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SOUTH LYNN, ALL SAINTS WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Reverend Damon Rogers - 2006

The memorial takes the form of a window on the north side of the church. The window has three arches and within each arch there is the figure of a saint above an area where the names of the fallen are painted. The saints are, left to right, St. George, St. Michael, and St. Edmund. The names of the fallen are in, roughly, alphabetical order with initials and surname given. A scroll is painted along the bottom of the window panels stating that this is the memorial to those who fell in the Great War, 1914-1919. It is worth noting that the next window along from this memorial window is itself a memorial to Robert John Bardell, see below, who was killed in 1916.

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Photographs Copyright © Brenda Leedwell 2006

ADAMS

Ernest William

Private. 14967. 10th Essex Regt. Died of wounds Belgium 13/8/1917. Lijssentheok Military Cemetery, XII. F. 15 Aged 22. Son of William and Elizabeth Adams of King's Lynn, Norfolk. Born Rotherham. Enlisted Norwich, September 1914. Had worked at Cooper Roller Bearings, King's Lynn. Two other brothers served. Company runner. Had received a commendation for bravery.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial and St. Michael's War Memorial, South Lynn.

ALLEN Thomas Martin

Seaman. C.3133. Royal Naval Reserve. Serving on the cruiser HMS Aboukir when it was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea 22/9/1914. Chatham Naval Memorial Aged 31. His parents lived at West Lynn. Married with three children, lived at 64 Checker Street, King's Lynn. Had been master of the King's Lynn Conservancy Board tug 'T. Brown' from July, 1914. Called up 2/8/1914. Served on the Aboukir with his brother William who last saw Thomas signalling the Cressy and the Hogue shortly after the Aboukir had been hit.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial and West Lynn Church War Memorial.

ASHBY

George Stanley

Private. 20585. 1st Essex Regt. Helles Memorial. Died at sea 13/8/1915 when the troopship Royal Edward was sunk. Aged 22. Son of Mrs. Manning. Lived at 4 Friars Street, King's Lynn. Born King's Lynn and enlisted Norwich. Had worked at the West Norfolk Farmer's Chemical Company, King's Lynn.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

BARBER Frank Vivian

Private. 7-30928. 7th East Yorkshire Regiment. Missing France 25/11/1916. Thiepval Memorial Aged 23. Born Hull. Third son of Mr. Alfred Barber, London Road, King's Lynn. He left a wife and two children, living at Hull. He enlisted at Hull, where for six years he had been a sailor. Some sources give date as 5th. Two brothers also served in the army and three others worked in munitions.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

BARDELL

Robert John

Private. SPTS-3935. 23rd Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action France 29/7/1916. (Battle for Delville Wood?). Thiepval Memorial Aged 35. Born Middleton, Norfolk. Son of the late William and Mrs. Bardell of King's Lynn. Enlisted at London, September 1915 and went to France in early 1916. From the age of 18 Robert managed the building contracting business of his late father and later became a partner in the Lynn Building Material Company. He was a sidesman at All Saints and a playing member of King's Lynn Lawn Tennis Club.

A window dedicated to his memory is in the north side of All Saints Church. This window was dedicated by the Bishop pf Thetford in November, 1920.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial, and King Edward's School War Memorial, King's Lynn.

BARNABY John Augustus

Corporal. 240436. 1/5th Norfolk Regt. Killed in action Gallipoli 12/8/1915, but see the account of the 'Vanished Battalion'. Azmak Cemetery, Suvla, I.C.6. Age 25. Son of Mr. John and Mrs. Georgina Barnaby, of, 33 South Everard Street, King's Lynn. Enlisted Dereham, service number 2624. Mentioned on his parents' grave at Hardwick Cemetery, King's Lynn, which shows John A., died Gallipoli, 1915. 'Soldiers Died' states 'died 28/8/1915'.

See Tim Carew, Famous Regiments: The Royal Norfolk Regiment, page 91, regarding the fate of the 1/5th Norfolk Regiment :

"For the next four years the fate of the bulk of 1/5th Norfolk was shrouded in mystery. It was not until September 1919 that a Graves Registration Unit at Gallipoli reported tersely: 'We have found the 5th Norfolks - there were 180 in all, and we could only identify two - Privates BARNABY and Cotter.'"

John Barnaby is the only Barnaby of the 1/5th Norfolks in 'Soldiers Died'.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial

BARRATT

John Ambrose

Second Lieutenant. 16th Rifle Brigade. Killed in action Ypres, Belgium 31/7/1917. New Irish Farm Cemetery, St. Jean-les-Ypres, XVII.E.16. Age 36. Son of Joseph and Louisa Barratt, of Romford Road, Upton, Essex. Husband of Evelyn Marion Barratt, of 139, Newmarket Road, Norwich. Born at 316 Romford Road, Upton, 8/1/1881. His father was a solicitor. John was educated at the Merchant Taylor's School, London, and at St. John's College, Oxford. He played cricket for his school and was a 'half-blue' for tennis at Oxford. He married Evelyn Marion Beck at Hethersett, Norfolk, 11/9/1912. They had four children and lived at 12 Portland Street, King's Lynn, prior to the war. John was a brewer for Morgan's based at the Lady Bridge Brewery in King's Lynn. John was a prominent member of All Saints' Church and was at one time the church treasurer.

Enlisted in the Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry at King's Lynn, 8/12/1915, number 26300. On 16/3/1916 he applied for a commission. His recommendation stated that John was the brother of international lawn tennis player Roper Barratt.

John completed a course at number 1 O.C.B., Denham Barracks, Bucks. However his application for a commission was turned down as he had not received any previous military training. On 29/4/1916 he joined the Oxford University O.T.C. and on 11/7/1916 was posted to 4 O.C.B. and discharged to a commission in the Rifle Brigade on 24/10/1916 (London Gazette 15/11/1916).

He was immediately sent overseas.

He was a signalling officer and well liked by his fellow officers; the young officer's called him 'Father Barrett'. He was killed in action 31/7/1917, this confirmed by a GHQ communication dated 4/8/1917, and initially buried north west of Fortuin. He was reburied in 1920.

His service papers are at the National Archive (WO339/65847). Note: in some sources his surname is given as Barrett.

Played rugby for Upper Clapton and Eastern Counties and is on their war memorial.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

Above John Barratt with his thrird child.
Below John playing tennis at Norwich 1906

BASSHAM

Reginald Owen

Second Lieutenant. 5th Rifle Brigade. Killed in action France 31/5/1917. Tilloy British Cemetery, Tilloy les Mofflaines, I.G.23. Born at Wolferton 13/8/1893. Son of Luke and Ellen Bassham. His father was an accountant at Sandringham Estate. His mother lived at York Avenue, Hunstanton. Married to Dorothy Gwendoline Smithard just a few weeks before he was killed. Dorothy remarried in 1921.

He won scholarships that enabled him to be educated at King Edward's School, King's Lynn, and subsequently at University College, London, where he was a member of the O.T.C.

Left for Australia in 1912 and worked on his brother-in-law's estate. He tried to enlist in the Australian Army but was rejected due to defective eyesight, however his brother, Sgt. R.H. Bassham, AIF, was successful and won the M.M. (two other brothers served in the British Army).

He returned from Noumea, New Caledonia, to the UK to enlist, 21/9/1915, travelling on the SS Canastota. However a blockade of the Panama Canal meant that he had to travel from Panama to Boulogne on the SS Niagara. This journey generated a lot of correspondence as he claimed back the travelling expense from the War Office.

Attested at the Central Recruit Depot, Whitehall, 6/12/1915 and posted to the Rifle Brigade Depot, service number S/14556. Posted to the 6th Battalion and applied for a commission. Posted to No. 2 Officer Cadet Battalion, Pembroke College. Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, Special Reserve, 5th Rifle Brigade, on 4/7/1916 (London Gazette 7/7/1916).

Posted to France. Received severe shell wound to left thigh and sent to No.1 Red Cross Hospital, Le Touquet, 9/11/1916, before being sent to Guy's Hospital, London. Joined 13th Battalion on 3/5/1917. Several of his effects were returned to the UK, including his tobacco pouch, his broken pipe and his marriage certificate.

His service papers are at the National Archive (WO339/74565).

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial, and King Edward's School War Memorial, King's Lynn.

BATES

William

Second Lieutenant. 101st Labour Company, Labour Corps. Died due to effects of shell-wounds and gas poisoning 13/5/1918. St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen, France, Officer's B.4.27. Born West Lynn, 24/2/1895, the son of William, a railway signalman, and Sarah Ann Bates, of 6, Louisa Terrace, West Lynn. Baptised at All Saints', 17/7/1895. Server at All Saints' Church from the age of 14. He was the first pupil from West Lynn School to win a scholarship to King Edward's School, King's Lynn. Became a theological student at St. Chad's College, Durham.

Applied for a commission in the Artists Rifles, February, 1916, but was rejected due to defective eyesight. He joined the Durham Light Infantry on 10/2/1916, service number 32278. Joined the DLI Depot at Newcastle, 16/5/1916 and was transferred to the Labour Corps, as 316911, Private, 471 (Home Service) Employment Company on 30/6/1917. On 13/5/1917 he again applied for a commission and was described as 'a suitable candidate for a Labour or Works Battalion.' He was attached to the Garrison Officer Cadet Battalion, Jesus College, Cambridge, from 20/8/1917 and he joined the O.C.B. at Cambridge on 27/8/1917. He was subsequently commissioned into the Labour Corps, London Gazette 6/12/1917.

8/3/1918 posted to Labour Corps Base Depot, Boulogne. 13/3/1918 to hospital with Tonsillitis. 10/4/1918 posted to 101 Company, Labour Corps. 13/5/1918, died of wounds (gas) at No. 2 British Red Cross Hospital, Rouen. His company had been involved in laying communication lines near Foncquevillers and was caught by heavy German gas shelling. The company sustained heavy casualties - the heaviest losses of the Labour Corps in the war. Several of his effects were sent home, including his rosary.

His service papers are at the National Archive (WO339/108992). Note CWGC gives his Regiment as the DLI.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial, King Edward's School War Memorial, King's Lynn, and West Lynn War Memorial.

BATTERBEE

Alfred John

Private. 17019. 7th Norfolk Regiment Killed in action Loos, 13/10/1915. Loos Memorial, France. Born 24/3/1898, son of John Robert and Ada Caroline Batterbee, of Terrace Court, King's Lynn (his mother later remarried, to Mr. Daisley, and lived Checker Street). Baptised at All Saints' Church and a pupil at All Saints' School. Employed as an engine cleaner at South Lynn railway station. Enlisted Norwich in December 1914 and went overseas in June, 1915. Killed by a shell explosion. Name given as Batterby on his medal card.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial

BATTERBEE Edward Robert William

Private. 8999. 7th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action France 13/8/1916. Thiepval Memorial. Born North Runcton, 1895. Son of Mrs. William Mitchell, Providence Street, King's Lynn. Worked as a boy porter at West Norfolk and Lynn Hospital. Enlisted King's Lynn. Wounded whilst serving on the Western Front. He was a company stretcher-bearer and known for his first aid skills. Killed by a shell. His uncle, CSM Walter Mitchell, also served in the 7th Battalion and wrote home to tell of his nephew's death (Walter Mitchell was himself killed in action).

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial

BECK, MC

Bernard

Lieutenant (Temporary Captain). 3rd attached 4th Liverpool Regiment. Awarded the Military Cross, London Gazette, 25/8/1916: 'For conspicuous gallantry during operations. Under heavy fire he established and maintained for six hours communications between the front line and the H.Q.'s of an infantry brigade.' Killed in action France 18/8/1916. Flat Iron Copse cemetery, Mametz, I.B. 28 Note: until 2000 his headstone did not show the award of the M.C., this has since been corrected.

Born Winton Lodge, Leyton Court Road, Streatham, 13/6/1890, son of Harry, a wine merchant, and Julia Beck. He was well known for his interests in farming and held High House Farm, Weasenham. Married Enid Brown, of King's Lynn, and had one child. His wife subsequently remarried, to Mr. Neill, and emigrated to Australia on 26/9/1919.

Enlisted in the 8th Reserve Cavalry Regiment, 24/8/1914, this unit was affiliated to the 16th and 17th Lancers and he is noted as being 6462, Private, 16th Lancers.

Commissioned 15/10/1914. To the Western Front, June, 1915. He was acting second in command of his battalion when he was killed. Death notified by telegram 23/8/1916.

His service papers are at the National Archive (WO339/29583).

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial

BENTLEY

George

Brother of Joseph William Bentley. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph William Bentley of 9 Saddlebow Road, Kings' Lynn. Born at Ely, 1888.

Other details unknown at present.

BENTLEY

Joseph William

Private. 3411. 'B' Company 1/5 Norfolk Regt. Killed in action Gallipoli 12/8/1915. Helles Memorial Aged 19. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph William Bentley of 9 Saddlebow Road, Kings' Lynn. Enlisted Dereham, November 1914. Had worked for Messrs. Watts & Rowe, Printers, King's Lynn.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial and St. Michael's War Memorial, South Lynn.

BIRD

George Frederick

Private. 15104. 4th Lincolnshire Regiment Killed in action , near Vermelles, 22/11/1917. Pilosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe, France, III.A.35. Eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. G.B. Bird. Southgate House, London Road, King's Lynn. Born King's Lynn 1891. Unmarried. Enlisted at Norwich. Served in Gallipoli and Egypt. Killed by shellfire. Brother of Sidney John Bird. Two of his brothers served in the 1st Norfolk Regiment.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

BIRD

Sidney John

Late Private 1/5th Norfolk Regiment, R.A.M.C., and munitions worker. Died 5/11/1918. Hardwick Cemetery, King's Lynn, grave Y524. Born King's Lynn 1892. Son of Mr. and Mrs. G.B. Bird. Southgate House, London Road, King's Lynn. Enlisted in the 1/5th Norfolk Regiment, August 1914, and discharged January 1915 because of heart trouble. Enlisted at King's Lynn in the RAMC, 3/9/1915, and served as Private, 65626, until 22/11/1915 when he was again discharged 'no longer fit for service'. He applied for and received his 'Silver Wound Badge' (RAMC list 282).

Subsequently he worked in a munitions factory in Nottingham but again had to give up due to ill health. He was then employed at an aerodrome (Narborough?). Buried 12/11/1918 with military honours.

