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DOCKING WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Transcribed Carolynn Langley; Researched Ernie Rudale 2005

The Docking war memorial is inside the church of St. Mary The Virgin. There is also a book of remembrance that names all those who fell in the two wars where a page is turned every day. There is a stained glass window, several individual plaques and a roll of honour with battle torn Regiment flag hanging beside. During tree removal in the churchayrd a further memorial was revealed in the churchyard. The memorial takes the form of a wheeled cross on a tapering shaft mounted on a plinth with a two-stepped base. There is a cross of sacrifice in reflief on the front of the cross. There are 30 names listed for World War 1 and 14 for World War 2. There are two men listed inside the church that do not appear on the external memorial and these are marked with an asterisk '*'.

THE ROOD WAS ERECTED IN MEMORY
OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE WORLD WARS
1914- 1918

Photographs Copyright © Carolynn Langley 2009

TO THE MEMORY OF THE DOCKING MEN
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR
1914-1918

ALDERTON

Hugh Edward Clarke

Private, 18020, 1st Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 9 May 1915, aged 28. Formerly 16008, Norfolk Regiment. Born Docking, enlisted Norwich. Docking Memorial. Son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Alderton, Station Road, Docking, King's Lynn. No known grave. Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panels 28 and 30.

BATTELEY

George

Believed to be: Private, 3/6833, Samuel George BATTELLEY, 1st Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 4 June 1916, aged 23. Born Sporle, Norfolk, enlisted Downham Market. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Battelley, Clint Green, Taxham, East Dereham. Buried in Faubourg D'Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row D. Grave 46.

BURGIS*

John

Docking Church Memorial. Died at Potchefstroom, South Africa, 24 October 1914, during the Rebellion. Aged 35. Born in 24 July 1879 in Docking, the son of Richard Burgis (1849-1903) and Eleanor Jane Burgis (1853-1917), of North Farm, Station Street, Docking. Baptised 22 August 1879 in Docking. They farmed 675 acres at Fring. In the 1881 census he was aged 1, born Docking, Norfolk, son of Richard and Eleanor Burgis, resident North Farm, Station Street, Docking, Norfolk. In the 1891 census he was aged 11, born Norfolk, son of Richard and Eleanor J Burgis, resident North Farm, Station Street, Docking, Norfolk. In 1895 he was admitted to Fauconberge School, Beccles, Suffolk. On 2 March 1904 he married Margaret Audrey Wilferforce Spooner, in Docking, Norfolk. In the 1911 census he is aged 32, a farmer, born Docking, married to Margaret with two sons, resident Blaxhall Hall, Little Glemham, Wickham Market, Blaxhall, Suffolk.

A bronze plaque under stain glass window to the left of the nave.

IN MEMORY OF MY OLDEST SON
JOHN BURGIS
DIED AT POTCHEFSTROOM. SOUTH AFRICA
OCT 24 1914 AGED ?? E.J.B.

CARTER

James William

Believed to be: Private, 16692, 2nd Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 3 March 1916. Born Shouldham Thorpe, enlisted Norwich. Buried in Amara War Cemetery, Iraq. Plot I. Row C. Grave 10.

CHAPLIN

Ernest Albert

Private, 24262, 9th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 18 October 1916. Born Bircham Newton, Norfolk, enlisted King’s Lynn. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Panels 1 C and 1 D.

CRISP

Harold Dudley

Second Lieutenant ( Pilot), No. 36 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. Missing presumed killed flying Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2b, A5719, 6 November 1917, aged 22. Son of Thomas and Harriet Crisp, Oakwood, March, Cambs. No known grave. Commemorated on Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton.

CUBITT

George Frederick

Private, 35165, 1st (Garrison) Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died 12 November 1918, aged 28. Formerly 16504, Norfolk Regiment. Born Houghton, Norfolk, enlisted Norwich, resident Docking. Son of the late William and Jane Cubitt, Docking, Norfolk. Buried in Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria, Greece. Grave 745.

