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DENVER INCORPORATING FORDHAM, RYSTON, ROXHAM AND BEXWELL - WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2- Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Peter Dearsley 2004

The memorial is in the form of a stone cross situated opposite to the church, at the junction of Ely Road, Downham Road, Sluice Road and Cow Lane.

The memorial lists those who laid down their lives during WWI, with the names of the WWII fallen added at a later date. There is no mention of casualties from other conflicts (Malaya, Korea, etc). Names are recorded with initials only. There are no details of rank (except officers), branch of service, or dates of death.

There are six panels around the base of the cross. The dedication panel reads:

To the honoured memory of those who fell in the Great War 1914-1919, also 1939-1945.

Lt Col H R WOODS DSO MC
J J AISTHORPE
A J LUNN
F MOUNCER
J R PEARCE

Beneath this dedication are the names of (it is believed) those dignitaries present at the unveiling ceremony. The names of the fallen are listed on four of the five remaining panels, the sixth being blank. The men of Denver appear on two panels; one panel is dedicated to Fordham; one panel lists the casualties from the nearby hamlets of Ryston, Roxham and Bexwell.

[For ease of reading and searching the names have been split by war and sorted into alphabetical order within that category. The names of the village/hamlet panel they appear on has been retained in the third column.]

Photograph Copyright © Peter Dearsley 2004

1914-1918

AKRED

George

Denver

Private 202876, 1/4th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment, who was killed in action, aged 20, in France & Flanders, 29 November 1917 after previous service with the Norfolk Regiment (svce no 5/4918). He is buried in the Haringhe (Bandaghem) Military Cemetery. Pte Akred was born at Denver Sluice and enlisted in East Dereham. He was the son of Jeremiah and Elizabeth Akred of Fordham.

ALLCOCK

Horace

Denver

Private 17763, 3rd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, who died at sea, aged 20, on 30 December 1917 when the Hospital Transport "Aragon" was torpedoed whilst entering the port of Alexandria. (She sank with the loss of 380 officers and men of the Commonwealth forces). He is commemorated with honour on the Chatby Memoria in Egypt. Pte Allcock was born in Denver and enlisted in Heacham. He was the son of Mr & Mrs Robert Allcock of Denver.

ARMSBY

Frederick

Denver

Company Quarter-Master Serjeant 3/10667, 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, who died, aged 45, on 4 December 1917. He is buried in St Mary’s Church Cemetery, Denver. CQMS Armsby was the Son of William & Mary Armsby; and husband of Alice Ellen Armsby. His details are not recorded in SDGW.

BECK

G

Denver

Probably Stoker 1st Class SS/113064, George Beck of the Royal Navy, who died, aged 26, aboard HMS "Queen Mary" on 31 May 1916 at the Battle of Jutland. (She was hit five times and sank within 90 seconds with the loss of almost 1300 lives). Stoker Beck is commemorated with honour on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. He was the son of Elizabeth Beck of Salters Lode.

BRUCE

Bertie H

Roxham

Private 5809, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, who was killed in action, aged 31, in France & Flanders on 3 November 1914. He has no known grave, but is commemorated with honour on the Le Touret Memorial. Pte Bruce was born in Dereham and enlisted in Norwich. He was the son of Mr and Mrs Charles Bruce of Station Road, West Dereham; husband of Edith Mary Young (formerly Bruce) of Station Road, West Dereham.

CHAPMAN

Ernest Robert Braybrook

Denver

Private G/18356, 1st Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), who was killed in action aged 20 in France & Flanders on 24 April 1917. He is buried in the Orchard Dump Cemetery, Pas de Calais. Private Chapman was born in Downham Market and enlisted in Norwich. He was the son of Walter and Flora Chapman of Jubilee House, Denver.

DACK

W

Denver

Serjeant M/279125, ‘Y’ (Worcester) Company, Royal Army Service Corps, who died, aged 41, on 22 March 1919. Sjt Dack is buried in St Mary’s Church Cemetery, Denver.

DAY

Arthur

Denver

Serjeant 7325, 2nd Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps, who was killed in action, in France & Flanders, 31 October 1914. He has no known grave, but is commemorated with honour on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres. Sjt Day was born & enlisted in Downham Market, and lived in Denver.

DAY

George Robert

Denver

Serjeant 7918, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, who was killed in action, in France & Flanders, on 25 October 1914. He has no known grave, but is commemorated with honour on the Le Touret Memorial. Sjt Day was born in Denver and enlisted in Heacham.

DUNGAY

Harry

Fordham

Serjeant 7147, 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment, who was killed in action, aged 27, in France & Flanders, on 1 November 1914. He has no known grave, but is commemorated with honour on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres. Sjt Dungay was born in Denver and enlisted in Downham Market. He was the son of Sarah Dungay of Ryston Gate House, Downham and the late Robert Dungay.

