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Remembering the men of Mellis who laid down their lives


Great War 1914-1918


Lance Corporal George BROWN

2004, 4th Bn., Rifle Brigade.
Died 15 May 1915. Age 28.
Son of Charles Brown, Mill Lane, Mellis.
Remembered with Honour Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial


Private Stanley WALTON

20608, 1st Bn., East Surrey Regiment
Died 25 September 1916 Age 24.
Son of John and Mary Ann Walton, of Wortham, Diss, Norfolk; husband of Ethel Belinda Walton, of Mellis, Eye, Suffolk.
Remembered with Honour Thiepval Memorial


Private William MEAD

3384, 1st/5th Bn., Suffolk Regiment 
Died 28 October 1915. Age 19.
Son of William and Eliza Mead, of Mellis, Eye, Suffolk.
Remembered with Honour Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery


Corporal William FLATMAN

22254, "B" Coy. 7th Bn., Gloucestershire Regiment
Died on 26 February 1917. Age 31
Son of Arthur and Susanna Flatman, of Mellis Lodge, Eye, Suffolk.
Remembered with Honour Basra Memorial


Corporal Frederick PORCHER

14893, 2nd Bn., Suffolk Regiment
Died 01 August 1916. Age 27
Son of Mr. H. and Mrs. E. Porcher, of "The Poplars," Mellis, Suffolk.
Remembered with Honour Netley Military Cemetery


Lance Corporal George ABREY

18947, 8th Bn., Suffolk Regiment
Died 14 March 1917. Age 21
Son of George Offord Abrey and Martha Abrey, of Prymes Rd., Mellis, Eye, Suffolk.
Remembered with Honour Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension


Private George GOODERHAM

15490, 4th Bn., Grenadier Guards
Died 11 September 1916. Age 22.
Son of John & Florence Gooderham of Mellis.
Remembered with Honour Thiepval Memorial


Private Harry THURLOW

241004, 1st/5th Bn., Suffolk Regiment
Died 15 December 1917 Age 24.
Son of John & Annie Thurlow of Mellis.
Remembered with Honour Ramleh War Cemetery


Corporal George Thurkettle BROWN

592495, 1st/18th Bn., London Regiment (London Irish Rifles)
Died 26 March 1918. Age 27
Son of John & Eliza Ann Brown of Mellis
Remembered with Honour Arras Memorial

Bombardier Arthur BENNETT

204, 129th Bty. 42nd Bde., Royal Field Artillery
Died 30 July 1916 Age 34
Son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Bennett, of Mill House, Mellis
Remembered with Honour Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz


Private John (Jack) WHITE

50223, 8th Bn., Suffolk Regiment
Died on 21 February 1917. Age 26
Son of  Edward & Elizabeth White of Mill Lane, Mellis.
Remembered with Honour St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen


Lance Corporal Horace Frederick WILBY

14896, 7th Bn., Suffolk Regiment.
Died 04 April 1918. Age 24
Son of Horace and Alice Wilby, of the Falcon Inn, Mellis
Remembered with Honour Etaples Military Cemetery

We also remember

Mildred LEEPER

Voluntary Aid Detachments (VAD) Nurse
Died 28 April 1916 in active service at Ipswich Hospital. Age 27
Youngest daughter of Revd William Leeper and his wife Gertrude of Mellis Rectory.
Buried 3 May 1916 Mellis churchyard. 


 World War II 1939 – 1945


Harold Leslie KNIGHTS

 5825043, 1st Bn., Suffolk Regiment
Died between 28 May 1940 and 29 May 1940 Age 28
Remembered with Honour Dunkirk Memorial

Frederick Douglas WRIGHT

 C/JX 248211, H.M.L.C.G.(L) 16., Royal Navy
Died on 26 April 1943 Age 26
Remembered with Honour Milford Haven Cemetery

Denys Guy SIMS

958216, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died on 21 March 1941 Age 20
Remembered with Honour Runnymede Memorial

John Wilfred WICKS

5837448, 1st Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment
Died 11 June 1944 Age 21
Remembered with Honour Taukkyan War Cemetery




Memorial details from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website

With grateful thanks to Lizzie Simonds for the artwork