War Memorial
1939 - 1945
This page commemorates the brave soldiers and residents of Bures
who lost their lives during WW11

A circular to all the UK Parish Councils published by the War Memorials Advisory Committee
suggested how those who had lost their lives in the Second World War might be commemorated.
In March 1947 urged on by the local branch of the British Legion, the Parish Council was asked to initiate steps to commemorate out lost soldiers
After much debate it was agreed that the cost of engraving the names on the War Memorial
should paid for by money raised by public donations

It was nearly five months before a a sub-committee consisting of Mr. Creek. Mr. Barrie Deaves,
Mr. Stanley Deaves, Mr. Webber and Mr. Drake, was appointed to obtain estimates for the addition of the names and for the necessary repairs.
It took another four months, for the sub-committee to propose that two new tablets be provided, one to list the names of those who died on active service and one to bear the names of those who were killed in the village as a result of enemy action.

Mr. Barry Deaves, the local builder, had estimated the sum of £11/55d for taking down and
replacing firmly the old memorial, cleaning and painting the railings and putting down a concrete plinth for the new tablets
Watts Stonemasons of Colchester quoted £16/10d. for supplying and fixing the tablets plus 10/- per dozen letters to be cut.
The sub-committee accepted these estimates and the next task was to raise the necessary
funds to cover the cost of this work.

Four months later, only £29/5/5. had been collected against expenses of over £40 and
so a second appeal was mounted.
Even so, five months afterwards, only £36/9/5. had been collected, leading to a deficit of £6/7/1

Realising that the full amount of £40 was unlikely to be raised, both St Mary and Hamlet Parish Councils agreed to cover any losses incurred.
With the necessary funding in place the work was authorised with Mr Deaves and Watts the stonemasons at Colchester

The British Legion were authorised to supervise the unveiling of the new plaques, which should form part of a church thanksgiving service.
It was unveiled by the British Legion on Sunday 15th August 1948, the 3rd anniversary of VJ day, supported by the Parish Councils and other interested parties

Ref:- Official notes taken by Mr Creek

On the 4th December 2001, the Secretary of State for Culture granted the memorial
Grade 2 listed building status.



Unveiling of the new tablets on 15th August 1948
Left to right:
Dr Dansey Smith, unknown, Sidney Gee and the Rev Stephenson

Those who lost their lives during enemy action within the village.

All killed by enemy action in Nayland Road
(Link to Willingham Page


F. M Eldred
A. E. Willingham
A. G. Willingham
E. Willingham
R E Drury


Those who lost their lives serving their country in the armed services


E R Boreham
A C Brown
K P Carr
S C Clampin
C P Carrol
K P Garrod
S A Gee
H J Graves
G S Mott
A J Twitchett
H Warden

Age and date of death
Casualty Type and Cemetery
Rank and regiment
Service No
Edward Roy Boreham
20yrs / 09/10/1943
Commonwealth War Dead
Kiel War Cemetery
Located North Germany

Sergeant, Flt Engineer
RAF Volunteer Reserve
156 Sqd
Airman, Shot Down


Speedwell Terrace Bures

Son of Albert George and Elsie Annie Boreham
Arthur C Brown     Airman, Shot Down (local source)
No other information
  Valley Green Farm
Katherine Parkhill Carr 21yrs/28/10/1941

born 6/01/1920 in Mochrum, Wigtownshire, Scotland

Commonwealth War Dead
Bures Cemetery

(link to further information)

Private, Auxiliary Territorial Service W/31486

Over Hall Farm Bures

Daug of Stephen and Marion Carr, Bures

Spencer C Clampin 29yrs/ 14/02/1942 Commonwealth War Dead
Singapore Memorial
RAF Volunteer Reserves.
Aircraftman 2nd Class
243 Sqdn
Aircraft shot down over Germany

Water Lane

Son of Alfred and Edith Clampin

C P Carrol     No Trace of this soldier    
Geoffrey P Garrod 24yrs/ 21/09/1940 Commonwealth War Dead
Tower Hill Memorial
Location London
Merchant Navy, First Radio Officer
MV Frederick S Fales ( Reg Hong Kong)
Hit by enemy torpedo mid atlantic.

Ropers Hall Cotts

Son of Leonard and Elizabeth Garrod, Bures

Sidney A Gee 23yrs between 26 or 27/04/1941 Commonwealth War Dead
Athens Memorial
Driver, Royal Army Service Corps,
Royal Artillery

The Croft

Son of Mar and Mrs A Gee, Bures

Harry J Graves 29yrs/15/12/1941 Commonwealth War Dead
Singapore Memorial
Royal Artillery, Gunner
88 Field Regt
805068 Son of Mr and Mrs Arthur Graves Bures
George S Mott 29yrs/ 23/07/1943 Commonwealth War Dead
Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery
Located bewteen Burma and Thailand
Private, Suffolk Reg
4th Battalion
Died of a heart attack.

Speedwell Terrace

son of George and Elsie Mott at Thurston

Arthur J Twitchett 23yrs/06/01/1944 Commonwealth War Dead
Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery
Located Poland
Flight Sergeant (Pilot)
RAF Volunteer Reserve
12 Sqdn
Aircraft shot down

Speedwell Terrace

Son of George and Caroline Twitchett.
Husband of Iris Patricia Twitchett of Bures

Harry Warden 27yrs/17/03/1943 Commonwealth War Dead
No cemetery details
Sergeant, Grenadier Guards
6th Battalion

Cuckoo Hill

Son of Charles and Ellen Warden, Bures
Husband of Evelyn Warden at Halstead

(a) Cannot find any war records online of C. P Carrol or Arthur Brown

This seaman is not recorded on the Memorial, as he was no longer a resident of Bures.

However, the Alleston family were well known in the community.

Updated list of names 20/02/2014

Acknowledgement to Bill Snelling, Katherine King and Jenny Wright