Brother of George Frederick Bird. Two of his brothers served in the 1st Norfolk Regiment.

BLACKBURN

Alfred Herbert

Private. 20712. 1st Essex Regiment. Died at sea, Transport 'Royal Edward', 13/8/1915. Helles Memorial.Born Brancaster 1896, son of Frederick and Alice Susannah Blackburn, of 1, Church Lane, King's Lynn. Lived King's Lynn, educated at St. Mary's Roman Catholic School. Apprenticed as baker and confectioner to C. Winlove Smith, High Street, King's Lynn. Unmarried. Enlisted in the 7th Norfolk Regiment, service number 12157, at King's Lynn, 21/8/1914. Was hospitalised and so did not go overseas with the battalion. Transferred to 3rd Battalion and volunteered to join the 1st Essex Regiment. Lost when the transport was torpedoed in the Agean Sea.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

BLOOM

Henry (Harry) Charles

Lance Corporal. 7182. 1st Norfolk Regiment Killed in action La Bassee 31/1/1915. Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Military Cemetery, Belgium, I. A. 23. Eldest son of Mr. Charles F. and Mrs. Jenny Bloom, of 18, Checker Street, King's Lynn. Born Holloway, London, 1888. Married to Jeannie Bloom, of 11, Edwards Yard, King's Lynn; two children. Enlisted in the 2nd Norfolk Regiment and went to South Africa with the battalion in 1906. Also served in India before the war. Returned to England on long leave in February 1913, and was for some time employed at Cooper Roller Bearings. Recalled and drafted to the 1st Battalion on the outbreak of war. On Christmas Day 1914 he was involved in the Christmas 'truce' and met with German soldiers in 'no man's land'. Brother of John Edward Bloom.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

BLOOM

John Edward (Eddie)

Private. 26128. 1st Norfolk Regiment Killed in action Falfemont Farm, Combles, France 4/9/1916. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Mr. Charles F. and Mrs. Jenny Bloom, of 18, Checker Street, King's Lynn. Born Holloway, London, 1890. Married with two children. A pre-war regular soldier he had served for eight years before working as a painter for the Great Eastern Railway Company at King's Lynn; subsequently he joined the staff at the West Norfolk Fertilizer Works. Recalled to the colours on the outbreak of war, he joined the 3rd Battalion Norfolk Regiment, service number 3/6332. To France in January 1915, but returned to England in October 1915 as 'time-expired'. He re-enlisted and went to France again in July 1916. Initially listed as missing in he attack on Falfemont Farm.

Brother of Henry Charles Bloom.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

BONHAM

William Daniel

Second Lieutenant. 10th posted 7th Norfolk Regiment Killed in action France 14/10/1917. Arras Memorial. Born Derby, 9/11/1892, son of Thomas William, a coal merchant, and Ann Bonham, of The Chase, King's Lynn. Educated at St. James' Boys School and won a county scholarship to King Edward's School, King's Lynn. Unmarried. Worked with his father in the wholesale coal business. Attested at King's Lynn, 17/9/1914 and joined the 4th Public Schools Battalion, 21st Royal Fusiliers, service number PS 2463. Served overseas from 14/11/1915 to 24/3/1916; promoted Lance Corporal, 21/12/1915.

Posted to No. 1 O.C.B., 24/3/1916 and commissioned into the 10th Norfolk Regiment, 5/8/1916. Posted to the 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, 28/10/1916. He was a bombing instructor and a musketry instructor, having undertaken courses at the 3rd Army School from May to August 1917.

He was initially listed as missing, possibly a prisoner. A report, sent via the Germans, from 2nd Lieutenant D.C. White, who had been taken prisoner, confirmed that William had been killed. His father received a telegram, dated 30/1/1918, stating that the Germans had found William's body and had buried him near Monchy. Captain J.M. Howlett wrote to William's father stating that William had been killed by a sniper whilst signalling to the stretcher bearers to bring in a wounded officer; this letter also stated that William had been killed in a raid on the German trenches. William's company commander wrote stating that William had actually been killed while trying to rescue the wounded officer.

His service papers are at the National Archive (WO339/60710).

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial and King Edward's School War Memorial, King's Lynn.

BRACEBRIDGE

Charles Albert

Private. 5696. 1/7th Worcestershire Regiment Killed in action France 21/9/1916. Thiepval Memorial. Born 1892, son of Albert and Fanny Bracebridge, of 22, Gladstone Street, King's Lynn. Served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Thew and Son, Printers, High Street, King's Lynn. Charles then went to live in Bexley Heath, but subsequently returned to work for Thew and Sons before the war. Enlisted in the Norfolk Regiment at East Dereham, service number 2632, after the outbreak of war and was transferred to the Worcestershire Regiment. Went to France April, 1916. Killed in an attack on a German trench, initially listed as missing.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

BRADFIELD

Reginald Charles

Private. 56147. 74th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) Killed in action France 10/9/1918. Vis-en-Artois Memorial. Born King's Lynn, 1891. Eldest son of Mr. William Charles and Mrs. Ellen Winlore Bradfield, Hamilton House, The Chase, King's Lynn. A pre-war member of the Norfolk Yeomanry, service number 1397, he was called up on the outbreak of war and served with the Yeomanry in Gallipoli, the Libyan Desert and Palestine before serving in Flanders from May 1918 At this time 74 Battalion MGC was composed of men who had served in the Yeomanry units of 74 Division. Reginald was killed by a sniper.

Brother of William Leslie Bradfield.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial and King Edward's School War Memorial, King's Lynn.

BRADFIELD

William Leslie

Corporal. 760872. 'C' Company, 1/28th London Regiment (Artists Rifles). Commissioned Second Lieutenant and posted to Royal Berkshire Regiment, but died before taking up new rank and posting. Died (accidentally?) France 20/6/1917. Hesdin Communal Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France, grave 2.Born King's Lynn, 1893. Son of Mr. William Charles and Mrs. Ellen Winlore Bradfield, Hamilton House, The Chase, King's Lynn. Went to London to work for Selfridges, before returning to King's Lynn to manage his father's business in the High Street. Enlisted in London, November, 1915, joining the Artists Rifles. Having spent the first year f his service in London he went overseas and was, for a time, part of the guard at Sir Douglas Haig's Headquarters. He was promoted Lance-Corporal upon being posted overseas and rapidly gained promotion to Corporal and then Acting Sergeant. In this latter capacity he was attached to another battalion of the London Regiment in order to gain experience in the trenches; during this time he suffered trench fever and shock. He completed his final training for a commission and would have joined the Royal Berkshire Regiment. However, whilst feeling unwell he fell from a first floor 'French window' and died as a result of his injuries. This may well have been an accident, but his medal card is inscribed 'suicide'. Brother of Reginald Charles Bradfield.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial and King Edward's School War Memorial, King's Lynn.

BRICE

William Frederick

Private. 40910. 7th Suffolk Regiment Died of wounds 1/4/1918. Etaples Military Cemetery, France, XXXIII.C.26.A. Born Holborn, London, 1882, son of William and Mary Ann Brice, of 272, Knowlsey Road, Liverpool. Husband of Emma Brice who came from King's Lynn. Enlisted Whitehall and served as 32539, Private, Suffolk Regiment.

BRIDGES

Robert

Details unknown at present. Also named on St. Michael's War Memorial, South Lynn.

BUCK

Charles

Details unknown at present. A list of men from All Saints' that were serving in the forces in 1916 shows Charles Bucke and Charles Bucke, junior, both on active service (Norfolk Record Office PD607/128).

CAMERON

Colin MacKenzie

Captain and Adjutant. 4th Seaforth Highlanders Killed in action France 11/4/1918. Maroc British Cemetery, Nord, France, I.L.46. Born Balnakyle, Scotland, 11/12/1894, second son of Colin MacKenzie Cameron and Adelaide Scott Cameron, of Balnakyle, Ross-shire; husband of Sylvia Chatterton Cameron, of Thurlow House, King's Lynn. Educated at Sedburgh School and served in the school's cadet contingent. Worked as a clerk to Messrs. Cameron & Forrester, chartered accountants, Inverness (his uncle's firm). Commissioned into the 4th Seaforth Highlanders, 12/8/1913. Mobilised upon the outbreak of war, he went to France with the battalion in November 1914. He was wounded, gunshot to left chest, in May 1915. He underwent medical treatment in the UK and was given home service duties as the adjutant of the 3/4th Seaforth Higlanders until he was passed fit by a medical board and sent to the front, 2/4/1918.

Colin married Sylvia, the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Percival T. Chatterton at St. Margaret's Church, King's Lynn, 26/4/1917. Awarded the 1914 Star. His service papers are at the National Archive (WO374/11894)

There is a memorial window in his honour at St. Margaret's Church, King's Lynn.

CANNELL

William George

Private. 47464. 8th (Cyclist) Essex Regiment. Died at sea in the loss of RMS Leinster, 10/10/1918. Hollybrook Memorial. Age 19. Youngest son of Mr. G.H. Cannell, 'Fleece Inn', Paradise Parade, King's Lynn. Born and lived King's Lynn. Worked as an engineer at Cooper Roller Bearings, South Lynn, before joining the Bedfordshire Regiment at Norwich in 1918, service number 49379. Transferred to the 8th Essex and served in Ireland.

Some sources give his first names as George Robert.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

CARTER

George

Details not known at present.

CARTER

William Edward

Private. 61365. 13th Royal Fusiliers Died of wounds France 15/4/1917. Etaples Military Cemetery, France, XXII.J.15.A. Age 39. Born Pimlico. Son of Edward and Susan Carter, of Setch Bank, near King's Lynn; husband of Lucy Irene Carter, of Windsor Road, King's Lynn. Five children.

An upholsterer for Messrs. Scott and Son, High Street, King's Lynn. Enlisted at King's Lynn into the Royal West Kent Regiment, service number 16103, June 1916. To the Western Front, November 1916. Wounded 11/4/1917, died at the 7th Canadian General Hospital.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

CATTON

James Colby

Private. 40639. 2nd South Wales Borderers Killed in action Belgium 14/4/1918. Ploegsteert Memorial. Age 29. Born King's Lynn, son of Walter, a sailor, and A. Elizabeth Catton, of 4 Providence Street, King's Lynn. A keen footballer, played in the King's Lynn Junior League. Employed by Messrs. A. Bear and Son, St. James Street, King's Lynn. Enlisted at King's Lynn into the Bedfordshire Regiment, service number 27115, on the outbreak of war. Wounded once. Date of death given as 11/4/1918 in some sources.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

CHAMBERLAIN

Joe

Private. 15197. 9th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action France 18/10/1916. Thiepval Memorial. Age 23. Born St. Margaret's, King's Lynn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chamberlain, of 45, Friars Street, King's Lynn. Enlisted at King's Lynn, September 1914. Served as a stretcher-bearer and had been wounded. Believed to have died in the attack on Gueudecourt. Killed by a sniper while retrieving a wounded man stranded in front of the trench.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

CHAPMAN, DCM

Albert Edward

Lance-Sergeant. 13699. 8th Norfolk Regiment. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. London Gazette 20/10/1916: 'For conspicuous gallantry on several occasions during operations, when he led patrols and gained valuable information under heavy fire. He constantly rendered valuable assistance by showing the greatest intelligence and courage.' Killed in action France 26/9/1916. Thiepval Memorial. Age 22. Born King's Lynn, son of Mrs. J. Burch, of 3a, Bridge Street, King's Lynn. Unmarried. Worked as an agricultural labourer at Stanhoe before enlisting at Norwich, 10/9/1914. Went overseas 25/7/1915. Believed to have been killed in the attack on the Schwaben Redoubt, Thiepval. He was initially reported wounded and missing; in August 1917 he was officially presumed to have been killed during the previous September. Two of his brothers also served.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

COATES

Arthur

Corporal. 7191. 4th King's Royal Rifle Corps Killed in action Belgium 29/1/1915. Ypres, Menin Gate Memorial. Born St. John's, Norwich, 1894. Son of James Coates, of 6, Windsor Row, Windsor Road, King's Lynn. Lived King's Lynn and enlisted Norwich.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

COATES

E

Details unknown but believed to be Edward Coates, born Norwich 1898, a brother of Arthur Coates.

COBBOLD

Albert Garnett

Private. 240670. 1/5th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Gaza 19/4/1917. Gaza War Cemetery, XXII. E. 16 Aged 22. Third son of Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Cobbold 1 Ouse Avenue, King's Lynn. Enlisted Dereham August 1914. Had worked at the Cooper Digger Works, South Lynn. Served in Gallipoli and Egypt. Brother in law of Pte. A.J. Mann.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial, West Lynn Church War Memorial, and St. Michael's War Memorial, South Lynn.

COOPER

Charles Veasey

Lance-Corporal. 6244. 4th Battalion Australian Infantry Died of wounds France 19/9/1918. La Chaplette British and Indian Cemetery, III.D.13. Born 22/7/1899. Eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cooper, The South House, Wisbech Road, King's Lynn. An adventurer, he had lived in East Africa and South Africa before journeying to Australia and becoming a sheep farmer. Was twice rejected for military service. Enlisted at Whitton, NSW, 11/4/1916. On strength 4th Battalion 12/2/1917. Lance Corporal 5/6/1917. Mortally wounded 18/9/1918. Occupation given as engine driver.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial, West Lynn Church War Memorial, and St. Michael's War Memorial, South Lynn.

COOPER

Edward Charles

Private. 62909. 7th Royal Fusiliers Died of wounds France 16/4/1917. Aubigny Communal Cemetry Extension, Aubigny-en-Artois, France, II.E.58. Age 19. Born King's Lynn. Son of Mrs. E. Cooper, of 6, Daisley's Buildings, Providence Street, King's Lynn. Employed by Mr. J.W. Beaty, fruiterer, London Road, King's Lynn. Enlisted in the Queens Regiment, service number 39270, at Norwich, December 1916. Had been serving in France for about a month when wounded

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

COOPER

Reginald

Lance-Corporal. 20372. 8th Norfolk Regt. Died of wounds France 28/10/1917. Etaples Military Cemetery, XXX. G. 22. A Aged 24. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Cooper of 30 Wisbech Road, King's Lynn. Husband of Elizabeth Cooper of 2 Lynn Road, Gaywood. Born Terrington St. Clement. Enlisted King's Lynn and went overseas during 1916. Had been a hairdresser with premises in Wisbech Road. Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial, Gaywood War Memorial, and St. Michael's War Memorial, South Lynn.

