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World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Roger Farmer 2010
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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).

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BACON Percy [William]
[Listed 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.
Private 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.
BACON Sydney
Lance 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.
BARKER Benjamin
Private 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.
Private 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.
BELLHAM [Robert] Reginald
Private  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.
BLY Albert
Private 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.
BYWATER Jonathan Augustus
[Jotham 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.
CATER Arthur
Private 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.
Private 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. 
Rifleman 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.
JUDE Harry
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.
Private 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.
UPSHAW Frederick [W E]
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.
UTTING [Arthur] Thomas
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.
BACON Alfred
Son 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.

Last updated 16 August, 2010

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