Hacheston Parents’ Letter from The King

Following on from my blog post last week about the HATCHER brothers from Hacheston whose father Edgar received a letter from the King, the other family mentioned in that letter was the CARTER family, who also had six sons serving in World War 1 by 1915.

FWN 3rd April  1915 Charles HATCHER

Framlingham Weekly News – Saturday 3rd April 1915

I have therefore now looked to see if any of these CARTER sons are named on the Hacheston War Memorial and have found Herbert CARTER’s name.

Bombardier Herbert CARTER 62158 H.Q.15th Brigade of the Royal Horse Artillery died on the 30th August 1917 aged 28 – Remembered with Honour at Canada Farm Cemetery.

Herbert CARTER 1917


Herbert was the son of George and Harriet CARTER who lived at 16 Turnpike Road in Hacheston. George CARTER was born in Wivenhoe in Essex and married Eliza Harriet OSBORNE in the June quarter of 1872 in the Plomesgate Registration District in Suffolk.

Herbert CARTER WW1 Medal Card

Source – Ancestry – British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920

Framlingham Weekly News - Saturday 06 October 1917

Framlingham Weekly News – Saturday 6th October 1917

FWN Hacheston War Memorial Saturday 27th September 1919

Framlingham weekly News – Saturday 27th September 1919

Following this discovery I now intend to research both the HATCHER and CARTER families in more detail, especially the World War 1 service of these Hacheston sons, having already found some distant connections to my own family tree.

Simon Last

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Remarkable Hacheston Record – Ten Sons Serving the King

Whilst recently carrying out further research into the World War 1 men of Parham and Hacheston, I found a very interesting article in the Framlingham Weekly News newspaper, dated Saturday 12th September 1914, regarding ten sons of Mr and Mrs Edgar HATCHER of Hacheston.

Bearing in mind that the War had only been under way for a few weeks I was intrigued that these ten HATCHER sons were already serving:

Framlingham Weekly News - Saturday 12 September 1914

Framlingham Weekly News – Saturday 12th September 1914

The 1911 census record shows Edgar and Rosina HATCHER living in The Street in Hacheston and Edgar’s occupation is shown as an (Estate) Wood Cutter. It shows that they have been married for 36 years and have had twelve children, 10 of whom are still living – living with them in 1911 are William Henry aged 15 and Claude James aged 13.

HATCHER 1911 Census

Source: Ancestry.co.uk – 1911 Census – Class: RG14; Piece: 10918; Schedule Number: 48 

On checking the 1911 census records for other sons many are already stationed in Bury St Edmunds with the Suffolk Regiment or in Southampton with the Navy.

In due course I would like to research each of these HATCHER boys who served in World War 1, but I have firstly looked at any of the ten sons who were injured or who did not return home.

Firstly I have looked for any other newspaper mentions of the HATCHER sons from Hacheston and found the following regarding Charles HATCHER of the Suffolk Regiment who was missing :

Framlingham Weekly News - Saturday 31 October 1914

Framlingham Weekly News – Saturday 31st October 1914

I then found mention of a letter sent by the King to the Hacheston Parents’ dated 25th March 1914, but from the Framlingham Weekly News dated Saturday 3rd April 1915.

FWN 3rd April  1915 Charles HATCHER

Framlingham Weekly News – Saturday 3rd April 1915

Framlingham Weekly News - Saturday 26 February 1916

Framlingham Weekly News – Saturday 26th February 1916

The first son I found to have been killed in action was Private Bruce Raymond HATCHER 15417 of 8th Battalion the Suffolk Regiment, who died on 26th September 1916 aged 31:

Framlingham Weekly News - Saturday 21 October 1916

Framlingham Weekly News – Saturday 21st October 1916

Bruce Raymond HATCHER 1916


Another son Private Frederick HATCHER 7761 of the 12th Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment, died on 21st March 1918 aged 27:

Frederick HATCHER 1918


I then found a newspaper article that reports Charles HATCHER had arrived home safely after being held as a  Prisoner of War in Germany:

