World War 1 & 2 - Roll
of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Transcribed David Male; researched Martin
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.
copyright © David Male 2008
MONUMENT WAS ERECTED
IN EVER GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE
OF MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO GAVE
THEIR LIVES FOR GOD AND KING
FOR FREEDOM AND FOR PEACE
IN THE GREAT WAR
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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  shoe
factory manager, born Great Bentley; his mother Ellen  born
Wickham Market; brother Percy B  foreman shoe factory, born
Ipswich, sisters Elsie B  and Emily  both born in Ipswich;brothers
Charles E  and Joseph S  both born in Ipswich and sister
Dorothy E  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  born in Ipswich. Sometime
later his parents moved to Hoxne.
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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
24 August, 2016