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GRIMSTON WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Martin Edwards 2017

The Grimston War Memorial is to be found outside St Botolph's Church, Grimston. It takes the form of an elaborate and finely worked wheel cross standing on an octagonal plinth with a three stepped base. There are 37 names for World War 1 and 2 for World War 2. The memorial was restored in 1990.

Photograph copyright © Shaz Ann 2017

IN
HONOURED MEMORY
OF ALL WHO WENT FORTH
FROM THIS PARISH
AND GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1919

BARNES
Alfred Ernest
Private 22418, 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds 16 August 1917. Aged 28. Born Grimston, enlisted King's Lynn. Son of Lorenzo Jasper and Sarah Barnes, of Low Rd., Grimston, King's Lynn, Norfolk. Buried in BRANDHOEK NEW MILITARY CEMETERY NO. 3 , West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row B. Grave 5.
BIRD
William [Herbert]
Private 30591, 13th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Died of wounds 14 July 1917. Aged 36. Born Great Gressingham, Norfolk, enlisted Norwich, resident Grimston. Son of William and Matilda Bird, of Norfolk; husband of Alice Constance Bird, of The Ferns, Letchmore Heath, Watford, Herts. Buried in FINS NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, SOREL-LE-GRAND, Somme, France. Plot I. Row C. Grave 12.
BLAKE
John
Private 240167, 1/5th Battalion (Territorial Force), Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in Palestine 19 April 1917. Aged 21. Born Grimston, enlisted Kings Lynn, Norfolk. Son of Charles and Sarah Blake, of Keeper's Lane, Congham, King's Lynn, Norfolk. Buried in GAZA WAR CEMETERY, Israel and Palestine (including Gaza). Plot XXIII. Row C. Grave 15.
BLAKE
Stanley Claxton
Private 8/40204, 53rd (Y.S.) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Died in the United Kingdom 6 November 1918. Aged 19. Born Norfolk, enlisted Worcester. Son of Charles Blake, of Keepers Lane, Congham, King's Lynn. Buried near the north boundary in GRIMSTON (ST. BOTOLPH) CHURCHYARD, Norfolk.
BOLDERO
William Henry
Able Seman R/4318, 'A' Company, 1st Platoon, Hood Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Missing, assumed killed in action, 24 March 1918. Born 26 May 1886 in Grimston. Husband of Mrs Susannah E. Boldero, of The Limes, Grimston, near Kings Lynn; married in the Freebridge Lynn Registration District 1917. In the 1901 census he was aged 14, born Grimston, son of Abraham and Georgina Boldero, resident Golston, Grimston, Freebridge Lynn, Norfolk. In the 1911 census he was aged 24, born Grimston, resident with his parents, Abraham and Georgina Boldero, in Grimston, Kings Lynn, Norfolk. Joined the Army Reserve 26 February 1916, Royal Naval Volunteeer Reserve 28 June 1917, mobilised 28 June 1917, 3rd Reserve 29 June 1917, Hood Battalion 30 October 1917. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 1.
BRINKLEY, MM
Frederick
Private 26226, 7th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City Of London Regiment). Killed in action 30 October 1917. Aged 25. Born Norwich, enlisted and resident King's Lynn. Son of the late Sidney and Kathleen Brinkley, of Setchy, King's Lynn. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). In the 1911 census he was aged 19, born Norwich, a Farm Labourer, resident with his widowed father, Sidney, at Setch, Kings Lynn, Setchey, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 28 to 30 and 162 to 162A and 163A.
BUNTING
Charles aka Charlie
Private 240348, 1/5th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died in Egypt 3 August 1917. Enlisted East Dereham, Norfolk. Son of Edith Margaret Bunting, of Arms Yard, High St., King's Lynn. In the 1901 census he was aged 4, born Grimston, resident with his parents, William and Edith Margaret Bunting, at Pott Row Road, Grimston, Freebridge Lynn, Norfolk. In the 1911 census he was aged 14, born Grimston, a Farm Labourer, resident with his mother, Edith M Bunting, in Grimston, Norfolk. Buried in ALEXANDRIA (HADRA) WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Section D. Grave 164.
