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LANGHAM - WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Transcribed Carolynn Langley, Researched Martin Edwards - 2004
extra details kindly supplied by REv. Tim Fawcett

Memorial set in wall at the cross roads in Langham, just down from Langham glass works and takes the form of a round-heaed, stone tablet, with an inscription in blacklettering; above this is a wooden crucifix with a roof over the top; the whole is set into a white painted stone with a brick surround within the main wall. According to the National Inventory of War Memorials “This memorial was erected by the chief farmer who lived in Langham Hall. He was no friend of the vicar and thought the village war memorial should not be in the church. He erected this memorial at his own expense on a piece of his own land.” The St Andrew and St Mary church memorial consists of a rectangular metal plaque with an oval plaque above it mounted onto a nowy-headed stone tablet base with a shelf at the base of the tablet. The upper plaque has palm frons in relief around the edge and the lower plaque has laurel leaves flanking it. There are 15 names listed for World War 1 listed by surname, forename and age at death. The two are identical although the names are in slightly different formats. The names here have been sorted into alphabetical order for ease of reading and research.
Photographs Copyright © Carolynn Langley 2004

The memorial reads:

ROLL OF HONOUR
1914
EUROPEAN WAR
1919
LANGHAM

The brass plaque reads:

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND TO THE MEN OF LANGHAM
WHO DIED IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1919

THIS TABLET WAS ERECTED TO THE GLORY OF GOD
FOR THOSE WHO FOUGHT AND DIED.

BARNES
William
Lance Corporal 238145, 5th Battalion, King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry). Killed in action 12 September 1918. Aged 27. Born Langham, enlisted Norwich. Formerly 5188, Norfolk Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 8.
BIRD
Frederick Sidney
[Listed as Sidney Frederick on 1901 census] Aged 20. Fredrick Sidney Bird was born in Langham in 1895, the son of Earl Bird and Ann Elizabeth Ives. In the 1901 census he was the son of Earl and Ann E Bird, aged 6, a scholar, born Langham, resident with family at 15, The Street, Langham. In the 1911 census he was the brother-in-law to Richard Greenacre, aged 16, a farm labourer, born Langham and resident with this brother-in-law at Westgate, Binham. HIs father, Earl Bird, died in the Great Snoring Union Workhouse and was buried at Langham 30 November 1914. No further information currently available.
BURTON
Frederick Peter aka Fred
Private G/2867, 8th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action 26 September 1915. Aged 26. Born Langham, enlisted Stratford, Essex. Son of Peter Burton and Louisa Burton, of Langham, Blakeney, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 95 to 97.
BURTON
John Henry
Private 663383, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment). Died 4 July 1918. Aged 26. Born 11 June 1893 in Langham. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Burton, of Oakville, Ontario. In the 1911 census John BURTON, aged 18, son of Isaac and Jessie Burton, a farm labouer, born Langham and resident with his parents at East St Langham Blakeney, Norfolk. In his Canadian attestaion papers he lists his next of kin as his mother, Jessie Burton, of Langham, Norfolk. He was a labourer by trade. Unmarried. Attested and passed fit 29 January 1916 Oakville, Canada, where he was resident, aged 23 years 7 months, heoght 5 feet 6inches. girth 37 inches, complexion medium, eyes brown, hair brown; religion Church of England. . Buried in ST. HILAIRE CEMETERY EXTENSION, FREVENT, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section J. Grave 12. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1326 - 12
BURTON
Robert Albert
Private 202062, 1st Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died 29 March 1918. Aged 23. Born Langham, enlisted Norwich. Son of Elizabeth Burton, of Langham, Blakeney, Norfolk, and the late Francis Ives Burton. Formerly 5190, Norfolk Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 2 and 3.
BURTON
William Albert Alfred
Private 9387, 2nd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in Mesopotamia 22 April 1916. Aged 21 [CWGC] or 20 [Church memorial]. Born Langham, enlisted Norwich. Son of the late Robert and Agnes Burton. In the 1911 census he was aged 15, son of Robert and Agnes Burton, a farm labourer, born Langham, resident The Green, Wighton, Norfolk. Birth resgistered in the October to December Quarter 1895 in the Walsingham Registration District. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 10.
CRANE
James Robert
Private 45052, 17th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 26 September 1917. Aged 33. Born Langham in 1883, enlisted Oldham, Lancashire, resident Felthorpe, Norwich. Son of Henry Crane and Martha Smith - brother of Page (below). The family moved from the village before war broke out. In the 1911 census James Robert Crane was a boarder, aged 27, occupied with baking, born Langham, resident 19 Kay Street, Chorlton upon Medlock, Manchester. Buried in POND FARM CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot/Row/Section B. Grave 2.
CRANE
Page Ernest
Private 37409, 6th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Died 2 September 1917. Aged 31. Husband of Ethel Jane Crane, of West Walton, Norfolk. The 1901 census has "Page Crane, aged 15, farm boy, Langham, Norfolk." In the 1911 census he was married to Ethel, born Langham, a farm labourer, aged 25, resident Walpole St Andrew, Wisbech. Born March 1886 in Walsingham District. Husband of Ethel Jane Crane (nee Vincent), married 21 November 1910 at Sutton Bridge. Labourer, attested 6 December 1915, mobilised 31 May 1916, posted to 7th Royal Fusiliers 1 June 16. To 6th battalion 13 September 16. Discharged sick 18 May 1917, no longer fit, aggravated by normal military service. Aged 15, he was a farm boy, living Langham, Norfolk, in 1901 census. Died 2 September 1917, aged 31 at Blakeney, of chlorosis and heart failure. He had a wife and two small children and was discharged without a pension. He died less than 4 months later. There is a headstone in Langham churchyard to this man but there is no body interred with it and no burial reference in the register. No known grave. Commemorated on BROOKWOOD (UNITED KINGDOM 1914-1918) MEMORIAL, Surrey. Addenda Panel. See also West Walton Memorial
ELLWOOD
Florance Edwards
[Spelt FLORENCE on several sources] Private 35281, 2nd (Garrison) Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died at sea 5 May 1917. Aged 32. Born and resident Langham, enlisted Letheringsett. Son of William and Hannah Ellwood, of Langham Blakeney, Norfolk. Formerly 15428, Norfolk Regiment. In the 1911 census he is the son of William and Hannah Ellwood, unmarried, aged 27, a farm labourer, born and resident Langham. Florance is a common name of the Rippingall family (later Allen) of the manor of Langham who employed Ellwoods. No known grave. Commemorated on HOLLYBROOK MEMORIAL, SOUTHAMPTON, Hampshire.
ELLWOOD
Herbert Walter
Stoker 1st Class 182002, (RFR/CH/B/5057). H.M. Tug "Desire", Royal Navy. Killed or died as a direct result of enemy action 24 January 1918. Aged 39. Born 15 April 1878 in Langham, Norfolk. Son of William Ellwood; husband of Clara M. Ellwood, of New Rd., Cley-Next-the-Sea, Norfolk. In the 1911 census he had been married to Clara for 5 years, aged 32, a machine minder, born Langham, resident West End, Briston Near Melton Constable, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 29.
JARVIS
Cornelius Evelyn
Private G/10181, 1st Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's OWn (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 4 June 1915. Aged 21. Born Langham, enlisted Norwich. Son of Herbert Jarvis and Martha Elizabeth Jarvis, of Langham, Blakeney, Norfolk. In the 1911 census he is the son of Herbert and Martha Jarvis, brother of Willie (below), aged 16, a farm labourer, born Langham and resident Binham Road, Langham. Buried in DESPLANQUE FARM CEMETERY, LA CHAPELLE-D'ARMENTIERES, Nord, France. Plot/Row/Section B. Grave 8.
JARVIS
Willy [Willie] Reginald
Private 200578, "A" Company, 1st/4th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died 19 June 1918. Aged 22. Son of Herbert and Martha Elizabeth Jarvis, of Langham, Blakeney, Norfolk. In the 1911 census he is the son of Herbert and Martha Jarvis, brother of Cornelius (above), aged 15, a farm labourer, born Langham and resident Binham Road, Langham. No known grave. Commemorated on JERUSALEM MEMORIAL, Israel and Palestine (including Gaza). Panels 12 to 15.
LEWIS
Frederick
Private L/9092, 4th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex regiment). Killed in action 16 April 1915. Aged 31. Son of James and Elizabeth Lewis, of The Green, Binham, Wighton, Norfolk. According to his medal card he entered France 12 September 1914. Regular soldier. Buried in GODEZONNE FARM CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row B. Grave 4.
MASSINGHAM
Frederick Wilfred Hugh aka Fred
Private 5252, 1/4th Battalion (Territorial), Northumberland Fusliers. Died of wounds 23 January 1917. Aged 19. Born Langham, enlisted Norwich. In the 1911 census he is the son of William and Eva Massingham, aged 14, a farm labourer, born and resident Langham. Buried in DERNANCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row G. Grave 23.
MUSK
George Henry Turner
[Listed as G T MUSK on CWGC] Private 12321, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in adction 4 September 1916. Aged 28. Born 1888 in Langham, enlisted London. Son of James William and Martha Annie Musk, of High St., Langham, Blakeney, Norfolk. IN the 1901 census he was aged 13, son of James and mArtha MUsk, his father was a Wheelwright & Carpenter, he was at school, born Langham, resident 2, Bell Yard, The Street, Langham. By 1911 he had probably joined the Army as a regular. Buried in DELVILLE WOOD CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL, Somme, France. Plot XXVII. Row K. Grave 3.

