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BUCKENHAM WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and Copyright © Michael Peck 2017

The memorial is to be found within the grounds of St Nicholas Church, Buckenham, Norfolk. It takes the from of a cross with a Sword of Sacrifice on the shaft standing on a tapered plinth with a single step base.

Photographs Copyright © Michael Peck 2017

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE
OF OUR BROTHERS WHO GAVE THEIR
LIVES FOR THEIR KING AND COUNTRY
IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918

CURTIS Herbert Henry
Private 29515. 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 23rd April 1917. Son of Alfred George and Pleasance Curtis of Beighton, Norfolk (address as CWGC, of 17 New Cottages, Buckenham as 1911). Husband of Mary Ann Elizabeth Curtis (nee Turner) of Hassingham, Norfolk. Born 1889 Buckenham and enlisted Norwich, Norfolk. Commemorated Arras Memorial. Bay 3.
Note: CWGC mistakenly has father: Frederick Curtis, disproved by census and marriage record.
BALLS Jonathan
Jonathan King on 1887 birth record, Jonathan King Balls on other records. Private 42220. Depot, Manchester Regiment. Died home 2nd November 1917. Son of Roseanna King (later Balls, acknowledged son of Jonathan Balls of Keepers Cottage, Buckenham, Norfolk as 1911). Grandson of Robert and Jane E King. Born Burlingham, enlisted Norwich and resident Buckenham, Norfolk. Commemorated Buckenham (St Nicholas) Churchyard.
CURTIS Ernest Albert
Private 235298. 19th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, formerly 5198 Norfolk Regiment. Son of Alfred George and Pleasance Curtis of 17 New Cottages, Buckenham, Norfolk (as 1911). Killed in action 24th July 1918. Born 1893 Buckenham and enlisted Norwich, Norfolk. Commemorated Vlamertinghe New Cemetery. XV.G.3.
“FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH.”
ALSO
TIDMAN Ronald Gordon
R.N.
Able Seaman D/JX255672, Royal Navy. HMS ‘Palomares’ (originally merchant ship converted to Auxiliary Anti-Aircaft Artillery/Fighter Direction Ship, damaged by bombing and suffered casualties November 1942, ship survived war). Killed in action 9th November 1942. Son of Henry and Charlotte Tidman of ‘Near the station’, Buckenham, Norfolk (as 1911). Husband of Elsie Amy Tidman (nee Wright) of Acle, Norfolk. Born 2nd February 1910 Buckenham, Norfolk. Commemorated Plymouth Naval Memorial. Panel 66. Column 3.
WHO FELL IN THE WORLD WAR
1939 – 1945.
Churchyard Headstone
HARRISON Victor William
RFC
IN EVER LOVING
MEMORY OF
CAPT. VICTOR WILLIAM
HARRISON
R.F.C. & R.F.
WHO LOST HIS LIFE AT BUCKENHAM
1ST SEPTEMBER 1918, AGED 23 YEARS.
PER ARDUA AD ASTRA.

Born 5th April 1895 Bush Hill Park, MDX, the son of William Henry and Annie Harrison. Enlists 1st September 1914 as Private, Royal Fusiliers and later commissioned Royal Fusiliers before transfer Royal Flying Corps (granted Aviators Certificate at Thetford Military School, Norfolk 19th December 1915 when Second Lieutenant 13th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers). Suffers serious injuries from landing incident August 1917 and invalided from service, died when accidentally drowned Norfolk Broads. Commemorated Buckenham (St Nicholas) Churchyard.

HARRISON Cyril Henry
ALSO OF
LIEUT. CYRIL HENRY HARRISON,
SOUTH LANCS. & R.F.C.
KILLED IN ACTION
6TH SEPTEMBER 1917, AGED 20 YEARS.
THY WAY NOT MINE O LORD
HOWEVER DARK IT BE.

Second Lieutenant. 10th Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment, attached 5th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Died 6th September 1917, aged 20 years. Son of William Henry and Annie Harrison of 31 The Broadway, Worthing, SSX. Born Romford, ESS. Commemorated Tyne Cot Memorial. Panel 92 to 93 and 162A.
Note: no evidence of service Royal Flying Corps found.

Last updated 28 August, 2017

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