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ROLLESBY WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and Copyright © Steve Smith 2008

FRollesby war memorial can be found by turning left onto Fleggburgh Road as you pass through the village from the direction of Great Yarmouth. St George’s Church will be found on the right and the memorial is situated in the grounds of the church.

Photographs Copyright © Steve Smith 2008

To the glory of God
and in loving memory of
those who gave their lives
in the Great War
from Rollesby
1914-1918

BROWNSWORD

Douglas Anderson

Captain, Army Service Corps, who ‘Died of Wounds’ on 25/12/1917 at the age of 25. Douglas was the son of Harry A. and Mabel Brownsword, of Rollesby Hall, Norfolk. He is now laid to rest in OXFORD ROAD CEMETERY in near Ypres in Belgium. Grave/Memorial Reference: V. F. 18.

BECK

George

Lance Corporal, 18053, 2nd Battalion Norfolk Regiment who was ‘Killed in Action’ on 13/03/1916 at the age of 31. George was born in Great Ormesby and enlisted at Great Yarmouth. He was the husband of H. M. Shreeve (formerly Beck), of Back Road, Rollesby. George has no known grave and he is now commemorated on Panel 10 of the BASRA MEMORIAL in Iraq.

CHAPMAN

Donald Frank

Engineer Sub-Lieutenant (Royal Naval Reserve) Donald was ‘Killed in Action’ on 20/01/1918 when the armed trawler H.M.S. Mechanician was torpedoed West of St Catherine's Point. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on Panel 30 of the PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL.

PLATTEN

Henry William

Trimmer, 1703TS, (Royal Naval Reserve) Henry was ‘Killed in Action’ on 20/04/17 when the trawler hit a mine laid by the German U-Boat UC 41. This had sailed from Heligoland on 11/04/17 on her 4th patrol under the command of Kplt. Kurt Bernis. The mines were laid near Tod Head on 19/04/17 and the submarine sank a number of other vessels on this patrol. He was the husband of Maud Eva Platten, of Low St., Rollesby, Great Yarmouth. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on panel 24 of the PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL.

DYBALL

Frederick

Private, 20601, 1st Battalion Essex Regiment Frederick ‘Died at Sea’ on 13/08/1915. He was born in Westwick, resided at Hickling and originally enlisted as Private, 17102, Norfolk Regiment. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on Panel 144 to 150 or 229 to 233 on the HELLES MEMORIAL in Greece.

PIGGEN

Robert Watson

Gunner, 20213, 149th Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery. Robert was ‘’Killedin action’ on 22/09/1917 at the age of 36. He was born in Martham and enlisted in Great Yarmouth. He was the son of Robert Piggin; husband of H. E. Ransome (formerly Piggin), of Broad Road, Fleggburgh, Yarmouth, Norfolk. He is now laid to rest in grave XI. G. 1. in VLAMERTINGHE NEW MILITARY CEMETERY near Ypres.

OLLEY

John George Gregory

This is probably Private, G/24088, 7th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment who ‘Died of Wounds’ on 06/09/1918 at the age of 20. John was born in New Buckenham and he enlisted in Norwich. He was the son of John and Hannah Olley, of Buckenham Rd., Banham, Attleborough, Norfolk. He is now laid to rest in grave VIII. C. 11 in DERNANCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION on the Somme in France.

TACON

Ernest John Ballard

Second Lieutenant, Lancashire Hussars who was ‘Killed in Action on 09/10/1917 at the age of 21. Ernest was the son of the Rev. Richard John Tacon, of Rollesby Rectory, Great Yarmouth. He has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel 4 on the TYNE COT MEMORIAL in Belgium.

RANSOME

Leslie Robert

Private, 65492, 66th Battalion Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) who ‘Died of Wounds’ on 25/03/1918 at the age of 21. Leslie was born in Rollesby and initially enlisted as Private 27849 RANSOME in the Northamptonshire Regiment. He was the son of Mr J. W. Ransome, of Rollesby, Great Yarmouth. Leslie is now laid to rest in grave II. B. 8 in ST. SOUPLET BRITISH CEMETERY in France.

PALMER

William

Sapper WR/500286, Royal Engineers Inland Water Transport who ‘Died’ 03/02/1919 at the age of 32. William was the husband of E. Palmer, of Low St., Rollesby, Great Yarmouth. He is now laid to rest in grave VIII. B. 2A in LES BARAQUES MILITARY CEMETERY, SANGATTE in France.

WRIGHT

Alfred George

Private, 203474, 1st/5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) Who was ‘Killed in Action’ on 01/07/1917 at the age of 34. Alfred enlisted in Great Yarmouth and was the son of James and Georgina Wright, of 4, Belle Vue Terrace, Rollesby, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. He has no known grave and is now commemorated ON Bay 7 of the ARRAS MEMORIAL in France.

WRIGHT

Charles Edward

Private, 16802, 7th Battalion Norfolk Regiment who ‘Died’ on 27/07/1918 aged 25. Charles was born in Rollesby and enlisted in Norwich. He was the son of James William and Georgina Wright, of 4, Belle Vue Terrace, Rollesby, Great Yarmouth and was the brother of Alfred. He is now laid to rest in grave I. B. 96 in LE CATEAU MILITARY CEMETERY in France.

WALPOLE

George Frederick

Private, 9916, 6th Battalion Lincolnshire who was ‘Killed in Action’ on 09/08/1915 at the age of 22. George was born and resided in Rollesby and enlisted in Crosby in Lincolnshire. He was the son of H. W. and Ann Elizabeth Walpole, of Back Lane, Rollesby, Great Yarmouth. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on Panel 44 to 46 of the HELLES MEMORIAL in Greece.

Their Name Liveth For Evermore
And to those that gave their lives in the World War 1939-1945

ALEXANDER

Edward Russell

Fusilier, 5783234, 9th Battalion Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) who ‘Died of Wounds’ on 01/05/1943 at the age of 20. Edward was the son of Russell William and Gertrude Vera Alexander, of Rollesby, Norfolk. He is now laid to rest in grave VIII. C. 31 in ENFIDAVILLE WAR CEMETERY in Tunisia. There is a small family tribute to Edward, who was known as Teddy at the foot of the memorial, which states, ‘In Loving Remembrance of Teddy who died of Wounds May 1st 1943.’

BROWN

Cyril Charles John

Marine, PLY/X 2584, Royal Marines of H.M.S. Sultan who ‘Died’ on 19/02/1942. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on Column 1 of the SINGAPORE CIVIL HOSPITAL GRAVE MEMORIAL.

DUBLACK

Frederick James

Private, 5777163, 5th Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment who ‘Died’ between 01/10/1943 and 31/10/1943 at the age of 27. He is now laid to rest in grave 6. C. 4. in CHUNGKAI WAR CEMETERY.

MOORE

Cecil Stanley Russell

Leading Seaman, C/J 114414, Royal Navy of H.M.S. Rover who ‘Died’ on 02/08/1942 He is now laid to rest in Block F. Grave 230 of DURBAN (STELLAWOOD) CEMETERY in South Africa.

SHREEVE

Percy James

Private, 5781860, 1st Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment who ‘Died of Wounds’ on 23/06/1944 at the age of 24. Percy was the son of Charles Henry and Elisabeth Shreeve, of Rollesby, Norfolk. He now lies in grave 14. E. 1-8 in TAUKKYAN WAR CEMETERY in Burma. There is also a personal tribute at the foot of the memorial, which states, ‘In Loving Memory of Percy Died of Wounds June 23rd 1944.’

WYMER

Stanley

There is no information, at present, that can be found surrounding the death of Stanley.

Last updated 7 October, 2008

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