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HALES & HECKINGHAM WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled & Copyright © Rosalind Hoffmann 2003

Hales & Heckingham War Memorial takes the form of a stone Celtic cross situated at crossroads of School Lane & Green Lane in Hales. The Memorial commemorates the dead in both villages. The Second World War names were added as a Millennium Project after a motorist collided with the memorial and knocked it down. The completed memorial was dedicated in 2002. The two villages have their own dead recorded on opposing faces of the memorial, Hales is on the east face and Heckingham on the west face.

Photograph Copyright © Rosalind Hoffmann 2004

HECKINGHAM.
FACING WEST

1914-1918

BATCHELDER

James Edward

Pte. 40107. 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 15th April 1918. Born in Heckingham. Enlisted in Norwich. Commemorated: Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 34 to 35 and 162A.

SMITH

Frank

Lance Corporal 15526. 9th Battalion Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 13th September 1916. Born in Heckingham. Enlisted in Lowestoft. Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.

TILLS

George Ernest William

Private 2458. 11th Battalion Australian Infantry. Died of pneumonia in Egypt on 13th October 1915. Son of R.F. Tills. Enlisted at Perth, Western Australia. Private Tills was a blacksmith. Buried: Beach Cemetery, Anzac, Turkey. Ref. II. J. 9. Remembered on Panel 64 of National Memorial. (Australian Memorial).

WARTER

Henry de Grey

Captain. 4th. Royal Irish Dragoon Guards. Killed in action on 20th November 1917. Son of the late Col. H. De Grey Warter, of Cruck Mole, Shropshire. Commemorated: Sp. Mem. A. 13, Ribecourt British Cemetery, Nord, France.

1939-1945

COLCHESTER

Claud Henry

Private 5774199. 4th Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died whilst a Prisoner of War on 21st September 1944. Aged 28. Born in Norwich. Lived in Norfolk. Son of George Morley Colchester & Gertrude Kate Colchester of Raveningham, Norfolk. Commemorated: Singapore Memorial. Column 50.

MOORE

Robert Samuel

Sapper 2136122.Royal Engineers. Died on 27th December 1940. Aged 34. Born in Suffolk. Lived in Norwich. Son of George & Ellen Moore. Husband of Hilda Rose Moore of Thurton. Buried: Heckingham (St Gregory) Churchyard.

HALES
FACING EAST

1914-1918

BRISTER

George

Private 41523 1st Battalion Essex Regiment. Formerly 5363, 5th Battalion Norfolk Regiment (this is what is listed on memorial). Killed in action in France & Flanders on 14th April 1917. Aged 27. Brother of W.R. Brister of Hintlesham, Ipswich. Commemorated: Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.

DENNY

Allan I

Boy 1st. Class J/45497. HMS Ganges, Royal Navy. Killed by a Zeppelin raid on H.M.S. Ganges on 5th August 1916. Buried: Shotley (St. Mary) Churchyard, Suffolk. Royal Navy Plot 98. Special Note: HMS Ganges was bombed by a German Zeppelin airship. One bomb hit the parade ground, one between 19 & 21 messes, one alongside the old swimming pool and one on the foreshore.

EDGE

Alfred John

Deck Hand 4658/DA. HM Drifter E.B.C., Royal Naval Reserve. Died on 8th September 1915. Aged 23. Born & lived in Loddon. Enlisted in Norwich. Son of Alfred & Elizabeth Edge of Hales, Norwich. Buried: Dover (St. Jamesís) Cemetery, Kent. Ref. N.W.22.

EDGE

James

Corporal 73207. 11th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment). Formerly 1366 Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 7th June 1917. Aged 23. Born in Loddon. Lived in Mundham. Enlisted in Norwich. Son of Alfred & Elizabeth Edge of Hales, Norwich. Commemorated: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 39 and 41.

EDGE

William

Corporal 9663. 1st Battalion Border Regiment. Killed in action on 28th April 1915. Aged 30. Born in Loddon. Lived in Mundham. Enlisted in Norwich. Son of Alfred Edge of Hales, Norwich. Commemorated: Helles Memorial, Turkey. Panel 119 to 125 or 222 and 223.

GOWER

Arthur George

Private D/335. 1st Battalion Dragoon Guards. Died of wounds in France & Flanders on 6th June 1915. Aged 23. Born & lived in Hales. Enlisted in Langley. Son of Frederick & Harriet D. Gower of Holly Cottage, Hales, Norwich. Buried: Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France. Ref. I. E. 150.

HERWIN

William L.

Driver 163046. 141st Army Troop Company, Royal Engineers. Died in France & Flanders on 28th March 1918. 28-03-18. Aged 23. Born in Howe. Resident of Loddon. Enlisted in Loddon. Son of William & Rachel Herwin. Husband of Florence Herwin of Hautbois, Coltishall, Norwich. Buried: Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No. 3, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, France. Ref. II.O.2.

SCARFE

Albert Robert

Private 25255. 8th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 22nd October 1917. Aged 28. Born in Pulham St. Mary. Enlisted in Norwich. Son of Robert & Rosa Ann Scarfe of Hales St. Hales. Commemorated: Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 34 to 35 and 162A.

SCARFE

Henry (Harry)

Lance Corporal 13772. 8th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 1st July 1916. Born Pulham St. Mary. Enlisted in Norwich. Son of Robert & Rosa Ann Scarfe of Hales. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D.

SMITH

John Edward

Private 43429. 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment. Formerly 1625 Norfolk Cyclists. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 9th September 1916. Aged 40. Enlisted in North Walsham. Son of Thomas Thurlow Smith. Husband of Hannah Maria Smith of The Gravel Pits, Loddon. (Davey Place now stands on the Gravel Pits site.) Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 A and 11 D.

STONE

Victor George

Private 12306. 7th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 13th October 1915. Aged 18. Born in Bradenham. Enlisted in Norwich. Son of Benjamin & Fanny Stone of Hales, Norwich. Commemorated: Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 30 and 31

STONE

Walter

Lance Corporal 15477. 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 18th October 1916. Aged 24. Born in Worlingham. Enlisted in Norwich. Son of Benjamin & Fanny Stone of Hales, Norwich. Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D.

TIPPLE

Walter

Private 9447. 7th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Died on 28th March 1917. Aged 20. Born in Bungay, Suffolk. Enlisted in Norwich. Son of Frederick & Emma Tipple of Hales, Loddon. Buried: Hales (St Margaret) Churchyard. In North-East part.

1939-1945

CRISP

Ernest Edward

Rifleman 5834348. 2nd Battalion The London Irish Rifles (Royal Ulster Rifles). Died on 5th August 1943. Aged 31. Born in Norfolk. Son of Arthur William & Ada Ellen Crisp. Husband of Mary Mabel Ellen Crisp of Beccles, Suffolk. Buried: Catania War Cemetery, Sicily. Ref. III.F.30.

TOVELL

Ronald

Driver T/261659. Royal Army Service Corps. Died on 15th December 1945. Aged 23. Born & lived in Norfolk. Son of Mr. & Mrs. William Tovell of Hales. Buried: Hales (St Margaret) Churchyard.

WADE

Sydney Walter

Private 5776817. 4th Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died on 31st January 1942. Born in Norfolk. Lived in Suffolk. Son of Walter & Emily Wade. Husband of Dorothy Evelyn Wade of Hales. Buried: Cape Town (Maitland) Cemetery, Western Cape, South Africa. Ref. Mil. Allotment. Grave 96262A.

12 September 2004

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