BEFORE YOU START...You may have got here via www.newmarket-remembers.info or via www.exning-remembers.info or via www.lakenheath-remembers.co.uk... In the words of Corporal Jones ...Don't Panic.
It is simply that having all the memorials accessible in one place seems much better. The Lakenheath area is now included in Suffolk Breckland. Please click on your chosen area.
Rather than the casualties of war being just names carved into stone, this site is an attempt to give some better realization of the men and women
commemorated on the war memorials around Newmarket. The area covered is primarily every village or town where births, marriages and deaths were registered in
Newmarket around 1900. That encompasses from Higham in the East to Lode in the West, and from Carlton in the South to Soham in the North. |
Having been inveigled into researching Lakenheath, which led to Hockwold, Eriswell and Beck Row, things snowballed and before long the villages and towns comprising the Brecklands of Suffolk were also covered. I was then asked to add the Haverhill area since there is some overlap and a blurred border with Newmarket
If the borders have strayed it is usually due to my including all the parishes within a particular benefice
I claim no originality for this work, it is simply a compilation of data culled from a multitude of sources, mainly on line, to attempt to illustrate these men and women and their family ties. The summaries of what was happening at the time of their death is a feeble attempt to help readers envisage the conditions prevailing then, and where it was happening. Such is the power of the internet and the upsurge in interest in this subject that hardly a month passes without some new source of information becoming available. It seems that I could start all over again and vastly increase the contents of this website.
I have now covered around 3.000 souls, on over 100 memorials. Mostly these are the traditional monuments on a corner of the village green, or at the crossroads, but some are plaques within the parish church. Since no criteria for inclusion on a memorial has been found for any of them, also here are some names who seem to to be every bit as worthy of inclusion on a particular memorial as the others, but for some reason, never had their name engraved there. Some are named on more than one memorial, better that than be forgotten entirely.
My sources are of course from the census, birth, marriage and death registrations, and many military archive sources which hopefully I have acknowledged as I went along. On-line forums such as www.rafcommands.com/forum www.1914-1918.invisionzone.com www.ww2talk.com and fellow members of such forums (too numerous for individual credit) have been invaluable. Every year organisations are adding to their on line resources, sites such as www.cwgc.org www.Ancestry.co.uk and www.FindmyPast.co.uk which means that this website can be continually up dated and expanded.
One warning though, where no actual certificates have been sourced, or the census not available, or no relatives came forward, the place of birth or marriage has often to be left as the registration district which issued the certificates. Hence for instance, if I have given Newmarket as the place, this could take in villages as far apart as Higham and Bottisham. Also parish and County boundaries have changed in many places. Registrations of birth, marriage and death indicate purely the quarter in which the registration took place, and the registration district. Hence a birth registered to Newmarket Q1-1892 could actually be anywhere from Higham to Lode, Soham to Carlton and any time from mid December 1891 to the end of March 1892.
I seek no copyright for any of this for myself - education should not be restricted -, but please recognise the copyrights/credits of others where I have indicated credit.
If you have found this site useful, please remember to be generous next time you pass the Royal British Legion poppy seller, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund or SSAFA (Soldiers,Sailors, Airmen and Families Association). They still look after those serving, and those who returned home but are in need.
Where I have acknowledged Tony Buckley and Asian War Graves Photo Group - http://www.asianwargraves.com
please note that copyright is held by them and these photograph shall never be sold.
I must also give thanks to my daughter Lene, and my friends and wheelchair pushers/headstone searchers, Tony Dunn, Rodney Gibson, Roy Beardsworth and Michael Pettitt who have all suffered from my hobby of "cemetery hopping". Indeed many of the headstone and cemetery photographs from the Somme and Ypres would have been impossible without their help, Rodney Gibson especially has pushed my chair miles, and taken thousands of photos for me. I had better not forget sister Anne and brother in law Rex who have guided me in the arts of genealogy
Should any one feel I have infringed their copyright in any way, please let me know so that it can be sorted out amicably. So much data and so many photographs are publicly available on the internet, it is difficult at times to be sure what can be used and what cannot.
Bear in mind please that this is a sincere attempt to educate the natives of our towns and village of who the men were, what their background was and what they went through in order to overcome tyranny on our behalf. There is absolutely no commercial interest whatsoever
I am always ready to receive new information and especially photographs, in order that this website can be as up to date as possible.
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