BUNTING
Edward
Private 15561, 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died in United Kingdom 7 February 1919. Aged 24. Born Grimston, enlisted Norwich. Buried North-East of the church in GRIMSTON (ST. BOTOLPH) CHURCHYARD, Norfolk.
COBB
Frederick Henry aka Fred
Corporal 91642, 1/6th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Died at Quedlingburg Priosner of War Camp Hospital 1 November 1918 at 8 a.m.. Aged 31. Born King's Lynn, resident Four Oaks, enlisted Sutton Coldfield. Husband of Evelyn Alice Cobb, of Belwell House, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield. Son of Charles and Jane Cobb, of Crimplesham Lodge, Downham Market, Norfolk. Suffered from tonsillitis from 3 to 12 April 1917. Height 5 feet 4½ inches, chest 36 inches. Buried in NIEDERZWEHREN CEMETERY, KASSEL, Hessen, Germany. Plot VIII. Row D. Grave 19.
COOPER
Frederick Charles aka Fred
Private 12024, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 13 October 1915. Born Grimstone (sic), Norfolk, enlisted Wisbech. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 37 and 38.
ELLABY
Cecil Annesley
Private 10/2124, Wellington Regiment, N.Z.E.F., New Zealand. Died 8 August 1915. Aged 27. Son of the Rev. A. H. and Mrs. Ellaby, of Thornham Vicarage, King's Lynn. in the 1891 census he was aged 2, born cambridgeshire, son of Alfred H and Margaret J Ellaby, resident The Rectory, Little Eversden, Caxton, Cambridgeshire. In the 1901 census he was aged 12, a schoollboy, born Everrsden, Cambridgeshire, resident Leatherhead, Surrey. In the 1911 census he was aged 22, born Eversden, Cambridgeshire, a boarder, Bank Clerk, resident 27 Crescent Road, Ecclesall, Sheffield, Yorkshire. No known grave. Commemorated on CHUNUK BAIR (NEW ZEALAND) MEMORIAL, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Panel 20.
FRANCKLIN
Lloyd Fairfax
Private 8648, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action at Ypres 21 April 1915. Aged 20. Born Peterborough, Northants 10 May 1894, enlisted Norwich. Son of Fanny Jane Terrey (formerly Francklin), of 5, Hockland St., King's Lynn, and the late Lloyd Fairfax Francklin. Admitted to Church Hill School, Grimston 1898. Attested 15 May 1912 at Norwich, Private 8648, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, aged 17 years 8 months, height 5 feet 2¾ inches, chest 32½ inches, weight 107 lbs, fresh complexion, brown eyes, brown hair, religious denomination Church of England. Worked in the Printing Trade as a Printer for 4 years before attesting. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 4.
HAMMOND
Walter W
Corporal 13810, 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 22 October 1917. Born Grimston, enlisted Norwich. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 34 to 35 and 162A.
HARDY
George Henry
Private 328129, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action 26 September 1917. Born Gaywood, Norfolk, enlisted King's Lynn. Formerly 30451, Bedfordshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 148.
HOOKS
William Henry
[Listed as Henry William HOOKS on SDGW and CWGC and census] Private 47930, 2/5th Battalion, Lancaster Fusiliers. Died in service in United Kingdom 4 November 1918. Aged 20. Born Grimston, enlisted King's Lynn, Norfolk. Baptised 23 October 1898 in Norwich, Norfolk. Son of William and Mary Elizabeth Hooks, of Common Lane, Grimston, King's Lynn. In the 1901 census he was aged 2, born Grimston, son of William and Mary E grimston, resident Common Lane, Grimstone, Grimston, Freebridge Lynn, Norfolk. In the 1911 census he was aged 12, born Grimston, Norfolk, son of William and Mary Elizabeth Hooks, resident Grimston, Norfolk. Buried North-East of the church in GRIMSTON (ST. BOTOLPH) CHURCHYARD, Norfolk.
