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A village located a few miles west of Gt Yarmouth. The memorial cross was unveiled by the widow of G K T Fisher, listed below, 10th December 1922. The memroial takes the form of a cross mounted on a tiered base inset into the churchwall, whichis recessed.


1914 1918

BLOGG Matthew

Private 32086. 8th Bn., Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Sunday 14 October 1917. Age 44. Enlisted Norwich. Son of James and Rebecca Blogg, of Thurne Rd., Fleggburgh, Great Yarmouth. Commemorated: TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 34 to 35 and 162A


No further information available at present

DURRANT William Ernest

Private 870104. 2nd/6th Bn., Manchester Regiment. Formerly 202965 Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 21 March 1918. Born Fleggburgh. Lived Great Yarmouth. Enlisted Wroxham. Commemorated: POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 64 to 67


Possibly: Robert Dyble. Gunner 11536. 25th Div. Ammunition Col., Royal Field Artillery. Died Tuesday 13 August 1918. Born Great Yarmouth. Enlisted Reading, Berks. Buried: VAUXBUIN FRENCH NATIONAL CEMETERY, Aisne, France. Ref. II. C. 2.

FISHER George Kenneth Thompsin

Captain, 1st/4th (Territorial) Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 3rd September 1917; he was on patrol duty on the night of September 2nd/3rd when a sniper took a shot at him then threw a grenade. He was carried to the first line trench but only lived an hour. Aged 38. Born 4th August 1879. Originally from Ashdown Park, Sussex. Eldest son of Bishop George Carnac Fisher and Mary Penelope Gwendoline Fisher of Burgh House Fleggburgh; husband of Janet Fisher, of 23, Launceston Place, London, S.W (married August 1914) and father of two sons. Buried in GAZA WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Plot XXIV. Row A. Grave 12. His son died in World War 2 [see World War 2 transcription]

Probanly from Harrow School publication. (Head Master's is the name of one of the boarding houses at the school and the years 1893-1897 would be right for his secondry school years):

Norfolk Regiment
Aged 38

The Head Master's 93-97

September 3rd, 1917

ELDEST son of George C. Fisher, successively Bishop of Southampton and Ipswich, and Hon. Canon of Norwich, of Burgh House, Fleggburgh, Norfolk, and of Mary Penelope Gwendoline, daughter of the late T. C. Thompson, of Ashdown Park, Sussex, late M.P. for Durham City.

New College, Oxford, B.A., 1902. Studied Art under Mr. G. A. Storey, R.A., Mr. Frank Brangwyn, R.A., and Mr. Arnesby Brown, R.A. Travelled in Asia Minor and the Balkans. Took an appointment in the Labour Exchange under the Board of Trade.

Married, in 1914, Janet Katherine Mary, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anson and sister of the late Sir Denis Anson, Bart., and leaves two sons.

Captain Fisher was given a Commission on the outbreak of the War in the 4th Norfolks and with them sailed for Gallipoli in June, 1915, taking part in the landing at Suvla Bay. He was mentioned in Despatches. He was invalided home suffering from dysentery and then held a Staff Appoint­ment and subsequently a position in the Ministry of Munitions, but returned to his Regiment and sailed for Egypt in March, 1917. On the night of September 2nd, 1917, he was out on patrol and, being somewhat in advance of the rest, was mortally wounded by a bomb thrown by a Turkish sniper. He was brought back into the lines by the patrol, but died a few minutes after his return. He was buried in the cemetery four miles south of Gaza.

His Colonel wrote :­

“Ever since I took over the command of the Battalion he had been one of my chief supporters. . . . I can't tell you what a help he was to me. I cannot replace him either as an Officer or companion.”

The Chaplain wrote :­

“We could ill afford to lose such a fine character. He was a great favourite and beloved by all who knew him. He was always the same, cheerful and good-humoured. I may say that I have lost a true friend.”

