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COLKIRK WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Geoff Clark - Colkirk Village Webmaster - 2008

In November 1926, a Committee of 8 people was set up to investigate the provision of a War Memorial. The Committee included ex-servicemen and representatives of the families who had lost their loved ones. Two possibilities were considered: either a Parish Hall (which had been suggested by Colkirk W. I.) or a stone memorial. A small fundraising committee was set up with separate funds for a stone or a Parish Hall giving people the option of donating to their preferred cause. It was eventually decided that a stone memorial would be more appropriate.

In December 1926 three possible sites were considered for the memorial. It was decided that the site by the gate leading to the sawpit (which it is thought was then located at the end of the Campying Land) was the most suitable. The proposed design was displayed in Mr. Crane's shop in Colkirk for public inspection.

By January 1927 sufficient funds had been collected to cover the cost of a memorial stone.

The design was agreed and included a separate base stone. It was agreed at the time that only the names and initials of the men who had lost their lives would be engraved and in the order in which their deaths occurred ( although the names were ultimately engraved in alphabetical order ).

Although he did not die until five years after the war, Reg Greef's name was included because his death was the result of having being gassed ( so the full War Pension was granted to his children) and his family had specially requested that his name be memorialised. This was agreed unanimously by the committee.

Wording was to be: To the Glory of God. In loving memory of our men who fell in the war 1914 - 1918.

The land for the memorial site was donated by the Rector, the Rev. A. R. Hoare. A Parish Councillor, Mr. Goodman, offered his time and expertise in laying the concrete foundation.

The memorial was to be tended by the Colkirk Women's Section of The Royal British Legion. In 1949 they asked the Parish Council to take some action regarding the state of the railings around the War Memorial. It was agreed to remove the railings and dispose of them by tender. This was done and in 1951 arrangements were made to clean, face and black the lettering, and also to inscribe the name of Basil Doy who was killed in World War II. This work was done by Mr. Percival of Dereham at a cost of £10.

The War Memorial is situated at the eastern end of the Campyngland ( near the Church ) and is maintained by voluntary help within the community. The memorial stone which carries 17 names ( 16 from WWI and one from WWII ) was refurbished in 2002 and the concrete surround replaced in 2007 ( work paid for by the Parish Council )

If you can provide further information about any of those commemorated on the memorial, especially R. Cooke, A. J. Collins and W. Hoare (all WWI) and B. W. Doy (WWII) please contact g10a12c47-colkirk@yahoo.co.uk

There is also a Roll of Honour within St. Mary's Church.

Photographs Copyright © Geoff Clark - 2008

TO THE
GLORY OF GOD
IN
LOVING MEMORY OF
OUR MEN
WHO FELL IN THE WAR
1914 - 1919

ANDREWS

Walter James
Sergeant 22186, 174th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died of wounds on Thursday 21st June 1917 at Lijssenthoek Casualty Clearing Station, aged 28. Enlisted in Fakenham. Born 1889 in Colkirk, lived in Dereham Road, Colkirk (1891 Census) and Spring Well, Whissonsett (1901 Census). Son of Christmas and Susannah Andrews of Colkirk. Formerly 1113, Rifle Brigade. Buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

CATTON

Herbert Arthur
Private 7971, 2nd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died on Saturday 20th January 1917 in Mesopotamia, aged 25. Enlisted in Norwich. Born 1891 in Colkirk, lived in Gateley (1901 Census). Son of Herbert and Eberlener Catton. Eberlener Catton, nee Farrow, was the daughter of Susannah Farrow and a half sister to Walter J Andrews. Christmas Andrews married Susannah, making Herbert Arthur Catton the nephew of Walter J Andrews. Buried in Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq.

COOKE

Arthur James
Private, 8th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action on Tuesday 6th August 1918 in France, aged 26. Enlisted in King's Lynn. Born 1892 in Colkirk, lived in Dereham Road, Colkirk (1901 Census). Son of George and Anna Cooke. Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France.

COOKE

R
No information available.

COLLINS

A J
No information available.

