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The memorial is to be found within the churchyard of St Martin's Church, High Road, Trimley St Martin. It takes the form of a Clipsham stone Latin cross on a two stepped, octagonal base; the inscriptions are on bronze plaques; the memorial is weathered. There are 26 names for Wolrd War 1, 7 names fo World War 2 and one for Northern Ireland. The original memorial was unveiled on 3rd April 1921 by Major-General Sir Arthur Money; the builders were Messars Clary & Wright, the architect Mr William Henry Ward; details can be found in the East Anglian Daily Times 5th April 1921.




Private 31991, 1st/4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 25/09/1919. Age 39. Son of John and Mabel Alexander of Maple Cottages, Mill Lane, Trimley. Buried at Trimley (St Martin) Churchyard. Private Alexander's death is recorded at Woodbridge


Frank William

Private 16374, 6th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 09/08/1918. Age 22. Son of Frederick Charles and Louisa Mary Baddeley, of 15, Sydenham Ave, Liverpool. Buried at Ville-Sur-Ancre Communal Cemetery Extension


Frederick Charles

Private 26326, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 13/11/1916. Born Trimley. Buried at Luke Copse British Cemetery, Puisieux


George Newman

Private G/22446, 7th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 09/08/1917. Age 36. Only son of George and Emma Newman Crofford of Trimley St Martins. Husband of Alice Newman Crofford. Buried at Brandhoek New Military Cemetery



Gunner 889542, "D" Battery, 168th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died 19/09/1917. Age 21. Son of George and Eliza Dunnett of Peak Cottage, Trimley St Martin. Buried at Coxyde Military Cemetery



Gunner 86285, 162nd Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 10/05/1917. Age 23. Son of George and Eliza Dunnett of Peak Cottage, Trimley St Martin. Buried at Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension


Robert Bernard

Stoker 1st Class K/9118, Royal Navy. HMS Princess Irene. Died 27/05/1915. Age 22. Son of Stephen and Emma Gorham of 2 Delun Villas, Mill Lane, Trimley. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

The auxiliary minelayer HMS Princess Irene had originally been a 1,500 passenger Canadian Pacific liner. After several trips in her new capacity as a minelayer, she was in Sheerness docks for a refit, when on the morning of 27th May 1915, a huge explosion tore through the vessel. When the smoke had cleared there was no sign of anything resembling a ship. 278 people died, including a number of dockyard workers and a number of civilians from the town of sheerness who were hit by debris. An investigation concluded that the mine charges on board the ship were unstable and one had detonated causing a chain reaction



Lance Corporal 50904, 2nd Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Died 14/05/1920. Age 31. Born at Yaxley. Buried at Trimley (St Martin) Churchyard. Lance Corporal Gorham's death is recorded at Woodbridge


Geoffrey Phipps

Second Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 08/05/1915. Age 24. Son of The Venerable Phipps John Hornby (Archdeacon of Lancaster) and Agnes Eleanor Hornby of St Michaels-on-Wyre, Garstang, Lancashire. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial


Henry Ernest

Private 16805, 4th Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Died 19/06/1917. Buried at Artillery Wood Cemetery. See also Liverpool Street Station, London.


Robert Ashwell

[Listed as Ashwell Robert JENNINGS on CWGC] Private G/11827 7th Battalion The Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment. Died 28/09/1916. Age 36. Son of Nathan and Eliza Jennings of Alston Road, Trimley St Martin. Commemorated at Serre Road Cemetery No 2.


John Harry

Private 23381, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 20/07/1916. Age 37. Brother of Mr J V Jennings of 60 Castle Street, Woodbridge. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial



Lance Corporal 325267, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 26/09/1917. Age 24. Son of Mr Thomas and Mrs Ruth Jennings of Sawston, Cambs. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial


William George

Lance Corporal 42581, 10th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Died 18/11/1916. Born in, and resident of, Trimley. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial


William Isaac

Private G/22461, 1st Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 20/09/1918. Born in, and resident of, Trimley. Buried at Brie British Cemetery. Private Mayes is also commemorated on the Felixstowe War Memorial


Howard Charles

Private 41764, 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers. Died 15/04/1918. Age 21. Son of John Charles and Margaret Newman of Trimley. Buried at Wimereux Communal Cemetery


John Charles

Civilian, Royal Naval Air Station, Felixstowe. Died of wounds sustained by enemy Gotha air attack 14/07/1917. Aged 46. Husband of Margaret Newman of Trimley; father of Howard (above) who also died during World War 1. Buried in Trimley Churchyard. Grave inscription reads:

JOHN CHARLES NEWMAN who was killed at the RNAS Felixstowe by enemy aircraft July 14th 1917 age 46 years, and also of HOWARD CHARLES his eldest son who died of wounds received in action in France April 15th 1918 age 21 years.


