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There are two memorials in Huntingfield. They both cover those who gave their lives in Wold War 1 and 2. The first is a Cornish granite Celtic cross, with a sword of sacrifice on the shaft, on a stepped base, that stands on the village green. This contains the name of ten men who died in World War 1 and four in World War 2. This was unveiled by Colonel Lord Henniker and dedicated by the Bishop of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich 29 October 1922; the builders were Messrs. Perfitts and this was reported in the East Anglian Daily Times 30 October 1922. The second memoprial is to be found within the parish church and is in the form of altar rails and a dedicatory wooden board for World War 1 with names of the dead from World War 2 attached by hooks to the bottom of the board; the same names appear on this as on the village green memorial. This memorial was dedicated by the Bishop of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich on the same day as the memorial on the village green; the architect was A C Hughes and the wood carving was by Messrs E C Northfield & Sons; details appeared in the same newspaper as the village green memorial.

Extract from The Halesworth Times and East Suffolk Advertiser - Wednesday 1 November 1922, page 6:


The ten men of Huntingfield who gave lives in the Great War are honoured by a double memorial, one inside the church and the other on the village green, and both ware dedicated on Sunday by the Bishop of Edmundsbury and Ipswich, and the latter unveiled by Lord Cranworth, M.C.

The memorial inside the church has taken the form of a complete refurnishing of the sanctuary. There is a fine new altar, bearing the inscription “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” All that remained of the old Jacobean altar, the four legs and the end rails, has been incorporated in a credence table, which stands at the south side of the new altar. Four riddell posts, carrying candles and dossal curtains of blue and silver, stand out on each side of the altar. Just in front is a new step and Communion rail, which bears the inscription: “Here are commemorated all who, during the Great War of 1914-1918, gave the most that a man can give, life itself, for God, for King, for Country.” On the south side of the sanctuary is an oak panel, surmounted by a crucifix, and two vases, the gift of Mrs. Soundy, and this bears the inscription – “To the Glory of the Lord and in proud memory of these our brothers who died that we might live,” followed by the names of the ten dead men. Against the East well, on either side of the altar, are dark blue curtains, there is a crimson chancel carpet, and, in addition, curtains in the two South windows. The whole presents a charming effect, and harmonises well with the delightful decoration of the whole church.

The memorial on the village green takes the form of a silver-grey Cornish granite Ionic cross, with a raised sword on its surface, the whole being on a tapering base. The inscription, which is in raised leaden letters, reads “In memory of the men of Huntingfield who died for us 1914-1918. Lest we forget. Waldron Jamee Foster, George Albert Girling, George Keable, Arthur Minter, Bertie Mower. Sidney Mower, James Nunn, John Page, Harry Parker, Russell Rackham.

There was a very large gathering present, including Lady Huntingfield, The Honble. Anne and Frances Vanneck, The Honble. Sara, Gerard, and Ann Vanneck, Mrs Reynolds. Rev., Mrs. and Miss Dawe. Mr. Mrs. H. C. Hughes, Dr. and Mrs. Aylen, Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Neave, Mr. and Miss Keith, Mrs. Minter, Miss Manning, Mr. W. Newson, &c.

The bells were rung muffled, under the direction of Mr. Gibson, the flag at the school was at half mast, and by 2.30 the Church was filled to overflowing. The service was taken by the Bishop, the Rector, Rev. C. P. H. Reynolds, M.A., acting as chaplain. The musical part was very nicely rendered by the combined choirs of Huntingfield and Cookley, and the organist (Miss Crane) at the harmonium was assisted by Mrs. Wilkinson and Mr. Underwood with violins.

