"TUDDENHAM WAR MEMORIAL"
To the eternal memory of the men of TUDDENHAM who died in the service of their country
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The plaque on the monument reads:- photo: Simon Knott www.suffolkchurches.co.uk "Celere"...."Swift"
1917 They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old,
Eleven in the Great War of 1914-1919
Until 2014 Tuddenham had no memorial to it's men who died in the Great War of 1914-1918, but a group of residents rallied support in the village and managed to raise the £2,500 needed for a permanent monument.
Susan Cook, who led the memorial project, said: "All the publicity about the First World War made us realise we did not have a memorial to our men, just a framed roll of honour in the church which is starting to fade".
The money for the memorial, made by Hanchetts Memorial Masons in Bury, was raised following a plea for donations by Susan and a group of local history enthusiasts. She and eight others researched the men who went to war and produced a book, "Our Village in the First World War", a copy of which was given to every house in Tuddenham. After its publication in August, Susan and her research partners asked the village for donations towards a permanent memorial to the soldiers.
"We had about 120 people in the church that afternoon and managed to collect £660," said Susan. "We didn't go in for a large memorial because we didn't know how much money we could raise, but we spent about £2,500 in the end. We raised all the money from donations in about three months."
The memorial on the village green was unveiled by 71-year-old Barry Seamark, the grandson of one of the men it commemorates. A young bugler from the Boys Brigade played The Last Post at the service, and representatives for the Royal British Legion also attended.
The new memorial includes two men missing from the book , James LYES DCM and James TAYLOR.
In Remembrance of the men of this village
who gave their lives during the Great War
Pte Spencer Grimwood L Cpl Henry Nunn
Pte Alfred Leonard L Cpl Charles Scott
Pte Burton Lyes Pte Percy Sparkes
L Cpl James Lyes DCM Pte James Taylor
L Cpl Alexander Milne Pte Edgar Willett
Sgt Edward Hollock Smith MM
Also in grateful memory of all those who served
and were spared to return
The plaque is mounted on to top face of a rectangular monument with a slightly sloping top surface
and a simple cross incised on the smallest vertical face
When I gain access to the church, there are other memorials to be seen. So far all I have is a photo of a collection of artifacts in the church
There is also the clock on the Village Hall presented to the "Reading Room" in 1977 on the occasion of Her Majesty's Silver Jubilee, in commemoration of those who fell in 1914-1918. A wooden plaque is inscribed
THIS CLOCK, RESTORED DURING THE SILVER JUBILEE OF 1977 WAS PRESENTED TO THE 'READING ROOM' BY THE EX-SERVICEMEN OF THIS VILLAGE IN COMMEMORATION OF THE GREAT WAR OF 1914-1918
In addition, in Tuddenham has another memorial, basically the same style, commemorating the men of 90 Squadron Royal Air Force. At the eastern end of the Green
The front face (west) bears the Squadron crest and
"FOR ALL THOSE WHO SERVED THEIR COUNTRY AS MEMBERS OF XC SQUADRON R.A.F."
The south face has
These being the types of aircraft employed by the Squadron, in chronological order.
On the north face, in a similar fashion, are the names of the bases used by the Squadron
SHAWBURY - BUCKMINSTER - LEADENHAM - BICESTER - WEST RAYNHAM - WATTON - BODNEY - MASSINGHAM - POLEBROOK - SHALLUFA - BOTTESFORD - RIDGEWELL - WRATTING COMMON - TUDDENHAM - WYTON - HONINGTON - MARHAM - UPWOOD.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
We will remember them.
photo: Newmarket Journal
The plaque on the monument reads:-
photo: Simon Knott www.suffolkchurches.co.uk
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old,