Sir George Barnes, K.C.B., Member of the Indian Council, wrote :­ “He will be a real loss to the Board of Trade, for, starting at the very bottom, he had steadily won his way upwards by his industry and by his force of character. . . . All the advancement he got he won for himself, and it is no easy thing to win advancement from the bottom in Government employ.”


Possibly: Private DM2/171259. "L Siege Park, Royal Army Service Corps attd. 119th Army Bde XI Corps., Royal Field Artillery. Died Wednesday 12 February 1919. Buried: HALLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Halle, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium . Ref. A. 38.

GOWING Frederick George

Private 203432. 1st/4th Bn., Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds Thursday 26 April 1917. Age 36. Enlisted East Dereham, Norfolk. Son of John and Elizabeth Gowing, of Billockby, Norfolk; husband of Emma Matilda Gowing, of Clippesby, Fleggburgh, Great Yarmouth. Buried: KANTARA WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Ref. B. 131.


Serjeant 19208. 1st Provisional Coy., Royal Engineers. Died Wednesday 20 November 1918. Age 29. Buried: BURGH ST. MARGARET CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, Norfolk, United Kingdom.

MILLER John Frederick

Engineman 2383ES. H.M. Drifter "Cosmos., Royal Naval Reserve. Died Friday 15 February 1918. Age 31. Son of John and Emily Miller, of Ormsby St. Michael; husband of Flora Miller, of Fleggburgh, Norfolk. Commemorated: CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent, United Kingdom. Ref. 31.

Special note: H.M. Drifter Cosmos: Admiralty No 1435, Pennant No LT.477, 91 tons launched 1914, 1 x 3 pounder AA gun, net sweeper, sunk 15th February 1918 by German Destroyers in the Dover Straits.

NARBURGH Albert Henry

Private 4011. 1st/4th Bn., Norfolk Regiment. Died Wednesday 23 December 1914. Age 33. Son of the late Henry and Caroline Narburgh; husband of Edith Mary Narburgh, of Ivy Cottage, Fleggburgh. Born at Fleggburgh. Buried: BURGH ST. MARGARET CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, Norfolk, United Kingdom.

SAUNDERS Jonathan Barlow

Private 40501. 4th Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment. Formerly 29086 Essex Regiment. Killed in action Tuesday 30 October 1917. Born Billockby, Norfolk. Lived Fleggburgh Marshes. Enlisted Norwich. Commemorated: TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 48 to 50 and 162A

TOOKE George Edward

Rifleman 565080. 15th Bn., London Regt (Queen's Westminster Rifles). Killed in action on Thursday 16 August 1917. Age 41. Born Fleggburgh. Lived Yarmouth. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Robert and the late Sarah Ann Tooke, of Fleggburgh; husband of Mabel May Tooke, of Fleggburgh, Gt. Yarmouth, Norfolk. Commemorated: YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 54


No further information available at present

TURNER Herbert James

Private 77795. 17th Bn., Royal Fusiliers. Formerly 63906 Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action on Thursday 6 June 1918. Age 18. Born and lived Fleggburgh. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Mrs. E. Turner, of Somerton Rd., Martham, Great Yarmouth. Native of Fleggburgh. Buried: BIENVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. XVIII. B. 14.

WATERS Robert George

Air Mechanic 2nd Class. 25701. 11th Res. Lorry Park, Royal Air Force. Died Tuesday 29 October 1918. Age 21. Son of Robert and Caroline Waters, of Fleggburgh, Great Yarmouth. Buried: DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. VIII. B. 42.

WATERS William

Hawserman. Steam Trawler "Copious (Yarmouth), Mercantile Marine. Died Tuesday 3 November 1914. Age 36. Son of Hannah Waters and the late William Waters; husband of Mary Jane Waters (nee Turner), of Burgh St. Margaret, Gt. Yarmouth. Born at Thurne, Norfolk. Commemorated: TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, London, United Kingdom.

