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WICKHAM MARKET 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 a small memorial garden at the junction of Chapel Lane and High Street, Wickham Market. It takes the form of an obelisk on a four sided plinth with three plaues of names. On 1st May 1988 the plaques were transferred from the Congregational Church when is was sold and converted into a residence. The memorial contains 32 names for World War 1, 9 for World War 2 and further 4 civilians from World War 2. The memorial was first unveiled 11th August 1920, the architect was Mr A W J Mullins. Renovations cost £2604 29p and the memorial was reunveiled 5th October 1989. The decorative railings were erected around the memorial in 1990 using the remainder of the subscription and British Legion funds.

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN PROUD AND
GRATEFUL MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF THIS PARISH
WHO FELL SERVING THEIR
KING AND COUNTRY IN THE
GREAT WAR

1914-1918

BALLS

William Victor
Private 3/9106, "B" Company, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 18 August 1916. Age 18. Son of Herbert James and Emily Dale Balls of Weston Terrace, Wickham Market. Commemorated on the Thiepval memorial

BRANTON

Gordon John
Private 48006, 20th (Tyneside Scottish) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died 05 June 1917. Age 33. Son of the late John and Eliza Branton of Wickham Market. Husband of Emma Almeda Rumsey (formerly Branton) of "Everest", 154 Castle Street, Woodbridge. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial. Private Branton is also commemorated on the Melton War Memorial

BUCKLES

George William
Private 2106, "E" Company, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 26 April 1915. Age 28. Son of Thomas and Eliza Buckles. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

CABLE

Roland
Private 29697, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died 11 February 1917. Age 28. Husband of Laura L Cable of Deben Cottage, Wickham Market. Buried at Varennes Military Cemetery

COOK

Bertie
Corporal 9194, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 18 August 1916. Age 23. Son of John and Elizabeth Cook of Snowdon Hill, Wickham Market. Buried at Quarry Cemetery, Montauban

COOPER

Harry Edward
Private 48778, 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died 25 September 1918. Born at Pettistree. Buried at Brie British Cemetery

COTTON

Bernard
Private, 13th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died in Ipswich on 11th August 1920, aged 34. He was born in Wickham Market in 1886, brother of Oliver Gordon Cotton, and left a widow by the name of Kathleen Mena Cotton. Solicitor's Clerk. In the 1891 census he was one of nine children, aged 5, a scholar, son of Abram and Alice Cotton, born Wickham Market, resident Middle Street, Wickham Market, Plomesgate, Suffolk. In the 1901 census he was aged 15, son of George and Alice Cotton (note different names from 1891 census), an Errand Boy, born Wickham Market, resident Middle Street, Wickham Market, Plomesgate, Suffolk. In the 1911 census he was aged 25, married, a Solicitors Clerk, born Wickham Market, Suffolk, resident Scotts Hall, Pettistree, Wickham Market; his wife was Kathleen Mena Cotton (born Lambeth, London, aged 24) and they had a 10 month old son, Francis Bernard Cotton. He married Kathleen Mena Byrt in the April to June Quarter 1910 in the Plomesgate Registration District. His death was registered in the July to September Quarter 1886, in the Ipswich Registration District, aged 34.

Extract from England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966 for Bernard Cotton:

COTTON Bernard of Wickham Market Suffolk solicitor's cleark died 11 August 1920 at Ipswich Probate Ipswich 20 October [1920] to Kathleen Mena Cotton widow. Effects £230 19s. 11d.

COTTON

Oliver Gordon
Sergeant 15504, "D" Company, 21st Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Died 30 July 1916. Age 21. Son of Mr and Mrs G Cotton. Husband of E M Cotton of 67 Oakley Road, Islington, London. Native of Wickham Market. Buried at Bethune Town Cemetery

EASTER

Frederick
Private 41144, 4th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Died 30 September 1918. Age 30. Eldest son of Sam and Eliza Easter of Wickham Market. Husband of Alice Easter of Snowdon Hill, Wickham Market. Buried at Haringhe (Bandaghem) Military Cemetery

