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HOPTON ON SEA WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and Copyright © Transcribed by Jane Taylor; Researched by Lynda Smith - 2003

Hopton on Sea is a coastal village between Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. The war memorial is to be found in the churchyard outside the main church doors of St. Margaret's Church, Old Lowestoft Road, Hopton-on-Sea. It takes the form of a Crucifix on a narrow octagonal stone column, mounted on a 3-stepped square base. On the rear of the crucifix is an image of the holy mother with child. The square base has an inscription in a wreath on one side, World War 1 names are inscribed on two sides (13 names) and World War 2 names on another side (8 names). For ease of reading the names have been sorted into alphabetical order within conflict.

There is an urn:

Photograph Copyright © Jane Taylor 2003

A JUBILEE GIFT FROM
THE MEN & WOMENS
BRANCHES OF THE
HOPTON & CORTON
BRITISH LEGION 1935

And also a memorial:

Photographs Copyright © Jane Taylor 2003

TO
THE MEN OF
HOPTON
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WAR
1914-1918

ADCOCK
[Edgar] John
Deck Hand 538 SD., H.M. Trawler "Tugela", Royal Naval Reserve. Fell into the river at Gt. Yarmouth and is presumed to have drowned Tuesday 29 February 1916. Aged 24. Born 14 July 1891 in Carbrook, Norfolk. Baptised 16 October 1892 in Carbrooke, Norfolk. Son of William and Ellen Adcock, of 2, Seaman Cottages, Hopton, Great Yarmouth; brother of Albert (below). In the 1911 census he was aged 19, born Carbrooke, Norfolk, a Farm Labourer, resident with his parents at 2, Seaman Cottages, Hopton, Great Yarmouth. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent, United Kingdom. Panel 18.
ADCOCK, M.M.
Albert Herbert
[Memorial states Suffolk Regiment] Private 24022, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action Sunday 11 August 1918. Aged 23. Born Brandon, Suffolk. Enlisted Great Yarmouth. Son of William and Ellen Adcock, of 2, Seaman Cottages, Hopton, Great Yarmouth; brother of Edgar John Adcock (above). In the 1911 census he was aged 16, born Carbrooke, Norfolk, a Farm Labourer, resident with his parents at 2, Seaman Cottages, Hopton, Great Yarmouth. Buried in RIBEMONT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot I. Row F. Grave 2.
BARBER
C E
Possibly: Charles Ellis Barber, Private 18190, 10th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action Sunday 24 March 1918. Born Hales, Norfolk. Lived Gillingham, Kent. Enlisted Great Yarmouth. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 3 and 4.
BROOKS
Charles Walter
Engineman 4748S, H.M. Trawler "Saxon Prince", Royal Naval Reserve. Died Tuesday 28 March 1916. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL Kent, United Kingdom. Panel 19.
DOGGETT, M.M.
Thomas Robert
Fitter Staff Serjeant 148739, 130th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action Sunday 18 November 1917. Aged 35. Born Mellis Diss, Norfolk. Lived Hopton. Enlisted Great Yarmouth. Son of Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Doggett, of Holmleigh Cottage, Hopton, Great Yarmouth. Buried in KLEIN-VIERSTRAAT BRITISH CEMETERY, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot III. Row G. Grave 17.
FROST
James
Memorial states Private, Middlesex Regiment. In the 1911 census he was aged 14, born Hopton, a Farm Labourer, resident with his parents, James and Emma Maria Frost in Church Road, Hopton, Great Yarmouth. *** No further details at present ***
MOORE
Harry Boog
Private 29885 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Killed in action Saturday 30 March 1918. Born 26 March 1898, Potter Heigham. Enlisted Acton, London. In the 1901 census he was aged 3, born Potter Heigham, son of Arthur and Millicent Moore, resident Church Farm, Hopton, Great Yarmouth. In the 1911 census he was aged 13, born Potter Heigham, at school, son of Arthur and Millicent Moore, resident Church Farm, Hopton, Great Yarmouth; he had three siblings born in Hopton. He ws admitted to Great Yarmouth Grammar School on 6 May 1911 from Edward Worlledge School, Gt. Yarmouth, resident Old Church Farm, Hopton, Great Yarmouth, left 8 April 1913. Buried in BUCQUOY ROAD CEMETERY, FICHEUX, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VI. Row E. Grave 27.
ORDE, D.S.O.
Herbert Walter Julian
Lieutenant. H.M.S. "Goliath", Royal Navy. Missing when his ship was sunk Thursday 13 May 1915. Aged 24. Born 11 November 1890. Son of Sir Julian Walter Orde and Alice Georgiana Orde, of Hartford House, Beaulieu, Hants. Awarded the Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.) [London Gazette 10 April 1915] for services during operaions at Dar-Es-Salaam on 28 November 1914 when both parties from H.M.S. Fox and Goliath were attacked unexpectedly at the Harbour entrance; Lieut. Orde was in H.M.S. Helmuth and though himself wounded and under exceptionally heavy fire, with dangrous escape of steam, brought his ship safely through the narrow channel. Served from 15 May 1908 as a Midshipman, Acting Sub-Lieutenant from 13 June 1911, then Sub-Lieutenant 30 June 1911 and finally Lieutenant from 30 June 1913. In the 1911 census he was listed as aged 20, born Sibley Iowa, U.S.A., a Midshipman with the Royal Navy at sea and in ports abroad, aboard H.M.S. Nelson. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL Kent, United Kingdom. Panel 6.

