World War 1 & 2 - Roll
of Honour with detailed information
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© Martin Edwards 2012
memorials are to be found under a dedicated stained, three light, glass
window erected intially for World War 1 and then encompassing World
War 2 in Rattlesden Parish Church. The window's three lights depict
on the left the Sacrifice iof isaac, in the centre St George and on
the right David & Goliath above these are the upper lights which
depict Armour. The brass plaque for World War 1 is inscribed with 36
names of the men who fell; the plaque cost £160 raised by public
subscription and was unveiled 30 October 1920, the architect/designer/founder
was Mr William Aikman. Details appeared in the Bury and Norwich Post
5 November 1920. A further brass plaque has been sited under the window
dedicated on the 11 November 1962 to the three men who fell in World
War 2; this plaque cost £25 and the architect/designer/founder
was Mr A A Green.
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WAS COUNTED UNTO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS
THE BATTLE IS THE LORD'S AND HE WILL GIVE YOU INTO OUR HANDS
THIS WINDOW WAS ERECTED IN 1920 TO THE MEMORY OF THE 26 RATTLESDEN MEN
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES DURING THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918
55268, 8th Battalion, North Staffordshire regiment. Died 4 December
1918. Aged 19. Son of Harry and Ellen Alexander, of Top Rd., Rattlesden,
Suffolk. Native of Rattlesden. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY,
Pas de Calais, France. Plot XLVII. Row A. Grave 18.
Corporal 2569, 54th battalion, Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Died
of wounds 20 July 1916. Aged 32. Born Pontefract, Yorkshire. Son
of James and Bathsheba Artist, of Church House, Rattlesden, Suffolk.
Farm labourer by trade. Educated at Elementary School.Previously
had served with the Suffolk Regiment. Buried in BAILLEUL COMMUNAL
CEMETERY EXTENSION, NORD, Nord, France. Plot II. Row F. Grave 9.
War Memorial details
5161, 8th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment attached 9th Battalion,
King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry). Died of wounds 1 October
1916. Aged 27. Born and enlisted Rattlesden. Son of George and Jane
Burton, of 8, Domville Grove, Albany Rd., Camberwell, London. Buried
in MONT HUON MILITARY CEMETERY, LE TREPORT, Seine-Maritime, France.
Plot I. Row G. Grave 11.
3/10390, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 20 July
1916. Aged 19. Born Rattlesden, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Son of
A. J. Punchard (formerly Bye), of 1, Council Cottages, Latchingdon,
Chelmsford, and the late Harry H. Bye. No known grave. Commemorated
on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 Cand 2 A.
Sergeant 17451, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action
2 September 1918. Born Stanton, Suffolk, enlist Bury St Edmunds.
Born in Oct/Dec Quarter of 1893 in Stanton, Suffolk, son of John
Clarke and Fanny Maria Baker. No known grave. Commemorated on
PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 3.
from Bury Free Press - Saturday 28 September 1918, page
BY SHELL FIRE.
and Mrs. John Clarke, of Capel Farm, Cockfield, have received
the sad news that their eldest son, L.-Sergt, R. F Clarke, of
the Suffolk Regiment, fell in action, in France, on Sept. 2nd.
The parents have received a letter from the Captain of the Battalion,
part of which reads as follows : "I am sorry to inform I
you that your son was killed by enemy shell fire on Sept. 2nd.
He had been with us a long time, and was an efficient soldier
and a brave man; he was much liked by the men and had many friends.
All the officers, N.C.O.’s, and men join with me in tendering
to you our deepest sympathy. He was buried in a British Cemetery,
behind the lines." The deceased soldier, who was 24 years
of age, enlisted in January, 1915, went overseas the following
May, and in June was sent to hospital suffering from gas poisoning.
In 1917 he was seriously wounded in the shoulder and back by shrapnel,
his wounds necessitating his return to England for medical treatment.
Previous to enlisting he worked for Mr. H. Colson, of Rattlesden.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the bereaved parents, who have
had two other sons serving with the Forces—Prvt. Ernest
Clarke, Suffolk Regiment, whose leg was amputated as the result
of being wounded by shrapnel whilst going up to the lines in 1915;
and Rifleman Edward Clarke, of the King’s Royal Rifles,
who is in hospital in Sussex, having been wounded in the thigh
G/48173, 4th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of Londion Regiment).
Killed in action 14 December 1917. Born and resident Rattlesden,
enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Son of Mr. E. Cobbold, of Low Rd., Rattlesden,
Bury St. Edmund's. Buried in MORY ABBEY MILITARY CEMETERY, MORY,
Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row F. Grave 10.
G/9755, 10th Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed
in action 22 September 1917. Aged 34. Born and resident Rattlesden,
enlisted BAtersea, Surrey. Husband of Alice Davey, of 8, Council
Houses, Buxhall, Stowmarket, Suffolk. Buried in TYNE COT CEMETERY,
West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XKIV. Row F. Grave 36.