CREIGHTON

Bernard

Private. 2044. 'B' Company, 1/5th Norfolk Regiment. Also known as Bill. Some sources give his first names as Edward William Bernard. Died at sea, on HM Hospital Ship Aquitania, from dysentery, 3/12/1915 Netley Military Cemetery, Hound, Hampshire, C.E.1763. Age 19. Born at Wisbech (Walsoken?), son of Edward and Mary Anne Creighton of 15, South Everard Street, King's Lynn. Served in Gallipoli. A contemporary letter from W.F. Dent to his mother stated that Bernard had been evacuated to Alexandria and that she should not worry.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

CROWE

Henry William

Private. 201953. 2/5th Durham Light Infantry. Died Salonika 8/8/1917. Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria, Greece. Grave 80.Age 31. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Crowe, of 5, Valinger's Place, King's Lynn; husband of Mrs. J. Crowe, of 8 Guanock Terrace, King's Lynn. Employed by Messrs. Edwards and Sons as a dairyman before setting up his own business as a milk vendor. A football enthusiast, he had been chairman of the Lynn Rangers Football Club. Enlisted at King's Lynn, 29/7/1916; basic training at Catterick. Embarked for Salonika 4/11/1916. Served in the machine-gun section. He was taken ill and hospitalised. Initially he was reported to have died on 1/7/1917, but that was later corrected. Died at the 43rd General Hospital.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

DABB

Joseph Charles

[Listed as DABBS on SDGW, CWGC and many official documents] Private 28091, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action France 6 April 1918 [other sources state 26 March 1918]. Born and lived in King's Lynn, enlisted Norwich. and some give his surname as Dabbs. Birth registered in the King's Lynn Registration Distrit January to March Quarter 1882. Baptised 24 February 1882 in Lynn, Norfolk, son of Joseph and Dinah Dabb, at St Nicholas, St Margaret's, King's Lynn, Norfolk. In the 1911 census he is listed as Joseph Dabbs, unmarried, he was an Assistant Fishmonger, aged 28, born King's Lynn, resident No 2 Austin Street, Kings Lynn, living with aunt and uncle Hannah and Henry Slater. In the 1891 census he is aged 9, a scholar, living with his uncle and aunt, Henry and Hannah Slater, at Fines Yard, North Street, St Margaret, Kings Lynn. Buried in Gommecourt British Cemetery No. 2, Hebuterne, France. Plot V. Row H. Grave 20.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

DAY

John William

Private. 240949. 1/5th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in the Second Battle of Gaza 19/4/1917. Jerusalem Memorial. Age 37. Born Downham Market. Lived in King's Lynn. Worked at the West Norfolk Farmers' Chemical Company. A keen footballer, he had acted as linesman for the Lynn team on several occasions. Enlisted at Dereham, June 1916.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

DENT

Sidney Oliad

Private. 21392. 8th Border Regiment. Killed in action France 5/7/1916. Thiepval Memorial. Born King's Lynn. Husband of Mrs. R. Dent, of 6 Frederick Place, King's Lynn; three children. Employed by Messrs. Cranfield, millers. Enlisted into the Norfolk Regiment, number 17310, at King's Lynn, December 1914. Went overseas in late 1915. Initially reported wounded and missing. (Born Wiggenhall St. Germans 1885?)

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

DEPEAR

Henry James

Private. 37324. 2nd Royal Berkshire Regiment. Killed in action Belgium 16/8/1917. Tyne Cot Memorial. Aged 21. Left a widow. His mother also lost two brothers in the war. Enlisted in the Berkshire Yeomanry in January 1916 (number 3153) and subsequently transferred to the Royal Berkshires. Had worked at Cooper Roller Bearings, South Lynn.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial, and St. Michael's War Memorial, South Lynn.

DINES

Joseph

Lieutenant. 13th Liverpool Regiment. Killed in action France 27/9/1918. Grand Ravine British Cemetery, Havrincourt A.42. Born King's Lynn 12/4/1889. Youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. F.W. Dines, of 4, Whitefriars Terrace, King's Lynn. Husband of Ethel Henrietta Eugenie Dines, of 176, Chigwell Road, South Woodford, London.

A well known footballer, he began his playing career at Lynn All Saints', subsequently he played, at various times, for Lynn United and Lynn Second Eleven; Lynn Town, where he played in the Senior Cup Final in 1904; Norwich City Reserves and Woolwich Arsenal Reserves. He played for the Lynn team that opposed Aston Villa in the cup. He was awarded county colours in 1905-6 and played in the Norfolk team that secured the Southern Counties Championship in 1908. He became known as the 'smiling footballer'. Made his debut for England against Wales, in 1910, and was a regular in the pre-war England team. He also played international matches in the Olympic series and for Millwall.

Educated at All Saint's School, King's Lynn, and the Technical Institute, King's Lynn. Employed as a pupil-teacher at Hunstanton before training at Peterborough. Became assistant master at St. Margaret's School, King's Lynn, before accepting an appointment under the Ilford Educational Committee. He married Ethel Burgoyne at St. Margaret's, King's Lynn, 27/12/1913.

He responded to a call for additional store-men in the A.O.C.; attested at Woolwich, 29/11/1915 as Private (storeman), 014613, A.O.C. He was appointed Lance Corporal, 1/2/1916, and 2nd Corporal, 11/1/1917. At this time he served at Weedon Camp, Northamptonshire. He applied for a commission, 16/12/1916,but was turned down. Transferred to be G/87780, 'F' Company, 6th Middlessex Regiment at Chatham, 18/6/1917. Transferred to be 118720, Machine Gun Corps and posted to the Machine-Gun School, Harrowby, Grantham, 13/9/1917 to train on 'tanks'. He again applied for a commission and was posted to the Provisional Cadet Company, Wareham, 9/11/1917 and transferred to No. 24 O.C.B., Winchester, 11/1/1918.

He wanted a commission in the Tank Corps and although he was already a qualified musketry instructor his assessor felt he needed additional experience to develop his leadership skills, therefore he was discharged to a commission in the Liverpool Regiment, 25/6/1918, and posted to the 51st Graduated Battalion, 22/7/1918.

It is unclear when he was promoted to Lieutenant. To France 16/9/1918. He was killed by machine-gun fire and his death notified by telegram 3/10/1918. There is confusion about what happened to his personal effects.

Three of his brothers also served. There is a plaque in his memory on the wall of his home at Whitefriars Terrace.

His service papers are at the National Archive (WO339/82351)

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

DREW

George William Henry

Lance Corporal. 6795. 1/5th West Riding Regiment. Killed in action France 14/1/1917. Berles-au-Bois Churchyard Extension, France, N.2. Born King's Lynn, 12/7/1896. Son of Mrs. Drew, of 2, St. John Street, King's Lynn. Baptised All Saints' 15/8/1896. Had been a butcher's assistant working initially for Mr. Southerland and then for Mr. Yates of King's Lynn. Enlisted at Dereham on the outbreak of war. Killed when a shell struck his billet. His father also served in the war.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

DUNBABIN, DCM

John Herbert

Sergeant. 17311. 1st Norfolk Regiment. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. London Gazette 22/1/1916: 'For conspicuous gallantry on 1st December, 1915, near Mametz. Immediately after a German mine had been exploded he led his grenadiers to repel and attack, and, when all remained quiet, he had himself lowered down the shaft. On spite of foul gas and falling gantries he succeeded in bringing two unconscious men to the surface, and helped to get out several others. He was the first man down the mine after the explosion.' Died at the West Norfolk and Lynn Hospital, 30/9/1917. Hardwick Cemetery, King's Lynn. Grave Y.210. Age 41. Born King's Lynn, son of the late John and Ellen Dunbabin; Husband of Ellen Susannah Elizabeth Dunbabin, of 24, Exton's Road, King's Lynn. Five children.

Joined the Lynn Borough Police Force 21/4/1900. Appealed to the 'Watch Committee' to be allowed to join the forces and enlisted at Norwich 14/12/1914. Undertook basic training at Felixstowe and went overseas 18/5/1915, as a Lance-Corporal. Promoted Corporal 12/6/1915 and Sergeant 27/6/1915. Served at Hill 60. Remained on the Western Front until 22/3/1916 when he lost a portion of a finger through a bomb explosion. He was given his discharge, to dated from 13/10/1917, and returned to King's Lynn with a view to rejoining the police. However he was taken ill and died on 30/9/1917 after an operation. He was buried with full military honours and many police officers attended.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

EBLING

Bert

M.5739 (Portsmouth). Engine Room Artificer 4th Class. Royal Navy. Serving on the destroyer HMS Gurkha when it was sunk, in the English Channel, due to a mine explosion 8/2/1917. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 25 Aged 25. Son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Ebling of Saddlebow Road, King's Lynn. Husband of Alice Neal (formerly Ebling) of 14 Malmesbury Road, Southampton. Had worked at an engineering works at Melton Constable before the war. Two of his brothers also served.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial, and All Saints Church, South Lynn, Memorial Window.

ELMS

Albert Edward

Known as Bert. Private. 40191. 4th Bedfordshire Regt. Killed in action Hamel, near Albert, France, 7/2/1917. Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, VII F 25. Aged 29. Son of Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Elms of 1 Diamond Street, King's Lynn. Left a widow and three children. Born Tydd St. Giles, Cambs. Enlisted at Norwich in 1916, previously served in the Essex Regiment (number 28182). Had worked for Messrs. Salter and Salter, boot and shoe makers from the age of 14, eventually becoming their manager in Bradford before returning to King's Lynn, via Wisbech, to manage their store on the High Street. A keen footballer and billiards player, had played for the All Saints' eleven. Four of his brothers also served in the war.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial, and All Saints Church, South Lynn, Memorial Window.

ESS, MM

Charles Robert

Private. 3/8410. 2nd Suffolk Regiment. Awarded the Military Medal. London Gazette 14/5/1919. Killed in action France 8/10/1918. Rumilly-en-Cambresis Communal Cemetery, Nord, France I.E.3. Age 23. Born South Lynn, son of George and Susannah Ess, of 5, Providence Street, King's Lynn. Baptised at All Saint's Church 31/1/1895. Enlisted Wisbech, 29/12/1911. A reservist working for the G.N. Railway Company and mobilised 8/8/1914. Went to France 15/9/1914. Served in the battles of Marne, Aisne, La Bassee, Neuve Chapelle, Ypres, Hill 60, Loos, Somme, Passchendaele and Cambrai. Twice hospitalised because of an 'internal complaint'. Suffered 'trench feet' and hospitalised at the London General Hospital. Wounded in the head and leg and received surgical treatment at Fort Pitt Hospital, Chatham. Returned to the front in August 1918 after being wounded. Awarded the 1914 Star.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

EWEN

John Edward

Private. 17024. 7th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action France 12/10/1916. Thiepval Memorial. Born King's Lynn, 24/3/1897, baptised at All Saint's Church 5/10/1898. Son of Edward Ned and Mary Ann Ewen. Worked with his father as a chimney sweep. Enlisted at Norwich in November 1914, went overseas in 1915.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

FALL

Joseph

Private. 9684. 8th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Belgium 10/8/1917. Menin Gate Memorial. Born Littlebury, Essex. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Fall, Southgate Street, King's Lynn. Worked as a parcel delivery worker for the Great Eastern Railway Company at King's Lynn, and was later a porter with the G.E.R. Enlisted in the Norfolk Regiment at King's Lynn, September 1914, but was discharged for medical reasons. After an operation he was bale to enlist in January 1916 and went overseas in June 1916. On July 19th, 1916, he was wounded in the face and hospitalised at the Ontario Military Hospital, Orpington. He returned to the front in November 1916 and was later buried by a shell explosion and suffered shell shock. His brother, Corporal W.H. Fall, M.M.P., met him in the lines on the day before his death and wrote to their parents telling them of Joseph's death.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

FINNEY

John Robert Samuel

Private. 40219. 9th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Belgium 8/8/1918. Nine Elms British Cemetery, near Poperinghe, Belgium, XV.C.4. Age 24. Married with one child. Worked as a striker at Dodman's Foundry, King's Lynn. Enlisted at East Dereham, September 7th, 1914. Overseas in 1915 and after six weeks in the lines was severely wounded by a bayonet thrust to his thigh. Returned to the front in January 1916 and on 21st March (1918?) was gassed and buried by a shell explosion. On August 4th, 1918 he played a part in a film recorded to mark the fourth year of the war.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

FOX

Benjamin

Private. 645862. British Columbia Regiment: 7th Battalion Canadian Forces. Killed in action in the attack on Hill 70, France 5/8/1917. Vimy Memorial. Born King's Lynn 5/12/1890. Son of Edward and Maria Fox, of 8, Kirby Street, King's Lynn. Lived at 816 Granville Street, Vancouver. Employed as a clerk at the Wilkinson Steelworks, Vancouver. Served for six months in the 3rd Norfolk Regiment before he emigrated in 1911. Attested Vancouver 21/2/1916. Brother of George Alfred Fox also killed.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

FOX

George Alfred

Private. 645967. Quebec Regiment: 24th Battalion Canadian Forces. Died of wounds France 18/8/1917. Etaples Military Cemetery XXV.N.15. Born King's Lynn 16/8/1893. Son of Edward and Maria Fox, of 8, Kirby Street, King's Lynn. Educated at All Saints' School, King's Lynn. Lived at the Canadian Pacific Railway bungalow, Vancouver. Employed as a cook with the Canadian Pacific Railway. Emigrated, with two brothers, in 1911. Attested Vancouver 3/3/1916. Died of shrapnel wounds received on 15/8/1917. Brother of Benjamin Fox also killed. National Archives of Canada Accession reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 3252 - 36.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

FOX

James Felstead

Sergeant. T/499. 54 (East Anglian) Divisional Train, Army Service Corps. Died Egypt 28/11/1915. Helles Memorial. Age 23. Born King's Lynn. Son of Mrs. Fox, 35 Checker Street, King's Lynn and the late James Felstead Fox. Employed as a cellarman at the Eagle Hotel, Norfolk Street, King's Lynn. A pre-war territorial he was mobilised in August 1914. Landed Gallipoli 2/8/1915 and died from exposure having worked in extremely difficult conditions and adverse weather conditions. His name had been forwarded to the Divisional Headquarters with a request that his service at Gallipoli be recognised.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

FRANKLIN

Lloyd Fairfax

Private. 8649. 'B' Company 1st Norfolk Regt. Killed in action Hill 60, Belgium, 21/4/1915. Menin Gate Memorial, Panel 4. Aged 20. Son of the late Mr. Lloyd Franklin of Portland Street, King's Lynn, and Mrs. Fanny Jane Terry (formerly Franklin) of 5 Hockland Street, King's Lynn. Born Peterborough. Enlisted Norwich 15/5/1912. Had worked for Messrs. Baron Bros., printers, King's Lynn. Served in France and Belgium from the beginning of the war including engagements at Mons, Le Cateau, Missy, Aisne, Marne, La Bassee.

