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EAST RUSTON WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Lynda Smith 2003

A village just inland from Happisburgh.

Dedication of the East Ruston War Memorial
to the 19 men who died in World War 1
Photograph Copyright © Lynda Smith- 2004
1914 1918
BRISTOW Reginald

Stoker 1st Class. K.47221. H.M.S. " Bacchante, Royal Navy. Died Friday 21 February 1919. Age 19. Son of Charles and Alice Bristow, of Fox Common, East Ruston. Buried: EAST RUSTON (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD, Norfolk, United Kingdom. Ref. GG. 42.

BRUMBLEY, MC Walter James Joshua

Second Lieutenant. 3rd Bn. attd. 7th Bn., Norfolk Regiment. Died Wednesday 27 March 1918. Age 20. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Brumbley, of 46, Princes Rd., Great Yarmouth. Commemorated: POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 23.

From Andy Pay's research into the Marquis de Ruvigny's Roll of Honour the following:

Volume 2, Part 4, Page 21 - BRUMBLEY, Walter James Joshua (MC) - 2nd Lieut, 7th (Territorial) Battalion, The Norfolk Regiment

Second son of the late Walter Joseph Brumbley, by his wife, Emily (East Ruston, near Stalham, co. Norfolk), dau. of Joshua Woodhouse; Born Ellingham co. Norfolk, 8th July, 1897; educated Paston Grammar School, North Walsham; enlisted in Aug 1914; served with The Expeditonary Force in France and Flanders from Sept 1916, returned to England the following March and after a period of training at Gailes, was gazetted 2nd Lieut. The Norfolk Regiment Oct 1917; returned to France in Dec, and was killed in action near Albert 27th March, 1918. An Officer wrote: "We all knew your sons readiness to do his duty in every way, and everyone appreciated his instant thoughtfulness for his men, who have talked about him to me, with the greatest admiration and regret. No one could have faced the call with greater courage." and another: "He was a splendid fellow. Always so perfectlly ready to carry out anything he had to do, and I dont think knew what fear was." He was awarded the Military Cross (London Gazette 1st March, 1918), when in command of a raiding party. "He led his men direct to a very small gap in the enemies wire, and took a prominent part in the sharp fight that ensued, accounting for four of the enemy himself. Throughout the operation he showed exceptional courage and coolness, bombing all the dug outs himself." 2nd Lieut Brumbley was a keen athlete, and had won several running and football medals. Unm.

CUTTING Walter J

Private 240506. 1st/5th Bn., Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 19 April 1917. Age 25. Enlisted Dereham, Norfolk. Son of Samuel and Louisa Cutting, of Lessingham, Norfolk. Buried: GAZA WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Ref. XXIII. G. 7.

EATON Edward

No further information available at present.

GRIMMER Cecil V

Trimmer 1983 T.S H.M.S. "Attentive III, Royal Naval Reserve. Died Monday 26 March 1917. Buried: EAST RUSTON (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD, Norfolk, United Kingdom. Ref. GG. 33.

HELSDON John

Private 20750. 1st Bn., Essex Regiment. Formerly 15148 Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 12 October 1916. Age 25. Born and lived East Ruston. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Amelia Mary Helsdon, of Fenside, Catfield, Norwich, and the late Charles Helsdon. Commemorated: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 10 D

HEMP Jonathan (John) Robert

Private 9304. 1st Bn., Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 15 January 1916. Age 20. Born East Ruston. Enlisted Norwich. Buried: CARNOY MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Ref. G. 6.

HILLING Frederick John

Private 40591. 4th Bn. attd. 190th Trench Mortar Bty., Bedfordshire Regiment. Formerly 25673 Northamptonshire Regiment. Died of wounds Wednesday 16 January 1918. Age 32. Born Hautbois, Norfolk. Lived East Ruston. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Edward and Mary Ann Hilling; husband of Florence Hilling, of Brampton, Buxton. Buried: MONT HUON MILITARY CEMETERY, LE TREPORT, Seine-Maritime, France. Ref. V. F. 3A.

LARKIN Charles

No further information available at present

POINTER Leslie Walter

Private 7065. 1st/9th Bn., Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action Sunday 5 November 1916. Age 19. Born East Ruston. Enlisted Norwich. Son of John William and Ann Elizabeth Pointer, of Chequer St., East Ruston, Stalham, Norfolk. Commemorated: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 14 A and 15 C

PRATT Clarence Harold

Private G/34580. 8th Bn., Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action Saturday 7 October 1916. Age 28. Born Stalham. Lived East Ruston. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Thomas and Emma Pratt; of Stalham; husband of Mabel Maria Grimmer (formerly Pratt), of East Ruston, Stalham, Norfolk. Buried: BEAULENCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, LIGNY-THILLOY, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. IV. D. 26.

RICHES George Walter

Private 25696. 12th Bn., Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Formerly G/26403 Royal Fusiliers. Died Wednesday 24 January 1917. Born and lived East Ruston. Enlisted Norwich. Buried: BRAY MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Ref. I. D. 28.

RICHES James

Private 17189. 1st Bn., Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Tuesday 9 October 1917. Age 33. Born East Ruston. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Charles and Mary Riches, of East Ruston, Stalham, Norfolk. Commemorated: TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 34 to 35 and 162A

RIVERS William

No further information available at present

RUMP Frederick George

Private 24704. 6th Bn., The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died Friday 9 August 1918. Age 19. Son of Frederick and Sarah Ann Rump, of East Ruston, Norwich. Buried: FRANVILLERS COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Ref. II. C. 10.

SHEPHERD William

No further information available at present

SPANTON Robert

Second Hand 1203/SA. H.M. Drifter "Young Fred, Royal Naval Reserve. Died Sunday 21 January 1917. Age 40. Husband of Elizabeth R. Spanton, Chapel Rd., East Ruston. Buried: EAST RUSTON (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD, Norfolk, United Kingdom. Ref. GG. 31.

TAYLOR (Percy) Robert Percival

Sapper 85030. 128th Coy., Royal Engineers. Died of wounds Saturday 1 September 1917. Age 23. Born East Ruston. Lived Acton. Enlisted Norwich. Son of George and Edith Ellen Taylor, of Checquer St., East Ruston, Stalham, Norfolk. Buried: LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. XVIII. F. 1A.

WARD William Henry

Sapper 85608. 209th Field Coy., Royal Engineers. Killed in action Monday 3 July 1916. Born Shotley Bridge, Co. Durham. Lived East Ruston. Enlisted Norwich. Commemorated: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 8 A and 8 D

1939 1945
DIXON Jack

Sergeant 1463894. W.Op./Air Gnr. 153 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Tuesday 6 March 1945. Age 24. Son of Walter G. and Rosa C. Dixon, of East Ruston, Norfolk. Buried: PRAGUE WAR CEMETERY, Czech Republic. Ref. II. C. 8.

PESTELL Robert Frederick

Private 7649975. Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Died Tuesday 27 July 1943. Age 28. Son of Walter George and Harriet Annie Pestell, of East Ruston, Norfolk. Commemorated: KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand Sp. Mem. 9. M. 4.

SCULFER Matthew

Probably: Sergeant 552947. W.Op [Air]. 21 Sqdn., Royal Air Force. Died Tuesday 11 June 1940. Buried: BOULLEVILLE, Eure, France. Ref. Grave 3.

16 February 2004

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