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SOUTH LYNN, ST MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright ©
Reverend Damon Rogers - 2003

The memorial comprises wooden panels with the names of the fallen painted on them. The memorial was erected in 1921. The church has since become St. Michael’s Primary School and the memorial was restored and rededicated in 1999. The memorial has now be removed from the school as it was deemed inapt for a primary school. At present the memorial is looking for a new home possibly the new community centre being built in South Lynn.

If you have any updates to this information then please contact Reverende Damon Rogers email: therogers5@ukonline.co.uk

ADAMS

Ernest William

Private. 14967. 10th Essex Regt. Died of wounds Belgium 13 August 1917. Buried in 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 All Saints Church, South Lynn, Memorial Window.

BENTLEY

Joseph William

Private. 3411. ‘B’ Company 1/5 Norfolk Regt. Killed in action Gallipoli 12 August 1915. Commemorated on Helles Memorial, Panel 42 to 44. 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 All Saints Church, South Lynn, Memorial Window.

BRIDGES

Robert

Details unknown at present.

CHAMBERLAIN

William George

C.S.M. 1362. 17th Battalion Australian Infantry. Killed in action France 3 October 1918. Buried in Bellicourt Military Cemetery, V.N.1 Son of Mr and Mrs. John Chamberlain 9 Queens Avenue, King’s Lynn. Emigrated to Australia 1911. Enlisted at Marrickville, NSW. Overseas 29 March 1915. Had been employed in the building trade. Served in Gallipoli, Egypt and France. Twice wounded.

COBBOLD

Albert Garnett

Private. 240670. 1/5th Norfolk Regt. Killed in action Gaza 19 April 1917. Buried in 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. Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial, West Lynn Church War Memorial, and All Saints Church, South Lynn, Memorial Window.

COOPER

Charles Veasey

Lance-Corporal. 6244. 4th Battalion Australian Infantry. Died of wounds France 19 September 1918. Buried in La Chaplette British and Indian Cemetery, III.D.13 Born 22/7/1899. Eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cooper, The South House, 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. Overseas 11 April 1916. Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial, West Lynn Church War Memorial, and All Saints Church, South Lynn, Memorial Window.

COOPER

Reginald

Lance-Corporal. 20372. 8th Norfolk Regt. Died of wounds France 28 October 1917. Buried in 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. Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial, Gaywood War Memorial, and All Saints Church, South Lynn, Memorial Window.

CRASKE

Sydney

Private. 240121. 1/5th Norfolk Regt. Died Palestine 28 November 1917. Commemorated on Jerusalem Memorial, Panels 12 to 15. Born South Lynn. Enlisted King’s Lynn. Had previously served at Gallipoli.

DEPEAR

Henry James

Private. 37324. 2nd Royal Berkshire Regt. Killed in action Belgium 16 August 1917. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Panels 105 to 106 and 162. 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 All Saints Church, South Lynn, Memorial Window.

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 February 1917. Commemorated on 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

Private. 40191. 4th Bedfordshire Regt. Killed in action Hamel, near Albert, France, 7 February 1917. Buried in 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 Regt. (number 28182). Had worked for Messrs. Salter and Salter, boot and shoemakers, 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. Three of his brothers also served in the war. Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial, and All Saints Church, South Lynn, Memorial Window.

FRANKLIN

Lloyd Fairfax

Private. 8649. ‘B’ Company 1st Norfolk Regt. Killed in action Hill 60, Belgium, 21 April 1915. Commemorated on Menin Gate Memorial, Panel 4. Aged 20. Son of the late Mr. Lloyd Franklin of Portland Street, King’s Lynn, and Mrs. Fanny Jane Terrey (formerly Franklin) of 5 Hockland Street, King’s Lynn. Born Peterborough. Enlisted Norwich 15 May 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 King's Lynn War Memorial, Grimston War Memorial, and All Saints Church, South Lynn, Memorial Window.

HART

Albert Thomas

Private. 28342. 7th Northamptonshire Regt. Missing, France, 25 March 1918. Commemorated on 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 Regt. (number 32244) (see also W.G. Tice below). Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial, and All Saints Church, South Lynn, Memorial Window.

JARVIS

Herbert James

Private. 17789. 11th Essex Regt. Killed in action, France, 18 September 1916. Buried in 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 All Saints Church, South Lynn, Memorial Window.

JARY

Sydney Robert

Private. 50189. 2nd Bedfordshire Regt. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (London Gazette 12 March 1919). Killed in action, France, 18 September 1918. Commemorated on 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 September 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 All Saints Church, South Lynn, Memorial Window.

