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MARSHLAND SMEETH & THE FENS WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 Detailed information
Compiled and Copyright © Cliff Brown 2002

The memorial is to be found in the cemetery at Marshland St James, Norfolk. It takes the form of a grey cross on a plinth with a fourt-stepped base. There are 32 names for World War 1, 16 who died and 16 who served and returned. There are 5 names for World War 2 of those who died.

ERECTED BY THE
INHABITANTS OF
MARSHLAND SMEETH & FEN
IN GRATEFUL MEMORY
OF THEIR FRIENDS WHO LAID DOWN
THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR
1914-18

BLUNT

Benjamin W

124405 Gnr, D Bty, 189th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Dow 9-1-18. Marshland Smeeth. Tilney St Lawrence churchyard.

BODGER

Arthur Leslie

59301 Pte, 6th Northamptonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 5-11-18, age 19. Born Tilney St Lawrence, enlisted Norwich. Son of Edward John Bodger & Alice Bodger, Middle Drove. Busigny Communal Cemetery Extension.

BODGER, MSM

Edward John

16768 Pte, 7th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 18-9-18, age 23. Awarded Meritorious Service Medal. Born Chelsea, enlisted Norwich. Son of John & Alice Bodger, Middle Drove. Epehy Wood Farm Cemetery, Epehy, France.

BODGER

George William

19266 Pte, 10th Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 19-9-17, age 21. Born & living Middle Drove, enlisted King's Lynn. Son of John & Alice Bodger, Middle Drove. Jeancourt Communal Cemetery Extension.

BROWN

Leonard

326350 Pte, 1/1st Cambridgeshire Regiment. Drowned while bathing in a pond 22-8-17. Enlisted Wisbech. Youngest son of Mr & Mrs J Brown, Middle Drove, Wisbech. Locre Hospice Cemetery, Belgium. Also listed Emneth.

CAMMACK

Albert E

G/26128 Pte, 7th East Kent Regiment. Killed in action 4-11-18. Preux-au-Bois Communal Cemetery, Nord, France. Also listed Terrington St John.

CAMMACK

Arthur Leonard

28290 Pte, 13th Essex Regiment. Killed in action 13-11-6. Born Hull, enlisted Norwich, living Middle Drove. Son of Mr M Cammack, Middle Drove. Serre Road Cemetery No 2, Somme, France.

FIELDS

Frederick H

probably Alfred Henry Fields, 27158, L/Cpl, 1st Grenadier Guards. Killed in action 3-9-17. Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.

GOODING

John William

200185 Pte, 4th Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 18-8-16. Born Stoke, Suffolk, enlisted Ipswich. Formerly 1579 Suffolk Regiment. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

GOODING

Leonard Lee

28876 Pte, 1/1st Hertfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 4-11-18, age 25. Son of Robert & Sarah Gooding, Townshend Farm, Middle Drove. Ehissignies Cemetery, Nord, France.

GOODLEY

Tom

326965 Pte, 1/1st Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action 27-9-18. Enlisted Cambridge. Son of Mr Frederick Goodley, Poppy Lots Farm, Walsoken. Horseman, aged 20, appeal for exemption at Marshland Tribunal, but appeal disallowed (Cambs Times 3-3-16). Unicorn Cemetery, France. Also listed Walsoken.

PARNELL

George Robert

19649 Sgt, 10th Yorks & Lancs. Killed in action 26-9-15. Formerly 17214 Yorkshire Light Infantry. Loos Memorial, France.

RUST

William

either 15517 Pte, 9th Norfolk Rgt, Killed in action 21-12-15, Born Hilgay, enlisted Norwich, New Irish Farm Cemetery, Belgium,

or 9696 Pte (Wilfred?), 11th Suffolk Rgt, Killed in action 9-4-17, born North Wootton, enlisted King's Lynn. Roclincourt Valley Cemetery, France.

UNWIN

Frederick G

267523 Spr 96th Light Railway Operating Coy, Royal Engineers. Died at sea 30-12-17. Chatby Memorial, Alexandria. Also listed March, Cambs.

ETERNAL REST GRANT THEM O LORD
AND MAY LIGHT PERPETUAL SHINE UPON THEM
LEST WE FORGET

1939-1945

BRUNTON Reginald Theodore
5778153 Pte, 6th Royal Norfolk Regiment. 20-1-42, age 21. Son of George Henry & Florence Annie Brunton, St John's Fen End, Norfolk. Singapore Memorial, Singapore.
HOLLAND John William Edward
528167 Sgt, 207 Squadron RAF. 6-8-42, age 26. Son of John Thomas & Edith Holland, Emneth. Uden War Cemetery, Netherlands.
JOHNSON Sidney Thomas
possibly 5780889 Pte, 1st Hampshire Regiment. 11-8-44, age 30. Bayeux War Cemetery, Calvados, France.
WATSON John
No information currently.
STEPHENSON Cecil Leonard
No information currently.

Last updated 12 January, 2018

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