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College & OF History: 1975-2000
Into the Third Millennium
Framlingham College...
By John Maulden

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World War II - War Memorial

The memorial to those Old Framlinghamians who lost their lives in World War 2 is on the west wall of the Chapel. It was unveiled by Major-General The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Athlone on 2 July 1949 on the day Brandeston Hall was officially opened by HRH Princess Alice.

World War 2 Chapel Memorial
 
 

The memorial bears the names of 83 boys and 1 master and has the following inscription:

1939 – 1945

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN EVERLASTING MEMORY OF THE

OLD BOYS AND MASTER OF THIS COLLEGE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES

IN THE CAUSE OF LIBERTY

The full names of all those listed on the memorial are shown below, in the same order as they appear on the memorial, together with their years at the College. Additionally for some people there is further information available by clicking on their names.

ROYAL NAVY AND ROYAL MARINES
Robert Harold Percy BROWNE (31-35) Lt, Royal Navy. Died during sinking of HMS Hood on 24 May 1941. He is mentioned on Earl Soham War Memorial along with Marmaduke Abbay (1899-1902) and is included on the HMS Hood Role of Honour.
John Clive Kelso COX (38-40) Royal Marines. Buried at Golders Green Cemetery.
Ian Wallace GRANT (S18-22) Merchant Service. Remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial.
Glyn Bateman WHITTAKER (35-42) Lt, Royal Marine Commando. Died of wounds on Normandy Landing. Buried at Ranville War Cemetery in France. Only brother of RC Whittaker, also died – see below.
George Robert VALE (22-29) Royal Navy. Buried at Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Somme, France
 
ARMY
Colin Frederick ALDRICH (1892-93) Buried at Hendon Cemetery.
John Gooday ARNOLD (20-21) Major, Royal Army Service Corps
Cyprian Francis Thurlow BAKER OBE (10-14) Colonel. Mentioned in dispatches in WW1 & WW2. Received OBE in 1941. Killed in action in 1943. Buried at Tobruk War Cemetery.
William Frederick BARHAM (33-36) Buried at Wymondham Cemetery.
Michael Harry Child BELLAMY (37-40) Lt, Kings Shropshire Regiment. Buried at Overloon War Cemetery, Holland.
Leslie Horace BEST (21-26) Federated Malay States Volunteer Force. Remembered on Singapore Memorial at Kranji Cemetery.
Peter Alan CARTER (S33-38) Buried at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
Ronald Henry Neville CLARKE (16-21) At Sandhurst won Prize Cadetship in 1923. In the Army joined 1st Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regt.). Appointed Lt in 1926. Died in the defence of Dunkirk on Monday 27th May 1940, aged 36. Remembered on the Dunkirk Memorial.
Barnet Henry Thomas ELGIE (30-35) Lance Sergeant, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died on 31 May 1940 at the age of 20. Commemorated on the Dunkirk Memorial and Framlingham Town War Memorial www.roll-of-honour.org/Suffolk/Framlingham.html
Clarence Leimpster FARMER (14-17) Hong Kong Voluntary Defence Corps. Buried at Stanley Military Cemetery, Hong Kong.
John Spurling HANSEN-BAY (31-33) Lt, Yeomanry. Buried at Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma, Libya.
Henry Arthur HARE ((24-28) Royal Tank Regiment. Buried at Heliopolis War Cemetery, Egypt.
Bryan HEBBLETHWAITE (34-39) Sgt, Glider Pilot killed at Arnhem. Buried at Arnhem Oosterbeer War Cemetery, Holland.
Walter James HOLLOWELL (19-27) Major, Suffolk Regiment. Remembered on the Singapore Memorial.
Ferdinand Felix LEROY (19-23) Buried at Bari War Cemetery, Italy.
Ernest James Lindley LLOYD (S36-38) Lt, Royal East Kent Regiment. Buried at El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt.
Edward John MAYHEW (34-40) 3rd Battalion Welsh Guards. Died just after the capture of Monte Cassino in Italy and is buried in Caserta War Cemetery, Italy, but also remember at Earl Soham Church.
Reginald Edward MEDEN (07-10) Brother died in WW1. Buried at Southgate Cemetery.
Michael Charles MITCHELL (K34-38) Royal Norfolk Regiment. Buried at Taiping War Cemetery, Malaysia.
Colin Frostick MOLE (14-18) Buried at Ippollittis New Churchyard, UK
Rupert William MORGAN (34-37) Buried at Mortlake Cemetery.
Jack Frank Mewse NEWSON (21-28) Buried at Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore.
Derrick NORRIS-HILL (14-17) Major. In 1923 donated NORRIS-HILL Cup for inter house Hockey. Buried at Kantara War Cemetery, Egypt.
James Walter POOLE (23-27) Captain attached to the 25th Mountain Regiment of the Royal Indian Artillery. He was very badly wounded when the Japanese took Singapore and was shot by his comrades so as not to leave him to the enemy during the panicked withdrawal to Burma. He has no known grave, but is commemorated with 27,000 others on Face 2 of the Rangoon Memorial at the Taukkyan Cemetery, and on the war memorial obelisk that stands on Bexhill seafront, on the Sussex coast.
Edward Baldwyn PUGH (24-25) Staff Sgt, Royal Engineers. Buried at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand.
Hugh Arthur Lionel QUEST (38-41) He was born on 5 March 1925 in Barnsley and on leaving the College enlisted with the infantry, fighting in Western Europe. He served in the 8th Battalion Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge’s Own). He died of wounds received in action near Caen on 11 July 1944, aged just 19. He is buried at Banneville-La-Campagne War Cemetery near Caen, France.
Peter Frederick Morton ROWELL (34-37) London Yeomanry, Tanks. Buried at Sfax War Cemetery, Tunisia.
Robert SCOTT (1892-94) Also served in WW1 (wounded twice). Buried at Lower Hutt (Taiti) Cemetery, New Zealand.
Trevor Newbery SHELTON MC (08-12) Captain, Burma Military Police
Anthony Ray Walter SISMAN (39-41) Royal Armoured Corps www.inmemories.com/Cemeteries/londoncem.htm. Buried at London Cemetery & Extension, Longueval, France.
Charles Jack Newman SMITH (30-32) Buried at Picquigny British Cemetery, France.
Thomas Victor SOMERVILLE DSO OBE MC with Bar (1896-1904) Captain, Medical Officer. Buried at Suda Bay War Cemetery, Greece. after originally training as a surgeon he went on to be decorated in both WW1 and WW2. He was awarded MC and Bar and OBE in WW1 and was awarded DSO in 1941, shortly before he died. We have recently found that he was recommended for a Victoria Cross instead of the DSO in 1941, but this was overruled by General Wavell.
George Frederick SPASHETT MC (1895-1901) Lt Colonel. Buried at Lowestoft (Kirkley) Cemetery.
Adolph STORCH (33-35) Federated Malay States Voluntary Force. POW in Changi and Kuching camps. Died in Labuan (Borneo) camp, where there were no survivors. Buried at Singapore Cemetery.
Stanley Cornelious van den BERGH (30-31) Buried at Standerton Cemetery, South Africa.
Peter B WARNEFORD (30-36) Buried at Catania War Cemetery, Sicily.
Derek Jack WARNER (24-29) Royal Armoured Corps, 11th Hussar Regiment. Buried at Streatham Park Cemetery.
 
