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MARTHAM WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Lynda Smith 2003

Martham is situated a few miles north of Great Yarmouth, close to the coast. The war memorial stands in the churchyard of St Mary the Virgin Church, Martham. It takes the form of a small, octangonal, wheel cross on a pillar standing on a square plinth with a four-stepped base. There are 41 names listed for World War 1 and 10 for World War 2.
Photographs Copyright © Lynda Smith 2004

To The Glory of God
the Giver of Victory
and
in Memory of
those of this parish
who gave their lives for us
in the Great War
1914 – 1919

ALLEN

Frederick

Driver 60648. "B" Battery, 57th Brigade Royal Field Artillery. Died on 31st March 1919. Aged 33. Son of John Frederick and Jane Allen, of Martham, Norfolk; husband of Beatrice Allen, of 142, Colney Hatch Lane, Muswell Hill, London. Buried: Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria, Greece. Ref. 1329.

BRACEY

William Daniel

Private 19913. 7th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds on 8th May 1917. Aged 19. Born Martham. Enlisted Gt. Yarmouth. Son of Albert Ernest and Henrietta Bracey, of Morse House, Martham, Norfolk. Buried: Faubourg D'Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. V. D. 26.

BROWN

Arthur

No further information available at present.

BRUNSON

(Arthur) Frederick

Second Hand 519 SA. H.M.S. City of London Royal Naval Reserve. Died on 12th March 1919. Aged 26. Son of Mr. and Mrs. James Brunson, of Repps Rd., Martham, Great Yarmouth. Buried: Martham (St. Mary) Churchyard Extension. Ref. F. 42.

BRUNSON

John Dyball

Able Seaman 199115. H.M.S. Coquette Royal Navy. Died on 7th March 1916. Born circa 1883 at Martham. Listed as a Crew Member, Ordinary Seaman, in the 1901 census, aged 18, born Martham. Son of Calara Brunson (widow in 1891 census), brother of Ethel, Charles and Ann. Commemorated: Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Column 16.

DYBALL

Leslie Uric

Private 28318. 1st Battalion Wiltshire Regiment. Formerly T4/084429 Royal Army Service Corps. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 23rd October 1918. Aged 26. Born and lived Martham. Enlisted Norwich. Father of Phyllis Dyball. Buried: Ovillers New Communal Cemetery, Solesmes, Nord, France. Ref. A. 7/26.

DYBALL

Lewis Ernest

Corporal 15937. 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment, attd. Trench Mortar Battery. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 1st December 1916 (CD gives 1st December 1917) Born Martham. Enlisted Norwich. Buried: Woburn Abbey Cemetery, Cuinchy, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. I. E. 20.

FUTTER

Robert Benjamin

Private 15510. 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 15th September 1916. Born Martham. Enlisted Great Yarmouth. Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D.

GARMAN

Harry

Private 2247. 1st/4th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 18th June 1915. Aged 26. Born Norwich. Lived Great Yarmouth. Enlisted Hull. Railway Porter by trade. Son of William [Railway Gateman - 1901 census] and Elizabeth Garman, of 42, Gatehouse, Martham, Great Yarmouth; brother of Blanche (below). Commemorated: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 21 and 31.

GARMAN

Blanche

Blanche was suffering from Chlorosis, which is a severe form of anaemia which turns to complexion green and can weaken the heart. Whilst workng as a tractor driver in the Land Army her tractor caught fire which resulted in her having a fatal heart attack, between April and June 1919 [GRO reference Flegg 4 b 45]. Aged 21, born 1898 at Holt. Daughter of William [Railway Gateman - 1901 census] and Elizabeth Garman, of 42, Gatehouse, Martham, Great Yarmouth; sister of Harry (above).

GYMER

William

Private 43219. 1st Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds in France & Flanders on 21st September 1916. Aged 19. Son of William and Laura Gymer, of Cess, Martham, Norfolk. Buried: Grove Town Cemetery, Meaulte, Somme, France. Ref. I. H. 14.

