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SOUTH CREAKE - WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 and Other Conflicts - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Transcribed Carolynn Langley, Researched Martin Edwards - 2004
additional information Brenda Cooper 2015

The memorial stands on a road junction of the B1355 and the Syderstone Road in the village of South Creake. It takes the form of a wheel cross on a tapering shaft atop a three-stepped plinth. The inscriptins are in back lettering. The whole is inside a railed enclosure. There are 26 names for World War 1 and 6 for World War 2.
Photographs Copyright © Carolynn Langley 2004

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND THE MEN OF SOUTH CREAKE
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR
1914- 1918

BAILEY

James Lewis

Acting Lance Corporal P/5750, 1st Traffic Control Companyy, Military Foot Police, Military Police Corps. Died of wounds 30th May 1917. Aged 26. Born Norfolk, enlisted Wroxham, resident Fakenham. Son of Alfred E. and Elizabeth Bailey, of 7, Houghton, King's Lynn. Native of South Creake, Fakenham. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XII. Row C. Grave 2.

BELDING

Clare Beauchamp Glover

Second Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 11th March 1915. Aged 41. His birth was registered in the July to September Quarter 1873, in the Docking Registration District, Norfolk. In the 1881 census he was aged 7, son of Davy T Belding (a widower), a scholar, born South Creake, resident Compton House, South Creake; his father was the owner of Compton House Estate; they were still resident there in 1891. In the 1911 census he was resident in the Floriana Barracks, Malta, aged 37. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 28 to 30.

BENSTEAD

Lester Gordon

Bombardier 6940, 152nd (Hackney) Heavy Battery Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds 13th December 1916. Aged 25. Born and resident Fakenham, enlisted Hackney, Middlesex. Son of Ephraim and Rosanna Benstead of South Creake, Church End, Fakenham. Buried in MESNIL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 13.

CRISP

Arthur

Able Seaman J/37896 H.M.S. New Zealand, Royal Navy. Died of wounds 17th March 1918 aged 19 whilst serving on P52 Patrol Boat. Served at the Battle of Jutland. Born South Creake. Son of Henry Crisp and Sarah nee Vertigans of Back Street, South Creake. Buried in GILLINGHAM (WOODLANDS ) CEMETERY, Kent. Naval Plot 28. Grave 1470.

DAWSON

George

Private 14085, 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Wounded 1st July 1916, gunshot wound to right leg in the attack on German trenches north of Carnoy. Transferred 3rd July 1916 to No. 45 Casualty Clearing Station and by Ambulance train to a hospital at Etaples. Died 8th July 1916. Aged 21. Born South Creake, enlisted Norwich. Son of Francis Ringwood, of Back Lane, South Creake, nr. Fakenham. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 69A.

EDGE

Benjamin Robert [Gordon]

Private 37415, 1st Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 31st July 1917. Aged 30. Born South Creake, enlisted Norwich, resident Fakenham. Married to Ellen Elizabeth nee Moore. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 6 and 8.

GEORGE

Herbert Walter

Private 9365, "C" Company, 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds 10th July 1916. Aged 20. Born South Creake, enlisted Norwich. Son of Mr. W. and Mrs. C. George, of South Creake, Fakenham. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot A. Row 25. Grave 16.

GEORGE

Frederick Arthur

Private 22351, 2nd Reserve Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died 27th February 1919. Aged 27. Son of William and Charlotte George, of High St., South Creake. Buried in ST. MARY CHURCHYARD, SOUTH CREAKE, Norfolk.

GEORGE

Arnold Jackson

Private 15374, 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Wounded 21st October 1916. Gunshot wound to thigh. Died of wounds 10th November 1916. Aged 22. Born South Creake, enlisted Norwich. Son of William and Charlotte George, of High St., South Creake, Norfolk. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XII. Row D. Grave 12A.

GEORGE

Albert Victor

Private 9370, 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 18th October 1916. Aged 20. Born South Creake, enlisted Norwich. Son of Charlotte Creamer (formerly George), of High St., South Creake, Fakenham, Norfolk, and the late William J. George. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D.

