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Compiled and Copyright © Transcribed and photographed by Carolynn Langley; researched Lynda Smith 2004

Individual memorials in St Margarets Church Cley Next Sea Norfolk (pronounced cly) the stones are in the new grave yard opposite the side entrance.

Photographs Copyright © Carolynn Langley - 2004

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN REMEMBERANCE OF
THE MEN OF CLEY WHO GAVE
THEIR LIVES FOR KING AND COUNTRY
IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1918

ROLL OF HONOUR
Carved in stone in Eleanor script.

BARNES 

William Elijah

Private 136275.  2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles (British Columbia Regt. )  Died on 29th September 1916.  Aged 23.  William was born on 7th December 1893, the son of George and Mary Ann Barnes, of Newgate Green, Cley-by-sea, Norfolk, England.  He was a farmer in Canada.   No known grave. Commemorated on Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

BARNES

John Ernest

Private 163283.  18th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Western Ontario Regt. )  Died on 15th September 1916.  Aged 21.  John was born on 4th April 1894, the son of George and Mary Ann Barnes, of Newgate Green, Cley-by-sea, Norfolk, England. He was a labourer in Canada. (Note:  There appears to be a discrepancy regarding date of birth with his brother above. This information appears on the National Archive of Canada website).  No known grave. Commemorated on Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

BARNES

Ralph

Private 20588.  1st Battalion Essex Regiment.  Formerly 18436 Norfolk Regiment.  Died at sea on 13th August 1915.  Aged 29.  Born and lived North Walsham.  Enlisted Norwich.   Son of George and Mary Ann Barnes, of Newgate Green, Cley-by-Sea, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on Helles Memorial, Turkey.  Panel 144 to 150 or 229 to 233.

BISHOP

Frederick James

Private 14911. 10th   Battalion (CWGC has 19th Battalion) Essex Regiment.  Died of wounds in France & Flanders on 17th October 1916.  Born and lived Cley-Next-the-Sea.  Enlisted Norwich.  Buried in Contay British Cemetery, Contay, Somme, France.  Ref. IV. C. 7.

BOLTON  

Cecil James

Private 240638.  1/5th Battalion Norfolk Regiment.  Died in Palestine on 19th April 1917. Aged 20.   Enlisted East Dereham, Norfolk. Second son of Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Bolton, of Cley-next-Sea, Norfolk.  No known grave. Commemorated on Jerusalem Memorial. Panels 12 to 15. 

BRETT 

Frederick [William]

Private 5194.  1st/4th Battalion  Northumberland Fusiliers.  Killed in action in France & Flanders on 25th October 1916.  Aged 30.  Born Colveston.  Enlisted Norwich.  Son of John and Caroline Brett, of Ickburgh, Mundford, Brandon, Suffolk; husband of Amy Brett, of High St., Holt, Norfolk.  No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.  Pier and Face 10 B 11 B and 12 B. 

COUZENS-HARDY

Raven

[Also listed as COZENS-HARDY] Second Lieutenant.   4th Battalion Norfolk Regiment.  Killed in action on 9th October 1917.  Aged 31.  Son of Arthur Wrigley Cozens-Hardy and Mary Cozens-Hardy, of Cley Hall, Norfolk.  No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.  Panel 34 to 35 and 162A.

TO THE DEAR MEMORY OF
RAVEN COUZENS- HARDY
OF CLEY HALL
WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION
AT POLDENHOEK SOUTH AFRICA

OCTOBER 9 1917
Age 31

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DRINKWATER 

George Harold

(CD & CWGC gives George Howard)  Private 28368.  13th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment.  Formerly 5310 Norfolk Regiment.  Killed in action in France & Flanders on 30th July 1917.  Born and lived Cley-next-the-Sea.  Enlisted Norwich.  Son of Robert John and Harriet Drinkwater, of Cley-next-the-Sea, Norfolk.  Buried in La Targette British Cemetery, Neuville-St. Vaast, Pas de Calais, France.  Ref. II. F. 4.

ELLWOOD

Herbert Walter

Stoker 1st Class 182002.  (RFR/CH/B/5057). H.M. Tug "Desire", Royal Navy.  Died on 20th January 1918.  Aged 39.  Son of William Ellwood; husband of Clara M. Ellwood, of New Rd. , Cley, Norfolk.  No known grave. Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent.  Panel 29.