Ernest William

Died at 2 Boat Cottages, Trimley St Martin, on 27 July 1920 from Tuberculosis.


Benjamin Ashwell

Second Lieutenant, Supply Depot, Army Service Corps. Died 25/02/1915. Age 38. Son of Benjamin and Mary Ellen Ashwell Posford of Falkenham. husband of Cecile Posford of The Lodge, Falkenham. Buried at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery. Also commemorated on the Falkenham Memorial



Private G/21206, 7th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Died 05/12/1918. Age 27. Son of Ephraim and Eliza Rudd of Trimley. Buried at Trimley (St Martin) Churchyard. Private Rudd's death is recorded at Hammersmith, London



Private 5338, "D" Company, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 16/05/1917. Age 35. Son of Mr and Mrs Ephraim Rudd of 1 Margaret Villas, Trimley. Buried at Etaples Military Cemetery. Private Rudd had also fought in the Boer War 1899-1902


Cecil Ernest

Lance Corporal 43786, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 13/11/1916. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial


Charles Edward

Private 24001, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 12/10/1916. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial


Frederick Charles

Lance Corporal 4797, 3rd (King's Own) Hussars. Died 25/10/1914. Born Ipswich. Buried at Quesnoy-Sur-Deule Communal Cemetery


Edward Charles

Private 279, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 18/08/1916. Born in Framlingham. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial


Robert William

Private G/24464, 1st Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died 03/11/1916. Age 22. Son of Mr and Mrs R J Wink of The Heath, Trimley. Buried at the Serre Road Cemetery No 2



Thomas E A

Lance Sergeant 5832288, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 12/10/1944. Age 24. Son of George and Eva Briggs. husband of Ellen E Briggs of Thornam Parva. Buried at Overloon War Cemetery


Albert E

Sergeant 809194, 11 (Honourable Artillery Company) Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery. Died 14/11/1942. Age 30. Son of Herbert and Ellen Chaplin. husband of Joan G Chaplin SRN of Horringer, Suffolk. Commemorated on the Alamein Memorial


Robert Edwin

Able Seaman P/JX 343229, Royal Navy. HMS Eclipse. Died 24/10/1943. Age 31. Son of Robert and Florence Ethel Davey. husband of Freda Emma Davey of Trimley St Martin. Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

The destroyer HMS Eclipse hit a mine and sank on 24th October 1942 off Kalimno in the Dodecanese


Felix Thomas

Private 5773179, 2nd Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died between 10/05/1940 and 27/05/1940. Age 21. Son of John Thomas Gilbert and Harriet Mary Gilbert of Trimley. Buried at Essars Communal Cemetery


Eric William

Believed to be Lance Corporal 5832144, 1 Base Provost Company, Corps of Military Police. Died 17/08/1945. Age 32. Son of George Alfred and Lucy Annie Higgs of Bibstone, Cromhall, Avon. Buried at Tehran War Cemetery


William Edward

Private 5834772, 5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 15/02/1942. Age 28. Buried at Kranji War Cemetery


Charles Edward

Private 5777284, 6th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died 20/01/1942. Age 25. Son of Pte E C Wardley, The Hertfordshire Regiment (died on active service in France 23/08/1918) and E J Wardley. stepson of Mr E Last of Trimley St Martin. Commemorated on the Singapore Memorial

Northern Ireland


Mark [Robert]

Signalman 24554739, Royal Corps of Signals. Aged 24. One of six soldiers killed by an IRA bomb as they prepared to return to barracks after a charity fun run in Lisburn, Antrim 15th June 1988. The soldiers were using a civilian minlbus which was booby-trapped by the IRA with a large semtex device. The explosive had been moulded into a cone shape to maximise the killing power. Born 5 January 1964. Son of Marion and John Clavey. Buried in St Martin's Churchyard, Trimley St Martin. Ipswich.

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