VILLAGE HISTORY


WW1 REMEMBERANCE

The Boxford war memorial stands outside the parish church and is in the form of a crucifix, made from Portland stone, on a stepped octagonal base.
There are 38 men named for World War 1 and 7 for World War 2. The memorial was orignally unveiled by the Bishop of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich on 2nd October 1919; this was reported in the Suffolk Chronicle and Mercury 17th October 1919.

The text around the base reads:
"In loving and grateful memory of the men of this parish who fell in the Great war 1914-1919
Also of those who fell in the second great war 1939-1945"


Around the riser of the top step are the words:
"Grant them O Lord rest and peace and may light perpetual shine upon them"

Within a small recessed panel on the plinth is a carving of a soldier in World War I uniform. The quotation inscribed in the stone on either side of him is from John 15 v. 13:
"GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS"

William BAKER Gunner 34230, 86th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery.
Died in the Persian Gulf 9th May 1915.
Born and resident Boxford, enlisted Sudbury.
Son of John and Maria Baker, of White St. Green, Boxford, Suffolk.
Buried in BASRA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot VI. Row B. Grave 17.
Harold BRETT No further information currently available
Bertie James CLARKE Private 11054, 2nd Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment).
Killed in action 11th November 1916. Aged 21.
Born and resident Boxford, enlisted St. Pancras, Middlesex.
Son of William and Alice M. Clarke, of Calais St. Corner, Boxford, Suffolk.
Buried in GUARDS' CEMETERY, LESBOEUFS, Somme, France. Plot XI. Row D. Grave 1.
Rodney Charles CLARKE Private 202162, 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment.
Died 4th August 1917. Aged 19.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Clarke, of Calais St., Boxford, Suffolk.
Buried in MONCHY BRITISH CEMETERY, MONCHY-LE-PREUX, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row G. Grave 26.
Thomas William COBBOLD Private 13120, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.
Killed in action 3rd July 1916. Aged 25.
Born Polstead, enlisted Ipswich. Son of George and Ellen Cobbold, of Ashbocking, Ipswich; husband of Rose Lily Munson (formerly Cobbold), of Ellis St., Boxford, Suffolk.
No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.
Walter Henry CUTHBERT Private 25161, 7th [SGDW] or 1st/4th [CWGC] Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.
Killed in action 18th August 1916.
Born Boxford, enlisted Bury St Edmund's.
Son of Mr. W. Cuthbert, of Boxford Rd., Boxford, Suffolk.
Buried in BULLS ROAD CEMETERY, FLERS, Somme, France. Plot II. Row C. Grave 16.
Frederick W DEATH (Spelt DEATHE on SDGW & CWGC) Private 10509, 2nd Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment.
Killed in action 18th January 1915. Aged 22.
Born Polstead, Ipswich, enlisted Barnsley, resident Boxford.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Clarke, of Calais St., Boxford, Suffolk.
No known grave. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 8.
Walter ELEY Private 235116, 11th Battalion, Sherwood Foreseters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment).
Died of wounds 18th September 1917. Aged 30.
Born Boxford, enlisted Burt St. Edmund's. resident Ipswich.
Son of William and Catherine Eley; husband of B. A. B. Eley, of 9, Carr St., Ipswich.
Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XIX. Row D. Grave 7.
Albert (Harry) ELMER Private 20907, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.
Killed in action between 9th and 19th April 1918. Aged 23.
Born Boxford, enlisted Sudbury.
Son of Emma Elmer, of Stone St., Boxford, Suffolk, and the late George Elmer.
No known grave. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 3.
David John EVANS Private 34235, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.
Died of wounds 14th October 1917. Aged 34.
Born Brynmawr, Brecknockshire, South Wales, enlisted Bury St. Edmund's.
Son of D. C. and E. Evans; husband of Mary E. Evans, of Victoria Cottage, Boxford, Suffolk.
Buried in DOZINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XII. Row F. Grave 11.
Maurice (Leslie) EVERITT (Spelt EVERETT on SDGW & CWGC) Private 31101, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment.
Died of wounds 30th April 1917. Aged 21.
Born Polstead, enlisted Bury St. Edmund's. resident Boxford.
Formerly 20324, Suffolk Regiment.
Son of David Henry and Betsy Everett, of Butcher's Lane, Boxford, Suffolk.
Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XVIII. Row E. Grave 11A.
Harry FLETCHER Private M2/022021, 5th Motor Ambulance Convoy, Royal Army Service Corps.
Killed in action 26th March 1918. Aged 22.
Born Boxford, enlisted Colchester, resident Hadleigh.
Son of Samuel Fletcher, of Heath Farm, Hadleigh Heath, Hadleigh, Suffolk.
Buried in DOULLENS COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION No. 1, Somme, France. Plot V. Row E. Grave 7.
Horace Cecil GODDEN Stoker 1st Class K/21866, H.M.S. Pembroke, Royal Navy.
Died 3rd September 1917. Aged 28.
Son of Charles and Sarah Ann Godden, of Swan St., Boxford, Suffolk.
Buried in WOODLANDS CEMETERY, GILLINGHAM, Kent. Naval Grave 10. 516.
Frederick George GOODEN Lance Corporal 24677, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.
Killed in action 3rd August 1916.
Born Sudbury, enlisted Boxford.
No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.
Archibald Bernard GRIGGS Private G/28995, 12th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regment).
Killed in action 26th September 1916.
Born Groton, enlisted Bury St. Edmund's, resident Boxford.
Bertie GRIGGS Corproal 5229, 8th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment.
Killed in action 8th August 1918.
Born Hadley Hamlett, enlisted Haverhill, resident Edwardstone.
Buried in BEACON CEMETERY, SAILLY-LAURETTE, Somme, France. Plot V. Row I. Grave 4.
Ernest Stanley GRIGGS Private G/2262, 7th Battalion, (Royal West Surrey Regiment).
