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GREAT BIRCHAM WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright ©
Transcribed Carolynn & Clare Langley.  Researched by Lynda Smith - 2003
additional information Michael Peck

Great Bircham is situated north east of King’s Lynn. There are two main memorials within the village, one external and the other internal. The village memorial is in the centre of the village at the triangle. The external memorial stands beside the B1153 at the junction of the road leading to Bircham Windmill. It takes the form of a four-stepped base surmounted by a plinth, a tapering shaft and a cross with then inscription on marble tablets attached to the sides of the plinth. There are 18 names listed for World War 1 and 3 for World War 2. The second memorial is within the parish church of St Mary and takes the form of a nowy-head board which has been divided into three sections with the dedicatory insctiption in the centre and the outer columns the names of the fallen. The same names are listed as on the external memorial.
Photographs Copyright © Michael Peck 2013

ERECTED BY THE PARISHIONERS
OF THE BIRCHAMS
TO THE MEMORY OF
KILLED IN THE GREAT WAR
1914- 1918
FOR KING AND COUNTRY


There is also a wooden Roll of Honour in the Parish Church.

THIS MEMORIAL
IS PLACED HERE IN
GRATEFUL MEMORY OF
HIS MAJESTY
KING GEORGE VI
AND TO HONOUR THOSE
OF THIS PARISH WHO MADE
THE SUPREME SACRIFICE IN
THE TWO WORLD WARS.

Names are identical on both Memorials.

1914 - 1918

BEESTON

John Dunn
Driver T/421936. 665th H.T. Coy. (Blackheath) Army Service Corps. Died at home on 2nd July 1918. Aged 38. Born Harpley, Norfolk. Lived Great Bircham. Enlisted King’s Lynn. Son of the late John Dunn Beeston, of London House Great Bircham; husband of Ida Elizabeth Beeston, of 16, Great Bircham. Buried: Great Bircham (St. Mary) Churchyard.

CHAPLIN

Edward Robert
Stoker 1st Class 223109. (RFR/CH/B/6421). H.M.S. "Aboukir. Royal Navy. Died on 22nd September 1914. Aged 27. Son of Samuel Chaplin, of Carr Terrace, Docking, Norfolk; husband of Ellen E. Tree (formerly Chaplin), of 107, Windsor Rd., Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex. Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial. Panel 4. See also Bexhill-on-Sea & Bexhill-on-Sea St Mary Magdelene.

Special note: In the early hours of the morning of 22 September 1914, HMS Cressy along with HMS Aboukir & HMS Hogue were sunk by torpedoes from a U-boat under the command of Otto Weddigen, in the North Sea.

EASTER

E
Private. Unable to positively identify. Possibly Wallace Donald G E Easter birth recorded 1887 Docking District, present Bircham Tofts 1891 as Grandson of John Easter, born Bircham Tofts. Present Bircham Tofts 1911 as Wallis Donald Easter.
No trace number or name variation SDGW.
CWGC has E Easter (no forename noted, no stated Norfolk connection). Lance Corporal L/12393. Royal Fusiliers (Battalion not noted). Died 4th January 1916. Buried Eastbourne (Ocklynge) Cemetery. Z.572.
[Note: location of large WWI military hospital]

EASTER

Robert John
Private 59511. 6th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 4th November 1918. Aged 19. Born Bircham Tofts. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Adelaide Easter, of 24, Bircham Tofts, King's Lynn, Norfolk, and the late James Easter. Buried: Preux-Au-Bois Communal Cemetery, Nord, France. Ref. A.39.

EASTER

Sidney Harold
Lance Corporal 13678. 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 15th September 1916. Born Bircham Tofts. Enlisted Norwich. Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D.

ENGLAND

George
Corporal 9288. 2nd Battalion West Yorkshire Regt. (Prince of Wales's Own). Killed in action in France & Flanders on 1st January 1917. Born Snetson (sic), Lynn, Norfolk. Enlisted York. Commemorated: Guards' Cemetery, Combles, Somme, France. Priez Farm Mem. 4.

ENGLAND,  DCM

R

Sergeant. Distinguished Conduct Medal. Possibly Robert J England born Snettisham 1888, son of James Thomas and Alice Eliza England. Brother of George Henry England.

