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BANHAM WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Transcribed by Terence Newton; Researched by Martin Edwards - 2007

The memorial stands on the village green in Banham, opposite the church and takes the form of a cross of sacrifice mounted on an octagonal plinth with a three stepped base. There are forty names for World War 1 and eight for World War 2.

Photograph Copyright © Terence Newton 2007

1914 – 1919

BLACKBURN

Ernest John

Private 19599, 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 13th August 1916. Born Banham, enlisted Norwich. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D.

BOWEN

Daniel John

[Transcribed as BOWER] Company Sergeant Major 200082, "A" Company, 1st/4th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in Palestine 19th April 1917. Aged 28. Born Banham, enlisted Attleboro'. Son of Thomas Bowen, of Doe Lane, Banham, Norwich. No known grave. Commemorated on JERUSALEM MEMORIAL, Israel. Panels 12 to 15.

BREWSTER

Leonard Frederick

Private 320914, 12th (Norfolk Yeomanry) Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds in Palestine 13th March 1918. Aged 20. Born Carleton Rode, enlisted Norwich. Son of William and Mary Ann Brewster, of Heath Farm, Banham, Attleborough, Norfolk. Buried in JERUSALEM WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Plot Q. Grave 45.

BUSH

Arthur Henry

Pioneer WR/253662, 271st Railway Company, Royal Engineers. Died 20th February 1919. Aged 45. Son of William and Mary Ann Bush; husband of Maude Beatrice Bush, of Banham, Norfolk. Buried in TOURNAI COMMUNAL CEMETERY ALLIED EXTENSION, Belgium. Plot IV. Row H. Grave 9.

BUTTLE

[John] Sydney

Private 40227, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action at La Montaigne Bridge, Crozat Canal, 22nd March 1918. Born Bawdswell, enlisted Norwich, resident Rockland St Peter. Unclear as to his connection with Banham. Formerly 5113, Norfolk Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, France. Panel 28 and 29.

CHAPMAN

Ernest

Driver T4/044873, 37th Reserve Park, Royal Army Service Corps. Died in the Balkans, 4th October 1916. Aged 38. Born Banham, enlisted Norwich, resident Attleboro'. Son of Alfred and Emily Chapman, of Banham, Norfolk; husband of Alice Chapman, of Tivetshall St. Mary, Norwich. Buried in SALONIKA (LEMBET ROAD) MILITARY CEMETERY, Greece. Grave 520.

CHAPMAN

Richard

Lance Corporal 20935, 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died of wounds in United Kingdom 11th December 1916. Aged 32. Born and resident Banham, enlisted Norwich. Son of Alfred and Emily Chapman, of Banham. Formerly 17662, Norfolk Regiment. Buried south-east of the chapel in ST. MARY CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, BANHAM, Norfolk.

CRACKNELL

James George

Private 52216, 9th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Killed in action 5th November 1916. Born and enlisted Banham. Formerly 25085, Suffolk Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 3 C and 4 A.

DUNNING

Edward J

Private 14506, 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 17th February 1917. Born Banham, enlisted Norwich. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D.

FULCHER

John Robert

[Listed as Robert John FULCHER on the CWGC] Private 19669, 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds 20th March 1916. Aged 21. Born Banham, enlisted Norwich. Son of George and Charlotte Fulcher, of Banham, Attleborough, Norfolk. Buried in BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY, France. Plot V Row B Grave 65.

HARVEY

William

Private 17714, 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 21st July 1917. Aged 20. Born Banham, enlisted Norwich. Son of Fanny Harvey, of Church Lane, Banham, Norwich, and the late Thomas Harvey. Buried in RAILWAY DUGOUTS BURIAL GROUND, Belgium. Special Memorial F 28.

Note: The cemetery now contains 2,459 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 430 of the burials are unidentified and 261 casualties are represented by special memorials. Other special memorials record the names of 72 casualties buried in Valley Cottages and Transport Farm Annexe Cemeteries whose graves were destroyed in later fighting.