Framlingham Weekly News - Saturday 30 November 1918

Framlingham Weekly News -Saturday 30th November 1918

I then wanted to see if there were any more HATCHER names on the Hacheston War Memorial and found the following article about the dedication on Sunday 21st September 1919 that names Bruce HATCHER, Fred HATCHER and William HATCHER:

FWN Hacheston War Memorial Saturday 27th September 1919

Framlingham Weekly News – Saturday 27th September 1919

Therefore this Hacheston family who had had ten sons serving on 12th September 1914 paid the ultimate sacrifice in losing three of them and I will now spend more time researching their stories and also those of their siblings who survived and came home.

Simon Last

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Brothers Gunner Sidney Claude CABLE 8269 died 28th September 1915 aged 23 and Private William Henry CABLE M2/055363 died 12th November 1915 aged 27

Whilst researching the World War 1 names on the Aldeburgh War Memorial for my book, I found that there were three CABLE brothers who were killed, including Sidney Claude and William Henry who died just two months apart in 1915 – 100 years ago.

Aldeburgh 20 12 13

Sidney Claude and William Henry CABLE were the sons of Robert William Henry and Laura Ann CABLE (nee CHASTON) – William was born in the October quarter of 1888 and Sidney in the October quarter of 1892 both in Aldeburgh in Suffolk.

In 1901 the family were living at Town Steps in Aldeburgh and William and Sidney had four other siblings Gertrude, Edward and Robert (also killed in Word War 1 on 2nd August 1917) and Percy and their father’s occupation was shown as Sailor.

Aldeburgh Town Steps

The 1911 census shows William aged 23 living and working in Hampstead London as a Groom – Service Domestic. William was married to Louisa Adelaide COOK on 29th December 1913 in the Parish Church in Westbury upon Trym in Bristol.

The 1911 census shows Sidney aged 18 living and working in Hampstead London as an Under Coachman – Domestic.

Sidney enlisted in Ipswich in Suffolk and he was Gunner 8269 of the D Battery – Royal Field Artillery

Sidney was killed on the 28th September 1915 aged 23 and the following is from the local newspaper:

Leiston, Aldeburgh & Saxmundham Observer Newspaper

9th October 1915 – Young Aldeburgh Soldier Killed

Yet another gap has appeared in Aldeburgh Roll of Honour – Sidney Claude Cable aged 23, fourth son of Robert Cable, Bowman of the Lifeboat crew was killed in action by shrapnel at the Battle of Loos on the 28th September. The parents have just received a very pathetic and sympathising letter from their son’s comrade and friend, in which he says:

“I am writing as Syd wished, to let you know if anything happened. I regret to say Syd died instantly, hit from shrapnel today. My sympathy is great for you, but bear up Mother and all of you; he died doing his duty for his Country. We remained great friends always. I have written to Helen.”

Deceased was a steady promising young fellow and with his parents greatly respected. He joined the Royal Field Artillery in September 1914 and on May 8th of this year went to the front. He has two brothers now with the Army at the front, as motor ambulance drivers.

Much sympathy is felt throughout the town, for the parents and family in their sad loss; but it is, we hope, some consolation to them to know that their son suffered no pain and died a glorious death fighting for King, Country and home.

A pathetic part of the sad tragedy was the fact that deceased’s Officer Lieutenant Barton, to whom he was soldier servant and very much attached, was killed on September 25th hand buried by his men on the 27th, the day Cable lost his life.

In another letter written by Sister Helen, from Maidwell Hall, Northampton to one of the family, reference is made to the strong and faithful attachment of deceased’s to his Officer Lieutenant Barton, his boss was killed on 25th September. Syd and Lynn buried him on the next Tuesday in a little churchyard and Syd held an electric torch whilst the Chaplain read the burial service and then he and Lynn lowered him into the grave. Syd said, after he was at the bottom he got in and had another look at his face. You know dear there was no one like Mr Barton in Syd’s eyes. He made an idol of him.