HUMPHREY
Walter Maurice George
Rifleman 47139, 13th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 23 October 1918. Aged 18. Born Grimsby, enlisted Norwich, resident Grimston. Son of George and Rebecca Humphrey, of Grimston, King's Lynn, Norfolk. Buried in BEAURAIN BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Row C. Grave 8.
KING
Reginald [Wilson]
Private 20168, 5th Battalion, King's (Shropshire Light Infantry). Died of wounds 5 May 1917. Aged 19. Born Grimston, enlisted Guildford, resident Watlon-on-Thames. Nephew of Mrs. E. Howard, of 5, Russell Rd., Walton-on-Thames. Formerly 79578, Royal Field Artillery. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Section P. Plot I. Row H. Grave 8B.
MATSELL
Arthur
Private 41412, 9th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 3 October 1918. Aged 35. Born Smehwick, Staffordshire, enlisted Derby, resident King's Lynn. Son of William and Eliza Matsell, of Pot Row, Grimston, King's Lynn. Buried in QUEANT ROAD CEMETERY, BUISSY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VII. Row G. Grave 11.
MAYES
Ernest Edward
Private 6871, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment attached to 177th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died 16 January 1917. Born Grimston, enlisted King's Lynn, Norfolk. Formerly 4/6038, Norfolk Regiment. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot X. Row D. Grave 21A.
MAYES
George William
Private 3/7120, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 12 July 1915. Aged 20. Born Grimston, enlisted King's Lynn, Norfolk. Son of Mr. H. Mayes, of Lower Rd., Grimston, Norfolk. Buried in PERTH CEMETERY (CHINA WALL), West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave lost, commemorated on Trench Railway Cemetery Memorial 87.
PADGETT
Arthur
Gunner 115618, 191st Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds 30 October 1917. Aged 20. Born Grimston, enlisted Norwich. Son of Robert and Emma Padgett, of Lower Rd., Grimston, Norfolk. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XXX. Row H. Grave 6.
PADGETT
William
Private 16662, 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 13 October 1915. Born Grimston, enlisted Norwich. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 30 and 31.
RUDD
Stephen
Private 7811, 2nd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died in Meopotamia 27 April 1916. Aged 35. Born Grimston, enlisted Roydon, Norfolk. Son of Samuel and Mary Ann Rudd, late of Grimston, Norfolk. Buried in KUT WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Section G. Grave 3.
RUDD
William
Private 19642 [CWGC 19644], 2nd Battalion, South Wales Borderers. Killed in action at Gallipoli 4 December 1915. Born Grimston, enlisted Hereford. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Panel 80 to 84 or 219 and 220.
RUMBLES
Alfred
Stoker 1st Class 223110(Ch.), H.M.S. "Pathfinder", Royal Navy. Died 5 September 1914. Aged 29. Son of Robert and Martha Rumbles, of Taylor's Yard, Grimston, King's Lynn, Norfolk. Buried in QUEENSFERRY CEMETERY, West Lothian. Grave 578.
SAYER
Albert
Private 33773, 1st Battalion, Border Regiment. Killed in action 27 January 1917. Aged 19. Born and resident Grimston, enlisted King's Lynn, Norfolk. Son of Thomas and Sarah Ann Sayer, of Church Hill, Grimston, King's Lynn. Formerly 178006, Royal Field Artillery. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 6 A and 7 C.
SEAMAN
Albert
Rifleman B/200115, 11th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action 20 March 1918. Born, resident and enlisted King's Lynn, Norfolk. Formerly 5/5520, Norfolk Regiment. In the 1911 census he was aged 19, born Grimston, a Farm Labourer, resident with his parents, John and Elizabeth Seaman, in Grimston, Norfolk. In the 1901 census he was aged 9, born Grimston, resident with his parents, John and Elizabeth Seaman, in Pot Row, Grimston, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 16 B and 16 C.
