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SOUTHERY WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2- Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Peter Dearsley 2004

The memorial is in the form of a stone cross situated within a small fenced area at the junction of Upgate Street and Recreation Drive.

The memorial lists those who laid down their lives during WWI, with the names of the WWII fallen added at a later date. There is no mention of casualties from other conflicts (Malaya, Korea, etc).

First names and some middle names are recorded in full. There are no details of dates of death, branch of service, or rank (except for officers).

There are six panels around the base of the cross. The dedication panel reads:

Remember the men of Southery who died for King and Country in the Great War 1914-1919.

The names of the fallen are listed on the remaining panels, with names grouped by the year in which they fell. [For research and searching puroses these names have been sorted into alphabetical order but the year information retained in the third column.]

1914-1919

BARBER

Herbert H

1917

Private 31354 12th Battalion, York & Lancaster Regiment, who was killed in action in France & Flanders on 12 May 1917 after previous service with the Northamptonshire Regiment (svce no 25077). He is buried in the Albuera Cemetery, near Arras. Pte Barber was born in Southery and enlisted in Downham Market.

BENSON

Joe John

1917

Private 25729 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, who was killed in action in Flanders on 30 October 1917. He has no known grave, but is commemorated with honour on the Tyne Cot Memorial. Pte Benson was born in Southery, enlisted in Norwich and lived in Peterborough.

BRIGHTON

Thomas

1917

Private 250629 1st/6th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry, who died of wounds aged 28 in France & Flanders on 24 September 1917 after previous service with the Norfolk Regiment (svce no 5821). He is buried in the Bucquoy Cemetery, Ficheux. Private Brighton was born & lived in Southery and enlisted in Norwich. He was the son of James and Rachel Brighton.

DAY

Harry

1917

Private 24908 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, who died of wounds in France & Flanders on 11 April 1917. He is buried in the Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun. Pte Day was born in Southery and enlisted in Norwich.

DAY

John Alfred

1918

Private 291340 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, who was killed in action in France & Flanders on 23 August 1918 after previous service with the Cambridgeshire Regiment (svce no 3863). He is buried in Gomiecourt South Cemetery, Pas de Calais. Pte Day was born in Southery and enlisted in Cambridge. He was the son of Mr J H Day of Brandon Creek.

EAGLE

Frederick

1916

There are no casualties of this name listed in the CWGC Register for 1916, and only two for the whole of the Great War.

Possibly Private 14437 Frederick William Eagle 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, who was killed in action in France & Flanders on 25 October 1915. He is buried in the La Brique Military Cemetery No 2. Pte Eagle was born in West Winch and enlisted in Norwich.

Possibly Private CH/18750 Isaac Eagle 1st Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Marine Light Infantry, who was killed in action in France & Flanders on 13 November 1916. He has no known grave, but is commemorated with honour on the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme. Pte Eagle was the son of Agnes Eagle of Little London, North Wood near Stoke Ferry.

EDWARDS

Bertie

1917

Probably Private 41614 Bert Timothy Edwards 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment, who was killed in action in France & Flanders on 31 May 1917. He is buried in Villers-Faucon Communal Cemetery. Pte Edwards was born in Denver, enlisted in Kings Lynn and lived at East Winch. He was the husband of Mrs D M Edwards of Church Row, Middleton.

FELTWELL

Henry A

1917

Lance Corporal G/51558 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, who was killed in action aged 21 in France & Flanders on 18 July 1917 after previous service with the Norfolk Regiment (svce no 25307). He is buried in the Bard Cottage Cemetery, near Ieper (Ypres). L/Cpl Feltwell was born in Denver, enlisted in Norwich and resided in Southery. He was the son of Henry and Mary Feltell of Little London, Southery. (He is recorded as FELTELL in both SDGW and CWGC Register – need to check on memorial).

FINCHAM

George

1916

Private 17665 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, who was killed in action in France & Flanders on 1 July 1916 . He is buried in the Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers-la-Boisselle. Pte Fincham was born and enlisted in Littleport.

GOOCH

Jonathan

1915

Private 16516 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment who died of wounds aged 22 in France & Flanders on 13 May 1915. He is buried in Le Treport Military Cemetery, Thiennes. Pte Gooch was born at Soham Fen (Cambs) and enlisted in Littleport. He was the son of James and Eliza Gooch of Southery.

LACK

Frederick G[eorge]

1918

Second Lieutenant 21st Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (First Surrey Rifles), who died in Syria aged 21 on 30 March 1918. He is buried in the Damascus Commonwealth War Cemetery.

OSLER

Charles R

1917

Possibly Lance Corporal 17610 8th Battalion, Royal Highlanders (Black Watch) who died of wounds on 12 April 1917. He is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery. L/Cpl Osler was born and enlisted in Tottenham. This is the only C Osler / C Ostler listed for 1917.