ELVIN James George

Stoker 2nd Class K/33421, H.M.S. Vivid, Royal Navy. Died 13th September 1918. Age 18. Son of Mrs. Susanna Elvin, of Holt Rd. , Cley-next-the-sea.  Buried in Cley-Next-The-Sea (St. Margaret) Churchyard. In North-East part. (Special note:  HMS Vivid was the Royal Naval Training Base at Devonport, now re-named HMS Drake).

J.G. ELVIN
STOKER 2nd CLASS
RN K 33421
H.M.S. VIVID
15th SEPTEMBER 1918 age 18
REST IN PEACE

GATHERCOLE

Cecil Abraham

Private 40062.  9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment.  Killed in action in France & Flanders on 20th November 1917.  Aged 19.  Enlisted Norwich.  Son of Benjamin and Emily Gathercole, of The Lodge, Cley, Norfolk.  Buried in Ribecourt British Cemetery, Nord, France. Ref. I. B. 3. 

GIBBS

Robert William Emery

Possibly: William Robert Emery.    Private 3/7057.  7th Battalion Norfolk Regiment.  Killed in action in France & Flanders on 19th September 1917.  Buried in   Monchy British Cemetery, Monchy-Le-Preux, Pas de Calais, France.  Ref. I. M. 16. 

GIBBS

Ernest William Emery

[SDGW & CWGC give William Ernest] Sergeant 31537.  2nd Battalion Norfolk Regiment.  Died in India on 5th June 1916. Aged 27.  Born Cley-next-the-Sea.  Enlisted Colaba, Bombay.  No known grave. Commemorated on   Kirkee 1914-1918 Memorial, India. Face B.

GIDNEY

Charles Alfred

Gunner 67611,  "L" Battery, Royal Horse Artillery.  Died of wounds in France & Flanders on 8th September 1914.  Aged 20.  Buried in Baron Communal Cemetery, Oise, France.  Grave 1.

GRIMES

George William

Deck Hand 8276DA.  H.M. Trawler,  Royal Naval Reserve.  Died on 21st December 1916.  Aged 22.  Son of George William and Mrs. J. Grimes, of Cley Next Sea, Norfolk.  No known grave. Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent.  Panel 19.

GRIMES

James William

Blacksmith's Mate 309857.  H.M.S. "Invincible", Royal Navy.  Died on 31st May 1916.  Aged 31.   Husband of Maud Elizabeth Rix (formerly Grimes), of 268, Arundel St., Landport, Portsmouth.  No known grave. Commemorated on   Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire. Panel 20.

Special note:  HMS Invincible was a Battlecruiser.  She was sunk by SMS Derfflinger and Lützow at the Battle of Jutland, and inflicted fatal damage on Lützow.  Her crew of 1026 were lost.

HOLMAN

Herbert

Private 40272.  4th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.  Formerly 5307 Norfolk Regiment.  Killed in action in France & Flanders on 14th January 1918.  Born and lived Cley-next-the-Sea.  Enlisted Norwich.  Commemorated: Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-Plouich, Nord, France.  Special Memorial A. 5.

JEARY

Albert George

Private 20578.  1st Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment.  Formerly 10718 Army Cyclists Corps.  Killed in action in France & Flanders on 12th October 1916.  Born and lived Cley-next-the-Sea.  Enlisted London.  Buried in Thiepval Anglo-French Cemetery, Authuile, Somme, France.  Ref. II. G. 1.

LEEDER

Robert William Thomas

Private T/202774.  3rd/4th Battalion Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment.  Killed in action in France & Flanders on 5th October 1917. Aged 38.   Born Cley, Norfolk.  Lived and enlisted Paddington, Middlesex. Son of the late Robert John and Mary Jane Ann Leeder. Commemorated: Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.  Panel 14 to 17 and 162 to 162A.

LOADES

Frank

Private 24129.  8th Battalion Norfolk Regiment.  Killed in action in France & Flanders on 19th July 1916.  Born St German’s, Norfolk.  Enlisted King’s Lynn.   Husband of Kate Loades, of Cley-next-Sea, Norfolk. Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D.

MANN

Lewis Richard

Merchantile Marine ship's captain Elder Dempster Line, baptised Cley Church 29th June 1873, son of William (master mariner) and Elizabeth Mann, died on S.S.Fabala 28th March 1915 aged 41.