DUNGAY

Robert

Fordham

Lance Corporal 28991, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, who was killed in action, in France & Flanders, on 16 November 1916. He is buried in the Regina Trench Cemetery, Grandcourt. L/Cpl Dungay was born in Denver, enlisted in Norwich and resided in Royston, Herts.

FENDICK

William Edward

Denver

Private 3/9883, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, who was killed in action, aged 42, in France & Flanders on 3 March 1915. He has no known grave, but is commemorated with honour on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres. Pte Fendick was born in Downham Market and enlisted in Ely. He was the son of the late William & Elizabeth Fendick and husband of Harriet Fendick of 41 Water Side, Ely.

FOUNTAIN

Robert

Denver

Private 7680, 2nd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, who was killed in action, in Mesopotamia, on 14 April 1915. He is buried in the Basra War Cemetery, Iraq. Pte Fountain was born in Hilgay and enlisted in Norwich.

FULLER

H

Fordham

Several possibilities – more information needed.

GARROD

John

Denver

Private 21174, 6th Battalion, Border Regiment, who died of wounds, aged 19, in France & Flanders, on 3 August 1917, whilst attached to the 33rd Trench Mortar Battery. He had previously served with the Norfolk Regiment. (svce no 19314). He is buried in the Mendinghem Military Cemetery. Pte Garrod was born & lived in Denver and enlisted in Norwich. He was the son of John and Elizabeth Garrod of Ryston Road, Denver.

HALL

John William

Denver

Private 41084, 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment, who died, in France & Flanders, on 18 November 1918 after previous service with the Norfolk Regiment (svce no 26091). He is buried in the St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen. Pte Hall was born in Ten Mile Bank, enlisted in Downham and lived in Denver.

HASSACK, DCM

William

Denver

Acting Corporal 3140, 1st/6th (City of London) Battalion, London Regiment, who was killed in action, in France & Flanders, on 15 September 1916. He has no known grave, but is commemorated with honour on the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme. Cpl Hassack enlisted in London and lived in Maidstone.

HILLING

Arthur

Denver

Private 18372, 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards, who died, aged 21, in France & Flanders, on 15 September 1916. Pte Hilling had previously served with both the Norfolk Regiment. (svce no 19185) and the Border Regiment. (svce no 10/26081). He has no known grave, but is commemorated with honour on the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme. Pte Hilling was born in Cranworth, enlisted in Norwich and lived in Downham. He was the son of Alfred & Emily E Hilling of 14 Windsor Terrace, Downham Market.

HOLLIDAY

Charles Henry

Denver

Lance Corporal 15160, Coldstream Guards, who was killed in action, in France & Flanders, on 15 September 1916. L/Cpl Holliday was born & lived in Denver and enlisted in Norwich. His details are not recorded in the CWGC Register.

HOLLIDAY

Francis Henry

Denver

Private 16783, 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, who was killed in action, aged 31, in France & Flanders, on 21 October 1916. He has no known grave, but is commemorated with honour on the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme. Pte Holliday was born in Denver and enlisted in Norwich. He was the son of the late Charles R & Betsy Holliday of Sluice Road, Denver; and husband of Rachel L R Holliday of Brier Cottage, Denver.

HOLLIDAY

William Henry

Denver

Private 9908, 1st Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment, who died, in India, on 29 October 1918. He is buried in the Peshwar Cemetery, and commemorated with honour on the India Gate Memorial, Delhi. (This unusual state of affairs exists because of the 13,300 Commonwealth servicemen commemorated on the memorial, just over 1,000 lie in cemeteries to the west of the River Indus, where grave maintenance was apparently not possible). Pte Holliday was born & lived in Denver and enlisted in Norwich.

HOWLETT

Reginald Percy H

Denver

Lance Corporal 204012, 1st Battalion, Queens Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), who was killed in action, in France & Flanders, on 27 September 1918. He is buried in the Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery in Northern France. L/Cpl Howlett was born in Bexwell, enlisted in Norwich and lived in Denver.

HURRELL

H

Denver

Private 35415, 2nd Garrison Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, who died, aged 34, on 28 November 1919. He is buried in St Mary’s Church Cemetery, Denver. Pte Hurrell was the husband of Ada Hurrell of London Road, Denver.

MONK

Harold

Denver

Private 1924, Norfolk Regiment, died, aged 19, at home (i.e. in the UK) on 13 December 1914. He is shown as belonging to the 1st/5th Battalion, in SDGW and 1st/4th Battalion, in the CWGC Register. Pte Monk is buried in St Mary’s Church Cemetery, Denver. He was born in Denver and enlisted in Downham Market. Pte Monk was the son of Mrs. Mary Ann Monk, of Denver.