Special note: HMS Goliath was torpedoed by the Turkish Motor Torpedo Boat Muavenet on 13 May 1915 in The Dardanelle's and sank quickly with the loss of 570 men.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918, Volume 2, Page 241:

ORDE, HERBERT WALTER JULIAN, D.S.O., Lieut., R.N., s. of Julian Orde ; b. Sibley, Iowa, U.S.A., 11 Nov. 1890 educ. Royal Naval Colleges, Osborne and Dartmouth ; was appointed Sub-Lieut. R.N. in Sept. 1903 ; served on H.M.S. Cumberland, H.M.S. Bacchante, H.M.S. Lancaster, H.M.S. Lord Nelson, H.M.S. Teffey, H.M.S. Defence, H.M.S. Kinsha, H.M.S. Doris and H.M.S. Goliath, to which he was posted in July, 1914, and was lost when that ship was torpedoed at the Dardanelles 12 May. 1915. A brother officer wrote: "Has was last seen after the explosion occurred, going down to his gun turret to get out his men. A brave act and worthy of him, but which, I fear, cost him his life." He was awarded the D.S.O. for service during the operations at Dar-es-Salaam, East Africa, 28 Nov. 1914, when boat parties from H.M.S. Fox and H.M.S. Goliath were attacked unexpectedly at the Harbour entrance, the official record stating: "Lieut. Orde was in H.M.S. Helurith, and, though wounded himself and under exceptionally heavy fire, with dangerous escape of steam, brought his ship safely through the narrow channel." Unm.

SMITH
George
Private 35004, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action Friday 12 October 1917. Aged 39. enlisted Lowestoft. Son of James Smith; husband of Annie Elizabeth Smith, of The Bungalow, Roes Farm, Corton, Lowestoft. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 40 to 41 and 162 to 162A.
STEWART
Adrian Harry
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Lieutenant, Gloucester Regiment attached to 3rd Battalion, Nigeria Regiment, West African Frontier Force. Killed in action 29 August 1914. Aged 26. Son of Col. Harry Hutchison Augustus Stewart, of Hopton Hall, near Lowestoft, Suffolk; brother of Charles (below). In the 1891 census he was aged 3, born Morningthorpe. Norfolk, resident with his parents,Harry Hutchinson A and Frederica Elizabeth Stewart, at Hopton Hall, Chapel Road, Hopton. No known grave. Commemorated on CALABAR MEMORIAL, Nigeria.

Extract from Bond of Sacrifice: Officers Died in the Great War 1914-1915:

LIEUTENANT ADRIAN HARRY STEWART, THE GLOUCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT, was the youngest son of Colonel Harry Hutchinson Augustus Stewart (brother of Sir Augustus Stewart, ninth Baronet, of Fort Stewart, County Donegal), and of the lath Mrs. Stewart, of Hopton Hall, near Lowestoft.

He was born on the 25th February, 1888, at Morningthorpe Manor, Norfolk, and finished his education at the Sandhurst, on passing out of which he was appointed to the Gloucestershire Regiment (in which corps his father had served for several years as Adjutant and Captain) in May, 1907, being promoted Lieutenant in December, 1909. In March, 1914, he was seconded for service under the Colonial Office, and joined the 3rd Battalion Nigeria Regiment, West African Frontier Force, and fell on the 30th August 1914, at the unsuccessful assault of Garua, Cameroon, German West Africa.

He was a keen all-round sportsman, an expert rifle shot and swimmer, and of remarkably fine physique.

The house of Fort Stewart has sent many representatives to the Army uninterruptedly since its foundation two or three centuries ago, several of whom gained high rank and distinction. It is believed he was the first Army officer of his name to fall in this war, waged on three continents.

Lieutenant Stewart was a member of the Junior United Service Club.

STEWART, M.C.
Charles Frederick Somes
Major, Royal Munster Fusiliers attached to 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 5 April 1918. Aged 33. Son of Harry Hutchinson Augustus Stewart, late 92nd, 61st and 9th Regiments. A cadet of the family of Fort Stewart, Co. Donegal, formerly also of Newtown Stewart, Co. Tyrone. Brother of Adrian (above). Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). In the 1891 census he was aged 6, born Suffolk, resident with his parents, Harry Hutchinson A and Frederica Elizabeth Stewart, at Hopton Hall, Chapel Road, Hopton. Buried in MEZIERES COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION Somme, France. Row D. Grave 22.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918, Volume 4, Page 198:

