Earl Stonham Servicemen from World War I


The links below open a section for each serviceman.
(Click / tap to read)

You'll also find that the WW I memorial, in St Mary's Churchyard, records the name of each serviceman from the Parish.

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The War Memorial in St Mary's Churchyard

Photograph © Alan Sarsby

ROLL OF HONOUR
Manley Frederick ASHWIN
Date of Birth:
Place of Birth:

Died: 19 December 1918
Buried: Highgate Cemetery, London.
Commonwealth War Graves Headstone also naming his wife Marjorie Edith, who died one day earlier and is buried with him.

Service details
Enlisted
Priest, Served as Private 768683, 28th Battalion, London Regiment, (Artist Rifles)

Medals
Not known.
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William Edgar BRETT
Son of Edgar and Alice Brett, Forward Green, Earl Stonham.

Date of Birth: 1892?
Place of Birth: Earl Stonham

Died: 15 March 1918, aged 26
Buried: Croisilles British Cemetery

Service details
Private 30705
11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in action, Fontaine-Lez-Croisilles, North of the Sensee river.

Medals
Victory, and British War Medals.
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Wilfred Samuel CHAPLIN
Son of Sam and Mary Chaplin, Lime Tree Cottage, Forward Green Earl Stonham.


Date of Birth: 19 August 1897
Place of Birth: Earl Stonham

Died: 15 July 1916, aged 18
Buried: No known grave listed on Thiepval Memorial among Seventy-two thousand officers and men.

Service details
Enlisted,
Private 201256, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.

Died of wounds received while attacking Switch Trench, North of the village of Bazentine-le-Petit, along with two-hundred other casualties of the Battalion. His grave was subsequently lost.

Medals
Victory, and British War Medals.
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Henry Jessie CROWE
Date of Birth:
Place of Birth: Mendlesham, Suffolk

Died: 2nd April 1918, aged ?
Buried: Longuenesse Souvenir Cemetery, St Omer

Service details
Previously Suffolk Regiment 2358
Private 33339
6th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment,
Transferred to …
Private 222479
213th Area Employment Company, Labour Corps.

Medals
Not known.
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John Dolby DIAPER
Son of George and Martha Diaper

Date of Birth: 1899
Place of Birth: Not known

Died: 18 April 1918, aged 19
Buried: Woodlands Cemetery, Gillingham, Kent.

Service details
Enlisted
Ordinary Seaman J/71444
HMS Pembroke, Royal Navy

Medals
Not known.
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Engraving reads:

J. D. DIAPER
ORDINARY SEAMAN R. N. " J/71444
H.M.S. PEMBROKE"
18TH APRIL 1918 AGE 19.

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Harold Eric GRAY
Gunner, 3591,
D Battery, 53rd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery

Date of Birth: 1889
Place of Birth: Halstead Essex

Died: 27 October 1915, aged 26
Buried: No known grave listed on the Menin Gate Ypres

Service details:
Enlisted: Ipswich, Suffolk.
Served in France: 10 May 1915

Medals:
1915 Star,
Victory, and British War Medals.

Also remembered on the family tomb of the Grays' of Deerbolts Hall in Earl Stonham Churchyard (North East corner).
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Charles Frederick HUBBARD
Son of George and Charlotte Hubbard, Angel Hill.

Date of Birth: 1893?
Place of Birth: Canterbury

Died: 31 July 1917, aged 24
Buried: No known grave listed on the Menin Gate

Service details
Enlisted, Birmingham
Private 19860
Wiltshire Regiment.
… transferred to:
Private 52849
2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment

Medals
Victory, and British War Medals.
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Samuel Charles KEEN
Son of Mrs J Keen, Angel Hill, Earl Stonham.

Private 27277
7th Battalion Royal Fusiliers

Date of Birth: 1897?
Place of Birth: Wetheringsett

Died: 30 May 1917, aged 20
Buried: No known grave listed on Arras Memorial at the Faubourg-D'amiens Cemetery. Among thirty-five thousand offers and men.

Service details
Enlisted, Needham Market
Served in France.

Medals
Victory, and British War Medals.
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Adolphus KITSON
Son of Adolphus and Ada Kitson, Mendlesham, Suffolk

Date of Birth: 1892 ?
Place of Birth:

Died: 15 October 1918 aged 26.
Buried: Port Said War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.
Also remembered on family grave, Earl Stonham Churchyard.

