A Suffragette Remembers: The Forgotten Soldiers of World War Two

Annie Huggett is famous in Barking and Dagenham as the young Suffragette who had tea with the Pankhursts at her home in Barking.  The Suffragettes’ actions and determined fight for the vote are well known today, but they also threw their full support behind the war effort at the outbreak of WWI in 1914.  Annie sadly was to feel the effects of war again in 1942 when her only son died in battle in Tunisia.

Photo of Home of Annie Clara Huggett King Edward Road circa. 1970
Annie Clara Huggett lived at King Edwards Road, Barking

 

Lance Sergeant Edward Frank Huggett died at the age 29 in December 1942 during heavy fighting in North Africa as the Allied Forces mounted a strong offensive against Rommel and the German forces.

In 1958 Annie travelled out to Tunisia with her daughter Maude Washer as part of a trip organised by the British Legion to visit the Medjez-el-Bab war memorial which featured her son’s name and to lay flowers on his grave.  Looking around at the other names on the memorial Annie noticed the name of another Dagenham soldier, Corporal Frederick Charles Green, and saw that none of his relatives had been able to visit.  Keen to make sure that this local man was not forgotten she placed flowers on Corporal Green’s grave too and left a message in the local paper to let any relatives know that his grave was well cared for.

Frederick Green also died in Tunisia four months after Annie’s son on 24th April 1943. He was a member of 2nd Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry and the son of Mr and Mrs Matthew James Green of Dagenham.

For some reason Corporal Frederick Green was never included in the Borough’s Books of remembrance for World War Two, but thanks to Annie Huggett’s notice in the local newspaper in 1958 his name has been picked up by the Valence Volunteers and this year will be added to the new Book of Remembrance.

Visit our JustGiving page to help us ensure men like a Corporal Green are added to the Borough’s memorials, just £5 is enough for the calligrapher to add one name:

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/valence-volunteers