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CLENCHWARTON WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 and other conflcits - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Martin Edwards - 2006

Clenchwarton has several memorials within it. Two memorials commemorate those who died in World War 1 and 2 one being affixed to 'Peace Cottages' and the other within the parish church, the names are exactly the same. A further memorial in the chuirch commemorates one man who died in the Cyprus Emergency. A further memorial on the memorial hall commemorates those airmen who died in crashes around the town. Details included with the anmes include rank, unit, place of death and year of death.

Photographs Copyright © Terry Wilshin 2006

Inscription on church memorial

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR HEROES
NOW AT REST
"IN SURE AND CERTAIN HOPE OF THE RESURRECTION
TO ETERNAL LIFE."

Inscription on Peace Cottages memorial

BUILT-IN MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF THIS PARISH
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR
1914-1918

T.F. PARKER
ARCHITECT
WISBECH
R & J EGGLETON
BUILDERS
TERRINGTON ST CLEMENTS
BEAUMONT
Alfred
Private 35381, 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action in France 12th April 1917. Born Newmarket, enlisted King's Lynn, resident Terrington St Clements. Formerly 33666, Suffolk Regiment. Buried in ATHIES COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section H. Grave 27.
BENTON
Arthur [William]
[SDGW states Private] Lance Corporal 25576, 9th Battalion, Duke of Wellingtons (West Riding Regiment). Died of wounds in France 31st October 1918. Aged 23. Born Haddenham, Cambridgeshire, enlisted Norwich, resident Stamford, Lincolnshire. Son of H. and E. Benton; husband of May Elizabeth Benton, of 69, Casterton Rd., Stamford. Formerly 059119, Royal Army Service Corps. Buried in AWOINGT BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 5.
CHAMBERLAIN
Herbert Edward
[Listed as Private on memorial] Driver T4/041100, Royal Army Service Corps. Killed in action in France 4th May 1915. Aged 25. Born North Higham, Norwich, enlisted Norwich, resident Wainfleet. Son of Edward Frederick Chamberlain. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 56.
COATES
H
[Memorial states 1918] Sapper 143870, 287th Army Troops Company, Royal Engineers. Died in Salonika 10th January 1919. Buried in MIKRA BRITISH CEMETERY, KALAMARIA, Greece. Grave 1651.
COATES
Ralph
Private 77271, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) posted to 1st Battalion, London Regiment. Killed in action in France 24th August 1918. Born and resident Clenchwarton, enlisted King's Lynn. Formerly 13/57270, 16th Training Reserve Battalion. Buried in SUMMIT TRENCH CEMETERY, CROISILLES, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 14.
COLLISON
Alfred Henry
Driver 216676, "D" Battery, 83rd Brigade, Royal Horse Artillery. Killed in action in France 7th October 1917. Enlisted and resident King's Lynn. Buried in VLAMERTINGHE NEW MILITARY CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot IX. Row F. Grave 12.
COY
Harry

[Memorial places him at Sheerness] Stoker 2420T, H.M.S. Vanguard, Royal Naval Reserve. Lost with his ship at Scapa Flow 9th July 1917. Aged 52. Son of William and Hannah Coy, of Clenchwarton, King's Lynn, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 27.

Note: HMS Vanguard sank 9th July 1917. The reason for her sinking was an explosion. Unstable cordite had exploded and set off the ships main magazine. She went down at her moorings with the loss of more than 700 lives. Only one officer and two ratings survived out of the whole ships compliment. The Vanguard was totally devastated by the explosion and now lies in 34m of water. Only 60 feet of her stern remains intact. In recent years she was declared a war grave therefore no diving is permitted. When visiting the Naval base museum on Hoy take the time to visit the Naval Cemetery. Here lies the men of the Battle of Jutland: HMS Hampshire & HMS Vanguard. Also HMS Royal Oak.

Newspaper cuttings state: "The dreadnaught battleship Vanguard explodes at anchor in Scapa Flow on July 9th 1917"

"Then, a colossal numbing explosion extinguished the flame, and Vanguard was lost to sight in a black cloud of smoke, and bits of her began to rain down on the Fleet. A complete 12 inch gun turret, weighing over 400 tons, landed on Flotta over a mile away from the ship, and burning debris set fire to the moorland"

804 men lost their lives in the inferno, only two survived.