Also named on St Michael's, South Lynn, King's Lynn War Memorial and Grimston War Memorial.

FROGGITT

William George

Sapper. 33414. 55th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action France 21/1/1917. Combles Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, II E 12. Age 22. Born Fakenham. Son of Mary Ann Coates (formerly Froggitt, see Arthur Coates) of 6, Windsor Row, Windsor Road, King's Lynn, and the late William Froggitt. Native of Guist, Norfolk. Enlisted Lincoln, to France 20/7/1915. Rank shown on grave as L/Cpl., buried next to Sapper Symonds who was killed at the same time.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

FROST

Francis Frederick Christmas

Known as Frank. Seaman. 8226 A(Chatham) Royal Naval Reserve, S.V. (Schooner) Gleaner. Drowned, off Runcorn, 8/11/1918. Chatham Memorial. Born December 1893. Son of Frederick George and Mary Jane Frost, of Austin Street, King's Lynn. Husband of Emily Frost, nee Collison, of Plowright's Yard, Friars Street, King's Lynn. Married at King's Lynn Registry Office 13/4/1915. There were two vessels called 'Gleaner' employed by the Admiralty in WW1, a Motor Drifter and a 160 ton Special Service Tender.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

FYSH

Gerard Ebenezer

Private. 608029. 14th Royal Irish Rifles: 1st London Irish Rifles posted 23rd Entrenching Battalion. Killed in action France 23/3/1918. Pozieres Memorial (London Irish Section). Age 22. Youngest son of Alfred and Jane Anne Fysh, 1 London Road, King's Lynn. One of five brothers who served. He was educated at the British School, King's Lynn (captain of the school team which won the School Cricket Shield Competition 1909) and at Croad's School. He played regularly for the King's Lynn hockey team and the Lynn 2nd XI cricket team. On leaving school he entered the office of Durrant and Wright and also served the Lynn and West Norfolk Conservative Association in a clerical capacity. In 1914 he enlisted as a driver in the second line of the Norfolk and Suffolk Brigade Transport and Supply Co., recruited from King's Lynn and the surrounding villages. He was transferred to the infantry in the autumn of 1916 and went to France, being posted to the 36th (Ulster) Division. Also listed as 18th London Regiment.

Note 608021, Pte., William Mitchell of King's Lynn (KIA F&F 16/8/1917) was also 18 Londons attached Royal Irish Rifles, and 608019, Pte., Robert Henry Newman of King's Lynn (DOW F&F 18/8/1917) was in same unit(s) and had transferred from ASC in April, 1917.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

GAMBLE

Fernley Hazel

Known as Sonnie. Sergeant. 15471. 'B' Company, 9th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action France 15/9/1916. Thiepval Memorial. Born Grimston, Norfolk. Son of Mr. H. Gamble, 257 Portnall Road, Paddington, London and formerly 3 Valinger's Road, King's Lynn. Employed at Eau Brink Hall Farm, St. Mary's, near King's Lynn. Enlisted Norwich. Letters to his father in 1915 were printed in the Lynn News. Sergeant Gamble complained about the weather but stated that the 'Tommy' was happy if he had warm clothes and plenty of 'smokes', also Sergeant Gamble was perplexed at the unwillingness of many to enlist in the Army.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

GARDINER

Eric John

2nd Lieutenant. 5th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Palestine 19/4/917 (Battle of Gaza, six officers killed). Jerusalem Memorial. Born Leicester 18/8/1896. Son of Dr. Arthur, surgeon, MD, CM, the anaesthetist at King's Lynn Hospital and Margaret Wyndham Gardiner, nee Pearce. They had lived at 320 Humberstone Road, Leicester, when Eric was born. Later they moved to Tuesday Market Place, King's Lynn and subsequently to Reading. Before enlisting Eric worked in a corn business. He joined Epsom College OTC on 7/7/1913 and was posted to 3/5 Norfolks, at East Dereham, from Epsom on 17/7/1915. His referee for his commission application was Rev. B.V.V. Edwards, vicar of Gayton and senior curate of St. Margarets, King's Lynn, who had known him for 10 years. Eric was mentioned in despatches 16/1/1918.

As Eric was missing in action his details were published in the Egyptian Gazette of 14/5/1917 but no information was forthcoming. A committee of adjustment was formed at Alexandria under General Murray and this considered his case on 30/5/1917. No claims were found against him and his remaining kit was forwarded to his father who also received his scroll and plaque. Private Arthur Howes, of King's Lynn, wrote home stating that he had seen Eric fall in action and that Eric's was the only company of the battalion to reach its objectives at Gaza.

Twin brother of Ivan Jephson Gardiner, also killed.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial and the memorial at King Edward's School, King's Lynn.

GARDINER

Ivan Jephson

Lieutenant. 5th Norfolk Regiment, attached Royal Air Force. Drowned from HT Leasowe Castle 27/5/1918. Chatby Memorial, Alexandria. Son of Dr. Arthur, surgeon, MD, CM, the anaesthetist at King's Lynn Hospital and Margaret Wyndham Gardiner, nee Pearce. Later they moved to Tuesday Market Place, King's Lynn and subsequently to Reading.

Ivan Gardiner, a medical student of Guy's Hospital, was gazetted to the Norfolk Regiment about October 1915. He went to Egypt at the beginning of 1916 and was with his Regiment for about a year. Then he trained in Egypt for the Air Force and was on active service from April 1917, to the end of the following August doing observation work in the neighbourhood of Gaza. Later his health broke down. During the winter of 1917-18 he was lecturing at No.3 School of Military Aeronautics. He drowned as the result of the torpedoing of a vessel in which he was returning (invalided home) from Egypt to England. Shortly before he joined the ship, while cycling, he had been knocked down by a tender and he was in hospital with his injuries. Several eyewitnesses saw Ivan on the night of the sinking and, according to the accounts, he gave up his place in a lifeboat to allow others to be saved.

Twin brother of Eric John Gardiner, also killed.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial and the memorial at King Edward's School, King's Lynn.

GILBERT

George Stevens

Private. 23299. 13th Yorkshire Regiment. Killed in action France 29/4/1917. Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-Plouich, Nord II B 8. Age 28. Born Gidney, Lancashire. Oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Gilbert, 18, Guanock Terrace, King's Lynn. Married with four children. Lived at Eastrington, Brough, Yorkshire. Enlisted at Howden in 1915, possibly serving initially with the East Yorkshire Regiment. His brother Amos Gilbert was also killed.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

GILES

Frederick Thomas

Private. 22994. 2nd Norfolk Regiment. Died of dysentary Mesopotamia, 12/9/1916. (Likely to have been in the 'newly formed' 2nd Battalion which was constituted on 16/7/1916) Basra War Cemetery. Age 20. Born King's Lynn. Son of Mr Thomas William and Mrs. Lucy Giles, 11 Checker Street, King's Lynn. Employed by Mr. Bradfield, draper, High Street, King's Lynn. Enlisted at King's Lynn in January 1916 and served overseas from about July 1916. Mentioned on parents grave at Hardwick Cemetery, King's Lynn.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

GOATE

George Frederick

Private. 3/10576. 7th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action France 13/10/1915. Loos Memorial. Age 32. Born St. Margaret's, King's Lynn. Husband of Louise Neve, formerly Goate, of Middleton, King's Lynn, one child. Had lived at 4 Exton's Road, King's Lynn. Employed as a checker at the Great Eastern Railway's Harbour Goods Station, Boal Quay, King's Lynn. Enlisted at Norwich before the war and was a National Reservist recalled on August 17th 1914. He was the company cook and was known as a good all-round sportsman, he was fond of football, cricket, and boxing.

Brother of Richard Thomas Goate, also killed. Uncle of Percy Goate, killed in the 1915 air raid on King's Lynn.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

GOATE

Richard Thomas

Private. 21336. 8th Border Regiment. Killed in action France 1/7/1916. Thiepval Memorial. Born King's Lynn. Enlisted Norwich and formerly served as 18657, Norfolk Regt. During the night of January 19, 1915, his home in Bentinck Street, King's Lynn, was destroyed by a bomb from a German airship. Richard Goate was on leave at Lynn at the time, but happened at that hour to be visiting some friends in the southern quarter of the town. Brother of George Frederick, also killed. Uncle of Percy Goate, killed in the 1915 air raid on King's Lynn.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

GRANGER

Albert Frederick

Private. 19715. 8th Royal West Kent Regiment. Killed in action France 3/2/1918. Hargicourt British Cemetery, France I.I.16. Age 19. Born Littleport. Son of Frederick and Elizabeth Granger, of Exton's Place, King's Lynn. Employed as a porter for the Great Eastern Railway at Lynn station. Enlisted King's Lynn, 1916, and formerly served as 45506, Suffolk Regiment. Killed, along with five others, during a night raid.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

GREEN

Edwin John

Corporal. 9659. 2nd Coldstream Guards Killed in action France 1/2/1915. Cuinchy Communal Cemetery. Born 24/9/1893, South Lynn. Baptised at All Saints Church, 13/5/1898. Son of Mr. Frederick William and Mrs. Gertrude Elizabeth Green, of 7, Thomas Street, King's Lynn. Enlisted Norwich, 1/7/1912. Left England for France 12/8/1914. Took part in early battles of the war including Mons and Ypres. Edwin wrote several letters that were published in the Lynn News, these convey much of the enthusiasm of the pre-war British Army and a great spirit for the cause. In one letter, printed in the paper on 6/2/1915 he wrote: "I only hope I am lucky enough to scrape through. When we left England I had charge of a section of 15 men. Now there are only four of us left. All the others have either been killed or wounded. It makes one think when one repeatedly sees young men between the ages of 20 and 25 killed or maimed for life, and it puts more hatred into one than anything. Still we keep getting our own back." Awarded the 'Mons Star'.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

GREENACRE

Henry Richard

Killed in action France 28/4/1917. Arras Memorial. Born North Runton. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Greenacre, of 2 Railway Cottages, Hardwick Road, King's Lynn, enlisted King's Lynn. Employed on Sommerfield and Thomas' barges and then at the Farmers' Chemical Works (as was his brother Willie). Enlisted in 1911. To Flanders in September 1914 with the 1st Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Shot through the left thigh at Hill 60, 12/7/1915, and treated initially at the 2nd Canadian Field Hospital, Le Treport, and later at Bagthorpe Hospital, Nottingham; Felixstowe Hospital, and the Nerve Hospital, Croydon. He was still recovering from this wound as late as July 1916. He was posted as missing June, 1917, and afterwards presumed killed in action. The first intimation to the parents came from Captain C. W. Archdale, a local officer, who wrote that "nothing has been heard of him lately. Brother of William Hugh Greenacre, also killed."

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

GREENACRE

William Hugh

Known as Willie. Private. 23409. 8th Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds France, Delville Wood, 20/7/1916. Peronne Road Cemetery, Maricourt, Somme I F II. Age 22. Born King's Lynn. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Greenacre, of 2 Railway Cottages, Hardwick Road, King's Lynn. Employed on Sommerfield and Thomas' barges and then at the Farmers' Chemical Works. Enlisted King's Lynn January 24, 1916, under the Derby scheme and went to France about the middle of the following June. The official date of his death was initially given as 2/7/1916, but his fiancée received a letter from him dated 6/7/1916. His brother, Henry Richard Greenacre, was also killed

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

GRIMES

George William

Private. GS-55318. 8th Royal Fusiliers Killed in action France 3/5/1917. Arras Memorial. Born North Walsham, enlisted and lived Newark. Formerly S/4/184674, ASC. Married Ellen Kelsie-Pycroft at All Saints Church on 3/8/1914.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

HARDY

Edward James

6400 Sergeant 1st Norfolk Regiment Killed in action Gouzicourt, near Cambrai 29/9/1918. Vis-en-Artois Memorial Aged 29. Born King's Lynn. Son of Mr.R. J. Hardy, 11, Birchwood Street, King's Lynn. Unmarried. Employed by Messrs. Leake and Sons of Lynn. Enlisted Norwich (pre-war?) and served throughout the war.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

HART Albert Thomas

Private. 28342. 7th Northamptonshire Regiment.. Missing, France, 25/3/1918. Pozieres Memorial, Panels 54 to 56. Aged 25. Son of Richard and Agnes Elizabeth Hart of 6 Langham Street, King's Lynn. Born South Lynn, enlisted King's Lynn. Formerly served with the Suffolk Regiment. (number 32244) (see also W.G. Tice ).

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial, and St. Michael's War Memorial, South Lynn.

HAVERSON

Leonard George

Corporal 242107 6th Kings Own Scottish Borderers Killed in action France 24/3/1918. Pozieres Memorial. Born King's Lynn, 19/7/1898. Baptised All Saints Church, 5/8/1898. Son of James Arthur and Lucy Ethel Haverson, 'Deacons Vale', Chase Estate, King's Lynn. Enlisted in the 5th Norfolk Regiment at King's Lynn, August 1914 but was not allowed to serve overseas due to his age. Transferred to the Northumberland Fusiliers in 1916 and drafted to France in August 1916 to serve on the Somme. Transferred to the KOSB and served in Ireland before returning to France in January 1918. Posted missing 21/3/1918.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

HEIL

Sidney

Private 40072 7th Norfolk Regiment Died of wounds France 24/9/1918. Saulcourt Churchyard Extension, Somme, A.27. Age 26. Born St. Mary's, King's Lynn. Son of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Heil, of 22, South Clough Lane, King's Lynn. Husband of Florrie Heil, nee Dent, two children. Employed by his father as a brick-layer. Known as a keen footballer having been a member of the Congregational church team. Enlisted at King's Lynn 1916. Served in Flanders before being sent to hospital in Birmingham with 'trench feet', returned to France 24/9/1917. Died at a Red Cross Hospital. Sidney's wife died from influenza in late 1918.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

HESELTINE

Frank

Private 2679 'B' Company, 1/5th Norfolk Regiment Killed in action Gallipoli 15/8/1915. Helles Memorial. Age 20. Born Borrowash, Derbyshire. Son of Harriet Hannah Heseltine, of 5 Mount Street, King's Lynn, and the late Edwin Charles Heseltine. Attended Mrs. W. O. Jones' preparatory school and then to Mr. C. W. Croad's. Employed in the office of the traffic manager (M. and G. N. R. Co). A keen cricketer, he had played for the Lynn club. He was working as a clerk at South Lynn railway station when war broke out and he enlisted straightaway. Mentioned on father's grave at Hardwick cemetery, King's Lynn.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

HOLLAND

William

Details unknown at present. Shown on list of serving soldiers from All Saints' Church dated (approximately) July 1916.