HUNT

Fred Cephas

Private 14914, 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Killed in action 15th September 1916. Aged 28. Born East Dereham, enlisted Norwich, resident Banham. Son of Jesse and Polly Elizabeth Hunt, of Grove Corner, Banham, Attleborough, Norfolk. Buried in GUARDS' CEMETERY, LESBOEUFS, France. Special Memorial 21.

Note: There are now 3,136 casualties of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 1,643 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 83 soldiers known or believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials record the names of five casualties buried in Ginchy A.D.S. Cemetery, whose graves were destroyed by shell fire, and three officers of the 2nd Bn. Coldstream Guards, killed in action on 26 September 1916 and known to have been buried together by the roadside near Lesboefs, whose grave could not later be located.

HUNT

Harold Gordon

[Spelt Harrold on memorial] Lance Sergeant 11489, No. 4 Company, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Killed in action 20th October 1914. Aged 28. Born Banham, enlisted London. Son of the late James L. and Ruth Hunt. Born at Banham, Norfolk. Buried in HARLEBEKE NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Belgium. Plot XVI. Row B Grave 8.

KEMP

Christopher James

Bugler 1155, 4th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's OWn). Killed in action 4th May 1915. Born and resident Banham, enlisted Norwich. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, Belgium. Panel 46 - 48 and 50.

KEMP

George D

No further information currently available

KNIGHTS

George Edward

[Listed as KNIGHT on SDGW] Private 29149, 1st/6th Battalion (Territorial), Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Killed in action 4th October 1917. Aged 19. Born Hethersett. enlisted Bury St Edmunds, resident Attleborough. Son of Harriett Knights, of Mill Rd., Banham, Norwich, Norfolk, and the late Charles Knights. Formerly 45963, Northamptonshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Belgium. Panel 23 to 28 and 163A.

LANCASTER

Walter E

No further information currently available - there is a Walter George LANCHESTER, Private 160783, 46th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action 30th September 1918. Born and resident Banham, enlisted Attleborough. Formerly 8912, Royal West Surrey Regiment. Buried in BUSIGNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, France. Plot V Row C Grave 12.

LYNG

Sydney George

[Spelt LING on SDGW & CWGC] Private 96763, 11th Battalion, Tank Corps. Killed in action 8th October 1918. Born Banham, enlisted Attleborough. Formerly 2802, 21st Battalion, Training Reserve. No known grave. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, France. Panel 11.

MORLEY

Ernest Walter

Private 24000, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 4th September 1916. Aged 26. Born Banham, enlisted Cromer. Son of the late Walter and Emily Morley. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D.

MORLEY

Herbert

Private 7193, 6th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died in United Kingdom 4th July 1916. Enlisted Banham, resident Wymondham. Formerly 25014, Norfolk Regiment.

PECK

Edward A [J]

Private 8909, 10th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died 28th November 1918. Aged 23. Son of John Edward and Susan Peck, of Upper Heath Road, Banham. Buried near north-east boundary in ST. MARY CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, BANHAM, Norfolk.

RIBBONS

Charles Edward

Private 30030, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 22nd February 1917. Aged 28. Born Banham, enlisted Tooting, Middlesex, resident Merton, Surrey. Son of C. and A. Ribbons, of Banham, Norwich, husband of Lilian Ribbons, of The Grammar School, Banham, Norwich. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C.

RICHARDS

Edgar C

possibly E C RICHARDS. Driver T1/4567, 5th Army Briagde, Royal Field Artillery. Died 10th October 1918. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, France. Section S Plot II Row N Grave 1.

ROBERTS

William George

Private 20674, 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died at sea 13th August 1915. Born East Harling, enlisted Norwich, resident Banham Moor. Formerly 17512, Norfolk Regiment. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 144 to 150 or 229 to 233.

