Culford Estate War
Armistice Day was observed on Friday
in various ways through the country and Empire,
the great silence at eleven o'clock commemorating the third anniversary
of the Annistice being general. It was a happy inspiration that
resulted in the Culford Estate War Memorial being unveiled and
dedicated to synchronise with the general commemoration ofthos~ who
laid down their lives in the late War.
To facilitate the attendance of tenants and employees on the Estate a
holiday was granted by Earl Cadogan, and a large assembly participated
in the impressive ceremony.
The memorial which is erected on the space in front of the Village
Hall, is constructed
of Portland stone, and takes the form of an obelisk on a square base,
the whole being mounted
on two steps. The monument is very massive and the die bears three
bronze plates on which
are inscribed the names of the fallen men associated with the Estate.
On the front of the
obelisk is a bronze wreath of laurels enclosing the inscription:
memorial was erected
in grateful memory of the men of Culford Estate who fell in the great
War, 1914-18; Faithful
'Each side of the die bears the name of an Estate village, viz.,
Culford, Ingham, West
Stow and Wordwell, the panel bearing the latter name being devoid of
feet in height, the monument is, as Earl Cadogan aptly remarked,
"representative of the men
to whose memory it is erected; sound, solid and strong".
Naish of Bury St
Edmunds was the architect.
The general arrimgements were in the hands
of a representative Committee of which Earl Cadogan was Chairman, with
Major T. H. Bryant, M.B.E., as
Secretary and Treasurer.
'The service was of a simple but impressive character the assembly
forming a huge ring around the memorial which was draped with national
Accompanying his Lordship was the Countess of Cadogan, with Lady
Beatrice Cadogan, who was selling Flanders
poppies, and little Viscount Chelsea. The clergy in attendance were the
Rev. J. D. K.
Mahomed, M.A., Rector of Ingham, who officiated at the service; the
Rev. E. R. Swift, Rector
of West Stow with Wordwell and the Rev. C. T. Lynch (curate), and the
company included Mrs. Hay, Messrs. J. H. Furmedge, J. D. Sayer, W.
Liddiard and Harvey.
'By permission of Major E. E. Pearson, O. C. Suffolk Depot, Lnce-Cpl.
C. Bye and
Drummers Beer, Blofield and Palfrey attended to sound the "Last Post"
and the "Reveille".
Dr. Isaac Watts' grand old hynm, "o God, our help in ages past", was
which appropriate prayers were offered by the Rev. J. D. K. Mahomed.
the Two Minutes' Silence was observed, the commencement and conclusion
being signified by a bugler.
'Mr. E. H. Johnson, on behalf of the Culford Estate War Memorial
Committee, then asked
Earl Cadogan to unveil the memorial, his Lordship complying with the
"In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we
dedicate this Memorial
to the Glory of God, and to the memory of the soldiers of this estate
who gave their lives in the service of their country".
The "Last Post" was sounded, following which Earl Cadogan read out the
names of the
fallen as inscribed on the monument. This was a particularly touching
interlude and many
of the bystanders were visibly affected as names of their lost loved
ones were pronounced.
Addressing the assembly, Earl Cadogan observed that it was three
years ago, in a railway
carriage in France, that the Armistice had been signed.
anniversary came round
each year they should think, during those Two Minutes' Silence, what
they really owed to
the men to whose memory they were unveiling the memorial that day. They
did all that
they could to give us victory and peace but this they could not do they
could not give us prosperity. They left to us a great and sacred trust
-the restoration of our shattered country
.They must now put their backs into it and do their share towards
winning the peace which those fellows gave them the chance of winning
...every one of them had got to work together for the good of their
great country and try in every way to help one another and all who
lived under their flag.
Further prayers were followed by the hymn "Fight the good fight", and
after the Blessing the buglers sounded "Reveille", a fitting conclusion
to a ceremony whose note of mourning
was relived by "the larger hope".
A pleasing incident was observed as relatives of the fallen men came
forward to deposit floral tokens at the foot of the memorial, the
Countess Cadogan kneeling on the lower step as she placed on the base
of the monument a beautiful wreath of choice chrysanthemums'.
'The Roll of Honour is as
Culford -Major the Hon. W.
Cadogan, L-c Reginald Farthing, Pte. Stephen
Pte. Albert Marsh, Pte. Stanley Dorling, Pte. Cecil Clarke, Pte. W. P.
Greenfield, Pte. A. Montgomery, Pte. Oliver Clarke, Pte. Ernest Dennis,
Pte. Harry Wilding.
Ingham -Capt. Felix Wyatt, Pte.
Edward Osborne, Pte. Bertie King, Pte.
M. G. Edgley, Pte. William Seeley, Sapper Frank E. Smith, Gunner
William Betts, Pte. Walter Chapman, Pte. Bertie Osborne.
West Stow -Pte. Robert Rickwood.