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BLAKENEY WAR MEMORIALS

World War 1 & 2 and Other - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Transcribed and photographed by Carolynn Langley; researched Lynda Smith 2004

Situated on the A149 main road, through Blakeney, the cottages were built with a dedicatory memorial wall. The wall is made up of brick work and pebble stones shaped into an arch. The centre plaque is in the shape of an arched window, made of granite and displays the names in the shape of a cross. This is combined with a small, rectangular granite plaque below that displays names from the Second World War. There are 31 names listed for World War 1 and 8 for World War 2. In 1995 the memorial was refacedc in marble due to its poor condition.

Photographs Copyright © Carolynn Langley - 2004

THESE COTTAGES ARE ERECTED
IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE
BLAKENEY MEN
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE WAR 1914 – 1918

ADCOCK Edward A
Private 235978, 2nd/8th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers.Killed in action on 21st March 1918 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Blakeney, enlisted Swaffham. Formerly 1524, Norfolk Yeomanry. Buried in Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres, Somme, France. Plot I. Row G. Grave 3.
ALLEN Percy Henry
Private 20740, 10th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Killed in action 22 May 1915. Aged 36. Born 15 August 1885 in Surbiton. Son of J. W. Allen, of 39, Paternoster Row, London. Next of kin listed as John Allen, of Allernderne, Blakeney, Norfolk. Motor Engineer by trade. Enlisted 23 September 1914 at Valcartier, Quebec, Canada, aged 29. Height 5 feet 10½ inches, girth 38½ inches, complexion dark, eyes blue, hair balck; Church of England. No known grave. Commemorated on Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 106 - 18

Percy Allen relaxing at Blakeney
Percy Allen relaxing at Blakeney
Photograph © William Finlayson 2013

See extracts from Percy sent from the front

ASH Basil Claudius
Lieutenant. 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment). Killed in action on 20th September 1914. Aged 28. Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Claudius James Ash, of Blakeney, Norfolk. Buried in Chauny Communal Cemetery British Extension, Aisne, France. Plot 6. Row C. Grave 4.

Extract from THE BOND OF SACRIFICE Volume 1 August to December 1914, page 10:

LIEUTENANT BASIL CLAUDIUS ASH, THE SHERWOOD FORESTERS (NOTTINGHAMSHIRE AND DERBYSHIRE REGIMENT), who was killed in action on the 20th September 1914, was the son of Claudius James Ash, of Blakeney, Norfolk, and 2, Parkhill Road, Hampstead, and was born on the 25th April, 1886. He joined the Sherwood Foresters from the Militia in March, 1907, and became Lieutenant in June, 1909. From October of that year till the Great War broke out, he was employed with the Nigerian Regiment, West African Frontier Force.

BALDING Robert
Able Seaman 190103. (RFR/CH/B/6413). H.M.S. "Aboukir. Royal Navy. Died on 22nd September 1914. Aged 34. Son of Robert John and M. Balding, of Blakeney, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Panel 2.

Special note: In the early hours of the morning of 22 September 1914, HMS Aboukir along with HMS Cressy & HMS Hogue were sunk by torpedoes fired from a U-boat under the command of Otto Weddigen, in the North Sea.

BULLEN Vincent Keeble
Chief Stoker 277882. H.M.S. "Vanguard. Royal Navy. Died on 9th July 1917. Aged 44. Son of William Richard and Ellen Bullen, of Blakeney, Norfolk; husband of Marian Elizabeth Bullen, of 5, St. Ethelbert St., Hereford. No known grave. Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Panel 23.

Special note: HMS Vanguard along suddenly blew up whilst anchored in Scapa Flow. Over 800 of her crew were lost.

CLAXTON C
No further information available at present.
COOKE Christopher Arthur Gresham
Midshipman, H.M.S. "Vanguard," Royal Navy. Killed when his ship blew up due to an internal explosion 9 July 1917. Aged 18. Son of Arthur Cooke, F.R.C.S., and Lucy Vivien Cooke, of Grove Lodge, Cambridge. No known grave. Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Panel 20.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918, Vol 4., page 35:

COOKE, CHRISTOPHER ARTHUR GRESHAM, Midshipman, Royal Navy, eldest s. of Lieut.-Colonel Arthur Cooke, of Grove Lodge, Cambridge, R.A.M.C. (T.F.), by his wife, Lucy Vivien, dau. of John Collyer; b. Cambridge, 16 June, 1899; educ. St. Peter's Court, Broadstairs, and the Royal Naval Colleges at Osborne and Dartmouth; joined the Navy in May, 1912; served in H.M.S. Aboukir, which was torpedoed 22 Sept. 1914; later he served in H.M.S. Vanguard; took part in the Jutland Battle, and was killed in action 9 July, 1917, by an explosion. His Commanding Officer wrote : "He was such an exceptionally brilliant young officer, and I know Capt. Dick had a very high opinion of him ; so much so that he specially selected him for his personal staff in action." Unm.

