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SUDBOURNE WAR MEMORIAL

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

The memorial is to be found in the parish church and takes the form of nowy headed metal plaque on a wooden backboard. There are 17 names for World War 1 and 2 for World War 2. The memorial was initially unveiled on 26th September 1920 by Capatin E R B Drummond; details can be found in the East Anglian Daily times 29th September 1920. The foundry work was completed by Messrs G Maile & Son Ltd.

IN
LOVING THANKFUL REMEMBRANCE
OF
THE SUDBOURNE MEN
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE
GREAT WAR
1914-1918

BORRETT

Adam

Private 52479, 32nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Died 22/09/1917. Age 26. Son of Mrs Sarah Borrett of Great Wood, Sudbourne. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial

BUGG

George

Private G/68873, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment), posted to 1st/24th Battalion, London Regiment. Died 22/08/1918. Age 19. Son of George and Louisa Bugg of School Road, Sudbourne. Commemorated on the Vis-En-Artois Memorial

DANIELS

John Albert

Stoker 1st Class K/14505, Royal Navy, HMS Aboukir. Died 22/09/1914. Age 23. Son of Robert and Hannah Daniels of Earsham Park Farm, Bungay. Native of Sudbourne. 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 Hogue and HMS Cressy 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

FELGATE

Frederick Charles

Private 20335, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 26/05/1917. Age 21. Son of Emily Jane Felgate of Wood Cottage, Sudbourne and the late John Philip Felgate. Buried at Sudbourne (All Saints) Churchyard.

Private Felgate's death is recorded at Ampthill, Bedfordshire

GOLDSMITH

Alfred

Private 202359, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 23/04/1917. Born Orford. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial. The Sudbourne Memorial shows Alfred Goldsmith Fell

GOODWIN

Edwin Henry

Private 225624, 1st Battalion, London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers), attached 2nd/4th Battalion. Died 20/06/1918. Buried at Contay British Cemetery, Contay

HOLLAND

Joseph Richard

Lance Sergeant 18087, 7th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 09/10/1916. Age 21. Son of John and Elizabeth Alice Holland of Lodge Farm, Sudbourne. Buried at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery

HOWARD

Walter

Lance Corporal 38200, 1st/5th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Died 22/08/1918. Age 20. Son of Mr and Mrs C Howard of 9 New Row, Sudbourne. Commemorated on the Vis-En-Artois Memorial

MEADOWS

George Snowden

Stoker 1st Class 308721, Royal Navy, HMS Natal. Died 30/12/1915. Age 35. Son of Mr and Mrs Robert Meadows of 69 Broom Cottage, Sudbourne. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

On 30th December 1915 Natal was lying in the Cromarty Firth with her squadron, when shortly after 3.20pm, and without warning, a series of violent explosions tore through the ship. Within 5 short minutes she capsized, a blazing wreck. 390 men, more than half of the ship's company, 11 women and children and two dockyard workers perished either from the explosions or in the freezing water of the Cromarty Firth. There was a huge amount of speculation about the loss of the Natal. A mine laying U-boat was thought to be the cause but an underwater inspection revealed massive damage from an internal explosion. Sabotage by German agents was suspected but never proved

MOSS

Fred

Bombardier 8940, "A" Battery, 72nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died 08/12/1918. Age 23. Born Woodbridge. Buried at Sudbourne (All Saints) Churchyard.

Bombadier Moss' death is recorded at Plumesgate

NOY

Samuel

Bombardier 8280, "C" Battery, 72nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died 17/08/1916. Age 28. Son of William and Martha Noy of 64 Ferry Road, Sudbourne. Buried at Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz

REEVES

Sidney

Lance Corporal 2720, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 20/07/1916. Age 22. Son of Ernest Fredrick and May Grace Reeves of 12 Eastwood House, Leiston. Buried at Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L'Abbe

SMY

George

Able Seaman J/15090, Royal Navy, HMS Recruit. Died 01/05/1915. Age 19. Son of Mr and Mrs W Smy of 65 Well House, Sudbourne. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

On 1st May 1915 the fast destroyer HMS Recruit was hit by a torpedo fired by UB-6 near to the Galloper Light Vessel, Southern North Sea. The torpedo cut the vessel in half and she sank almost immediately

THORNLEY

James Edward

Private 58624, 13th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment). Died 09/04/1917. Buried at Tilloy British Cemetery, Tilloy-Les-Mofflaines

THURSTON

George James

Private 242259, 2nd/5th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Died 07/12/1917. Age 39. Husband of Adelaide Rose Thurston of 15 Hamilton Square, Kipling Street, Bermondsey, London. Native of Sudbourne. Buried at Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manancourt

WORNE

Robert George

Gunner 128838, 3rd Cavalry Divisional Ammunition Column, Royal Horse Artillery. Died 11/04/1918. Resident of Sudbourne. Buried at St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen

WRIGHT

Harry

Lance Corporal 14342, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 31/07/1917. Age 25. Son of David and Martha Wright of 61 Ferry Road, Sudbourne. Buried at Perth Cemetery (China Wall)

THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE

ALSO OF

GOLDSMITH

John Ernest

Flight Sergeant (Air Gunner) 901859, 96 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 27/04/1941. Age 19. Son of Percy Charles and Kathleen Elizabeth Goldsmith of Orford. Buried in Sudbourne (All Saints) Churchyard.

Flt Sgt Goldsmith's death was recorded at Grantham. On 18 December 1940, No 422 Flight, a Hurricane night-fighter unit at Cranage, was redesignated No. 96 Squadron. In February 1941 it received Defiants as additional equipment and flew night patrols over Merseyside and the Midlands

WARD

Ernest

Believed to be Sailor, Merchant Navy, mv Tower Grange. Died 18/11/1942. Age 29. Born Plomesgate. Commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial.

The freighter mv Tower Grange was sunk in the North Atlantic by a torpedo fired by U-154 while on a voyage from Calcutta and Cape Town to Trinidad. 6 of her crew of 47 died in the attack

WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE
SECOND WORLD WAR
1939-1945

Last updated 14 February, 2007

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