17/510, 17th Battalion (N.E.R. Pioneers), Northumberland Fusiliers.
Killed in action 29 July 1917. Aged 25. Born 9 February 1892 in
Rattlesden, enlisted York. Son of James Edward and Sarah Anna
Gladwell. Native of Rattlesden, Bury St. Edmund's. He was a Greaser
with North Eastern Railway at Spennymoor. Buried in GWALIA CEMETERY,
West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row G. Grave 1.
Courtesy of Railway Museum Study Centre
from The Post, Thursday 6 September 1917:
KILLED IN ACTION.— Another Buxhall man
has made the supreme sacrifice, in the person of Prvt. Fred Gladwell,
formerly of Buxhall, and whose parents now reside at Rattlesden.
Prvt. Gladwell was originally a Territorial, having joined the
6th Cyclists Battalion in 1913. He was, however, when the war
broke out, living in Yorkshire, but in September, 1914, he enlisted
in the Northumberland Fusiliers, and after a years;s training
was drafted to France in 1915, where he stayed until January,
1917, when he came home on leave. This was the last time his parents
and friends saw him alive. He returned to France, and was unfortunately
killed by a shell while repairing railway lines on July 29th,
and a week later the sad news was conveyed to his parents from
the War Office. A bright, cheery lad, he will be missed by his
many friends both at Buxhall and Finborough, where he was equally
well known, being a regular attendant at the Congregational Chapel
and member of the choir. Prvt. Gladwell has another brother who
has just been discharged the service owing to wounds in the hip,
also received in France.
from North Eastern Railway Magazine, Vol 7 Oct 1917, page
R. GLADWELL, Northumberland Fusiliers, was killed in action on
July 29, 1917. He was 25 years of age, and joined the N.E.R. Pioneers,
before which he was employed as greaser at Spennymoor for five
Serjeant 5221, 8th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action
1 July 1916. Aged 21. Born and enlisted Rattlesden. Son of Frederick
and Kate Gowers, of The Brewers Arms, Rattlesden, Suffolk. His brother
Walter also fell [see below]. Buried in DANTZIG ALLEY BRITISH CEMETERY,
MAMETZ, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row R. Grave 5.
Corporal 10723, 2nd Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). Killed
in action 22 December 1914. Aged 22. Born Rattlesden, enlisted Ipswich,
resident Suffolk. Son of Frederick and Kate Gowers, of The Brewer's
Arms, Rattlesden, Bury St. Edmunds. His brother Thomas William also
fell [see above]. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL,
Pas de Calais, France. Panel 15 and 16.
3/8706, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 24 April
1915. Born rattlesden, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. No known grave.
Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Serjeant 5249, 8th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action
16 September 1916. Aged 22. Born and enlisted Rattlesden. Son of
John and Lucy Knights, of High Town Green, Rattlesden, Bury St.
Edmund's. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme,
France. Pier and Face 6 B and 6 C.
42627, 2nd/6th Battalion, Manchester Regiment formerly M/281832,
Royal Army Service Corps. Killed in action 16 November 1917. Born
6 July 1893 in Coddenham, Suffolk, resident Bury St. Edmund's, Suffolk,
enlisted Stowmarket, Suffolk. Baptised 13 August 1893 in Coddenham,
St Mary, son of Frederick Samuel Watcham Lee and Elizabeth Mary
Gould Lee; his father was a postmaster. In the 1901 census he was
aged 7, born Coddenham, Suffolk, son of Frederick S W and Elizabeth
Lee, resident Post Office, Street, Coddenham, Bosmere, Suffolk.
In the 1911 census he was aged 17, born Coddenham, Suffolk, a Farmer's
son working on farm, son of Fredk. and Elizabeth Lee, resident Home
Farm, Thorpe Morieux, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. No known grave.
Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel
120 to 124.
T/207015, 8th Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed
in action 23 March 1918. Born Newmarket, enlisted and resident Bury
St Edmunds. Formerly 290107, Suffolk Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated
on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 14 and 15.
DM2/154434, Royal Army Service Corps. Died in East Africa 8 March
1918. Born Rattlesden, enlisted Bury St Edmunds, resident Hammersmith.
Buried in DAR ES SALAAM WAR CEMETERY, Tanzania. Plot 6. Row J. Grave
5005 [SDGW] or G/5265 [CWGC], 8th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment.
Killed in action 1 July 1916. Aged 21. Born and enlisted Rattlesden.
Son of William and Annie Mayes, of High Town Green, Rattlesden,
Bury St. Edmund's. Buried in DANTZIG ALLEY BRITISH CEMETERY, MAMETZ,
Somme, France. Plot IV. Row T. Grave 2.
47678, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action
22 August 1918. Aged 22. Born Rattlesden, enlisted Stowmarket. Son
of Thomas and Emily Orriss, of Buxhall Fen St., Stowmarket, Suffolk.
No known grave. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais,
France. Panel 10.
