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KNAPTON WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 - Detailed Information
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Transcribed by David Rudram; Researched by Lynda Smith - 2003

Knapton is situated north east of North Walsham, just a short distance from the coast. The Memorial takes the form of a rough hewn stone cross with a semi-circular plinth, surmounted by cross, in the churchyard of St Peter and St Paul Church, St Peters Close, Knapton. Full names and Regiments are given. The inscription is on the front face of the plinth. there are seven names for World War 1 and three for World War 2.

Photograph Copyright © Alison Glaze 2010

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND
IN PROUD AND GRATEFUL MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO FELL IN
THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918

BARCHAM
Tom Colin
Serjeant 15744. 7th Bn, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 12 October 1916. Born Knapton. Enlisted Norwich. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D.
LAMBERT
Douglas
Second Lieutenant. 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action Wednesday 13 October 1915. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 15 to 19.
MACE
Albert John
Private 43247. 7th Battalion,, Lincolnshire Regiment. Formerly 23945 Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Friday 22 March 1918. Born Knapton. Lived Paston Green. Enlisted Norwich. Buried in HERMIES HILL BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row B. Grave 12.
SWANN
Percy William
{Sometimes spelt SWAN] Private 43297. 1st Battalion,, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Monday 23 April 1917. Age 26. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Ann Swann, of Council Houses, Knapton, Norwich, and the late George Swann. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 3.
TURNER
George
Private 16988. 8th Battalion,, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 19 July 1916. Born Knapton. Enlisted Norwich. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D.
WILD
George
Private G/14284. 7th Battalion,, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action Friday 9 August 1918. Born Knapton. Enlisted Wroxham. No known grave. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 6.
YAXLEY
Robert Christmas
Driver 82867. 45th Bty. 42nd Bde., Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds Tuesday 1 May 1917. Age 36. Born Knapton. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Ann Yaxley, of Trunch, North Walsham, Norfolk. Buried in DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row O. Grave 1.
1939 - 1945
WATTS
Frederick
No further information available at present. Memorial indicates he was in the RNVR.
WOOD, DFC
Thomas Reader Russell
Flying Officer 67642. 115 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Wednesday 3 June 1942. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (D.F.C.) with effect 3 June 1942 [London Gazette 27 July 1943]. Buried in BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY, Soltau, Niedersachsen, Germany. Plot 26. Row G. Grave 12.
WOOLLSEY
Sydney Ernest
Rifleman 6846991. 7th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Died Sunday 26 May 1940. His mother lived in the village and she obviously had his name put on the Memorial. Also on the Croydon War Memorial as he was living there with, or near to, his sister. MARCK (LES HEMMES) CHURCHYARD, Pas de Calais, France. Grave 7. Memorial gives QVR as the Regiment.

Last updated 7 August, 2019

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