Killed in action 3rd May 1917. Aged 20.
Born and resident Edwardstone, enlisted Boxford.
Son of Emma Griggs, of 3, Stone Street Rd., Boxford, Suffolk, and the late Walter Griggs.
Formerly 25050, Middlesex Regiment.
No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 2.
Oliver Daniel GRIMWOOD Private 40517, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.
Killed in action 19th April 1918. Aged 28.
Born and enlisted Boxford.
Son of Daniel and Annie Grimwood; husband of Clarissa Mary Grimwood, of Ellis St., Boxford, Suffolk.
Formerly 4531, Suffolk Regiment.
Buried in SUFFOLK CEMETERY, LA ROLANDERIE FARM, ERQUINGHEM-LYS, Nord, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 7.
Percy GRIMWOOD Private 3930. 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.
Killed in action 18th August 1916.
Born and enlisted Boxford.
No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.
Ashton Harry HUGHES Private 201306, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.
Killed in action 18th August 1916. Aged 26.
Born and enlisted Boxford.
Formerly 3948, Suffolk Regiment.
Son of William and Eliza Hughes, of Brook Hall, Boxford, Suffolk.
No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.
Temple William JOSLIN Sergeant 14411, "C" Company, 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.
Killed in action 13th September 1916. Aged 23.
Born Boxford, enlisted Sudbury.
Son of Mr. F. and Mrs. R. Joslin, of Calais St., Boxford, Suffolk.
No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.
Walter John JOSLIN (Listed W G JOSLIN on memorial)
Private 41631, 7th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment.
Died of wounds 4th June 1918. Aged 19.
Born Whitestreet Green, enlisted Sudbury, resident Boxford.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Joslin, of Calais St., Boxford, Suffolk.
Formerly 48794, Northamptonshire Regiment.
Buried in SISSONNE BRITISH CEMETERY, Aisne, France. Plot/Row/Section O. Grave 7.
Bertie Robert Henry KING Sergeant 8108. 11th Battalion, Essex Regiment.
Killed in action 22nd April 1917. Aged 30.
Born and resident Boxford, enlisted Sudbury.
Son of John and Mary Ann King, of Ellis St., Boxford, Suffolk.
No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, pas de Calais, France. Panel 85 to 87.
Ernest KING Private 50244 (SDGW) or 235100 (CWGC), 1st/5th Battalion, King's (Liverpool Regiment).
Killed in action 31st July 1917.
Born and resident Boxford, enlsited Bury St Edmund's.
Formerly 34959, Suffolk Regiment.
No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 4 and 6.
Edgar (Thomas) MANN Private 40701, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.
Died of wounds 21st April 1918.
Born Chilworth, enlisted Boxford.
Formerly 19586, Northamptonshire Regiment.
Buried in WIMEREUX COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XI. Row C. Grave 9A.
Arthur W MUNSON Private 11315, 1st Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment).
Killed in action 9th May 1915.
Born Long Melford, enlisted Bury St Edmund's, resident Boxford.
No known grave. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 7.
Charles L MUNSON No further information currently available
Leonard PATTLE Lance Corporal 7730, 10th (Prince of Wales's Own Royal) Hussars.
Killed in action 31st October 1914. Aged 23.
Son of Lazarus and Edith Pattle, of Groton Wood Lane on the edge of Boxford, Suffolk.
No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Leper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
William PATTLE No further information currently available
Arthur (Robert) RICE Private 26642, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment.
Killed in action 3rd August 1917. Aged 22.
Born and resident Hadleigh, enlisted Boxford.
Son of Arthur William and Emma Rice, of Hadleigh Hamlet, Boxford, Suffolk.
No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Leper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33.
Charles SMITH No further information currently available
Lionel H SMITH No further information currently available
Charles Herbert SPARROW Air Mechanic 2nd Class 407973, 142nd Squadron, Royal Air Force.
Died 6th January 1919. Aged 27.
Son of Charles Sparrow, of Brook Hall, Boxford, Suffolk.
Buried in ALEXANDRIA (HADRA) WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot/Row/Section G. Grave 42.
Alfred SPOONER Private 290193, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.
Died of wounds 7th May 1918. Aged 47. Enlisted Sudbury.
Son of Walter and Mary Spooner, of Boxford, Suffolk; husband of Ellen Elizabeth Spooner, of Nedging Rd., Nedging, Bildeston, Ipswich.
Formerly 3078, Suffolk Regiment.
Buried in DOULLENS COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION No. 2, Somme, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 11.
Frank STERRY Lance Corporal 24676, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.
Killed in action 26th August 1917. Aged 26.
Born and enlisted Boxford. Son of Robert and Eleanor Sterry, of Swan St., Boxford, Suffolk.
Buried in HARGICOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, Aisne, France. Plot I. Row C. Grave 25.
Harry STERRY Private 41847, 13th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment).
Killed in action 24th April 1917.
Born Boxford, enlisted and resident Arundel.
No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 3.
Ernest Walter WARD Private 39702, 32nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment).
Killed in action 7th August 1917. Aged 24.
Born and resident Boxford, enlisted Sudbury. Son of Mrs. S. Ward, of White St. Green, Boxford, Suffolk.
Formerly 2857, Royal Fusliers.
No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 6 and 8.
Walter William WHYMARK Private 20695, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.
Killed in action 22nd January 1918. Aged 37.
Born Chelsworth, enlisted Sudbury.
Son of Ann Whymark, of Ellis St., Boxford, Suffolk.
Buried in RUE-DU-BOIS MILITARY CEMETERY, FLEURBAIX, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row G. Grave 43.