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Stowupland High School - Elmswell War Memorial Project 2009

With many thanks to Chris Clarke, Head of History

Bury Post, Friday 10th August 1917

Elmswell Roll of Honour - Unveiling and Dedicatory Ceremony

In the Parish Church of St John the Divine at Elmswell on Sunday evening there was a crowded congregation, the occasion being the unveiling and dedication of Elmswell Roll of Honour. During the singing of the second hymn at evensong a procession was formed to the Roll of Honour which has been placed in the interior of the wall of the south aisle of the sacred edifice. It has been erected by subscriptions of the parishioners of Elmswell, having been artistically designed and executed by Messrs AR Mowbray and Co of Oxford. It consists of three oak ornamental panels on which are the names of those who comprise the illustrious roll. The centre panel has inscribed upon it the names of seventeen soldiers of Elmswell who have made the supreme sacrifice, being either killed or who have died for their King and country. Surmounting this panel is the sacred monogram "I.H.S." beneath which is the text "greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends" - St John XV13. Then follows the names in alphabetical order: Prvt TE Abbott Northumberland Fusiliers, November 8th 1914: Prvt HV Elliston, Suffolks, January 26th1916; Prvt HG Farrow Suffolks February 16th 1917; Prvt CG Gould Suffolks September 1914; Prvt FW Gould, Suffolks August 13th 1915; Lc Corp AJ Clarke Suffolks May 18th 1916; Prvt G Howe June 27th 1916; Prvt G Howard Suffolks February 15th 1915; Prvt A King Suffolks; Prvt T Mulley Suffolks; Lc Corp GV Mulley; Prvt AE Manning Suffolks September 25th 1915; Prvt HF Manning Suffolks April 23rd 1917; Prvt ASB Pryke Suffolks July 19th 1916; Prvt SF Salmon Suffolks; Prvt H Howard Australians December 7th 1916; 1st AM WB Pryke RFC January 19th 1917 RIP. Beside the central panel are two others containing 109 persons belonging to Elmswell who are serving their country.

The procession from the chancel to the south aisle included the Rev JR George Rector of Elmswell and the Rev JD Sayer; Lieut. HW Hawkins of the Middlesex Regt; the Churchwardens Messrs Mark Harrison and DW Collens and the surpliced choir. The Roll of Honour which has been draped with the flags of the Allies having been unveiled by Lieut. Hawkins, the Rector recited dedicatory prayers and then read the names of those who have given their lives. The National Anthem was then sung.

The Rev JD Sayer preached the sermon, selecting his text from St Luke XXIV 26 ‘Ought not Christ to have suffered these things and to enter unto His Glory.’ There was a collection amounting to £3 3s 8d for the Suffolk Prisoner of War Fund. Miss Mary Gedge who presided at the organ played appropriate volunteerings.

Soldiers of the First World War

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ABBOTT Thomas Edward Private, 1st Northumberland Fusiliers
BRIDGES William Private, 2nd Suffolk
CLARK(E) Arthur James Private, 9th Suffolk
ELLISTON Herbert Victor Private, 2nd Suffolk
FARROW Albert Edward Private, 3rd Suffolk
FARROW Frederick William Private, 1st Northamptonshire
FARROW George Private, 2nd Suffolk
FARROW Henry George Private, 9th Suffolk
FARROW Nelson Percy Corporal, 12th Suffolk
FARROW William George Private, 2nd Suffolk
GOULD Charles George Private, 1st Northamptonshire
GOULD Frederick William Private, 6th Essex
HOWARD George Private, 1st Suffolk
HOWARD Harry Private, 59th Australian Infantry, A.I.F.
HOWE Charles Frank Private, 8th Norfolk
HOWE George Edward Private, 8th Suffolk
KERRY Harry Samuel Private, 1st The Queen's Royal West Surrey (ex G16658 Royal West Kent)
KING Albert William Able Seaman, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Hood Bn. R.N. Division
KING William Albert Lance/Corporal, 7th Suffolk
MANNING Albert Edward Private, 2nd Suffolk
MANNING Herbert Frank Private, 4th Suffolk (ex 27584 Northamptonshire)
MULLEY Gordon Victor Lance/Corporal, 1st Suffolk
MULLEY Thomas Stone Lewis Private, 1st Cheshire
PYKE Ernest Percy Private, 11th Royal Fusiliers
PYKE Albert Cyril Bruce Private, 8th Suffolk
PYKE William Bruce Airman First Class, Royal Flying Corps
ROBINSON William James Private, 2nd Suffolk
SALMON Sydney James Bullet Private, 11th Suffolk
WARREN Donald Walker Sergeant, 1st Cameronians Scottish Rifles

Soldiers of the Second World War Remembered on Elmswell War Memorial

Rank Unit Died Aged Burial/Memorial Notes
Andreasen Carl Christian Private 5729360 5th Dorsetshire Regiment 21st November 1942 25 Poole (Broadstone) Cemetery Section B. Grave 488 son of Julius Christian and Nora Andreasen; husband of Iris Myrtle Andreasen, of Broadstone.
Andreasen Eric Julius Private 5828161 4th Suffolk Regiment 5th April 1943 23 Kranji War Cemetery Grave 16. A. 3
Bruce Edward James Lance Corporal 5828442 5th Suffolk Regiment 20th August 1943 31 Chungkai War Cemetery Grave 5. M. 1 son of Mr. and Mrs. James Holden Bruce, of Elmswell.
Buckle Terence Arthur Sergeant (Air Gunner) 1626710 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 158 Squadron 13th June 1944 Marissel Franch National Cemetery Coll. grave 251-256
Durrant Richard Edward Gunner 1531746 Royal Artillery 448 Battery, 84 Lt. A.A. Regt 9th March 1943 Brookwood Memorial Panel 3 Column 2
Gray William Lance Corporal 2702893 Scots Guards 6th April 1945 24 Sage War Cemetery Grave 10. B. 1 son of Alexander Gray, and of Jean Gray, of Clydebank, Dunbartonshire; husband of Brenda Alice Gray.
Minihane William Hubner Sergeant 568093 Royal Air Force 110 Squadron. 1st November 1940 20 Hitcham (All Saints) Churchyard son of Thomas Whitechurch Minihane and Erna Lily Minihane, of Isleworth, Middlesex.
Phillips Frank Victor Staff Sergeant S/245585 Royal Army Service Corps 362 Bulk Petrol Storage Platoon 1st June 1946 25 Yokohama War Cemetery British Section H. C. 7 son of Sydney James Phillips and Caroline Matilda Phillips; husband of Eileen Doris Phillips, of Great Ashfield.
Read Douglas Herbert Corporal 5828444 5th Suffolk Regiment 15th August 1943 25 Kanchanaburi War Cemetery Grave 6. G. 78 son of Augustus James Read and Florence Alice Read of Elmswell.
Robinson Harry Bean Able Seaman C/JX 159164 Royal Navy on H.M.S. Achates 31st December 1942 Chatham Naval Memorial 56,1

 

SOURCES USED

  • Commonwealth War Graves website
  • Soldiers Died (Naval & Military Press)
  • Bury Post and Bury Free Press newspapers at Bury Record Office
  • Suffolk County Council Roll of Honour
  • Ancestry Library Edition for 1901 Census, Medal Cards & Service Records
  • Australian War Records