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DISS SECONDARY SCHOOL WAR MEMORIAL
(LATER GRAMMAR SCHOOL)

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Transcribed by Brian Evans, Researched Martin Edwards - 2007

The following transcriptions of war memorials listing former pupils of Diss Secondary (later Diss Grammar) School. Photographs of the memorials appeared in an edition of the Old Dyssean magazine. The catchment area of the school lay on both the Norfolk and Suffolk sides of the border. The memorials are now located in the Chapel at Diss Cemetery.

To the Glory of God
and
in Honour of
Former Pupils of this School
who gave their lives
In The Great War 1914-1919
This Tablet is Dedicated Feb 1922

ADAMS

Benjamin Robert

Private 20989, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 20th July 1916. Aged 40. Born and enlisted Diss. Husband of Mrs. E. M. Adams, of 119, Victoria Rd., Diss, Norfolk. Buried: Delville Wood cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France. Ref. I.I.3.

BARBER

F R

Private

BATLEY

Allan Victor
Rifleman A/961. 7th Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 30th May 1916. Born and lived Diss. Enlisted Marylebone. Son of Mr. F. Batley, of 25, Mission Rd., Diss, Norfolk. Buried: Woods Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. I. B. 7. See also Diss Town

BAYLES

Frederick Charles

Sapper 58088, 19th Division Signal Company, Royal Engineers. Died of wounds 11th NOvember 1918. Born Diss, enlisted Eye. Buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France. Ref. S. II. GG. 23.

BRYANT

G

Private

BUCKLEY

Sydney

[Listed as Corporal on memorial] Gunner 66001. 52nd Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds in France & Flanders on 10th January 1917. Aged 28. Born and lived Diss. Enlisted Shepherd’s Bush, Middlesex. Son of George and Mary Ann Buckley, of 31, Mere St., Diss, Norfolk. Buried: Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. XXI. A. 6. See also Diss Town

CALVER

E

Lance Corporal

CHILESTONE

Albert Ernest

Private 17268, 13th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 3rd August 1916. Born Diss, enlisted Warwick. No known grave. Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 14 A and 15 C.

COOK

Richard Charles

Private 238047, 1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Killed in action 15th April 1918. Aged 31. Born and resident Diss, enlisted Hexham, Northumberland. Son of Frederick and Annie Eliza Cook, of The Street, Rickinghall, Diss. Formerly 1563, Northumberland Fusiliers. No known grave. Commemorated: Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panle 50 to 51.

DRANE

Frank Charles William

Private 512834. 1st/14th Battalion London Regt (London Scottish). Killed in action in France & Flanders on 1st July 1916. Lived Charlton. Enlisted Woolwich. Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 9 C and 13 C. See also Diss Town

EASTO

Clarence Alfred Frederick

[Listed as A F C Easto on memorial] Gunner 39301. 126th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 3rd May 1918. Born and enlisted Diss. Buried: Hedauville Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Ref. H. 8. See also Diss Town

EASTO

Ernest Claude

[Listed as Claude Ernest EASTON on SDGW and C E ESTE on CWGC] Private 63396, 20th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Died of wounds 10th November 1916. Born London, enlisted Handel Steet, London, resident Paddington. Formerly 6411, 1st Battalion, Lodnon Regiment. Born 1890 (GRO birth index entry: Sep, Easto, Ernest Claude C, Depwade, 4b, 214). The GRO death index for 1916 records the death of Claude E Easto (GRO death index entry: 1916, Easto, Claude E, (Pte 63396 RFLR), I.82, 219). Buried in GROVE TOWN CEMETERY, MEAULTE, Somme, France. Plot II. Row H. Grave 44. See also Diss Town

EASTO

John George Victor

[SDGW CD has forename as Victor George] Private 1975. 4th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Died at home on 21st November 1914. Aged 18. Born and enlisted Diss. Buried: Diss Cemetery. Ref. C. 66. See also Diss Town