HAYNES
William Henry
Private 17614, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action in France 9th April 1918. Aged 20. Born Terrington, enlisted March. Son of George and Mary Arm Haynes, of Church Rd., Tilney St. Lawrence, King's Lynn, Norfolk. Buried in LE GRAND BEAUMART BRITISH CEMETERY, STEENWERCK, Nord, France. Plot III. Row F. Grave 7.
HOWARD
Joseph
Private (Signaller) 202980, 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds in France 28th March 1918. Aged 25. Born Terrington, Norfolk, enlisted King's Lynn. Husband of Daisy Melvina Howard, of Ferry Road, West Lynn, King's Lynn, Norfolk. Buried in DOULLENS COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION No.1, Somme, France. Plot V. Row E. Grave 28.
KILLINGSWORTH
Sydney [Ernest]
Private 205921, 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action in France 27th May 1918. Born West Lynn, Norfolk, enlisted East Dereham. Formerly 5/4923, Norfolk Yeomanry. No known grave. Commemorated on SOISSANS MEMORIAL, Aisne, France.
KILLINGSWORTH
William Edward
[Listed as KILLINGWORTH and as a Driver on SDGW] Gunner 62777, "C" Battery, 177th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds in Flanders 6th July 1917. Born Lynn, Norfolk, enlisted Holbeach, Lincolnshire. Buried in BRANDHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row L. Grave 55.
MAYCRAFT
Charles Albert
Lance Corporal 9035, "A" Company, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds in France 5th September 1916. Aged 21. Born Clenchwarton, enlisted King's Lynn. Son of Charles A. and Emily Maycraft, of Clenchwarton, King's Lynn. Brother of George, below. Buried in DIVE COPSE BRITISH CEMETERY, SAILLY-LE-SEC, Somme, France. Plot II. Row J. Grave 1.
MAYCRAFT
George Edgar
Private 241081, 1st/5th Battalion (Territorial), Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in Gaza, Palestine 19th April 1917. Aged 19. Enlisted East Dereham. Son of Charles A. and Emily Maycraft, of Clenchwarton, King's Lynn. Brother of Charles, above. Buried in GAZA WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Plot XXIII. Row B. Grave 1.
MEEK
Alfred Cyril
[Listed as A E MEEK on Peace Cottages and A C MEEK on church memorial] Private 270099, 2nd/6th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Died in Germany 1st May 1918. Aged 21. Born Creake, Norfolk, enlisted King's Lynn, resident Clenchwarton. Son of Simon Meek, of Clenchwarton, King's Lynn. Buried in COLOGNE SOUTHERN CEMETERY, Koln (Cologne), Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Plot XIV. Row A. Grave 8.
MEEK
Walter Sydney
[Listed as 1916 on memorial] Private 18499, 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France 28th October 1915. Born North Creek, enlisted Norwich. Husband of Florence Meek, of Small Holding, Clenchwarton, King's Lynn. Buried in ST. MARY'S A.D.S. CEMETERY, HAISNES, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row E. Grave 5.
PEAKE
Henry William
Private 21229, 6th Battalion, Border Regiment. Died of wounds in France 29th September 1916. Born Tilney All Saints, enlisted Norwich, resident Clenchwarton. Formerly 18099, Norfolk Regiment. Buried in CONTAY BRITISH CEMETERY, CONTAY, Somme, France. Plot I. Row E. Grave 21.
VINCENT
Samuel George
Private G/18880, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died of wounds in France 10th April 1917. Aged 31. Born and resident Clenchwarton, enlisted King's Lynn. Son of John and Susan Vincent, of The Rookery, Clenchwarton, King's Lynn. Buried in DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row K. Grave 11.
1939-1945
FULLER
Russell [Edwards]
Sergeant (PIlot) 1319889, 77 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died in Berlin 24th August 1943. Aged 20. Son of Robert Russell Fuller and Evaline Fanny Fuller, of Clenchwarton, Norfolk. Buried in BERLIN 1939-1945 WAR CEMETERY, Berlin, Germany. Plot 1. Row H. Grave 4.
GOMPERTZ
Arthur [George]
[Memorial lists him as Craftsman, R.E.M.E.] [He is also listed as GOMPERTZE which is an engraving mistake] Private T/63358, Royal Army Service Corps. Lost in the sinking of the S.S. Lancastria at Saint Nazaire, France, 17 June 1940. Aged 37. Son of Arthur Amos and (the late) Amelie Julie Gompertz; husband of Lily Frances Gompertz, of Colchester, Essex. Buried in DOLUS D'OLERON COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Charente-Maritime, France. Grave 2.
HARE
Cecil [Vernon]
Private 5777002, 30th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died in hospital 25th September 1942. Son of James and Florence Hare; husband of Peggy Irene Hare, of Clenchwarton. Buried in ST. MARGARET CHURCHYARD, CLENCHWARTON, Norfolk.
USHER
Ernest [George]
Leading Aircraftman 1189582, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died in hospital 16th May 1946. Buried in ST. MARGARET CHURCHYARD, CLENCHWARTON, Norfolk.
WAKE
Ernest [Frederick William]
Gunner 980304, 2 Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery. Died at El Alamein 3rd July 1942. Aged 22. Son of John William and Lily Mary Wake, of Clenchwarton, Norfolk. Buried in EL ALAMEIN WAR CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot XIII. Row D. Grave 8.