HOWLETT

James

Private formerly Border Regiment. Died as a result of wounds received in action 5/11/1918. Hardwick Cemetery, King's Lynn Y527 (grave re-used in 1955). James service papers are available at the National Archive. Born St. Nicholas' King's Lynn, January 1886. His mother lived at Daisleys Buildings, Providence Street, King's Lynn, and his father at Ferry Lane, King Street, King's Lynn. He attested at Norwich 27/5/1905. A 'town labourer' he had previously served in the 3rd Norfolk Regiment and joined the Northumberland Fusiliers, service number 1301. He was posted to the 4th battalion on 5/7/1905 and transferred to the Border Regiment on 16/8/1906. He served in Gibralter and for four years in India and received a good conduct badge and his 3rd class certificate in education. He became a pioneer private on 10/12/1910.

He returned home 15/3/1912 and transferred to the reserve 13/5/1912. While on reserve he appears to have worked for the Great Eastern Railway at King's Lynn. James married Pleasance Lusher at KL on 11/11/1912, the witnesses were George and Martha Howlett. His first son, James Henry was born at King's Lynn on 27/5/1913. He was mobilised at Carlisle on 5/8/1914 and posted to the 2nd Battalion, Border Regiment. He had some incidents of absence, from 9.15 pm on 18/9/1914 to 24/9/1914, for which he lost pay, and at/from 10 pm on 19/12/1914, for which he also lost pay. (Interestingly his second son Alfred Frederick was born at King's Lynn on 16/8/1915.) Although the battalion was posted to France on 6/10/1914 he does not appear to have been with them as his service papers make no mention of overseas service before he joined the 1st Battalion. He was posted to the 1st on 2/2/1915 and his papers show service with the MEF from 17/3/1915 to 11/5/1915. The Battalion tookpart in the landings at Gallipoli on 25/4/1915 when James was wounded (though his papers show 21st of April!) A sniper's bullet entered his right temple and passed through his eye, damage was also done to his left eye. On 28/4/1915 he is recorded on the Hospital Ship, SS Delta, then he went to hospital in Alexandria. He was sent home disembarking at Southampton on 12/5/1915 before being sent to the Chichester Hospital. His records show that he was posted to the strength of the depot on 12/5/1915 and the 3rd Battalion on 10/10/1915. He was found to have a 60% disability and pensioned to 27/5/1919. He was discharged at Conway, Wales on 30/6/1916, then being 8945, Private, 3rd Border Regiment. His papers show that he was 'no longer physically fit for war service' and that his conduct and character were good. His intended residence was 8 Providence Street, King's Lynn. A third son, Arnold Edward, was born at King's Lynn, 8/5/1917. From 8/5/1918 his address was 1 Union Lane, King's Lynn. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory Medals.

James died at his home, 1 Union Lane, King's Lynn, November 5, 1918, and was buried in Lynn Cemetery on Armistice Day. He was connected with the Surrey Street Mission.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

JACKSON

Arthur Henry

Private G-18713 11th Royal Sussex Regiment Killed in action France. Pozieres Memorial. Age 19. Born Grimston, Norfolk. Son of Mr. and Mrs. L. Jackson of 1, Frederick Place, King's Lynn. Unmarried. Employed at Messrs. R and W. Paul's Mill. Enlisted Norwich. Posted missing between 21/3 and 3/4/1918.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

JACKSON

George Robert William

Company Sergeant Major 40274 9th Norfolk Regiment Killed in action France 18/10/1916. Thiepval Memorial. Age 38. Born Tottenhill (Totting Hill?) Norfolk. Son of Mrs. Emma Jackson, of 5, Graham Street, King's Lynn; husband of Helen E. Jackson, of 1, Russell Street, King's Lynn. A plumber and decorator based at Tower Street, King's Lynn. A pre-war territorial he was mobilised in 1914 but was discharged as time expired. Later he worked in a munitions factory before re-enlisting.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

JACOB

Charles Henry

Private 206327 1st Middlesex Regiment Killed in action France 20/5/1917. Arras Memorial. Born 8/4/1897. Baprised at All Saints 26/5/1897. Son of the late Thomas William and Elizabeth E. Jacob of North Everard Place, King's Lynn. Enlisted and lived King's Lynn. (Some sources give his Christian names as Henry Charles)

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

JARVIS

Herbert James

Private. 17789. 11th Essex Regt. Killed in action , France, 18/9/1916.London Cemetery and Extension, Longueval, France, collective grave 6 D 18-22. Aged 25. Born King's Lynn, enlisted Norwich. Son of Mrs. M. Jarvis of 42 Diamond Street, King's Lynn.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial, and St. Michael's War Memorial, South Lynn.

JARVIS

Joshua

Gunner 74254 66th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery Killed in action France 25/10/1916 Thiepval Memorial. Born 1890, Heacham, Norfolk. Lived King's Lynn and enlisted London (August 1914?). Believed to have worked at the West Norfolk Farmer's Chemical Works.

JARY, DCM

Sydney Robert

Private. 50189. 2nd Bedfordshire Regt. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (London Gazette 12/3/1919). Killed in action , France, 18/9/1918. Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Panels 4 and 5. Aged 19. Son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Jary of 3 Diamond Terrace, King's Lynn. Born King's Lynn. Enlisted Norwich (conscripted 1916). Twice 'mentioned' for bravery, awarded divisional certificate for gallant conduct near Ronsoy on 18/9/1918. Had worked at Cooper Steam Digger Works, South Lynn. Went to France April 1918. His brother recalls that his family received a letter from the mother of a wounded soldier whom Syd had saved telling how Syd had himself been fatally wounded in this act. This is believed to be the act for which Syd was awarded both the divisional certificate and the DCM. One of his brothers also served in the war.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial, and St. Michael's War Memorial, South Lynn.

JENNINGS

Henry Jarvis

Private 229 14th Battalion, Australian Imperial Forces Died of wounds at sea 30/8/1915. Line Pine Memorial, Gallipoli. Born King's Lynn, 2/9/1895. Baptised All Saints' Church 25/9/1895. Son of Frederick Miller and Frances Elizabeth Jennings, of 5, Union Street, King's Lynn (his mother later moved to Liverpool). Attended King's Lynn Council School. Trained as a Ships Steward. He emigrated to Australia in 1913. He worked for the Um line and later the New Zealand-Australia line. At the start of the war he enlisted at Melbourne.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

JUBEY

Sydney Allen

[Spelt JUBY on memorial and in some other reference places] Private 59540, 17th Liverpool Regiment. Killed in action, Belgium, 31/7/1917. Commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial. Born 11/4/1896, baptised at All Saints' 5/5/1896. Son of James and Alice Jubey of Chesson's Yard, Checker Street, King's Lynn. Married Martha Jane Bateman at Liverpool, 11/2/1917. Employed as a clerk at a Liverpool steamship office. Enlisted at Seaforth, Lancashire, in April 1917 having married just three days earlier. Posted as missing just three months after enlisting.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial and Lewis' War Memorial, Liverpool.

Photograph © Tony Jubey - 2006

JUNIPER

Arthur Frank Isaac

2nd Corporal UR/255011 Railway Operating Division, Royal Engineers. Died King's Lynn 28/10/1919. Age 31. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Juniper, Burleigh Terrace, King's Lynn. Married to Alice May Balls at London Road Wesleyan Methodist Church, King's Lynn, 8/4/1916. Employed as a shunter for the Great Eastern Railway at King's Lynn docks. Enlisted in April 1916 and was demobilised about seven weeks before his death.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

LAKE

William

Private 10838 1st Norfolk Regiment Died of wounds Belgium 20/4/1915. Poperinghe Old Military Cemetery II N 11. Born Gayton. Lived at Guanock Terrace, King's Lynn. Married with four children. Enlisted King's Lynn and believed to have been a pre-war regular soldier who was on the reserve and working at the West Norfolk Farmers' Chemical Company when the war began.

Also shown on King's Lynn War Memorial.

LAMBERT

Edwin Charles

Lance Corporal 43654 9th Norfolk Regiment Died of wounds France 23/10/1918. St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen S.II.DD.18. Born All Saints, King's Lynn, 12/1/1898. Baptised All Saints 2/2/1898. Son of Thomas and Agnes Anne Lambert, of Checker Street, King's Lynn. Employed at Cooper's Roller Bearing Works, South Lynn. Known as a good footballer he played for South Lynn Old Boys and for the 6th Norfolks. Enlisted in the 6th Norfolk Regiment (Cyclists) at King's Lynn at the outbreak of war. He was wounded in 1916 and again in 1917 during the Cambrai operations. After hospital treatment in England he went out to the Western Front a third time in July, 1918.

Also shown on King's Lynn War Memorial.

LEE

John Sidney Charles

Private 16/753 16th Royal Warwickshire Regiment Died of wounds France 2/9/1916. Flat Iron Copse Cemetery, Mametz. Born All Saints', King's Lynn, 2/5/1896. Baptised All Saints 29/5/1896. Son of William Charles and Ellen Lee, of 5, Windsor Road, King's Lynn. Employed as a clerk in the offices of Messrs. Sommerfield and Thomas at King's Lynn and afterwards in the Valuation and Revenue Office. Had been a footballer with the Lynn Excelsior team. Enlisted at Leamington, Warwickshire October, 1914, and had served on the Western Front about a year.

Also shown on King's Lynn War Memorial.

LEEDER

Arthur

Sergeant GS-15495 7th Royal Fusiliers Died of wounds France. Varennes Military Cemetery III C 5. Age 41. Born Gaywood. Son of John and Thomasina Leeder, of Gaywood. Husband of L. Leeder, of 21 Melbourne Street, King's Lynn., Lived at Bishop's Waltham. Enlisted into the Royal Field Artillery, number 86788, and was later transferred to the Royal Fusiliers. Went to Gallipoli with the 2nd battalion, landed there 15/12/1915 and whilst overseas was wounded. Upon recovery he was sent to the 7th battalion.

Also shown on King's Lynn War Memorial.

LITTLE

Albert V. U.

Lance Corporal 110323 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles Killed in action France between 15 and 17/9/1916. Courcelette British Cemetery, Albert, Somme III F 19. Born King's Lynn 26/12/1888. Second son of David Little, Gladstone Road (formerly Pound Lane), King's Lynn. Husband of Minnie Little of 219 Chatham Street, Montreal. Emigrated in 1910. Had been a cabinet maker for Messrs. Scott and Son, King's Lynn and carried out similar work in Montreal. Served with the 6th Norfolk Regiment from 1907 to 1910. Attested Montreal 22/2/1915. Several of his letters were printed in the Lynn News. Initially reported him as wounded on September 15, 1916and then as wounded and missing, but on January 11, 1917, his parents received from a comrade of their son, a packet containing Albert's wrist-watch which bore the name and address of its owner. NationArchives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 5674 - 2

Also shown on King's Lynn War Memorial.

LYON

Ernest Arthur

Private 1969 1/5th Norfolk Regiment Killed in action Gallipoli 12/8/1915. Helles Memorial. Age 23. Born South Lynn. Son of Edmund Thomas and Edith Annie Lyon of 10 Windsor Row, Windsor Place, King's Lynn. Employed at the West Norfolk Farmer's Chemical Works. Missing presumed killed in the action at Antafarta.

Also shown on King's Lynn War Memorial.

MAJOR

John Gregory

Private 22438 8th Norfolk Regiment Killed in action Belgium 22/10/1917. Tyne Cot Memorial. Age 26. Born St. Nicholas', King's Lynn. Son of Mrs. Anna Major , of 38 Checker Street, King's Lynn. Employed by Messrs. Peatlings, wine merchants, and subsequently at Messrs. R. and W. Paul's mill. Enlisted by Captain Wilkin at King's Lynn in 1915. He was wounded whilst serving in France in July 1916 and was at home on sick leave at Christmas 1916. Missing presumed killed.

Also shown on King's Lynn War Memorial.

MANN

Alfred James

Private G-50576 4th Middlesex Regiment. Died of pneumonia and pleurisy 5/2/1917. Merville Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France II A 47. Age 30. Husband of Mrs. A.J. Mann, of 5 Windsor Terrace, King's Lynn. Enlisted in the Essex Regiment, number 30769 and transferred before going overseas. Died at No. 70 Casualty Clearing Station.

Also shown on King's Lynn War Memorial.

MANNING

J.

Details not known at present but shown on roll of men from the West Norfolk Farmer's Chemical Works that were serving in August 1914.

MARRIOTT

Edwin

Private 328177 1/1st Cambridgeshire Regiment. Accidentally killed 24/10/1918. Sameon Churchyard, Nord, France. Age 21. Born King's Lynn. Son of Edwin and Mary Marriott, of 75 Tower Street, New Fletton, Peterborough. A pupil at St. James' Council School, he won a scholarship to the King Edward VII Grammar School. Enlisted at East Dereham into the Norfolk Regiment, number 5/2786, August 1916. Transferred to the Cambridgeshire Regiment and went to France in 1916. He served as a Lewis gunner and was wounded three times. He was accidentally killed by a bullet from a rifle being cleaned by one of his fellow soldiers

Also shown on King's Lynn War Memorial and King Edwards School War Memorial.

