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GREAT MASSINGHAM WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 and Other - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Transcribed and photographed by Carolynn Langley; researched Martin Edwards 2004

The memorial is situated to the right of the church of St. Mary, Gt. Massingham. It takes the form of a small Latin cross on an octagonal pillar standing on a square plinth with a three stepped base. There are 21 names listed for World War 1 and 1 for World War 2. In was first unveiled in November 1920 by Colonel McNeil.

Photograph Copyright © Carolynn Langley - 2004

THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918
LET US REMEMBER IN LOVE AND GRATITUDE
THESE OUR BROTHERS WHO DIED THAT WE
MIGHT LIVE AND LET US SEEK TO WALK
WORTHY OF THEIR SACRIFICE.

ALLCOCK

Charles [William]

Chief Stoker 288696, H.M.S. Africa, Royal Navy. Died 11th March 1916. Aged 37. Son of Charles and Margaret Allcock; husband of Alice Allcock, of Great Massingham, King's Lynn, Norfolk. Awarded Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. Buried in DALMENY AND QUEENSFERRY CEMETERY, West Lothian, Scotland. Grave 1408.

BARNES

George

Private 26542, 14th (Service) Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Killed in action 17th September 1916 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Great Massingham, enlisted Norwich. Buried in EUSTON ROAD CEMETERY, COLINCAMPS, Somme, France. Plot III. Row M. Grave 4.

BECK

Frank

Private 9683, 1st Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. Killed in action 1st July 1916 in France & Flanders. Born Great Massingham, enlisted Great Yarmouth, resident King's Lynn. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAl, Somme, france. Firce and Face 2 C.

BIRD

Herbert

Lance Corproal 60273, 101st Company Labour Corps. Died of wounds 17th May 1918 in France & Flanders. Aged 36. Born Massingham, enlisted King's Lynn, resident Great Massingham. Son of William and Jane Bird, of Great Massingham, King's Lynn. Formerly Private 26975, 34th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot Q. II. Row K. Grave 7.

GAGE

Sidney [William]

Private 30018, 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 25th March 1917 in France & Flanders. Aged 22. Born Great Massingham, enlisted Norwich. Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Gage, of Great Massingham, King's Lynn. Buried in VERMELLES BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot V. Row A. Grave 44.

GEORGE

Albert

Private 320367, 12th (Norfolk Yeomanry) Battalion, Nofolk Regiment. Killed in action 12th October 1918 in France & Flanders. Born Great Massingham, enlisted Norwich. Buried in UNDERHILL FARM CEMETERY, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Row D. Grave 3.

GOLL

John William

Private 29241, 8th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 18th September 1918 in France & Flanders. Aged 19. Born Great Massingham, enlisted Norwich, resident Northrepps. Son of Mr. W. and Mrs. R. Goll, of Great Massingham, King's Lynn, Norfolk. Buried in STE. EMILIE VALLEY CEMETERY, VILLERS-FAUCON, Somme, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 4.

HOLSEY

Horace [Arthur]

Private 40777, "B" Company, 7th (SDGW states 1st/8th) Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Died of wounds in United Kingdom 5th September 1918. Aged 30. Born Great Massingham, enlisted Mexborough, Yorkshire, resident Shirebrook, Derbyshire. Son of William Holsey; husband of Grace Holsey, of 14, York Rd., Shirebrook, Mansfield. Born at Great Massingham. Formerly 3799, Military Foot Police. Buried east of the church in ST MARY CHURCHYARD, GREAT MASSINGHAM, Norfolk.

HOWARD

[Robert] William

Private 320317, 12th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in Palestine 8th December 1917. Aged 27. Born Great Massingham, enlisted Norwich. Son of James and Anna Howard, of Great Massingham, Lynn, Norfolk. Buried in JERUSALEM WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Row B. Grave 62.

JARVIS

Ernest C

probably Ernest JARVIS, Corporal B/3025, 7th Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Killed in action 18th August 1916 in France & Flanders. Born King's Lynn, enlisted London, resident Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAl, Somme, France. Pier and Face 16 B and 16 C.

MOORE

Thomas Richard

Rifleman 913, 18th (London) Battalion (Territorial), Rifle Brigade. Accidentally drowned at Diamond Island, Burma, 15th November 1916. Aged 36. Enlisted Waltham Abbey, resident Muswell Hill. Son of Richard and Susan Moore, of Great Massingham, Kings Lynn; husband of Kathleen E. Moore, of 33, Everington Rd., Muswell Hill, London. Posted to the 18th Battalion, Rifle Briagde 30th October 1915. Enlisted in the Middlesex Regiment 11th June 1915. With Indian Expeditionary force from 26th November 1915. Supposedly 39 years old when he enlisted but CWGC gives his age at death as 36. Address on enlistment 1 Firs Avenue, Muswell Hill, London. Formerly 20303, 7th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on TAUKKYAN MEMORIAL, Taukkyan War Cmeetery, Myanmar (previously Burma).