CLEMENTS

A B
Private 16063, 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regimentt. Killed in action on Wednesday 13th October 1915, aged 25. Enlisted in Norwich. Son of the late Henry and Rebecca Clements of New Trinity Road, Finchley, London. Husband of Alice Margaret Clements of Hall Lane, Colkirk. Commemorated on Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

CUBITT

Matthew George
Born 1897 in Colkirk. Son of Fred and Anna Cubitt of Pattesley (1901 Census) then Whissonsett. Could be George Cubitt, Private 19539, 4th Bn. Grenadier Guards. Died 25th September 1916, aged 19 (yet to be proved).

DUNN

James William
Private 766365, "D" Company. 3rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment). Killed in action on Saturday 31st August 1918, aged 24. Born 1893 in Colkirk. Lived in Tofts Road, Colkirk (1901 Census). Son of Oscar and Sarah Ann Dunn of Oxwick. Buried in Faubourg D'Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Pas de Calais, France.

GREEF

Reginald George
Reginald George Greef and Eliza
Sucker before their marriage in
1911
Born 1883 near Swaffham. Married to Eliza Sucker in 1911. Died in Kings Lynn after the war from the effects of being gassed. His wife Eliza died in 1924, aged 36. Their orphaned daughter, Eileen, was brought up in Oxwick hence the family's request that her father be memorialised on the Colkirk memorial. Son of John and Mary Ann Greef. The family were living at The Green, Oxwick in the 1891 Census.

HOARE

Vincent Robertson
Major, 12th Battalion (The Rangers), London Regiment. Killed in action on Monday 15th February 1915, in Belgium, aged 41. Born in Colkirk. Lived at The Rectory, Colkirk (1891 Census) and was a schoolboy at Eton. Son of Rev. Walter Hoare (Rector of Colkirk) and Mrs Jessica Hoare. Married in 1901 in Marylebone to Elsie Florence Hogg. Vincent played one football game for Norfolk (1888-89). He later played cricket for Cambridgeshire (1895-98) and 6 matches for Norfolk Cricket Club (1903-1905). Vincent's brother was Walter Robertson Hoare, Captain, Hampshire Regt. - attached to the RAF, who survived the war so was not the W. Hoare mentioned below. Buried in Ypres Town Centre Extension, Menin Gate, Leper, West Vlaanderen, Belgium.

HOARE

W
No information available

HUCKINS

Edgar Phillip
Private Edgar Huckins, Chelsea Barracks, 1914
Private 18111, 1st Bn. Grenadier Guards. Killed in action on Friday 24th December 1915 aged 36. Born in Coome, Oxford. Enlisted in London. Grandfather of David and John Whiteside. Husband of Susannah Huckins of Colkirk. Commemorated on Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

NELSON

A. A
Believed to be Albert William Nelson, Private, 2nd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds on Friday 18th February 1916 in Mesopotamia. Born 1892 in Colkirk. Enlisted in Norwich. Commemorated on Basra Memorial, Iraq.

NELSON

Harry
Corporal 17245, 122nd Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds near Ypres on Tuesday 16th November 1915 aged 32. Born Henry Nelson in 1884 in Colkirk. Husband of Ann Mary Nelson of Long Yard, Colkirk. Enlisted in Fakenham. He joined the Regiment in October 1914 as a Bombardier and was promoted to Corporal on 9th May 1915. Commemorated at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Ann Nelson, with children, Victor and Win
Win with her husband, Bill High
Harry was a member of 122nd Heavy Battery, part of 11th Heavy Brigade. The Battery had been formed in October 1914 from men of the Southern Division, Royal Garrison Artillery - they were drawn from a number of coastal artillery companies, mainly believed to be stationed in the Portsmouth/Fareham/Isle of Wight areas.
They formed at Forts Nelson and Fareham before moving to Woolwich for a period of training. They had to learn the new techniques of heavy artillery in mobile field work including learning to ride and looking after horse drawn guns and equipment. They tended to be big men, with a more technical appreciation of the complexities of firing huge guns at moving ship targets.
Gun of the type used at this time
Harry's headstone
Harry was a bombardier on the formation of the battery. By May 1915, the battery was positioned near the village of Potijze, near Ypres. On 8th May 1915, the Germans launched a major attack and the battery was hit by some 1200 rounds. Six men were killed and thirty wounded. Harry was promoted to Corporal on 9th May 1915. He was obviously promoted in place of one of those killed or wounded but also because he had been noted for his work during this grim period. Harry was included in a list which said " The following NCOs and men performed their duties in a particularly meritorious manner ".
Harry is shown to have been wounded at Kruistraat (just south of Ypres) on 15th November 1915 with a note saying " died ".

