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Compiled and copyright © Stuart Green 2006

The memorial is in the form of a granite Celtic Cross on a two stepped base outside the parish church. There are 12 names for World War 1 and 13 for World War 2. The memorial was originally dedicated on 14th December 1919 by the Rev. Canon C D Lawrence, the builder was Mr A C Stephenson. Details appeared in the East Anglian Daily Times 14th December 1919.





Sergeant 3013, 3rd Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Died 21/08/1916. Connection to Martlesham unknown – Resident of Bristol. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial


Cyril Victor

Private 2312, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 14/05/1916. Connection to Martlesham unknown – born in Bristol. Commemorated on the Loos Memorial


Harold James

Private 2405, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 07/06/1915. Connection to Martlesham unknown – born in Bristol. Buried at Rue-Des-Berceaux Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L’Avoue



Corporal 1971, 4th Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Died 21/02/1917. Born Martlesham. Commemorated on the Mikra Memorial, Greece. Within the Mikra British Cemetery will be found the Mikra Memorial, commemorating almost 500 nurses, officers and men of the Commonwealth forces who died when troop transports and hospital ships were lost in the Mediterranean, and who have no grave but the sea. One of these vessels was the Fleet Messenger "Princess Alberta", sunk by mine between Stavros and Mudros on 21 February 1917


Frederick Ernest

Private 41857, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment – Died 28/04/1918. Age 24. Son of the late William and Mary Ann Collins of Martlesham. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial See also Liverpool Street Station, London


Robert William

Private 9197, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 21/08/1918. Age 23. Son of Robert and Ellen Friend of Martlesham. Commemorated on the Vis-En-Artois Memorial


Ivanhoe Silvester

Private 121896, 49th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died 15/09/1918. Born in, and resident of, Martlesham. Buried at Grand-Seraucourt British Cemetery


Henry William

Private 3479, 1st/4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 30/10/1916. Buried at Carnoy Military Cemetery



Lance Sergeant 3/9575, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 12/03/1915. Age 44. Husband of Ellen Jay of 15 Cumberland Street, Woodbridge. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial


Alfred Harry

Private 43797, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 28/11/1916. Age 22. Son of John William and Lucy Lillistone of Martlesham Heath. Buried at Bertrancourt Military Cemetery


Frederick James

Private 200889, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died 26/09/1917. Age 27. Son of Harriett Ramsey of Martlesham. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial


Arthur Charles

MM. Sergeant 201015, 1st/4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 08/08/1918. Age 25. Son of William and Flora Roper of Top Street, Martlesham. Buried at Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres




Arthur Edward Backhouse

Flight Sergeant 364568, Royal Air Force. Died 06/06/1943. Age 36. Son of Arthur and Florence Castell. husband of Ivy Grace Irene Castell of Martlesham. Buried at Ambon War Cemetery, Indonesia


Norman Thurston

Private 14675663, 1st Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Died 19/06/1944. Age 18. Son of Thurston Owen Clarke and Bessie Edith Clarke of Bacton. Buried at Tilly-Sur-Seulles War Cemetery


George Leslie Mons

Private 5828190, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 31/08/1943. Age 28. Buried at Chungkai War Cemetery


Alfred Herbert Noel

Captain, Royal Marines – HM Landing Craft Mechanised 16 (Mark3) H.M.S. Cricketer BUT for D-Day he was part of H.M.S. Turtle Landing Forces, G, E Squadron, 606 Flottila. Died 07/06/1944. Son of Herbert Charles and Alice Beatrice Mary Gooding of Martlesham. Buried at Martlesham (St Mary) Churchyard.



Thomas Charles

Pilot Officer (Pilot) 43169, 64 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 01/06/1940. Age 28. Son of Thomas Hey and of Jessie Maude Hey. husband of Margaret Mary Amelia Hey (nee Wray), of Martlesham. Buried at Sage War Cemetery. On the outbreak of war, the squadron was engaged in patrols off the East Coast and in December 1939 provided fighter defence (Blenheims) for the Home Fleet from Evanton for a month. In April 1940, conversion to Spitfires took place in time for the squadron to help cover the evacuation from Dunkirk and later to take part in the Battle of Britain. (However, PO Hey’s death was prior to the Battle of Britain)


Albert George

Sapper 1944889, 23 Bomb Disposal Company, Royal Engineers. Died 14/03/1941. Age 38. Son of Samuel Charles and Eliza Hollingsworth. husband of Eunice Mary Hollingsworth of Martlesham. Buried at Portsdown (Christ Church) Military Cemetery. Sapper Hollingsworth death was recorded at Portsmouth


George Stephen

Lieutenant 228382, Royal Norfolk Regiment – attached 12th Battalion, Nigeria Regiment, Royal West African Frontier Force (RWAFF). Died 18/04/1944. Age 22. Son of Stephen and Zoe Manuel of Woodbridge. Buried at Taukkyan War Cemetery. In 1944, 12th Battalion, Nigeria Regiment were part of the 3rd Division, Special Force – otherwise known as the 2nd Chindit Expedition 1944 which fought behind the Japanese lines in Burma


George Henry

Master, Merchant Navy – SS St Usk. Died 20/09/1943. Age 45. Commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial. The 5,500 tons freighter ss St Usk was on passage in the South Atlantic at 19 30 S 29 28W; when she was struck by a torpedo and sank. George Moss is also commemorated on the Friston War Memorial


Albert Cyril Lauin

Flight Sergeant 1543711, 143 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 12/12/1943. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. 143 Squadron was formed at Aldergrove in June 1941 as a long range fighter unit of Coastal Command, equipped with Beaufighters. In August 1943, the Squadron moved from East Anglia to Cornwall to provide fighter support for anti-aircraft patrols operating over the Bay of Biscay


George John

Private 232716, Pioneer Corps. Died 27/07/1942. Age 35. Son of Robert James Pooley and Annie Louisa Pooley of Martlesham. Buried at Elgin New Cemetery. The cause, or place of Private Pooley’s death is unknown, but believed to be in the Moray area



Able Seaman C/J 48293, Royal Navy – HMS Blean. Died 11/12/1942. Age 42. Son of Arthur William and Florence Roper. husband of Ann Roper of Martlesham. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. On 11 December 1942, the destroyer HMS Blean was escorting Convoy KMF-4. When west of Oran, Algeria, the convoy came under attack by U-443 and HMS Blean was hit by a torpedo – sinking with the loss of 89 lives



Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 908525, 50 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 05/08/1941. Age 20. Son of Albert Herbert and Elsie Smith of Martlesham. Buried at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. 50 Squadron was formed in May 1937. At the outbreak of the Second World War, the Squadron were flying Hampden bombers and took part in many of the early raids across Germany – including the attack on Berlin


Edward Denys

Flying Officer 74568, 102 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 21/11/1940. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. 102 Squadron was formed in 1936 as a heavy bomber squadron and when war was declared it was flying Whitleys. On the second night of the war. 4/5th September 1939. three of its Whitleys dropped propaganda leaflets on the Ruhr. By November 1940, the Squadron had been involved in bombing raids across Germany and even Italy

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