WALDINGFIELD WAR MEMORIAL
War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Patricia Bridges 2012
war memorial stands in the churchyard of St. Lawrence Church, Church
Road, Little Waldingfield. it takes the form of a Celctic cross mounted
on a plinth atop a two stepped base. The main inscription is on the
front face of the plinth. The memorial was dedicated by llocal clergy
and dignitaries and unveiled b Vol. The Honourable H. W. Lowry-Corry
15 May 1921. There are 8 names for World War 1 and 2 for World War 2.
Copyright © Patricia Bridges 2012
THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN MEMORY OF THE MEN
OF THIS PARISH
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR
16071, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 16 November
1916. Aged 24. Born Framsden, Suffolk, enlisted Bury St. Edmunds.
Son of Mrs. F. E. Parker, of Back Lane, Debenham, Stowmarket, Suffolk.
Buried in Albert Cemetery, Somme, France. Plot I. Row G. Grave 18.
276595, 46th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regiment).
Killed in action 1 November 1918. Aged 36. Born 12 March 1883 in
Little Waldringfield. Son of Alfred and Sarah Bartlett, of Church
Road, Little Waldingfield, Sudbury, Suffolk. Farrier by trade. Single.
Attested 9 January 1916 at Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, aged 33
years 10 months, height 5 feet 6 inches, weight 138 lbs, chest 35½
inches, fair complexion, light brown eyes, light hair, religious
denomination Church of England. Embarked Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
2 June 1917 abord S.S. "Olympic", disembaked Liverpool
10 June 1917. To 46th Battalion 29 November 1917. Admitted to 26
General Hospital 4 September 1918 with gun shot wounds to the right
arm, rejoined unit 5 October 1918. Buried in Aulnoy Communal Cemetery,
Nord, France. Plot C. Row 1. Grave 7. National Archives of Canada
Accession Reference: Canadian
Expeditionary Force (CEF), RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 481
5151, 8th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 1 July
1916. Aged 22. Born Waldingfield, Suffolk, enlisted Bury St. Edmunds,
Suffolk. Son of Harry and Susannah Butcher, of Church Rd., Little
Waldingfield, Sudbury, Suffolk. Buried in Dantzig Alley British
Cemetery, Mametz, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row R. Grave 8.
DSO, 2 x MiD
Colonel commanding 21st 21st Prince Albert Victor's Own Cavalry
(F.F.) (Daly's Horse). Died 29 April 1918. Aged 49. Born 21 October
1868. King Edward's Delhi Durbar Medal. Son of Rear Admiral and
Mrs. J. G. J. Hanmer, of The Priory, Little Waldingfield, Suffolk;
husband of Ethel Elizabeth Hanmer (nee Lovett), of V.V. Rhuallt,
St. Asaph, married in the October to December Quarter 1901 in
the Oswestry Registration District, Shropshire. Served on Punjab
Frontier, 1901-2. Awarded the Distinguished Service order (D.S.O.)[London
Gazette 7 February 1918] and twice Mentioned in Despatches. No
known grave. Commemorated on Basra Memorial, Mesopotamia (now
Iraq). Panel 44.
Corporal 6840, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action
8 May 1915. Born Little Waldingfield, Suffolk, enlisted Bury St.
Edmunds. No known grave. Commmeorated on Menin Gate, Ypres, West-Vlaanderen,
Belgium. Panel 21.
34th Sikh Pioneers. Died 2 November 1914. Aged 29. Mentioned in
Despatches (MiD). Buried in Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy.
Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row J. Grave 7.
from The Bond of Sacrifice, Volume 1, page 242-243:
JAMES FERGUS MACKAIN, 34th SIKH PIONEERS, was born on
the 28th October, 1885, the elder son of the Rev. W. James Mackain.
of Ardnamurchan, Vicar of Poslingford, Suffolk, and formerly Rector
of Par ham, Sussex. He had many distinguished relatives of former
generations in the Royal Navy, being the eldest grandson of the
late William Fergus Mackain, of the Admiralty, who was at one
time Deputy Store Officer of His Majesty's Victualling Yard, Deptford
; and a great-grandson of James Mackain, R.N., formerly Naval
Storekeeper of His Majesty's Dockyards of Pembroke, Sheerness,
and Woolwich, who, as a midshipman, was present at the Battle
of Copenhagen in 1801, and—a fact of interest at this time—was
at the forcing of the Dardanelles in 1807, under Admiral Sir J.