MAJOR

Ernest Frederick

Corporal. 25844. 2nd Grenadier Guards. Killed in action 27 August 1918. Buried in Mory Abbey Military Cemetery, France, V.D.9. Aged 30. Only son of Mr. Frederick and Mrs. Margaret Major, Laurel Villa, Saddlebow Road, King’s Lynn. Husband of Maud E. Major, 383 Ley Street, Ilford, Essex. Left one child. Enlisted May 1916. Served in France from 1916 being gassed in July 1917 and thereafter hospitalised in England for 6 months. Returned to France in April 1918. Had been a shop worker employed in various drapery establishments before setting up his own business, as a curtain specialist, in Broad Street, King’s Lynn. See also King's Lynn War Memorial

PATTERSON

Arthur William

Commonly known as Fred. Private. 3/7833. ‘A’ Company 1st Norfolk Regt. Killed in action Belgium 22 May 1915. Commemorated on Ypres Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium, Panel 4. 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 All Saints Church, South Lynn, Memorial Window.

PATTERSON

Leonard Victor

Commonly known as Pat. Private. 32665. ‘A’ Company 1/4th Norfolk Regt. 28 December 1917. Buried in 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 All Saints Church, South Lynn, Memorial Window (gives initials as J.V.).

PATTERSON

Robert George

Private. 3/7832. ‘A’ Company 1st Norfolk Regt. Missing 22 July 1916 (presumed dead 27/7). Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, France, Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D. 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 All Saints Church, South Lynn, Memorial Window.

RAMM

Vivian Charles

He was the son of Henry Ramm. Vivian was born at King's Lynn in 1893, and in 1901 his family lived at 122 Guanock Terrace, King's Lynn. Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

READ

Edward Percy

Sergeant 203611. 7th Norfolk Regt. Died of wounds France 9 August 1918. Buried in 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), and All Saints Church, South Lynn, Memorial Window.

ROBOTHAM

James Frederick

A/2nd Corporal. 14135. 2 Field Squadron, Royal Engineers. Killed in action France 23 March 1918. Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, Panel 10 to 13. 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 August 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 All Saints Church, South Lynn, Memorial Window.

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 September 1918. Buried in 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 All Saints Church, South Lynn, Memorial Window.

ROWE

Harry

Private. 47199. Royal Army Medical Corps. Died at Seafield Military Hospital, Blackpool, from gastritis, 1 November 1918. Buried in 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 All Saints Church, South Lynn, Memorial Window.

SHIRLEY

Donald (Michael Edward)

J.70973. Ordinary Seaman. Royal Navy. Serving on the battleship HMS Marlborough when he died in action at Constantinople. Buried in Haidar Pasha Cemetery, Turkey, I.G.6. Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

SNELLING

Edward Thomas

Lance-Corporal. 19497. 7th Norfolk Regt. Died of wounds Ovillers, France, 4 July 1916. Buried in Daours Communal Cemetery Extension, II.B.27. Aged 22. Husband of Elizabeth Ann Snelling, 9 Lansdowne Street, King’s Lynn. Born St. Germans. Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial.

SMITH

Frederick William

Private. 2731. 1/5th Norfolk Regt. Killed in action Gallipoli 12 August 1915. Commemorated on Helles Memorial, Panel 42 to 44. 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 All Saints Church, South Lynn, Memorial Window.

THURSTON

Albert Ernest

Private. 20448. 1st Essex Regt. Killed in action Gallipoli 6 August 1915. Buried in 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 All Saints Church, South Lynn, Memorial Window.

TICE

Walter George

Private. 47848. 7th Northamptonshire Regt. Killed in action France 25 March 1918. Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial Panels 54 to 56. 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 February 1917 (number M/295852). Became a signaller and went to France on 28 January 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 above) Also named on King's Lynn War Memorial, and All Saints Church, South Lynn, Memorial Window.

WATLING

George Victor

Private. G-11965. 2nd Royal Sussex Regt. Died of wounds France 4 November 1918. Buried in 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, and All Saints Church, South Lynn, Memorial Window (surname given as Watting).

WHOMES

Thomas William

Private. 290019. 1st Norfolk Regt. Missing, Belgium, 9 October 1917. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Panels 34 to 35 and 162A. Lived at 16 Ouse Avenue, King’s Lynn. Born All Saints, 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 All Saints Church, South Lynn, Memorial Window.

WILKIN

George Henry

A/Sergeant. 8209. 1st Norfolk Regt. Killed in action Vimy Ridge 23 April 1917. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Bay 3. Aged 24. Sonof Mr Robert and Mrs. Sarah Wilkin of 32 Diamond Street, King’s Lynn. Left a widow, Eliza Jane Wilkin of 49 Moscow Street, Belfast, and a child. Born Gaywood. Enlisted Kings’ Lynn. Served overseas from the beginning of the war. 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 November 1916. Buried in Warlencourt British Cemetery, France, I.E.32. Aged 20. Born King's Lynn, 1897. Son of William Henry and Elizabeth Anne Wright. William Henry Wright was the Town Crier for King's Lynn in 1901. In 1901 the family lived at 76 Edward Place.Believed to have lived at 20 South Everard Street, King’s Lynn. Enlisted in the Norfolk Regiment at King’s Lynn (number 5818). Also named on All Saints Church, South Lynn, Memorial Window and King's Lynn War Memorial.

Last updated 6 June, 2006

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