Church plaque reads:

Giving thanks to God
for the Beloved Memory
of
Christopher Arthur
Gresham Cooke
Midshipman R.N.
Aged 18
HMS Abouku-, torpedoed
22nd Sept 1914
Battle of Jutland 31st May 1916.
Killed by explosion in
HMS Vanguard 9th July 1917.
He lived happily
and died bravely.

COOPER Reginald Charles
Private 14156. 1st Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Died at home on 5th July 1916. Aged 20. Born Cromer. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Charles Thomas and Marian L. Cooper of High St., Blakeney. Buried in the North-East part of . Blakeney (St. Nicholas) Churchyard, Norfolk.
HAINES Clarence Amerson
Private 13251, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action on 27th July 1916 in France & Flanders. Born Blakeney, Enlisted Norwich. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D.
HUDSON George Peter
Gunner 116211, 301st Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds 12 September 1918. Aged 33. Born Blakeney, Norfolk, enlisted Enfield, resident Enfield Lock, Middlesex. Married a Blakeney girl (Ellen Walker) and had two children. In 1911 they were living at 83 Clarence Road, Grays, Essex, where George was a Dairyman. Buried in CROIX-ROUGE MILITARY CEMETERY, QUAEDYPRE, Nord, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 24.

Church plaque reads:

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN PROUD AND AFFECTIONATE MEMORY
OF GEORGE PETER HUDSON
WHO DIED OF WOUNDS RECEIVED IN ACTION NEAR YPRES
SEP 12th 1918 AGED 33 YEARS HIS LIFE FOR HIS COUNTRY;
HIS SOUL TO GOD.