He told me before he went to the front if anything happened to Mr Barton it would hurt him more than if it was himself, so you can imagine how he feels now. Write him a letter dear for I am sure he is utterly miserable.

Deceased’s faithful comrade and friend packed and forwarded to the parents his watch and other belongings which arrived two day ago.

 23rd October 1915

 Mr & Mrs R Cable thank all friends for the kind sympathy they have received in their recent sad loss of their dear son in France.

The blow was hard, the sting severe

To part with one we loved so dear

Gone to God – we hope to rest

And leaning on the Saviours breast


Place of Death: France

Place of Burial: Cambrin Churchyard Extension, France

S C Cable

Commemorated: Aldeburgh War Memorial

William enlisted in London and was Private M2/055363 of the 356th Mechanical Transport Company – Army Service Corps

William was killed on the 12th November 1915 aged 27 as a result of a motor car accident in France, as the following witness evidence report explains.

“Lieutenant L B Daly Royal Army Medical Corps states at the Lahore British General Hospital on the evening of 6th November 1915 about 6.45pm Private Cable was admitted. On examination he was seen to be covered in blood and had three large wounds in his left thigh. The muscles of the front of the thigh were torn through and the femoral artery was severed. He was operated on immediately and all bleeding stopped.

On the evening of the 8th November signs of gangrene of the left foot commenced. Another operation was performed and the patient was in extremely bad condition. He rallied but on the 10th November the gangrene spread up the leg and the thigh had to be amputated.

His condition became progressively worse and he finally died at 8.40am on the 12th November. The cause of death being laceration of the muscles of the thigh, rupture of the femoral artery and supervening toxaemia.”

Leiston, Aldeburgh & Saxmundham Observer Newspaper

 20th November 1915

 Another Son Killed at Front

 Mr & Mrs Robert Cable of 4 Town Steps have just received the sad news that another of their sons had lost his life, through a motor car accident in France – the victim this time is William Henry Cable aged 27 years, third son to Robert and Laura Cable, a qualified and experienced chauffeur who joined H.M Transport Service early in the war.

 At present no details are to hand as to how and where the accident occurred, but the information states that the injuries were sustained on the 6th November and death took place in Calais Hospital on the 13th inst.

 Much sympathy is felt for the parents in this their second bereavement within a short time. There is another brother also a Transport Driver with the troops in France, but he was not able to get to see his brother before his tragic death.

18th December 1915

 Mr & Mrs Robert Cable wish to thank all kind friends for their sympathy in the second loss they have sustained by the death of their third son, William Henry Cable in France. He met with a sad accident on the night of 6th November caused by lacerated wounds in the left leg. Three days afterwards the limb was amputated, being the only means of saving his life, but of no avail and he passed away on the 12th November aged 27 years. He leaves a widow.

Place of Death: France

Place of Burial: Calais Southern Cemetery, France

W H Cable

Commemorated: Aldeburgh War Memorial

They are both also remembered on their parents’ headston in Aldeburgh Churchyard in Suffolk

Cable Grave Aldeburgh

Like many families across the world this Aldeburgh family made the ultimate sacrifice and lost three sons to the Great War and 100 years on ‘We Will Remember Them’


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WW1 Frontline Walk October 2016 – Why am I doing it all over again!

At this time of annual remembrance and reflection some of my friends from the ABF Soldiers Charity World War 1 Frontline Walk of 2014 have decided to sign up and walk again through France and Belguim in 2016 – the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, to raise more money for ABF The Soldiers Charity http://www.soldierscharity.org/?gclid=COvQ3ZqlhskCFWnkwgodRGcD0g

After much consideration and deliberation, I have taken the plunge and decided to go for it again myself and walk with them between the 5th and 9th October 2016, as it was an amazing physical and emotional challenge last year, during which I made some fantastic friends.

Since signing up I have already been asked why do it all over again? – well 1st July 2016 will mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme and after having researched many World War 1 soldiers’ over the last few years, I have always been staggered by just how many were killed in those summer months of 1916.

