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CASTLE ACRE WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
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Transcribed and photographed by Carolynn Langley.  Researched by Lynda Smith - 2004

Castle Acre is situated to the west of the A1065 just north of Swaffham. The War Memorial is sited to the right of the main pathway to the Church of St. James the Great. This commemorates men of both World Wars..

Photograph Copyright ©
Carolynn Langley 2005

To The Glory of God and in Honoured Memory
Of the men of CASTLE ACRE and NEWTON
Who gave their lives in the GREAT WARS.
1914 – 1918
1939 – 1945
May they Rest in Peace
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There is a further memorial in the style of a triptych inside the church, with the names inscribed in gold.

GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS

Both memorials have been combined here. A * indicates that a person is on the village memorial and a # indicates they are on the triptch.

# ARCHER Ernest James
Private 32609. 7th Battalion East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 20th November 1917. Aged 35. Born North Pickenham, Norfolk. Enlisted London. Son of James Tertius Archer and Sarah Ann Archer, of Castle Acre, Swaffham, Norfolk; husband of Ethel Elizabeth Archer, of "Olives, Shrewsbury Rd., Red Hill, Surrey. Commemorated: Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, Nord, France. Panel 6.
  ASKEW, DCM Henry James
Serjeant 38229. 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 15th April 1918. Aged 36. Born Weasenham, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. Son of the late John and Emily Askew; husband of Mary Ann Askew, of 75, Pales Green, Castle Acre, King's Lynn, Norfolk. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. Commemorated: Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 34 to 35 and 162A.
# BECK, MC Bernard
Captain. 3rd Battalion The King's (Liverpool Regiment). Killed in action on 18th August 1916. Awarded the Military Cross. Buried: Flatiron Copse Cemetery, Mametz, Somme, France. Ref. I. B. 28.
* # BLOWERS John
Private 3/10310. 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 15th September 1916. Aged 40. Born Sporle, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Mrs. Maria Blowers; husband of Ethel Mary Blowers, of 40, Broad Meadow Common, Castle Acre, King's Lynn, Norfolk. Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D.
* # BUCKENHAM Algier
Lance Corporal 21274. 8th Battalion Border Regiment. Formerly 19076 Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 5th July 1916. Born North Pickenham, Norfolk. Lived Swaffham. Enlisted Norwich. Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 6 A and 7 C.
* # BUXTON Hugh T.
Probably: Private 43881. 14th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Died of wounds in France & Flanders on 8th October 1918. Born and enlisted Norwich. Buried: Haringhe (Bandaghem) Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. III. A. 40.
* BUXTON Sydney G
Probably: Sidney George Buxton. Private 21399. 2nd Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. Formerly 18866 West Yorkshire Regiment. Died in the Mediterranean Theatre of war on 10th September 1916. Born Elsing, Norfolk. Enlisted York. Commemorated: Doiran Memorial, Greece.
* # DAWES John
Probably: John Daws. Private 240035. 1st/5th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Died in Palestine on 19th April 1917. Born Shipdham, Norfolk. Enlisted Swaffham. Commemorated: Buried Jerusalem Memorial. Panels 12 to 15.
* # ELLIS George
Possibly: Private 9194. 7th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Died in France & Flanders on 5th October 1915. Born Great Hockham, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. Buried: Bethune Town Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. IV. E. 91.
* # GREEN John William
Private 19115. 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 15th September 1916. Aged 27. Born Castle Acre. Enlisted Shoreham, Sussex. Son of Mrs. Rebecca Green, of I, Pales Green, Castle Acre, King's Lynn, Norfolk. Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D.
* # GREEN Lewis
No further information available at present.
* # GREEN Robert William
Private 11760. 2nd Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 5th February 1915. Aged 19. Born and lived Castle Acre. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Fredrick George and Amelia Elizabeth Green, of Castle Stile, Castle Acre, Norfolk. Buried: R.E. Farm Cemetery, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. II. B. 6.
* # GREEN William James
