Our 10 Local Men remembered from WW2

SLHG is grateful to the students of Stowupland High School for their initial research with the help of Mike Jessop.

Much of the background information has been obtained from Commonwealth War Grave Commission and some from relatives.

Roy Frederick Clements – Private 14406177. 2nd Battalion Norfolk Regiment.

b. 1925

d. 16th mat 1944, age 19

Buried in grave 2.A.1 Kohima War Cemetery, India.

He was the son of Baden and ivy Clements of Stowupland.

Cyril Girling – Flying Officer Air Gunner 173147 RAF Volunteer Regiment,10  Squadron.

b. 1921

d. 24th March 1944, age 23

He is buried in 10.C.44 Rheinberg War Cemetery, Nordrhein, Westfalen, Germany. He died when the plane he was in, a Halifax B111 LV 859 was shot down on a night flight near Koblenz.

He was the son of George and Florence Girling of Stowupland Green.

Arthur Albert Horrex – Guardsman 2625114 1st Battalion Grenadier guards.


d. 30 March 1945, age 18

He is buried in a joint grave 587/2 Aalton Berkenhove cemetery, Netherlands.

Charles Housego – Private 5826753, 5th Battalion Suffolk Regiment.

b. 1914

d. 16th May 1943, age 29.

He was a Japanese P.O.W captured in Singapore in February 1942, and died just over a year later. He is buried in grave 6.9.1-67 Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand.

Flight Sergeant W.C Scarlett

  Wilfred Charles Scarlett, Flight engineer567762 RAF, 149 Squadron,

b. 13/11/1918, Saxham Street, Stowupland

d. 30 June 1942, age 24.

His plane crashed on a night mission to Bremen all crew were killed and buried in Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery. his grave is plot 69, row E5. Read some details of The loss of flight BF310.

His parents were Charles and Ethel Scarlett and the family were neighbours of the Gyfords. 

Wilfed and recently married.

Walter John Thorpe – Private 5833142. 4th Battalion Suffolk Regiment.

b. 1921

d. 11th August 1943, age 23

He was a Japanese P.O.W, captured at Singapore in  February 1942 and died 18 months later. He grave is SP Mem 9.M.9 Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand.

?His parents may have been William and Mary, and he may have had a wife Ella B from Bury St Edmunds?


Dennis William Tricker, Private 14310573. duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry.


d. 22nd March 1943,

He is buried in Stowupland Cemetery.

David Edgar Wilden – Driver T/6029861 Royal Army Service Corps.

b. 1908

d. 10th July 1943, age 35

He is commemorated on Panel 12 of the Cassino Memorial Italy.

he was married to Sylvia and the son of Eldred and Gertrude Wilden.

Joseph Wilden – Stoker 1st Class, P/KX 162298 Royal Navy.

b. 1913

d.23rd January 1944, age 31

He was on the H.M.S Janus, a J Class destroyer which sank on January 23rd 1944 off the Anzio beachhead, due either to a glider bonb or torpedo. There was a heavy loss of life when the magazine exploded.

His parents were Edward and Elizabeth Wilden of Stowupland.

John W. Wilkinson

Nothing more is known