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WRENTHAM WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2012

The Wrentham war memorial is a Celtic style cross on a long tapering shaft with a rough hewn, stone base with a plaque affixed to the back and front with the inscriptions and names listed in black lettering which are badly worn now; it stands in St Nicholas churchyard, Wrentham. There are twenty nine names listed for World War 1 and eleven for World War 2. The first 26 names for World War 1 are on the the main plaque and the final three names are above the World War 2 names on the second plaque. The World War 1 names are split between Army and Navy and do not have an obvious sequence, these have been sorted into Alphabetical order here for ease of research and reading.

Photographs Copyright © Helen Steed - 2012

THIS CROSS WAS ERECTED BY THE REV.
E.R. YERBURGH, RECTOR OF WRENTHAM,
IN MEMORY PF THE MEN OF WRENTHAM
WHO DIED FOR FREEDOM AND HONOUR
IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918

BIRD James [Albert]
Stoker 3984S, H.M.S. Defence, Royal Naval Reserve. Killed or died as a direct result of enemy action 31 May 1916. Aged 28. Born Wrentham 8 March 1889. Son of William and Emma Bird, of Church St., Wrentham, Wangford, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 19.
BIRD Robert
Driver 77513, 2nd/3rd Indian Army Corps Signal Company, Royal Engineers. Died in Mesopotamia 29 October 1916. Enlisted Bolton, Lancashire, resident Wrentham. Buried in AMARA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot XIV. Row G. Grave 18.
BIRD Reginald Robert James
Private 50935, 18th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 31 July 1917. Aged 19. Born and resident Wrentham, enlisted Lowestoft. Son of Susannah Bird, of "Mill House," Southwold Rd., Wrentham, Lowestoft, and the late Robert Samuel Bird. Formerly G/86504, 6th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). No nown grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 53 and 55.

BRIGGS Henry [George]
[On memorial listed as Suffolk Regiment] Corporal 240901, 1st/5th Battalion (Territorial Force), Norfolk Regiment. Died 4 January 1918 in Palestine. Aged 33. Born at Wrentham. Enlisted East Dereham. Son of Henry William and Sarah Anne Briggs; husband of Louisa May Briggs, of 116, St. Peter's St., Lowestoft. Buried in BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot XXI. Row U. Grave 11.
CHAMBERS Henry
Second Lieutenant, 1/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died of wounds 11 August 1918. Aged 34. Son of Thomas Chambers, of Broad Clyst, Devon. Husband of Elsa M. Chambers, of Wrentham, Suffolk. Buried in PERNOIS BRITISH CEMETERY, HALLOY-LES-PERNOIS, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row E. Grave 16.
DENNINGTON Frederick
[Memorial lists him as Gunner, H.M.S. Arethusa] Able Seaman 166583 (CH), H.M.S. Pembroke, Royal Navy. Died from disease 9 December 1916. Aged 39. Born Wrentham 18 February 1877. Son of William and Eliza Dennington, of Southwold Road, Wrentham. Buried in GILLINGHAM (WOODLANDS) CEMETERY, Kent. Maval Grave 27. 1425.
FLETCHER W
Corporal, 7th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). No further information curently available.
FRIEND Albert [James]
Able Seaman 232286 (PO), H.M.S. King George V, Royal Navy. Killed or died by means other than disease, accident or enemy action 9 January 1918. Aged 29. Born Wrentham 20 December 1888. Son of Annie Laura Friend, of Priory Road, Wrentham. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 29.
HAMMOND Arthur James
Bombardier L/6350, "D" Battery, 95th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds 3 November 1917. Aged 21. Enlisted Deptford, London S.E., resident Cubitt Town, London S.E. Son of Samuel Hammond, of Hill House, Southwold Rd., Wrentham, Lowestoft, Suffolk. Awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. Buried in LONGUENESSE (ST. OMER) SOUVENIR CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row E. Grave 79.
HAMMOND Walter George
Private 12743, 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 12 October 1916. Aged 22. Born Wrentham, enlisted Ipswich. Son of Mr. S. W. Hammond, of Hill House, Southwold Rd., Wrentham, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.

