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World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Transcribed David Male; researched Martin Edwards 2008

The Higham war memorial is to be found on the village green, Lower Green, Higham and takes the form of Portalnd stone obelisk with sprigs of ivy on all four sides at the top, the inscriptions being on the sides. There are thirteen names for World War 1 and four for World War 2. It was dedicated and unveiled on 4th September 1920; it was restored in 1995. The ogirinal builders were Messrs H G Neville & Son. Details appeared in the Bury free Press 11th September 1920.

Photographs copyright © David Male 2008



Gunner RMA/6544, H.M.S. Superb, Royal Marine Artillery. Died 22nd March 1917. Aged 39. Husband of L. E. Baker, of Rose Cottage, Higham. Buried in South West part of ST. STEPHEN CHURCHYARD, HIGHAM GREEN, Suffolk.


Private 2358, 1/5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds at Gallipoli 5th September 1915. Born Higham, enlisted Bury St. Edmunds. Buried in EMBARKATION PIER CEMETERY, Turkey. Special memorial A. 37.


Acting Sergeant SE/28557, Royal Army Veterinary Corps. Died in United Kingdom 30th October 1918. Aged 33. Born and enlisted Woolwich, Kent. Son of Samuel and Alice Bright, of Woolwich; husband of L. Bright, of Heath Farm, Higham. Buried west of the church in ST. STEPHEN CHURCHYARD, HIGHAM GREEN, Suffolk.


Harry [William]
Private 17757, 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 16th September 1916. Born Preston, Suffolk, enlisted Newmarket. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.


Private 8601, 2nd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in Mesopotamia 7th December 1914. Aged 23. Born Shimpling, Suffolk enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Son of Samuel Henry and Margaret Byam, of 39, Middle Green, Higham, Bury St. Edmund's, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 10.


Arthur [James]

[Listed as BUGGS on memorial] Private 27853, 9th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action at Gallipoli Monday 9th August 1915. Aged 23. Born Ipswich, enlisted Boston, Lincs., resident Bury St Edmunds. Son of Joseph William and Ellen Bugg, of Hoxne, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Panel 150 to 152.

Arthur James Bugg was born in 1892 in Ipswich (Ipswich Q3-1892 4A:857) son of Joseph William and Ellen BUGG (née ). (née BRADLEY). In the 1901 census he was aged 8, residing at 81 Lacey Street, Ipswich with his father Joseph William BUGG [54] shoe factory manager, born Great Bentley; his mother Ellen [40] born Wickham Market; brother Percy B [25] foreman shoe factory, born Ipswich, sisters Elsie B [18] and Emily [13] both born in Ipswich;brothers Charles E [12] and Joseph S [10] both born in Ipswich and sister Dorothy E [1] born in Ipswich. In the 1911 census he was aged 18, a domestic gardener, residing at 58 Middle Green, Higham with his parents (father now a cycle agent), sisters Emily, Dorothy Ellen and Ruth [9] born in Ipswich. Sometime later his parents moved to Hoxne.

He enlisted in Boston, Lincolnshire.

Such were the losses in Gallipoli that some Brigades were reduced to 2 Battalions. The 9th Sherwoods joined up with the 7th South Staffordshires from August 22nd to September 21st.

He was killed two days after the 9th Battalion landed at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli. Here is an extract from an officer's account of the day he died:-

9th-13th Aug 1915. HQ 33rd Bde. "I have the honour to submit [the] following report of the action of Aug 9th and the following days: - 04:00 The Bn [9th (Service) Bn SHERWOOD FORESTERS] moved off at 04:00 under command of Col BROADRICK to take up a line from DAMAK JELIK BAIR to Pt 105 W 5 *, a frontage of roughly 1500 yards where they were ordered to be in position by 0600. Sniper fire was met about 500 yards W of AZMAK DERE and was impossible to locate. The advance was steadily continued tho' no reply to the increasing fire could be made - unlike (?) the Right B Coy under Capt SQUIRES reached the AZMAK DERE, the left being about H in HETMAN CHAIR, C Coy under Capt RANDALL .

These Coys formed the original firing line and supports, A and B Coys being in second line. C Coy had orders to get on the left & B Coy on the right of the new lines. The remaining Coys had a small reserves having orders to align as reserve (?). A Coy on the Left of B Coy and D Coy less reserve on Right of C Coy. This was I believe the plan tho' it was not communicated to me in detail, my orders being to bring up the second line when sent for. Owing to the outwards inclines of C and B Coys, A Coy had been sent up to the centre about 105 V 8 and at once came under hot fire from front and oblique fire from Right and Left.

However owing to the difficult country and length of front it had taken/tasked(?) to establish connections with B Coy on its Right.

