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WILBY WAR MEMORIAL

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further information and transcription Martin Edwards

The memorial is to be found within St Mary's Church, Church Road, Wilby, Suffolk. It takes the form of four brass plaques enclosed together in an oak frame with a glass front. There are 13 names listed for World War 1 and 6 names for World War 2.

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
IN HONOUR OF THE MEN FROM
THIS PARISH WHO GAVE THEIR
LIVES FOR KING AND COUNTRY
IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919

BARDWELL George
Service No. 17823. Private in the 9th Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment. Son of Mrs. Keziah Bardwell of Wilby. Died 16th September 1916 aged 30 years. No known grave. Commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL.
CALVER George Edward

Service No. 2272. Private in the 2nd/1st East Anglian Field Ambulance of the Royal Army Medical Corps. Eldest son of Herbert Edward and Naomi Annie Calver of Rectory Farm, Wilby. Died 17th October 1915 aged 27 years. After enlisting at Bury St. Edmunds, George found himself at Gallipoli on 12th August 1915 and was subsequently wounded whilst doing his duty. He was evacuated by hospital ship but died on board and was buried in Gibraltar. Buried in the GIBRALTAR (NORTH FRONT) CEMETERY.

FEVEYEAR Stanley
Service No. 15277. Private in the 8th Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment. Son of Charles and Ellen Feveryear of Stone House, Wilby. Died 12th October 1917 aged 22 years. No known grave. Commemorated on the TYNE COT MEMORIAL.
FOSTER Alfred John
Service No. 4969. Private in the 1st/4th Battalion Suffolk Regiment. Born in Cookley in 1887, the son of James and Naomi Foster of Halesworth Road, Cookley and a lodger with Jonathan Pipe on Church Lane, Brundish in 1911. His mother died in 1894 aged just 33 years. His father sent him to lodge with an uncle Charles Woolnough in Chediston. Died 14th January 1917 aged 29 years. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN.
LEGGETT Frederick [Robert]
Service No. 201002. Corporal in the 1st/1st Battalion of the Cambridgeshire Regiment. Son of Mrs. Ellen Mary Leggett of St. Edmunds Farm, Brundish. Died on the 22nd September 1918 aged 23 years from wounds received on August 25th. Buried in WILBY CHURCHYARD.
MOYES Harry
Service No. 3839. Private in the 4th Battalion Suffolk Regiment. Son of Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Moyes of School House, Wilby. Killed in action on the 18th August 1916 aged 21 years. No known grave. Commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL.
RUMSBY William [Thomas]
Service No. 6042. Private in the 4th Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment. Son of Mrs. Alice Rumsby and her deceased husband Frederick Rumsby of Foals Green, Wilby. Born in OND 1887 as a ‘Rumsby’.He was married to Ethel Smith in 1916. Killed in France on the 29th October 1916 aged 29 years or 31st October 1916 aged 30 years. No known grave. Commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL.
RUMSBY Alderman [A J]
Service No. 25252. Private in the 2nd Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment. Son of Mrs. Alice Rumsby of Foal’s Green, Wilby. Died on the 18th August 1916 aged 25 years. No known grave. Commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL.
SCACE Oscar Herbert
Service No. 35242. Private in the 5th Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment. Son of the late Gibson Barnabas Scace, farmer, and Mary Alice Scace of Laxfield Lane, Wilby. Died on the 10th April 1918 at the age of 18 years. No known grave. Commemorated on the PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL.
SCALES Herbert George
Service No. 3840. Private in the 1st/4th Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment. Son of John and Hannah Scales of Wilby. Herbert George Scales died on the 27th July 1916 aged 20 years. He died at Leicester Hospital and is buried in WILBY churchyard.
WHATLING John Russell
Service No. 86559. Gunner in the 140th Siege Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery. Only son of John and Charlotte Whatling, originally of Wootten Green, Stradbroke. When he was called up on 25 May 1916 (aged 21 years), he was living at Trust Farm on Coal Street, Wilby with his parents. Died on the 8th April 1917 aged 22 years. Buried in POZIERES BRITISH CEMETERY.

THIS TABLET WAS ERECTED
BY THE GRATEFUL INHABITANTS OF WILBY

ALSO IN MEMORY OF

JOHNSON William
Service No. 1683. Private in the 54th Battalion of the Australian Infantry, A. I. F. Son of Robert and Hannah Johnson of Stone House (cottages), Wilby. He had emigrated and settled in Warren, New South Wales where he became a station hand. He enlisted on 15th November 1915 and embarked for France on HMAT Ceramic on 14th April 1916. He was killed in action on 11th July 1918 aged 30 years. Buried in FRANVILLERS COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION.

ALSO IN MEMORY OF

FEVEYEAR Herbert
IV Suffolk - No further information currently available

SECOND WORLD WAR
1939-1945

CHAMBERS George Lorraine
Colour Sergeant 5826127, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died as a Japanese Prisoner of War 20 August 1943. Aged 27. Son of Albert and Ivy Mary Chambers; husband of Bertha Chambers, of Ashfield Green, Suffolk. Buried in THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar (Burma). Plot B6. Row G. Grave 9.
GOWER Dick Thomas
Private 5768934, 2nd Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died as a Japanese Prisoner of War 21 September 1944. Aged 25. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 59.
LARTER Arthur G
Glasgow Highlanders probably George Larter, Private 3328675, 2nd Battalion, Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment). Died 22 April 1944. Aged 20. Son of Arthur Victor and Edith Larter. Buried in TANNINGTON (ST. ETHELBERT) CHURCHYARD, Suffolk.
MUTTOCK Lawson Geoffrey
Private 5116933, 1st Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Died 14 August 1942. Aged 22. Son of Walter and Emily Muttock, of Wilby, Norfolk (sic). Buried in CALCUTTA (BHOWANIPORE) CEMETERY, KOLKATA, India. Plot H. Grave 12.
STEARNE Roydon Samuel
Private 5826882, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died as a Japanese Prisoner of War 20 September 1943. Aged 25. Son of Denis George and Sarah Stearne, of Wilby, Norfolk (sic); brother of William (below). Buried in THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar (Burma). Plot B3. Row D. Grave 8.
STEARNE William Selby
Private 5826886, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died as a Japanese Prisoner of War 20 August 1943. Aged 23. Son of Denis George and Sarah Stearne, of Wilby, Norfolk (sic), husband of Florence Stearne, of Unsworth, Lancashire; brother of Roydon (above). Buried in THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar (Burma). Plot B4. Row U. Grave 13.

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