FINCH

William Charles
Corporal 2725, 2ndBattalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died 10 May 1915. Born in Wickham Market. Buried at Roeselare Communal Cemetery

GROSS

Arthur George Charles
Air Mechanic 3rd Class 122646, Royal Air Force. Armament School, Uxbridge. Died 18 June 1918. Age 19. Son of Charles Frederick and Dorothy Lucy Gross of Wickham Market. Buried at Boyton (St Andrew) Churchyard. Air Mechanic Gross’ death is recorded at Uxbridge. Air Mechanic Gross is also commemorated on the Boyton War Memorial

HACON

Edgar Charles
Corporal 3460, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 24 March 1916. Age 21. Son of Edgar and Lucy Maria Hacon of Bridge Street, Wickham Market. Buried at Bethune Town Cemetery

HALL

Frederick J
Private 6779, 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Died 23 October 1914. Age 30. Son of George and Rosa Hall. Husband of Rosa Hall of Pear Tree Cottage, Lopen Seavington, Somerset. Born in Campsea Ashe. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

HALL

Walter A
Lance Corporal 8317, 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Died 26 September 1916. Born in Wickham Market. Buried at the A.I.F. Burial Ground, Flers

KEER

Oliver Largent
Private 3828, 18th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Died 07 February 1916. Age 20. Son of John Cordy Keer and Susannah Elizabeth Keer of Wickham Market. Buried at Cambrin Churchyard Extension

LEGGETT

Frederick William
Private 200613, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 15 July 1916. Born at Charsfield. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

LEGGETT

George Thomas
Rifleman 375490, 2nd/8th Battalion, London Regiment (Post Office Rifles). Died 30 October 1917. Born at Charsfield, resident of Wickham Market. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial

MATTIN

James Harvey
Private 57805, 16th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Died 02 October 1918. Age 19. Son of Jerry and Maud Mattin of Spring Lane, Wickham Market. Commemorated on the Vis-En-Artois Memorial

OSBORNE

Leonard Walter
Rifleman 23501, 1st/5th Battalion, The King’s (Liverpool Regiment). Died 01 August 1917. Born in, and resident of, Wickham Market. Buried at the Mendinghem Military Cemetery

OSBORNE

Ronald Bayford
Driver 94853, "B" Battery, 68th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died 05 July 1915. Age 25. Son of Walter W and Emma Osborne of Bridge Street, Wickham Market. Buried at the Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery

PIGGOTT

Charlie William
Private 33861, 7th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Died 30 November 1917. Age 36. Son of Frederick Andrew and Mercy Piggott of 53 Kingswood Road, Penge, London. Husband of Ruth Mary Piggott of "Sunnyside," Bridge Street, Wickham Market. Commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval

ROSE

Isaac Samuel
Private 40989, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 11 August 1917. Age 30. Son of James and Maria Rose of White Hart Yard, Wickham Market. Buried at Monchy British Cemetery, Monchy-Le-Preux

SHEPHERD

Hedley Graham
Private 229592, 1st Battalion, London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers). Died 02 April 1918. Age 25. on of Mrs Mary E Shepherd of 34 Calbourne Road, Balham, London. resident of Wickham Market. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial

SHEPHERD

Leonard Gordon
Private 354194, 7th Battalion, London Regiment. Died 05 February 1917. Resident of Wickham Market. Buried at the Chester Farm Cemetery

SMITH

Arthur Edward
Private 28208, 12th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. Died 28 December 1916. Age 36. Born in Letheringham, resident of Wickham Market. Buried at Wickham Market Cemetery. Private Smith’s death is recorded at Nottingham

SMITH

Frederick Frank
Sergeant 241326, 1st/5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 16 December 1917. Age 28. Son of William and Julia Smith of 11 Bridge Street, Wickham Market. Husband of Mary Alice Smith of West Heath, Balterley, Crewe, Staffordshire. Buried at Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel

SMITH

Percy Bramwell
Private 200603, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 18 August 1916. Born in Eyke. Buried at Caterpillar Valley Cemetery

SMITH

William Edward
Corporal 12713, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 11 April 1917. Born in Eyke. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial

TEMPLING

William Samuel
Private 13389, 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 23 December 1915. Age 22. Son of William and Caroline Templing of Deben Cottages, Wickham Market. Buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery

WALKER

Stanley George
Private 40057, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died 23 April 1917. Born in, and resident of, Wickham Market. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial

WARD

Harry John
Private 200609, 1st/4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 09 December 1917. Age 21. Son of Josiah and Louisa Ward of Smithdale Terrace, Bridge Street, Wickham Market. Buried at Wickham Market Cemetery. Private Ward’s death is recorded at Lambeth

WIGHTMAN

Sidney Arthur Bendall
Private 9093, 20th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Died 28 November 1917. Age 21. Son of Harry T and Ellen Wightman of 1 St Hildreds, Victoria Street, Felixstowe. Born Aylsham, Norfolk. Buried at Dochy Farm New British Cemetery
This tablet was erected by the Parishoners
1939-1945

BALDRY

Arthur Charles Edgar
Lance Corporal 5946650, 1/5th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’ Own). Died 13 February 1942. Age 33. Commemorated on the Brookwood Memorial

CLARKE

Harold Patrick
Fireman and Trimmer, Merchant Navy. ss Fort Athabaska. Died 02 December 1943. Age 23. Son of Maurice J and Florence I Clarke. Commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial. On 2nd December 1943 the Fort Athabaska was in the docks at Bari loaded and ready for departure carrying 76 tons of cargo, mail and 2 captured German 1000 rocket bombs. The ship next to it blew up, and despite the crews’ efforts, the 2 German bombs exploded killing 46 men out of her complement of 56

DUNNETT

Reginald James
Private 11256979, 1/4th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Died 14 November 1944. Age 20. Son of Sydney and Alice Maud Mary Dunnett of Wickham Market. Buried at Meldola War Cemetery

GARNHAM

Alfred William
Gunner 5826238, 67 Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 09 January 1943. Age 28. Son of Charles and Violet May Garnham. Husband of Elizabeth Phyllis Norah Garnham of Bruisyard. Buried at Caserta War Cemetery

GLANFIELD

Charles Albert
Lance Corporal 5825955, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 25 April 1943. Age 28. Buried at Kranji War Cemetery

GLANFIELD

John Frederick
Private 562337, Devonshire Regiment. Died 02 July 1940. Age 24. Son of John William and Florence Ada Glanfield. Husband of Mary Charlotte Glanfield of Islington, London. Commemorated on the Brookwood Memorial

HALL

Stanley George
Flying Officer 411775, Royal Australian Air Force. Died 13 February 1944. Age 23. Son of Edith Hall of Wickham Market. Buried at Wickham Market Cemetery

SINGLETON

Arthur
Gunner 1427537, 4 Battery, 2 Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 10 June 1940. Age 27. Husband of A G Singleton of Wickham Market. Buried at Calais Canadian War Cemetery, Leubringhen

TEESDALE-SMITH

Henry
Captain 51960, 2nd Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. Died 30 May 1940. Commemorated on the Dunkirk Memorial
Civilians 1939-1945

DALE

Eliza Sheppard
Civilian. Died 19 October 1942. Age 74. Wife of George Dale of 118 High Street, Wickham Market. Eliza Dale died as a result of a bombing raid that hit her house. Her death is recorded at Deben Rural District

MAYHEW-FROST

Albert
Civilian. Died 19 October 1942. Age 44. Husband of Annie Violet Mayhew-Frost of 114 High Street, Wickham Market. Albert Mayhew-Frost died as a result of a bombing raid that hit his house. His death is recorded at Deben Rural District

MAYHEW-FROST

Annie Violet
Civilian. Died 19 October 1942. Age 43. Wife of Albert Mayhew-Frost of 114 High Street, Wickham Market. Annie Mayhew-Frost died as a result of a bombing raid that hit her house. Her death is recorded at Deben Rural District

RICHES

Chester Keeble
Civilian. In May 1942 Chester Riches, aged 53, was accidentally shot dead as he drove his cattle onto marshland near Orford in Suffolk where the army also trained. Son of James & Louisa Riches of Wickham Market.

Last updated 25 August, 2014

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