SHEPPARD, MM
Reginald Victor
Driver T3/025134, No. 3 Company, 18th Division Train, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 13 February 1919. Aged 33. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose Sheppard; husband of Alice A. Able (formerly Sheppard), of Orange Row, Terrington St. Clement. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). In the 1911 census he was aged 25, born UIpswich, Suffolk, married to Alice Amelia, a Railway Porter, resident Pockthorpe, West Rudham Kings Lynn, Norfolk. In the 1901 census he was aged 14, born Ipswich, employed going odd work on a farm. son of the widowed A,brose Sheppard, resident with his father in High Street, Hilgay, Downham, Norfolk. Buried in South-West part of TERRINGTON ST. CLEMENT WESLEYAN CEMETERY, Norfolk.
SMITH
James Thomas
Private 20929, 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died of wounds at Gallipoli 28 November 1915. Aged 21. Born and resident Grimston, enlisted Norwich. Son of John E. and M. Smith, of Chapel Pott Row, Grimston, King's Lynn, Norfolk. Formerly 17959, Norfolk Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Panel 146 to 151 or 229 to 233.
SMITH
Robert Samuel
Private 44058, 10th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 21 September 1918. Born Drayton Parslow, Buckinghamshire, enlisted King's Lynn, resident Grimston. Formerly 11924, Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried in UNICORN CEMETERY, VENDHUILE, Aisne, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 28.
SMITH
Samuel
Private 30025, 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 15 April 1918. Born Congham, Norfolk, enlisted King's Lynn, Norfolk. In the 1901 census he was aged 14, born Congham, Norfolk, resident with his parents, George and Frances Ann Smith, in Water Lane, Grimston, Freebridge Lynn, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 34 to 35 and 162A.
SPOONER
Frederick
Private G/40556, 1/8th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Died 17 August 1917. Aged 23. Son of Fredrick and Mary Ann Smith, of Grimston, King's Lynn. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 113 to 115.
STEBBINGS
William
Private G/15192, 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action witrh the B.E.F. 15 March 1917. Aged 33. Born Grimston, enlisted King's Lynn, Norfolk. Son of William Stebbings, of Church Hill, Grimston, King's Lynn. Buried in RAILWAY DUGOUTS BURIAL GROUND (TRANSPORT FARM), West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot VII. Row J. Grave 12.
SYMONDS
Arthur
No further information currently available
TODD, MM
Arthur William
[Listed as William Arthur TODD on SDGW] Corporal 17892, 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 15 April 1918. Born Grimston, enlisted Colchester, Essex. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 34 to 35 and 162A.
TURVEY
Thomas Edward
Gunner 70655, 277th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds in the United Kingdom 3 May 1918. Born and resident Grimston, enlisted King's Lynn. Son of Elijah and Alice Lake, of Low Rd., Grimston, King's Lynn. Buried North of the church in GRIMSTON (ST. BOTOLPH) CHURCHYARD, Norfolk.
TWITE
Jonathan William
Gunner 86308, 1st Army Pool. Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds 12 April 1917. Aged 23. Born and resident Grimston, enlisted Norwich. Son of Jonathan William and Clara Twite, of Manor Farm, Grimston; husband of Clara Twite, of Manor Farm, Grimston, King's Lynn. Buried in FOSSE NO.10 COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, SAINS-EN-GOHELLE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row C. Grave 44.
ALSO THE WAR
1939 – 1945
THEIR NAME LIVETH
FOR EVERMORE
RUMBLES
Robert Horace
Private 14331063, 1st Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died 23 November 1944. Aged 20. Son of Herbert Edward and Emma Rumbles, of Grimston, Norfolk. Buried in VENRAY WAR CEMETERY, Limburg, Netherlands. Plot II. Row C. Grave 7.
HAMMOND
Paul Ernest
Driver 5835258, 284 Assault Squadron, Royal Engineers. Died 20 October 1944. Aged 24. Son of Ernest and Blanche Maysel Hammond, of Grimston, Norfolk, England; husband of Kathleen Mary Hammond, of Grimston. Buried in ADEGEM CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY , Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot VI. Row C. Grave 1.

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