Framlingham War Memorial (2)

Framlingham War Memorial 1921

One of those soldiers was Herbert Philip BONNEY from Framlingham who was killed on the first day of this Battle on 1st July 1916 aged 26 and although we have no family connection, I have always had an interest in him, as his mother Ellen’s maiden name was LAST.

Herbert Philip was the son of Arthur and Ellen Bonney (nee LAST) who for many years ran Bonneys Bakery in Wells Close Square in Framlingham.

Framlingham Flood 1905

Bonneys Bakery in the background

He had eleven siblings Ellen, Florence, Ernest, Stanley, Arthur, Mabel, Elsie, Frederick, Thomas, Reginald and Sidney. In the 1901 census the family were living at the bakery at Fern Bank in Albert Place Framlingham and Herbert was aged 10.

Herbert was also a regular bell ringer at Framlingham and he is commemorated on the roll of honour of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, which is held at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. The Ringing World newspaper of 4th September 1914 records that he was already serving with 2nd Essex, and that his two brothers Lance-Corporal Ernest Bonney and Private Reginald Bonney were both serving with the 4th Suffolk’s.

Service Details: Lance Sergeant 9765 – 2nd Battalion Essex Regiment

Place of Death: France & Flanders

Place of Burial: No Known Grave

Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial – France


Thiepval Memorial in France

The following is an extract from the:

Framlingham Weekly News on 29th July 1916

“We also record this week with much regret the death of Lce-Sergt. H. P. Bonney, which took place on July 1st the first day of the British offensive, in which his Regiment was engaged. Bertie (as his birthplace best knew him) was in the Regular forces when war began and accompanied one of the first drafts of the Expeditionary Force to France. He had consequently seen considerable fighting and experienced many hairbreadth escapes and it was hoped that the good luck with which he seemed to have been endowed would accompany him to the end. But relentless fate decreed otherwise. On behalf of our readers we beg to express sincere sympathy with the parents and relatives of the above mentioned.”

Herbert is also remembered on the Roll of Honour for Bell Ringers killed in World War 1 in St Paul’s Cathedral in London

When I walk between 5th and 9th October next year I will be remembering Herbert Philip BONNEY and all those other men killed over the summer months of 2016 and in doing so and completing my walk I will be helping to raise vital funds for our soldiers and their families in need to day.

I know it is a big ask, as the support, messages and donations in 2014 were amazing, but I have set up a new 2016 fundraising page with the aim of raising £100 a month for the next 12 months and I will be undertaking various activities to achieve this goal and I can assure you that every penny donated will make a difference to our soldiers – if you can help please visit https://www.justgiving.com/simonlast

ABF Walk 2016



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Able Seaman Alfred Henry LAST J/18054 died 31st May 1916 aged 19

Whilst researching my own LAST family tree, I have discovered another relative who was killed during World War 1 – Alfred Henry LAST my 4th cousin 2x removed.

Taking my research further I have looked up Alfred’s entry on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website, which shows Able Seaman Alfred Henry LAST J/18054 H.M.S. “Black Prince”, Royal Navy who died on 31st May 1916 – Son of Mr and Mrs W.H.LAST of St Bartholomew’s Athletic Ground, Winchmore Hill, London.

Alfred Henry LAST CWGC


Alfred Henry LAST was born on the 24th March 1897 in Norwood in Surrey and his baptism record on the 2nd May 1897 at Holy Innocents Church in South Norwood, also shows the baptism of his brother John Herbert LAST born on 2nd December 1895.

His parents are shown as William Henry and Ada Emma LAST living at Pavilion Cottage in South Norwood, with his father’s occupation shown as a Professional Cricketer – more investigation needed in due course!

Alfred Henry LAST Baptism record

Source Information: Ancestry.com – Surrey, England, Baptisms, 1813-1912

Alfred’s father William Henry LAST married Ada Emma TERRY in the April quarter of 1890 in the Lewisham, London Registration District.