Extract from Norfolk Chronicle 2nd April 1915:

CLEY
A Fabala Victim

Amongst the passengers of the torpedoed Elder Dempster liner Fabala who are officially returned as 'missing' is Captain Lewis Robert Mann, of Cley-next-the-Sea, who was returning to Lagos, West Africa, to take up his position as marine superintendent for Messrs Elder Dempster.

The Fabala, 4807 tons, sailed from Liverpool for Sierra Leone on 27th March 1915. The following day, thirty-six miles south-west of the Smalls lighthouse in St George's Channel, she was approached by a German submarine U-28. The Fabala had lowered only four of her lifeboats when a torpedo struck amidships. She sank eight minutes later. Of 151 passengers 104 drowned, together with 96 of her crew.

Extract from The Argus (Melbourne, Australia) 31st March 1915:

The most outrageous act of the German campaign of piracy and murder in English waters was committed off the Welsh coast on Sunday.

For whatever reasons, those on board the Fabala were given very little time to abandon ship, and this explains the high mortality rate among those on board. The fact that there was an American citizen on the ship helped to fuel the feeling of outrage in the world's press. (The sinking of the Lusitania by U-20 on 7th May 1915 with the loss of 1198 lives, including 128 Americans, caused far greater outrage).

That Lewis Richard Mann is on the Cley memorial will be down to that fact that he was from a distinguished Cley seafaring family. He was not a crew member of the Fabala, but a passenger, and he is not commemorated on the Merchant Marine Memorial on Tower Hill, London or found on the CWGC or Roll of Honour websites, but is on the Cley memorial.

PINCHEN

Valentine Harte

Gunner 46579.  110th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery.  Died in France & Flanders on 29th August 1918. Aged 27. Born Cley- next-the-Sea. Lived Kilburn Lane, Middlesex. Enlisted Marylebone, Middlesex. Son of Robert and Alice Pinchen, of Cley, Norfolk; husband of Grace Alice Pinchen, of 5A, Allington Rd. , Kilburn Lane, London. Buried in Tourgeville Military Cemetery, Calvados, France.  Ref.   IV. B. 17.

RAYNER

John Thomas

Corporal 14910.  10th Battalion Essex Regiment.  Died in France & Flanders on 4th March 1918.  Born and lived Cley-next-the-Sea.  Enlisted Norwich.  Buried in Grand-Seraucourt British Cemetery, Aisne, France. Ref. V. G. 14.

ROWE

Bertie Francis

Private 23433.  2nd Battalion Norfolk Regiment.  Died in Mesopotamia on 4th July 1916.  Aged 21.   Born Cley-next-the-Sea.  Enlisted Cromer.   Son of John Edward and Blanche Mary Rowe, of The Anchorage, Cley, Norfolk.  Buried Basra War Cemetery, Iraq.  Ref.  V. O. 7. 

ROWE

Henry

Petty Officer 1st Class 164548.  H.M.S. "Invincible", Royal Navy.  Died on 31st May 1916.  Aged 40.  Son of James and Ellen Mary Rowe, of "South View," Cley, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire.  Panel 12.

Special note:  HMS Invincible was a Battlecruiser.  She was sunk by SMS Derfflinger and Lützow at the Battle of Jutland, and inflicted fatal damage on Lützow.  Her crew of 1026 were lost.

WESTON

George William

Private 37574.  1st Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.  Died in France & Flanders on 27th March 1918.  Born and lived Cley-next-the-Sea.  Enlisted Cromer.  No known grave. Commemorated on Creola Cemetery, Italy. Special Memorial. 

WHATLEY

Frank

Petty Officer Stoker 142041, H.M.S. Aboukir, Royal Navy. Died 22 September 1914. Aged 50. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. Son of William and Sarah Whatley, of Warminster; husband of Emily Whatley, of 25A, Smallbrook Lane, Boreham, Warminster, Wilts. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 3.

The 1911 Census showed Frank Whatley and his wife to be resident in (Sea) Palling, Norfolk where he was serving at the HM Navy Coast Guard Station there. His Cley connection is shown below, but with the outbreak of war in August 1914 he found himself, at an advanced age, back at sea.

