War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Roger Farmer 2010
additional information Fincham
is a village on the A1122 about 23 miles south of King's Lynn. There
are two memorials, one for World War 1 and the other World War 2. The
first memorial stands in the grounds of St Martin's church and takes
the form of a short cross on a tall plinth with roof, a small sword
is engraved on the cross and each side of the plinth. There are 23 names
listed. The second memorial is within the church takes the form of an
upright, rectangular tablet with semi-circular top and carvings; a cross
has been engraved above the inscriptuion. There are 5 names listed for
World War 2 (not yet transcribed here).
THE GLORY OF GOD
(two lines illagible)
MEN OF THIS PARISH
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WAR
as percey on memorial] Rifleman A/204082, 13th Battalion, Kings
Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action near Ypres on 21 March 1918.
Aged 21. Born Fincham, enlisted Attleborough. Son of Mathew and
Sarah Bacon of 39 Main Road Fincham. One of 5 children. Formerly
TR/10/2340, 21st Training Reserve Battalion and TR/13/50495, 19th
Training Reserve Battalion. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial. Panel
115 to 119 and 162A and 163A.
40288, 8th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action near Bapaume
21 March 1918. Aged 25. Husband of Ivy Emma Harper (formerly Bacon),
of Park Cottage, Gayton, King's Lynn. Son of Mathew and Sarah Bacon
of 39 Main Road Fincham. One of 5 children. Commemorated on Arras
Memorial. Bay 3.
Corporal 7310, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action
at Kemmel 19 December 1914. Aged 27. Farm worker. Son of Mathew
and Sarah Bacon of 39 Main Road Fincham. One of 5 children. Commemorated
on Ypres Menin Gate. Panel 4.
27810, 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action
near Albert 17 February 1917. Aged 34. Born Fincham, enlisted Sudbury,
Suffolk. Son of George and Sarah Barker (Farm Worker), of 128 Bull
Lane Fincham. One of 4 Brothers. Husband of Gertrude H. Barker,
of Tye Cottage, Hethersett, Norwich. Buried in Regina Trench Cemetery,
Grandcourt. Plot VI. Row F. Grave 3.
40193, 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed near Arras 22 July
1917. Aged 23. Son of William and Lucy Bell, publicans of The New
Inn, 137 The Common, Fincham. Husband of Lily Mary Bell, of Fincham,
Downham Market, Norfolk. Buried in Duisans British Cemetary, Etrun.
Plot V. Row A. Grave 25.
G/9366, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action
near the Somme 15 July 1916. Aged 24.Born Fincham, enlisted King's
Lynn. Son-in-Law of George Osbourne (farm labourer) of 141 The Common
Fincham. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial. Pier and Face 7 C.
16422, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died in French Hospital
at Etaples 16 July 1915. Aged 27. Born Fincham, enlisted Norwich.
Son of Thomas (Harness Maker) and Emma Bly, of 42 Main Road Fincham.
Youngest of 4 children. Buried in Etaples Military Cemetery. Plot
II. Row A. Grave 22A.
on war memorial] Private 3/10610, 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed
at the Battle of Loos, 26 September 1915. Aged 39. Born Fincham,
enlisted Norwich. Bricklayers Labourer, of 161 The Common, Fincham.
Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D.
27605, 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died as a prisoner
in Germany 28 July 1918. Aged 21. Born Fincham, enlisted Norwich.
Son of Edward (farm worker) and Elizabeth Cater of 129 The Common,
Fincham. One of 6 children. Buried in Niederzwehren Cemetery. Plot
I. Row J. Grave II.
29294, 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Wounded near Ypres and died
9 November 1917. Aged 29. Son of Robert (farm shepherd) and Hannah
Elliott, of 61 The Heath Hockering Heath, East Dereham. One of 9
children. Buried at XV. B. 6 Dozinghem Military Cemetery
Sergeant 240257, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died at Calais
8 November 1918. Aged 30. Son of George (farm worker) and Harriet
Harvey of 126 The Common. One of 2 brothers. Husband of Ellen C.