ROUT

Albert Victor

Rifleman A/205389, 8th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Died 6th December 1918. Born Banham, enlisted Attleborough. Buried in AVESNES-SUR-HELPE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, France. Avesnessur-Helpe Communal Cemetery German Extension Memorial 5.

Note: For some time, Avesnes was the Headquarters of the German Eighteenth Army. It was captured by the IX Corps on 8 November 1918. The communal cemetery was used and extended by the Germans during their occupation, and German soldiers, as well as French, Italian, Russian and British prisoners of war, were buried there. The German extension has now been removed. The cemetery now contains 82 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. Four of the burials are unidentified and special memorials commemorate five casualties, buried in the German Extension, whose graves could not be found.

RUDD

Charles

Private 14863, 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 18th October 1916. Aged 20. Born Taverham, enlisted Noriwch. Son of Alfred and Mary Ann Rudd, of Grove Farm, Banham, Attleborough, Norfolk. Buried in BANCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, France. Plot VIII. Row A. Grave 15.

SAUNDERS

Rudolph

Private 14858, 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 15th September 1916. Born Banham, enlisted Norwich. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D.

SAUNDERS

William

Private 14862, 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds 17th September 1917. Aged 25. Born Banham, enlisted Norwich. Son of the late W. H. and Mrs. E. M. Saunders, of The Laurels, Banham, Attleborough, Norfolk. Buried in BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY, France. Plot VI Row G Grave 56

SCARFE

James Henry

Private 87937, 273rd Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died in Mesopotamia 12th December 1917. Born Banham, enlisted Nowich, resident Harleston. Formerly T4/092887, Royal Army Service Corps. Buried in KUT WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot/Row/Section K Grave 27.

SHARPE

Charles H

probably Charles Henry SHARPE, Private 18664, 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds 23rd March 1918. Born Leeds, Yorkshire, enlisted Norwich. Buried in DERNANCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, France. Plot III Row J Grave 37.

SMITH

Benjamin Stephen

Private 51798, 11th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of LOndon Regiment). Killed in action 14th March 1917. Born Worstead, enlisted Norwich, resident Banham. Formerly 6870, 25th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 8 C 9 A and 16 A.

STAINER

Stanley

Private 5095, 7th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 3rd May 1917. Aged 28. Son of the late Maurice Stainer, of Banham, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 6.

STEVENSON

Nelson George

[Listed a G Nelson STEVENSON on memorial] Private 16080, "C" Company, 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 14th July 1915. Aged 21. Born Banham, enlisted Norwich. Son of John and Laura Stevenson, of Banham, Attleborough, Norfolk. Buried in RIFLE HOUSE CEMETERY, Belgium. Plot II. Row D. Grave 2.

TAYLOR

Henry Frederick Charles

[Listed as A H Frederick on memorial] Private RME/4885(S), Royal Marine Engineers. Died 18 December 1918. Aged 35. Baptised 14 October 1883 in Banham. Son of Henry and Maria Taylor, of Banham husband of Ellen Elizabeth Gotts (formerly Taylor), of 4, Mount Pleasant. Diss, Norfolk. He married in the last Quarter of 1909 to Ellen Elizabeth Elsey who subsequently married a Mr Gotts after Henry's death. Buried east of the chapel in BANHAM (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, Norfolk.

TITE

Ernest

Private 7746, 2nd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds Mesopotamia 25th December 1915. Born Banham, enlisted Wymondham. Buried in KUT WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot/Row/Section P Grave 18.

TITE

Fred

Private 19234, 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 10th October 1917. Aged 30. Born Banham, enlisted and resident Romford, Essex. Son of Mrs Tite, of 189, Mark's Rd., Romford, and the late John Tite; husband of Alice Maude Wheeler (formerly Tite), of 30, Queen St., Romford. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Belgium. Panel 98 to 99.

