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HEMSBY WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Steve Smith 2008

On the B1159, from the direction of Caister on Sea, you will enter the village. At the small island, opposite the Spar Shop turn left onto The Street. The memorial can be found on the left inset in the church grounds of St Mary the Virgin. The memorial records both WWI and WWII losses.

Photographs Copyright © Steve Smith 2008

Erected to Commemorate the Great War 1914-1918 and in
Remembrance of Those Who Fell

ALLEN

Arthur Clifford

Private, 9275, 8th Battalion Norfolk Regiment who ‘Died’ on 03/07/1916 at the age of 23. Arthur was born in London and enlisted in Great Yarmouth. He was the son of John and Alice Allen, of Hemsby. He is now laid to rest in grave A. 63 in LA NEUVILLE BRITISH CEMETERY, CORBIE in France.

Note: It is known that Arthur died from wounds received on 01/07/16, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, when the 8th Battalion attacked Montauban along with the rest of the 18th (Eastern) Division.

ALLEN

Frank

Private, 11486, 9th (Queen's Royal) Lancers who was ‘Killed in action’ on 22/03/1918. Frank was born and resided in Hemsby and enlisted in Great Ormesby. He has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel 4 of the POZIERES MEMORIAL in France. See also Canterbury, 9th Lancers Memorial

DYBLE

Walter

Private, 15497, 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment who ‘Died’ on 25/01/1916 at the age of 21. Walter was born in Hemsby and enlisted in Norwich. He was the son of Samuel and Charlotte Dyble, of Hemsby, Great Yarmouth. He is now laid to rest in grave II. B. 31A in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY in Belgium.

EDMONDS

Alfred

Private, 14834, 7th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Died 08/05/1917 at the age of 24. Alfred was born in Hemsby and enlisted in Norwich. He was the Grandson of Mrs. S. A. Edmonds, of Hemsby. He is now laid to rest in grave III. K. 42 in DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN in France.

FERRIER

Robert England

Sub-Lieutenant, Royal Navy who served on H.M.S. "Partridge." And who was ‘Killed in Action on 12/12/1917 at the age of 17 and who was Mentioned in Despatches. Robert was the son of Richard F. E. and Madeline Lucy Ferrier of Hemsby Hall, Hemsby. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on panel 24 of the PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL.

Note: H.M.S. Partridge was lost on 12/12/17 when she was sunk by 4 German destroyers while escorting a convoy.

GIBBS

Malcolm

Private, TR5/166012, 52nd Graduation Battalion Durham Light Infantry who ‘Died’ on 16/07/1918 at the age of 26 having previously served in the 6th Battalion Essex Regiment. Malcolm was born in Hemsby and enlisted in Great Yarmouth. He was the son of Mrs. Elizabeth Gibbs, of Hemsby. He is now laid to rest in grave A. C. 1079 in MIDDLESBROUGH (LINTHORPE) CEMETERY.

KING

Albert Samuel

Corporal, 6825, 1st Battalion Wiltshire Regiment who ‘Died of Wounds’ on 27/11/1914 at the age of 29. Albert was born in Hemsby, resided in Dunstable and enlisted in London. He was the son of Albert and Georgiana King, of Hemsby, Great Yarmouth; husband of Hilda Evans (formerly King), of 4, New Estate, Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire. He is now laid to rest in grave I. M. 41 in POPERINGHE OLD MILITARY CEMETERY in Belgium.

KING

Arthur Victor

Corporal, 9377, 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment who was ‘Killed in Action’ on 26/09/1915. Arthur was born in Hemsby and enlisted in Norwich. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on Panel 30 and 31 of the LOOS MEMORIAL in France.

Note: The 9th Battalion was part of the ill-fated 24th Division and on the day that Arthur died they went over the top at the Battle of Loos where the division lost 3,900 officers and men killed, wounded or captured.

