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WORLINGWORTH WAR MEMORIAL

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The Worlingworth war memorial is to be found in St Mary's Churchyard, Worlingworth. The memorial takes the form of a celtic cross on a two-stepped base with the inscribed lettering picked out in black. There are 20 names for World War 1 and 6 for World War 2. The memorial was unveiled on 26 September 1920 by Colonel Lord Henniker. The names here have been sorted into alphabetical order for ease fo reading and research. Note: World War 2 names to follow.

Extract from local paper Thursday 30th September, 1920

Worlingworth Heroes. An impressive ceremony took place last Sunday (26th) on the occasion of the unveiling of the cross erected to the memory of the twenty men of Worlingworth who gave their lives in the Great War. The inhabitants gathered together at the muffled peal, and a service of preparation was held in the crowded church; the short and appropriate address being summed up in the words, “Promise to the Lord thy God, and keep it.” A solemn procession then formed and proceeded to the gates of the churchyard, where the cross has been erected. Here the assembly was briefly addressed by Lieut.-Col. The Lord Henniker, who reminded the hearers of the nature of the sacrifices made by the men and how great a responsibility it entailed on all who were thus enabled to live and work for God and England.

After the unveiling the stone was dedicated to the glory of God and the memory of the fallen, and the school children laid their flowers as a tribute. The stone is executed in blue pennant, and is in keeping with the fine old church.

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TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN MEMORY OF THOSE OF THIS PARISH
WHO FELL IN THE WAR
1914-1919

BEECROFT
William Victor
Private 329203, ‘D’ Company, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action 26th September 1917. Aged 20. Born Worlingworth, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Son of William and Elizabeth Beecroft of Willow Cottage, Shop Street, Worlingworth. Formerly 7904, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Went to France 29 December 1915. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 148.
BLAXALL
William James
Private 20567, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 28th February 1917. Aged 19. Born Woolingworth (sic s/b Worlingworth), enlisted Framlingham. Son of William and Bessie Blaxall of Church Street, Worlingworth. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Section O. Plot IV. Row T. Grave 2.
CHAPMAN
John
Private 3/8458, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 4th November 1914. Aged 19. Born Worlingworth, enlisted Framlingham. Son of George and Eliza Chapman of Cross Cottage, Shop Street. Sent to the Front 10 October 1914. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 9.
CHAPMAN
Wesley Charles
Lance Corporal 328032, 1st/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action 20th September 1918. Aged 25. Born Athelington, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Son of Charles and Elvina Chapman, of Stanway Farm. Formerly 6674, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Buried in EPEHY WOOD FARM CEMETERY, EPEHY, Somme, France. Plot VI. Row A. Grave 3.
CHAPMAN
William
Corporal GS/27264, 7th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 13th November 1916. Aged 23. Born Warlingworth, enlisted and resident Framlingham. Son of George and Eliza Chapman of Cross Cottage, Shop Street. Buried in ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL, Somme, France. Plot I. Row E. Grave 16.
CLARKE
James Ray
Private 23428, 1st Regiment, South African Infantry. Died 8th October 1918. Aged 24. Born at Worlingworth. Son of Kate Jacobsen (formerly Clarke), of Grasmere, Transvaal, and the late Henry Clarke. Buried in POTCHEFSTROOM MILITARY CEMETERY, South Africa. Church of England Section. Grave 475.
CLARKE
Sydney
Lance Corporal 29759, 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 16th October 1918. Aged 37. Born Martham, enlisted Norwich. Son of Charles William and Alice Mary Clarke of Vine House, Shop Street, Worlingworth. Buried in LOOS BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XVII. Row E. Grave 10.
CLARKE
William Selby
Private 13156, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 15th September 1916. Aged 21. Born Warlingworth (six s/b Worlingworth), enlisted Ipswich. Son of Charles William and Alice Mary Clarke of Vine House, Shop Street, Worlingworth. Buried in LA NEUVILLE BRITISH CEMETERY, CORBIE, Somme, France. Plot II. Row E. Grave 18.
CLAYTON
James Albert
Private 14387, 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 13th September 1916. Aged 23. Born Worlingworth, enlisted Ipswich. Son of Samuel and Emma Clayton (nee Burns) of Finkle Street, Worlingworth. Went to France 23 September 1915. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.

CLAYTON
Samuel
[Listed as Private] Driver 54307, ‘L’ Battery, Royal Horse Artillery. Killed in action 1st September 1914 at the famous 'Action at Nery', most probably in the first few minutes of the onslaught by the German artillery and machine guns. Aged 20. Son of Samuel and Emma Clayton (nee Burns) of Finkle Street, Worlingworth. Went to the Front 15 August 1914. Buried in NERY COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Oise, France. Grave 25.
CRISP
Samuel James
Private 26484, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 4th May 1917. Aged 27. Born Worlingworth, enlisted Framlingham. Son of Rachel Crisp of Spinney Cottage, Finkle Street, Worlingworth. Buried in HAPPY VALLEY BRITISH CEMETERY, FAMPOUX, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section B. Grave 9.
FRENCH
Noel Edward Lee
Private 1115, 2nd County of London Yeomanry (Westminster Dragoons). Died 10th February 1915 in Egypt. Aged 27. Born Lahore, India, resident Shiplake-on-Thames, enlisted Elverton Street, London S.W. Son of Sir Edward Lee French, K.C.V.O., and Lady French. Buried in CAIRO WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Section B. Grave 154.

