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Framlingham: Biographer returns to honour the fallen

PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 June 2012 | UPDATED: 13:22 22 June 2012

Author Simon Last at the Framlingham War Memorial

Author Simon Last at the Framlingham War Memorial


A WAR historian is returning to Suffolk’s military past for his second enduring tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Last November, Simon Last released The Men Behind the Names in honour of soldiers from Framlingham who died during the First World War.

Now the author, from South End on Sea, is researching the Second World War names on the Framlingham War Memorial for a another book, which he hopes to publish in time for Remembrance Sunday this year.

As well as collecting information on the names, Mr Last is looking for stories about day-to-day life in the town during the war. He said: “Since the launch of my book last year, I have taken the plunge and set up my own genealogy business.

“I am now collecting information about the Second World War names, and therefore hoping that there are people who can help me.

“I am also collecting people’s memories of life in Second World War Framlingham and the surrounding areas.”

The historian said: “I would be interested to hear from anyone with their stories, photographs or newspaper articles from that time, including the impact of Parham Airfield, the bombs that fell on Framlingham and the American planes that crashed in the villages of Easton and Parham.”

Mr Last, who was born in Framlingham and still has family in the area, last year researched the Framlingham 69 who died in the First World War, visiting France to investigate names and details of men who died in the Battle of the Somme in 1916. He is now interested in discovering more about the following names: Alec Bertram Carr, Cecil John Chenery, Cecil Harry Creasy, Barnett Henry Thomas Elgie, James Arthur Elliott, Leslie Frank Eyre, Reginald James Flemming, Reginald Stanley Girling, Fredrick Bertram Hammond, Freddy Sydney William Harvey, Reginald Harvey, Alfred George Hurren, Edwin William Lovegrove, David Pendle, William John Rose, Samuel Thompson, Robert Neville Walne and Victor Jack Whythe.

Mr Last, who also helps people develop their family trees with Charnwood Genealogy, can be contacted by e-mail on charnwoodresearch@virginmedia.com.

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