FROST

Walter Samuel

Lance Corporal 28970. 1st Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 23rd April 1917. Aged 26. Born and lived Diss. Enlisted Norfolk. Son of Alfred and Mary Ann Frost, of 5, Park Rd., Diss, Norfolk. Commemorated: Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. See also Diss Town

FULCHER

George Charles

Private 267124. (Memorial gives Lance Corporal). 1st/1st Bucks. Battalion, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry. Died of wounds in France & Flanders on 1st November 1918. Aged 24. Lived Diss. Enlisted Saxmundham, Suffolk. Son of the late William and Emma Fulcher, of Diss, Norfolk, brother of Mrs. F. Gibson, of 3, Stuston Road, Diss, Norfolk. Buried: Granezza British Cemetery, Italy. Plot 2. Row A. Grave 5. See also Diss Town

HARBOUR

Victor Cyril

[Listed as Captain on memorial] Ordinary Telegraphist London Z/6283. H.M.P.M.S. Queen of the North, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died on 20th July 1917. Aged 18. Son of Thomas and Eliza Harbour, of 1, Walcot Rd., Diss, Norfolk. Commemorated: Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Column 27. Special note: HMPMS Queen of the North was an auxiliary minesweeper. She was mined off Orfordness. See also Diss Town

HIGH

W H

Bombardier Possibly: Walter Henry High. Rifleman 393542. 9th Battalion London Regt (Queen Victoria's Rifles). Died at sea on 30th December 1917. Lived Maida Vale. Enlisted London. Commemorated: Chatby Memorial, Egypt. See also Diss Town

HOBBS

David James

Private G/26351. 1st Battalion Middlesex Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 23rd April 1917. Aged 24. Born Roydon. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Anna Hobbs, of 1, Stanley Rd., Diss, Norfolk, and the late Robert Hobbs. Commemorated: Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7. See also Diss Town

KERRIDGE

George Henry

Private 43247. 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 15th October 1918. Aged 20. Enlisted North Walsham, Norfolk. Son of Mr. H. and Mrs. M. Kerridge, of 37, Mission Rd., Diss, Norfolk. Commemorated: Vis-En-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 4. See also Diss Town

KERRY

George

Private G/7199. 7th Battalion The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action in France & Flanders on 3rd May 1917. Aged 31. Lived Diss. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Maria Kerry, of 67, Denmark St., Diss, Norfolk, and the late William Kerry. Commemorated: Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 2. See also Diss Town

KNIGHTS

Frederick George

Private 28374. 2nd Battalion Essex Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 28th March 1918. Born and lived Diss. Enlisted Norwich. Commemorated: Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7. See also Diss Town

LEGGETT

Harry

Private 330000. 1st/1st Battalion Cambridgeshire Regiment. Formerly 8974 Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 8th August 1918. Born Diss. Enlisted Norwich. Buried: Beacon Cemetery, Sailly-Laurette, Somme, France. Ref. I. D. 6. See also Diss Town

LISTER

Arthur George

Private 200042. 1st/4th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds in Palestine on 20th April 1917. Aged 25. Born and enlisted Diss. Son of Agnes Smith (formerly Lister), of Denmark St., Diss, Norfolk, and the late Philip Lister. Buried: Deir El Belah War Cemetery, Israel. Ref. A. 102. See also Diss Town

LONG

Ashton Leonard

Private 5761. 1st Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers. Formerly 7268 Lancers of the Line. Killed in action in Gallipoli on 21st August 1915. Born Battlesbridge, Essex. Lived Diss. Enlisted Warley, Essex. Commemorated: Helles Memorial, Turkey. Panel 185 to 190. See also Diss Town

MARJORAM

Daniel

Private 3/6342. 1st Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 12th November 1915. Born and enlisted Diss. Buried: Citadel New Military Cemetery, Fricourt, Somme, France. Ref. III. B. 13. See also Diss Town

MURTON

Albert

[Listed as Corporal on memorial] Gunner 236397, "B" Battery, 48th briagde, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds 15th July 1918. Aged 34. Born Diss, enlisted Paddington W. Husband of Gertie Murton, of 13, Courtnell St., Bayswater, London. Buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. IV. F. 7.

