UNDYING MEMORY
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.

NEWMARKET AREA... SUFFOLK BRECKLAND... HAVERHILL AREA...

or select by town/village name...

Also learn about the medals most of these men were awarded

Abbreviations and glossary of terms



My inspiration for this project, and my dedication, is to my maternal Grandfather Sidney Howard Welch, MC and bar. He it was that once said, to a customer in his pub who had queried the inconvenience of respecting the 2 minutes silence at 11 am on 11th November, that "It was not convenient for so many of my chums to die when they did". Grandpa enlisted a month short of his 16th birthday, one of many who lied to get in the Army and escape the drudgery of civilian life. That was in March 1909. As a Regular in the Royal Field Artillery he was quickly in France when war broke out. Commissioned, he survived the war and even stayed on in France until 1921 as one of the officers in charge of parties clearing the battle fields, exhuming the bodies and helping to "populate" the newer, larger cemeteries, in his instance, Faubourg d'Amiens in Arras. He seldom spoke of his war experiences, especially the latter years. Having embarked on this project I do regret not asking more of him, but perhaps it was best not to have re-awakened his memories of such horrific experiences. One thing he did instil in me though was that we must never, ever forget the sacrifices our Servicemen made for us


Please note that this site an ongoing project. It will always rely on relatives and interested parties to let us know of any errors and hopefully to supply additional information. In many cases it is necessary, due to sparse documentary evidence, to make assumptions as to the the identity of the casualty. This is usually influenced by only one name or other data from an official source matching with other sources. Hopefully I have indicated where these individuals are "assumed to be", "believed to be" or "possibly".
Every year more historical information is placed on line which can more positively identify our casualties. When the Western Front Association eventually has the Pension cards digitised and placed on line it is hoped that a great many more of the unknowns or possibles will be recognised. Already it seems I must go through the whole exercise again as the additions to Ancestry and the 1939 Register on Find my Past means more information is available to confirm identities or to add the data already assembled. It will be a bit like painting the Forth Bridge.
In the meantime please accept this work as a guide only
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 2,500 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.
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.
Where I have acknowledged Tony Beck and Asian War Graves Photo Group - http://www.powtaiwan.org/archives_detail.php?NOW---ALL-ASIAN-WAR-GRAVES-PHOTOS-AVAILABLE-35
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", not forgetting sister Anne and brother 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.

Contact using webmaster@undyingmemory.net


Remembrance is not just two minutes silence every November

NEWMARKET AREA... SUFFOLK BRECKLAND... HAVERHILL AREA...
Please click on your chosen area