COOLLEDGE – John Henry Coolledge (1884-1914)

John Henry COOLLEDGE was born on 25th Jul 1884 at Purleigh, Essex. He enlisted into the Royal Navy as a Stoker in 1902 and was serving aboard HMS Cressy when war broke out. On 22nd Sep 1914 John’s ship was was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-9 whilst in the North Sea near Holland with the loss of 560 of her crew, including John. He was aged 30.

CALVERLEY – Harold Henry Calverley (1896-1915)

Harold Henry CALVERLEY was born in 1896 in Hadleigh, Essex. Shortly after war broke out, he enlisted as a Private into the Royal Fusiliers (London Regiment) 12th Battalion. He disembarked for France on 1st Sep 1915 and just 28 days later, on 28th Sep 1915, he was listed as missing in action. He was later presumed to have been killed on this date during the Battle of Loos. Harold was 19 years old.

ALLEN – Sidney Charles Allen (1894-1918) & James Edward Allen (1896-1919)

Sidney Charles ALLEN was born 1894 and his brother James Edward ALLEN in 1896, both in Hadleigh. Sidney enlisted into the Royal Garrison Artillery (Anti-Aircraft Depot) in 1915 and died at Carisbrook Military Hospital 25th Apr 1918. James enlisted into the Essex Regiment (1st/9th Battalion) in 1914 and died 8th Apr 1919, the last soldier to die from the town.

Memory Benches

We walk past and sit on park benches everyday, many of which have plaques in remembrance to departed loved ones. It suddenly dawned one me not too long ago that I had never taken the time to read the inscriptions properly before, and being both artist and genealogist, thought it would make a really interesting project to photograph each bench and do a little research into each person named.