HEAL John
Acting Corporal 2897, 7th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died of wounds 30 September 1916. Aged 30. Born High Bickington, Barnstaple, Devon, enlisted Lowestoft, resident Wrentham (listed as Wrexham on SDGW). Son of William Gill Heal and Priscilla Ellen Heal. of Church Rd., Wrentham, Wangford, Suffolk. Buried in PUCHEVILLERS BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France.
HUDSON Alfred [James]
Private 14761, 8th Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Died in Salonika 26 October 1918. Born and resident Wrentham, enlisted Watlington, Norfolk. Son of Mr. J. Hudson, of Priory Rd., Wrentham, Suffolk. Buried in KIRECHKOI-HORTAKOI MILITARY CEMETERY, Greece. Grave 368.
JOHNSON Frederick [Charles]
Guardsman 15140, 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Killed in action 4 September 1914. Aged 23. Born Wrentham, enlisted Lowestoft. Son of Mrs. A. Johnson, of High St., Wrentham, Wangford, Suffolk. Buried in GUARDS GRAVE, VILLERS COTTERETS FOREST, Aisne, France. Grave 8.
KENT Harry [R]
Private 22669, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 1 October 1918. Aged 21. Born Wrentham, enlisted Lowestoft. Son of William and Elizabeth Mary Kent, of Mill Lane, Wrentham, Suffolk. Buried in MASNIERES BRITISH CEMETERY, MARCOING, Nord, France. Plot I. Row E. Grave 1.
MARTIN Herbert Edward
Able Seaman J/11840 (CH), H.M.S. Laurel, Royal Navy. Killed or died as a direct result of enemy action 28 August 1914. Aged 20. Born Wrentham 8 August 1894. Son of Elizabeth Martin, of Southwold Road, Wrentham and the late Mr. H. S. Martin. No known grave. Buried at sea. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 2.
MINISTER Alfred [William Philip]
Private G/44015, 17th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 13 November 1916. Aged 20. Born Frostenden, enlisted Bury St Edmund's, resident Wrentham. Son of Mrs. S. Minister, of Southwold Rd., Wrentham, Lowestoft. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 12 D and 13 B.

MYALL Bertie [Leonard]
Private G/2733, 7th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action 20 August 1915. Born and resident Wrentham, enlisted Lowestoft. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 5 D.

NUNN Arthur
Private 29365, 1/8th Battalion (Territorial), Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Killed in action 4 October 1917. Born and resident Wrentham, enlisted Ipswich. Formerly 26497, Suffolk Regiment. Buried in TYNE COT CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot VIII. Row E. Grave 8.
NUNN [Robert] George
Private G/2600, "D" Company, 7th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action 30 September 1916. Aged 19. Born and resident Wrentham, enlisted Lowestoft. Son of James and Ellen Nunn, of London Rd., Wrentham, Lowestoft. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 5 D.

NUNN William
Chief Stoker 276338, H.M.S. Africa, Royal Navy. Died from disease 12 September 1918. Born East Bergholt, Suffolk 15 February 1873. Husband of Daisy Nunn, of 37 Tennyson Road Gillingham, Kent. Buried in King Tom Cemetery Freetown Sierra Leone. Section 1. Grave 38.
PALMER Bernard [William]
Private 23385, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 20 July 1916. Aged 23. Born Wrentham, enlisted Lowestoft. Son of David William Palmer and Sarah Isabel Palmer, of High St., Wrentham, Lowestoft. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.

PLANT Frederick Herbert
Private 18486, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 9 April 1917. Aged 23. Born Wrentham, enlisted Lowestoft. Son of Emily Hammond (formerly Plant), of Hill House, Southwold Rd., Wrentham, Lowestoft, and the late Herbert Plant. His brother Percy Peter John Plant also fell (see below). No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 4.

