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World War 1 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Rev. Damon Rogers - 2004

The Belvoir Street Methodist Church stood at the corner of Belvoir Street and Stafford Street, Norwich. The church closed in the early 1980’s. No exact details of the memorial are known at present. The following list of members of the church who fell in the Great War is compiled from the Norfolk Roll of Honour, Norwich Roll of Honour, and church records held at the Norfolk County Archive. Any additional information about the memorial would be appreciated.

1914 – 1918

Arthur Edwin
87731 Private 54th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps Died 2nd December 1918 Buried Beirut War Cemetery (grave 300) Age 32. Son of Joshua and Rhoda Blythe of 59 Connaught Road, Norwich. Husband of Ethel Blythe of 275 Mount Pleasant Road, Lordship Lane, Tottenham, London. On 1901 Census he is shown as working as a clerk. Born Norwich.
200764 Sergeant 9th Norfolk Regiment Killed in Action, France, 18th September 1918 Vis-en-Artois Memorial Age 21. Son of William Lloyd of 71 Stafford Street, Norwich. Born and enlisted Norwich.
William Ransome
74009 Gunner 126th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery Died of wounds, France, 28th October 1916 Buried Longueval Road Cemetery (H 1). Age 25. Son of Thomas and Mary Piercy. Husband of E.M. O’Leary of Woodlands Lodge, Dereham Road, Norwich. Born Hackford, Norfolk, enlisted Norwich. William wrote a letter to the church council, noted in the church minutes 09/04/1916, giving his views on how the church had been effected by the war.
George James
7219 Lance-Corporal 1st Norfolk Regiment. Killed in Action, Belgium, 19th February 1915. Buried Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Road Military Cemetery (III D 19) Born Newhaven, Sussex, enlisted Norwich.
45602 Rifleman 1/18 London Regiment (Royal Irish Rifles) Killed in Action, France, 3rd October 1918 Buried Ration Farm Cemetery (VII B 20). Age 19. Son of George R. and Mary Seaman of 40 Winter Road, Norwich. Born Norwich, enlisted Norwich. Had formerly served with the Rifle Brigade, service number S-35350.
153456 Gunner 293rd Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery Died of wounds, Belgium, 12th October 1917. Dozinghem Military Cemetery (X F 19). Age 28. Son of James and Harriet Skipper of Surlingham, Norfolk. Husband of Nellie H. Skipper of ‘The Cabin’, Haynford, Norfolk. Cornelius was a constable with the Norwich City Police for eight years. He was born at Surlingham and enlisted at Norwich.
William Robert
G-8901 Private 2nd Queens Regiment Killed in Action, Belgium, 31st July 1917. Menin Gate Memorial. Age 20. Son of William and Emma J. Southgate. In 1901 the family lived at 61 Connaught Road, Norwich. Born, lived and enlisted Norwich.
Frank Ablett
2nd Lieutenant, Norfolk Regiment attached 1/8 Liverpool Regiment. Killed in Action, Belgium, 20th September 1917. Tyne Cot Memorial Age 19. Son of Revd. George Edward Stone and Florence Amelia Stone of 147 Earlham Road, Norwich. Enlisted September 1914 and gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in 1917. Born Norwich. His father was the minister at Belvoir Street church. An older brother, Edward J., also served.
Arthur James
20429 Private 8th Norfolk Regiment Killed in Action, France, 11th November 1916. Thiepval Memorial Age 20. The son of James and Edith Williment of 1 Gladstone Street, Norwich. Born and enlisted Norwich.

7 October 2004

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