MARSTERS

John Victor Harold

Lieutenant 6th Kings Own Scottish Borderers Killed in action Loos 25/9/1915. Loos Memorial. Born 28/2/1887. Youngest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Marsters, of Saddlebow, and brother of Mr. Charles W. Marsters. He served in the 2nd King Edwards Horse and while doing so applied to join the KOSB. He was attested on 9/12/1914, in London and joined the Regiment as 17294. He applied specifically for a commission in the 6th KOSB and was passed fit for this on 11/1/1915, giving his occupation as farmer and address as the Argentine Club, 1 Hamilton Place, Piccadilly. He gave two referees, the headmaster of King Edwards School, King's Lynn, and William D. Turner, Capt (Retd) IA, who also resided at the Argentine Club. He was promoted to a commission in the 6th on 3/2/1915. Promoted Lieutenant in July 1916.

He was originally reported missing but his brother, Charles, received some of his letters marked deceased. His brother wrote to the War Office and on 12/10/1915 received a telegram confirming that he had been killed.

His estate was divided between his surviving brothers and sisters John's service papers are at the National Archive.

Also shown on King's Lynn War Memorial and King Edwards School War Memorial.

MAYES

Frank

Private 240470 (formerly 2700) 1/5th Norfolk Regiment Died of wounds Palestine 22/5/1917. Haifa War Cemetery, Israel B 74. Born 2/12/1896. Baptised All Saints Church 23/12/1896 (Francis). Son of Francis and Rose Mayes of 6, Union Place, King's Lynn. Employed by Cooper Roller Bearings, King's Lynn. Wounded and taken prisoner at the Second Battle of Gaza, died at hospital in Constantinople.

Also shown on King's Lynn War Memorial.

MAYES

Frederick H.

Private 22297 7th East Kent Regiment Killed in action Belgium 12/10/1917. Tyne Cot Memorial. Age 33. Born Stow, Norfolk. Married with four children. Lived at King's Lynn. Employed by Mr. Reeve, butcher, for 13 years and enlisted at King's Lynn 1/5/1917.

Also shown on King's Lynn War Memorial.

McCREEDY

William

Private 22787 Depot, East Lancashire Regiment. Died 15/10/1916. Hardwick Cemetery, King's Lynn. Age 40. A native of King's Lynn, he had been a soldier for several years. Whilst on the Western Front he was buried as the result of a mine explosion and his back was wounded. He returned to King's Lynn on sick leave and was discharged from the Army on 31/8/1916. Soon afterwards he fell foul of the authorities and was prosecuted for being drunk, he was fined 2s and 6d and told to set a good example to the younger men. His 'consort' when he was arrested, Miss Ida Bland, was not treated so leniently and received a 5s fine! Sadly William died at the West Norfolk Hospital on 15/10/1916 and he was buried with full military honours.

McLEAN

Percy Douglas

Private 2583 'B' Company 1/5th Norfolk Regiment Killed in action Gallipoli 12/8/1915. Helles Memorial. Born 21/12/1895. Baptised All Saints 15/1/1896. Son of Joseph Thomas and Florence McLean of 32 South Everard Street, King's Lynn. Educated at St. John's School, King's Lynn. Employed by Mr. R. Catleugh at the Great Eastern Stores, King's Lynn. Enlisted 4/9/1914. Sailed from Liverpool on the Aquitania with the 5th battalion, 29/7/1915 and landed Suvla on 10/8/1915.

Also shown on King's Lynn War Memorial.

MISSON

Leslie Vere

Lance Corporal 40195 3rd Worcestershire Regiment Died of wounds France 12/4/1918. Godwaersvelde British Cemetery, Nord I.Q.24. Age 23. Born King's Lynn. Son of Mr. and Mrs. George Misson ,of 20 North Everard Street, Kings Lynn. Employed as a clerk by Mr. Walter Cross, and later Mr. G.A. Hayes at King Street, King's Lynn. Enlisted at King's Lynn. Wounded through an enemy shell-burst whilst sleeping in a barn with the battalion's five signallers.

Also shown on King's Lynn War Memorial.

MITCHLEY

Sidney Robert

2nd Lieutenant 10th attached 7th Norfolk Regiment Killed in action France 12/10/1916. Thiepval Memorial. Born South Lynn, 29/4/1888. He was a son of Robert and Anna Mitchley of the Lodge, Wisbech Road, King's Lynn. He attended the British School, King's Lynn, later winning a scholarship at the Technical School. Upon deciding to enter the teaching profession he returned to St. John's School, King's Lynn, as an assistant master, and went from there to the Borough Road Training College, Isleworth. On completing his training he obtained an appointment at Newport Pagnell, and in 1911 became as assistant master at St. Ann's Road School, Harrow.

He was an enthusiastic footballer, being one of the very best junior backs of his time. Sometimes he played for Lynn Town. At College he was deputy captain of the football team and captain of the lawn tennis club. He had been a scholar at the Lynn United Methodist Sunday-school and occasionally has acted as organist at the church services. He married Miss Elizabeth Owen Chilvers, of Church Farm, North Runcton, who was a teacher at All Saints' Girls School, King's Lynn, and left one child.

He enlisted in the 1/18th Battalion, London Irish Rifles 1/9/1914 and gave his address as 2 Merivale Road, Harrow. His number was 2351. He applied for a commission with his referee being the vicar of St.Peters, Harrow.

He was promoted L/Cpl. 2/8/1915 and Cpl. 7/10/1915. He served home 1/9/1914 to 8/3/1915 and BEF 9/3/1915 to 7/12/1915, including the Battle of Loos. He landed in France on 10/3/1915 and joined the battalion at Festubert on 24/4/1915, before returning home 8/12/1915 to 23/12/1915. It is believed that he married on 22/12/1915 and was commissioned in the 10th Norfolks on 23/12/1915.

On 28/8/1916 he embarked for France, having been posted to the 7th Norfolks and he arrived with the battalion on 1/9/1916. On 12/10/1916 he was reported wounded and killed. This dual report caused some confusion and the details had to be checked. Apparently when he was wounded he refused to go back to the dressing station, and he continued to lead his platoon in the attack on Flers

His estate valued at £291-2-0 was awarded to his wife. His service papers are at the Nation Archive.

Also shown on King's Lynn War Memorial and North Rucnton War Memorial.

MOATES

Herbert

Private 24012 9th Norfolk Regiment Killed in action France 19/10/1916. Thiepval Memorial. Age 24. Son of Mrs. E. Moates of 20, All Saints' Street, King's Lynn. Employed by Messrs. Bowker, of King's Lynn. Enlisted at King's Lynn 10/2/1916 and went to France in May 1916. Shot in the head whilst holding a section of German trench captured by the Norfolks during the previous day.

Also shown on King's Lynn War Memorial.

MOORE

W.C.

No details are known at present.

MORRIS

William Burns

Able Seaman R.1797 Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Anson Battalion, Royal Naval Division. Killed in action Marcoing, France 19/2/1918. Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Nord II C 5. A native of Hull, William had lived in King's Lynn for 11 years before he enlisted on 15/6/1917. Went overseas in October 1917. Married with two children. Some sources give his surname as Morriss.

Also shown on King's Lynn War Memorial.

MYERS

Charles

Private 240855 1/5th Norfolk Regiment Died of wounds Palestine 20/4/1917. Gaza War Cemetery. Age 21. Son of the late Mr. C. Myers of 2 Union Place, King's Lynn. Employed by Messrs. Morgans at the Lady Bridge Brewery, King's Lynn. Enlisted following Major Woodwark's recruitment drive in the West Norfolk area early 1915. Wounded at the Second Battle of Gaza.

Also shown on King's Lynn War Memorial.

NANCOLLAS

George

Sergeant. 2816. 1st Irish Guards. Died of wounds Belgium 12/9/1917. Canada Farm Cemetery III B 34. Age 32. Son of William and Sarah Nancollas. Born Hartford, Cheshire. Husband of Elizabeth Nancollas, of 91, Alderney Street, Warwick Square, London. Enlisted Manchester, lived Pimlico, Middlesex. Medal card states 1914 Star & Bar Trio. Landed France 13/8/1914.

NEALE

Arthur

Private. G-40981. 4th Middlesex Regiment. Killed in action Belgium 31/7/1917. Ypres Menin Gate Memorial. Age 31. Son of Richard Neale. Husband of Olive Neale of 55 Checker Street, King's Lynn. Enlisted King's Lynn. Sources state he was formerly 30763, Essex Regiment, however his medals card shows that he was awarded the British War and Victory Medals as 23020, Pte., Royal West Kent Regiment, and mentions his service in the Middlesex Regiment. Prior to enlistment he was employed as a plumber by Mr. A.F. Foreman, Railway Road, Lynn. He was initially posted as wounded, then as missing. Had three children, the eldest, Ruby, last saw her father heading off to war when she was six, this would have been in 1914.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

NEALE

Robert Henry

Private. 33147. 11th Essex Regiment. Died of wounds France 5/4/1917. Longuenesse (St.Omer) Souvenir Cemetery IV. B. 48. Born Gaywood, 1880. Son of Alfred Martin Neale, of Gaywood. Husband of Edith Kate Neale, of 12, Garden Row, Highgate, King's Lynn. He left seven children with ages ranging from 16 years to 8 months. Robert received shrapnel wounds in both thighs, the left eye, and the abdomen; and he succumbed in No. 7 General Hospital on April 5, 1917. He had been employed for fourteen years by the G.E.R. Co. as a shunter, but at the time of joining the Army, at King's Lynn, was in the service of the King's Lynn and County Stores Co.

Some sources give surname as Neal.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

NEWDICKE

George Elijah

Private. 41568. 1st Essex Regiment. Died home 29/4/1917 as the result of the torpedoing of HMS Donegal on 17/4/1917. Buried, with his father, at Hardwick Cemetery, King's Lynn Age 21. Son of George Henry and Harriett Elizabeth Newdick, of 14, Thomas Street, King's Lynn. Had worked successively for Messrs. Scott, Guanock Terrace, and for the Star Tea Co., High Street, King's Lynn. Enlisted in the Norfolk Regiment, number 5034, at King's Lynn in November 1915. He was transferred to the Essex Regiment and went to France in November 1916. He saw fighting on the Arras front, and was admitted into hospital with inflammation of the right foot on April 4, 1917. He was being conveyed to England on the "Donegal when that hospital ship was torpedoed, and he suffered acutely before being rescued. His exposure brought on pneumonia, and he died in the Beaufort War Hospital, Bristol. He had been a member of the 'Foresters', Court 1307."

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

OAKES

Daniel Edmund

Private. 28163. 13th East Yorkshire Regiment. Killed in action France 8/11/1917. Arras Memorial. Age 27. Youngest son of Arthur and Fanny Oakes of 'The Dolphin', Friars' Street, King's Lynn. Born and lived King's Lynn, enlisted Norwich. Formerly 6053, Norfolk Regiment. Wounded 10/11/1916 and killed during a trench raid near Cambrai.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

OAKES

Edward Jasper

Private. 25082. 2nd Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action Belgium 16/8/1917. Tyne Cot Memorial. Born King's Lynn, 1878. Married to Margaret Oakes (formerly Ryan) at King's Lynn Registry Office 14/8/1916. Left five children. Lived in King's Lynn. Worked at the West Norfolk Farmers Manure Works and was also known as a porter at King's Lynn docks. Enlsted at King's Lynn early in 1916. Wounded and hospitalised in September 1916.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

PATTERSON

Arthur William

Commonly known as Fred. Private. 3/7833. 'A' Company 1st Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Belgium 22/5/1915. Ypres Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium. Aged 18. Son of Mrs. Sarah Patterson of 4 Diamond Terrace, Wisbech Road, King's Lynn. Born Daws Mere, Lincolnshire. Enlisted King's Lynn. Shot through the head.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial, West Lynn Church War Memorial, and St. Michael's War Memorial, South Lynn.

PATTERSON

Leonard Victor

Commonly known as Pat. Private. 32665. 'A' Company 1/4th Norfolk Regiment. 28/12/1917. Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt C.139. Aged 19. Youngest son of Mrs. Sarah Patterson of 4 Diamond Terrace, Wisbech Road, King's Lynn. Native of Lower Edmonton, London (born there). Enlisted King's Lynn.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial, West Lynn Church War Memorial, and St. Michael's War Memorial, South Lynn.

PATTERSON

Robert George

Private. 3/7832. 'A' Company 1st Norfolk Regiment. Missing 22/7/1916 (presumed dead 27/7). Thiepval Memorial, France. Aged 26. Second son of Mrs.Sarah Patterson of 4 Diamond Terrace, Wisbech Road, King's Lynn. Born Clenchwarton. Enlisted King's Lynn. Wounded at the same time that his brother Arthur was killed.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial, West Lynn Church War Memorial, and St. Michael's War Memorial, South Lynn.

PATTRICK

Arthur Devereux

Captain. 1/5th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Gallipoli 12/8/1915 (see Vanished Battalion). Helles Memorial. Age 32. Only son of the late Alderman Thomas Pattrick and Mrs. Pattrick of St. Augustine's, King's Lynn. Educated at King Edward's School, King's Lynn. Married Alice Isobel Mary Gibson Hoff at Shouldham Thorpe on 30/8/1911. They had three children. He was a partner in the firm of Pattrick and Thompson Ltd., timber merchants, Lynn. His Officer's Service Paper details (WO374/52729) show that he was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the 3rd Volunteer Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, 27/9/1902, and Lieutenant 14/12/1906. The battalion became the 5th Norfolk Regiment, territorial Force on 1/4/1908. He trained with the Grenadier Guards at Chelsea Barracks and there qualified for his captaincy, which he received on the retirement of Capt. E. M. Beloe in February 1914 (actual date 7/3/1914). Embodied for service 5/8/1914. Reported missing 12/8/1915, death accepted as this date by a committee of adjustment under General Murray, 11/7/1916. Arthur commanded the Lynn Company of the 1/5th at Anafarta. In the attack he was seen to have been wounded, and was reported to have been disarmed and taken prisoner. Speculation as to his fate continued well into 1916 with newspaper reports claiming that photographs of him in a Turkish prison camp had been seen.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial, and King Edward VII School War Memorial, King's Lynn.

