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FELTWELL WAR MEMORIAL

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

The War Memorial stands outside St Mary's Church, which stands in the centre of Feltwell village and is built on land given to the parish by the Newcomes who lived in the Hall opposite. The memorial was dedicated on December 12 1920. Note that Feltwell has two churches! CWGC burials can be found in St Nicholas’ churchyard.

There are four panels around the base of the WWI memorial cross on which the names of the fallen are recorded. Names are recorded with initials and service details: there are no details of rank or date of death. The dedication panel reads:

In proud and grateful memory of the men of this parish
who gave their lives in the Great War 1914-1918.

WWI 1914-18

BANHAM

Percy

Private 34061 5th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment, who was killed in action in France & Flanders on 27 May 1918 having previously served with the Army Veterinary Corps (Service no SE/3189). He has no known grave but is commemorated with honour on the Soissons Memorial. Private Banham was born and lived in Feltwell, and enlisted in Norwich.

BARTLETT

Adrian

Private 26177 3rd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, who died at home (i.e. in the UK) aged 37 on 21 February 1917. He is buried in Feltwell St Nicholas churchyard. Private Bartlett was born, lived and even enlisted in Feltwell. He was the son of John Robert & Sarah Bartlett, and the husband of Martha Ann Bartlett of Cross Hill, Feltwell.

BAXTER

George Alfred

Private 202581 2nd/7th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment, who died of wounds aged 22 on 25 August 1917, having previously served with the Norfolk Regiment (Service no 3102). He is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. Private Baxter lived in Feltwell and enlisted in Norwich. He was the son of Elizabeth Baxter of Feltwell.

BROWN

Frederick W

Private 3/7524 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, who was killed in action aged 21 on 4 June 1916. He is buried in Faubourg d’Amiens Cemetery, Arras. Private Brown was born in Feltwell and enlisted in Brandon. He was the son of William & Elizabeth Brown of Oak Street, Feltwell.

BULLEN

Walter Henry

Private G/3408 1st Battalion, Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment, who was killed in action in France & Flanders on 25 September 1915. He has no known grave but is commemorated with honour on the Loos Memorial. Private Bullen was born in Feltwell, resided in Brandon and enlisted in Wimbledon.

COLEMAN

Bertie

Private 9031 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, who was killed in action on 14 September 1914. He has no known grave but is commemorated with honour on the La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial. Private Coleman (recorded as COLMAN in SDGW) was born in Feltwell and enlisted in Norwich. He was the brother of JW Coleman of Westacre, Kings Lynn.

COOPER

Fred

Gunner 64361 61st Trench Mortar Battery Royal Garrison Artillery who died aged 36 in France & Flanders on 2 March 1916. He has no known grave but is commemorated with honour on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres. Gnr Cooper was born in Feltwell but was residing at Burley Hill, Rutland when he enlisted in Oakham. He was the son of Tom & Emma Cooper of Feltwell, and husband of Violet May Cooper of Exton Lane, Burley, Oakham.

CRACKNELL

Edwin George

Private 16641 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, who as killed in action in France & Flanders on 17 October 1917. He has no known grave but is commemorated with honour on the Tyne Cot Memorial. Private Cracknell was born in Feltwell and enlisted in Ely.

CURTIS

Harry E

Private 14428 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, who was killed in action aged 20 in France & Flanders on 26 September 1915. He has no known grave but is commemorated with honour on the Loos Memorial. Private Curtis was born in Feltwell and enlisted in Norwich. He was the son of Harry & Elvina Curtis of Long Lane, Feltwell.

ELLINGFORD

W

The memorial indicates that this soldier served in the 12th London Regiment. The CWGC Register lists 4087 Serjeant EDWARD Ellingford of the 1st/12th Battalion, London Regiment and indicates that he served as EDWARD MCDONALD. SDGW confirms that Sgt McDonald was killed in action in France & Flanders on 9 September 1916. He has no known grave but is commemorated with honour on the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme. Sjt Ellingford enlisted in London but resided in Dalkeith, Dumfrieshire.

EMMERSON

John E

Almost certainly Shoeing Smith 8th Battery 13th Brigade Royal Horse Artillery, who died aged 41 in Mesopotamia on 18 July 1917. He is buried in Baghdad (North Gate) Cemetery in Iraq. S/S Emmerson (whose Service number is recorded as 124543 in the CWGC Register and 12453 in SDGW) was born in East Rudham and enlisted in Norwich.

