SAINT PETER’S METHODIST CHURCH, PARK LANE WAR MEMORIAL
War 1 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Rev. Damon Rogers - 2004
memorial is in the form of a brass plaque with the details of church
members who gave their lives in both world wars engraved upon it. The
following details refer to the church members who fell in the First
40742. 9th Norfolk Regiment. KIA Belgium 15/04/1918 Tyne Cot Memorial
Age 23. Son of Herbert Wallace Bessey and Clarinda Bessey, of 9,
Doris Road, Norwich. Born Eaton, Norwich. Enlisted Norwich.
43399. 11th Suffolk Regiment. KIA France 28/04/1917 Arras Memorial
Age 24. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Frederick Browne, of 25, Neville
Street, Norwich. Enlisted at Lowestoft (where his father was born)
and his original service number was 2142. Also recorded in the Norfolk
Roll of Honour under Heigham, St. Thomas’ (the nearby Anglican Church).
540135. 102nd Battalion Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)
KIA France 13/10/1916 (Commonwealth War Graves has 15th) Pozieres
British Cemetery, Ovillers-La Boiselle (Grave III. R. 43) Born Norwich
4th February, 1882. Served in the 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment,
for 6 or 7 years, including the Boer War. Married to Annie Daines
who lived at 77 Dorval Road, Toronto, when he enlisted in 1915,
and she later lived at 100 Howard Park Avenue, Toronto. By trade
a telephone mechanic, Cecil volunteered for the army in September
1915 and was originally enlisted into the 2nd Canadian Pioneer Battalion
(service number 166746) and then joined a cyclist unit, in November
1915 and ‘went overseas with the Divisional Cyclists in January
1916’. Served for two months in the trenches prior to his death.
Attestation papers show his religion variously as ‘Wesleyan’ and
‘Methodist’. See the Canadian Virtual War Memorial for photograph.
TF/315726. 16th Middlesex Regiment. KIA Belgium 01/10/1917 Tyne
Cot Memorial The son of William and Emily Harbord, of 23 Cardiff
Road, Norwich, and shown on 1901 Census as Grocer’s Assistant, age
21, and brother of Percy C. Harbord. Born Norwich. Enlisted Woolwich.
details not known at present. The brother of Frederick William Harbord,
son of William and Emily Harbord, of 23 Cardiff Road, Norwich. 1901
Census shows Percy, age 13, born Norwich.
G/33126. 2/10th Middlesex Regiment. KIA Egypt 12/03/1918 Jerusalem
Memorial Age 23. Son of Mr J.H. and Mrs M.A. Layland, of 25, Park
Lane, Norwich. Born Birmingham, enlisted Norwich. The family lived
in Handsworth, Birmingham, in 1901.
Lieutenant. 4 Squadron, RAF. KIA Belgium 09/11/1918 Escanaffles
Comunal Cemetery (north of the entrance, near the East boundary)
Age 18. Son of George and Annie Elisabeth Leckenby, of 220, College
Lane, Norwich. Killed whilst flying in RE8 number C2774, with him
was Lieutenant G.C. Watson who was wounded. Some sources give surname
as Leekenby. Born at Hull. The family lived at St. Mary-le-Wigford,
Lincolnshire, in 1901.
45098, 37th (Labour Battalion) Royal Fusiliers. KIA France 11/10/1916
Thiepval Memorial Born 1886 at Stoke Holy Cross, Norfolk. Lived
and enlisted Norwich. Son of William and Margaret A. Shingles of
43 Swansea Road, Norwich, and husband of Laura Helen Shingles of
80 Avenue Road, Norwich. Had been employed as a waiter. His brother,
Enos, served with the Royal Engineers.
19271, 1st Norfolk Regiment attached 15th Trench Mortar Battery.
KIA France 02/07/1917 Roclincourt Military Cemetery (Grave III.
C. 1) Age 20. Son of Henry & Edith Sinclair, late of 58, Gloucester