The stories of the men commemorated on the memorials
Welcome to www.HintleshamWarMemorial.com
There are 44 names on the war memorials in Hintlesham and Chattisham in Suffolk. But who were they and what were their connections to this part of the world? This website presents fragments of their lives and their relationship to this corner of England.
There is also a section devoted to other local men who died in the two World Wars who have local connections, but are not listed on our villages' memorials.
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 from ALL conflicts, often bearing the physical and mental scars of war, for their service and sacrifice.
HintleshamWarMemorial.com welcomes comments, corrections and especially your contributions of photographs and information.
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Summer 2020 – New Name Added to Memorial
The name Harold G Tipple has been added to the war memorial in Hintlesham. Harold was a pilot and was killed on the outskirts of the village on 16 December 1939. The details of the crash can be found in the Hintlesham WW2 section of the website.
Harold was buried in the churchyard, but his name was never added to the memorial. After this website made a request under the Freedom of Information Act, the records of the crash and subsequent inquiry were declassified. In the spring of 2020, the Parish Council agreed to his name being added to the memorial and the stone mason completed the task on 31 July 2020.
Gerald Main, the founder of HintleshamWarMemorial.com says:
"Pilot Officer Harold G Tipple served his country and made the ultimate sacrifice. I think everyone in Hintlesham should be proud to see the name of the 19 year old pilot on our memorial."
In August 2020, Gerald wrote and presented a short video about Harold: "The Last Man on the Memorial".
The Last Man on the Memorial
Gerald Main writes ... The story of The Last Man on the Memorial has been followed by several media outlets. I am particularly grateful to Judy Rimmer at the East Anglian Daily Times / Ipswich Star, Charlotte Frost from Anglia TV, John Ingham (Defence Editor) of the Daily Express, The Daily Telegraph and Lesley Dolphin and Johnnie Wright from the Afternoon Show on BBC Radio Suffolk for their interest in the story.
See Anglia TV's report, Radio Suffolk's interview & newspaper coverage HERE.
A Century of Remembrance
The 13th June 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the Hintlesham War Memorial. A century ago, the whole village turned out to see the huge monument which bore the names of 23 men killed in the Great War. The crowd in the road was 6 deep in places, straining to get a better look as the Bishop, High Sheriff and the congregation poured out of the church ... and a photographer was there to capture the moment.
This website, in partnership with St Nicholas Church, had planned a special service to re-dedicate the memorial. However, the pandemic (something those attending the unveiling in 1920 knew all about) has scuppered those plans.
To mark the anniversary, Gerald Main has written and presented a short film called A Century of Remembrance.
The Story of the Hintlesham War Memorial
Empty Chairs for Centenary of the end of the Great War.
In 2018 we marked the centenary of the end of the Great War with a special Service of Remembrance which included a piece of community drama entitled "Empty Chairs." 29 men and one woman represented the fallen by reading out details about a man on the memorial. Several of those taking part were directly related to the fallen on the memorial.
Remembrance Sunday 2018 - Empty Chairs
Over the last couple of years the memorial's condition has slowly, but surely, improved. Gentle cleaning and several treatments of a herbicide spray has removed all of the moss, algae and lichen. In July 2018, Hintlesham & Chattisham Parish Council paid for Suffolk Masonry Services to repair and re-paint the lettering.
Before The Great War …
In 1901, Alfred & Mary Green lived at 23 George Street and next door were Charles and Sarah Green. Between them they had seven sons ranging in age from 4 to 13. One can imagine them going to school and playing in the fields. The Great War claimed the lives of two sons from each family.
"Who dare tell the lambs in spring,
What fate the later season brings?"
100+ years on …
Children from Hintlesham & Chattisham Primary School regularly visit the memorial and learn about remembrance.
Photograph by kind permission of the school.