FRENCH
William Cotton
Major, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Queen Alexandra’s Own Gurkha Rifles (Indian Army). Died 12th March 1915. Aged 44. Son of Rev. Frederic and Anna Maria French. Husband of Evelyn Mary French, Stayer House, Eye. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MILITARY CEMETERY, RICHEBOURG-L'AVOUE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 16.

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HOWES, MM
Harry Pollard
Serjeant 34873, 122nd Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds 2nd August 1917. Aged 27. Born Brundish, enlisted Ipswich. Son of Mrs. Chenery of Town Farm, Water Lane, Worlingworth. Awared the Military Medal (M.M.) and Mentioned in Dispatches. Buried in BEDFORD HOUSE CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Enclosure No. 2 Plot II. Row B. Grave 8.
ROSE
Alfred
Private 14973, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 14th September 1917. Aged 21. Born Worlingworth, enlisted Ipswich. Son of Alfred and Caroline Rose (nee King) of Finkle Street, Worlingworth. Buried in MONCHY BRITISH CEMETERY, MONCHY-LE-PREUX, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row L. Grave 27.
STEARNE
Ernest
Private 201127, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 23rd April 1917. Aged 29. Enlisted Ipswich. Son of George and Sarah Stearne (nee Weavers) of Albert Cottage, Worlingworth. Formerly 3658, Suffolk Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 4.

STEARNE
Samuel
Private 201125, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 15th July 1916. Aged 22. Born Wallingworth (sic s/b Worlingworth). enlisted Ipswich. Son of George and Sarah Stearne (nee Weavers) of Albert Cottage, Worlingworth. Formerly 3655, Suffolk Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.

STEARNE
William
Private 241112, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 23rd November 1918. Aged 26. Son of George and Sarah Stearne (nee Weavers) of Albert Cottage, Worlingworth. He was in the Agricultural Corps. Buried at WELLINGBOROUGH HOSPITAL, Northants.
THORNDIKE
John
Private 13148, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 14th July 1916. Aged 20. Born Worlingworth, enlisted Ipswich. Son of John and Eliza Thorndike (nee Taylor) of Paddock Lane, Worlingworth. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.

WARNER
Ernest Francis
Company Serjeant Major (WO 2nd Class) 25401, 6th Battalion, King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment). Killed in action in Mesopotamia 8th March 1917. Aged 26. Born Framlingham, enlisted Ipswich. Son of David and Emma Warner (nee Rose) of School House, Church Street. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 7.
1939-1945
IN MEMORIAM
ABBOTT
James Alfred
Private 13005844, 76 Company, Auxiliary Mil., Pioneer Corps. Died 28th May 1940. Aged 38. Son of Charles and Alice Abbott, of Worlingworth, Suffolk; husband of Rachael Emmeline Abbott, of Wetheringsett, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on DUNKIRK MEMORIAL, Nord, France. Column 149.
BALDRY
Arthur William
Private 5831379, 2/5th Battalion, The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey). Died 20th May 1944 as a P.O.W. Aged 24. Born and resident Suffolk. Buried in KRAKOW RACKOWICKI CEMETERY, Poland. Plot 2. Row B. Grave 6.
LING
Samuel Wardley
Sergeant (Flight Engineer) 1427911, 619 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 19th July 1944. Buried in USSY-SUR-MARNE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Seine-et-Marne, France. Collective grave.
STEARNE
Roydon Samuel
Private 5826882, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 20th September 1943 as a prisoner of war of the Japanese. Aged 25. Son of Denis George and Sarah Stearne, of Wilby, Norfolk. Buried in THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar (Burma). Plot B3. Row D. Grave 8.

STEARNE
William Selby
Private 5826886, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 20th August 1943 as a prisoner of war of the Japanese. Aged 23. Son of Denis George and Sarah Stearne, of Wilby, Norfolk, husband of Florence Stearne, of Unsworth, Lancashire. Buried in THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY , Myanmar (Burma). Plot B4. Row U. Grave 13.

WHITING
Ernest [William]
Police Constable, East Suffolk Police. Died at Oak Tree Farm, Worlingworth when an unexploded bomb blew up and killed him and four Royal Engineers 10 October 1940. Son of William and Mildred Whiting, of 17 Fir Lane, Lowestoft; husband of Hilda Olive Whiting, of Police Station, Worlingworth.

Last updated 30 May, 2013

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