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EASTON WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2. Roll of Honour with detailed information
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The War Memorial is situated inside the parish chruch and takes the form of a alabaster plaque with bronze wreaths and ribbons. There are nineteen names for World War 1 and four for World War 2. The original memorial was unveiled 23 May 1920 by the Marchioness of Graham and dedicated by Rev A.G. Colbeck, Rector of Easton as reported in the Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury 28 May 1920.

Extract from Framlingham Weekly News - Saturday 29 May 1920, page 2:

Easton's War Memorial.

At All Saints’ Church, Easton, on Sunday evening a magnificent tablet of alabaster and bronze, in memory of the 19 heroes of the parish who had made the supreme sacrifice during the great war, was unveiled by the Marchioness of Graham and dedicated by the Rector (Rev. A. G. Colbeck), following which a sympathetic address was given by Canon Lawrence and the “Last Post” was sounded. The names of all who served during the war have been beautifully inscribed on vellum, and bound in red morocco, and the book, with its heavy Italian cross of gold on the cover, has been placed on a bracket of alabaster immediately under the tablet.

THIS TABLET IS DEDICATED TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN
GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE MEN OF EASTON
WHO IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918
LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES FOR ENGLAND AND HONOUR

ATKINS

Nathan

Private 20735, 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died 22 October 1917. Born Kettleburgh. No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

AIREY

George

Corporal 2530, D Battery, 310th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died 24 May 1918. Son of Mrs E Airey of 3 Pounds Cottages, Easton. Buried in Couin New British Cemetery

CABLE

Roland

Private 29697, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died 11 February 191917. Aged 28. Husband of Laura Cable of Deben Cottage, Wickham Market. Buried in Varennes Military Cemetery

CAPON

James B

Lance Corporal 200294, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 19 November 1917. Aged 23. Son of Mr and Mrs C Capon of the Kennels, Easton. Buried in Potijze Chateau Grounds Cemetery

COPPING

Samuel Oscar

Private 15316, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 28 April 1917. Born at Hacheston. Son of James and Sarah Ann Copping; brother of William (below). No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

COPPING

William

Sergeant 5662, 12th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 25 March 1918. Born Wickham Market. Son of James and Sarah Ann Copping; brother of Samuel (above). No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

FOREMAN

James Stephen

Believed to be Ordinary Seaman J/27883, Royal Navy, H.M.S. Clan McNaughton. Died 3 February 191915. No known grave. Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent.

H.M.S. Clan McNaughton, an armed merchant cruiser, sank in a storm off the coast of Northern Ireland on 3rd February 1915. It is believed that H.M.S. Clan McNaughton hit a mine during the storm, there were no survivors from the 261 crew

FROST

Leslie Richard

Private 200979, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 28 March 1918. Aged 21. Son of the late Richard and Laura Frost. Born Easton. Buried in Feuchy Chapel British Cemetery, Wancourt

FULCHER

Frederick Ernest

Stoker 1st Class K/4450, Royal Navy, H.M.S. Hawke. Died 15 October 1914. Aged 23. Youngest son of Charles Fulcher and the late Elizabeth Fulcher of Easton. No known grave. Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent.

The Edgar Class cruiser H.M.S. Hawke saw service in World War One as a converted depot ship for destroyers and submarines. H.M.S. Hawke was torpedoed and sunk by U- 9 on the 15th October 1914, with the loss of 524 of her 594 crew

GODLEY

Edwin

Corporal 34, 54th (1st/1st East Anglian) Casualty Clearing Station, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died 13 August 1915. Aged 27. Son of William Henry and Agnes Godley. No known grave. Commemorated on Helles Memorial, Turkey (including Gallipoli).

JACOBS

Albert Ernest

Private 16684, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 4 October 1916. Aged 24. Native of Easton. Buried in Struma Military Cemetery

MILES

Albert E

Private 3/8875, 1st Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Died 5 July 1915. Born Great Glenham, resident Easton. Buried in Larch Wood (Railway Cutting) Cemetery

MILES

Armond Wilfred

Private 20488, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 14 October 1916. Aged 25. Son of W Miles of Easton. husband of A E Miles of 4 Gordon Terrace, Wickham Market. Buried in Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-LAbbe

OWENS

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PECK

Stanley

Private 290068, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 17 October 1917. Aged 22. Son of Mrs S A Peck of Easton. No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

RICHARDSON

Frank

Private 12426, 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died 25 December 1914. Aged 29. Son of Frank and Rose Richardson of Pound Cottage, Easton. No known grave. Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial

TODD

George Robert

Private 15086, 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 16 September 1916. Aged 27. Son of S F and Emma Todd of 81 Malting Villas, Rochford, Essex, Born Hacheston. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

WATSON

Alfred

Private 14972, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 1 July 1916. Born Easton. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

WATTS

James

Believed to be Stoker 1st Class SS/103428, Royal Navy, H.M.S. Aboukir. Died 22 September 1914. No known grave. Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent.

H.M.S. Aboukir, an old 1st Class armoured cruiser, was part of Cruiser Force C, in the area of the North Sea known as the Broad Fourteens (H.M.S. Eurylus, H.M.S. Hogue and H.M.S. Cressy were the other three cruisers). H.M.S. Eurylus had technical problems and returned to port. Early on September 22nd 1914 the German submarine U9 under the command of Commander Otto Weddigen sighted the Cressy, Aboukir and Hogue steaming NNE at 10 knots without zigzagging. Although the patrols were supposed to maintain 12-13 knots and zigzag the old cruisers were unable to maintain that speed and the zigzagging order was widely ignored as there had been no submarines sighted in the area during the war. H.M.S. Aboukir was hit by a torpedo first and rolled over within half an hour of the attack. H.M.S. Hogue was picking up survivors when she was hit by two torpedoes, sinking within 10 minutes. H.M.S. Cressy had stopped to pick up survivors, but got underway, before she was hit by a torpedo and damaged. Shortly afterwards, a second torpedo hit her and she sank within 15 minutes. 837 men were rescued but 1459 men were killed in total

ALL THESE WERE HONOURED IN THEIR GENERATION
AND WERE THE GLORY OF THEIR TIMES
ECCLESIASTICUS XLIV.V.7

1939-1945

BATTLE

Claude Frederick

Private 5829870, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 13 August 1944. Aged 25. Son of William and Ellen Agnes Battle of Easton. Buried in St Charles de Percy War Cemetery

GOLDING

William Charles

Private 6022238, 2/5th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died 26 February 191944. Aged 27. Son of Walter Golding and of Rose Eleanor Golding of Easton. Buried in Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery

POTTER

Leonard Walter

Corporal 5825489, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 31 May 1940. Aged 28. Son of Alfred and Julia Potter of Easton. Buried in Adegem Canadian War Cemetery

SMITH

Stanley

Private 5830623, 2nd Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died 26 December 1943. Aged 25. Son of Russell George and Florence Smith. husband of Rose Muriel Smith of Woodbridge. Buried in Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore.

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