The stories of the men commemorated on the memorials
There are over 40 names on the war memorials in Hintlesham and Chattisham in Suffolk. They are read out each November at services of remembrance, but who were they and what were their connections to this part of the world? Explore the site and discover fragments of their lives and details of where they fell.
As the years pass, the historic footprint left by those killed in war is deeper than that of those who survived. None the less, we also remember those who returned home, often bearing the physical and mental scars of war, for their service and sacrifice.
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Christmas 1914 in Hintlesham & Chattisham
It's not known whether any men from Hintlesham or Chattisham took part in the Christmas truce of 1914. However by the time the Midnight Mass of 1914 was celebrated at St Nicholas Church in the village, three local families had heard the news they dreaded most. Private Orlando Lloyd and Private Charles Green had been killed in first few weeks of the war and Private Charles Chaplin was killed in action in the week before Christmas. See the Hintlesham WW1 pages for more details.
Christmas Eve 1914 - Mike Harding
Across the generations
In the week of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, children from Hintlesham & Chattisham Primary School visited the memorial and learnt about remembrance.
Photograph by kind permission of the school.
In Flander's Fields
by John McRae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
Poppies near Hintlesham
We Will Remember
The annual Service of Remembrance took place at St Nicholas Church in Hintlesham on Sunday 12 November 2017 and was led by Jenny Cox. The names of the fallen from Hintlesham and Chattisham were read and a 2 minute silence observed.
Members of the congregation placed their poppies in a cross of remembrance and wreaths were laid on behalf of the Royal British Legion and Suffolk County Council.
"We Will Remember Them"
Are you an oboist?
On Sunday 13 June 1920, Hintlesham's War Memorial was unveiled. The ceremony concluded with the playing of the Last Post by Lieutenant T Bidgood, late of the Ceylon Mounted Rifles, on an oboe. Traditionally, The Last Post is played on a bugle or trumpet.
As we approach the 100th anniversary of the memorial, we would like to feature on the site a rendition of the Last Post played on the oboe, but can't find one.
If you can help, please send the recording on a small mp3 file (using a smart phone would be fine), or via a link, to info@HintleshamWarMemorial.com .
Please include your contact details. It will be assumed you give permission for the recording to be used on the site. Whatever your standard and from wherever in the world ... it would be great to have you involved and you will be credited at www.HintleshamWarMemoral.com .
early 20th century
"Who dare tell the lambs in spring,
What fate the later season brings?"