WW2 Memorial – Saxmundham
TO THE HONOURED MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO FELL IN THE WAR 1939-1945
ROLL OF HONOUR
In 2005, a booklet commemorating those who died during the First and Second World Wars of the twentieth century was produced and distributed by Saxmundham Town Council to all households in the town as a tribute to their memory and to mark the occasion of the unveiling of the new public War Memorial in Fromus Square, Saxmundham on Sunday 17 July 2005 by General Sir Michael Walker GCB, CMG, CBE, ADC Gen, Chief of the Defence Staff.
The information on this page is transcribed from this booklet, which was compiled by the Royal British Legion, Saxmundham & District Branch, and Saxmundham Town Council., based upon Commonwealth War Graves Commission [CWGC] records, ‘Debt of Honour Register’, available on-line at www.cwgc.org.
Compiled by RWLS, 2005.
Lieutenant Michael Firth Atkinson
Royal Navy (HMS Somali). Died 24.9.42, aged 30. Son of George Leslie & Margaret Atkinson. Lost at sea. Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial. (HMS Somali, a Tribal Class Destroyer, was torpedoed 20.9.42 by U.703, and, whilst under tow, sank on 24.9.42 with the loss of 82 lives.)
1250631 Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) George Frederick Kenneth Bedwell
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 9th Squadron. Died 2.1.44. aged 24. Son of Walter Gordon & Mabel Sophia Bedwell of Saxmundham; husband of Joan Louisa Bedwell of Saxmundham. Buried in collective grave in Hanover War Cemetery, Germany. (Shot down over Hanover and buried there.)
CWGC records give third Christian name.
5828241 Private Alfred Douglas Blake
Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion. Died 21.9.44, aged 25. Son of Ernest & Alice Blake of Saxmundham. Died as Japanese Prisoner of War; no known grave. Commemorated on Singapore Memorial. (Brother of E F & W G Blake.)
1137279 Gunner Eric Frank Blake
Royal Artillery, 72 Anti-Tank Regiment. Died 18.1.43, aged 19. Son of Ernest & Emily Blake of Saxmundham. Buried in Medjez-el-Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia. (Brother of A D & W G Blake.)
5828252 Private William George Blake
Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion. Died 28.8.43, aged 25. Son of Ernest & Alice Blake of Saxmundham. Died as Japanese Prisoner of War, working on Burma-Siam Railway. Buried in Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand. (Brother of A D & E F)
953133 Lance-Bombadier Alfred Ernest Bloomfield
Royal Artillery, 67 Medium Regiment. Died 24.7.42, aged 23. Son of Ernest James & Sarah Ann Bloomfield of Saxmundham. Buried in Benghazi War Cemetery, Libya.
5826561 Lance-Corporal John William Brock
The King’s Regiment, (Liverpool), 13th Battalion. Died 12.5.44, aged 27. Son of William & Isobel Maude Brock of Saxmundham. Died as Japanese Prisoner of War. Buried in Rangoon War Cemetery, Myanmar (Burma).
T/6030301 Driver Jack Cook
Royal Army Service Corps, 463 Water Tank Company. Died 2.3.44. aged 38. Son of Jack & Grace Cook; husband of Dorothy Alice Cook of Saxmundham. No known grave. Commemorated on Brookwood Memorial, within Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey.
299630 Lieutenant Derrick George Gooch
Royal Army Service Corps, 297 General Transport Company. Died 2.11.44, aged 20. Son of Wilfred George & Florence Isabel Victoria Gooch of Rushmere St Andrew. Buried in Zaamslag General Cemetery, Zoeland, Netherlands.
73407 Major Arthur Charles Copinger Hill
Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion. Died 20.7.44, aged 29. Son of Charles Copinger Hill & Ethel Mary Geraldine Hill of Park House, Saxmundham. No known grave. Commemorated on Bayeux Memorial, Calvados, France.
1735559 Gunner Jack Clarence Howard
Royal Artillery, 21 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment. Died 19.12.43, aged 37. Son of Charles & Caroline Louise Howard of Saxmundham. Died as Japanese Prisoner of War. Buried in Jakarta War Cemetery, Indonesia.
5828233 Private Leonard Stanley Pearce
Cambridgeshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion. Died 21.9.44, aged 24. Son of Stanley Francis & Edith May Pearce of Saxmundham. Died as Japanese Prisoner of War; no known grave. Commemorated on Singapore Memorial.
A R Smith
This is 5828234 Corporal Arthur William Smith (known as “Pim”), Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion. Died 9.2.42, aged 22. Son of Frederick and Esther Mary Smith of Saxmundham. No known grave. Commemorated on Singapore Memorial. (Died during the Japanese invasion of Singapore.)
SECOND WORLD WAR – TOTAL 13 DEAD
FIRST AND SECOND WORLD WARS – COMBINED TOTAL 53 DEAD
“THEIR GLORY SHALL NOT BE BLOTTED OUT”
“And some there be, which have no memorial; who are perished, as though they had never been; and are become as though they had never been born; and their children after them. But these were merciful men, whose righteousness hath not been forgotten. With their seed shall continually remain a good inheritance, and their children are within the covenant. Their seed standeth fast, and their children for their sakes. Their seed shall remain forever, and their glory shall not be blotted out. Their bodies are buried in peace; but their name liveth for evermore.”)
The Apocrypha, Ecclesiasticus, Chapter XLIV, Verses 9 to 14