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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

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 09-05-15, 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. Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial, Panels 28/30.

BATTELEY

George

Believed to be: Private, 3/6833, Samuel George BATTELLEY, 1st Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 04-06-16, 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, Grave I.D.46.

BURGIS*

John

Docking Church Memorial. Died Potchefstroom, South Africa, 24-10-14. 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 03-03-16. Born Shouldham Thorpe, enlisted Norwich. Buried in Amara War Cemetery, Iraq, Grave I.C.10.

CHAPLIN

Ernest Albert

Private, 24262, 9th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 18-10-16. Born Bircham Newton, Norfolk, enlisted King’s Lynn. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Panels 01C/01D.

CRISP

Harold Dudley

2/Lieutenant, No.36 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. Died 06-11-17, aged 22. Son of Thomas and Harriet Crisp, Oakwood, March, Cambs. Commemorated on Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton.

CUBITT

George Frederick

Private, 35165, 1st (Garrison) Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died 12-11-18, 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, Grave 745.

DACK

George

Private, 24951, George Dack, 10th Suffolk Regiment. Died 23-03-16, 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 31-05-15, aged 20. Son of Robert and Georgina Dack, Sunderland, Docking, Norfolk. Buried in Docking (St. Mary) Churchyard, Norfolk.

FLETCHER

Amiraux Silver

2/Lieutenant, Indian Army Reserve of Officers, attached 1/5th Gurkha Rifles (Frontier Force). Killed in action 07-08-15, aged 32. Buried in 7th Field Ambulance Cemetery, Gallipoli, Grave Special Memorial A.66.

FRYETT

Charles Finney

Private, 34201, 9th Yorkshire Regiment. Killed in action 06-10-18. Formerly 39492, Royal Fusiliers. Born Lugden Hill, Docking, enlisted Norwich, resident Docking. Buried in Beaurevoir Communal Cemetery British Extension, Grave B.09.

GATHERCOLE

John Charles

Private, 7233, 1st Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds whilst prisoner of war 24-09-18, aged 30. Son of John and Susannah Gathercole, High House Farm, Westacre, King’s Lynn. Buried in Niederzwehren Cemetery, Germany, Grave III.D.14.

GODFREY

Willie Framlingham

Private, 195453, 52nd Bn. Canadian Infantry (CEF). Killed in action 03-09-17. Born Hunstanton, Norfolk, 06-10-1887, enlisted Peterborough, Ontario, 29-12-15 aged 28. Husband of Maud Godfrey, 121, Smith Street, Peterborough, Ontario. Buried in Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension, Grave I.O.15.

GOODWIN

Percy Charles

Rifleman, R/4111, Charles Goodwin, 13th King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 09-08-16, aged 26. Born and resident Docking, Norfolk, enlisted London. Son of Charles and Louisa Goodwin, Docking, Norfolk. Buried in Flat Iron Copse Cemetery, Somme, Grave IV.C.01.

HAGAN

George William

Believed to be: Private, 16360, George William Hagon, 9th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 15-09-16. Born Burnham Thorpe, enlisted Norwich. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Panels 01C/01D.

HOWELL

Ernest Albert

Private, 32102, 9th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 21-03-18. Born Fakenham, enlisted King’s Lynn. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Bay 03.

HUBBARD

William Rayner

L/Corporal, 4th North Staffordshire Regiment. Killed in action 29-09-18, aged 19. Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Hubbard, 2, New Cottage, Fring, Docking, Norfolk. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Panels 124/125 and 162/162A.

KEMP

George

Rifleman, 52024, Rifle Brigade posted to London Regiment (Post Office Rifles). Died of wounds 11-10-18. Formerly 13826, Norfolk Regiment. Born and resident Docking, enlisted Norwich. Buried in Hautmont Communal Cemetery, Grave IV.A.04.

LAKE

William

Driver, T4/059402, 34th Reserve Park, Army Service Corps. Died 06-10-16. Born and resident Docking, enlisted Norwich. Buried in Lahana Military Cemetery, Grave I.C.03.

LAWSON

Walter George

Docking War Memorial. No further information currently.

MANN

Arthur Frederick

Private, 37036, 1st Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 15-06-18, aged 20. Son of Frederick and Maria Mann, Sedgeford, Norfolk. Buried in Sandpits British Cemetery, Fouquereuil, Grave II.H.08.

