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World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Transcribed Mick Tilley; researched Martin Edwards - 2005

This memorial is in the form of a Cross in the churchyard of All Saints Church. There are also 3 plaques inside the church detailing place/date of death the details of these included in the information below. For ease of reading the names have been sorted into alphabetical order

Photographs Copyright © Mick Tilley - 2005



Edwin John

Able Seaman 239776, H.M. Smack "Ethel and Millie" (Mine Sweeper), Royal Navy. Killed or died as a direct result of enemy action when his ship was sunk 16th August 1917 with the loss of all crew. Born 6th April 190 at Harleston, Norfolk. Son of the late George and Rachel Barrett, of High Street, Alburgh, Harleston, Norfolk; brother of Redvers James Barrett and Winifred Laura Barrett. Awarded Africa General Service Medal (Somaliland Clasp) and Naval General Service Medal (Persian Gulf). Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 21.

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Private; Bapaume; October 18th 1915 - No further information currently available



Private 5997, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action at Ypres; 14th March 1915. Born Pulham St. Mary, enlisted Diss. In 1911 Arthur was a Farm Labourer, a boarder, aged 26, living in Ayot St Lawrance Near Welwyn Hertfordshire. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 4.


Harry George

Private 242546, 1st/5th Battalion (Territorial Force), Norfolk Regiment. Died in Palestine at Jarabschi 30th October 1917. Aged 19. Born Tibenham, enlisted Norwich. Son of Mrs. Alice Janee Everett, of Tibenham St., Tivetshall, Norwich. In 1911 he was living with his uncle and aunt while at school in Prestow Green, Tibenham, Long Stratton. In 1911 he was living with his parents Arthur Robert and Alice Janee Everett and sister Lilian Kate at Tibenham. Buried in BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot XXI. Row S. Grave 14.


Harry Robert

[Listed as Corporal on memorial] Private 231068, 31st Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment). Died 21st August 1917. Born 1st December 1892 in Hempnall, Norfolk. Resident Edmonton, Alberta. Next of kin his mother Mrs Elizabeth Gower, of High Street, Alburgh. In 1911 his family, mother and father, William and Elizaneth Gower, lived in High Street, Alburgh. In 1901 he lived with his parents, brother Alfred and sisters Anna and Emma, in Alburgh. He was a Railroad Fireman by trade. Unmarried. Enlisted and passed fit 22nd February 1916 at Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Height 5 feet 11 inches, girth 37 inches, complexion clear, eyes blue, hair dark; religion Church of England. Buried in FOSSE No.10 COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, SAINS-EN-GOHELLE, France. Plot II. Row D. Grave 39. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 3687 - 48


James Ernest

[Listed as Private on Memorial] Rifleman S/8760, 3rd Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action in France 20th June 1917. Born Redenhall, enlisted Norwich, resident Harleston. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 46 - 48 and 50.


James Ellis

[Listed as LOVE EJ on CWGC] Private 17680, 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action in France 3rd June 1917. Aged 24. Born Aldeborough (sic), enlisted Norwich. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Love, of Alburgh, Harleston, Norfolk. The 1911 census lists him as a son, aged 12, living at Aldburgh (a discrepancy in his age shows here), born Aldburgh. Buried in ROOKERY BRITISH CEMETERY, HENINEL, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row C. Grave 5.


Reginald James

Private 40020, 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France 2nd October 1917. Aged 20. Born Burgh Apton, enlisted Norwich. Son of James and Harriet E. Mitchell, of Pulham Market, Harleston, Norfolk. Buried in MAROC BRITISH CEMETERY, GRENAY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row M. Grave 10.


William Dring

Lance Sergeant 10689, 1st Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers.Killed in action at Gallipoli (Dardanelles) 29th June 1915 (SDGW states July). Aged 26. Born and resident Harleston, enlisted Great Yarmouth. Son of Lucy Olley, of Castle St., Framlingham, Suffolk, and the late William Olley. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 190 to 196.


George Charles Edward

[G.C.E. (on memorial); G. (on plaque)] Private 201032, 1st/4th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in Palestine 19th April 1917. Aged 20. Born Alburgh, enlisted Norwich. Son of Alfred and Harriett Osborne, of Alburgh, Harleston, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on JERUSALEM MEMORIAL, Israel. Panels 12 to 15.


Harry William

[H. (on memorial); H.W. (on plaque)] Private 20700, 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died aboard the hospital ship Royal Edward 13th August 1915. Aged 26. Born Wortwell, enlisted Norwich, resident Alburgh. Son of Alfred and Harriett Osborne, of Alburgh; husband of Ellen Smith (formerly Osborne), of Alburgh, Harleston, Norfolk. Formerly 17134, Norfolk Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 144 to 150 or 229 to 233.


Herbert George

Private 33764, 5th Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Killed in action in France 8th March 1917. Aged 19. Born Withersdale, Suffolk, enlisted Aldershot, resident Harleston. Only son of Mrs. H. Ray, of Alburgh, Harleston, Norfolk. Formerly 173969, Royal Engineers. Buried in FAUBOURG D'AMIENS CEMETERY, ARRAS, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row E. Grave 21.


Hector MacDonald

Private GS/79288, 11th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Died of wounds in France 6th September 1918. Born and resident Wortwell, enlisted Norwich. Formerly 136524, London Training Battalion. Buried in DAOURS COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row E. Grave 7.



[Listed as Corporal on Memorial] Private 30093, 1st/7th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Killed in action in France 27th August 1917. Aged 21. Born Hardley, enlisted Harleston, resident Alburgh. Son of Daniel and Alice Sadler, of "Tunbeck," Alburgh, Harleston, Norfolk. Enlisted September, 1914, with 1st/4th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Formerly 2906, Norfolk Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 23 to 28 and 163A.