HAYTON

George

Private 6930. 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 15th July 1918. Aged 36. Born Martham. Enlisted Norwich. Son of George and Emma Hayton, of Martham, Norfolk. Buried: La Clytte Military Cemetery, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. V. E. 1.

HODDS

John Spencer

Private 18711. 2nd Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in Mesopotamia on 22nd April 1916. Aged 35. Born Martham. Enlisted Norwich. Husband of Lilian Maud Hodds, of Repps Rd., Martham, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Commemorated: Basra Memorial, Iraq. Panel 10.

JOHNSON

Leonard

Private 19725. 7th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds on 13th July 1918. Born Martham. Enlisted Norwich. Buried: Niederzwehren Cemetery, Kassel, Hassen, Germany. Ref. IV. N. 16.

JOHNSON

Ralph

Private 41590. 7th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 11th February 1918. Born Somerton. Lived Martham. Enlisted Norwich. Buried: Noyon New British Cemetery, Oise, France. Ref. IV. E. 7.

KNIGHTS

Harry

Son of Charles [General Dealer] and Emmeline Knights, brother of Charles and Matilda; grandson of Henry B Woolston [Horse Dealer]. Born Martham circa 1893 [1901 - census] No further information available at present.

LARTER

John William

Private 15540. 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 26th September 1915. Aged 21. Born Martham. Enlisted Great Yarmouth. Son of John and Edith Larter, of The Limes, Church St., Martham, Great Yarmouth. Commemorated: Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 30 and 31

LONDON

Henry Richard

Engineman 489ES. H.M. Drifter Kent County Royal Naval Reserve. Died on 8th December 1916. Aged 32. Son of John London; husband of M. A. Symonds (formerly London), of 8, Nursery Terrace, Great Yarmouth. Commemorated: Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Column 19.

LONDON

Leslie Victor

Private 328175. 1st/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died on 5th July 1918. Born between April and June 1895 in Martham [GRO Birth Refeence: Flegg 4b 48]. Buried in Martham (St. Mary) Churchyard Extension. Ref. D. 17. Not recorded on CD.

LONG

Elijah

Son of George and Ruth Long, born 1890 at Attleborough [1901 census]. No further information available at present.

MAYS

James Herbert

Private 267230. 2nd/6th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment. Formerly 1746 6th Norfolk Regiment Cyclists Battalion. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 2nd December 1917. Aged 28. Enlisted North Walsham. Son of Walter F. and Laura Mays, of Oak Villa, Marnham (sic. Should this be Martham?), Norfolk. Commemorated: Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, Nord, France. Panel 6.

MOORE

Ernest

No further information available at present.

NICHOLS

Edmund

Private 15663. 7th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 12th August 1916. Aged 18. Born Martham. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Edmund and Julia Anne Nichols, of Brickfields Farm, Martham, Great Yarmouth. Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D.

RIVETT

Robert Alfred

Lance Corporal 3/7837. 1st Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds at home on 4th January 1916. Born Coltishall. Enlisted Great Yarmouth. Son of David Moore, of Martham, Great Yarmouth. Buried: Martham (St. Mary) Churchyard Extension. Ref. D. 19.

SALES

George

Private 14857. 10th (R. East Kent and West Kent Yeomanry) Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died on 8th April 1919. Aged 18. Son of Henry Sales, of Martham, Great Yarmouth. Buried: Martham (St. Mary) Churchyard Extension. Ref. E.12.

SIMS

Herbert Ernest

Corporal 6th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Formerly 17032 Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in The Balkans on 17th November 1916. Aged 29. Born Ormsby. Lived Great Yarmouth. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Mr. J. and Mrs. A. Sims, of Gibbet Vale, Martham, Great Yarmouth. Buried: Struma Military Cemetery, Greece. Ref. III. B. 6.

SMITH

Harry Edgar

Private 5296. 16th (The Queen's) Lancers. Died at home on 1st August 1915. Aged 28. Born Rollesby. Lived and enlisted Great Yarmouth. Buried: Martham (St. Mary) Churchyard Extension. Ref. C. 19.