MASON

George Frederick

Private, 13659, 8th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 19-07-16, aged 21. Son of Mr. W. O. Mason and Agnes Emma Mason, Ashwicken, King’s Lynn. Buried in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, Grave VII.R.04.

MASTERS, MM

Thomas Frederick

Serjeant, 15496, 9th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 15-09-16, 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, Grave XXX.B.16.

MELTON

Frederick William

Private, 240854, 1/5th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 02-11-17, aged 19. Enlisted East Dereham. Son of Matthew and Mary Ann Melton, East End, Docking, King's Lynn. Commemorated on Jerusalem Memorial, Panels 12/15.

PLAYFORD

Arthur

Private, 21292, 8th Border Regiment. Killed in action 10-07-16, aged 22. Killed in action 15-07-16. Formerly 16362, Norfolk Regiment. Born and resident Docking, enlisted Norwich. Son of Charles Playford, Station Road, Docking, King's Lynn, Norfolk. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Panels 06A/07C.

ROPER

Bertie

Private, 16549, 7th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 13-10-15, aged 25. Born Docking, enlisted Norwich. Son of John and Martha Maria Roper, 5, Littleport Terrace, Sedgeford, Norfolk. Commemorated on Loos Memorial, Panels 30/31.

ROUTE

Karble

Private, 24108, Karble Route, 7th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 12-08-16, aged 25. Born Stanhoe, enlisted King’s Lynn. Son of Charles and Agnes Route, Sunderland Farm, Docking, King's Lynn, Norfolk. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Panels 01C/01D.

SKERRY

Arthur Bertram

Private, 13828, Arthur Skerry, 8th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action near Casino Point 01-07-16. Born and resident Docking, enlisted Norwich. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Panels 01C/01D.

SKERRY

William Edward

Private, 21371, 8th Border Regiment. Killed in action 05-07-16. Formerly 18768, Norfolk Regiment. Born and resident Docking, enlisted Norwich. Buried in Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Grave II.E.13.

STRINGER

Robert James

Private, 21358, 8th Border Regiment. Killed in action 03-07-16, 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. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Panels 06A/07C.

TWELVETREES *

Edward Dudley

Lieutenant, 1/1st Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action 08-08-18. On Memorial in church. Buried in Ribemont Communal Cemetery Extension, Grave I.D.07. 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 23-08-17, 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, Grave I.A.28.

"THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE"

Buried in Churchyard - Not recorded on Memorial:

DEAN

Arthur Le Roy

2/Lieutenant, Royal Flying Corps. Died 09-08-17, aged 20. Buried in Docking (St. Mary) Churchyard, Norfolk.

2nd Lieutenant
ARTHUR Le ROY DEAN
ROYAL FLYING CORP
9th AUGUST 1917 age20
+
FOR KING AND COUNTRY

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

Cecil Frederick

Captain, No.33 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 24-01-19, 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

2/Lieutenant, Royal Flying Corps. Died 09-12-17, aged 18. Born Chesterfield. Son of Mrs. H. H. Goodfellow (formerly Pearson), The Hall, Bushey, Herts, and the late James Pearson.

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 26th and 27th 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. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 49.

COPLEY

David Flower

Lance Corporal 5774272, 7th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died 11th 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 13th 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 21st June 1940. Son of George and Alice Dale; husband of Elsie May Dale, of Docking, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 13.

DEVERILL, DFC, AFC, DCM

Ernest Alfred

Squadron Leader, Pilot, Royal Air Force. Died 17th 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 25th July 1943 as a prisoner of war of the Japanese. Aged 23. Son of Leonard William and Annie French, of Docking. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 55.

GRANT

Cyril [Reginald]

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

JORDAN

Charles William

Private 14374695, 7th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died 8th 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 28th 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 10th 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 29th 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. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 29.

UTTERIDGE

Reginald

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

WARD

Percy

No further information currently currently available

WEBDALE

John William [James]

Private 14695381, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Died 22nd 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

SEMOR George Hoste

Lieutenant, 14th Hussars. Killed by lightning May 1885 at Secunderbad, India. Age 23. Only son of Vice-Adimral G H Seymour and his wife Sophia.

A brass plaque under the stain 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.

Last updated 3 August, 2009

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