The 1901 census shows Alfred aged 4 living with his parents William and Ada at The Cottage by the Lake at The Club, South Norwood Park, together with siblings Ada, William and John. His father’s occupation on this census record is shown as a Professional Groundsman.

Alfred Henry LAST 1901 census

Source Information: Ancestry.com – 1901 census

By the 1911 census Alfred, aged 14, is working as an Errand Boy and living with his parents and siblings William, John and Emma and his father’s occupation is now shown as Head Groundsman – their address is St Bartholomew’s Athletic Ground, Pavilion Green Lanes, Winchmore Hill, Edmonton.

Alfred Henry LAST 1911 census

Source Information: Ancestry.com – 1911 census

The following year on 20th June 1912 Alfred Henry LAST joined the Royal Navy first serving on H.M.S. Impregnable and his service continued until he was killed in action, aged 19, on 31st May 1916 serving on H.M.S. Black Prince at the Battle of Jutland.

Alfred Henry LAST Seamans Services

Source Information: Ancestry.com – The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; Royal Navy Registers of Seamen’s Services; Class: ADM 188; Piece: 683 

H.M.S Black Prince was a Duke of Edinburgh-class armoured cruiser built for the Royal Navy in the mid-1900s. She was stationed in the Mediterranean when the First World War began and participated in the pursuit of the German battlecruiser SMS Goeben and light cruiser SMS Breslau. After the German ships reached Ottoman waters, the ship was sent to the Red Sea in mid-August to protect troop convoys arriving from India and to search for German merchant ships. After capturing two ships, Black Prince was transferred to the Grand Fleet in December 1914 and was sunk during the Battle of Jutland in May 1916, with all hands killed

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Black_Prince_(1904)

Alfred Henry LAST CWGC 31 5 1916

Source information: Ancestry.com – UK, Commonwealth War Graves, 1914-1921 and 1939-1947

Citation Detail:Peter Singlehurst; Memorials to the Naval Ranks and Ratings of the Empire Who Fell in the Great War and Have No Other Grave than the Sea Portsmouth Memorial Part 4 1916 G-N

Alfred Henry LAST Naval Medals Roll

Source Information: Ancestry.com – UK, Naval Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1972

Citation Information – Class: ADM 171; Piece: 107

Alfred Henry LAST is Remembered with Honour on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial

Portsmouth Naval Memorial

I now need to investigate his family, particularly his father William Henry LAST, to discover more about the ‘cricketing’ connections and I will keep you updated with anything I find.

Simon Last

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A long shot, but could you have a connection to any of these old photographs?

Recently when visiting family in Bristol I visited a car boot sale in the area, buying a shoebox full of old postcards and on closer inspection found several old photographs in the bottom of the box – sadly none of the photographs have names on them, although a few have numbers and they are all from various photographic studios.

Could you have a connection? Do you recognise a familiar face from your own family tree? Do you have a particular interest in any of the photographic studios shown? – if you do please get in touch, as I would love to reunite any of the photographs if possible – although I know this is a long shot!!

F T Day front  F T Day reverse

F T Day Photographer Saffron Walden

Gillman and Masslin  Gillman and Masslin 1

Gillman and Masslin reverse

Gillman & Masslin – 9 Magdalen Street oxford

Salmon Reading  Salmon 1

Salmon Reading reverse

William Salmon – 54 London Street Reading (opposite Lovejoy’s Library)

Sydney Victor White 1  Sydney Victor White 1 reverse

Sydney Victor White & Ernest E White –

Talbot Lodge Castle Street Reading and Falcon House Basingstoke

Sydney Victor White Reading  Sydney Victor White Reading reverse

Sydney Victor White 2  Sydney Victor White 2 reverse

Sydney Victor White – Talbot Lodge Castle Street Reading

Fall  Fall reverse

T Fall – 9 Baker Street Portman Square

Yeoman Co

Yeoman Co – Bourke St East Melbourne

Stilliard and Co

Stilliard and Co – 9 Magdalen Street Oxford

Marsh Bros

Marsh Bros – Maidenhead & Henley on Thames

T Owen  J Owen reverse

J Owen – Catherine Street Salisbury and Union Street Andover

C Bates

C Bates – 326 High Street West Bromwich

Woodcocks  Woodcocks reverse

Woodcocks – Imperial and Queen Studios Douglas Isle of Man

Branch: Lodge Lane Liverpool

Unamed  Father and Daughter


I hope to hear from someone with a  connection and will keep you updated!!