CYPRUS 1956

GOSLING
Clifford James
Private 23179153, 1st Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Killed when a forest fire swept across their position near Prevassa in the Troodos Mountains during operation 'Lucky Alphonse' 17th June 1956. Aged 20. Buried in Buried in Wayne's Keep Military Cemetery, Nicosia. Plot 21 Row A Grave5

MEMORIAL HALL - AIRMEN MEMORIAL

Photographs Copyright © Terry Wilshin 2006

A MEMORIAL TO THE AIRCREW WHO DIED
WHENTHEIR AIRCRAFT CRASHED
IN THE PARISH OF CLENCHWARTON


Photograph Courtesy & Copyright © Karen Woodstock 2008

STIRLING W7473, 218 Squadron, R.A.F. Marham.
Crashed in Ingram's Field 23rd April 1942.

DAVIDGE
Shirley Vincent
Sergeant (Pilot) 1186826, 218 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 23rd April 1942. Aged 27. Son of Alfred Vincent and Beatrice Mary Davidge, of Northfield, Birmingham; husband of Syvla Dorothy Davidge, of Rednal. Buried in ST. MICHAEL CHURCHYARD, COFTON HACKETT, Worcestershire. Plot A. Row F. Grave 11.
RIETER
William Joseph
Sergeant (Pilot) 1271309, 218 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 23rd April 1942. Aged 25. From the Netherlands. Son of Joseph and Emily Rieter, of Venlo, Holland. Buried in BROOKWOOD CEMETERY, Surrey. Roman Catholic Ground. Grave 204100.
SQUIRES
Abson
Sergeant (Flight Engineer) 545944, 218 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 23rd April 1942. Aged 23. Son of Abson and Edith Squires. Buried in ROSE HILL CEMETERY, DONCASTER, Yorkshire. Section J. Grave 500.
HARTLEY
John
Sergeant (Observer) 989820, 218 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 23rd April 1942. Aged 27. Son of Robert and Elizabeth Hartley, of Holcombe Brook. A.M.I.A.A. Buried in EMMANUEL CHURCHYARD, HOLCOMBE, Lancashire. Grave A.1003.
PAUL
Jamie Kitchener [Wendle]
Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 1380822, 218 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 23rd April 1942. Aged 27. Son of William Angwin Paul and Fanny Evelyn Paul, of St. Erth. Buried in ST. ERTH CHURCH CEMETERY, Cornwall. Plot 3. Row 3. Grave 3.
THORBURN
Archibald John
Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 960871, 218 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 23rd April 1942. Aged 24. Son of John Thorburn, and of Martha Connie Thorburn, of Jordanhill, Glasgow. Buried in MARHAM CEMETERY, Norfolk. War Graves Plot. Grave 16.
COOK
William James
Sergeant (Air Gunner) 540952, 218 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 23rd April 1942. Aged 28. Son of Pheelix and Catherine Cook, of Armagh; foster-son of Ellen Baylan, of Armagh. Buried in ST. PATRICK'S ROMAN CATHOLIC CEMETERY, ARMAGH, Northern ireland. Section A.7. Grave 140/EX.

HALIFAX HR 832, 405 (Vancouver) Squadron, R.A.F. Gransden Lodge
Crashed at Clifton Farm 16th June 1943.