The battery journal for Monday 15th November 1915 states: Weather cold and misty. Enemy busy crumping round our old billets and our observation post. Two men of the guard wounded near the billet in the afternoon, Cpl. Nelson and Gr. Perry or Parry. Calibrated from Hill 40 in the morning ' .

It later went on to say ' The shell that wounded the two men was found to be a French 155mm. This was odd ' (This was probably a captured gun).

Photos and Regimental archive information courtesy of Alan Jones

POPE

Ernest William
Captain, 7th Bn. Rifle Brigade. Killed in action on Friday 18th August 1916 in France, aged 44. Born 1872 in Walsingham District. Son of Stephen and Frances Elizabeth Pope of Colkirk House. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

SCOTT

Alfred Cecil
Private 467696, 430th Agricultural Company, Labour Corps. Died on Monday 25th November 1918 aged 23. Born about 1895. Son of Alfred and Emma Scott of Oxwick. Buried and commemorated in the churchyard of All Saints' Oxwick.
1939-1945

DOY

Basil W
Born 1917 in Mitford Reg. Dist. Mother's maiden name Havers. Lived in Oxwick. No further information available.

Transcription of Colkirk Roll Call

ABSOLON

A.
Army

ABSOLON

S.
Army

ADHIMAR

H.
Army

ANDREWS

C.
Army

ANDREWS

H.
Army

ANDREWS

W.
Army

BARTABY

A.
Army

BARTABY

W
Col. Sgt. Royal Marines

BAYFIELD

W.
Army

BETTS

G.
Army

BROOM

A.
Army

CATTON

E.
Army

CATTON

G
Royal Navy

CATTON

G.
Army

CATTON

H.
Army

CATTON

J.
Army

CATTON

W.
Army

CLARKE

F.
Army

CLEMENTS

A.
Army

COKER

E.
Army

COLLINS

A.
Army

COOKE

E.
Army

COOKE

G.
Army

CRANE

I.
Army

CUBITT

B.
Army

CUBITT

G.
Army

CUBITT

W.
Army

DAWSON

G.
Army

DUNGAR

Army

DUNGER

A.
Army

FORDER

A.
Army

FROST

W.
Army

GIBSON

I.
Army

GOODMAN

A
Royal Navy

GOODMAN

D.
Army

GOODMAN

G.
Army

GOODMAN

V.
Army

GREEF

A.
Army

GREEF

E.
Army

GREEF

R
Royal Navy

HALL

F.
Army

HALL

I.
Army

HARDY

N.
Army

HAZEL

A.
Army

HOARE

A.R.
Rev Army

HOWE

S.
Army

HUCKINS

E.
Army

JOHNSON

A.
Army

JOHNSON

M.
Army

KELLY

W.
Army

LAKE

E
C.P.O, Royal Navy

LAKE

G.
Army

NELSON

A.
Army

NELSON

H.
Army

NELSON

I.
Army

NOBES

W.
Army

PARKER

A.
Army

RAMM

D.
Army

RAMM

I.
Army

SAKE

U.
Army

SYSON

A.
Army

SYSON

C.
Army

TOLL

A.
Army

TOLL

T.
Army

UTTING

Sgt. Army

VINNICOMBE

Sgt. Army

WOODHOUSE

B.
Army

WOODHOUSE

G.
Army
The following were accepted for Home Service only

COLLINS

R

NEWTON

TURNER

R

WRIGHT

W
The following offered themselves for Service but were not accepted:

CRANE

D

DAWS

E

KNIGHTS

C

NELSON

E

NELSON

W

PARKER

G

SCOTT

C

Last updated 8 August, 2015

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