KNIGHTS

Sidney John

Shoeing Smith, 90070, "C" Battery. 114th Brigade Royal Field Artillery who was ‘Killed in action on 18/03/1917 at the age of 31. Sidney resided in Hemsby and enlisted in Norwich. He was the son of Frederick and Charlotte Knights, of Hemsby and the husband of Rosa Knights, of Hemsby. He is now laid to rest in grave A. 132 in KARASOULI MILITARY CEMETERY in Greece.

LOADES

George William

Sergeant, 9281, 7th Battalion Norfolk Regiment who was ‘Killed in Action on 13/10/1915 at the age of 23. George was born in Hemsby and enlisted in Great Yarmouth. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Loades, of White House, Hemsby. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on Panel 30 and 31 on the LOOS MEMORIAL in France.

Note: Between the 8th and 13th October, the 12th (Eastern) Division took part in the closing stages of the Battle of Loos. The 7/Norfolks attacked with the rest of the division in the final advance at Loos known as the "Action of the Hohenzollern Redoubt" succeeding in capturing Gun Trench and the south western face of the Hulluch Quarries. However, the division lost 117 officers and 3237 men killed or wounded.

LONG

Wilfred John

Private, 9236, 2nd Battalion Norfolk Regiment who ‘Died of Wounds’ on 28/04/1916. Wilfred was born in Hemsby and enlisted in Great Yarmouth. He is now laid to rest in grave V. H. 8 in BASRA WAR CEMETERY in Iraq.

MYHILL

Maurice Charles

Gunner, 951432, 381st Battery, 158th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery who was ‘Killed in Action’ on 28/03/1918 at the age of 21. Maurice enlisted in Great Yarmouth and was the son of William R. and Emma Myhill, of Hemsby, Norfolk; husband of Lottie S. A. Brown (formerly Myhill), of Wapping, Great Ormesby, Norfolk. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on Panel 7 to 10 on the POZIERES MEMORIAL in France.

SALTER

John William

Private, G/16112, 1st Battalion Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) who was ‘Killed in action’ on 04/10/1917 at the age of 38. John enlisted in Great Yarmouth and was the husband of Emma E. Salter, of Pitt Road, Hemsby. He is now laid to rest in grave LXVII. D. 3 in TYNE COT CEMETERY in Belgium.

SCRIMGEOUR

Michael

Lieutenant, 8th Battalion Rifle Brigade who was ‘Killed in Action’ on 30/07/1915. Michael has no known grave and is now commemorated on Panel 46 - 48 and 50 on the YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL in Belgium.

THRESHER

Arthur Albert

Corporal, M2/156398, Army Service Corps who ‘Died’ on 22/04/1918 at the age of 28. Arthur was born in Biggleswade and enlisted in Great Yarmouth. He was the husband of Emily Thresher, of "Haynford", St. Julian Rd., Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on Face F on the KIRKEE 1914-1918 MEMORIAL in India.

THURGAR

Ralph William

Captain, 1st/4th Battalion Norfolk Regiment who was ‘Killed in Action’ on 19/04/1917 at the age of 27. Ralph was the son of William Augustus Thurgar, of "Eastcroft," Hemsby, Great Yarmouth, and the late Charlotte Elizabeth Thurgar. He is now laid to rest in grave XXIII. E. 9 in GAZA WAR CEMETERY in Israel.

Captain THURGAR was awarded a posthumous Military Cross which was listed in the London Gazette on 14/08/17. His citation reads:

‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Although wounded, he continued to lead his company until wounded a second time, after which he issued orders as he lay on the ground until carried to the rear.’

THURTLE

Norman Robert

Private, G/42047, 20th Battalion Middlesex Regiment who was ‘Killed in action’ on 22/03/1918 at the age of 25. Norman was born and resided in Hemsby and enlisted in Waterford Hertfordshire. He was the son of Ambrose Thurtle, of Yarmouth Road, Hemsby. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on Bay 7 on the ARRAS MEMORIAL in France.

TURNER

Thomas William

Private, 202620, 10th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment who was ‘Killed in Action’ on 10/04/1918 at the age of 22. Thomas was born and enlisted in Great Yarmouth. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Turner, of 18, Row 121 King Street, Great Yarmouth. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on Panel 75 to 77 TYNE COT MEMORIAL in Belgium.