HASTINGS

Russell [Philip]

Private 267947, 5th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regiment). Died 10th November 1917. Aged 28. Born 26th January 1887 at South Creake, resident Semans, Saskatchewan, Canada. Son of Alfred and Elizabeth Hastings, of 13, Arlington Villas, Clifton, Bristol. Enlisted and passed fit 29th April 1916 at Semans, Saskatchewan, Canada, aged 27 years 3 months, heght 5 feet 10 inches, girth 42 inches, complexion dark, eyes blue, hair dark; religion Baptist or Congregationalist. Next of kin given as his father Alfred Hastings of South Creake. Farmer by trade, previously a butcher. Unmarried. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 18 - 26 - 28. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 4149 - 14

HOWE

John Henry ("Harry")

Private 22355, 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 1st July 1916. Aged 19. Born South Creake, enlisted Norwich. Son of George and Sarah J. Howe, of Southgate, South Creake, Fakenham. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D.

HUNTER

Frederick "Fred"

Lance Corporal 8573, Suffolk Regiment. Died 13th July 1917. Aged 27. Born South Creake. Son of Robert and Mary Ann Hunter Buried in St MARY CHURCHYARD, SOUTH CREAKE, Norfolk.

LEWIS

Solomon Frank

Serjeant 65561 24th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment). Died 9th November 1917. Aged 29. Shrapnel wounds, fractured skull and left arm. Born 29th May 1887 at South Creake. Son of Robert & Emma Lewis (previously Walker, nee Lack). Enlisted and passed fit 6th November 1914 at Montreal, Canada, aged 27 years, 6 months, height 5feet 7inches, girth 37½ inches, complexion sallow, eyes brown, hair black, religion C/E. Next of kin given as his sister Miss S. Lewis of Lee, London. Engineer by trade. Unmarried. Buried VLAMERTINGHE NEW MILITARY CEMETERY, Belgium.

NEALE

Charles William

[Spelt NEAL on SDGW] Private 29253, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 3rd September 1918. Aged 33. Enlisted Norwich, resident Fakenham. Son of Harriet Neale, of South Creake, Fakenham. Buried in EUSTON ROAD CEMETERY, COLINCAMPS, Somme, France. Plot II. Row G. Grave 3.

O’ROURKE

Michael [Joseph]

Able Seaman 188240. DEV(onport) Royal Navy. H.M.T.B. “4” (His Majesty’s Torpedo Boat). Died 7th November 1916. Aged 38. Washed overboard and drowned at Dover. Born 27th January 1879 at Gallows Road, Trinity, County Waterford,, Ireland. Son of Michael O’Rourke & Bridget nee Drohan. Joined Royal Navy in 1897 & became Able Seaman in 1899. Husband of Beatrice nee Tyrrell, resident of South Creake. Buried QUEEN’S ROAD CEMETERY, FAKENHAM, NORFOLK. Also commemorated on the Dover Patrol War Memorial.

SANPHER

William

Private 5692, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 21st April 1915. Aged 31. Born South Creake, enlisted Colchester, Essex. Son of Richard Joans and Mary Ann Sanpher, of South Creake, Fakenham, Norfolk. Brother of Arthur. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 4.

SANPHER

Arthur

[Spelt SAMPHER on SDGW] Private 12898, "C" Company, 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action at Delville Wood, Longueval, 19th July 1916. Born South Creake, enlisted Norwich. Son of Richard Jonas and Mary Sanpher. Brother of William. Buried in SUCRERIE MILITARY CEMETERY, COLINCAMPS, Somme, France. Plot I. Row BB. Grave 49.

SHACKCLOTH

Edward Henry

Lance Corporal B/200105 13th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort’s Own) Formerly 5/4819 Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds 20th May 1918 . Aged 21. Born Burnham, Norfolk. Enlisted East Dereham. Son of Emma Shackcloth (later Emma Barnes) Stepfather John Barnes & Emma resident at Back Street, South Creake. Buried BAGNEUX BRITISH CEMETERY, GEZAINCOURT. Plot II. Row A. Grave 7.

SHACKCLOTH

Jonathan

Private 307655, 1st Battalion, Tank Corps. Died 12th August 1918. Aged 20. Born 29th August 1898 at South Creake, Norfolk, enlisted South Farnborough, Hamsphire. Formerly 60793, Royal Flying Corps. Buried in MANITOBA CEMETERY, CAIX, Somme, France. Plot/Row D. Grave 2.

