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Although Boxted was scheduled to receive the 96th Bombardment Group in June 1943, plans were changed and the B-17 Flying Fortress group went instead to RAF Snetterton Heath in Norfolk. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 21 May 1648 the county of Kent rose in revolt against Parliament. The occupation of Colchester by a Royalist army and the consequent siege of the town by Parliamentary forces sets the scene for the involvement of Boxted in the war. (LDS): 1 Nov 1930 Father: John TOUCHET Baron Audley (1371-1408) Mother: Isabell Baroness AUDLEY (1375-After 1404) Charles E. and Mary Gaussen, … Sir Bernard decides we must do the same, and we send forward our baggage. Royal Air Force Barkston Heath or RAF Barkston Heath (ICAO: EGYE) is a Royal Air Force station near Grantham, Lincolnshire, England. 17 Hobbs Drive, Boxted Four Acres, Straight Road, Boxted Four days later on July 22nd, Sir Bernard Gascoigne and his remaining horse escaped from Colchester via the Maldon road following a fierce engagement with the enemy and passed toward Tiptree Heath. The battle at Boxted was on 16/17th July with the remnants of the Royalist force returning to Colchester on the 18th July. This evening all the Garrison Horse 1000 strong left by the Rye Gate and crossed the river at Middle Mill (see map 1). It seems as if one of the Royalists in Parliamentary uniform was wounded in the skirmish at the Cross Inn and hid in the attic of Hill farm to die of his wounds. As dawn broke and the rest of our horse had not arrived, Sir Bernard dispatched riders to look to the country towards the Causeway (Nayland Road now A134). Apr 6, 2013 - The Gabby's last Jug. The River Stour flows through the village and delineates the boundary between Essex and Suffolk. 8th Air Force battle order Battle of Normandy 8th Air Force shoulder badge, nicknamed the Mighty Eight. This we did, and as we fell upon them they threw away their weapons and fled. The ‘Loyalists’ then crossed the Thames into Essex and marched north pursued by General Fairfax and his force. Sir Bernard decides we must do the same, and we send forward our baggage. 15th. … A year after the war ended, Park Lane was still cut in the north by the fuel dump and the 22 end of the main runway. Boxted Village Recorder 01206 272324. In 1925 when renovations to Hill Farm House (near the Cross Inn) were being carried out by Messrs. Deaves of Nayland, it was noted that a plaster wall seemed not as solid as it should have been. Wounded at Deuville Wood in the Battle of the Somme, died the next day 31st July 1916. age 23. It was during the 1648 resurgence in favour of the King that we became involved in the conflict. It ended on January 30th 1649 with the execution of King Charles I. Many of the nursery rhythms we learned in playschool are based on real events. We continue to hold our position, Sir Charles Lucas and Sir George Lisle have not arrived and we consider they have been forced to return to the town. Following the abortive attempt to escape via Boxted, a troop of Roundhead horse were stationed at one of the large houses in Boxted Church Street. Some two troops of our number (100 men) bedraggled and weary enter the East gate of the the town to find that Sir George Lucas and Sir George Lisle have suffered the same fate as ourselves, and like us, are very dispirited. Below is an excerpt from the official history of the siege of Colchester which describes the events leading to the ‘Battle on Boxted Heath’. 10 Southway Colchester CO3 3BU They gained the nickname Wolfpack due to the number of high scoring pilots in the unit. On the night in question, the Roundhead sentry seeing a number of men in Parliamentary uniform with a covered wagon approaching the bridge, made no attempt to stop them and allowed them to cross. The Great Civil War between King and Parliament began on August 22nd 1642 when the King raised his Standard at Nottingham. 10 Southway Colchester CO3 3BU The Roundheads had at this time not completed their encirclement of the North of the town, relying on the river to deter any attempt by the Royalists to escape. Those of us fortunate enough to get back, will reform and enter Colchester by the East gate where we still hold some of the outer works. At the same time a force of 2000 men of the ‘Loyal Party’ (supporters of the King), who had fled to France, landed in Kent. 8th Fighter Command Battle order Battle of Normandy – 1944 65th Fighter Wing (Saffron Walden airfield): Brigadier General Jesse Auton 4th Fighter Group (Debden airfield): Colonel Donald M. Blakeslee 334th Fighter Squadron 335th So ended the siege of Colchester. A tangle of engagements which lasted for a couple of days, known as the Battle of Boxted Heath, ended with Private 62143, 29th General Hospital, Royal Army Medical Corps. Two historic manors are located in the parish - Boxted Hall and Rivers Hall - both are mentioned in the Doomsday records. 16th. Notices to the local newspapers can be sent to: They Did Their Duty – Essex 100 Publications. Telephone +44 (0)1206 272250. During the first Civil War there was little activity in the Eastern Counties as they all supported Parliament – in fact the Earl of Essex was one of their commanders. Boxted Village Hall – from 11:05 to 11:30 am, Angela McLauchlan In the ceiling of this room a trapdoor was seen and when a workman forced the door the skull of a man complete with Roundhead helmet fell upon him. The Roundheads had at this time not completed their encirclement of the North of the town, relying on the river to deter any attempt by the Royalists to escape. This involvement stemmed from one of the attempted ‘breakouts’ by the Royalists. However from a military viewpoint the war consisted of two campaigns. Sir Bernard decided to advance to Boxted Heath where there was some cover, and to wait for the rest of our force. The Great Civil War between King and Parliament began on August 22nd 1642 when the King raised his Standard at Nottingham. Property details when marketed on 13th Nov 2012 . The village boasts a church, a primary school, a social club, village hall, sports pavilion and vineyard. Unfortunately the Roundheads discovered what had happened, and that members of their Army billeted near Boxted Cross were really Cavaliers in Parliament disguise. They returned mid-morning to report Local Trained Bands of muskets and pikes were defending all approaches. Sir Bernard Gascoigne was never taken. Remnants of the Royalist forces commanded by the Earl of Norwichfled the county to join the revolt in Essex. Although many of the missing 2,100 had been killed in battle or had died as a result of poor diet and disease, some had escaped, and quite a number had deserted. Born Boxted, Essex, enlisted Croydon, Surrey. Email mclau@btopenworld.com, Editor Steve Pollington Two historic manors are located in the parish: Boxted Hall and Rivers Hall, which are both mentioned in the Domesday records. The next  day the Parliamentary forces arrived at Lexden. 17th. The attempted ‘escape’ from Colchester was on the evening of 15th July 1648. 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