Extract from the Norfolk Chronicle 25th September 1914 :

CLEY

The news received on Tuesday evening created something akin to consternation as the information was passed round that Coast Guard Whatley, who had been in charge of the local station about three years, during which time he has earned the esteem and respect of all, was a stoker petty officer on board the Aboukir. So far no information has come to hand concerning his fate.

WILLIAMSON

Herbert William

Private 16677.7th Battalion Norfolk Regiment.  Died of wounds in France & Flanders on 20th November 1915.  Enlisted Cley-next-the-Sea.  Buried: Lillers Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.  Ref.  IV. D. 48.

WOODHOUSE

Harold John

Photograph Copyright © Richard Jefferson 2018

Private 3786.  2nd/4th Battalion Norfolk Regiment.  Died at home on 17th May 1915.  Aged 18.  Enlisted Norwich.  Son of John W. and Mary Woodhouse, of Swans Lodge, Holt. Buried in Cley-Next-The-Sea (St. Margaret) Churchyard. In North-East part.

IN HONOURED MEMORY
OF THE MEN OF THIS
PARISH WHO FELL IN
THE WAR 1939 - 1945

BIRD

Charles Godfrey

Probably:   Lieutenant.  H.M.S. Exeter, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.  Died on 1st March 1942.  No known grave. Commemorated on Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon.  Panel 76, Column 3.                                        

Special note:   HMS Exeter was sunk during the Battle of The Java Sea on the approach to the Sunda Straight.

BRETT

Eric Victor

Private 5772703.  5th Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment.  Died on 21st May 1943.  Aged 27.  Buried in Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand.  Ref.  2. O. 45.

CLARKE

George

No further information currently

CLARKE

William

No further information currently

DAWSON

Frank Howard

Private 14444733.  7th Battalion Black Watch (Royal Highlanders).  Died on 19th April 1945.  Aged 19.  Son of Robert Charles and Mabel Jessie Dawson, of Cley next the Sea, Norfolk.  Buried in Rheinberg War Cemetery, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany.  Ref. 12. E. 16.

LEWIS

Francis Albert

Leading Seaman C/JX 142180.  H.M.S. Exmoor, Royal Navy. Died on 25th February 1941.  Aged 22.  Son of Francis James and Elizabeth Lewis, of Cley next the Sea, Norfolk.  No known grave. Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent.  Panel 45, 2.

Special note:  HMS Exmoor was torpedoed and sunk by an E-Boat of Lowestoft, Suffolk.

RAMM

Jack

Corporal 5774919.  2nd Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment.  Died on 4th May 1944.  Aged 24.  Son of Edward Harry and Beatrice Minnie Ramm, of Cley, Norfolk.  Buried in Kohima War Cemetery, India.  Ref.  2. A. 9.

TWIDDY

Sidney

Possibly Sidney George Twiddy.   Leading Seaman C/JX 145272.  H.M. Submarine Usk, Royal Navy.  Died on 3rd May 1941.  Aged 22.  Son of George C. and Florence E. Twiddy; husband of Gwendoline Glenny Twiddy, of Blyth, Northumberland.  No known grave. Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent.  Panel 42, 1.

Special note:  HM Submarine Usk appears to have been mined off the coast of Sicily.

VOELLNER

William

Sergeant (Air Gunner) 906410.  103 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.  Died on 26th August 1944.  Aged 23. Husband of Elsie Voellner, of Newton Heath, Manchester.  Buried in Littlehampton Cemetery, Sussex.  Ref. Sec. D. Grave 4275.

YARHAM

Fred(erick)

Serjeant 5875680.  5th Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment.  Died on 1st March 1943.  No known grave. Commemorated on   Yokohama Cremation Memorial, Japan.  Panel 4.

Buried in the churchyard

Note: The following two soldiers were not Cley men, but as they both died in the village and are buried in the churchyard, and have Commonwealth War Grave headstones, Richard Jefferson thought it appropriate that they should be recorded.

In the north-west corner of the churchyard at Cley, adjacent to the two wooden huts, are two Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) headstones from the 1914-1918 war, to sappers in the Royal Engineers. They have been a puzzle to Richard Jefferson for many years, until his recent researches of newspapers in Norwich provided some answers.

Information Richard Jefferson took from the Norwich Mercury of 13th February 1915 told him that Sapper William Porter (31585 RE) died on 31st January of consumption (tuberculosis) in the Zetland Sanitorium, Cley. He had been sent there from his home in Blackheath, Kent. He was aged 44 and a veteran of the Boer War in South Africa (1899-1902). He left a widow and six children. He was accorded a full military funeral in St Margaret's Church on 4th February, with soldiers from the South Notts Hussars and Royal Sussex Regiment present. These two regiments were training locally.