SHAWL

Frederick [John]

Private G/69429, 6th Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action 27th AUgust 1918. Aged 19. Born South Creake 16th June 1899, enlisted Norwich, resident Fakenham. Son of Mrs. Mercy Shawl, of South Creake, Church End, Fakenham. Formerly 37060, East Surrey Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 3.

THOMAS

George [Preydon]

Sergeant 84594, 209th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Wounded 1st July 1916, died in Rouen Hospital 5th July 1916, interred at Rouen, France 7th July 1916. Age 30. Born Great Massingham, enlisted Norwich, resident South Creake. Second son of Alfred and Elizabeth Thomas., of Collin Green Farm, Lyng, Norwich. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN, , France. Plot A. Row 23. Grave 2. Plaque in church.

TUDDENHAM

William

Private 15922, 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 1st July 1916. Aged 40. Born South Creake, enlisted Norwich. Son of Elvina Tuddenham (later Elvina Basham) of Front Street, South Creake. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D.

TWITE

John Christmas Bradfield

Private 101026 2nd Battalion The Hampshire Yeomanry (Carabiniers) Formerly 123329 Ordnance Corps, Norfolk Regiment. Died 9th January 1918. Aged 33. Born Tittleshall, Norfolk, 18th November 1885. Son of Benjamin Twite & Jane Harriet nee Bradfield. Married to Evangeline Hannah Twite nee Jeremy. Enlisted into Army Reserve 25th June 1916, Called into Service 18th January 1917 in King’s Lynn. Fitness class C1. Age 31 years 2 months, height 5foot 8½ inches, girth 33 inches, weight 122 pounds, physical development fair, religion C/E. Life time of poor health aggravated by service. Buried ST. MARY’S CHURCHYARD, SOUTH CREAKE.

WARNES

John

Private 320567, 12th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 19th August 1918. Aged 39. Born Sharrington, Norfolk, enlisted Norwich. Husband of Annie Elizabeth Warnes, of Front Street, South Creake, Fakenham, Norfolk. Buried in LE GRAND HASARD MILITARY CEMETERY, MORBECQUE, Nord, France. Plot 2. Row F. Grave 7.

WRIGHT

Frederick

Able Seaman 159168 H.M.S. Victory, Royal Navy. Died 17th September 1916 at Dearnley War Hospital. Aged 29. Born 5th December 1886 at South Creake. Son of Mary Ann Wright Buried ROCHDALE CEMETERY, Lancashire. Grave Ref: JJ29247.

IN PROUD REMEMBERANCE
SECOND WORLD WAR 1939 - 1945

BARKER

William Robert

Driver T/204556, 10 M.T. Vehicle Reception Depot, Royal Army Service Corps. Died between 23rd January 1942 and 20th May 1942. Aged 29. No known grave. Commemorated on ALAMEIN MEMORIAL, Egypt. Column 74.

PILE

Robert

probably Robert Percy PILE, Private 5773960, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died 21st october 1945. Aged 26. Buried in WELLINGTON (KARORI) CEMETERY, Wellington City, New Zealand. Grave reference: 28. N/3. (S).

FAIRCLOTH

Edward John

Gunner 14546913, Royal Artillery attached 301 Field Regiment, East African Artillery. Died 12th February 1944. Aged 37. Son of Francis George and Edith Ann Faircloth; husband of Sybil May Faircloth, of Fakenham. No known grave. Commemorated on EAST AFRICA MEMORIAL, Kenya. Column 4.

GUYMER

Christopher [George]

Private 5775221, 5th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died 22nd January 1942 during the Japanese invasion of Malaya and Singapore. Aged 22. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL. Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 50.

GEORGE

Alfred Stephen

Private 5772620, 5th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died 18th July 1943 as a POW. Aged 40. Son of Charlotte George, of South Creake, Norfolk; husband of Mabel Rose George, of South Creake. Buried in KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Plot 6. Row D. Grave 35.

EDGE

Walter

Private 14659844, 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died 17th June 1944. Aged 19. Son of Wynell and Maud Emma Edge, of Waterden, Norfolk. Buried in TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Plot I. Row H. Grave 9.

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