LAWSON
Christopher Daniel
Flight Lieutenant 46731, 405 (Vancouver, RCAF) Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 16th June 1943. Aged 27. Son of Christopher George and Kathleen Victoria Lawson, of Maida Vale, London. Buried in BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY, Surrey. Plot 23. Row C. Grave 19.
HOLLIDAY
Malcom Keith
Sergeant (Flight Engineer) 577168, 405 (Vancouver, RCAF) Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 16th June 1943. Aged 20. Son of John and Edith Holliday, of Wallington, Surrey. Buried in BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY, Surrey. Plot 23. Row C. Grave 20.
FREWIN
Lawrence William [Arthur]
Flying Officer (Bomb Aimer) 129176, 405 (Vancouver, RCAF) Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 16th June 1943. Aged 30. Son of William Frederick and Eliza Frewin; husband of Dorothy Phyllis Frewin, of Romford. Cremated and commemorated CITY OF LONDON CREMATORIUM, MANOR PARK, Essex. Panel 9.
FAULKNER
Arthur
Sergeant (WirelessOperator/Air Gunner) 1030315, 405 (Vancouver, RCAF) Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 16th June 1943. Aged 22. Son of Burton and Constance Faulkner, of Wallasey. Buried in RAKE LANE CEMETERY, WALLASEY, Cheshire. Section 20.C. Grave 543.
AGASSIZ
Roland Ernest [Garnault]
[Spelt AGGASIZ on mmeorial] Flying Officer (Navigator) J/14194, 405 (Vancouver, RCAF) Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force. Died 16th June 1943. Aged 23. Son of Harold Romilly Garnault Agassiz and Emma Margaret Agassiz, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Buried in ST. MATTHEW CHURCHYARD, SUTTON BRIDGE, Lincolnshire. Section S. Grave 33.
PUDNEY, GM
Clinton Landis
Flight Sergeant (Air Gunner) R/139022, 405 (Vancouver, RCAF) Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force. Died 16th June 1943. Aged 21. Son of Herbert (Bert) E. Pudney, and of Catherine Annie Pudney, of Pelmar, New York, U.S.A. Awarded the George Medal (G.M.). Buried in ST. MATTHEW CHURCHYARD, SUTTON BRIDGE, Lincolnshire. Section S. Grave 29.
DAVIES
Walter Cecil
Flying Officer (Air Gunner) J/14421, 405 (Vancouver, RCAF) Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force. Died 16th June 1943. Aged 23. Son of Walter and Cora Davies, of Asquith, Saskatchewan, Canada. Buried in ST. MATTHEW CHURCHYARD, SUTTON BRIDGE, Lincolnshire. Section S. Grave 27.

MOSQUITO DD 717, 141 Squadron, R.A.F. West Raynham
Crashed at North Farm 29th May 1944

POTTER
Albert Loos
Warrant Officer (Pilot) 1269614, 141 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 29th May 1944. Aged 27. Son of Horace Alfred and Daisy Kathleen Potter, of Enfield. Buried in TOTTENHAM CEMETERY, Middlesex. North section. Grave 4286.
GRAY
Richard Ernest
Flight Sergeant (Navigator/Wireless Operator), 141 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 29th May 1944. Aged 23. Son of Jesse Henry and Ellen Gray, of Eaton Bray, Bedfordshire. Buried in ST. MARY CHURCHYARD, EDLESBOROUGH, Buckinghamshire.

HURRICANE W 9206, 56 Officer Training Unit, R.A.F. Sutton Bridge
Crashed at Fairfield Farm 21st January 1942.

EVES
Eldon
Sergeant (Pilot) R/84025, Royal Canadian Air Force. Died 21st January 1942. Buried in ST. MATTHEW CHURCHYARD, SUTTON BRIDGE, Lincolnshire. Section Q. Grave 32.

OXFORD PH 4141, No. 7. SFTS, R.A.F. Sutton Bridge
Crashed at East Anglian Farm 13th August 1945

MAESTRACCI
V
Corporal - No further information currently
MOITESSIER
C
MLot - No further information currently

BLENHEIM Z7278, 114 Squadron, R.A.F. West Raynham.
Crashed at Clifton Farm 14th october 1941.

ANSTEY
William John
Sergeant (Pilot) 1187860, 114 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 14th October 1941. Aged 25. Son of Howard and Eleanor Anstey; husband of Freda Ruby Anstey, of Doynton. Buried north-west of the church in HOLY TRINITY CHURCHYARD, DOYNTON, Gloucestershire.
SOUTHWOOD
Anthony James
Sergeant (Observer) 920870, 114 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 14th October 1941. Buried in FAKENHAM CEMETERY, Fakenham, Norfolk. Roman Catholic Plot. Row B. Grave 7.
KERRISON
Jack William
Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 1255195, 114 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 14th October 1941. Buried in BECCLES ROAD CEMETERY, LOWESTOFT, Suffolk. Section 18. Grave 293.

LIVE THOU FOREVER FREEDOM
WE FOR FREEDOM DIED
MAY THEY REST IN PEACE

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