Service details
Emigrated to Australia, living with his aunt.
Embarked at Melbourne, per RMS Morea 20 February 1917 to Moascar.
4 April 1917, 26th RFTs.
8th Australian Light Horse Regiment. MPchd. in to 'A' Dtls Can Moascar, ex HT Mashobra from Australia

Died of illness.

Medals:
None known.
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Frederick John LAST
Son of Arthur and Annie Last, Middlewood Green, Earl Stonham

Date of Birth: 1882
Place of Birth:

Died: 13 December 1918, aged 36
Buried: St Mary’s Earl Stonham

Service details
Served as Alfred Lawrence. Gunner, 23833, 4th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery

Went to France: 9 September 1914

Medals
1914 Star,
Victory, and British War Medals.

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Herbert Kemball NUNN
Date of Birth: (not known)
Place of Birth: Earl Stonham

Died: 25 March 1916. Age (not known)
Buried: Janval Cemetery, Dieppe.

Service Details
Private 15137
Enlisted: Woolwich
9th Veterinary Hospital, Army Veterinary Corps

Medals
Victory and British War Medals.
No photograph available. If you have a photograph or other details, please contact Colin Woods via this link (opens in a new window).
Pte. 15137 Herbert Kemball Nunn, Army Veterinary Corps, serving in the 9th Veterinary Hospital, Dieppe, died in the No. 5 Stationary Hospital in Dieppe, on March 25th 1916, and lies in grave I B 6 in the Janval Cemetery in Dieppe. Herbert was born in 1865 at Earl Stonham, Suffolk the son of Selim and Mary Moss Nunn, and is remembered on the war memorial and Roll of Honour in St. Peter’s Church, Great Totham, and on the war memorial in the United Reform Church in the village. He earned the War and Victory medals.

Source: Received from "Bill" 06 November 2016.

Walter William PECK
Son of Mr H Peck, Morgans Yard, Stonham Aspel.

Date of Birth: 1892?
Place of Birth: Creeting St Mary

Died: 22 March 1918, aged 26
Buried: No known grave listed on Arras Memorial.

Service details
Private 24201
Wiltshire Regiment.

Private 52849
11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment

Killed in action at Croisilles Village

Medals
Victory, and British War Medals.
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Nathaniel Bailey RINGE
Son of Robert and Emma Ringe, Forward Green.

Private 5763
2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.

Date of Birth: 1884?
Place of Birth: Not known

Died: 4 March 1916, aged 26
Buried: Boulogne Eastern Cemetery

Service details:
Enlisted.
Service in France: 10 October 1914
Wounded at the Bluff Ypres and died at Boulogne Hospital.

Medals:
1914 Star,
Victory, and British War Medals.
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Alfred William RUSH
Date of Birth: 1893?
Place of Birth: Canterbury

Died: 26 October 1918
Buried: Erquelinnes Communal Cemetery

Service details
Private 267828
Rifleman
1st/7th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment

Previously 1933 Suffolk Regiment

Medals
Victory, and British War Medals.
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Oliver J SOAMES
Son of Henry and Rachel, Soames, Shepherd and Dog, Forward Green, Earl Stonham.

Husband of H K Olivier Soames, 71 Norwich Road, Ipswich

Date of Birth: 1894 ?
Place of Birth: Earl Stonham

Died: 27 March 1918, aged 24
Buried: Bouzincourt Ridge Cemetery, Albert

Service details
Enlisted
Royal Naval Division (Ensign Battalion) 5266
Royal Engineers Sapper 207805
Second Lieutenant Commissioned 28 August 1917, 4th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.

Killed in Action north of Albert along with 107 other ranks. His commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Collings-Wells awarded the VC in the same action

Medals
Not known.
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Stanley Wilfred WILDING
Son of Harry and Sarah Wilding, Earl Stonham.

Date of Birth: 1897?
Place of Birth: Earl Stonham

Died: 20 August 1916, aged 19
Buried: Heilly Station Cemetery at Mericourt-L'abbe

Service details
Private 3864
A Company, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.

Served in France
Died of wounds during attack on Wood Lane Trench, High Wood, on the Somme. Causalities that day were 196.

Medals
Victory, and British War Medals.
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If you have any enquiries, please contact Colin Woods via the Web Editor, using this page.

Colin is an active member of the Western Front Association (Suffolk).
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