George Patrick Osborn

Captain, 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen's Bays), Household Cavalry. Killed in action at Braisne 12th September 1914. Aged 42. Son of Thomas and Rose Marian Springfield. Buried in BRAINE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Aisne, France. Plot/Row A. Grave 2.

Extract from THE BOND OF SACRIFICE Volume 1 August-December 1914.

CAPTAIN GEORGE PATRICK OSBORN SPRINGFIELD, 2nd DRAGOON GUARDS (QUEEN'S BAYS), son of Thomas Osborn and Rose Maria Springfield, was born at Old Charlton, Kent, on the 2nd January, 1873.

He was educated at Uppingham School and Trinity Hall, Cambridge; and entering the Army served in the ranks of Lumsden's Horse in the South African War, being present at operations in the Orange Free State, in the Transvaal, Orange River Colony, Cape Colony, and on the Zululand frontier of Natal, including actions at Vet and Zand Rivers, near Johannesburg, and at Pretoria. He received the Queen's medal with two clasps. From Lumsden's Corps he was given his commission in the 3rd Dragoon Guards in August, 1900, becoming Lieutenant in February, 1901. In September, 1904, he got his troop in the 2nd Dragoon Guards, of which he was Adjutant from June, 1910, to June, 1913. From April, 1908, to May, 1910, he was A.D.C. to Sir Hamilton Goold-Adams at Bloemfontein, Governor and Commander - in - Chief, Orange River Colony.

In the Great War he was shot dead at Braine, in France, while reconnoitring in the town, dismounted, looking for snipers, on the 12th September, 1914.

Captain Springfield, who was a member of the Norfolk Club and of the Army and Navy Club, was a fine steeplechase rider, very fond of hunting, and a well-known gentleman rider and owner. He was unmarried.


Humphrey Osborn

Second Lieutenant, Warwickshire Yeomanry. Killed in action in Egypt 5th August 1916. Aged 29. Son of Thomas Osborn Springfield and Maud Beatrice Springfield. Native of Norfolk. Buried in KANTARA WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot/Row A. Grave 30.


Thomas Osborn

Corporal of Horse 1927, 1st/1st Royal Gloucestershire Hussars, Yeomanry. Died in Egypt 14th May 1916. Born Erpingham, resident and enlisted Winchcombe. Went to Egypt 24th April 1915. Buried in KANTARA WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot/Row E. Grave 211.


Alfred Valiant

Private 47766, 15th Battalion, Welsh Regiment. Killed in action in France 30th April 1917 [Memorial states 29th]. Aged 26. Born Wortwell, enlisted Attleborough. Son of Edward and Anna M. Watson, of The Dove Inn, Wortwell, Harleston, Norfolk. Buried in PERTH CEMETERY (CHINA WALL), Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XVI. Row A. Grave 2.



Private C/7564, 10th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Died in France 4th October 1917. Born Linstead, Suffolk, enlisted Burton, resident Harleston. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, France. Area P. Plot III. Row K. Grave 5B.


1939 - 1945


Herbert Jack

Lance Corporal 5780733, 1st/4th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died in Italy 18th March 1944. Aged 23. Born and resident Norfolk. Son of Frederick J. and Emma J. Barber, of Alburgh, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on CASSINO MEMORIAL, Italy. Panel 8.


George Clarence

[BATCHLOR (on memorial); BATCHELOR (on plaque) also as C.C.] Able Seaman P/J 113965, H.M.S. Beverley, Royal Navy. Died at Sea 11th April 1943 [Memorial states March]. Son of Isaac and Alice Batchelor; husband of Winifred Ann Batchelor, of Alburgh, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 73, Column 3.

Note: On 9 Apr, 1943, the HMS Beverley (H 64) had been seriously damaged in a collision with the British steam merchant Cairnvalona (4929 tons) and took station in the rear of the convoy, until she was torpedoed some 30 hours later.

At 05.49 hours on 11 Apr, 1943, U-188 fired a torpedo at the convoy ON-176 southwest of Iceland and observed a hit on a tanker after 1 minute 34 seconds, which finally sank after 45 miuntes with a broken back. At 05.50 hours, two torpedoes were fired and after 1 minute 58 seconds and 2 minutes 11 seconds hits on two ships were heard. At 05.52 hours again two torpedoes were fired, which hit a fourth ship after 1 minute 58 seconds and began to settle by the bow. However, Allied records indicate that only the HMS Beverley (H 64) (Lt.Cdr. R.A. Price, RN) was hit and sunk at that time. There were only 4 survivors out of a crew of 155.


Edward James

Lance Corporal 3244763, 9th Battalion, Parachute Regiment, Army Air Corps. Died in Normandy 6th June 1944. Aged 28. Born and resident Norfolk. Originally with The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). Buried in RANVILLE WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Plot IVA. Row M. Grave 6.


Spencer Malcolm

Able Seaman C/J 109700, H.M.S. Whirlwind, Royal Navy. Died at sea 5th July 1940. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 36. Column 2.

Note: On 5 July 1940 HMS Whirlwind (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Rodgers, RN) was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-34 120 miles west of Lands End, south west England in position 50.17N, 08.48W. The U-boat reported that one torpedo hit underneath the bridge that broke off the forepart that sank immediately while the rest of the ship stayed afloat for some time.


William John Eric

[W.J.E. (on memorial); J.E. (on plaque)] Private 5771629, 1st Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died in Normandy 6th August 1944. Aged 31. Born Suffolk, resident Norfolk. Buried in TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Plot IX. Row D. Grave 6.


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