Simon Last

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Private Henry James TODD 202862 died 12th December 1917 aged 34

Following on from my blog post last week about George Robert TODD my 3rd cousin 3 times removed, I have been since been contacted by Jenny TODD about another 3rd cousin 3 times removed Henry James TODD, who is remembered on the Hacheston War Memorial in Suffolk.

Henry James TODD

Henry James TODD (1883-1917)

Henry James TODD and George Robert TODD both descend from my 5 times Great Grandfather Joseph TODD (1747-1827).

Henry James TODD was born on 10th December 1883 in Parham in Suffolk and he was the son of Henry and Maria TODD (nee NEEVE) and he was baptised in Parham Church on the 10th February 1884.

Parham Church 14 4 15

He married Kate HOLMES in the April quarter of 1909 in Suffolk and the 1911 census shows them living at Low Cottgaes in Hacheston in Suffolk, with one daughter Emily aged 11 months. Henry’s occupation like George Robert TODD’s last week, is shown as a Gardener Domestic.

Henry TODD 1911 Census

Source – Ancestry.co.uk – 1911 census

Apart from their daughter Emily Jane TODD born in the April quarter of 1910, Henry and Kate also had another daughter Kathleen born in the January quarter of 1914 and a son Henry Arthur born on 3rd August 1915.

Jenny has very kindly sent me some photographs and a letter sent by Henry during the war to his daughter Emily and I thank her for allowing me to share these with you in this blog.

Harry James TODD letter to his daughter Emily

My Dear Little Emily

Just a line or two thanking you for your kind letter which I was pleased to receive. Glad to hear you were quite well. I hope you will look after little Kathie and Harry and don’t let them forget me. Now I must close with my fondest love to you and all.

From your Daddy

Henry was Private 202862 with the ‘C’ Company of the 15th Suffolk Regiment and he died on 12th December 1917 aged 34 and is Remembered with Honour at the Kantara War Memorial Cemetery in Egypt.

Harry James TODD grave Eqypt

In the early part of the First World War, Kantara was an important point in the defence of Suez against Turkish attacks and marked the starting point of the new railway east towards Sinai and Palestine, begun in January 1916. Kantara developed into a major base and hospital centre and the cemetery was begun in February 1916 for burials from the various hospitals, continuing in use until late 1920. After the Armistice, the cemetery was more than doubled in size when graves were brought in from other cemeteries and desert battlefields, notably those at Rumani, Qatia, El Arish and Rafa.

Henry James TODD CWGC



Source Ancestry.co.uk – UK, Commonwealth War Graves, 1914-1921 and 1939-1947

I have also found Henry’s WW1 Medal Index Card and his entry on the Soldier’s Effects Register as below:

Henry J TODD WW1 Medal Card

Source – Ancestry.co.uk – British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920

Henry James TODD Soldiers Effects WW1

Source Ancestry.co.uk – UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929

As mentioned above Henry TODD is also remembered on the Hacheston village War Memorial in Suffolk

Henry TODD Hacheston from Jenny TODD 28 10 15

Hacheston War Memorial

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FWN Hacheston War Memorial Saturday 27th September 1919

Hacheston War Memorial

Framlingham Weekly News – Saturday 27th September 1919

Hacheston Postcard 27 7 15

I am very proud of the sacrifice my two TODD cousins made during WW1 and feel privileged to be able to share their stories with you.

Simon Last

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