TURVEY

John A

No further information currently available

TURVEY

Thomas Joseph

Private 15675, 3rd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Died of wounds 29th July 1917. Born Banham, enlisted Norwich. Buried in CANADA FARM CEMETERY, Belgium. Plot II. Row B Grave 8.

WAKE

Edward

Private 14859, 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 26th September 1915. Aged 23. Born Banham, enlisted Norwich. Son of Mary Wake, of Hunt's Corner, Banham, Norwich, and the late Arthur Wake. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 30 and 31.

WRIGHT

William

No further information currently available
1939-1945

BANGAY

Eric

Able Seaman C/JX 139486, H.M.S. Duchess, Royal Navy. Died 12th December 1939. Son of William George and Eva Bangay, of Banham, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAl, Kent. Panel 33, Column 1.

HANSELL

Herbert [William]

Marine PO/216931, H.M.S. Erebus, Royal Marines. Died 9th April 1942. Aged 39. Son of Arthur Albert and Sarah Elizabeth Hansell, of Norwich. Buried in TRINCOMALEE WAR CEMETERY, Sri Lanka. Joint grave Plot 2 Row A Grave 16.

PEACOCK

Wilfred

Private 14520033, 1st Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Died 16th October 1944. Aged 20. Son of Elias and Elizabeth Peacock, of Banham, Norfolk. Buried in FAENZA WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot VIII Row E Grave 15.

ROBINSON

Charles Clement

Private 14301087, 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died 20th January 1945. Aged 21. Son of Clement C. and Ethel M. Robinson, of Banham, Norfolk. Buried in BERGEN-OP-ZOOM WAR CEMETERY, Netherlands. Plot 23 Row B Grave 12.

SAUNDERS

Edwin [George]

Able Seaman C/JX 154333, H.M.S. Kent, Royal Navy. Died 17th September 1940. Aged 19. Son of Mr. and Mrs. George C. Saunders, of Banham, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 36, Column 1.

Note: HMS Kent was the Kent class cruiser for the Royal Navy. She was built by Chatham Dockyard, with the keel being laid down on 15th November 1924. She was launched on 16th March 1926, and commissioned 25th June 1928. On 15th September 1940 Kent, Valiant, the aircraft carrier Illustrious and seven destroyers left Alexandria. The next day, while south off Crete they were joined by the Anti-Aircraft cruisers Calcutta and Coventry. The force then sailed toward Benghazi. During the night of 16th September and 17th September 1940, aircraft from the Illustrious, mined the harbour of Benghazi. They also attacked shipping in the harbour with torpedoes. The Italians lost two destroyers and two merchants. While returning to base from this attack Kent and two destroyers were detached to bombard Bardia. During the night of 17 September and 18th September 1940 Kent was hit in the stern by a torpedo from Italian torpedo bombers led by Carlo Emanuele Buscaglia. She was towed back to base by the destroyers only with great difficulty. She finally arrived back at Alexandria on 19th September for repairs to allow her to get back to the United Kingdom. See Wikipedia for full details of HMS Kent

SMITH

Arthur

Corporal 7886735, 8th Battalion, Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Amroured Corps. Died 24th November 1941. Aged 27. Son of Thomas and Agnes Smith; husband of Dora May Smith, of Attleborough, Norfolk. Buried in HALFAYA SOLLUM WAR CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot 4 Row A Grave 2.

WAKE

Edgar [Clifton]

[Listed as Edward on the memorial] Guardsman 2622060, 5th Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died 31st March 1945. Aged 20. Son of Clifton and Dorothy Annabella Wake, of Banham, Norfolk. Buried in MEDJEZ-EL-BAB WAR CEMETERY, Tunisia. Plot 3 Row F Grave 1.

WEEDS

Charles A

Private 3855050, 2nd Battalion, The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire). Died as a prisoner of the Japanese 20th October 1943. Son of Charles and Nelly Weeds; nephew of Mrs. E. King, of Banham Norfolk. Buried in THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar. Plot B6. Row G. Grave 19.

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