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THEBERTON WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Transcribed Andy pepper 2005
researched Stuart Green 2007

Theberton is a village which stands on Pretty Road, off the B1122 Leiston Road. The village war memorial stands on the path to the parish church, in the churchyard. The plaque that is attached to the memorial has been cleaned off and reads:

"CAPTURED GERMAN GUN GRANTED TO THIS PARISH IN RECOGNITION IN THE AWARD OF THE VICTORIA CROSS TO A THEBERTON MAN COL. CHARLES HOTHAM MONTAGUE DOUGHTY-WYLIE VC CB CMG OF THE ROYAL WELCH FUSILIERS FOR VALOUR WHILE SERVING ON THE HEAD QUARTERS STAFF ON GALLIPOLI AT THE LANDING ON V BEACH SEDD-EL-BAHR ON 26 APRIL 1915 ON WHICH OCCASION HE WAS KILLED"

Itl records the gift to the parish of a machine gun in memory of Charles Doughty-Wylie VC who died at Gallipoli. We do not have the text of the plaque but subsequent enquiries show he was a staff officer on the River Clyde during the landings at V Beach, and, on the second day when there was still only a precarious foothold on shore, he with two others also posthumously awarded the VC led the Dublin and Munster Fusiliers to capture the commanding ridge and the village of Sedd-el-Bahr. The machine gun is now in a museum.

There is also a plaque in the churchyard which reads “Here were buried 16 German airmen, the crew of Zeppelin L 48. 17 June 1917” They now lie in Cannock cemetery.

Photograph Copyright © Andy Pepper 2005

IN MEMORY OF THEBERTON MEN
WHO
LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES IN THE
GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918

BAILEY

Sidney Arthur

Private TS/9936 (Shoeing Smith), Army Service Corps. Died 23/11/1918. Age 34. Husband of Mrs Bailey of 10 Alberta Cottages, Burns Lane, Southtown, Great Yarmouth. Buried at Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille

BIRD

Arthur George

Private 15359, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 17/02/1917. Born at Leiston. Buried at Regina Trench Cemetery, Grandcourt

BIRD

Herbert

Private 3/10161, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 05/10/1915. Age 38. Son of Charles and Sarah Bird of East Bridge, Theberton. Buried at Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery

BUTTON

Alfred

DSM+Bar. Leading Seaman 203867, Royal Navy, HMS Sea Ranger. Died 16/10/1918. Age 35. Son of James and Lucy Button. Husband of Rose Selina Button. Born at Theberton. Buried at Theberton (St Peter) Churchyard Extension. Leading Seaman Button's death was recorded at Yarmouth. Further research required to find further information relating to HMS Sea Ranger

DOUGHTY-WYLLIE

Charles Hotham Montagu

VC CB CMG Lieutenant-Colonel, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, attached as General Staff Officer 2 to HQ Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. Died 26/04/1915. Age 46. Son of H M and Edith Doughty of Theberton Hall, Suffolk. Husband of Lilian O Doughty-Wyllie. Buried at Seddel-Bahr Military Grave. The following report is drawn from the Commonwealth War Grave Commission: "The eight month campaign in Gallipoli was fought by Commonwealth and French forces in an attempt to force Turkey out of the war, to relieve the deadlock of the Western Front in France and Belgium, and to open a supply route to Russia through the Dardanelles and the Black Sea. The Allies landed on the peninsula on 25-26 April 1915; the 29th Division at Cape Helles in the south and the Australian and New Zealand Corps north of Gaba Tepe on the west coast, an area soon known as Anzac. At Helles, the 29th Division landed troops at 'S', 'V', 'W', 'X' and 'Y' Beaches, five small coves at or near the southern end of the peninsula. The landing at 'V' Beach was to be made by boats containing three companies of the 1st Royal Dublin Fusiliers, followed by the collier 'River Clyde' with the rest of the Dublins, the 1st Royal Munster Fusiliers, half the 2nd Hampshire Regiment and other troops. The place was very strongly fortified and heavy casualties were sustained during the landing. On the morning of 26 April, Lieutenant Colonel Charles Doughty-Wylie and Captain Garth Walford led the survivors on the beach to the capture of Sedd el Bahr village and the old castle above it. Both won the Victoria Cross but were killed during the fight. (Captain Walford is buried at V Beach). That evening, the main body of the French Corps began to land at 'V' Beach and after the following day, the front line had advanced about three kilometres beyond it. The grave of Colonel Doughty-Wylie is immediately north of Sedd el Bahr, opposite the point at which the 'River Clyde' came ashore. He is buried where he fell, close to the old fort to which he led the attack."

