The following is a brief review of the two memorials in the Parish Church of St Nicholas, CUXWOLD.
St Nicholas Church
A brass plaque set in the north wall of the nave some 140 cm from floor and measuring approximately 30cm x 44cm bearing black lettering in block capitals
IN PROUD MEMORY OF
LIEUT SYDNEY BRYANT
ROYAL ULSTER RIFLES
No 5 COMMANDO SEAC
DIED OF WOUNDS RECEIVED IN ACTION
THE KANGAW BRIDGEHAD (HILL 170)
ARAKAN BURMA ON 1ST FEB 1945
AGED 27 YRS
ERECTED BY HIS WIFE BARBARA,DAUGHTER OF
A.I.WALGATE OF CUXWOLD HALL
Lt 180715 Sydney Bryant served in the 7th Battalion of the Royal Ulster Rifles and was killed in action during the re-occupation of Burma. He is buried in the Tankkyau War Cemetery outside Rangoon, Burma (now Myanmar).
There is also a white marble tablet affixed to a black slate plate some 125cm x 92cm at a height of 200 cm off the floor. It comprises a cross on top, two Regimental Colours, crossed and unfurled, with a sword and rifle with bayonet protruding from underneath. It also carries a representation of a two clasp Crimea Medal. Lightly incised in black seraphed capitals are the words:
IN MEMORY OF LIEUT HENRY THOROLD
33RD (DUKE OF WELLINGTON'S REGIMENT
ELDEST SON OF HENRY THOROLD ESQ OF THIS PLACE
WHO FELL AT INKERMAN
ON THE MORNING OF THE 5TH NOVEMBER 1854
WHILST ON PICKET DUTY
'THE PICKETS BEHAVED WITH ADMIRABLE GALLANTRY, DEFENDING THE GROUND FOOT BY FOOT, AGAINST THE OVERWHELMING NUMBERS OF THE ENEMY'
LD RAGLAN'S DESPATCH
On the right lower corner of the backing plate is the makers mark T Gaffin, Regent St., London