NOBLE

Walter Charles

Private 8920. 1st Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 6th October 1917. Aged 23. Born and enlisted Diss. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Noble, of 36, Chapel St., Diss, Norfolk. Commemorated: Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 34 to 35 and 162A. See also Diss Town

PARSLEY

Charles William

Serjeant 14972. 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 3rd April 1917. Aged 21. Born Diss. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Charles Joseph and Violet Elizabeth Parsley, of Hall Cottages, Bressingham, Diss, Norfolk. Twice previously wounded. Buried: Vermelles British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. VI. A. 12. See also Diss Town

PITCHERS

Randle Bertie

Lance Corporal 19399. 1st Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds in France & Flanders on 28th June 1918. Aged 35. Born Bradley, Suffolk. Enlisted Warley, Essex. Husband of F. M. Pitchers, of 34, Mission, Diss, Norfolk. Buried: Aire Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. III. E. 20. See also Diss Town

READ

Frederick James

Serjeant 16110. 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 18th October 1916. Aged 21. Born Diss. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Arthur Richard and Louisa Read, of Burnham, Overy Staithe, King's Lynn. Buried: Bancourt British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. VI. M. 8. See also Diss Town

REED, MC

Horace Alfred

Lieutenant, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 9th April 1918. Aged 21. Son of Bertha Reed, of South Hill House, Bury St. Edmund's, and the late George Edward Reed. Enlisted in 7th Bn. Cameron Highlanders, Nov., 1914. Gazetted to Commission Sept., 1916. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). No known grave. Commemorated: Ploegsteert memorial, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 3.

RUDD

Albert Victor

Gunner 111415. Royal Garrison Artillery. Died at home on 14th August 1916. Aged 29. Born Diss. Enlisted Norwich. Buried: Diss Cemetery. Ref. B. 291. See also Diss Town

SELF

Arthur George

Private 8921. 1st Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 24th August 1914. Born South Lopham, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. Commemorated: Elouges Communal Cemetery, Dour, Hainaut, Belgium. Sp. Mem. C. 29. See also Diss Town

SMITH

William

[Listed as Sergeant on memorial] Lance Sergeant 200548, 1st/4th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in Palestine 27th March 1917. Enlisted Diss. Buried in Gaza War Cemetery, Israel. Ref. I. A. 4.

SMITH

W H

Stoker 1st. Class. No further information available at present. See also Diss Town

STEGGLES

Alfred Edward

Private 17900. 9th Battalion Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds in France & Flanders on 18th November 1916. Aged 38. Born Diss. Enlisted Riddlesworth, Norfolk. Son of John and Mary Steggles. Buried: Diss Cemetery. Ref. G. 117. See also Diss Town

TUFFS

Frederick Ernest

[Listed as Lance Corporal on memorial] Private 21462. (Memorial states Lance Corporal). 8th Battalion Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 1st July 1916. Born Diss. Lived Thundersley. Enlisted Southend. Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 8 C 9 A and 16 A. See also Diss Town

TURNER

William

Private 39702. 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 23rd October 1918. Born Easton, Norfolk. Lived Walcot Green, Diss. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Mrs. A. Turner, of Walcot Green, Diss, Norfolk. Buried: Highland Cemetery, Le Cateau, Nord, France. Ref. II. B. 2. See also Diss Town

WEAVERS

Ernest

Private 14503. 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds in France & Flanders on 20th September 1916. Born Diss. Enlisted Norwich. Buried: St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen, France. Ref. B. 22. 36. See also Diss Town

Let those who come after see to it that their names be not forgotten

 

Sacred to the memory of
Old Dysseans who gave their
lives in the Second World War
1939-1945

COLEMAN

Philip

No further information currently available

CROWFOOT, DFC

[Thomas] Bernard

Pilot Officer (Pilot) 129665, 106 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 15th October 1942. Aged 30. Son of George and Ellen Crowfoot; husband of Gladys Dorothy Crowfoot, of Thetford, Norfolk. Buried in Rheinberg War Cemetery, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Ref. 2. B. 19.