After the opening hymn, “Praise my soul the King of Heaven,” the Bishop gave a short address, in the course of which he said that the men who went out to the Great War and died claimed no reward for what they did and what they suffered, even the reward of remembrance; yet there must have been a desire that their memories should remain in the hearts of their friends. There was that same desire in the heart of Jesus as he sat at the Last Supper, and said “Do this in remembrance of Me.” The answer was in the churches all over the land, and in all that went on in those churches, seen and unseen. So as the church a stood, so Iong would their Lord not be forgotten. To-day they were in making the same answer to those of their friends who went out from that place to the Great War and did not return. The outward and visible thing that they had chosen to be a token of their remembrance of those men was an altar and they had chosen well. But they also desired to remember those friends who gave the men with patience, faith and courage, and the mourners would here find victory over doubt and despair, for it was their faith that wade this sacrifice complete.

The Bishop then dedicated the gifts, and after prayers and the hymn “For all the Saints,” four trumpeters of the 13th Hussars, Lord Huntingfield's regiment, sounded the “Last Past.” Then came two tense minutes of a silence of remembrance, followed by the stirring “Reveille,” and the National Anthem concluded a memorable service.

A move was then made to the centre of the Village where in the course of a short service, which opened with the hymn “O God our help in ages past.”

Lord Huntingfield said that was a great day for Huntingfield. They had at last completed their war memorials, and he hoped they would remember for all time those who gave their lives for their King and Country. They were much honoured by the presence both of the Bishop of the Diocese and of Lord Cranworth, who had fought all through the war.

Lord Cranworth recalled that within a fortnight it would be four years since the last shot was fired upon the Western front, and much had happened since then. Poppies had grown over the trenches, and had died away, and to-day, where the shells and bullets flew, save in a few hallowed spots, there were at work the implements of peace. Nature was mercifully forgetful, and man was forgetful, for even to-day there were those who would belittle the deeds done there and the cause for which they fought. But the whole world knew that the nation went into the war with clean hands to uphold justice and right, and emerged from it with great glory. Memorials had sprung up throughout the length and breadth of the land to bear witness that those men died for them. In the days to come, those, thousands of memorials would tell future generation, whatever might befall the land, that there was a day when the men of England stood shoulder to shoulder, whatever their station of life. The heroes had left them a free land, and it was the duty of all citizens to hand on the same free land to their descendants. They could all could do their bit, great or small, in endeavouring to make the land a better land and a happier land for all. If they did that they would raise a memorial more lasting even than the one they were unveiling that day. Having congratulated Lord Huntingfield and his Committee upon the very successful result of their efforts, his Lordship unveiled the cross.

The Bishop having dedicated the cross, the hymn “Ten thousand times ten thousand” was sung, once again “The Last Post” and the Reveille sounded, the service concluding with the National Anthem.

A number of beautiful floral tributes were then placed round the memorial, by relatives and friends of the fallen.

The Architect, Mr. H. C. Hughes, M.A., A.R.I.B.A., of the Cambridge University School of Architecture, is to be congratulated on the success of his efforts, and so are those to whom was entrusted the work of carrying out his instructions, the woodwork which is all oak, and the inscriptions in gold, Messrs. E. C. Northfield and Sons, Ltd., Castle Street, Cambridge; the fabrics, The Artificers' Guild, King’s Parade, Cambridge; the dossal curtains being all hand-woven, whilst J. J. Purfitt, of Harleston, executed the Cross.

External memorial:


Internal church memorial:



Waldron James
Private 2986, 47th Battalion, Australian Infantry, Australian Imperial Force. Killed in action 12 October 1917. Aged 25. Born Cratfield Road, Huntingfield, Halesworth. Son of Waldron James Foster of Cratfield Road, Huntingfield. Emigrated aged 19. Place of Association Spring Hill, Queensland, Australia. Buried in Passchendaele New British Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XIV. Row A. Grave 6. Australian Circular (Listed as FOSTER James on document)


George Albert
Private 8819, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 15 February 1915. Aged 18. Born Huntingfield, enlisted Halesworth. Son of William and Elizabeth Girling of Huntingfield. No known grave. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 21.