An extract from "The London Gazette", No 29202, dated 23rd June 1915, records the following:. "On 26th April 1915 subsequent to a landing having been effected on the beach at a point on the Gallipoli Peninsula, during which both Brigadier- General and Brigade Major had been killed, Lieutenant- Colonel Doughty-Wylie and Captain Walford organised and led an attack through and on both sides of the village of Sedd el Bahr on the Old Castle at the top of the hill inland. The enemy`s position was very strongly held and entrenched, and defended with concealed machine-guns and pom-poms. It was mainly due to the initiative, skill and great gallantry of these two officers that the attack was a complete success. Both were killed in the moment of victory."

EAVES

Charles

Private 17722, 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 15/05/1916. Born at Kelsale. Buried at La Brique Military Cemetery No 2

EDMUNDS

Edward

MM. Private 326184, 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died 15/10/1918. Age 20. Son of Mrs Eliza E Edmunds of 12 Holly Cottages, East Bridge, Theberton. Buried at East Bridge Primitive Methodist Chapelyard. Private Edmunds is also commemorated on the Middleton War Memorial

FISK

Robert John

Private 15188, 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 26/04/1916. Age 23. Son of Ann Jane and the late William Fisk of Eastbridge. Buried at Ferme-Olivier Cemetery. The memorial shows CJ FISK, but all other records point to RJ FISK

FREE

Robert Charles

Private G/18256, 11th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 07/10/1917. Born at Leiston, resident of Theberton. Commemorated on the Thiepval memorial

GEATER

Arthur William

Private 736884, 85th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Nova Scotia Regiment). Died 26/06/1917. Son of the late Mrs Edith Catherine Geater. Commemorated on the Vimy Memorial

GODDARD

Jeffrey Daniel

Private 24461, 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died 21/05/1918. Age 21. Son of Mrs Agnes Goddard of Eade's Farm, Theberton. Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial

HARPER

Alfred

Corporal 15363, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 29/01/1916. Age 39. Brother of William Parnell of East Bridge, Theberton. Buried at Albert Communal Cemetery Extension

LUMPKIN

Edward

Pioneer 117939, Royal Engineers, transferred to 709 Company, Labour Corps. Died 15/02/1918. Born at Theberton. Buried at Ham British Cemetery, Muille-Villette

PARNELL

Urban Ollie

Able Seaman J/277391CH, Royal Navy, HMS P66. Died 22/12/1918. Age 22. Son of William and Mary Parnell of Eastbridge, Theberton. Buried at Theberton (St Peter) Churchyard Extension. Able Seaman Parnell's death was recorded at Pembroke. HMS P66 was a Royal Naval coastal patrol craft. The cause of AB Parnell's death is unknown

SILSBY

Charles Henry

Private 15185, 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 22/04/1916. Age 22. Son of Jane Button of "Rose Cottage," Eastbridge. Buried at Etaples Military Cemetery

SPALDING

William Frederick

Private G/10336, 7th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 13/10/1917. Resident of Theberton. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial

STANNARD

William

Corporal 8005, 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died 06/08/1915. Age 30. Son of George and Caroline Stannard. Husband of Eliza Maria Stannard of Scotland Street, Stoke-by-Nayland, Colchester, Born at Theberton. Commemorated on the Helles Memorial

SWAINE

Frederick Stephen

Private 35567, 32nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Died 04/10/1916. Age 33. Son of Arthur and Harriet Swain of Lily Cottage, Theberton. Buried at the AIF Burial Ground, Flers

YOUNG

Leonard

Boy 1st Class J/39959, Royal Navy, HMS Black Prince. Died 31/05/1916. Age 17. Ward of Martin and Elizabeth Harper of Rose Cottage, Theberton. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. The armoured cruiser HMS Black Prince was hit by heavy shellfire during the Battle of Jutland. She blew up and sank with the loss of all her 857 crew

THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE
1939-1945

COOKE

Louis Charles

Sergeant (Observer) 523013, 110 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 10/08/1940. Buried at Pihen-Les-Guines Communal Cemetery. 110 Squadron re-formed in 1937. as a bomber unit. and on 4th September 1939, led the RAF's first bombing raid of World War 2 when five of its Blenheims flew from the civil airport at Ipswich (to which No. 110 had been detached from its base at Wattisham on 2nd September) to attack German warships near Wilhelmshaven. It remained at Wattisham until early 1942, when it transferred to India

LUMPKIN

David Leonard

Leading Aircraftman 1453690, 2729 Squadron, Royal Air Force Regiment, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 19/07/1944. Age 22. Son of Lucie Lumpkin and stepson of Thomas Bishop, of Pimlico, London. Buried at Ranville War Cemetery. 2729 Squadron RAF Regiment was formed as No 729 Squadron at Waddington on 19 December 1941, having been unnumbered from the previous April. On 1 February 1942 all RAF Regiment Squadrons had 2000 added to their numbers. It moved to the RAF Regiment Depot in 1942, becoming a Field Squadron in March 1943. Converting to a Rifle squadron in July 1944, it moved to the continent in August 1944. The squadron disbanded at Gatow in March 1946.

Last updated 16 February, 2007

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