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HAPPISBURGH WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright ©
Transcribed by David Rudram; Researched by Lynda Smith - 2003

Happisburgh (pronounced Hasbro) is a coastal village in North Norfolk, famous for its red and white striped lighthouse. There are two War Memorials in the Parish Church. One on the west end by the arch to the tower has the names of all who fought in World War 1, and on the south wall is a memorial to those who died. The Memorial gives full name, date of death and age.

Photographs Copyright © Lynda Smith - 2004

1914 - 1919

GRIMMMER

Richard

Private 13492. 8th Bn., Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 10 March 1917. Age 27. (Memorial gives age as 47). Born Happisburgh. Enlisted Norwich. Son of George and Selina Una Grimmer, of Happisburgh, Norfolk. Commemorated: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D.

LEEDER

Norman Robert

Private 240195. 1st/5th Bn., Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 19 April 1917. (Memorial gives 19 June 1917). Age 20. Born Marsham. Enlisted Stalham. Son of Robert John and Ellen Margaret Leeder, of High House, Happisburgh, Norwich. Commemorated: JERUSALEM MEMORIAL, Israel. Panels 12 to 15.

MASON

John

Probably: Petty Officer 1st Class. 196093. H.M.S. "Cressy.", Royal Navy. Died Tuesday 22 September 1914. (Age given for the John Mason on the Memorial is 32). Commemorated: CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent, United Kingdom, Panel 1. (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.)

MILLAR

William J

Private 6787. 1/5th Bn. , Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regt.) formerly 2nd/5th Norfolk Regt. and , Northumberland Fusiliers. Died Wednesday 11 April 1917. Age 23. (Memorial gives age as 28). Buried: HAPPISBURGH (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD, Norfolk, United Kingdom. (Not on CD).

MONSEY

George

Private G/9332. 3rd Bn., Royal Sussex Regiment, Labour Corps. Died Saturday 8 March 1919. Age 29. (Memorial gives age as 19). Son of William and Clara Monsey, of Witton, Norwich. Buried: NORWICH CEMETERY, Norfolk, United Kingdom. Ref. 54. 548.

MONSEY

John

Driver 211639. 18th Army Bde. Ammunition Col., Royal Field Artillery. Died Monday 2 December 1918. age 20. Buried: ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Ref. S. II. HH. 12.

PLATFORD

James

Private 325581. 1st/9th Bn., Durham Light Infantry. Formerly 5510 Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Friday 13 April 1917. Age 28. Born Ludham, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. Buried: AGNY MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. H. 44/57.

SIELY

Cubitt Charles

(Family name SIEBY on CD). Gunner 105290. 227th Siege Bty., Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds Saturday 2 November 1918. Age 37. Born and lived Happisburgh. Enlisted Norwich. Husband of Emma Jane Siely, of Norfolk. Buried: TERLINCTHUN BRITISH CEMETERY, WIMILLE, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. VII. B. 1.

SPANTON

James Wiseman

Lance Corporal 15138. 7th Bn., Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 28 April 1917. (Memorial gives 24 April) Age 26. Born Happisburgh. Enlisted North Walsham. Buried: DURY CRUCIFIX CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. II. H. 18.

WISEMAN

Frederick George

Petty Officer 1st Class 116160. (R.F.R./CH/A/839) H.M.S. Pembroke, Royal Navy. Died Monday 31 August 1914. (Memorial gives 30 August 1914). Age 48 . (Memorial gives age as 47). Born Happisburgh. Son of George and Emma Wiseman; husband of Anna Elizabeth Wiseman, of 1, Prospect Avenue, London Rd., Attleborough, Norfolk. Buried: GILLINGHAM (WOODLANDS) CEMETERY, Kent, United Kingdom. Ref. Naval. 12. 617.