CULLUM

Jack Leonard

Sergeant (Observer) 748640. 76 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died on 24th June 1941. Buried: Becklingen War Cemetery, Soltau, Niedersachsen, Germany. Ref. Joint grave 12. F. 4-5. See also Diss Town

GOFF

Alan Frank

Sergeant 1176030. 107 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died on 10th November 1942. Aged 22. Son of Frank and Eva Goff, of Earlham, Norwich. Commemorated: Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 84. See also Diss Town

GOTOBED

Leonard Gilbert

Sapper 1917076. 678 General Construction Company, Royal Engineers. Died between 16/05/1940 and 22/05/1940. Aged 24. Son of Frank W. and Ellen Gotobed, of Diss, Norfolk. Commemorated: Dunkirk Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Column 25. See also Diss Town

HARRIS

Eric

Sergeant (Nav.) 1802331. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died on 11th December 1943. Son of Mrs. F. M. Harris. of Diss. Buried: Diss Cemetery. Ref. Sec. F. Grave 22. See also Diss Town

HILTON

Stanley

probably Stanley Herbert Hilton, Private 5780868, 6th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died between 26th and 27th January 1942. Aged 26. Son of Herbert and Gertrude Hilton, of Old Buckenham, Norfolk; husband of Beryl Olive Hilton, of East Harling, Norfolk. Commemorated: Singapore memorial, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 51.

HOLKER

Volney

Corporal 5774296. 4th Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died on 23rd January 1943. Aged 20. Son of Harold and Mary Ann Holker, of Diss, Norfolk. Buried: Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand. Ref. 4. F. 12. See also Diss Town

KEMP

Roland

possibly Rowland Kemp, Stoke 1st Class R/KX 163873, HMS Porthos, Royal Navy. No known grave. Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval memorial, Hampshire. Panel 89, Column 3.

NUNN

Jack William

Corporal 5775698. Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died on 18th August 1943. Aged 26. Son of Frederick and Alice Nunn, of Diss, Norfolk; husband of Joyce Winifred Nunn, of Diss. Buried: Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Myanmar. Ref. B3. C. 8. See also Diss Town

RICHES

Tony

possibly Henry Antony Charles Riches, Able Seaman C/JX 600652, SS Garoet, Royal Navy. Died 19th June 1944. Aged 19. Son of Henry William and Grace Mary Canler Riches, of Scole, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Panel 76, Column 1.

SADLEIR

Robert Edgar

Sergeant (Bomb Aimer) 1288558. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died on 6th July 1943. Aged 21. Son of Charles Hare Sadleir and Margaret Mable Sadleir, of Diss. Buried: Diss Cemetery. Ref. Sec. N. Grave 453. See also Diss Town

SEAGO

Ernest

Sub-Lieutenant (A), HMS Colossus, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died 27th April 1945. Aged 22. Son of Henry and Mabel Seago, of Quidenham, Norfolk. Buried in Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. ef: O. 168.

WITTON

Alec George

Gunner 1522935, 7/4 Maritime Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 29th June 1941. Aged 24. Son of Leonard and Ethel Witton, of Fersfield, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated: Plymouth Naval memorial, Devon. Panel 62, Column 3.

YOUNGS

Leslie Reginald

Sergeant (Observer) 580905. 82 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died on 13th August 1940. Aged 21. Son of George Byles Youngs and Bertha Louisa Youngs, of Diss, Norfolk. Buried: Vadum Cemetery, Denmark. Ref. Coll. grave C. See also Diss Town

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