The Hacheston War Memorial and the commemorative East Window were erected by Parishioners in memory of the men from Hacheston who gave their lives in the Great (First World) War 1914-1918. Further information on this can be found on the Commemorative East Window page.
The Framlingham Weekly News dated 27th September 1919 noted that, with a population of only 406, "Hacheston has indeed reason to be proud of its war record. Over 100 men from the parish joined the Colours"; from which "not less than 21 men had given their lives." Mr and Mrs Edgar Hatcher of Long Row, Hacheston had 10 sons serving the King in 1914, which the Suffolk Chronicle and Mercury of 11th September 1914 described as "A Remarkable Record"; three gave their lives. Mr and Mrs George Carter of Turnpike Road, Hacheston had six sons serving the KIng by 1915, one of whom gave his life. Both families received letters from the KIng, reported in the same newspaper on Saturday 3rd April 1915. Two other families lost two sons.
The names of the men are listed in alphabetical order on the War Memorial. Clicking on the names shown below or in the navigation bar to the left will bring up further information about them. The information is taken from records held by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) and from other sources. We believe we have correctly identified all twenty-one casualties but would welcome any further information anyone may hold,or any corrections or amendments felt necessary.
Hubert Anthony; Fred Barham; Alfred Cable; Herbert Carter; William Clarke; Edward Farmer; Ernest Fletcher; Harry Fletcher; George Glanfield; Bruce Hatcher; Fred Hatcher; William Hatcher; Harold Leonard; Albert Miles; Armond Miles; George Mills; John Myers; Ernest Rollinson; Samuel Smith; William Smith; Henry Todd.
In addition to these names, a tablet in the churchyard on the grave of his parents commemorates Thomas Foskett Walker; Thomas is listed on the Framlingham College and Chelmsford War Memorials.
A printable list of the men listed on the Hacheston War Memorial can be found by clicking on this link (4 page document in pdf format)
2018 marked the Centenary of the Signing of the Armistice and the guns falling silent. On the afternoon of Remembrance Sunday, November 11th, from 2 - 5pm, a display of material relating to Hacheston and the Great War was mounted in the church, including the men and women who served, the 22 Hacheston 'boys' who gave their lives for their Country, together with medals and other memorabilia, information on the First World War use of tanks, horses, dogs and pigeons, Flora Sandes (the only known woman to have actually fought in the front line) who has a Hacheston connection and other information. Residents and relatives of those who served were invited to visit the display, especially if related to any of those who were killed. They were invited to bring information to add to what we already hold about Hacheston and its role in the war, or had any memorabilia or information on any of their family members, irrespective of where they lived. A souvenir booklet was produced to accompany the displays, an electronic copy of which can be found by clicking here (pdf format).
We gratefully acknowledge the assistance kindly provided by Mrs Evelyn Empson of Framlingham and the Ipswich Record Office in undertaking this work.
David Clough and Richard Ginn