PLANT Percy Peter John
Able Seaman J/11839 (CH), H.M.S. Scott, Royal Navy. Killed or died as a direct result of enemy action 15 August 1918. Aged 23. Born Wrentham 29 March 1895. Son of Emily Hammond (formerly Plant), of Hill House, Southwold Rd., Wrentham, Wangford, Suffolk, and the late Herbert Plant. His brother Frederick Herbert Plant also fell (see above). No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 28.
RACKHAM William
Private 23386, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 26 December 1917. Aged 38. Born Wrentham, enlisted Lowestoft. Husband of Elizabeth E. Chatfield (formerly Rackham), of Stowell, Sherborne, Dorset. Buried in WRENTHAM CEMETERY, Suffolk. Plot/Row/Section IJ. Grave 55.
RICHES Robert John
Acting Corporal 33110, "Z" Battery, Royal Horse Artillery. Killed in action 19 October 1917. Aged 36. Born Southwold, enlisted Ipswich. Son of Edward and Sarah Riches; husband of Agnes H. Riches, of Fox Cottages, Stanningfield, Bury St. Edmund's. Native of Wrentham, Suffolk. Buried in CANADA FARM CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, belgium. Plot III. Row E. Grave 11.
THROWER Jack Hayward
[Listed as Repulse on memorial] Stoker 1st Class K/2168 (CH), H.M.S. Liffey, Royal Navy, Died from disease 28 April 1918. Born Wrentham 19 July 1889. Son-in-law of Mrs V. J. S. Wilson, of 104 Henry Street, Chatham, Kent. Buried in CHATHAM (MAIDSTONE ROAD) CEMETERY, Chatham, Kent. Plot/Row/Section HH. Grave 1352.
WALKER William
Petty Officer 178005 (CH), H.M.S. Repulse, Royal Navy. Died of disease 11 May 1918. Born Sotherton, Suffolk 4 August 1878. Husband of Charlotte Minnie Walker, of 64 Upper Cliff Rd. Goreleston-on-Sea, Gt. Yarmouth. Buried in EDINBURGH (SEAFIELD) CEMETERY, Leith, Scotland. Grave reference Lair M/364.
WIGG W A
Private, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment probably Arthur William WIGG, Private G/51893, 24th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 1 May 1917. Aged 32. Born and resident Wrentham, enlisted Lowestoft. Son of A. and L. Wigg, of Keepers House Covehithe, Wrentham; husband of A. E. Scrivens (formerly Wigg), of Golden Square, South Cove, Wrentham, Lowestoft. Formerly 3365, Royal Fusiliers. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 4.

WRIGHT Benjamin
Private 127378, 71st Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Died 28 December 1915. Born Wrentham 9 March 1894. Son of George Wright, of Priory Road, Wretham. Farm Labourer by trade. Unmarried. Enlisted and passed fit 29 September 1915, aged 21, at Drumbo, Ontario, Canada, height 5 feet 7 inches, girth 39½ inches, complexion medium, eyes grey, hair brown; relgion Church of England. Buried in SHORNCLIFFE MILITARY CEMETERY, Kent. Plot/Row/Section O. Grave 329. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 10593 - 39
1939-1945
BAILEY Clifford
No further information currently available
BENNETT Robert
No further information currently available
BOYCE Arthur Ernest
Cook, Steam Trawler Newhaven (Lowestoft), Fishing Fleet. Died 15 January 1940. Aged 47. Husband of Beatrice Mary Boyce, of Wrentham, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, London. Panel 127.

DANGOR Ronald
No further information currently available
GIRLING Jack Harry
[Listed as Harry John on CWGC] Private 7359595, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died 23 February 1940. Aged 20. Son of Harry and Edith Girling, of Wrentham. Buried in WRENTHAM CEMETERY, Suffolk. Section F. Grave 48.
JULINGS Robert John
Private 14328211, 2nd Battalion, Welch Regiment. Died 31 December 1944 in Burma. Aged 20. Buried in TAUKKYAN WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar (Burma). Plot 25. Row B. Grave 4.
MARTIN Harry J
No further information currently available
MINISTER Herbert Cyril
Lance Corporal 5777502, 6th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died as a Prisoner of War of the Japanese 22 March 1944. Aged 29. Son of Charles and Rose Minister; husband of Eileen Alice Minister, of Kessingland, Lowestoft, Suffolk. Buried in CHUNGKAI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Plot 3. Row C. Grave 5.

PLEASANTS Robert John
Guardsman 2720529, 1st Battalion, Irish Guards. Died 30 April 1943. Aged 23. Son of Frank and Lily Maud Pleasants, of Wrentham, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on MEDJEZ-EL-BAB MEMORIAL, Tunisia. Face 14.
SANDERS Hubert
No further information currently available
SMITH Charles J
No further information currently available

Last updated 17 August, 2012

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