DACK

George

Private, 24951, George Dack, 10th Suffolk Regiment. Died 23 March 1916, aged 19. Son of Robert and Georgina Dack, Sunderland, Docking, Norfolk. Buried in Docking (St. Mary) Churchyard, Norfolk.

DACK

Robert William

Private, 4154, Robert William Dack, 1/5th Norfolk Regiment. Died 31 May 1915, aged 20. Son of Robert and Georgina Dack, Sunderland, Docking, Norfolk. Buried in Docking (St. Mary) Churchyard, Norfolk.

FLETCHER

Amiraux Silver

Second Lieutenant, Indian Army Reserve of Officers, attached 1/5th Gurkha Rifles (Frontier Force). Killed in action 7 August 1915, aged 32. Buried in 7th Field Ambulance Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey. Grave Lost. Special Memorial Row A. Grave 66.

FRYETT

Charles Finney

[FRYATT on memorial] Private, 34201, 9th Yorkshire Regiment. Killed in action 06 October 1918. Formerly 39492, Royal Fusiliers. Born Lugden Hill, Docking, enlisted Norwich, resident Docking. Buried in Beaurevoir Communal Cemetery British Extension, Row B. Grave 9.

GATHERCOLE

John Charles

Private, 7233, 1st Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds whilst prisoner of war 24 September 1918, aged 30. Son of John and Susannah Gathercole, High House Farm, Westacre, King’s Lynn. Buried in Niederzwehren Cemetery, Germany, Plot III. Row D. Grave 14.

GODFREY

Willie Framlingham

Private, 195453, 52nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry (CEF). Killed in action 03 September 1917. Born Hunstanton, Norfolk, 06 October 191887, enlisted Peterborough, Ontario, 29 December 1915 aged 28. Husband of Maud Godfrey, 121, Smith Street, Peterborough, Ontario. Buried in Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension, Plot I. Row O. Grave 15.

GOODWIN

Percy Charles

Rifleman, R/4111, Charles Goodwin, 13th King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 09 August 1916, aged 26. Born and resident Docking, Norfolk, enlisted London. Son of Charles and Louisa Goodwin, Docking, Norfolk. Buried in Flat Iron Copse Cemetery, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row C. Grave 1.

HAGAN

George William

Believed to be: Private, 16360, George William Hagon, 9th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 15 September 1916. Born Burnham Thorpe, enlisted Norwich. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Panels 1 C and 1 D.

HOWELL

Ernest Albert

Private, 32102, 9th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 21 March 1918. Born Fakenham, enlisted King’s Lynn. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 3.

HUBBARD

William Rayner

L/Corporal, 4th North Staffordshire Regiment. Killed in action 29 September 1918, aged 19. Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Hubbard, 2, New Cottage, Fring, Docking, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 124 to 125 and 162 to 162A.

KEMP

George

Rifleman, 52024, Rifle Brigade posted to London Regiment (Post Office Rifles). Died of wounds 11 October 1918. Formerly 13826, Norfolk Regiment. Born and resident Docking, enlisted Norwich. Buried in Hautmont Communal Cemetery, Plot IV. Row A. Grave 4.

LAKE

William

Driver, T4/059402, 34th Reserve Park, Army Service Corps. Died 06 October 1916. Born and resident Docking, enlisted Norwich. Buried in Lahana Military Cemetery, Plot I. Row C. Grave 3.

LAWSON

Walter George

Private 786, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment). Killed in action at Bellewaarde Lake 8 May 1915. Born 21st October 1869 in Docking, Norfolk but stated 21 October 1875 in order to enlist. Son of Charles Lawson and Charlotte Sarah Lawson (1843-1935), of Heacham, Norfolk; husband of Alma Maud Lawson, of 590, Warsaw Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Clerk by trade. Previously served 12 years with 8th Hussars. Attested 27 August 1914 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, aged 38 years 10 months, height 5 feet 8 inches, chest 37 inches, fair complexion, blue eys, brown hair, religious denomination Church of England. Sailed from Quebec on S.S. Royal George 4 October 1914. Had worked as an worked as an apprentice from 1884. No known grave. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 10. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF), RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 5473 - 5

MANN

Arthur Frederick

Private, 37036, 1st Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 15 June 1918, aged 20. Son of Frederick and Maria Mann, Sedgeford, Norfolk. Buried in Sandpits British Cemetery, Fouquereuil, Plot II. Row H. Grave 8.