PITCHER

John Henry

Private. 27559. 1st Wiltshire Regiment. Died while a Prisoner of War, Belgium, 26/10/1918. Erquelinnes Communal Cemetery, Hainaut, Belgium, grave 123. Age 19. Born Paddington, London, the son of Mrs. Pheobe Pitcher, 3, Waverley Terrace, Harrow Road, London. John lived in King's Lynn and was the nephew of both Mrs. W. E. Lacey, 10, Priory Lane, King's Lynn and of Driver George William Pitcher, R.F.A. He joined the Army at King's Lynn on April 5, 1917, and served initially with the Rifle Brigade, number 38554. He was captured by the Germans on April 12, 1918, and died six months later while in hospital at Jeaumonth.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

PLOWRIGHT

William

Gunner. 30792. C Battery, 74 Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action France 20/12/1916. Guards Cemetery, Lesbeoufs, Somme VIII T 5. Age 46. Born Castle Rising. Son of Richard and Elizabth Plowright, of Pleasant Row, King's Lynn. Lived Kentish Town. Husband of Mrs. A. E. Plowright, of 33, Hartland Road, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town, London. William worked for Bass Breweries, London. He volunteered in August 1915 and enlisted at St. Pancras. Killed by German shell-fire. His funeral was attended by his brother-in-law, Sergeant S. J. Barker, D.C.M., of King's Lynn.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

READ

Edward Percy

Sergeant. 203611. 7th Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds France 9/8/1918. Pernois British Cemetery, Somme, France III E 2. Aged 34. Husband of Lily Jane Read of 61 Portland Street, Unthank Road, Norwich, and late of St. Elmo, Ouse Avenue, King's Lynn. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Read of Wymondham. Born East Dereham. Enlisted in a cyclist battalion, Norwich, May 1915. Drafted to France June 1918. Had been a clerk at Morgans Brewery, King's Lynn. Left one child.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial, West Lynn Church War Memorial (Percy E. Read), St. Michael's War Memorial, South Lynn, and Wymondham War Memorial.

ROBOTHAM

James Frederick

A/2nd Corporal. 14135. 2 Field Squadron, Royal Engineers. Killed in action France 23/3/1918. Pozieres Memorial. Aged 31. Son of James John and Rebecca Robotham of Norwich. Husband of Sabrina Mary Robotham of 7 Edward Street, King's Lynn. Born Norwich. Enlisted Norwich. A reservist he was called up on 4/8/1914 and went overseas in October 1914. Served at La Bassee and Ypres. During the German attack of March 1918 he held a position whilst others withdrew, thereby saving several lives. However, he was killed in the next attack a few minutes later.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial, and St. Michael's War Memorial, South Lynn.

ROGERS

Reginald Cecil Stephen

Commonly known as Cecil. Private. 92178. 9th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. Killed in action by shell explosion, France, 27/9/1918. Beaumetz Cross Roads Cemetery, Beaumetz-les-Cambrai F.38. Aged 27. Son of Logan Edward and Emily Rogers of 9 Diamond Street, King's Lynn. Born Gillingham, Dorset. Enlisted Chelsea, 1914, and served in France for two years. Had been a tailor working for Mr. G.G. Sadler, Tuesday Market Place, King's Lynn. His father was also a tailor. Choirboy and later server at St. Michael's Church. His brother, Leonard, served in the war and died in 1920 whilst serving with the Army Service Corps. Cecil's medals were initially issued with his surname incorrectly spelt (Rodgers) and duplicates had to be sent to his mother.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial as C. Rogers, St. Edmunds Church War Memorial, Hunstanton, and St. Michael's War Memorial, South Lynn.

ROWE

Harry

Private. 47199. Royal Army Medical Corps. Died at Seafield Military Hospital, Blackpool, from gastritis, 1/11/1918. Old (Broadway) Cemetery, Peterborough (a civilian headstone), 8.2.704. Aged 31. Son of Robert and Alice Rowe, of King's Lynn. Married Lilian Barnes of Peterborough ten weeks before he died. Her address was 84 Taverner's Road, Peterborough. Born King's Lynn. Enlisted Shepherds Bush, 1914. Served on a hospital ship for over three years (believed to be the Neuralia). Had worked for Messrs. Coeling and Sons, London.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial, and St. Michael's War Memorial, South Lynn.

RUMP

Albert William

Private. 242560. 1/5th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 2/11/1917. Gaza War Cemetery, Israel, XXIV.C.14. Age 27. Born Dilham, Norfolk. Son of Jacob Rump of Etling Green, East Dereham. Husband of Florence Jane Rump of 3 Spencer Square, Checker Street, King's Lynn. Enlisted King's Lynn.

RUSSELL

Frederick

Private. 60460. 101st Company, Labour Corps. Died of gas poisoning, France, 14/5/1918. St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen Q.I.B.10 Age 42. Born King's Lynn. Enlisted King's Lynn as number 26648, 34th Royal Fusiliers, this battalion became 101 and 102 companies, Labour Corps in April 1917.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

SCALES

Basil William Walter

Private. 20935. 7th Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds received in action near Arras, 14/5/1917. Feuchy British Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, II.E.3 Age 19. Son of Mrs. Newman, of 16, Duoro Street, King's Lynn. Born South Lynn. Enlisted King's Lynn, 1916. Trained at Felixstowe and went overseas 1/1/1917. Served as a stretcher bearer

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

SCOTT

John Robert

Private. 43039. 7th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action France 4/10/1917. Arras Memorial. Born King's Lynn 6/12/1896, baptised at All Saints' 28/2/1897. Son of John Henry and Martha Mary Scott, of 2, The Terrace, Hunstanton, late of King's Lynn. Employed by Mr. Kirby, hairdresser, London Road, King's Lynn. Enlisted at King's Lynn November 1915. Went overseas July, 1916. Posted as missing and in August 1918 presumed dead. In March 1919 his parents received, from the War Office, John's wallet, but no trace of John's body was found.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

SHEARMAN

Edgar

Private. 7021. 1st Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Belgium 6/12/1914. Ypres, Menin Gate Memorial. Age 32. Youngest son of the late Edward Thomas and Mrs. E. Shearman of Sugar Alms Houses, King's Lynn. Husband of Jane Shearman, of Wanford's Cottages, Wood Street, King's Lynn. Born at Gaywood. Moved to Scunthorpe in 1912. One child. He was a reservist having completed eight years service before the war. Recalled to his Regiment at the outbreak of war, to France 6/8/1914. He was twice posted as missing in the fighting around Ypres. Although he has no known grave, at present, it is believed that Edgar is buried at Poelcapelle Cemetery, Belgium with a headstone reading: 'An unknown soldier of the Norfolk Regiment, 6/12/1914'. Brother of Edward Thomas Shearman.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

SHEARMAN

Edward Thomas

Corporal. 43723. 8th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action France 17/5/1917. Rookery British Cemetery, France, C.28. Age 39. Son of the late Edward Thomas and Mrs. E. Shearman of Sugar Alms Houses, King's Lynn. Husband of Mrs. I.J. Shearman, of 13, Coronation Square, King's Lynn. Born Highgate. Three children. A pre-war regular soldier, he completed twelve years service and joined the Territorials in 1907. He worked at the West Norfolk Farners' Co. Chemical Works, Wisbech Road until he was called up on the outbreak of war. He was wounded in 1916. Killed by a German shell whilst digging a trench. Brother of Edgar Shearman.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

SLEGG

Walter George

Private. 40794. 9th Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds received in action at Bapaume, 24/3/1918. Etaples Military Cemetery, France, XXXI.H.28. Age 37. Son of Alfred and Mary Slegg. Husband of Annie Slegg, of 18, Guanock Terrace, King's Lynn. Three children. Employed by the M and G.N. Railway Company. Enlisted at King's Lynn, November 1914. Went overseas January 1917.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

SMITH

Bernard Alfred

Second Lieutenant. 3rd Battalion attached 'D' Company, 9th Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds received at Mont Kemmel 16/4/1918. Haringhe Military Cemetery (Bandeghem) I.E.13. Born 2/5/1897, son of Claude E.T. and Ellen Smith, of 3, Checker Street, King's Lynn. Educated at All Saints' School and had been a member of the All Saints' Company of the Church Lads' Brigade and the Lynn All Saints Boys Club F.C.

Enlisted 7/9/1914 as Private 2726, 5th Norfolk Regiment. Home service to 31/8/1916. Promoted Corporal in the 2/5th Norfolks 31/10/1914 and Acting Sergeant, 8/8/1915. Joined the Northumberland Fusiliers, 1/9/1916 and send to the BEF. 2/9/1916 to the 1/5th Northumberland Fusiliers, later transferred to D Company, 1/4th Northumberland Fusiliers and he served as a Sergeant with this battalion from 1/10/1916.

Applied for a commission 4/12/1916, giving Revd. Hayes, the vicar of All Saints', as a referee. Joined No. 15 O.C.B. on 5/7/1917. Commissioned as a Special Reserve officer in the 3rd Norfolk Regiment, 28/12/1917 (London Gazette 20/12/1917). Posted overseas to the 9th battalion. His family was notified on 17/4/1918 that he had been wounded. Three of his brothers also served.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

SMITH

Frederick William

Private. 2731. 1/5th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Gallipoli 12/8/1915. Helles Memorial. Aged 22. Son of Mr. T.W. and Mrs. E. Smith of Primrose Cottage, Saddlebow Road, King's Lynn. Enlisted East Dereham, September 1914. Had worked at King's Lynn railway station.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial, and St. Michael's War Memorial, South Lynn.

SMITH

George Thomas

Sergeant. 2459. 1/5th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Gallipoli 12/8/1915. Helles Memorial. Age 29. Husband of Catherine Emily Smith, of 5, Windsor Road, King's Lynn. Employed as an assistant booking clerk at the G.E. Railway station, King's Lynn. A territorial who volunteered for service in September 1914. Enlisted East Dereham. Presumed killed at Antafarta (the vanished battalion).

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

SMITH

Herbert Walter

Private. 43365. 8th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action France 17/2/1917. Queens Cemetery, Bucquoy, Pas-de-Calais I.C.1. Born King's Lynn 12/8/1896, son of Mrs. J.H. Davison, of 14 Albert Avenue, King's Lynn. Known as 'curly'. Baptised at All Saint's 5/9/1896. An apprenticed printer at Messrs. Thew and Son, High Street, King's Lynn. He was a member of St. Nicholas' Boys Brigade and the Railway Band. He was also a member of the YMCA. Enlisted in the 6th Norfolk Regiment (cyclists), service number 2396, in September 1915. Went to the Western Front July 1916. Seriously wounded by shrapnel, 18/8/1916 and received treatment in hospitals in France, Bradford and Saltaire. Returned to France January 1917.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

SMITH

Sidney Octavious

Private. 2729. 'A'Company, 1/5th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Gallipoli 12/8/1915.Helles memorial. Age 21. Son of Mrs. W.L. Smith, of 65 Buckingham Terrace, King's Lynn. Had been an acting foreman at the G.E.Railway locomotive department in King's Lynn before enlisting, at East Dereham, on 7/9/1914.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

SNELLING

Reginald

No details known at present.

Also named on St. Michael's War Memorial, South Lynn.

STANNARD

Sidney Ernest

Private. 241009. 1/5th Norfolk Regiment. Died Palestine 30/9/1918. Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq, XXI.V.44. Age 23. Youngest son of William and Susan Stannard, of 4, Elsdens Houses, Friars Street, King's Lynn. Born King's Lynn, baptised at All Saints' 27/1/1895. Employed by Mr. Heckford, baker, of Norfolk Street, King's Lynn, before enlisting at King's Lynn in June 1915. Original service number 4700. Landed Egypt December 1915. Captured at the Battle of Gaza, 19/4/1917 and died whilst a prisoner of war. Two of his brothers also served.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

STEPHENSON

Arthur Hector

Boy Mechanic. F.31030. Royal Naval Air Service. Killed in action over the North Sea 15/2/1918. Chatham Naval Memorial Born 16/2/1900. Son of Arthur Percy and Annie Gertrude Stephenson of Gretadale, The Chase, King's Lynn. Educated at St. James' Boys School, King's Lynn and won a scholarship to King Edwards School, King's Lynn. Employed as a clerk in the traffic manager's office of the M. and G.N. Railway at King's Lynn before enlisting. Joined the RNAS as a boy-mechanic (wireless-telegraphist) 19/6/1917. Sent to Cranwell for training and transferred to Eastchurch, 15/10/1917. Based at Felixstowe from 22/11/1917. Served on seaplanes patrolling the North Sea. He was killed when his plane was attacked by five German aircraft which forced the British plane towards the Belgian coast and forced it to crash into the sea.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial, and King Edward VII School War Memorial, King's Lynn.

STEVENS

Harry Cheslyn

Private. 242488. 1/5th West Riding Regiment. Killed in action Belgium 16/8/1917. Nieupoort Memorial. Born King's Lynn, 1898, son of Mr. William and Mrs. Stevens, of 1, Pleasant Row, King's Lynn. Worked for Messrs. Edwards and Sons, St. James Street, King's Lynn, then for Mr. Bradfield, High Street, King's Lynn, before working with has father for the Edison Steam Roller Company, Dorchester. Enlisted at East Dereham, October 1914. Went to the Western Front August, 1916. Spent five weeks in hospital suffering from trench foot.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

STEWARD

Harvest Joseph

Corporal. 60028. 101st Company, Labour Corps. Died from effects of gas poisoning, France, 15/5/1918. St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen P.XI.K.8A Born Middleton, Norfolk. Son of Mr. and Mrs. James Steward of Hardwick, King's Lynn. Married, his widow living at 33 Friar's Street, King's Lynn. Enlisted King's Lynn and was a Lance Corporal, number 31315, 34th Royal Fusiliers, this battalion became 101 and 102 companies, Labour Corps in April 1917. He served on the Western Front for two years. Harvest was a member of Middleton Band. Three of his brothers also served, one being killed in 1918.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial, Middleton War Memorial and North Runcton War Memorial.

