The Hadleigh & District Royal British Legion includes the surrounding villages of Aldham, Elmsett, Kersey, Layham and Whatfield in its catchment area. The population of all these villages would have had very close contact with Hadleigh and so their memorials are recorded here.
There is also a framed print listing all the men of Elmsett who served during the Great war. The print was made by Mr Percy Taylor of Hadleigh and is hanging on the wall next to the organ on the balcony.
The Elmsett War Memorial is an engraved roll of honour listing the 11 men of the Elmsett parish who fell during 1914 to 1918.
Research undertaken by Mary Browne of Australia
Mary Browne has researched many of her relatives, one branch of which came from Elmsett in Suffolk. During her research she discovered that many of her relatives died during the Great War.
Mary worked at a high school in Australia, where every 2nd year, some students and teachers travel to Gallipoli, Turkey and France to commemorate WW1 soldiers who died. Mary passed on the information about her relatives to the teacher in charge who subsequently visited their memorials or graves.
In 2011 Mary visited the battlefields herself and found the graves and memorials of family members.
Private Thomas Mowles
No. 29651 - Royal Fusiliers - aged 33
Thomas was born in Elmsett, Suffolk to parents William & Harriet Mowles. He was killed in action on 13 Nov., 1916 as his 7th Battalion Royal Fusiliers attacked the village of Beaucourt in
an action which cost the battalion 344 casualties. Thomas has no known grave & is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.