On coming to live in Halesworth in 2000 and having been a proud and long serving member of the Territorial Army, my wife and I attended our first Remembrance Day service at the town’s war memorial. During the service the names of the fallen were read out with due reverence, but with little detail other than their initial and surname. This then led me into thinking of the man or boy behind the name. To this end over a number of years, with the help of my wife Sue and Committee members of the Halesworth and DistrictMuseum I have endeavoured, if possible, to put a face and a story to those who had left our community to fight and die in the most costly war, in the loss of human life, our country has ever fought. To those whose names are carved in stone, this is their story.
Alan Clapson T.D.
26th May 2021
Now after many months of research and writing brief biographies of those men who had given their lives during the Great War 1914-18 who are remembered today on the Halesworth War Memorial, my wife and I will be taking a break over the summer months. However, during my research I have since discovered a further forty or so men who in one way or another had a connection with the town, that had also sacrificed their all during World War One!
These include four men whose names had not been put forward to the Committee who at that time were preparing plans for a fitting Memorial. I have also traced several men who had been born as sons of the town, but prior to the war had moved away and are now remembered elsewhere. It is hoped that eventually all of these will be remembered on the Halesworth Museum website as a fitting tribute to a generation now sadly lost forever.
In the meantime if we are able to help anybody with regards to those not only who had lost their lives but had served and survived the Great War, please contact us through the above.