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SUTTON WAR MEMORIAL

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

The memorial outside the parish church of All Saints and takes the form of a granite Celtic Cross on a stone plinth. There are 14 names for World War 1 and 2 for World War 2.

TO THE IMPERISHABLE MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF SUTTON WHO DIED
FOR FREEDOM IN THE GREAT WAR

1914-1918

BACKHOUSE

George Ernest Percy

Gunner RMA/7532, Royal Marine Artillery, HMS Lion. Died 31/05/1916. Age 36. Son of George and Rosetta Backhouse of London. Commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

The Battlecruiser HMS Lion was the flagship of Vice-Admiral Beatty. On 31st May 1916, she took part in the battle of Jutland. She received heavy damage from 23 x 12 inch and 1 x 5.9 inch shells which resulted in the loss of 99 of her 907 crew, with a further 51 badly injured

CLARKE

John

Lance Corporal 6188, Suffolk Regiment. Died 12/08/1914. Age 29. Son of Mr and Mrs Clarke. husband of Lilian Osborne (formerly Clarke) of 4 Cross Lanes, Newport, Isle of Wight. Born at Woodbridge. Buried at Newport (St Paul's) Cemetery.

Lance Corporal Clarke's death is recorded on the Isle of Wight. Technically, Lance Corporal Clarke was the Suffolk Regiment's first casualty of the Great War (and the 83rd army casualty of the war), however, the Suffolk Regiment did not go into action until 26th August 1914 and Lance Corporal Clarke died at home, so it is likely that he died either as a result of illness or possibly a training injury

CLOW

Albert Grayston

Corporal 203369, "X" Company, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 01/10/1918. Age 28. Son of William and Mary Ann Clow of Sutton. husband of Alice Clow of Round House, Easton. Buried at the Rumilly-En-Cambresis Communal Cemetery Extension.

According to the Commonwealth War Graves register, Corporal Clow's date of death is 01/10/1919, this is a typing error. The 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment lost 8 men on 1st October 1918 in this sector, all are buried at Rumilly-En-Cambresis, including Corporal Clow. General Records Office data supports the 1918 date of death

ELLIS

John Edgar

Private 13165, 10th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, transferred to Labour Corps, attached French Red Cross. Died 08/07/1918. Age 29. Son of Joseph Ellis of Butley High Corner, Tunstall. Buried at Bury St Edmunds Cemetery. Notes: 1. Private Ellis' death is recorded at Bury St Edmunds

GREEN

Walter James

Private G/18259, 11th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 07/10/1916. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

JOLLY

David George

Private 13386, 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 22/01/1916. Born at Laxfield. Buried at the White House Cemetery. Private Jolly is also commemorated on the Shottisham War Memorial

LEEK

Arthur Edward

Private 19033, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rangers. Died 07/11/1917. Age 30. Son of Alfred and Sarah Ann Lee of Sutton. Commemorated on the Jerusalem Memorial

LEEK

Claude

Private 43195, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 12/10/1916. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

LEEK

Stephen

Rifleman R/18371, No 1 Depot, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Died 02/03/1918. Age 29. Born Sutton, resident in Woodbridge. Buried at Sutton (All Saints) Churchyard.

Rifleman Leek's death is recorded at St George's Hospital (London)

MASON

Happy Claude

Gunner 116138, 252nd Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 09/12/1918. Age 22. Son of Albert George Mason of Brook House, Sutton. Buried at Chocques Military Cemetery

PRYKE

Bertie John

Private G/27204, 23rd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Died 29/04/1917. Born in, and resident of, Sutton. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial

QUILTER

John Arnold Cuthbert

Lieutenant Colonel, Grenadier Guards, Commanding Hood Battalion, Royal Navy Division. Died 06/05/1915. Age 40. Son of Sir Cuthbert Quilter, Bart. and Lady Quilter of Bawdsey Manor, Woodbridge. Buried at Skew Bridge Cemetery, Turkey.

Lieutenant Colonel Quilter is also commemorated on the War Memorials at Bawdsey, Ramsholt and Shottisham

SHEPHARD

Ernest William

Private 3860, "B" Company, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 02/11/1916. Age 33. Son of Mr and Mrs William Shephard of Broxtead Farm Cottage, Sutton. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

SHIMMINGS

Henry George Alfred

Private 43639, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 26/09/1917. Age 24. Son of Mrs Hannah Shimmings of 101 Burrell Road, Ipswich. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial

LEST WE FORGET

1939-1945

ABBOTT

Harry John

Trooper 7961442, 147th (10th Battalion, the Hampshire Regiment) Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps. Died 22/10/1944. Age 27. Son of Harry and Florence Abbott. husband of Gertrude Florence Ann Abbott of Ipswich. Buried at Wuustwezel Churchyard

FULLER

George

Private 5834371, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 28/07/1943. Age 24. Son of Ernest and Edith Fuller of Sutton. Buried at Chungkai War Cemetery

GREEN

Alan James

Lance Sergeant 1867621, 1 Malaya Bomb Disposal Company, Royal Engineers. Died 13/10/1943. Age 30. Buried at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

HOWE

George Lawson

Sergeant 644790, 106 Squadron, Royal Air Force~. Died 30/10/1940. Age 21. Son of Herbert Lawson Howe and Lily Howe of Methersgate. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. At the time of Sergeant Howe's death, 106 Squadron were flying Hampden bombers out of RAF Finningley, Yorkshire

HUDSON

Ernest Leslie

Leading Stoker P/KX 114350, Royal Navy, HMS Fidelity. Died 01/01/1943. Age 22. Son of George William and Florence Marian Hudson of Shottisham. Commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

HMS Fidelity was a former French ship (Le Rhin) commandered by the Royal Navy in 1940. It was classified as a "Disguised Convoy Ship" or Special Services Vessel, armed with four 4-inch guns, four torpedo tubes, two seaplanes and a motor torpedo boat. On 29th December 1942 she was heading from the UK to Colombo as part of Convoy ONS-154, reputedly transporting Royal Marine Commandos to Indo-China for a guerrilla action behind Japanese lines. She was hit by a torpedo fired by U-615, which caused some damage. The following day she was hit by another torpedo fired by U-435 near the Azores, as a result of this attack she sank with the loss of 325 of the 335 persons on board. Official records show the date of death of these persons as 01/01/1943; this may be based on German records that show originally a large number of survivors in the water on 30th December and again on 31st December.

Last updated 14 February, 2007

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