D Coy was almost at once brought up by myself and succeeded in obtaining touch with C Coy 's Right. The time was about 0600. The line with the exception of B continued to advance in rushes with great steadiness in spite of heavy loss until the left reached the point redered i.e. 105 W 5. The centre however pushed on too far owing that touch was never established with the Right Coys, the position about 14:00 being this [Diagram]... Capt SQUIRES Comd B Coy grasping the position attempted to move 2 Coys forwards to his left and started his left himself with great bravery. He was at once killed and his left platoon decimated as the Turks had pushed a larger force about 2 Coys into the gap and began to open a heavy enfilade fire on both A and B Coys. This was about 15:30. It now became absolutely imperative to retire the centre and left. B Coy having(?) some shelling in AZMAK DERE. The Right of A Coy were for a moment unsteadied, all their Officers being killed or wounded but it was only for a moment as Lt SCOTHERN siezed a rifle and with it threatened to shoot any man who did not fom up along a ledge about 50 yards in rear. This had an immediate effect and A Coy retired well in hand, D and C Coys returing also about 100 yards in an orderly manner. This retirement took place about 1600 and was ordered by Lt Col BOSANQUET in person who was then wounded in the arm. At about 19:00 Lt Col BOSANQUET went to have his wound dressed and upon being sent back by the Medical Officer handed over command to me. ... I proceeded at once to start a permanent defensive line which necessitated a further retirement of my centre and left. The whole line then ran(?) from X Rd South of 92 A3 to 105 W 1...... During the night we were threatened by parties of enemy but no serious attack was made. The men were made to dig in and the 1st HEREFORD Territorials prolonged our line to the R along the AZMAK DERE. This Bn was withdrawn by DIV Order about 01:30 on the 10th."

Of the 108 men of the battalion killed on the 9th August, only four have identified graves, the rest are named on the Helles Memorial. Vicars Jack Everett of Exning also fell this day.


[Spelt COOK on SDGW & CWGC] Private 5177, 8th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Died of wounds 12th November 1915. Born Higham, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Buried in DERNANCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot/Row/Section D. Grave 3.


Walter George
Private 8766, "C" Company, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 9th December 1914 as a prisoner of war (captured 26th August 1914). Aged 18. Born Higham, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Cooke, of 69, The Mount, Higham, Bury St. Edmunds. Buried in LE CATEAU COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot III. Row A. Headstone 20.


[Joseph] Arthur
Private 59357, 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 29th September 1918. Aged 19. Born Higham, enlisted Ipswich. Son of Edward and Susanna Fitches, of Higham, Suffolk; husband of Lily Fitches, of Barrow Green, Bury St. Edmund's. Buried in UNICORN CEMETERY, VEND'HUILE, Aisne, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 4.


James William
Lance Corporal 13922, 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Killed in action 27th March 1918. Born Higham, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM). Buried in BUCQUOY ROAD CEMETERY, FICHEUX, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VI. Row B. Grave 29.


Bert 'Bertie'
Private 35379, 20th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Died of wounds 8th November 1916. Aged 26. Born Higham, enlisted and resident Newmarket. Born Higham, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Son of James and Eliza Lyes. Buried in GROVE TOWN CEMETERY, MEAULTE, Somme, France. Plot II. Row C. Grave 20.


Private 38011, 1st Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died of wounds 24th September 1917. Born Higham, enlisted Burton, Staffordshire. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 19 to 23 and 162.


[R] William
Private 12430, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died in United Kingdom 29th December 1914. Aged 17. Born Pakenham, Suffolk, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Buried in SHORNCLIFFE MILITARY CEMETERY, Kent. Section O. Grave 248.


William Charles
Able Seaman C/SSX 29520, H.M.S. Wakeful, Royal Navy. Died 29th May 1940. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 35, Column 1.


Kenneth Ernest
Sergeant (Flight Engineer) 648514, 106 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 4th September 1943. Aged 26. Son of Albert and Lily Sussanah Bright, of Higham, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. Buried in HANOVER WAR CEMETERY, Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany. Plot 3. Row F. Collective grave 8-10.


Private 5827364, 5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died as a prisoner of war of the Japanese 11th October 1943. Aged 22. Son of James and Elizabeth Rutter, of Higham, Suffolk. Buried in KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Plot 2. Row A. Grave 52.


Ernest Roy
Leading Aircraftman 648704, Squadron No. 27 (based at Chittagong, India. [Now Bangladesh]), Royal Air Force. Aged 24. He was killed following a flying accident on the 5th November 1944 while taking off in a Bristol Beaufort aircraft as a crew member from Chittagong Airfield, en route to another base the aircraft suffered a “bird strike” thought to have been caused by a flock of kite-hawks. The aircraft was reported to have been no more than 600 feet from the ground leaving no time for the crew to escape death. Son of Ernest Arthur and Daisy Ellen STONE (née PARSONS). of Weymmouth, Dorset. Buried in the Chittagong War Cemetery, Bangladesh. Plot 1. Row D. Grave 11.

27 squadron RAF were involved at the end of 1944 in ground attack and air-jungle rescue duties in Burma. They moved to Dohazari on the 5th November 1944 On 5th November 1944 the squadron lost WO Roy McKay, F/Sgt (pilot) John Banfield and LAC Stone. A Higham native (John Forster) has recorded that Roy Stone lost his life in an air accident and was buried in Chittagong.

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