PAUL

Harry

Denver

Stoker 1st Class K/13059 Beck, of the Royal Navy, who died, aged 23, aboard HMS "Queen Mary", on 31 May 1916 at the Battle of Jutland. (She was hit five times and sank within 90 seconds with the loss of almost 1300 lives). Stoker Paul is commemorated with honour on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. He was the son of William & Mary Paul of Denver; and husband of Dorothy Ethel Paul of 3a Lower Grosvenor Place, London.

PLACE

F

Fordham

Probably Private 12052, Frank PLAIC,E 17th Battalion, Liverpool Regiment, who was killed in action, in France & Flanders, on 12 October 1916. He has no known grave, but is commemorated with honour on the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme. Pte Plaice was born in Shouldham, enlisted in Liverpool and resided in Downham Market.

POPE

James

Fordham

Private 201022, 1st/5th Battalion, York and Lancasterr Regiment, who was killed in action, aged 3,8 in France & Flanders, on 12 April 1918. He is buried in the Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez. Pte Pope was the son of the late Jeremiah and Mary Pope of Denver; and the husband of F G Pope of 9 Florence Place, Heeley, Sheffield, where he enlisted.

PRANGLEY

Charles Dean

Bexwell

Second Lieutenant, Lincoln Regiment, who was killed in action, aged 19, in France & Flanders, on 25 September 1916. He is buried in the Guards Cemetery, Lesboeufs. He was the son of Charles Wilton and Elizabeth Prangley of Bexwell Rectory.

PRATT

Lionel Henry

Ryston

Second Lieutenant, 18th Battalion, London Regiment. (London Irish Rifles), who was killed in action, aged 25, in France & Flanders on 25 September 1915. He is buried in the Maroc British Cemetery. He was the son of Edward Roger and Louisa Frances Pratt of Ryston.

REDCAR

Thomas

Denver

Private 27567, 1st Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment, who died, aged 19, in France & Flanders on 1 November 1918, after previous service with the Rifle Brigade (svce no 38563). He is buried in the Berlin South-Western Cemetery – probably as a Prisoner-of-War. Pte Redcar was born in Southery, enlisted in Attleborough and lived in Denver. He was the son of Thomas and Eliza Redcar of Middle Drove, Denver.

RODWELL

James William

Denver

Private 270114, 2nd/6th Battalion, Manchester Regiment, who died of wounds, at home (i.e. in the UK), aged 23, on 13 May 1918, after previous service with the Norfolk Regiment. (svce no 202966). He is buried in St Mary’s Church Cemetery, Denver. Pte Rodwell (recorded as William James in SDGW) was born in Denver and enlisted in Attleborough and lived in Downham Market. He was the Son of Robert and Ann Rodwell of Sluice Road, Denver.

SCARBOROUGH

E

Denver

Probably Lance Corporal 3/7360, Frederick Harold SCARBORO, 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, who was killed in action, in France & Flanders, on 28 April 1917. (His number is shown erroneously as 317360 in CWGC Register). He has no known grave, but is commemorated with honour on the Loos Memorial. L/Cpl Scarboro was born in Denver and enlisted in Downham Market.

SUTLEFE

Horace

Denver

Private 56355, 9th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, who was killed in action, in France & Flanders, on 8 June 1917, after previous service with the Northamptonshire Regiment. (svce no 32394). He is buried in the Klein-Vierstraat British Cemetery. Pte Sutlefe (recorded as SUTLEFF in SDGW & CWGC Register) was born & lived in Denver and enlisted in Attleborough.

SYMONDS

Alfred

Fordham

Private 6901, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment, who died, aged 26, in France & Flanders, on 17 February 1917, after previous service with the Norfolk Regiment. (svce no 6129). He is buried in the Wimereux Communal Cemetery. Pte Symonds was born in Wroxham (could this have been Roxham?) and enlisted in Kings Lynn. He was the son of Alfred and Mary Symonds of Fordham School, Downham.

TINGAY

Harold Sidney

Fordham

Private 202094, 1st/8th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment, who died of wounds, in France & Flanders, on 20 October 1917. He is buried in the Wimereux Communal Cemetery. Pte Tingay (recorded as TINGHY in SDGW) was born in Brigg (Lincolshire) and enlisted in Lincoln.

1939-1945

HOLMAN

Leslie

Fordham

Sapper 2017789, 251 Field Park Company, Royal Engineers, who died, aged 2,8 in Singapore on 9 November 1943. He is buried in the Kranji War Cemetery.

5 September 2004

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