MASON

George Frederick

Private, 13659, 8th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 19 July 1916, aged 21. Son of Mr. W. O. Mason and Agnes Emma Mason, Ashwicken, King’s Lynn. Buried in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, Plot VII. Row R. Grave 4.

MASTERS, MM

Thomas Frederick

Serjeant, 15496, 9th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 15 September 1916, aged 26. Born Docking, enlisted Norwich. Son of Mr. F. T. Masters and Rose E. Masters, Docking, Norfolk. Buried in Serre Road Cemetery No.2, Somme, France. Plot XXX. Row B. Grave 16.

MELTON

Frederick William

Private, 240854, 1/5th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 02 November 1917, aged 19. Enlisted East Dereham. Son of Matthew and Mary Ann Melton, East End, Docking, King's Lynn. No known grave. Commemorated on Jerusalem Memorial, Israel and Palestine (including Gaza). Panels 12 and 15.

PLAYFORD

Arthur

Private, 21292, 8th Border Regiment. Killed in action 10 July 1916, aged 22. Killed in action 15 July 1916. Formerly 16362, Norfolk Regiment. Born and resident Docking, enlisted Norwich. Son of Charles Playford, Station Road, Docking, King's Lynn, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Panels 6 A and 7 C.

ROPER

Bertie

Private, 16549, 7th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 13 October 1915, aged 25. Born Docking, enlisted Norwich. Son of John and Martha Maria Roper, 5, Littleport Terrace, Sedgeford, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panels 30 and 31.

ROUTE

Karble

Private, 24108, Karble Route, 7th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 12 August 1916, aged 25. Born Stanhoe, enlisted King’s Lynn. Son of Charles and Agnes Route, Sunderland Farm, Docking, King's Lynn, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Panels 1 C and 1 D.

SKERRY

Arthur Bertram

Private, 13828, Arthur Skerry, 8th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action near Casino Point 01 July 1916. Born and resident Docking, enlisted Norwich. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Panels 1 C and 1 D.

SKERRY

William Edward

Private, 21371, 8th Border Regiment. Killed in action 05 July 1916. Formerly 18768, Norfolk Regiment. Born and resident Docking, enlisted Norwich. Buried in Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Plot II. Row E. Grave 13.

STRINGER

Robert James

Private, 21358, 8th Border Regiment. Killed in action 03 July 1916, aged 36. Formerly 18789, Norfolk Regiment. Born Hindolvestone, enlisted Norwich, resident Docking. Husband of Ethel Mary Stringer, Seston's Yard, High Street, Docking, King's Lynn. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Panels 6 A and 7 C.

TWELVETREES *

Edward Dudley

Lieutenant, 1/1st Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action 8 August 1918. On Memorial in church. Buried in Ribemont Communal Cemetery Extension, Plot I. Row D. Grave 7.

Brass Plaque on right of the nave wall - hard to read

TO THE GLORY OF GOD &-----------------
LOVING MEMORY OF-----------
Lieut. DUDLEY----------------
CAMBS REGT.-------------

UTTERIDGE

Albert William

Private, 51252, 17th Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action 23 August 1917, aged 19. Formerly 11928, Royal Sussex Regiment. Born Hillington, enlisted King’s Lynn, resident Docking. Son of William and Marie Utteridge, Sunderland, Docking, King's Lynn. Buried in Beuvry Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 28.

"THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE"

Buried in Churchyard - Not recorded on Memorial

Note: RAF Sedgeford was used as an airfield in World War I, as a satellite airfield (officially called "Night Landing Grounds") of RAF Great Yarmouth. During World War I, the airfield was used for home defence duties, and was initially attached to the Royal Navy.By 1916, the Royal Flying Corps, a precursor the current RAF, took over the facilities. After the conclusion of the war, RAF Sedgeford was abandoned around 1919 to 1920. RAF Sedgeford was reused during World War II, when it was classified as a 'Q-type' and 'K-type' bombing decoy. Official records recorded RAF Sedgeford to be in operation from June 1940 to August 1942.

DEAN

Arthur Le Roy

Second Lieutenant, 64 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. Injured seriously when he crashed in a spinning nose dive into ground near Sedgeford aerodrome flying a Sopwith Pup, B1788, 8 August 1917, died in hospital from the injuries received 9 August 1917, aged 20. Buried in Docking (St. Mary) Churchyard, Norfolk.

2nd Lieutenant
ARTHUR Le ROY DEAN
ROYAL FLYING CORP
9th AUGUST 1917 age 20
+
FOR KING AND COUNTRY

KING, M.C. and D.F.C.

Cecil Frederick

Captain, No. 33 Squadron and 3 Fighting School ( Flying Instructor), Royal Air Force. Killed when he collided with machine flying a Sopwith F.1 Camel, C8318, at Sedgeford, 24 January 1919, aged 19. Awarded M.C. and D.F.C. Born Springfield Dukes, Chelmsford. Son of F. H. King and Nora King, Lingwood, East Liss, Hants. Buried in Docking (St. Mary) Churchyard, Norfolk.

PEARSON

James Alan

Second Lieutenant (Pilot), 110 Squadron, 7 Wing, Royal Flying Corps. Accidentally killed when in a steep dive and the tail collapsed when flying a Martinsyde G.100/102 Elephant, B866, at Sedgeford, 9 December 1917, aged 18. Born Chesterfield. Son of Mrs. H. H. Goodfellow (formerly Pearson), The Hall, Bushey, Herts, and the late James Pearson. Buried in Docking (St. Mary) Churchyard, Norfolk.

TO THE MEMORY OF THE
DOCKING MEN WHO FELL IN
THE WORLD WAR 1939-1945

ADCOCK

Dennis Frank

Private 5778168, 6th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died between 26 and 27 January 1942 during the Japanese invasion of Malaysia. Aged 26. Son of Frank Spencer Adcock, and of May Mildred Adcock, of Lowestoft, Suffolk. No known grave. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 49.

COPLEY

David Flower

Lance Corporal 5774272, 7th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died 11 June 1940. Aged 19. Son of Francis Leslie and Florence Copley, of King's Lynn, Norfolk. Buried in ST. VALERY-EN-CAUX FRANCO-BRITISH CEMETERY, Seine-Maritime, France. Special Memorial. Section D, Grave 56.

Note: The cemetery contains 234 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 63 of them unidentified. There are also 218 French war graves.

CREED

Jack Hubert

Private 14580353, 2nd Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Died 13 May 1944. Aged 19. Son of Arthur and Eleanor Creed, of Docking, Norfolk. Buried in NAPLES WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot II. Row F. Grave 2.

DALE

Frederick

Sergeant 508348, 42 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 21 June 1940. Son of George and Alice Dale; husband of Elsie May Dale, of Docking, Norfolk. No known grave. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 13.

DEVERILL, DFC, AFC, DCM

Ernest Alfred

Squadron Leader, Pilot, Royal Air Force. Died 17 Decmber 1943. Age 27. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), Air Force Cross (AFC) and the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM). Buried in the churchyard of St. Mary The Virgin, Docking.

SQUADRON LEADER
E.A. DEVERILL
DFC AFC DCM
PILOT
ROYAL AIR FORCE
17TH DECEMBER 1943 age 27
TRANQUIL YOU LIE
YOUR KNIGHTLY VIRTUE PROUDLY
YOUR MEMORY HALLOWED
IN THE LAND YOU LOVED.