Private 20502. 1st Battalion Essex Regiment. Formerly 16912 Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in Gallipoli on 6th August 1915. Aged 21. Born and lived Castle Acre. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Arthur and Harriett Green, of Newton Rd., Castle Acre, King's Lynn, Norfolk. Commemorated: Helles Memorial, Turkey. Panel 144 to 150 or 229 to 233.
* # GRIMES Edgar Starr
Lance Corporal A/201098. 8th Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps. Died of wounds in France & Flanders on 28th August 1917. Born Pentney, Norfolk. Lived Swaffham. Enlisted Holborn, Middlesex. Buried: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen. Ref. XVIII. C. 17A.
* # HAMBLIN Walter
Private 21337. 8th Battalion Border Regiment. Formerly 18660 Norfolk Regiment. Died in France & Flanders on 9th July 1916. Born Barnett (sic) Norfolk. Lived Castle Acre. Enlisted Norwich. Buried: Le Cateau Military Cemetery, Nord, France. Ref. IV. A. 7.
* # HARRISON Walter
Private 23155. 7th Battalion Border Regiment. Formerly 18661 Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 16th September 1917. Lived Newton-by-Castle Acre. Enlisted Norwich. Buried: Brown's Copse Cemetery, Roeux, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. IV. B. 61.
* # HEYWOOD Alan William
Private 31575. 20th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 21st August 1916. Born Castle Acre. Enlisted Haslingden, Lancs. Husband of Sarah May Heywood of 64 Rumbold Street, Duphill, Rochdale. Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 3 C and 3 D.
* # HOWARD Herbert
Probably: Private 8/21354. 8th Battalion Border Regiment. Formerly 19078 Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 28th May 1916. Aged 31. Born Barmesh (sic) Norfolk. Lived Swaffham. Enlisted Norwich. Son of the late William and Sarah Maria Howard. Born at Barmer, Fakenham, Norfolk. Buried: Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Mont-St. Eloi, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. II. E. 14.
*# HUDSON Lewis
Private 5221. 5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 14th October 1916. Born and lived Castle Acre. Enlisted Norwich. Buried: Berles Position Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. B. 7.
* # HUDSON Thomas
Private 20870. 1st Battalion Essex Regiment. Formerly 17796 Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 22nd November 1916. Born and lived Castle Acre. Enlisted Norwich. Buried: Guards' Cemetery, Lesboeufs, Somme, France. Ref. VII. Q. 9.
* # LONG William Walter
Private 2969. 1st/5th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in Gallipoli on 6th September 1915. Aged 19. Enlisted East Dereham. Son of Frederick and Charlotte Long of Stocks Green, Castle Acre, King's Lyn, Norfolk. Commemorated: Helles Memorial, Turkey. Panel 42 to 44.
* # MEEK Arthur Harry
Private TR/LON/139882. Royal Fusiliers. Died on 27th November 1918. Aged 18. Buried: Castle Acre (St. James) Churchyard. South-West part.
* # MOBBS Ernest William
Private 17320. "D Company, 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died in France & Flanders on 13th October 1915. Born Castle Acre. Enlisted Norwich. Son of George and Mary Ann Mobbs, of Abbey Rd., Castle Acre, Norfolk. Commemorated: Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 30 and 31.
* # MOORE (Charles) Frederick
Private 11671. 1st Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers. Killed in action in The Dardenelles on 1st August 1915. Born and lived Castle Acre. Enlisted Norwich. Commemorated: Helles Memorial, Turkey. Panel 84 to 92 or 220 to 222.
* # MOORE George
Lance Corporal 18753. 7th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 17th July 1917. Aged 28. Born Castle Acre. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Moore, of St. James Green, Castle Acre, King's Lynn, Norfolk husband of Gertrude Moore, of Pales Green, Castle Acre. Buried: Canadian Cemetery No.2, Neuville - St. Vaast, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. 15. E. 18.
* # MOORE Phillip
Company Serjeant Major 4754. 1st Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 27th July 1916. Born Castle Acre. Enlisted Norwich. Husband of Ethel Rose Anna Moore of Tottington, Thetford, Norfolk. Buried: Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France. Ref. XV. C. 33.
* # PEMBER William Thomas
Probably: Private L/9226. 4th Battalion Middlesex Regiment. Died on 14th November 1914. Commemorated: Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panels 31 and 32. (not on CD).
* # PORTER Reginald
Lieutenant. Royal Army Medical Corps attached to 3rd Battalion Rifle Brigade. Killed in action in France on 26th October 1914. Aged 26. Younger son of Dr. G.C. Porter of Castle Acre. Commemorated: Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium.

