VILLAGE HISTORY


WW2 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 ANDERSON No further information currently available
Freddie BAKER No further information currently available
Charles (Russel (sic) Leonard) KING Private 5828716, 2nd Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment.
Died during the invasion of Singapore by the Japanese 28th January 1942. Aged 32.
Husband of Ruth Ellen Margaret King, of Boxford, Suffolk.
No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 59.
(Herbert) John SQUIRREL (Spelt SQUIRELL on CWGC) Private 14591953, Pioneer Corps.
Died 20th September 1943. Aged 25.
Son of Frederick John and Helen Rose Squirrell, of Boxford.
Buried in BOXFORD CEMETERY, Boxford, Suffolk.
John STEVENSON No further information currently available
Ronald 'Ronnie' (Jack) TRICKER Driver T/5836156, 331 Armoured Brigade Company, Royal Army Service Corps.
Died 13th December 1944. Aged 23.
Son of Elsie Speller, of Colchester, Essex.
Buried in PHALERON WAR CEMETERY, Greece. Plot 17. Row D. Grave 4.
Vernon (Edward) TRICKER Private 5828581, 5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.
Died 5th August 1943 as a prisoner of war of the Japanese.
Son of Harry and Ruth Tricker, of Boxford, Suffolk.
Buried in KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Plot 2. Row H. Grave 78.

A huge thank you to Russell Edwards & Martin Edwards www.roll-of-honour.com