1939 1945

Probably: Geoffrey Charles Baldwin. Private 7953941. 1st Bn., Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died Tuesday 6 June 1944. Age 22. Son of Frederick and Elsie Baldwin. Buried: LA DELIVRANDE WAR CEMETERY, DOUVRES, Calvados, France. Ref. IX. F. 5.

COOPER Alfred Percy

Aircraftman 1st Class. 648356. Royal Air Force. Died Wednesday 19 June 1940. Age 20. Son of Alfred Ernest and Ethel Elizabeth Cooper, of Horningtoft. Buried: CLIPPESBY (ST. PETER). CHURCHYARD, Norfolk, United Kingdom.

DURRANT James Harry William

Flight Sergeant 1333947. Nav.Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 14 September 1944. Age 22. Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Durrant, of Fleggburgh. Buried: BURGH ST. MARGARET CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, Norfolk, United Kingdom.

FISHER Basil Mark

[Transcribed as BNM] Flying Officer (Pilot) 72382, 111 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 15 August 1940. Son of George and Janet Fisher. Buried in ETON (ST. JOHN) CHURCH CEMETERY, Buckinghamshire. Grave 41. His father died in World War 1 [see transcription above]

Extract from The Battle of Britain Monument (see link for photographs):

Basil Mark Fisher was born on 8th October 1916 and educated at Eton. he went on to read Modern Languages and History at Trinity College, Cambridge. He was commissioned in the RAFVR in July 1938 and called to full-time service in October 1939. He was then working for the Board of Customs and Excise.

Fisher completed his training and joined 111 Squadron at Croydon on 12th May 1940. On 15th August, in an action with Ju88's and Me110's over Selsey, Fisher was shot down in flames. He baled out but was killed. His Hurricane, P3944, crashed at Greenwoods Farm, Sidlesham.

He was 23 and is buried in St John's Church Cemetery, Eton.

His older brother, F/O AGA Fisher, also served in 111 Squadron and survived the war.

FISHER Michael John Carnac

Second Lieutenant 113753. 2nd Bn., Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regt.). Died Friday 31 May 1940. Age 20. Son of William Lawrence Thompson Fisher and Eleanor Mary Fisher, of Billockby, Norfolk. Buried: OOSTDUINKERKE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Koksijde, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. Row F. Grave 131.

GEDGE Walter George

Sergeant 2235544. 189 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Wednesday 7 March 1945. Age 19. Son of William George and Violet May Gedge, of Fleggburgh, Norfolk. Buried: BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY, Soltau, Niedersachsen, Germany. Ref. 24. A. 4.

JACKSON Gordon Henry

Warrant Officer 1284578. 139 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Monday 29 November 1943. Age 20. Son of Henry Charles Jackson, and of Leah Ursula Jackson, of Fleggburgh, Norfolk. Buried: RANGOON WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar. Ref. Coll. grave 6. E. 1-6.

LEBAN Leon Phillip

Private 5778862. 2nd Bn., Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died Thursday 4 May 1944. Age 29. Son of Andre Joseph Leban and Louise Elizabeth Leban; husband of Edna Noreen Leban, of Ormesby-St. Michael, Norfolk. Buried: KOHIMA WAR CEMETERY, India. Ref. 2. C. 16.

PAUL Frank Robert

Volunteer. 11th Norfolk Bn., Home Guard. Died Wednesday 18 March 1942. Age 49. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Paul; husband of Alice Jane Paul, of Clippesby. Buried: CLIPPESBY (ST. PETER). CHURCHYARD, Norfolk, United Kingdom.


No further information available at present

SMITH Edwin Jarvis

Seaman C/X 10860B. H.M.S. Pintail, Royal Naval Reserve. Died Friday 1 November 1940. Age 24. Son of Sarah Smith, of Fleggburgh. Buried: Sec. A. (Naval Reservation). GREAT YARMOUTH (CAISTER) CEMETERY, Norfolk, United Kingdom. Ref. Grave 94.

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