Also commemorated in Parish Church by a marble plaque on the wall.

* # SAVAGE Cyril J.
Lance Corporal 16748. 1st Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 27th October 1917. Born Castleacre. Enlisted Norwich. Buried: Hooge Crater Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. VIA. F. 3.
* # SCULPHER Arthur John
Private 17521. 3rd Battalion Coldstream Guards. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 12th April 1918. Aged 24. Born Castle Acre. Lived E. Lexham, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Robert and Emily Sculpher, of Newton Rd., Castle Acre, King's Lynn. Commemorated: Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 1.
* # SILLIS William R
No further information available at present.
* # SKEET Albert Edward
Lance Corporal 8096. 2nd Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Died in Mesopotamia on 11th May 1916. Born Castle Acre. Enlisted Swaffham. Buried: Amara War Cemetery, Iraq. Ref. VI. A. 7.
* # SKEET Frederick
Private 17195. 2nd Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Died in Mesopotamia on 20th May 1916. Born Castle Acre. Enlisted Norwich. Buried: Amara War Cemetery, Iraq. Ref. VIII. H. 14.
* # SKIPPER Henry William
Private 16528. 2nd/5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment. Died of wounds in France & Flanders on 21st March 1918. Aged 19. Born and lived Castle Acre. Son of Mr. William Skipper, of Low Cottage, Castle Acre, King's Lynn. Enlisted Norwich. Buried: Grevillers British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. XI. A. 9.
* # SKIPPER Robert
Private 20732. 1st Battalion Essex Regiment. Formerly 19194 Norfolk Regiment. Died at Sea on 11th August 1915. Born Castle Acre. Lived Downham Market. Enlisted Felixtowe. Commemorated: Helles Memorial, Turkey. Panel 144 to 150 or 229 to 233.
* # SKIPPER Thomas
Private 23112. 7th Battalion Border Regiment. Formerly 18767 Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 27th June 1916. Born and lived Castle Acre. Enlisted Norwich. Husband of Florence Skipper of Fuller's Yard, Castle Acre, Swaffham, Norfolk. Buried: Citadel New Military Cemetery, Fricourt, Somme, France. Ref. IV. F. 6.
* STAPLETON Arthur J
No further information available at present.
* # STAPLETON Ernest
No further information available at present.
* # STAPLETON James
No further information available at present.
* # TURNER Charles
No further information available at present.
* # WARD (George) William
Private 61409. 13th Battalion Royal Fusiliers. Formerly 16100 Royal West Kent Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 23rd April 1917. Aged 30. Born Castle Acre. Lived and enlisted Darlington. Son of Mrs. H. Mobbs, of Dyke Hills, Castle Acre, King's Lynn, Norfolk. Commemorated: Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 3.
*# WICKS William
Probably: Private 5970. 1st/8th Battalion Middlesex Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 18th September 1916. Aged 23. Born West Walton, Norfolk. Lived King’s Lynn. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Tom and Sarah Wicks, of Tilney All Saints, King's Lynn. Buried: Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps, Somme, France. Ref. I. F. 34.
*# WILLIAMSON Herbert
No further information available at present.
* WILLIGRESS William
(Willgress on Roll of Honour, CD & CWGC). Private 14634. 8th Battalion Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 13th October 1915. Aged 20. Born Castle Acre. Enlisted Lowestoft. Son of Mrs. A. E. Willgress, of Pales Green, Castle Acre, King's Lynn. Enlisted 1914. Buried: Albert Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Ref. I. C. 5.
* WRIGHT Thomas Elias
Private 16704. 35th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Formerly 17208 Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 30th November 1917. Aged 26. Born and lived Castle Acre. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Zaccheaus and Jennie Wright, of Harrison's New Row, St. German's, King's Lynn. Commemorated: Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, Nord, France. Panel 12 and 13.
1939 – 1945
# BARLOW Harold
Ordinary Seaman P/JX 243001 H.M.S. Prince of Wales, Royal Navy. Died on 24th May 1941. Aged 28. Son of Tom and Lydia Barlow; husband of Beryl Lilian Barlow, of Castle Acre, Norfolk. F.R.H.S., M.R.S.T. Commemorated: Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire. Panel 50, Column 1.