GENT

Thomas William

Private 24235 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, who was killed in action aged 24 in France & Flanders on 16 September 1916. He has no known grave but is commemorated with honour on the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme. Private Gent was born in Feltwell and enlisted in Norwich. He was the son of Mrs E Gent of Feltwell.

LAWS

Ernest Edward

Private 33424 11th Battalion, Border Regiment who was killed in action aged 32 in France & Flanders on 2 December 1917, having previously served with the Middlesex Regiment (Service no 6226). He has no known grave but is commemorated with honour on the Tyne Cot Memorial. Private Laws was born & lived in Feltwell and enlisted in Norwich. He was the husband of Martha Ann Laws of Long Lane, Feltwell.

NORBURY

TS

Driver T/36426 Army Service Corps (attached 1st/4th London Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps) who died in France & Flanders on 15 November 1918. He is buried in Lille Southern Cemetery. (His details are not recorded in SDGW).

PAYNE

Sydney

Private 43973 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers who was killed in action in France & Flanders on 20 November 1917, having previously served with the Army Ordnance Corps (Service no 018179). He has no known grave but is commemorated with honour on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval. Private Payne was born & lived in Feltwell and enlisted in Norwich. He was the son of Lemon Payne, and husband of Mabel Ella Payne of Shrub Cottage, Feltwell.

PEAK

William

The memorial indicates that this soldier served in the Coldstream Guards. Only three soldiers of this name are recorded in SDGW, and only one of these served in the Coldstream Guards. There are no indications of a connection with Feltwell, but the memorial probably commemorates Private 8849 William Peak of the 2nd Battalion,, who was killed in action in France & Flanders on 21 October 1914. He has no known grave but is commemorated with honour on the Menin Gate (Ypres Memorial). Private Peak was born and enlisted in Birmingham.

PEARSON

C W

The memorial indicates that this soldier served in the 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. SDGW records that only four Pearsons died with Norfolks and that there was one other with previous service with Norfolks – none of whom is an obvious candidate. Two officers with the correct initials are noted, but neither entry mentions the Norfolk Regiment. Further research is required.

ROLFE

John Thomas

Rifleman 2nd Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps, who was killed in action in France & Flanders on 12 November 1917, having previously served with the Royal Army Service Corps (Service no M/2/229629). He has no known grave but is commemorated with honour on the Tyne Cot Memorial. Rifleman Rolfe (whose Service number is shown as A/201967 in SDGW and A/210767 in the CWGC Register) was born in Southery but was living in Feltwell when he enlisted in Norwich.

SMITH

Thomas

Driver T4/059194 34th Reserve Park Army Service Corps, who died at home (i.e. in the UK) on 9 August 1918. He is buried in Feltwell St Nicholas churchyard. Dvr Smith was born and lived in Feltwell and enlisted in Norwich.

SOUTHGATE

Archibald

Private 41583 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment, who was killed in action in France & Flanders on 18 January 1917 having previously served with the Norfolk Regiment (Service no 5638). He has no known grave but is commemorated with honour on the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme. Private Southgate was born & lived in Feltwell, and enlisted in Norwich.

SOUTHGATE

Arthur

Corporal 14839 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, who was killed in action in France & Flanders on 18 October 1916. He has no known grave but is commemorated with honour on the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme. Cpl Southgate was born in Feltwell, and enlisted in Norwich.

SPENCER

Albert John

Almost certainly Corporal 305629 2nd/5th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment) who died of wounds aged 33 in France & Flanders on 5 April 1918. He is buried in Braine-le-Comte Communal Cemetery. Cpl Spencer was living in Andover (Hants) when he enlisted in Mansfield (Notts). He was the son of the late Theodore & Jessie Spencer. The memorial indicates that AJ Spencer was serving in the 2nd/5th Sherwood Foresters when he died. Only five men of this name died during WWI, and(although there is no apparent connection with Feltwell) only Albert John was in the Notts & Derbys.

