VILLAGE VOICES

the website for Hollesley,
Boyton, Capel St Andrew
and Shingle Street


 

Local Heroes of World War One by Val Dudley

Those who survived
The men whose names are on our War Memorials were considerably outnumbered by servicemen who survived the war.  As well as those who gave 
their lives, the number of single men living locally in 1911 who would have been the right age for conscription if not exempted, is as follows:
             Alderton      51         Hollesley     76 
             Bawdsey    45         Ramsholt     14 
             Boyton        38         Shottisham  35   
             Capel          22
        
Others who would have been exempted volunteered anyway and even married men were also conscripted later.  Nearly every family in the villages was 
involved.  Ramsholt had 29 households in 1911, whilst its Roll of Honour lists no fewer than 22 men from the village who served in the War, compared 
with seven on its War Memorial.
Some of these men returned with serious wounds including amputation, almost all of them with terrible memories.  Their chances of even coming back 
to a good job were slim during the Depression, and hopes of 'homes fit for heroes' had to be delayed for decades.
A memory of Mr Ralph Pottle may well be representative.  He recalls being nervous as a small boy visiting his mother's family in Orford, where his uncle 
Frank was living after his return from the Somme having lost both an eye and a leg and being gassed.  His appearance with a glass eye was alarming 
and his temper with small boys was, understandably perhaps, short.
Just a few of these returning soldiers and sailors have been traced - this is not a complete list.  Many other local families could tell a similar story.  
Click on the name below to see the details about them.

If you can help us record the First World War service of any local man, please get in touch :

For information about men from Hollesley, Boyton, Capel & Shingle Street, please phone Val on 411898 or email  val2005dud@yahoo.co.uk.

For Alderton, Bawdsey & Ramsholt, contact Judy on 410254 or email  judyfoulger@btinternet.com.
Frederick Bugge
Percy Copping 
George Disbery 
Robert A Francis 
James Francis 
Charles H Head 
Cecil Jordan 
Harry Jordan 
Samuel Lennard 
Francis H Ling 
William Maltser 
George Mark 
William Middleditch 
Stan Middleditch 
Albert Osborne 
Frederick M Osborne 
Will Peacock 
Charles Wesley Pottle 
Abraham Pottle 
Robert Pottle 
Arthur Pottle 
William Sawyer 
Walter Shelcott          
Reggie Shelcott 
Walter Shelcott 
Horace Shelcott 
Herbert S Shelcott 
Harold Stevens        
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