J. Duckworth. A great- great- grandfather was Commander William
Dobbin, R.N., who commanded His Majesty's Cutter " Diligence
" at Milford Haven at the time of the French invasion of
1797, and was subsequently presented with a sword of honour by
the Commissioners of His Majesty's Customs.
Captain Mackain was educated at Warden House School, Upper Deal,
at Clifton College, and the R.M.C., Sandhurst, into which he passed
thirtieth out of one hundred and sixty-seven successful candidates.
He was posted to the Indian Army in 1904, being attached for a
year to the Gordon Highlanders, and joining the 34th Sikh Pioneers
in 1905. During the great earthquake in the Punjab in that year
he commanded a relief column from Lahore to Kulu, and did excellent
work there and in the Kangra Valley. He served in the Mohmand
Expedition of 1908, receiving the medal and clasp. In 1910 he
was seconded from his regiment, and served for three years as
Second in Command of the 31st Signal Company of the Queen's Own
Sappers anti liners. Ile became a Captain in 1913.
On the outbreak of the war with Germany he was on leave and joined
his regiment in Egypt, proceeding with it to Northern France.
Ile fell in action at Festubert, France, on the 24th November,
1914, while gallantly defending his trench against a determined
and powerful assault by the enemy, who had sapped to within five
yards and were throwing bombs and hand grenades. When Captain
Mackain saw that some of them had finally succeeded in entering
the extreme portion of the trench he heroically led some of his
men in a charge against them, although previously wounded in the
face from a splinter of a bomb. While shooting down their grenadiers
with his revolver from a traverse of the trench he was himself
finally shot in the forehead at close range, and died almost immediately.
His name appeared in Sir John French's Despatch of the 14th January
" for gallant and distinguished service in the field."
The Rev. W. J. Mackain received numerous sympathetic letters on
his son's death from all quarters ; among others from a former
Head Master of Clifton College, the Archbishop of York, and the
C.O. of his son's regiment.
A brother officer wrote : " He died, as he lived, a gallant
and fearless Christian gentleman. He was shot through the head
in a very gallant attempt to stem an attack in great force through
breaches blown in our trenches. Your son went gallantly forward
through a shower of hand grenades, and either shot or attempted
to shoot the grenadiers. He was such a fine stamp of Christian
soldier, and we looked on him as one likely to go a very long
The Macdonald Society, at their annual meeting in Glasgow on the
29th March, 1915, passed a resolution that the deep loss sustained
by Captain Mackain's death be recorded in the Society's minutes.
The Church of England Men's Society and the Cavendish Association
passed similar resolutions of sympathy.
Captain Mackain, who was known throughout Northern India as a
keen Churchman and one of the mainstays of the Church of England
Men's Society, was a member of the Cavendish Club, Piccadilly,
and of the Scottish Pipers' Society. His recreations were tennis,
hockey, and shooting. He was unmarried.
In the Grosvenor Chapel, where Captain Mackain used to worship
when residing in London, a handsome memorial has been erected
to his memory by his parents.
44497, 25th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers
formerly 34658, West Yorkshire Regiment. Killed in action 9 April
1917. Aged 29. Born Little Waldingfield, Suffolk, enlisted Harrogate,
Yorkshire. Buried in Roclincourt Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
Plot III. Row B. Grave 15.
7353, 2nd Battalion, Honourable Artillery Company (Infantry). Died
of wounds 17 June 1917. Aged 23. Born, resident and enlisted Waldingfield,
Suffolk. Son of George and Ellen Wade, of Little Waldingfield, Sudbury,
Suffolk. Buried in St Sever Cemetery, Rouen, eine-Maritime, France.
Section P. Plot I. Row F. Grave 1B.
1616957, 120 Battery, 30 Light A.A. Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died
as a result of an accident 26 August 1941. Aged 21. Born Gravesend,
Kent, resident Edwardstow, Gravesend, Kent. Foster son of Mrs. Edith
Squirrell, of Edwardstone (sic). Buried in Lt Waldingfield (St.
Lawrence) Churchyard, Suffolk.
Rev John Arthur
4th Class 191487, Royal Army Chaplains' Department attached to 5th
Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards, Royal Armoured Corps. Died in
action 20 July 1944. Aged 38. Born London, resident Newcastle-On-Tyne.
Son of John and Ada Emily Newson; husband of Sophie Newson, of Norbury,
Surrey. Buried in Bayeux War Cemetery, Calvados, France. Plot II.
Row F. Grave 9.
13 November, 2019