war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper


The "We Remember" Booklet 2006



C Coe, courtesy Peter CoeCyril Rupert Coe

He was born in 1922, one of six children. He joined the RAF in 1941, and, wishing to do more for his country during World War II, he volunteered for air duty.  As an Air Gunner Sergeant he was one of nine killed on 17th May 1944 during a night flying exercise. In heavy clouds and icy conditions their Stirling III Bomber went out of control and broke up, crashing in flames into a deep quarry near Kettering, Northamptonshire. Wreckage was scattered over a large area. The quarry is now filled in and planted over with trees. In 1994 the site was renamed Stirling Spinney, in memory of the men who perished there.

 from Cyril's, brother, courtesy Mr Peter Coe


A Lauire, courtesy Mrs Newton



Alfred William Laurie

He was the third child of seven of Bessie and Fred Laurie, born in 1890. His father was a Colour Sergeant in the East Lancashire Regiment, but became ill and died at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, when he was 41. Alfred, as the son of a man who died in service, was eligible for The Duke of York’s Royal Military School. He was admitted in October 1899 and remained there until July 1904. Two of his brothers also attended the school. In August 1906 he joined the Royal Garrison Artillery, serving with an exemplary record. In 1915 he married Florence Whitehouse, and in October that year he became a 2nd Lieutenant. He died of wounds in the battle of the Somme in November 1916.




F CookeFrank, Frederick, Harry, and Charles Cooke

Frank (pictured) was one of the seven sons of Charles and Emma Cooke who fought in the Great War. Born in Dover he worked on the Breakwater as a mason’s labourer before he enlisted to become a Sapper in the Royal Engineers. He was 38 when he died on 7th January 1918 from wounds received in the third Battle of Ypres. He left his wife Eleanor, whom he had married in 1903, and three children. Three of his brothers were also lost: Charles in July 1917 with 800 others when a magazine exploded on the HMS Vanguard, and in April 1916 both Harry, again with a whole crew of 800, when the HMS Russell was mined, and Frederick, who served with a Canadian Regiment.

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