Photograph Copyright © Barry Miles 2003

  1939 1945
BATCHELOR A
Possibly: Arthur Batchelor. Gunner 5768526. 1 Lt. A.A. Regiment Royal Artillery. Died Between 30th May and 2nd June 1940. Aged 33. Son of Edith Ward, of Stalham, Norfolk. Commemorated: Dunkirk Memorial, France. Column 10.
BOYCE R A
Probably: Robert Arthur Boyce. Able Seaman C/JX 157784. H.M.S. Bedouin Royal Navy. Died on 15th June 1942. Commemorated: Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Column 53.1.
CLARKE J D
No further information.
DENNIS B B
Probably: Benjamin Bernard Dennis. Guardsman 2655379. 5th Battalion Coldstream Guards. Died on 11th November 1944. Aged 32. Buried: Venray War Cemetery, Limburg, Netherlands. Ref. III. C. 12.
GRIMMER Wilfred Edward
E.W. Grimmer on Memorial. Private 5834987. 4th Battalion Suffolk Regiment. Died on 16th October 1943. Aged 25. Son of George Walter and Ethel Emma Grimmer, of Happisburgh, Norfolk. Buried: Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Myanmar. Ref. B3. Z. 11.
HARVEY C G
Possibly: Christopher George Harvey. Private 1st Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment. Died on 21st March 1943. Aged 30. Buried: Taukkyan War Cemetery, Myanmar. Ref. 10. K. 18.
HARVEY Cannon William
Seaman LT/JX 242437. H.M. Trawler Tervani. Royal Naval Patrol Service. Died on 7th February 1943. Son of Cannon Benjamin and Anne Elizabeth Harvey, of Happisburgh, Norfolk. Commemorated: Lowestoft Naval Memorial, Suffolk. Panel 11, Column 3.
PARDON Cyril James
Gunner 107 (The South Notts. Hussars) Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery. Died on 6th June 1942. Aged 22. Son of James and Ellen Pardon, of North Lopham, Norfolk. Commemorated: Alamein Memorial, Egypt. Column 14.
   R.I.P.
   In the Graveyard, not on the memorial
MARSH William Horace
Ordinary Seaman C/JX 279738. H.M.S. Badger. Royal Navy. Died on 30th October 1941. Buried: Happisburgh (St. Mary) Churchyard.
Unknown  
A Sailor of the 1939 1945 War. Merchant Navy. Found 23rd August 1947.
Unknown  
A Sailor of the 1939 1945 War. Merchant Navy. 14th October 1944.

Wooden Board

The Wooden Board Memorial commemorates not only those who died in World War 1 but also those who served.

To the Glory of God
and in honour of the Men of Happisburgh
who served their King and Country in the
Great War 1914 – 1919

