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RUNCTON HOLME WAR MEMORIALS

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Martin Edwards 2006

The Runcton Holme memorial takes the form of a plaque in addition there is a a Rollf Of Honour to those men who died in World War 2 within the church. Only one man appears on both the memorial plaque and the church Roll of Honour, he is marked *.

Photograph Copyright © Brenda Leedwell 2006

The plaque reads

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918

The Roll of Honour reads

ROLL OF HONOUR
In memory of those who were Killed in Action or Died on Active
Service whilst serving their King and Country

'Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.'

BARKER

William Edward

Private 200435, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 29th September 1918. Aged 20. Enlisted Norwich. Son of William George and Gertrude Fanny Barker, of Runcton-Holme, King's Lynn, Norfolk. Buried in GOUZEAUCOURT NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot X. Row A. Grave 11.

FILBY, MM

James Arthur

James Arthur FILBY (Military medal)Private 77465, 8th Battalion, Tank Corps. Killed in action 9th August 1918. Aged 20. Born West Dereham, enlisted Downham Market. Son of Harry and Emma Ann Filby, of Runcton Holme, King's Lynn. Awarded the MIlitary Medal (M.M.). Formerly 1098, Norfolk Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 11.

GARRETT

G W

probably George Walter GARRETT, Lance Corporal 10154, "A" Company, 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 22nd October 1917. Aged 31. Born Wolverton, Norfolk, enlisted Shoreham, Sussex. Son of Walter Thomas and Hannah Maria Garrett; husband of Vander Garrett, of Prospect Place, Rothwell, Leeds. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, , Belgium. Panel 34 to 35 and 162A.

POLLINGTON

James Henry

Private 20707, 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died at sea 13th August 1915. Born Downham Market, enlisted King's Lynn, Resident Mundford. Formerly 8649, Norfolk Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 144 to 150 or 229 to 233.

SPARLING

A E

Lieutenant, 8th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died 19th February 1915. Aged 36. Buried in north-west corner of ST. JAMES CHURCHYARD, RUNCTON HOLME, Norfolk. ** Not listed on SDGW **

SPARLING

Wilfred John

Private 81835, 8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment). Died 13th July 1915. Aged 33. Born 17th October 1882, Gloucester. Son of Philip William and Fanny Sparling, of Holme-nest, Runcton, Norfolk. Farmer by trade. Unmarried. Enlisted and passed fit 18th December 1914 in Winnipeg, Canada, aged 32 years 1 month, height 6 feet 2 inches, girth 39 inches, complexion dark, eyes grey, hair light brown, religion Church of England. Previously spent 5 years in the 1st Volunteer Battalion, Royal Welsh fusiliers. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 24 - 26 - 28 - 30. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 9173 - 29.

1939 - 1945

BURNETT

(Reverend) Frank

Chaplain, H.M.S Barham, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died when his ship was torpedoed 25th November 1941. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 60, Column 3.

Note: HMS Barham was a 27,500 ton, Queen Elizabeth class, battleship built at Clydebank, Scotland, and was completed in October 1915. During the First World War, she served in the North Sea with the Grand Fleet and after the end of that conflict was an active member of the British battle fleet. The battleship was modernised in 1931-34, emerging with a single smokestack, enhanced protection against long-range gunfire, bombs and torpedoes, an improved anti-aircraft gun battery and an aircraft catapult.

HMS Barham operated in the Atlantic and Mediterranean during the Second World War. She was damaged by a German submarine torpedo in December 1939, while at sea, north of the British coast. In September 1940, she engaged the French battleship Richelieu at Dakar, Senegal. Barham was in the Mediterranean in 1941, taking part in the Battle of Cape Matapan in March and receiving bomb damage in May. On 25th November 1941, while steaming to cover an attack on Italian convoys, HMS Barham was hit by three torpedoes from the German submarine U-331. As she rolled over to port, her after magazines exploded and the ship quickly sank with the loss of over two-thirds of her crew.

COTTER

Patrick Cland

Pilot Officer 130513, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 17th April 1943. Aged 34. Son of Claud Rutledge Cotter and Beatrice M. Cotter; husband of Helen Mary Cotter, of King's Lynn, Norfolk. B.A. (Oxon). No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 131.

LAMBERT

Sydney Agger

Private 5777483, 7th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 25th May 1944. Aged 24. Son of Harry and Adela M. Lambert, of South Runcton, Norfolk. Buried in KIRKEE WAR CEMETERY, India. Plot 10. Row J. Grave 7.

REED *

Charles Ian

Sub-Lieutenant, H.M. Submarine Unique, Royal Navy. Died 23rd October 1942. Aged 20. Son of John Bennett Reed and Dorothy Mary Louise Reed. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 62, Column 1.

Note: HM Unique was possibly depth charged off northern Spain on 10th October 1942. She left Holy Loch for a patrol in the Bay of Biscay on 7th October 1942. She left her escort off the Scillies on the 9th. No more was seen or heard from her after that date. HMS Ursula was in the area on the 10th and reported hearing underwater explosions that led her to believe Unique was under attack although the Germans made no claims to her sinking.

Last updated 13 May, 2006

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