[Listed on CWGC & SDGW as Samuel James KEEBLE ] Driver 103117, 4th Division Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds 4 May 1917. Aged 32. Born Halesworth, Suffolk, enlisted Ipswich, Suffolk. Son of John and Emily Keeble of Huntingfield; husband of Bessie L Keeble of Cookley. Buried in Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row K. Grave 21.



Able Seaman R/5770, Anson Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Killed in action 22 March 1918. Aged 29. Born 31 May 1888 in Huntingfield, Suffolk. Son of Robert Minter (Tailor, draper, and Postmaster at Huntingfield) and Elizabeth (nee Everett) one of 12 children; husband of Edith Sarah Morley (1912) had 2 daughters Phyllis V. (b. 1914) and Edith J. (b. 1917), all resident Post Office, Huntingfield, Suffolk. In the 1891 census he was aged 3, born Huntingfield, Suffolk, son of Robert and Elizabeth Minter, resident The Street, Huntingfield, Blything, Suffolk. In the 1801 census he was aged 12, born Huntingfield, Suffolk, son of Robert and Elizabeth Minter, resident Private House, Street, Huntingfield, Blything, Suffolk. In the 1911 census he was single, aged 22, born Huntingfield, Suffolk, a Grocer and Draper, resident with his brother, Rufus Everett Minter, at Post Office Huntingfield Halesworth, Huntingfield, Suffolk. Joined Army Reserve 24 June 1916, transferred to Royal Naval Reserve, Royal Naval Division 4 August 1917, assigned 3rd Reserve Battalion 6 August 1917, assigned to Anson Battalion 3 December 1917. Religious denomination Church of England. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 1.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1918:

MINTER Arthur of the Post Office Huntingfield Suffolk seaman Royal Naval Division died 22 March 1918 in France Probate Ipswich 22 August to Edith Sarah Minter widow and Sidney Minter grocer and draper. Effects £1255 11s. 4d.


Bertie aka Albert
Private 8851, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 21 April 1915. Aged 26. Born Huntingfield, Suffolk, enlisted Halesworth. Baptised 17 January 1897 in Huntingfield, St Mary, Suffolk. Son of Frederick and Alice Maria Mower of The Street, Huntingfield. With the Expeditionary Force in France 1915. In the 1901 census he was aged 7, born Huntingfield, son of Frederick and Alice Maria Mower, brother of Sidney Mower (below), resident Cottage, Street, Huntingfield, Blything, Suffolk. In the 1911 census he was aged 17, born Huntingfield, Suffolk, a General Labourer, son of Frederick and Alice Maria Mower, brother of Sidney Mower (below), resident The Street Huntingfield, Halesworth, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 21.


Private 15200, 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Death certificate issued October to December Quarter 1916 in Blthing Registration District, Suffolk, aged 19. Born 1895 in Huntingfield, Suffolk. Attested 11 September 1914 at Ipswich, aged 19 years 11 months, single, a Labourer, born Huntingfield, Halesworth, Suffolk, son of Fred Mower, of Hntignfield, Halesworth, Suffolk, height 5 feet 9¼ inches, weight 140 lbs, chest 35-36 inches, fresh complexion, blue eyes, red hair, religious denomination Church of England. Emabrked 30 August 1915, admitted to Field Hospital with Trench feet 5 November 1915, transferred to 10 Casualty Clearing Station at Abeele, France (now Abele) 6 November 1915, admitted to 23 general Hospital, Etaples 7 November 1915, diagnosed as suffering from Erythema (Pernic) and transferred to England aboard Hospital Ship "Dieppe" 27 November 1915. Discharged 30 March 1916 at Bury St Edmunds as being no longer physically fit for war service King's Regulations Para 392 (xvi) due to Tuberculosis of Lung, spent time in Wharncliffe War Hospital, Sheffield. At the time of discharge he was aged 21 years 5 months, height 5 feet 9½ inches, chest 34-36 inches, fresh complexion, blue eyes, red hair, a Labourer, intended place of residence Huntingfield Street, near Halesworth, Suffolk. In the 1901 census he was aged 4, born Huntingfield, son of Frederick and Alice Maria Mower, brother of Albert Mower (above), resident Cottage, Street, Huntingfield, Blything, Suffolk. In the 1911 census he was aged 14, born Huntingfield, Suffolk, a General Labourer, son of Frederick and Alice Maria Mower, brother of Albert Mower (above), resident The Street Huntingfield, Halesworth, Suffolk.