Deceased
GRIMMER Richard See World War 1 Memorial for details
LEEDER Norman See World War 1 Memorial for details
MASON John See World War 1 Memorial for details
MILLAR William See World War 1 Memorial for details
MONSEY George See World War 1 Memorial for details
MONSEY John See World War 1 Memorial for details
PLATFORD James See World War 1 Memorial for details
SEILY Cubitt C. See World War 1 Memorial for details
SPANTON James See World War 1 Memorial for details
WISEMAN F. George See World War 1 Memorial for details
Survivors
BARNES M. James No Further information
BATES Arthur No Further information
BOWERS Frank No Further information
BENNINGTON Thomas No Further information
CASTON? John No Further information
CLARKE Charles No Further information
CLARKE Arthur No Further information
COLE Armine HMS Inflexible, Royal Navy. Brother of Archie and Charles COLE below.
COLE Archie Brother of Archie and Armine COLE above.
COLE Charles Brother of Arthur and Armine COLE above.
CORK Arthur No Further information
CUBITT [Thomas] Percy Brother of Gilbert John and Cyril Robertt listed below. His parents ran the Hill House Hotel in Happisburgh.
CUBITT Gilbert [John] Brother of Thomas Percy and Cyril Robert listed here. His parents ran the Hill House Hotel in Happisburgh.
CUBITT Cyril [Robert] Brother of Thomas Percy and Gilbert John listed here. His parents ran the Hill House Hotel in Happisburgh.
CURTIS Sydney No Further information
DAVIS Samuel No Further information
DUCKER Charles No Further information
DUCKER Robert No Further information
DYBALL George No Further information
DYBALL Robert No Further information
DYBALL Frederick No Further information
ELVIN James No Further information
FRENCH Joseph No Further information
GENTRY John No Further information
GIBBS Harold No Further information
GRIMMER Robert No Further information
GRIMMER James No Further information
GRIMMER Albert No Further information
GRIMMER Horatio No Further information
GOOCH Samuel No Further information
GOOCH Stanley No Further information
GOTTS Thomas No Further information
HARMER? Robert No Further information
HARVEY Herbert No Further information
HARVEY William No Further information
HITCHCOCK Aldous No Further information
HUBBARD John No Further information
JONES Cecil No Further information
JONES Edward No Further information
JONES Sidney No Further information
JONES M.C. A. Ivan No Further information
LAWSON Thomas No Further information
LEEDER Frank No Further information
LONG Barnard No Further information
LUBBOCK Robert No Further information
MANTHORPE James No Further information
MANTHORPE Richard No Further information
MASON Roland No Further information
MASON Ambrose No Further information
MASON William No Further information
MILES Frederick No Further information
MILES Walter No Further information
MILLAR James No Further information
NORFEY Bertram No Further information
NICKERSON Frederick No Further information
PERRY George No Further information
PEARCE Reginald No Further information
PEARCE John No Further information
PLUMMER James No Further information
PURNELL H. Moore No Further information
PILGRIM Harold No Further information
SIELY Cubitt No Further information
SIELY William No Further information
SMITH Charles No Further information
STRIKE Herbert No Further information
STRIKE William No Further information
SPANTON John No Further information
THOMPSON John No Further information
TODD, MM & BAR Norman No Further information
TUDMAN Sidney No Further information
TUDMAN Thomas No Further information
TUDMAN Ernest No Further information
TUDMAN Roland No Further information
WATTS Sidney No Further information
WATTS William No Further information
WATTS William No Further information
WATTS George No Further information
WATTS Isaac No Further information
WATTS Herbert No Further information
WILSON Harry No Further information
WILKINS Frank No Further information
WRIGHT Cyril No Further information
WEGG William No Further information
Photographs Copyright © Lynda Smith - 2004

H.M.S. INVINCIBLE

On 16 March 1801, HMS INVINCIBLE
was wrecked of Happisburgh when
on her way to join the fleet with
Admiral Nelson at Copenhagen.
The day following, the Ship sank with
the loss of some four hundred lives.
One hundred and nineteen members
of the Ship’s Company lie buried here.
“And the sea gave up the dead
that were in it…..”
Revelation 26:13
This memorial stone was given jointly
by the Parochial Church Council and
The Officers and Ship’s Company of
HMS Invincible. 1998


The Bells

There is a plaque commemorating the restoration of the Bells dedicated to Mariners
who perished in the North Sea in the Great War.

The Bells of St Mary’s 1637
To the Glory of God and in Memory
of the Officers and Men of the
Royal Navy and Mercantile Marine
who made the Supreme Sacrifice in the
North Sea in the Great War 1914 – 1919
These Bells have been restored.
Easter 1924.

The Window

On 27th October 1940, a bomb dropped in Happisburgh Churchyard blowing out most of the Church windows. In September 1951 a service was held marking the restoration of the Church, and St George’s Chapel and window were dedicated to those who lost their lives in the war.

Wooden Board

The Wooden Board Memorial commemorates not only those who died in World War 1 but also those who served.

To the Glory of God
and in honour of the Men of Happisburgh
who served their King and Country in the
Great War 1914 – 1919

Last updated 22 July, 2012

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