Commemorated on the Chattisham War Memorial
The Great War
As they fell
George H Chilvers 24 April 1915
Marcus B Steward 31 May 1916
Samuel C Whittell 31 July 1917
George H Rumsey 13 January 1918
Harry Thorpe 31 March 1918
Horace W Eastall 15 June 1918
In alphabetical order
Pte George H Chilvers 15290 Ist Bn Suffolk
Died 24 April 1915 aged 22
Pte Horace W Eastall 33253 1/5 Royal Warwickshire
Died 15 June 1918 aged 31
Pte George H Rumsey 18089 8th Bn Suffolk
Died 13 January 1918 aged 32?
Stoker 1st Class Marcus B Steward K/14639 Royal Navy (HMS Queen Mary)
Died 31st May 1916 aged 27
Marcus Steward was the son of Henry and Ellen who lived at "Crossway," Hadleigh Road, Sproughton. He was born in Washbrook in Suffolk. Marcus served on HMS Queen Mary. She was the last battle-cruiser to be built before war broke out.
The Battle of Jutland took place on the 31st May 1916 and lasted for 16 hours. HMS Mary was hit by a massive shell at 5.24 which resulted in a fire and at 5.25 there was an enormous explosion. Witnesses described how the explosion resulted in the battle cruiser being “vaporised”.
1,226 men were lost and Marcus is commemorated on the memorial at Chattisham Church and on panel 19 of the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
Pte Harry Thorpe 2247 8th Bn (KIng’s Royal Irish) Hussars
Died 31 March 1918 age unknown
Pte Samuel C Whitell 269728 Hertfordshire Regiment
Died 31 July 1917 aged 32
Samuel Charles Whittell (incorrectly spelt Whittle in some military records) was born in Hintlesham. Samuel’s father, Thomas, was a blacksmith. Samuel was a farm labourer / horseman who lived with his widowed mother Mary and elder brother James in Lower Road, Chattisham. He enlisted in Ipswich in February 1916.
Samuel was killed during the assault on St Julien on the first day of what has become known simply as Passchendaele. He fought with the Hertfordshire Regiment and 31st July 1917 has gone down as the bloodiest in their history. 250 of 620 men of the Hertfordshire Regiment were killed in an attack on German lines and a further 229 wounded. On the 100th anniversary of Samuel’s death, a memorial was unveiled in St Julien commemorating the sacrifice made by the Hertfordshire Regiment.
Samuel is commemorated on the Menin Gate for those with no known grave and at Chattisham in Suffolk.
Opposite a picture of the regiment during WW1 taken from the Herts At War collection.
They Didn’t Believe Me / We’ll Never Tell them
From the soundtrack of Oh What A Lovely War.
And when they ask us, how dangerous it was,
Oh, we'll never tell them, no, we'll never tell them:
We spent our pay in some cafe,
And fought wild women night and day,
'Twas the cushiest job we ever had.
And when they ask us,
and they're certainly going to ask us,
The reason why we didn't win the Croix de Guerre,
Oh, we'll never tell them, oh, we'll never tell them.
There was a front, but damned if we knew where.