Private G/14077, 7th Battalion, The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment) Died on service 26 March 1917. Born Huntingfield, Suffolk, resident and enlisted Ipswich, Suffolk. Buried in Honnechy British Cemetery, Nord, France. Plot II. Row C. Grave 42.


Private 201121, 1st/4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment formerly 3651, Suffolk Reiment. Died of wounds 23 April 1917. Aged 23. Enlisted Ipswich, Suffolk. Son of Jethro and Esther Page of Huntingfield. In the 1911 census he was aged 17, born Cookley, Suffolk, a Yardman on Farm, son of Jethro John and Esther Louisa Page, resident Cookley Green, Huntingfield, Halesworth, Suffolk. Buried in Cojeul British Cemetery, St Martin-Sur-Cojeul, Pas de Calais, France. Row A. Special Memorial 4.


Harry +
Lance Corporal 1990, 1st/3rd Kent Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died at sea 28 October 1915. Aged 29. Born Wenhaston, Suffolk, resident Tunbridge Wells, Kent, enlisted Gillingham, Kent. Son of George William Parker of Suffolk. Husband of Eva Agnes Parker of 68 Queen's Road, Tunbridge Wells. In the 1911 census he was aged 25, born Huntingfield, Suffolk, a Mechanic in laundry, married to Eva Agnes Parker with one daughter and one son, resident 141 Queens Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on Helles Memorial, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Panel 24 to 26 or 325 to 328.


Private 16835, 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Killed in action 1 November 1914. Aged 21. Born Huntingfield, Suffolk, enlisted Halesworth, Suffolk. Son of Benjamin and Betsy Rackham of Huntingfield. No known grave. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 9.



Dennis Albert
Private 5773609, 5th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Missing presumed killed during the Japanese invasion of Singapore 25 January 1942. Aged 22. Born and resident Suffolk. In the 1921 census he was aged 3, born Huntingfield, grandson of Walter Torenman and Amelia Ransley, son of Margaret Helen Creasey, resident Label House, Huntingfield, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on Singapore Memorial, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 50.


Francis Christopher Herman
Gunner 5837039, 61 Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died of wounds 14 June 1944. Born Walpole, Halesworth, Suffolk, resident Huntingfield, near Halesworth, Suffolk. Buried in Hermanville War Cemetery, Calvados, France. Plot 1. Row N. Grave 12.


Robert John

possibly Robert Hugh GARDINER, Lance Corporal 6013178, 5th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died 2 November 1943. Aged 23. Foster-son of Patrick and Helen O'Farrell of Badingham. Buried in Sangro River War Cemetery, Italy. Plot XVII. Row B. Grave 9.

also there is a Robert John GARDINER, birth registered October to December Quarter 1901 in Blything Registration District, Suffolk.


Charles William
Private 5776966, 5th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Killed during the Japanese invasion of Singapore 14 February 1942. Aged 22. Born and resident Suffolk. Birth registered in the October to December Quarter 1919 in Blything Registration District, Suffolk. Son of Charles and Ethel Rouse who lived at Cookley. "Charlie" was the eldest son of Charles and Ethel Rouse, who in 1942 lived in "Cookley Woods", the next village to Huntingfield. His father and he were both employed as gamekeepers on the Heveningham Estate, which included Huntingfield and Cookley villages, and Huntingfield was the "estate" church, which could mean that as an employee he was "Honoured " by the estate. Buried in the Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Plot 17. Row D. Grave 18.

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