Special note: On 24 May 1941 HMS Prince of Wales and the battleship HMS Hood engaged the German battleship Bismarck. During the attack, Prince of Wales sustained damage.

* # EGGLETON Kenneth

Private 5777085. 5th Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died on 15th February 1942. Aged 25. Son of William and Hannah Mary Eggleton, of Castle Acre, Norfolk. Buried: Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Ref. 17. D. 19.

* # GORE John James
Trooper 5835887. 49th (West Riding) Regiment, Reconnaissance Corps, R.A.C. Died on 29th November 1944. Aged 22. Son of James and Helen Gore, of Castle Acre, Norfolk. Buried: Maasbree Roman Catholic Cemetery, Limburg, Netherlands. Ref. Row 2. Grave 1.
* # HARBOUR Arthur
Private 13095695. Pioneer Corps. Died on 12th March 1945. Aged 41. Son of Alfred and Gertrude Harbour; husband of Pansy S. Harbour, of Castle Acre. Buried: Castle Acre (St. James) Churchyard. Ref. Grave 294.
* # HOWARD Herbert John

Private 5778105. 6th Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died on 21st September 1944. Aged 24. Son of Frederick Walter and Mable May Howard, of Castle Acre, Norfolk. Commemorated: Singapore Memorial. Column 51.

* # HUDSON Thomas L
No further information available at present.
* # NUNN Ernest James
Private 11416594. 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment. Died on 5th January 1945. Aged 23. Son of Robert James Nunn, and of Daisy Ella Nunn, of Castle Acre, Norfolk. Buried: Taukkyan War Cemetery, Myanmar. Ref. 25. A. 22.
* # OVERMAN Robert Herbert
Aircraftman 1st Class 1725311. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died on 10th February 1944. Buried: Castle Acre (St. James) Churchyard. Ref. Grave 268.
* # PIGHTLING William Douglas
Corporal 861600. 2nd Northamptonshire Yeomanry, Royal Armoured Corps. Died on 6th March 1941. Aged 24. Son of William and Florence Emma Pightling, of Castle Acre. Buried: Castle Acre (St. James) Churchyard. Ref. Grave 2.
# TURVEY Ernest Archer

Private 14374705. 7th Battalion Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry. Died on 6th December 1943. Aged 19. Son of Herbert Humphrey Turvey and Eleanor Hannah Turvey, of King's Lynn, Norfolk. Buried: Cassino War Cemetery, Italy. Ref. XIX. E. 13.

* # VINCENT Robert
Serjeant 5770314. 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment. Died on 5th May 1941. Aged 30. Son of Beatrice Maud Vincent; nephew of Mr. and Mrs. F. Adams, of Castle Acre, Norfolk. Commemorated: Khartoum Memorial, Sudan. Panel 1.
Not on the memorial
  ROGERS Charles

Corporal 28222, No 3 Cavalry Depot, Nottinghamshire Yeomanry (Sherwood Rangers). Died 4th December 1915. Born Hayshott, enlisted Winchester, resident Chichester. Buried in south-east part of St James Churchyard, Castle Acre.

 

Other Conflicts
  BROWN Michael

Corporal of Horse, The Life Guards, Household Cavalry. Killed on active service in Cyprus 31st January 1956 in an armoured car accident. Aged 25. Only son of Cecil Archibald & Dorothy Brown of Castle Acre. Probaly buried in Wayne's Keep Military Cemetery, Nicosia.

HQ Cyprus District:

We regret to report the death yesterday of:

Cpl. Of Hrs. M. Brown,
Life Guards.

Cpl. Of Hrs. Michael 'Mick' Brown of the Govenor Genral's Escort troop, the Life Guards, died yesterday when a section of roadway near Nicosia collapsed under the weight of his armoured car causing the vehicle to overturn.

  HUDSON Alan Everett

Lieutenant, H.M.S. Pearl, Royal Navay. Died in Royal Naval Hospital, Simons Town 3rd February 1905. Aged 30. Sixth son of Thomas Morre Hudson. Brother of Clare below.

  HUDSON Clare Sewell

Accidentally killed while on duty on S.S. Tofua off Lautoka, Fiji, 2nd June 1911. Aged 32. Eighth son of Thomas Moore Hudson. Brother of Alana above. Buried at Suva, Fiji.

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