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BAWDESWELL WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Transcribed by Carolynn Langley Researched by Lynda Smith 2004

Bawdeswell is situated midway between Norwich and Fakenham. The Parish Church was destroyed in 1944 when a Mosquito aircraft returning from an operation iced up and crashed into the church. For the full story and photographs see
http://bawdeswell.net/rtwebsite/villages/Bawdeswell/Baw%20Ch/Mosquito.htm
This is believed to be the only Norfolk Church to be destroyed this way. There is a brass plaque on the south wall of the church, made from parts of aircraft engine.

IN MEMORY OF PILOT OFFICER
JAMES McLEAN and SGT.MELVIN TANSLEY
ROYAL AIR FORCE
who were killed when
their mosquito aircraft destroyed
BAWDESWELL CHURCH
NOVEMBER 6TH 1944.

McLEAN

James

Pilot Officer (Pilot) 185130. 608 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died on 6th November 1944. Aged 26. Son of William and Alison Pringle McLean of Bents, West Lothian Scotland. Buried in Tranent New Cemetery, East Lothian, Scotland. Ref. Section A Grave 409

TANSLEY

Mervyn Lambert

Sergeant (Nav./Bomber) 1604944. 608 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died on 6th November 1944. Aged 21. Son of Frederick Freeman and Alice M. Tansley of Fulham London. Buried in Fulham Old Cemetery, City of London. Ref. Section 1 Grave 14.

ROLL OF HONOUR
VILLAGERS WHO DIED IN WORLD WAR ONE 1914 - 1918
BAKER Alfred E.
No further information available at present
BUGDALE George Hubert
[Burdale on SDGW CD] Private 36441. 8th Battalion South Lancashire Regiment. Died of wounds in France & Flanders on 26th February 1917. Aged 23. Born and lived Bawdeswell. Enlisted Manchester. Son of Emily Bugdale, of East Dereham Rd., Bawdeswell, Dereham, Norfolk. Buried: Wimereux Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. II. E. 8.
CLARKE Frederick
No further information available at present
CURRY James
No further information available at present
HATLEY Charles
Private 23900. 1st Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Died in France & Flanders on 27th July 1916. Born Bawdeswell. Enlisted Reepham. Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D.
JOHNSON Walter
Private 3/10705. 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 1st June 1917. Born Bawdeswell. Enlisted Norwich. Buried: Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. I. Q. 38.
JOHNSON Richard
Bombardier 278804. 120th Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 12th August 1917. Born and lived Bawdeswell. Enlisted Norwich. Buried: The Huts Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. II. D. 2.
MORTIMER Edmund
Private 40523. 7th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment,. Formerly 29089 Essex Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 3rd May 1917. Born Easton, Norfolk. Lived East Dereham. Enlisted Reepham. Commemorated: Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.
RISEBOROUGH Frederick
Probably: Frederick William Riseborough. Lance Corporal 6558. 1st/5th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 14th November 1916. Aged 21. Enlisted Norwich. Son of William and Mary Riseborough, of Southgate Bridge, Cawston, Norwich. Buried: Warlencourt British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. II. C. 15.
RIX Roydon Fredric Tenent
Private 15666. 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 26th September 1915. Aged 22. Born Diss. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Fredric John and Fanny E. Rix, of The Street, Bawdeswell, Norfolk. Commemorated: Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais. France. Panel 30 and 31.
SADLER Stanley
No further information available at present
TOOLEY Russell William
Private 15633. 7th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 13th October 1915. Aged 19. Son of William Tooley, of Dereham Rd., Bawdeswell, East Dereham, Norfolk, and the late Clara Tooley. Commemorated: Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 30 and 31.
TOOLEY
(Served as William FOSTER)
Bertie (Albert)
Lance Corporal 12075. 10th Battalion Essex Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 31st July 1917. Aged 24. Born Narborough, Norfolk. Lived Bawdeswell. Enlisted Southend-on-Sea. (Served as FOSTER – CD has him as William Foster). Son of William Tooley, of Dereham Rd., Bawdeswell, East Dereham. Commemorated: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 39.
WALKER James
Probably: Alfred Walker. Private 11153. Royal Fusiliers. Transferred to (149646) 387th Company, Labour Corps. Died at home on 29th October 1918. Aged 28. Born Bawdeswell. Lived East Dereham. Enlisted Reepham. Husband of Lily Mary Walker, of Bawdeswell. Buried: Bawdeswell (All Saints) Church Cemetery.
WRIGHT Percy
Private 5005. 1st Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 25th October 1914. Born Foxley, Norfolk. Enlisted Reepham. Commemorated: Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 8.
WORLD WAR II 1939 - 1945
JOHNSON Colin Ernest
Private 5775102. Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Died on 1st May 1944. Aged 25. Son of Albert and Ethel Johnson, of Sparham. Buried: Sparham (St. Mary) Churchyard, Norfolk.
PARKE George Herbert
Private 10583812. Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Died on 31st May 1943. Aged 20. Son of Herbert and Martha Parke, of Bawdeswell. Buried: Bawdeswell (All Saints) Church Cemetery. North side. Row 5. Grave 6.
“ WE SHALL REMEMBER THEM”

7 September 2004

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