UPCRAFT

Frederick Walter

Private G/9151 ‘A’ Company 2nd Battalion, Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment, who was killed in action aged 25 in France & Flanders on 4 September 1916. He has no known grave but is commemorated with honour on the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme. Private Upcraft (recorded as UPCOFT in SDGW) was born & lived in Feltwell, and enlisted in Norwich. He was the son of Mr L & Mrs CA Upcraft of Oak Street, Feltwell.

VALE

Percy

Private 16920 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, who was killed in action in France & Flanders on 27 July 1916. He has no known grave but is commemorated with honour on the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme. Private Vale was born in Feltwell and enlisted in Norwich.

VINCENT

Charles William

Private 235482 ‘C’ Company 9th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment, who was killed in action aged 35 in France & Flanders on 16 October 1916, having previously served with the Durham Light Infantry (Service no 7629). He has no known grave but is commemorated with honour on the Tyne Cot Memorial. Private Vincent was born & lived in Feltwell, and enlisted in Retford. He was the son of Mrs Eliza Jane Newman of Feltwell.

WHISTLER

James William

Private 51457 13th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, who was killed in action aged 38 in France & Flanders on 1 October 1917, having previously served in the Middlesex Regiment (Service no 32764). He has no known grave but is commemorated with honour on the Tyne Cot Memorial. Private Whistler was born in Hockwold but was living in Highgate when he enlisted in Wood Green. He was the husband of Martha Ellen Whistler of Bell Street, Feltwell.

WILKIN

Frederick J

Private 6127 1st Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, who was killed in action in Gallipoli on 4 June 1915. He has no known grave but is commemorated with honour on the Helles Memorial, Turkey. The memorial stands on the Gallipoli Peninsula and commemorates some 20000 men who died in that campaign and have no known grave. Private Wilkin was born in Feltwell, lived in Cambridge and enlisted in Salford, Lancs.

WILKIN

W A C

Private 16678 3rd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, who transferred to 428th Agricultural Company Labour Corps (Service no 436050) and died at home (i.e. in the UK) aged 27 on 4 April 1919. He is buried in Feltwell St Nicholas churchyard. Private Wilkin was the son of Robert and Ruth Cole Wilkin of Lodge Road, Feltwell. (Private Wilkin’s details are not recorded in SDGW).

WILLETT

Albert E

Lance Corporal 16797 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, who died aged 29 in France & Flanders on 17 April 1917. He has no known grave but is commemorated with honour on the Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton., which commemorates some 1900 servicemen, many of whom were lost in transports that were torpedoed or mined in home waters. From the recorded date of death, it would appear that L/Cpl Willett was on board the ambulance transport HMT Donegal when she was torpedoed and sunk whilst en route from Le Harvre to Southampton. L/Cpl Willett was born in Feltwell and enlisted in Norwich. He was the son of Thomas and Charlott (sic) Willett of Lodge Road, Feltwell.

WILLETT

Thomas William

Private 20708 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment, died at sea aged 22 on 13 August 1915. He has no known grave but is commemorated with honour on the Helles Memorial, Turkey. The memorial stands on the Gallipoli Peninsula and commemorates some 20000 men who died in that campaign and have no known grave. Private Willett was probably injured in or soon after the landings at Suvla, and was probably en route to hospital in Malta or Egypt. Private Willett was born & lived in Feltwell, and enlisted in Norwich. He was the son of George and Elizabeth Willett of High Street, Feltwell.

WILSON

Alfred

Private 6564 1st Cavalry Division Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps, who was killed in action in France & Flanders on 8 August 1918. He has no known grave but is commemorated with honour on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial. Private Wilson was born in Feltwell and enlisted in Norwich.

WING

Percy

Lance Corporal 40232 2nd Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, who died aged 30 in France & Flanders on 27 June 1918, having previously served with the Lincolnshire Regiment (Service no 13002). He is buried in Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery. L/Cpl Wing was born & lived in Feltwell, and enlisted in Lincoln. He was the son of James Wing of South View, Feltwell.

WRIGHT

Percy W

Almost certainly Gunner 155574 88th Battery 14th Army Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, who died of wounds in France & Flanders on 25 September 1918, having previously served with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps (Service no 2481). He is buried in Brie British Cemetery. Gunner Wright lived in Folkestone and enlisted in Newmarket.

