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World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2004 Transcribed and researched Ernie Rusdale
additional information from Tony Pringle



Harry John

Private, 13049, 2nd Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 11-03-15 (CWGC states 1917 but SDGW and plaque in church state 1915 which is verified as correct), aged 26. Born Sapstone, Suffolk, enlisted Bury St. Edmunds. Son of John and Elizabeth Addison, Hall Farm Lodge, Herringswell, Suffolk. Commemorated on Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Panel 21.


Leslie [Arthur]

*Captain, 4th Battalion attached 2nd Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 28th September 1916. Aged 27. Son of Arthur W. and Jane Peek Ballance, of The Manor House, Herringswell, Suffolk, and Blackheath Park, London. Enlisted in August 1914. Buried in BULLS ROAD CEMETERY, FLERS, Somme, France. Special Memorial 1. Member of the Stock Exchange and listed on the Stock Exchange memorial.

Note: There are now 776 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 296 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 15 casualties known or believed to be buried among them.

From de Ruvigny's ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-18 Part 3, page 14:

BALLANCE, LESLIE ARTHUR, Capt., 2nd Battn. (60th Foot) The King's Royal Rifle Corps. a. of Arthur William Ballance. of Park Lodge. Blackheath Park, London, S.E.. and the Manor House, Herringswell. co. Suffolk. by his wife. Jane Peek, clau. of G. M. Frean : b. London. 9 Jan. 1881): educ. Eton. and Trinity College. Cambridge. In Aug. 1914. he obtained a commission in the 15th County of London Regt., but was transferred to the King's Royal Rifle Corps. March. 1915 ; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders : was present at the Second Battle of Ypres, and was invalided home 12 Sept. 1915 : rejoined his Regiment on recovery, and was killed iu action during the Battle of the Somme 27 Oct. 1916. Buried at Filers. His Colonel wrote : "It is with the deepest regret I write to tell you all about your son's death. At about 4 p.m. on 27 Sept., when a bombing attack on the Germans in the -- line was in progress, a report was received by me that the Germans were giving ground. It was essential that the battalion on our right should have the information at once, so as to co-operate and for greater chance of success I wanted to send an officer, but none was available. Your son Leslie, hearing this, volunteered, and ran across towards the battalion on our right. . . . After he had gone about 60 yards out of the 100 yards, I heard a bullet fired from a distance. Your son ran on, but almost at once a bullet struck him. . . . He fell on his face and never moved again. . . . He was fearless to a fault, and a very gallant officer. . . . He is most sorely missed by all." Unm.

Extract from the Stock Exchange Memorial Book:

CAPTAIN LESLIE ARTHUR BALLANCE, King's Royal Rifle Corps, was born in 1889, and educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge.

He became a member of the Stock Exchange in 1911 and a partner in his father's firm, Marnham and Co., in 1914.

On the outbreak of war he was given a commission in the 15th County of London Regiment, but transferred to the King's Royal Rifle Corps early in 1915.

He went to France in May, fought in the second battle of Ypres, and was invalided home in August.

Rejoining his Regiment in September 1916 as a Company Commander, he was killed on 27 September. He had volunteered for a dangerous duty and lost his life in its execution.

His Colonel wrote: “I at once fell under the same quiet charm which he exercised over all with whom he came in contact. He was fearless to a fault and a very gallant officer."

A brother officer wrote: "A better and finer character I never knew in all my life, and we always wanted to serve together out here. He simply was too wonderful in the show, never had a fear, and was so calm and splendid. The men just loved him and did anything for him . . . I can only say he was the finest man I ever knew."



Private, 23442, 11th (Cambs) Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 19-04-18, aged 27. Born Kennett, enlisted Newmarket. Son of Mrs. M. Frost, Herringswell, Suffolk. Buried in Mont Noir Military Cemetery, St. Jans-Cappel, Grave I.E.4


Arundel [Edward Otway]

Gunner 184421, 66 D.A.C., Royal Field Artillery. Died October-December Quarter 1921. Aged 27. Death registered in the Mildenhall Registration District. Enlisted 4 November 1915, discharged 4 November 1915 due to an accident, released under Para 392 (xvi) King's Regulation Army Order ii 10th August 1917 2 (a) (i). Silver Badge Number 372692. Born 24 July 1894, admitted to Tuddenham St Mary Charity/Voluntary School, Tuddenham St Mary, Suffolk, 1902, son of George Goodwin. In the 1901 census he was aged 6, born Suffolk, resident with his parents, George and Jane Goodwin, at Crescent, Steeple Bumpstead. In the 1911 census he is listed as Arundel Otway Goodwin, aged 16, an Estate Clerk, born Bungay, Holy Trinity, Suffolk, resident with his parents, George and Jane Goodwin, at Kentford, Herringswell, Suffolk.



L/Corporal, 15633, Alfred James Hunt, Coldstream Guards. Killed in action 16-09-16. Born Herringswell, enlisted Coventry, resident Cinderhill, Notts. Buried in Guards’ Cemetery, Lesboeufs, Grave VIII.P.09.



Private, 14740, 8th Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 18-07-16, aged 25. Born Haughley, enlisted Bury St. Edmunds. Son of Orlando and Maria Murton, Church Farm, Herringswell, Suffolk. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Panels 01C/02A.



Private, 29053, 1st Royal Fusiliers. Died of wounds 31-03-17, aged 38. Born Herringswell, enlisted Bury St. Edmunds. Son of Charles and Elizabeth Nunn, Herringswell, Suffolk; husband of Mary Eveline Jane Nunn, Crown House, Highclere, Newbury, Berks. Buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, Grave XXII.D.11A.



L/Corporal, 14458, 1st Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 08-05-15, aged 22. Born Thetford, enlisted Bury St. Edmunds. Son of the late Thomas and Martha Ann Scott, Tuddenham St. Mary, Suffolk. Commemorated on Menin Gate Memorial, Panel 21


Percy Alfred

Private, 13167, 2nd Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 20-07-16, aged 21. Born Herringswell, enlisted Bury St. Edmunds. Son of Richard and Jessie Sparkes, Cavenham, Ely, Cambs. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Panels 01C/02A.

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