In Memory of Those Who Gave Their Lives in the
Great War 1939-1945

ARMES

Stanley George Cubit

Driver, T/212014, Royal Army Service Corps who ‘Died’ on 17/11/1940 at the age of 28. Stanley was the son of Stanley George and Ruth Armes and the husband of Stella M. Armes, of Martham in Norfolk. He is now laid to rest MARTHAM (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD EXTENSION.

ENGLAND

John Kay

Lieutenant, 255222, 8th Battalion Royal Armoured Corps and also the Parachute Regiment, A.A.C. who was ‘Killed in Action’ on 24/03/1945 at the age of 22. John was the son of Edward Arthur and Marion McCulloch England, of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. He is now laid to rest in grave 37. C. 6 in the REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY in Germany

Lieutenant ENGLAND was awarded the M.BE. which was listed in the London Gazette on 27/02/45. His citation reads:

‘The KING has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following appointments to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field.’

GIBBS

Charles edwin

Leading Seaman, LT/JX 217735, Royal Naval serving on H.M. Trawler Lord Selborne who was ‘Killed in Action’ on 31/03/1941 at the age of 29. Charles was the son of Charles and Thurza Gibbs and the husband of Nellie Gibbs, of Pill, Somerset. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on Panel 5, Column 1 of the LOWESTOFT NAVAL MEMORIAL.

Note: On 31/03/41 the Lord Selborne Trawler hit a mine in the Humber and was sunk.

GIBBS

George

Private, 4926585, 7th Battalion Gordon Highlanders who was ‘Killed in Action’ on 26/10/1944 at the age of 35. George is now laid to rest in grave 14 in OISTERWIJK (ST. PETER) ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCHYARD in the Netherlands.

IVES

Douglas Julius

Flight Sergeant (Flight Engineer), 1615762, 148 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who was ‘Killed in Action’ on 12/09/1944 at the age of 21. Douglas was the son of Sidney Arthur and Ellen Leonora Ives, of Hemsby. He is now laid to rest in a collective grave VI. C. 5-6 with the rest of his crew in MILAN WAR CEMETERY in Italy.

Note: On 14 March 1943, No 148 Squadron reformed at Gambut in the ‘Special Duties’ role and equipped with Halifaxes and Liberators.  It became responsible for supplying Partisan groups throughout the Balkans and as far away as Poland as well as undertaking normal bombing missions when not otherwise occupied. 

MIATT

Geoffrey William Buchanan

Boy 1st Class, C/JX 245631, Royal Navy serving on H.M.S. Phoebe who was ‘Killed in Action’ on 23/10/1942 at the age of 17. He is now laid to rest in POINTE NOIRE EUROPEAN CEMETERY in the Congo.

Note: On 23/10/42 H.M.S Phoebe was damaged by the U-161 (Achilles).

SMITH

Trevor Patrick

Air Fitter, FAA/FX. 75623, Royal Navy serving on H.M.S. Glorious who was ‘Killed in Action’ on 08/06/1940 at the age of 20. Trevor was the son of William James and Gladys Mary Smith, of Great Yarmouth. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on Bay 1, Panel 5 on the LEE-ON-SOLENT MEMORIAL

Note: On Saturday the eighth of June, 1940, the aircraft carrier HMS Glorious and her escorting destroyers HMS Acasta and HMS Ardent were intercepted in the Norwegian Sea by the German battlecruisers Gneisenau and Scharnhorst. The three British ships were sunk by gunfire in a little over two hours, with the loss of over 1500 officers and men of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, and Royal Air Force.

SMITH

Derek Clowes

Sergeant (Flight Engineer), 574049, Royal Air Force who ‘Died’ on 14/03/1943 at the age of 21. Derek was the son of William James Smith and Gladys Mary Smith, of Great Yarmouth. His brother Trevor Patrick also died on service. He is now laid to rest in MAUTBY (SS. PETER AND PAUL) CHURCHYARD.

Last updated 26 July, 2016

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