STOKES

Morris Kew

Private. 32002. 12th Hampshire Regiment. Killed in action Balkans 25/4/1917 Doiran Memorial, Salonika, Greece. Age 26. Born King's Lynn. Son of Mr. T. and Mrs. Elizabeth Stokes of 5 South Everard Street, King's Lynn. Worked as a cashier for Messrs. Stanton and Co., timber merchants, King's Lynn. Enlisted King's Lynn in September 1914, initially serving as 6705, 4th Reserve Cavalry Regiment. Wounded in September 1916 and reported wounded and missing on 25/4/1917. His brother served in the Royal Engineers.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

SUGGETT

Frank Edward

Private. 10254. 2nd Royal Irish Regiment. Killed in action Belgium 7/6/1917 (Battle for Messine Ridge). La Clytte Military Cemetery VI A 12. Age 33. Born King's Lynn. The fifth son of Mr. John Dix Suggett and Mrs. Suggett of Valinger's Road, King's Lynn. Husband of Florence Gertrude Atterbury (formerly Suggett) of 60 Highbury Grove, London. Enlisted at Mill Hill into the Royal Field Artillery, number 146729. Lived at Hornsey, Middlesex, at time of enlistment.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

TERRY

Leonard Robert

Details unknown. Believed to have served with the Royal Air Force and died just after the armistice.

Possibly also named on King's Lynn War Memorial (R. Terry).

THORPE

Charles William

Private. 3/7828. 'A' Company, 1st Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds Belgium 6/6/1915. Dickebusch New Military Cemetery F.35. Age 19. Born West Lynn. Son of William Richard Thorpe, of 51, Silver Street, Barnetby, Lincolnshire, formerly of West Lynn, and Emily Thorpe. Enlisted King's Lynn. Served in the same company as Robert Patterson and they were both wounded by the explosion of a trench mortar shell. Charles was wounded in the head and chest and did not regain consciousness. He had been at the front for six weeks. Corporal Pollard wrote to his sister describing Charles as a good soldier.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial and West Lynn War Memorial

THURSTON

Albert Ernest

Private. 20448. 1st Essex Regiment. Killed in action Gallipoli 6/8/1915. Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery, Special Memorial C. 435. Aged 22. Eldest son of Mr. M.L. Thurston, 3 Riffley Terrace, Saddlebow Road, King's Lynn. Born North Walsham. Enlisted in Norwich at the start of the war. Initially he joined the 'tradesmen's company' of the 3rd Norfolk Regiment, but volunteered to be transferred, with 100 others, to the 1st Essex. Had been apprenticed at the International Stores, King's Lynn, and afterwards worked for Messrs. Green and Wright, Magdalen Street, Norwich. His brother also served in the war.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial, and St. Michael's War Memorial, South Lynn.

TICE

Walter George

Private. 47848. 7th Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action France 25/3/1918. Pozieres Memorial. Aged 19. Second son of Herbert Richard and Sarah Tice, of Dye's Field House, Saddlebow Road, King's Lynn. Born Gresham. Enlisted in the Army Service Corps on 15/2/1917 (number M/295852). Became a signaller and went to France on 28/1/1918. Had been a chauffeur, initially for the West Norfolk Farmers' Chemical Company, and then for the late Sir Somerville Arthur Gurney at North Runcton Hall. (See A.T. Hart)

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial, and St. Michael's War Memorial, South Lynn.

TOWLER

Henry

Private. 40348. 'A' Company, 4th Worcestershire Regiment. Killed in action France 22/8/1918. Borre British Cemetery II H 7. Age 35. Born Tottenhill. Husband of Mrs. R. Towler of 64 Checker Street, King's Lynn. Left six children. Enlisted King's Lynn. Had been a member of the Oddfellows (Perseverance Lodge). Served with the Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Invalided home because of trench foot in 1917. Served at 'batman' to Lieutenant George Stewart Kipps. Henry Towler, Lieutenant Kipps and the C.S.M. where killed 'instantaneously' (shell-fire?). Henry and Lieutenant Kipps are buried in adjacent graves.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

TWEEDY

Reginald Vernon

Private. 27100. 8th Norfolk Regiment Killed in action Belgium 11/8/1917. Ypres Menin Gate Memorial. Age 19. Born King's Lynn. Son of Stephen and Elizabeth Tweedy, of 'Clovelly', 41 Tennyson Avenue, King's Lynn. Educated at All Saints' School, he joined Steward and Pattersons in 1916 and enlisted at King's Lynn on November 18, 1916. Drafted overseas on Good Friday, 1917. Killed by a sniper and buried where he fell. Letters to his family described him as an efficient Lewis gunner and a very gallant soldier and companion who was always cheery.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

WALKER

Henry Alfred

Private. G-8055. 7th Queens Regiment. Killed in action France 26/2/1917. Adanac Military Cemetery, France III A 2 Aged 30. Born South Wootton. Son of Mr. And Mrs. A.W. Walker, 13 South Everard Street, King's Lynn. Had been employed as a clerk in the office of Messrs. W. and S. Burkitt, corn merchants, King's Lynn. Enlisted at King's Lynn, September 1914. He was killed whilst carrying a message from his company commander. Henry, also known as Harry, was a prominent member of the brotherhood of St. Andrew at All Saints' Church. Note there is some disagreement between sources about the date of his death, given as the 27th in Soldiers Died.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

WALLIS

Reginald

Private. 20683. 1st Essex Regiment. Died at sea when the transport 'Royal Edward' was sunk, 13/8/1915. Helles Memorial. Aged 20. Born Gaywood. Son of Mr. And Mrs. G. Wallis, of 10 Southgate Street, King's Lynn. He enlisted at Norwich into the 3rd Norfolk Regiment (number 17735) at the outbreak of war and transferred to the Essex Regiment. He had been employed by Mr. Oakes, coal merchant, King's Lynn. His last letter home was dated 12th August 1915.

Commemorated on his sister's grave at the Hardwick Cemetery, King's Lynn and also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

WATLING

George Victor

Private. G-11965. 2nd Royal Sussex Regiment. Died of wounds France 4/11/1918. St. Souplet British Cemetery, France, III.G.4 Aged 21. Youngest son of Frederick and Agnes Watling, of 3 Hospital Walk, King's Lynn. Enlisted Norwich, May, 1916. Served as a Lewis gunner and subsequently as a stretcher-bearer and was fatally wounded while doing ambulance duties. In the winter of 1917-18 he was hospitalised at Rouen, for three months, with trench foot.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial. His surname given as Watting on the memorial window.

WATSON

Horace James

Private. 40252. 7th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action France 3/1/1917. Vermelles British Cemetery, Pas de Calais V E 33 Aged 26. Son of Mr. And Mrs. William Watson of Guanock Terrace, King's Lynn. Married with two children. Horace, also known as Nyer, enlisted at East Dereham on 5/9/1914, but was unable to pass examination for overseas service until1916. Drafted to France in August 1916. Horace had worked for Messrs. Dye and Allen, King's Lynn.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

WATTS

William Herbert

Lance-Corporal. G-9312 13th Royal Sussex Regiment, transferred to Machine Gun Corps Killed in action Belgium 31/7/1917. Buffs Road Cemetery, St. Jan-les-Ypres D22 (Buried 1/8/1917) Aged 31. Born King's Lynn. Son of Alfred Hockhisstone Watts and Amelia Elizabeth Watts of 11a Extons Road, King's Lynn. He enlisted in the Royal Sussex Regiment at Norwich on 3/3/1916 and was drafted to France in October 1916. During the winter he served in the trenches near Ypres and contracted trench fever and trench foot. In February 1917 he was sent to hospital in Salisbury and upon recovery, in May 1917, he was sent to France to join the Machine Gun Corps.

William had been a clerk for Mr. Montagu Smith, coal merchant, before joining Morgans Brewery. For eleven years he worked for Morgans at King's Lynn before moving to their offices in Norwich. He had been a member of the Kingston Club, King's Lynn, and was a member of the Kingstonian Football Club. He was unmarried.

Commemorated on his parent's grave at the Hardwick Cemetery, King's Lynn and also named on King's Lynn War Memorial. See also Norwich Breweries Memorials.

WEBB

Frederick Thomas

Private. 235106. 5th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry Killed in action Belgium 22/10/1917. Tyne Cot Memorial Aged 22. Born Uxbridge. Son of Mr. R. and Mrs. Emma Webb, of 5 Hertford Terrace, Harefield Road, Uxbridge. Enlisted at Oxford into the Queens Own Oxfordshire Hussars (number 2596). He lived in King's Lynn for nine months prior to enlisting and was engaged to marry a woman from King's Lynn. Killed in a bombardment while his platoon was in a support line.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

WELLSMAN

Cyril

Private. 2749. 1/5th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Gallipoli 12/8/1915. Helles Memorial Aged 18. Son of Mrs. Alice Wellsman, of 54 London Road, King's Lynn (she subsequently emigrated to Alberta, Canada). Enlisted East Dereham before 12/9/1914.

Local accounts state that he died on or before 28/8/1915.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

WHOMES

Thomas William

Private. 290019. 1st Norfolk Regiment.. Missing, Belgium, 9/10/1917. Tyne Cot Memorial. Born All Saints, King's Lynn. Lived at 16 Ouse Avenue, King's Lynn. Enlisted King's Lynn. Had been employed by Mr. G. Belding and had been a member of the Territorial Band (a pre-war territorial?)

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial, and St. Michael's War Memorial, South Lynn.

WILDBUR

Sidney Arthur

Private. 22959. 8th Norfolk Regiment. Missing Delville Wood, Somme, France 19/7/1916 (see also W.H. Greenacre) Thiepval Memorial Aged 19. Born King's Lynn. Son of Mr. And Mrs. W.T. Wildbur, of All Saints' Street, King's Lynn. Enlisted at King's Lynn into the 3rd Norfolk Regiment and transferred to 8th battalion. Had been employed by Messrs. Jermyn and Perry, High Street, King's Lynn. Initially reported wounded and missing. He was unmarried.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

WILIAMSON

James Thomas

Private. G-27336. 2nd Queens Regiment. Killed in action Belgium 26/10/1917. Tyne Cot Memorial Aged 33. Born King's Lynn. Son of James and Sarah Ann Williamson, Lime House, Checker Street, King's Lynn. Educated at Croad's School, King's Lynn. Had been employed by Messrs A and J Bowker of King's Lynn. Enlisted in August 1916. He had been a member of the St. John's Ambulance and the local VAD. After initial service with the Queens Regiment he transferred to the RAMC (number 2708), but was recalled to the Queens and went overseas in early 1917. Was a stretcher-bearer. James had been a member of the Order of Foresters. He was not married.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

WILLIAMS

Ernest Edward

Private. 20446. 1st Essex Regiment. Killed in action Gallipoli 6/8/1915. Helles Memorial Aged 19. Born Tilney St. Lawrence. Son of Mr. And Mrs. George Williams, of 10 Guanock Terrace, King's Lynn. Enlisted at Norwich into the 3rd Norfolk Regiment (number 17744) and transferred to the Essex Regiment. Had been employed by the Lynn Building Company. Gave his life when in action for the first time. His brother, Lewis James Williams, died from Pneumonia whilst serving with the RFA in France, 1918.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

WILLIMOT

Henry Herbert

Commonly known as Harry. Private. 7127. 2nd Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Belgium 2/11/1914. Ypres, Menin Gate Memorial Aged 32. Born at Melton Constable. Husband of Evelyn Grace Willimot of 18 Keppel Street, King's Lynn. Enlisted King's Lynn.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

WILMORE

Frederick Alexander

Second Engineer, Mercantile Marine. Drowned off Grimsby 10/7/1915. Aged 30. Son of ex-Police Constable Wilmore. Husband of Ethel Wilmore, nee Major, of King's Lynn. Frederick had worked as a fireman with the M and G.N. Railway based at South Lynn. Later he transferred to Grimsby where he joined the company's electrical department. He enlisted in the army early in the war, but was discharged due to a problem knee and returned to his previous employment. On 6 July 1917 he signed on as second engineer on a fishing trawler. When the boat returned from its voyage he was reported missing.

WOODWARK

Ernest Reginald

Captain. 1/5th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Gallipoli 12/8/1915. Helles Memorial Aged 37. Son of Mrs. A.E. and the late Alderman G.S. Woodwark, J.P. Ernest was an articled solicitor with the firm of Sadler and Woodwark. Educated at King Edward VII Grammar School, King's Lynn.

He joined the 3rd Volunteer Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, which became the 5th Battalion (T.F.). He became a Lieutenant in February 1904. Having retired from his military associations, he re-entered the service on the outbreak of war, being promoted Captain. His official record in the National Archives (WO 374/76764) is rather sparse. Newspaper accounts by serving soldiers state that he was last seen leading his troops into action with Colonel Beachamp, Captain Pattrick and Adjutant Ward. Two of his brothers also served (Col. W. Woodwark, RAMC, and Major G.G. Woodwark).

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial, and King Edward VII School Memorial.

WRIGHT

Robert Charles

Private. 241093. 1/5th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Gaza 19/4/1917. Jerusalem Memorial. Aged 27. Enlisted King's Lynn at the outbreak of war (original number 2755). Lived at Providence Street. Had been a carpenter and builder working for Foreman and Sons, King's Lynn. Served through the Gallipoli campaign. Last known to be alive in the attack on Gaza, 19/4/1917, and officially presumed to have died by 19/7/1917. Robert had been a well-known local footballer playing for the Swifts F.C.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

WRIGHT

Wilfred

Private. 5593. 1/6th Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action at Butte de Warlencourt, Somme, 5/11/1916. Warlencourt British Cemetery, France, I.E.32. Aged 20. Son of William Henry and Elizabeth Anne Wright of 76 Edward Place (1901). Family later lived at 20 South Everard Street, King's Lynn. Enlisted in the Norfolk Regiment at King's Lynn (number 5818).

Also named on St. Michael's War Memorial, South Lynn.

WRIGHT

William W.

Son of Herbert A. and Agnes E. Wright of 14 Wellington Street, King's Lynn (1901). William was born in 1892. Other details unknown at present.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

YOUNGE

Horace Osborne

Private. 240696. 1/5th Norfolk Regiment. Died Palestine 19/10/1917. Jerusalem Memorial. Aged 23. Born St. Nicholas', King's Lynn. Son of Osborne and Harriett Younge of 14 Valingers Place, King's Lynn. Horace had been a French polisher working for Mr. W. Trenowath of King's Lynn. A pre-war territorial, enlisted in King's Lynn (original number 1675) and re-enlisted when 'time expired' in April 1917. Horace was known for his swimming and running and won prizes for shooting whilst in the territorials.

There is some confusion about what actually happened to Horace. He was reported killed, then wounded and a prisoner in Turkish hands. Official records state he died Palestine October, 1917, but some local accounts maintain that he was killed in action at the Second Battle of Gaza. Horace had served all through the Gallipoli campaign and whilst there was wounded by a sniper.

Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

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