Blackmore Area Local History

Stondon Massey Remembers The Great War

At Stondon Massey the War Memorial tablet is on the north wall of St Peter & St Paul Church. This page remembers those who gave their lives during - and after - the First World War (1914 - 1918).  .
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An alphabetical index of those who fell in the First World War who lived or were associated with Stondon Massey, Essex

William Chantry
Robert James Ellis
* Fred Garnham
Herbert Walter Gann
Herbert Hasler
Leonard Hasler
William Hasler
* Ernest Maynard

* These names not commemorated on the Memorial    



See below for commemorations to the fallen.
TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF
William Chantry Sapper RE
Robert James Ellis RAF
Herbert Walter Gann Sapper RE
Herbert Hasler Pte Middlesex Regt
Leonard Hasler Pte East Surrey Regt
William Hasler Pte Ryl Innskg Fusrs
MEN OF STONDON MASSEY WHO FELL FIGHTING FOR KING
AND COUNTRY OR WHO DIED FROM SICKNESS CONTRACTED
THROUGH SERVING IN THE GREAT WAR A.D. 1914-1918
THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE
ERECTED BY PARISHIONERS AND FRIENDS
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The War Memorial for Stondon Massey is on the north wall of the church.  In the following passage, written by the then Rector, Revd. Edward Reeve, (himself a keen historian) we learn of the possibly arbitrary nature in which the names of those who died in the Great War are commemorated.

"We did not move away very quickly at Stondon, but the matter was brought forward at the Parish Meeting in the spring of 1921, and a special meeting of Parishioners was in consequence summoned on Saturday evening April 16th It was decided to erect an oaken Tablet … in keeping with the old oak screen and Jacobean pulpit and reading desk. "

“The Suffragan Bishop of Barking (Dr. Inskip) most kindly agreed to come and dedicate the memorial when it should be ready for the unveiling, and the ceremony was finally arranged for Tuesday Dec 13th.

The cost of the Memorial … was provided by voluntary subscriptions, practically every house in the village contributing something."

“The six names are all that we could fairly include, though Ernest Maynard, a Blackmore lad who worked in the Rectory garden here up to the time of enlisting, was well known, and almost eligible; and Fred Garnham, who fell in the Mons retreat, had been brought up in the village, but had married and joined from Radley Green, Writtle.  R J Ellis was living at Norton [Mandeville] when he died, but was included as being a true Stondon lad, and with his old parents still in the parish” [ERO T/P 188/3 f860-863].

Revd Reeve's notes provide a valuable insight to his local village in time of war. The notes on these men's lives come from his manuscript..

Surname

Forename

Rank

Regiment

Mem Code

CWGC Link

Notes

Chantry William Sapper Royal Engineers
? William's story
Ellis Robert James Air Mechanic 2nd Class Royal Air Force No. 127597
CWGC Robert's story
Gann Herbert Walter Sapper 510th Field Coy. Royal Engineers  No. 548260
CWGC Herbert's story
Hasler Herbert Private 2nd / 10th Battn. Middlesex Regt. No. 20269
CWGC Herbert's story
Hasler Leonard Private 12th Battn. East Surrey Regt. No. 38827.
CWGC Leonard's story
Hasler William Private 1st Battn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. No 18067
CWGC William's story

  ? = Incomplete information.  Can you help? Please E mail

Last Updated: 16 June 2011