STEWART, CHARLES FREDERIC SOMES, Major, 1st Battn. (101st Foot) The Royal Munster Fusiliers, s. of the late Colonel Harry Hutchinson Augustus Stewart, The Norfolk Regt., by his wife, Frederica Elizabeth, dau. of Frederic Somes, of Beech Hill Park, Loughton, co. Essex; b. Lowestoft, co. Suffolk, 31 Aug. 1884 ; educ. Framlingham College, Suffolk, and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst; gazetted 2nd Lieut. 1st Battn. The Leinster Regt. in 1903; transferred to the 2nd Dragoon Guards in 1904 ; promoted Lieut. in 1906 ; resigned in 1908, and rejoined The Royal Fusilisers on the outbreak of war in Aug. 1914; transferred in 1915 to the Royal Munster Fusilier; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from Oct. 1915 ; seriously wounded 6 July, 1916, and to assist his recovery was appointed British Vice-Consul at Las Palmas, The Canary Isles ; returned to France in Nov. 1917, attached as Adjutant to the 6th Battu. The Northamptonshire Regt., and was killed in action at Hangaard 5 April, 1918. He was awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous bravery in leading a trench raid in July, 1916. The Chaplain wrote : "He died, I feel sure, as he would have died, leading his men unflinchingly and gallantly, and though we all mourn him deeply because we loved him, yet we thank God too for his noble example and heroism." Unm.

WATSON
William Robert
Lance Corporal 808260, 31st Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment.) (Memorial states Canadian M.G.C.) Died Wednesday 22 May 1918. Aged 27. Born 28 July 1891. Son of William and Maria Watson, of Manor Farm, Hopton, Great Yarmouth, England. Farmer by trade. Attested and passed fit 22 January 1916 at Calgary, Alberta, Canada, umarried, aged 25 years, height 5 feet 10¼ inches, chest 39 inches, fair complexion, grey eyes, light brown hair, religious denomination Church of England. Buried in ACHICOURT ROAD CEMETERY, ACHICOURT, Pas de Calais, France. Row. E. Grave 15. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 10150 - 3
WRIGHT
Samuel Richard
Deck Hand 9065 D.A. (CH), H.M. Trawler "Hirose", Royal Naval Reserve. Reported mssing when his trawler was sunk Thursday 29 June 1916. Aged 19. Born 7 August 1896 in Hopton. Son of John Isaac and Harriett Selina Wright, of Cliff Cottages, Hopton, Great Yarmouth. Labourer prior to enlistment. Enlisted 7 August 1914 for 12 years, height 5 feet 8¾ inches, chest 33¼ inches, brown hair, blue eyes, fresh complexion. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent, United Kingdom. Panel 19.

1939 - 1945

BALL
Gordon Francis
Lance Corporal 4343763, 4th Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Died Thursday 3 August 1944. Aged 23. Buried in TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Plot XI. Row C. Grave 4.
CROZIER
James
Leading Seaman P/JX 348427. H.M.L.C.S. (L) 258, Royal Navy. Died Wednesday 1 November 1944. Aged 22. Son of James William and Eleanor Louise Crozier. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL Hampshire, United Kingdom. Panel 81, Column 2.
GOSLING
Percy Herbert
Steward LT/LX 30174. H.M. Motor Minesweeper 101., Royal Naval Patrol Service. Died Wednesday 29 November 1944. Aged 26. Son of Herbert and Lily May Gosling, of Hopton, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on LOWESTOFT NAVAL MEMORIAL, Suffolk, United Kingdom. Panel 16, Column 2.
HILL
Frank
First Officer. Air Transport Auxiliary. Died Tuesday 20 March 1945. Aged 32. Son of Frank P. Hill and Edith Hill; husband of Marjorie Muriel Hill, of Hopton. Buried in HOPTON (ST. MARGARET) CHURCHYARD, Suffolk, United Kingdom.
PEARSON
Frederick William
Private 14655614. 2nd Battalion, Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment). Died Wednesday 14 February 1945. Aged 20. Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 44. Row F. Grave 1.
RACKHAM
Harry Edward
Serjeant 6395870. 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. (Memorial states Royal West Kents). Died Sunday 26 May 1940. Aged 36. Son of Edith Kindred, of Hopton, Suffolk. Buried in LE GRAND HASARD MILITARY CEMETERY, MORBECQUE, Nord, France. Plot 5. Row B. Grave 7. Grave lost Special Memorial 'C'.
THOMPSON
[William David] Ambrose
[Listed as C.P.O. R.N.] Engineman LT/KX 117616, H.M. Trawler Wallasea, Royal Naval Patrol Service. Died 6 January 1944. Aged 24. Son of William Ambrose and Lily May Thompson, of Hopton, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, husband of Alice Evelyn Thompson of Great Yarmouth. Buried in PENZANCE CEMETERY, Cornwall. Section F. Row A. Grave 10.
WALTER
John Orde Walter
Lance Serjeant 5783848. 1st Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died Tuesday 13 June 1944. Aged 20. Son of Lt.-Col. Francis Edward Walter, D.S.O., and Myrtle Evelyn Walter, of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Buried in LA DELIVRANDE WAR CEMETERY, DOUVRES, Calvados, France. Plot IX. Row F. Grave 3.

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