. No known grave. Commemorated on CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL, Nord, France. Panel 13.
1939-45
COURT C
No further information currently available
MAY Robert [James]
Serjeant 5828669, 5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 16 November 1947. Aged 31. Son of Robert May and of Hilda Florence May (nee Crisp), husband of Irene Joyce May, of Stoke-by-Clare, Suffolk. Buried east of the church in BROADWELL (ST. PAUL) CHURCHYARD, Gloucestershire.
WARDEN H
possibly Harry WARDEN, Serjeant 2613830, 6th Battalion, grenadier Guards. Died 17 March 1943. Aged 27. Son of Charles and Ellen Warden; husband of Evelyn Warden, of Halstead, Essex. Buried in SFAX WAR CEMETERY, Tunisia. Plot II. Row A. Grave 5.

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