From the same newspaper for 17th April 1915 Richard Jefferson found that Sapper George Mellor of 59th Field Company, Royal Engineers (6743) also died in the Zetland Sanitorium, Cley aged 37 years. His funeral in St Margaret's took place on 6th April.

'He was invalided from the army and sent to Cley in the hope he would regain his health'.

[Explanation of the ‘Zetland Sanitorium’ and ‘Zetland House’: Dr Alfred Reginald Kay arrived in Cley with his family in 1905 to serve as doctor for Cley and Blakeney (which he continued to do well into the 1930’s) and named his house ‘Zetland House’. Lady Zetland (wife of Lawrence Dundas, 1st Marquess of Zetland) had been in Ireland for four years when her husband was Lord Lieutenant there. During her years in Ireland she had been a great influence in the founding of a ‘Royal National Hospital for Consumption in Ireland’, which she opened in 1896. Dr Kay clearly became involved in the treatment of tuberculosis and became dedicated to doing something positive, and, for reasons undiscovered, named his house in Cley after Lady Zetland. Towards the latter part of 1912 the Kay family moved to the Manor House in Blakeney, and, in due course after that date, Zetland House became a tuberculosis sanatorium.]

 

DAVIDSON Thomas

Telegraphist P/UD/X 1397, H.M.S. Princess Victoria, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.  Killed when his ship, a minelayer, sank after striking a mine at the mouth of the River Humber, 18th May 1940. Age 20. Son of Elizabeth Davidson; husband of M. Davidson.  Buried Cley-Next-The-Sea (St. Margaret) Churchyard.   

IN LOVING MEMORY OF A DEAR SON
THOMAS DAVIDSON TEL R.N.
KILLED IN NAVAL ACTION
18th MAY 1940 Age 20 Years
SAFELY ANCHORED
ERECTED BY HIS LOVING PARENTS.
N.I.

MELLOR George

Photograph Copyright © Richard Jefferson 2018

Sapper 6743, 59th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died 6th April 1915. Born Matlock, Drbyshire, enlisted Sheffield, resident Crick, Derbyshire. Son of the late G. and S. A. Mellor. Buried North-West of Church in Cley-Next-The-Sea (St. Margaret) Churchyard.  
MITCHELL Jack

Photograph Copyright © Richard Jefferson 2018

Able Seaman C/SSX 29215, H.M.S. Princess Victoria, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.  Killed when his ship, a minelayer, sank after striking a mine at the mouth of the River Humber, 18th May 1940. Aged 19. Son of Robert Wright Mitchell, and of Sarah Mitchell, of Shaw, Lancashire. His brother Robert also died on service. Buried Cley-Next-The-Sea (St. Margaret) Churchyard.  
  

PORTER

W

Photograph Copyright © Richard Jefferson 2018

Sapper 31585, Royal Engineers. Died 31st January 1915. Buried North-West of Church in Cley-Next-The-Sea (St. Margaret) Churchyard.  

RICKETT Thomas

Photograph Copyright © Richard Jefferson 2018

Ordinary Seaman C/JX 167918, H.M.S. Princess Victoria, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.  Killed when his ship, a minelayer, sank after striking a mine at the mouth of the River Humber, 18th May 1940. Buried Cley-Next-The-Sea (St. Margaret) Churchyard. 
Birdbath Memorial in Churchyard to Lifelong Villager
MEIKLEJOHN Roland Forbes

Died of old age 4th November 1949. Awarded the Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.).

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ROLAND FORBES MEIKLEJOHN D.S.O.
4th NOVEMBER 1949.

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Stained Glass Window

TO THE DEAR MEMORY OF
RAVEN COUZENS- HARDY OF CLEY HALL
WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION AT
POLDENHOEK SOUTH AFRICA OCTOBER 9 1917
age 31

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN BELOVED MEMORY
OF PIRIE RONALDSON WILLIAM MONEMENT
Lt. R.N.
THIS WINDOW WAS GIVEN BY HIS AUNT MARGARET PERRY
and ETHEL BOLITHO
27th JULY 1898 23 DEC 1923.

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