Brass plaque

A brass plaque detailing a thank you to 455 Torpdeo Squadron, Australian Air Force and 489 New Zealand Torpedo Bomber Squadron based nearby and to their losses.

A further brass plaque reads:

"From the fields between this church and the sea, during the wartime summer of 1944, a small band of young men flew in defence of these islands. Most of these ardent volunteers had journeyed across half the globe to our aid in a time of desperate need. The many successful attacks on enemy shipping made by the pilots of 455 Royal Australian Air Force and 489 Royal New Zealand Torpedo Bomber Squadrons and their British navigators made a valuable contribution to the preservation of our freedom. Sadly many of these young men were destined never to return home again, but to be lost somewhere across a waste of seas with their final resting place remaining unknown to this day.

May their sacrifice for us never be forgotten. "

Marble tablet

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
CAPTAIN FREDERICK MARRYAT
R.N. C.B. F.R.S.
MEMBER OF THE LEGION OF HONOUR
WHO DIED AT LANGHAM
AUGUST 9TH 1848 AGED 56

also

LIEUT. FREDERICK MARRYAT
R.N. LOST AT SEA IN THE AVEN
DECEMBER 20 1847 AGED 28

Also

FRANK MARRYAT
DIED JULY 12th 1888 aged 29.

MARRYAT

Frederick

Captain R.N., C.W. F.R.S. member of the Legion of Honour who died at Langham August 6th 1848, aged 46. Author of "Children of the New Forest" and "Midshipman".

MARRYAT

Frederick

Lieutenant R.N. Lost at sea in the Aven 20th December 1847 Aged 28.

Last updated 29 January, 2014

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