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World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
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The memorial is to be found within the parish church, Westerfield. The memorial takes the form of a Portalnd stone plaque beneath the Royal Coat of Arms. It contains 12 names for World War 1 and 4 for World War 2. It was first unveiled 8th August 1920 when the architect was Mr H Munro Cautley, buolder Mr Ernest Barnes, and then again 9th April 1947. Deatils of the first unveiling can be found in the East Anglian Daily Times 9th August 1920.

To the
glory of god
and in memory of the fallen.
They, whom this tablet commemorates were
among those who, at the call of king and
country, left all that was dear to them,
endured hardship, faced danger and finally
passed out of the sight of men by the path
of duty and self-sacrifice giving up their
own lives that others might live in freedom



Francis Henry

Private 15930, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 03/07/1916. Age 27. Son of Mr and Mrs G Badman, late of The George Inn, Saffron Waldron, Essex. Husband of Florence Badman (nee Hockley) of Westerfield. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial


William Ernest

Private G/52953, 4th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Died 15/12/1917. Born at Witnesham, resident of Westerfield. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial



Believed to be Gunner 348414, 9th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery. Died 14/05/1917. Buried at Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Mont-St-Aloi


Harold William

Gunner 181466, 22nd Reserve Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Died 07/05/1917. Age 18. Son of William and Margaret Day of Ivy Cottage, Westerfield. Buried at Westerfield (St Mary Magdalene) Churchyard. Gunner Day’s death is recorded at Salisbury


William Frederick

Sergeant 201083, 1st/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died 29/03/1918. Age 24. Son of Robert and Ellen Fenn of Westerfield. Husband of May Lily Fenn of 45 Priory Street, Ipswich. Buried at St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen


Alexander Frederick

Officer’s Steward 2nd Class L/7870, Royal Navy. HMS Racoon. Died 09/01/1918. Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial. H.M.S. Racoon was a Beagle class destroyer. On 9th January 1918, she was en route from Liverpool to Lough Swilly to take up anti-submarine and convoy duties in the Northern Approaches. in heavy sea conditions and while experiencing  snow blizzards she struck rocks at the Garvan Isles and sank with the loss of 91 of her crew


Arthur Charles

Private 2000734, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 23/04/1917. Age 25. Son of George and Eleanor Palmer-Gowing of Westerfield. Husband of J Palmer-Gowing of 6 Lucas Road, Colchester. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial


Bertram Coleby

Lieutenant, 8th Auxilary Steam Company, Mechanical Transport, Army Service Corps. Died 30/06/1918. Age 47. Son of Robert Charles and Elizabeth Ransome of Ipswich. Husband of Phyllis M Ransome of Westerfield House, Westerfield. Buried at Ste Marie Cemetery, Le Havre


Gordon Edward

Private 40404, 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died 22/03/1918. Born Westerfield. Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial


Joseph Alexander

Able Seaman J/10125, Royal Navy. HM TB No12. Died 10/06/1915. Age 20. Son of William and Mary Ann Turner of Swan Lane, Westerfield. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. On 10th June 1915, the Cricket class Coastal Destroyer, HM Torpedo Boat No 12 (also known as HMS Moth), was on patrol in the North Sea when she hit a mine and was destroyed with the loss of all her crew


Percy J

Private 34001, 11th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died 25/03/1917. Age 31. Husband of Ethel L Wade of 4 Station Road, Westerfield. Buried at Bethune Town Cemetery



Corporal 40012, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died 23/04/1917. Age 32. Son of David and Rose Waspe of Westerfield. Husband of Rose Waspe of 23 Borough Road, Ipswich. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial

In this parish out of a total population of 381
persons the number of men who served in his
majesty’s forces during the great war was 81

This further memorial was erected to the men who fell in the Second World War



Raymond John

Midshipman, Royal Naval Reserve. HMS Ramillies. Died 12/06/1943. Age 18. Son of Clement and Florence Gertrude Bowman of Westerfield. Buried at Westerfield (St Mary Magdalene) Churchyard. The Battleship HMS Ramillies was torpedoed and damaged by a Japanese midget submarine on 30th May 1942 and returned to the UK for repair. The cause and place of death of Midshipman Bowman is unknown


William John

Driver T/839827, 63 (Airborne) Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 11/11/1944. Age 35. Son of Charles and Annie Chaplin. Husband of Dora May Chaplin of Ipswich. Buried at Rheinberg War Cemetery


Harold Leonard John

Driver T/183277, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 04/09/1941. Age 24. Son of Joseph Henry and Eliza Mabel Crapnell of Westerfield. Buried at the Cairo War Memorial Cemetery


Harry Ronald

Possible Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 1314142, 408 (RCAF) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 17/04/1943. Buried at Liesse Communal Cemetery.

Last updated 17 February, 2007

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