STARKINGS

William Samuel Anguish

Deck Hand 2723DA. H.M. Trawler Lord Salisbury, Royal Naval Reserve. Died on 4th May 1917. Aged 27. Son of William Samuel Anguish Starkings, of Martham Cess, Gt. Yarmouth, and the late Elizabeth Starkings. Commemorated: Chatham Naval Memorial. Column 26.

TURNER

Alfred E

[Transcribed as TAYLOR from memorial] Private 13989. 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Died on 20th January 1916. Buried: Martham (St. Mary) Churchyard Extension.

TURNER

James

[Transcribed as TAYLOR from memorial] No further information available at present

TURNER

Redvers W H

[Transcribed as TAYLOR from memorial] Boy 2nd Class J/91827 H.M.S. Powerful, Royal Navy. Died on 23rd September 1918. Born 1901 in Martham. Aged 18. Son of Herbert and Alice Turner [1901 census] Buried: Martham (St. Mary) Churchyard Extension.

UTTING

Edward

Private G/18528. 7th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action with the British Expeditionary Force on 18th September 1918. Aged 20. Born Martham. Enlisted Wroxham. Son of Mrs. M. A. Utting, of Black St., Martham, Great Yarmouth, and the late Mr. D. Utting. Buried: Epehy Wood Farm Cemetery, Epehy, Somme, France. Ref. II B. 16.

UTTING

George

Private 15674. 8th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 17th February 1917. Born Martham. Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D.

WATSON

Charles John

Private 20804. 1st Battalion Essex Regiment. Formerly 18325 Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds in France & Flanders on 1st July 1916. Aged 24. Born and lived Martham. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Charlotte Watson, of Black St., Martham, Great Yarmouth. Buried: Knightsbridge Cemetery, Mesnil-Martinsart, Somme, France. Ref. C. 42.

WATSON

Ernest George

Private 129745. 15th Battalion Machine Gun Corps (Inf). Formerly 73360 Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 5th November 1918. Aged 27. Born Martham. Enlisted Newcastle. Lived Willington. Son of Lewis and Hannah Watson; husband of Marion Watson, of 3, Bracey's Buildings, Martham, Great Yarmouth. Buried: Wez-Velvain (Velvain) Churchyard, Brunehaut, Hainaut, Belgium.

WATSON

George

No further information available at present.

WATSON

Robert Samuel

Deck Hand 3165DA. H.M. Drifter Cosmos Royal Naval Reserve. Died on 15th February 1918. Aged 23. Son of Maria Debbage (formerly Watson), of Mustard Hurn, Martham, Gt. Yarmouth. Commemorated: Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Panel 31.

WEDGE

Maurice

Private G/24549. 7th Battalion The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regt.). Formerly 9355 Royal Sussex Regiment. Died on 21st October 1916. Aged 24. Born London. Lived Martham. Enlisted Great Yarmouth. Buried: Martham (St. Mary) Churchyard Extension. Ref. D.18.

WIDDICK

Herbert John

Private 14363. 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds on 8th October 1918. Aged 22. Born Potter Heigham. Enlisted Great Yarmouth. Son of David and Priscilla Widdick, of Martham, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk; husband of Ellen Dorothy May Widdick, of 5, Norfolk St., Worthing. Buried: Bellicourt British Cemetery, Aisne, France. Ref V. K. 7.

WILKINSON

Henry Etridge

Fitter Staff Serjeant 51770. 10th Battery Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds in Gallipoli on 6th June 1915 (CD gives 14th June 1915). Aged 21. Lived Great Yarmouth. Enlisted Woolwich. Son of Mr. H. E. and Mrs. M. A. Wilkinson, of Repps Rd., Martham, Great Yarmouth. Buried: Pink Farm Cemetery, Helles, Greece. Ref. III. B. 6.