There is a Distinguished Conduct Medal citation from the London Gazette [2 December 1919] for R T ENGLAND:

17988 Sjt. R.T. ENGLAND MM 1st Bn. (Banbury)
As platoon commander, on 24th October 1918, during the attack near Verchain, he displayed marked courage and ability in leading and hamdling his command. During the advance, the line was held up by hostile fire from two machine-gun posts. He pushed his Lewis guns round the flank and rushed the position, capturing two guns and their teams. Lateron, when consolidating, he got three captured guns into position and engaged the enemy whilst his men were getting protection. Throughout the day he set a splendid example to his men.

HAMMOND

Arthur Albert
Private 13697. 1st Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 8th June 1915. Aged 20. Born Great Bircham. Enlisted Norwich. Son of William J. and Ellen E. Hammond, of 77, Great Bircham, King's Lynn. Commemorated: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 4.

HAMMOND

Frank Augustus
Private 17761. 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards. Died of wounds on 28th August 1918. Aged 32. Born and lived Great Bircham. Enlisted King’s Lynn. Son of William and Ellen Hammond, of 77, Great Bircham, King's Lynn. Buried: Ligny-Sur-Canche British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. A. 1.

HUBBARD

Frederick William
Private 42079. 7th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Died on 10th November 1918. Aged 18. Born Anmer, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Mrs. Agnes B. Hubbard, of Great Bircham, King's Lynn. Buried: Brebieres British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. D.3.

KING

James Edward
Rifleman 592994. 18th Battalion London Regt (London Irish Rifles). Formerly 82090 R.A.M.C. Died on 25th October 1918 (CD gives date as 23rd October). Aged 36. Born Rudham. Lived King’s Lynn. Enlisted Kettering. Son of Mrs. Anne King, of 80, Great Bircham, King's Lynn. Buried: Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Belgrade Cemetery, Namur, Belgium. Ref. III. C. 8.

MILES

Robert
Private 24028. 1st Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action on 4th September 1916. Born Great Bircham. Enlisted King’s Lynn. Buried: Flatiron Copse Cemetery, Mametz, Somme, France. Ref. I. I. 8.

OSBORNE

Jacob
(Osbourne on CD). Private 13349. 2nd/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regt.). Died of wounds in France & Flanders on 24th May 1918. Aged 24. Born Bircham Newton. Lived King’s Lynn. Enlisted Skipton, Yorkshire. Son of Edward Jacob and Mary Ann Osborne, of 2, Bircham Newton, King's Lynn. Buried: Bienvillers Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. XX. B. 8.

OSBORNE

J M
Private. No further information available at present.

TAYLOR

Bertie Alfred
Air Mechanic 1st Class 23436. 57th Squadron Royal Air Force. Died on 30th July 1918. Aged 22. Son of Ernest George and Sarah Ann Taylor, of Baythorpe Rd., Bircham Tofts, King's Lynn. Buried: Huby-St. Leu British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. C. 11.

WACEY

Albert Thomas
Acting Bombardier 36005. 113th Heavy Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds in France & Flanders on 4th March 1915. Aged 23. Born and lived Bircham Tofts. Enlisted Norwich. Son of George and Eliza Wacey, of 8, Bircham Tofts, King's Lynn. Buried: Merville Communal Cemetery, Nord, France. Ref. I. D. 12.

WHARTON

Sidney Alfred

Second Lieutenant 8th Battalion Norfolk Regiment, attd. Trench Mortar Bty. Died of wounds on 1st July 1917. Aged 20. Son of Mrs. A. Wharton, of Bircham Tofts, King's Lynn. Buried: Dive Copse British Cemetery, Somme, France. Ref. II. R 26.

WHARTON

Thomas Henry
Private (memorial gives rank as Corporal) 312784. 9th Battalion Essex Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 3rd July 1916. Aged 27. Born and lived Great Bircham. Enlisted Chelmsford. Son of Herbert and Mary Wharton, of Bircham, King's Lynn, Norfolk. Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 10 D.

1939 – 1945

BRISTON

Eric Victor
Leading Seaman C/JX 142857. H.M.S. Verdun, Royal Navy. Died on 22nd March 1946. Aged 27. Son of Harry and Alice Briston, of Bircham; husband of Gwendoline Myrtle Briston, of Bircham Tofts. Buried: Great Bircham (St. Mary) Churchyard. LEADING SEAMAN R.N. 1C/JX 142857 E.V. BRISTON ROYAL NAVY H.M.S. VERDUN 22nd MARCH 1946 Age 27

EASTER

M
Bombardier. No further information available at present.

OSBORNE

A
Private. No further information available at present.

Last updated 10 August, 2016

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