FRENCH

John Ernest

Private 5827948, 5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 25 July 1943 as a prisoner of war of the Japanese. Aged 23. Son of Leonard William and Annie French, of Docking. No known grave. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 55.

GRANT

Cyril [Reginald]

Private 5774990, 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died 11 June 1940. Aged 22. Foster-son of Mrs. E. E. Smith, of Docking, Norfolk. No known grave. No known grave. Commemorated on DUNKIRK MEMORIAL, Nord, France, Column 44.

JORDAN

Charles William

Private 14374695, 7th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died 8 August 1944. Aged 19. Son of Arthur Henry and Hilda May Jordan, of Docking, Norfolk. Buried in BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Plot XXII. Row D. Grave 1.

PLAYFORD

Cecil Albert

Warrant Officer Class II (B.S.M.) 806552, 29/97 Field Battery, 19 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 28 May 1940. Aged 28. Son of Albert and Annie Elizabeth Playford, of Docking, Norfolk. Buried in HOTTON WAR CEMETERY, Hotton, Luxembourg, Belgium. Plot XI. Row B. Grave 2.

PLAYFORD

Reginald Arthur

Private 4750021, 9th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment. Died 10 October 1943. Aged 25. Son of Albert and Annie Elizabeth Playford, of Docking, Norfolk. Buried in MADRAS WAR CEMETERY, CHENNAI, India. Plot 4. Row B. Grave 17.

RANSOME

James Arthur

Gunner 1808708, 240 Battery, 77 Heavy A.A. Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 29 November 1943 as a prisoner of war of the Japanese. Aged 22. Son of Robert and Anna Elizabeth Ransome, of Docking, Norfolk. No known grave. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 29.

UTTERIDGE

Reginald

Private 5774271, 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died 11 June 1940. No known grave. No known grave. Commemorated on DUNKIRK MEMORIAL, Nord, France, Column 44.

WARD

Percy

probably Percy Kenneth WARD, Private 5780351, The Royal Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action during the Japanese invasion of Malaya and Singapore 18 January 1942 in Malaya. Aged 29. Born Norfolk October-December 1912, resident Norwich. Mother's maiden name HENSLEY. Husband of Susan Cambria Ward, of Gateshead, Co. Durham. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 53.

WEBDALE

John William [James]

Private 14695381, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Died 22 November 1944. Aged 20. Son of Mrs. M. Webdale, of Docking, Norfolk. Buried in VENRAY WAR CEMETERY, Limburg, Netherlands. Plot V. Row B. Grave 2.

"WE WILL REMEMBER THEM."

Not on memorial but in church

SEYMOUR

George Hoste
[Memorial lists as SEYMOR] Lieutenant, 14th (The King's) Hussars. Killed by lightning 28 May 1885 at Secunderbad, India. Aged 23. Born Portsmouth 28 June 1862. Only son of Vice-Adimral G H Seymour and his wife Sophia. Sub-Lieutenant 3rd Norfolk Regiment 3 March 1880, Lieutenant 3rd Norfolk Regiment 1 July 1881, Lieutenant 14 Hussars 30 January 1884. Served in the East Indies from 4 March 1884 until his death. His estate was valued at £1,348 6s. 1d. which netted down to £1,260 8s. 2d. In the 1871 census he was aged 8, born Hampshire, son of Sophia Seymour, resident Barwick House, Barwick, Docking, Norfolk. Buried 29 May 1885 in Trimulgherry, Madras, India.

A brass plaque under the stained glass window.

† TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF †
GEORGE HOSTE SEYMOR Lieut 14th HUSSARS ONLY SON OF
VICE ADMIRAL G.H. SEYMOR C.B. + SOPHIA his wife
WHO WAS KILLED BY LIGHTNING AT SECUNDERBAD INDIA
MAY 1885 IN THE TWENTYTHIRD YEAR OF HIS LIFE.

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