Harvey of Midway Villa, Fincham. A native of Fincham. Buried in
Les Baraques Military Cemetery Sangatete. Plot VI. Row E. Grave
8. Commemorated in Stradsett St Mary Churchyard SW of Church.
R/16830, 13th Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action
near Albert 13 July 1916. Aged 21. Born Wilton, enlisted Norwich,
resident Fincham. Son of Mrs. Mary Jane Lock, of Swan Lane, Fincham.
Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial. Pier and Face 13 A and 13 B.
Private 17798, 1st Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Missing near
the Somme 5 September 1916. Aged 39. Born Fincham, enlisted Norwich.
Only child of John and Sarah Jude of 73, Main Road, Fincham. Errand
boy to grocers shop near Crown Inn, later a carrier boarding in
London. Commemorated on of Thiepval Memorial. Pier and Face 6 B
and 6 C.
Lance Corporal 202592, 18th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry.
Killed near Dinmude 26 October 1917. Aged 19. Son of Fred and Maud
Lankfer (Baker & Farmer) of 210 Station Road Downham Market. Commemorated
on Tyne Cot War Memorial. Panel 131 to 132.
Lance Corporal, East Yorkshire Regiment Died of wounds at Ploegsteert
15 January 1916. Aged 35. Gamekeeper. One of 8 children, son of
William and Laura Laws of 134 Stradsett Road. Buried in Calais Southern
Cemetary. Plot B. Row 2. Grave 8.
58584, "A" Company, 2nd Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Killed
near Salonika 15th April 1918. Aged 23. Husband of Agnes Nelson,
of Fincham. Commemorated on the Doiran Memorial.
Gunner 138523, 322nd Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died
in Italy 18 July 1917. Aged 20. Son of John and Eliza Schulpher
of Long Row 91 Swaffham Road (nr Fincham Hall). The youngest of
4 boys, the family also lost their eldest son Isaac in 1915. Buried
in Ravenna War Cemetery. Plot 6. Row AA. Grave 7.
Private 6378, 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Wounded at La Bassee,
died as a prisoner 16 January 1915. Aged 32. Farm Worker. Son of
John and Eliza Schulpher of 91 Swaffham Road (nr Fincham Hall) Fincham.
The oldest of 4 boys, the family also lost their youngest son Bertie
in 1917. Buried in Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetary, Souchez. Plot
XII. Row B. Grave 5.
Private 20555, 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment. Drowned in 'Royal
Edward' Hospital Ship 13 August 1915. Aged 18. Born Stradsett, enlisted
Norwich, resident Fincham. Son of Robert and Alice Secker, of Olive
Dene, Outwell, Wisbech. Formerly 17800, Norfolk Regiment. Commemorated
on Helles Memorial. Panel 144 to 150 or 229 to 233.
Private 20502, 2nd/5th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince
of Wales Own). Killed near Amiens 20 July 1918. Aged 27. Son of
John (farm worker) and Lizzie Upshaw of 32 Salters Lode near Downham
Market. One of 4 children. Buried in Marfaux British Cemetery. Plot
III. Row F. Grave 10.
Private 27326, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died in England
10 April 1916. Aged 22. Born Stowbridge, enlisted Norwich, resident
Fincham. Step-son of Mr. James and Serina Beart, of 40 Sluice Rd,
Denver, Downham, Norfolk. Commemorated in Lewisham (Ladywell) Cemetery.
Screen Wall. D. 3185.
Private 3/10476, 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Accidentally killed
near Albert 5 December 1915. Aged 32. Son of Robert and Martha Wilding,
of New Barn, Fincham. One of four children. Buried in Norfolk Cemetery,
Becordel-Becourt. Plot 1. Row B. Grave 34.
THOSE OF THIS PARISH
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE WAR
of Mathew and Sarah Bacon of 39 Main Road Fincham. One of 5 children. Killed
in an air raid on Fincham 29 October 1940. The last of the 4 sons
to die by enemy action.
16 August, 2010