KING George [Alfred]
[Plaque lists him as Warrant Officer] Gunner (Officer Section) 21926, H.M.S. Crusdaer Royal Navy. Drowned from the Destroyer on Dover Patrol 21 January 1917. Aged 31. Born 31 July 1885 in Cley, Norfolk. Brother of William (below). Enlisted 31 July 1903 for 12 years and re-enlisted 5 February 1914. Height 5 feet 6½ inches, dark brown hair, brown eyes, fresh complexion. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 24.
KING William [Edward]
[Plaque lists him as Warrant Officer] Gunner, H.M.S. "Bulwark," Royal Navy. Died 26 November 1914. Aged 39. Brother of George (above). Enlisted 21 March 1908. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 1.
LANE Thomas R D
Private 49852, 1st/7th Battalion, King's (Liverpool Regiment). Killed in action on 20th September 1917 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Blakeney, enlisted Cromer. No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 to 34 and 162 and 162A and 163A.
LONG Herbert J
Private 1688, 1st/5th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died 28th August 1915 at Gallipoli. Born Blakeney, enlisted Wells, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated onHelles Memorial, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Addenda Panel
LONG, MM Jack
Private 9377. 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards. Killed in action on 30th November 1917 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Blakeney, enlisted Hempton. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). Buried in Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery, Nord, France. Plot III. Row A. Grave 15.
LONG J H
No further information currently available.
MITCHELL Clement Barber
Corporal 14000, 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 11th August 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Blakeney, enlisted Norwich. No known grave. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 4.
MOORE James
Private 20771, 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment. Formerly 14021, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds on 2nd January 1916 at Gallipoli aged 18. Born and resident Blakeney, enlisted Norwich. Son of Mrs. L. Elston, of Blakeney, Norfolk. Buried in Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Turkey. Plot/Row/Section J. Grave 96.
MOORE J A G
No further information currently available.
NEWLAND John
Private 28162. 8th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. Formerly 5373, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds on 3rd May 1917 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Blakeney, enlisted Norwich. Buried in Faubourg D’Amiens Cemetery, Arras, France. Plot IV. Row F. Grave 25.
NICHOLLS C
No further information currently available.
PALMER Thomas Herbert
Private 50387, 11th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 10th August 1917 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Blakeney, enlisted Norwich. No known grave. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 6 and 8.
PYKE Frederick Walter
Rifleman 574924, 1st/17th (County of London) battalion (Poplar and Stepney Rifles), London Regiment. Killed in action 23rd December 1917 with E.E.F. Aged 25. Born Norfolk, enlisted Deptford, resident Blakeney. Son of Samuel and Mary Ann Pyke, of High St., Blakeney, Norfolk. Buried in Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel. Section E. Grave 46.
PYKE William Samuel
Private 42161, 9th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Formerly 106287, Hertfordshire Yeomanry. Died of wounds 19th September 1918 in France & Flanders. Aged 19. Born and resident Blakeney, enlisted Cromer. Son of Samuel and Mary Ann Pyke, of High St., Blakeney, Norfolk. Buried in Doingt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 3.
ROE Cyril Charles Gordon
Second Lieutenant, 1st Royal Marine Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Marine Light Infantry. Killed in action at Oppy Wood 28 April 1917. Aged 21. Youngest son of the Reverend Canon R. Gordon Roe, (Rector of this parish) and Isobel Alice his wife, of Acle Rectory, Norwich. Born on July 2nd 1895. No known grave. Commeorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 1.
SEALES William Edward
Private 6/5566, 1st/6th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Died 23rd November 1916 in France & Flanders. Aged 19. Enlisted Norwich, resident Blakeney. Son of James Edward and Edith Maria Seales, of "Greencroft," Blakeney, Norfolk. In the 1901 census he is a nephew of Charles Dack, aged 14, a General Farm Boy, born Blakeney, residing at Greenvroft, Blakeney. Formerly 5381, Norfolk Regiment. Buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Seine-Maritime, France. Section O. Plot II. Row U. Grave 19.
SMITH J W
No further information currently available.
STARLING Ernest Herbert
Corporal 392092. 2nd/9th Battalion London Regt (Queen Victoria's Rifles). Formerly 5379, 9th London Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 27th September 1917. Aged 24. Born West Ham. Lived Kensington. Enlisted London. Son of Mr. J. T. and Mrs. S. A. Starling, of Myrtle Cottage, Blakeney, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 151.
TURNER Alfred Edward
Acting Sergeant 16837, 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 13th October 1915 in France & Flanders. Aged 30. Born Blakeney, enlisted Norwich. Son of Edward Clifford Turner and Anna Turner. No known grave. Commemorated on Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 30 and 31.
WRIGHT H
No further information currently available.
DANIEL H
No further information currently available. Possibly Reginald Maurice DANIEL Serjeant 270013, Northumberland Hussars. Died 23 March 1918. Ahed 32. Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Daniel, of Blakeney, Norfolk. Buried in Chauny Communal Cemetery British Extension, Aisne, France. Plot 4. Row B. Grave 11.
AND THE SECOND WORLD WAR
1939 - 1945
BALDING J
Probably: John Thomas Balding. Aircraftman 1st Class 961889. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died on 30th October 1940. Aged 27. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Balding. Buried in Norwich Cemetery, Norfolk. Section 54. Grave 557.
BALDING J A
Possibly either: Jack Arthur Balding. Second Lieutenant 190303. Durham Light Infantry. Died on 15th May 1941. No known grave. Commemorated on Alamein Memorial, Egypt. Column 67.
or: Albert Balding, Marine PLY/X 1845, H.M.S. Glarious, Royal Marines. Died 9 June 1940. Aged 21. Son of James and Kate Balding, of Blakeney, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon. Panel 43, Column 1.
COBON Jack
Corporal 5778737. 1st Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died on 6th June 1944. Aged 27. Son of Thomas William and Mabel Kathleen Cobon, of Blakeney, Norfolk. Buried in La Delivrande War Cemetery, Douvres, Calvados, France. Plot III. Row J. Grave 1A.
COOKE N C
No further information currently available.
GRIMES Frederick William
Private 5775179. 5th Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died on 21st September 1944. Aged 29. Son of Christopher John and Mary May Grimes, of Blakeney, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on Singapore Memorial, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 50.

HARCOURT Raymond Hugh
Leading Aircraftman 906720. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died on 8th November 1944. Son of Hugh and Hilda M. Harcourt, of Field Dalling, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on Singapore Memorial, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 438.

JACKSON M D
No further information currently available.
MILNER Harold
Private 4861490. 1st Battalion Leicestershire Regiment. Died on 21st October 1944. Aged 29. Son of Mr. and Mrs. John William Milner; husband of Margaret Marchbanks Milner, of Blakeney, Norfolk. Buried in Geel War Cemetery, Antwerpen, Belgium. Plot III. Row D. Grave 20.

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