YOUNGS

Charles William

(Young on CD & CWGC) Private 28074. 1st Battalion The King's (Liverpool Regiment). Formerly 16831 Manchester Regiment. Killed in action between 13th and 15th November 1916. Aged 24. Born Martham. Lived Northendon, Manchester. Enlisted Manchester. Son of Robert and Caroline Young, of Rollesby Rd., Martham, Great Yarmouth. Buried: Serre Road Cemetery No. 2, Somme, France. Ref. I. A. 22.

And in the World War 1939 1945

ARMES

Cubitt Stanley George

Driver T/212014. Royal Army Service Corps. Died on 17th November 1940. Aged 28. Son of Stanley George and Ruth Armes, husband of Stella M. Armes, of Martham. Buried: Martham (St. Mary) Churchyard Extension.

BEANE

Stanley Robert

Private 5768867. Royal Corps of Signals attd. II. Corps Signals, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died on 31st May 1940. Aged 33. Son of Robert and Maud Mary Beane; husband of Hilda May Beane, of Martham, Norfolk. Commemorated: Dunkirk Memorial, France. Column 43.

CHAMBERLAIN

Robert

Private T/2654738. Royal Army Service Corps. Died on 17th June 1940. Aged 26. Son of Fred Chamberlain, and Clara H. Chamberlain, of Martham, Norfolk. Commemorated: Dunkirk Memorial, France. Column 150.

DURRANT

Robert William

Able Seaman C/SSX 17507. H.M.S. London, Royal Navy. Died on 20th December 1941. Aged 26. Son of Robert and Alice Elizabeth Durrant, of Martham. Buried: Martham (St. Mary) Churchyard Extension.

FRAZER

Reginald Arthur

Leading Seaman C/JX 127803. H.M.S. Avonvale, Royal Navy. Died on 29th January 1943. Aged 32. Husband of Phyllis M. Frazer, of Martham, Norfolk. Commemorated: Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Column 68, 1.

MILLER

Harry

No further information available at present.

MOLL

George Benjamin Arthur

Able Seaman P/J 99333. H.M.S. Acheron, Royal Navy. Died on 17th December 1940. Aged 37. Son of George B. and Laura Moll; husband of E M. M. Moll, of Ipswich, Suffolk. Commemorated: Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Panel 39, Column 1. Special note: HMS Acheron was running trials after a refit, when she was mined off the Isle of Wight. Of her crew of 166, only 15 men survived.

WISEMAN

John [Johnny] George

Sergeant 1333551. 609 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died on 14th February 1943. Aged 20. Son of Percy Edwin and Hilda Marjorie Wiseman, of Ashby with Oby, Norfolk. Commemorated: Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 170. Separate page for more details

WOODROW

Frederick

Possibly: Frederick George Woodrow. Corporal 1690668. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died on 21st November 1944. Aged 38. Son of John and Mary Elizabeth Woodrow; husband of Doris Nellie Woodrow, of Tottenham, Middlesex. Buried: Rome War Cemetery. Ref. I, F, 14.

APPLEGATE

Beryl

Civilian. Beryl was injured as a result of an air raid on 4th September 1940 at her home, 14 Council Houses, Somerton Road, Martham. She died at The Norfolk and Norwich Hospital on 6th September 1940 from her injuries. Beryl was just 12 years old. She was the daughter of Charles and Phoebe Margaret Applegate. Commemorated in the County Borough of Norwich Civilian War Dead Register.

Buried in the Cemetery, not on the Memorial.

COE

Alec Reginald

Corporal 5341794. 9th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment. Died on 11th January 1941. Buried: Martham (St. Mary) Churchyard Extension.

TURNER

A.E.

Private 13989. 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Died on 20th January 1916. Buried: Martham (St. Mary) Churchyard Extension.

TURNER

R W H

Boy 2nd Class J/91827 H.M.S. Powerful, Royal Navy. Died on 23rd September 1918. Aged 18. Buried: Martham (St. Mary) Churchyard Extension.

Last updated 30 September, 2009

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