Edwin William LOVERGROVE (Master) Lieutenant, 9th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment). He was a former master at the College who died on 1 June 1940 at the age of 32. Commemorated on the Dunkirk Memorial and Framlingham Town War Memorial www.roll-of-honour.org/Suffolk/Framlingham.html
 
ROYAL AIR FORCE
Ronald Bennett BLATCHLEY (36-37) Buried at Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Bernard Reginald BLOFIELD (21-25) Buried at Mortlake Cemetery.
Frank Mellard BOYCOTT (31-34) Remembered at Runnymede Memorial.
Charles Kenneth L BRYSON (28-33) He was a Beaufighter navigator with 248 Squadron, when he was shot down in the sea on 21 August 1942. Taken as a POW, but died in captivity shortly before the end of the war. Buried at Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany.
Carl Winston CASSINI (37-38) Flying Officer. Took off from RAF Snaith at 0258 on 18 December 1944 on ops to Duisburg, but crashed into a wood South of Charleroi in Belgium with the loss of all crew members. Possibly involved in a mid air collision – click here for more details, kindly supplied by a non OF (Leslie Green). Buried at Leopoldsburg War Cemetery, Limberg, Belgium.
Colin Frank Mortlock CHAPMAN OBE (32-36) Wing Commander. Awarded OBE. Buried at Caterham Burial Ground.
Nevill George William COOPER (26-29) Pilot Officer. Remembered at Runnymede Memorial.
Frederick Charles ELISHA (29-32) Remembered at Runnymede Memorial.
Frank Leslie EYRE (19-23) Buried Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery.
John Bernard FLOWERDEW (30-32) Squadron Leader. Remembered at Runnymede Memorial.
William Harry FRANKLIN DFC (33-38) Flying Officer. Remembered at Runnymede Memorial.
Neville Frederick GARRARD (34-37) Died in Japanese prisoner of war camp in Sumatra. Buried at Jakarta War Cemetery.
John Henry GODDARD (R36-40) Flight Sergeant. Remembered at Runnymede Memorial.
John Howard GRANTHAM (22-25) Flying Officer
Ivan Woodcroft GREW (34-37) Sergeant. Remembered on Malta Memorial.
Stanley HINDS (36-40) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 358 Sqdn., Flight Sergeant (Pilot). Volunteered for RAF aircrew and trained in Canada. In operational training, he was flying Liberators as second pilot on long-haul flights over the Pacific. After he had returned to the UK for a jungle-survival course he was very quickly posted to the Far-East, but we don't know where. He went on operations but his CO refused to say where to or what he was doing. On his fourth operation on 13th June 1945 the Liberator crashed, but we don't know if it was the result of enemy action. It was hinted that as a result of very low barometric pressure during a tropical storm the altimeter (which depended on barometric pressure ) gave them a false estimation of their height and they crashed on a hillside. He survived the crash but was very badly hurt and, although he reached the Comila hospital alive, he died the next day of secondary shock. He is buried in the Maynamati War Cemetery in Bangladesh. (Most of this information was supplied by his brother Lesley Hinds (R37-42))
Leslie Herbert KAY DFC (18-24) Wing Commander. Buried at Hanover War Cemetery.
George Richard LANE (32-36) Flight Lt. Remembered at Runnymede Memorial.
Samuel Wardley LING (22-26) Sgt Engineer, Bomber Command. Buried at Ussy-Sur-Marne Communal Cemetery, France.
Rupert Harold LOWE (16-24) Remembered on Alamein Memorial.