Note: The 19 First World War casualties commemorated on this memorial served in garrisons and lie buried in the following cemeteries: Aungban Cemetery; Bassein Church of England Cemetery; Diamond Island Cof E Cemetery; Kungyangon Cemetery; Lwekaw Cemetery; Mangthone Military Grave; Prome Government Cemetery; Pyinmana Cemetery; Shwebo Cantonment Cemetery.

POWLEY

Ernest William

Private 7069, 1st/9th Battalion, Durham lIght Infantry. Died 7th February 1917 in France & Flanders. Aged 34. Enlisted Norfolk. Son of Paul and Susan Powley, of Great Massingham, King's Lynn, Norfolk; brother of Peter (below). Buried in HAMBURG CEMETERY, Germany. Plot IV. Row G. Grave 8.

POWLEY

Peter

Lance Corporal 13653, 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 19th July 1916 in France & Flanders. Aged 26. Born Harpley, enlisted Norwich. Son of Paul and Susan Powley, of Great Massingham, King's Lynn; brother of Ernest (above). No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAl, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D.

READER

Charles Edward

Lance Corporal 32481, 14th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Killed in action 27th Septmber 1918 in France & Flanders. Born Newton Castleacre, enlisted King's Lynn, resident Great Massingham. Formerly 32400, Lancers. Buried in GOUZEAUCOURT NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot VI. Row H. Grave 11.

SILLIS

Harry

Private G/9303, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment attached 1st Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 10th October 1917. Aged 33. Born Great Massingham, enlisted King's Lynn. Son of Mary Sillis, of 4, Church Lane, Great Massingham, King's Lynn, Norfolk, and the late Robert Sillis. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 86 to 88.

SKIPPER

John Willie

Sergeant 10602, 9th Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment). Died of wounds 9th October 1916 in France & Flanders. Aged 27. Born King's Lynn, enlisted Middlesborough, resident Northampton. Eldest son of John and Mary Skipper, of Massingham, King's Lynn, Norfolk; husband of Minnie E. Wooding (formerly Skipper), of Castle Ashby, Northampton. Buried in DERNANCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot III. Row F. Grave 31.

TOOKE

Aubone Henry

Private 50736, 16th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 3rd April 1918 in France & Flanders. Aged 19. Born Gayton Thorpe, enlisted King's Lynn. Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Tooke, of 14, Castleacre Rd., Great Massingham, King's Lynn. Formerly 51078, Suffolk Regiment. Buried in QUESNOY FARM MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Row B. Grave 8.

WARNES

Horace

Corporal 240158, 1st/5th Battalion (Territorial Force), Norfolk Regiment. Died in Palestine 19th April 1917. Aged 24. Born Little Massingham, enlisted Great Massingham. Son of George and Anna Elizabeth Warnes, of Great Massingham, King's Lynn. No known grave. Commemorated on JERUSALEM MEMORIAl, Israel. Panels 12 to 15.

WHITBY

Arthur G

No further information currently

WHITBY

Albert Watson

Corporal 1884, 1st/5th Battalion (Territorial Force), Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action at Gallipoli 28th August 1915. Born and enlisted Great Massingham. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 42 to 44.

YE SUFFER FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS SAKE HAPPY ARE YE!
Ist Peter. III.14.

1939- 1945

HARVEY

Dudley

Lance Sergeant 865843, 118/30 Light A.A. Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 24th December 1944. Aged 23. Born at Great Massingham on the 11th December 1921. Son of Frederick Samuel and Kathleen May Harvey, of Great Massingham, Norfolk. Buried in FORLI WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot II. Row C. Grave 18.

In the churchyard

GOODWIN

Barbara Ellen

[Listed as Barbara Ellen Goodwin on CWGC] Member 611, Aeroplane Repair Shops, Women's Royal Air Force. Died 4th November 1918. Age 24. Daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Harvey, of Hill House, Great Massingham; wife of Walter Goodwin, of Derby. Buried East of the church.

611 MEMBER
BARBARA ELLEN GOODWIN
WOMENS ROYAL AIR FORCE

4th NOVEMBER 1918 age 24.

Last updated 22 February, 2011

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