21/406, 20th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action
31 Juily 1917. Born Stowmarket, enlisted West Hartlepool, resident
Fleet Shot, Castle Eden. Baptised 20 June 1897 in St Nichollas Church,
Rattlesden, born 5 Novemebr 1891, son of James (an engine driver)
and Agnes Laura Poole. In 1901 he was aged 4, born Rattlesden, son
of James and Agenes L Poole, with 10 siblings, resident Poy Street
Green, Rattlesden, Stow, Suffolk. In 1911 he is listed as aged 14,
Farm Labourer, born Rattlesden, resident Poy St Green, Rattlesden,
Woolpit. He attested 7 December 1915 and was eventually enlisted
13 January 1916 and served in the 21st (Service) Battalion and 20th
Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. At the time of enlistment he was
aged 19 years 1 month and worked as a farm hand; his address was
given as Poy St Green, Rattlesden. No known grave. He was 5 feet
4½ inches, chest 36 inches, 130 lbs, religious denomination
Church of England. First embarked France 5 May 1916. Commemorated
on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel
36 and 38.
42756, 10th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Killed in action
24 October 1916. Aged 27. Born Hitcham, enlisted and resident Rattlesden.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. T. R. Durham, of Poystreet Green, Rattlesden,
Bury St. Edmunds. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL,
Somme, France. Pier and Face 5 A and 6 C.
5316, 8th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 23 March
1918. Aged 33. Born 8 April 1887, and enlisted, Rattlesden. Son
of George and Mary Ann (nee Cross) Sparke; husband of Elizabeth
Sparkes, of High St., Rattlesden, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. Buried
in CHAUNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY BRITISH EXTENSION, Aisne, France. Plot
1. Row J. Grave 7.
203179, 11th Battalion, Essex Regiment formerly 201165, Suffolk
Regiment. Killed in action 30 July 1918. Aged 21. Resident Saxmundham,
enlisted Ipswich. Son of Emma Jane and the late Gilbert George
Sparkes. Buried in NINE ELMS BRITISH CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen,
Belgium. Plot XV. Row B. Grave 16.
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24827, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 28 April
1917. Born Rattlesden circa 1888, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Son
of Thomas and Jane Steggles, of Potash, Rattlesden. Grocer's Assistant
in 1911. Buried in BROWN'S COPSE CEMETERY, ROEUX, Pas de Calais,
France. Plot II. Row G. Grave 14.
4365, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 27 August
1916. Aged 35. Born Rattlesden, enlisted Stowmarket. Son of Edward
and Susan Steggles, of The Forge, Rattlesden, Suffolk. Brother of
George Steggeles (below). Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime,
France. Plot B. Row 26. Grave 21.
22832, "B" Company, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died
of wounds 28 July 1916. Aged 23. Born Rattlesden, enlisted Bishop
Auckland. Son of Harry and Julia Steggles, of Bird's Green Corner,
Rattlesden, Suffolk. Brother of Harold (below). In the 1901 censsu
he was resident Half Moon Street, Rattlesden. Buried in ETAPLES
MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais. France. Plot IX. Row A. Grave
26917, 10th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died in United Kingdom
23 April 1916. Aged 31. Born Rattlesden circa 1874, enlisted Bury
St Edmunds. Son of Edward and Susan Steggles, of Potash, Rattlesden,
in 1911 he was a Farm Labourer. Brother of Benjamin Steggles (above).
Buried in the far corner of RATTLESDEN BAPTIST CHAPELYARD, Suffolk.
46635, 36th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps formerly 13982,
Suffolk Regiment. Died 30 November 1917. Born 3 October 1891 in
Rattlesden, enlisted Stowmarket. Son of Harry and Julia Rose Steggles,
of Birds Green, Rattlesden. Brother of Frank (above). In the 1901
censsu he was resident Half Moon Street, Rattlesden. No known grave.
Commemorated on CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL, Nord, France. Panel
IN THE MEMORY OF
Quartermaster Sergeant 5825912, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.
Died on service 24 July 1944 in India. Born and resident Suffolk.
Aged 31. Son of Robert James Baker and Ada Mary Ann Baker. In the
1921 census he was aged 7, born Rattlesden, Suffolk, son of Robert
James Baker, resident Top Road, Rattlesden, Suffolk. Buried in KIRKEE
WAR CEMETERY, India, Plot 10. Row E. Grave 15.
further information currently available
1st Class 1129837, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died from
Beriberi and Acute Enteritus as a Japanese Prisoner of War 21 February
1945. Aged 39. Son of Mrs. F. E. Larter, of Rattlesden, Suffolk.
No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery,
Kranji, Singapore. Column 454.
He arrived at Sandakan
Prisoner of War Camp bteween 8th and 18th April 1943, PoW Number
2684. He died, aged 39, at Maringan (East of Tampias) and was
buried beside the track where he died.
DIED IN THE WAR
18 November, 2023