Ian Patrick MAGRATH (20-23)

Flight Lt. Buried at Schiermonnikoog Cemetery, Holland.
Robert Henry MORGAN (35-38) Buried at Mortlake Cemetery.
Neil MUNRO (31-32) Prior to joining the RAF in April 1940, he had an eventful time in Norway at the time of the German invation of that country. He managed to successfully escape and became a Flying Officer with 239 Squadron. He was killed on 26 February 1944 returning from a bombing raid over Germany. Click on the link to read the full story kindly supplied by his family. Buried at Cambridge City Cemetery.
William Arthur NICHOLLS MA (17-27) Flight Lt. Buried at Harwell Cemetery.
Kenneth Andrew PATTON (28-35) Flight Lt, South African Air Force
GROUP CAPTAIN PERCY CHARLES “PICK” PICKARD DSO** DFC (G26-32) Group Captain
Jack READE (K20-30) Ferry Command, night fighters. Buried at Aldeburgh Churchyard.
Derek Anthony ROPER (31-39) Buried at St Etienne Chapel Cemetery, Mauritania.
Sao HKUN U (34-37) The son of Hkun Pan Sing and Sao Noom. His father was the Sawbwa of Tawngpeng in Burma. His older brother Sao Hkun Aung (1934-36) also attended the College. During WW2 he served with the RAF in Burma and was killed in operations over Burma on 3 January 1945. Remembered on Singapore Memorial.
Archibald Leonard SEARBY (R36-39) Flying Officer. Remembered at Runnymede Memorial.
William Hereward WAKE (33-37) Buried at Oulton Churchyard
Robert Neville WALNE (39-40) Sergeant (Air Gunner), 514 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He died on 26 November 1943 at the age of just 20. He is buried at the Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery and is on Framlingham Town War memorial www.roll-of-honour.org/Suffolk/Framlingham.html
Richard Clare WHITTAKER DFC (31-37) Only brother of GB Whittaker, also died – see above. Remembered at Runnymede Memorial.
Edward George WINNING (29-32) Flight Lt. Was reported killed in action whilst flying a Hurricane I serial E from 213 Squadron whilst on Escort Duty to St Omar on 28 May 1940. Buried at Cement House Cemetery, Belgium.
Derek William Ellerton BUCKMAN (38-40) Remembered on Singapore Memorial.
Bryan Stanley KENT (36-39) Buried at Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany.
 
CIVILIAN CASUALITIES
Alexander Massey ANDERSON (19-21) Special Correspondent to Reuters, accredited to Eastern Mediterranean Fleet in 1940. On the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious when she was dive bombed. Died of enemy action at sea in 1941. Remembered on Plymouth Naval Memorial.
Arthur Thomas FORD (23-29) National Fire Service. Buried at Barnet Cemetery.
Gilbert Barker MANN (10-17) Section Leader, Suffolk Home Guard. Died at Westerfield Road, Framlingham on 4 May 1941 as a result of enemy action, aged 40. On Framlingham Town War memorial www.roll-of-honour.org/Suffolk/Framlingham.html
Frederick Neville SYER (1898-1901) POW in Singapore. Died 14 December 1945 at Carshalton as a result of an illness contracted during his long internment. Buried at Carshalton Cemetery.

 


We were contacted by the son of Roderick McIlraith (1919-22). He advises that his father died on 29 June 1942, 3 months before he was born. At the time he was serving in the Merchant Navy on SS Empire Mica, off the coast of Florida. Click on his name for further information. In November 2008 his name was added to the Chapel War Memorial. He is remembered on Tower Hill Memorial.

We have also discovered in 2021 that Bombadier Denis Edward Duffett (29-32) also died during WW2 and we will arrange for his name to be added to the Chapel Memorial in time for Remembrance Sunday 2021.

WW2 War Memorial - additional plaque for Roderick McIlraith (1919-22)
 
 

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