For King and country

Horringer Great War veterans.

The Great War 1914 – 1918 affected communities in every town and village in the British Isles. The Ickworth Estate and the immediate local village of Horringer were no different. This year our staff and volunteers have been researching the effects of the War on the estate and the village. Our research show that 188 men from Horringer enlisted in the armed forces, 86 of these were men were employed at Ickworth and sadly, 39 men died as a result of the conflict including 17 of the estate’s men.

Those who served

Each story uncovered provides a unique glimpse of the men behind the numbers. Below are a couple of our stories

The Ickworth Lodge (now part of the Ickworth Hotel) was lived in at the time of the Great War by Mr and Mrs Beckford-Bevan and their five sons and two daughters. Two of the sons joined the Royal Navy, three sons went into the army and one daughter was Red Cross Nurse. Only one of them didn’t come home. Clement was reported as missing in action on 20th July 1916 on the Somme. His body was never found and his name is listed with those of nine other Ickworth men, on the Theipval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme in France.

This Stained Glass window has been dedicated to Clement Beckford Bevan, it's just up the road in Bury St Edmunds, why not visit it at the Cathedral?
Close up of the Stained glass window dedicated to Clement Beckford Bevan- in St Edmundsbury Cathedral.


William Rowles was a gardener at Ickworth for six years. He was known for writing on anything he could put his hand on which got him the name ‘Scribbling Billy’. William wrote gardening articles for local and national publications, amazingly he carried on doing this during his time at the Front. At the end of the war, William returned briefly to Ickworth to work in the Walled Garden. William’s later work remains in 1936 he designed the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds.

William Rowles (Centre) enjoying the Walled Garden with his two friends.
William Rowles, Centre, flanked by his two friends in front of the Bothy in the Walled Garden at Ickworth.

How to investigate your own family history

We learned a lot about the Kitcatt family, including Charles here, why not see what you can discover about your's?
Image of Charles Kitcatt in his uniform

The best place to start is the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website which lists the names of all Commonwealth men who were killed. There is also a website created by the Imperial War Museum which records the lives of those involved.

Why not see what you can find out about your family?
Selection of research newspaper cuttings and other historic materials



Other useful places to start are the National Archive, the Imperial War Museum and the Red Cross. Links are available at the bottom of the page.

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