WWII 1939-45

BROWN

A H

The memorial indicates that this soldier served with the Royal Norfolk Regiment, but the CWGC Register lists no casualty with these initials in any branch of service. Further research is required.

CORDY

Henry George

Able Seaman C/JX HMS Hostile, Royal Navy who was killed on 23 August 1940. HMS Hostile was a destroyer and had taken part in the First Battle of Narvik in April 1940 and the Battle of Calabria in July. She struck a mine and sank on 23 August 1940 whilst on route from Malta to Gibraltar. AB Cody has no known grave but is commemorated with honour on the Chatham Naval Memorial. This is one of three naval memorials (the others are at Plymouth and Portsmouth) and bears the names of more than 10,000 sailors who lost their lives in WWII.

LAMBERT

Edmund William

Lance Corporal 1647834 Pioneer Corps, who died aged 24 on 10 September 1944. He is buried in Feltwell St Nicholas churchyard. L/Cpl Lambert was the son of Salisbury King Lambert & Minnie Eleanor Lambert of Feltwell.

LAWRENCE

Peter Thomas

Private 14848599 Royal Norfolk Regiment, who died on 23 July 1945. He is buried in Feltwell St Nicholas churchyard. Private Lawrence was the son of Thomas William & Rose Ellen Lawrence of Feltwell.

LEMON

Dorothy Bessie

Private W/109181 Auxiliary Territorial Service, attached 511 Battery 151 HAA (M) Regiment, Royal Artillery, who died aged 18 on 1 August 1942. She is buried in Feltwell St Nicholas churchyard. Private Lemon (recorded as LEMMON in the CWGC Register) was the daughter of Frederick & Annie Dulcie Lemmon of Feltwell.

MANNING

Francis Arthur

Private 5778221 6th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment, who died aged 28 on 14 July 1941. He is buried in Feltwell St Nicholas churchyard. Private Manning was the son of Mr & Mrs GA Manning of Feltwell.

REEVE

F W

Probably Private 5780971 1st/6th Battalion, Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment, who died aged 34 on 3 August 1944. He is buried in Bayeux War Cemetery. Private Reeve was the son of Frederick & Harriet Reeve, and husband of Elsie Maud Reeve of North Earlham, Norfolk. His Regiment is shown as the Queen’s Own on the memorial.

WALDEN

Raymond Barry

Telegraphist C/JX139964 HM Submarine Royal Navy, who died aged 23 on 14 July 1940. HMS Salmon was patrolling off the south coast of Norway when she was sent signals on 9th, 11th &12th July, the final one ordered a return to harbour. None of these signals were acknowledged. Later it became apparent that one of these signals routed her across a minefield that was at the time unknown to the Admiralty. There is also a possibility that she was attacked by aircraft, but mining is the most likely cause of her disappearance. HMS Salmon had in December 1939 torpedoed and sunk the German submarine U-36, and later in the same month torpedoed the German light cruisers Nürnberg and Leipzig. Tel Walden has no known grave but is commemorated with honour on the Chatham Naval Memorial. This is one of three naval memorials (the others are at Plymouth and Portsmouth) and bears the names of more than 10,000 sailors who lost their lives in WWII. Tel Walden was the son of Robert HG & Ella Winifred Walden of Feltwell.

WHITE

[Gordon] Roy

Sergeant 1084519, 103 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Killed while flying in Lancaster III JA672 PM-E on 4th July 1943. Son of William and Florence Marion White; husband of Alice Mary White, of Reigate, Surrey. Commemorated on Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 169.

Notes on Burials in Feltwell Churchyard, and Further Information

Even today Feltwell today has a population of only 2900, yet its cemetery contains 56 CWGC burials! The majority of these are WWII casualties from RAF Feltwell.

Local casualties are recorded above, but anyone with an interest in researching the other burials should visit the CWGC site at:

www.cwgc.org/cwgcinternet/cemetery_details.aspx?cemetery=2081567&mode=1.

Feltwell has its own excellent website packed with information and photographs at www.feltwell.org with a special section devoted to historical aspects. The latter has a Roll of Honour that lists all local residents who served in WWII - not just those who fell. RAF casualties are also remembered at www.feltwell.org/raffeltwell/rafindex.htm and there are links to several other sites concerned with operations at RAF Feltwell.

Last updated 23 December, 2006

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