OSLER

George W

1918

Private 32861 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, who was killed in action on 9 March 1918. He is buried in the Anzac Cemetery, Sailly-sur-la-Lys. Pte Osler was born in Southery and enlisted in Attleborough.

PORTER

Abraham

1918

Private 60356 1st/8th Battalion, Prince of Wales’s Own Royal West Yorkshire Regiment, who died of wounds in France & Flanders on 28 July 1918. He is buried in the Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, Pas de Calais. Pte Porter (listed as ABRAM in SDGW) was born at Southern Fen, enlisted in Newmarket and lived in Littleport.

PORTER

Alfred C

1917

Private 240186 5th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders, who died of wounds in France & Flanders on 6 May 1917. He is buried in St Nicholas British Cemetery, Pas de Calais. Pte Porter was born Southery and enlisted in London.

PORTER

William

1917

Private 1625711th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, who was killed in action aged 27 in France & Flanders on 28 April 1917. He is buried in Bailleul Road East Cemetery, near Arras. Pte Porter was born at Brandon Creek and enlisted in Ely. He was the son of Mr and Mrs George Abraham Porter of Ferry Lane, Littleport.

REED

Algar G[eorge]

1917

Private G/21100 1st Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, who died of wounds aged 20 in France & Flanders on 16 April 1917 after previous service with the Royal West Surrey Regiment (svce no 9112). He is buried in the Boulogne Eastern Cemetery. Pte Reed was born in Southery and enlisted in Downham Market. He was the son of Charlotte and the late Charles Edward Reed of Westgate St.reet, Southery.

SMITH

James

1918

Private G/37352 4th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, who was killed in action aged 31 in France & Flanders on 3 May 1918. He is buried in Sandpits British Cemetery, Fouquereuil. Pte Smith was born in Kings Cross, enlisted in Norwich and lived in Southery. He was the son–in-law of Eliza Cobbin of Common Lane, Southery.

SPARROW

George

1918

Private 42069 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, who was killed in action on 1 July 1918. He is buried in Tannay British Cemetery, Thiennes. Pte Sparrow was born in Quuen Adelaide, enlisted in Attleborough and lived at Denver Sluice.

STANLEY

Lawrence A[ston]

1917

Second Lieutenant 9th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, who was killed in action aged 24 on 30 November 1917. He has no known grave, but is commemorated with honour on the Cambrai Memorial at Louverval. 2/Lt Stanley was the son of Joseph and Effie Stanley of Southery.

STARLING

Maurice

1918

Private 40403 1st/5th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, who died of wounds in France & Flanders on 23 August 1918. He is buried in the Bagneux British Cemetery, Gezaincourt. Pte Starling was born at Brandon Creek, enlisted in Norwich and lived in Downham Market.

TALBOT

Bertie

1918

Probably Rifleman 44814 15th Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps, who died of wounds aged 19 in France & Flanders on 2 September 1918. He has no known grave, but is commemorated with honour on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais. Rfmn Talbot was born in Bury St Edmunds and enlisted in Attleborough. He was the son of William and Elizabeth E.Talbot of Felmingham, Norfolk.

THOMPSON

Walter

1918

Private 40879 1st Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment, who was killed in action aged 20 in Italy on 9 August 1918. He has no known grave, but is commemorated with honour on the Giavera Memorial, which honours all those who fell in Italy and who have no known grave. Pte Thompson was born and lived in Southery, and enlisted in Norwich. He was the son of John and Fanny Thompson, of 6 Council House, Southery.

WARREN

Charles

1917

There are only nine Commonwealth casualties named C or Charles Warren recorded in the CWGC Register for 1917, but none has any obvious connection with Southery. Further research is required.

WASHINGTON

Stanley W[illiam]

1917

Private 15589 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, who was killed in action in France & Flanders on 12 September 1917. He is buried in Hargicourt British Cemetery. Pte Washington was born in Littleport and enlisted in Ely. He was the son of Mr W Washington of the Crown and Anchor Inn, Southery.

WELDON

Sidney

1917

Private 61441 13th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, who was killed in action in France & Flanders on 11 April 1917 after previous service with the Royal West Surrey Regiment (svce no G/10603). He has no known grave, but is commemorated with honour on the Arras Memorial. Pte Weldon was born & lived in Littleport and enlisted in Downham Market.

WHITEHEAD

William

1917

There are several Commonwealth casualties named W or William Whitehead recorded in the CWGC Register for 1917, but none has any obvious connection with Southery. Further research is required.

BENNETT

Philip E

1916

Private 17147 ‘C’ Company 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, who was killed in action aged 25 in France & Flanders on 23 July 1916. He has no known grave, but is commemorated with honour on the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme. Pte Bennett was born in Southery and enlisted in Norwich. He was the son of R W and A Bennett.

BROWN

Samuel H(enry)

1916

Private 20825 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment, who was killed in action in France & Flanders on 12 October 1916, after previous service with the Norfolk Regiment (svce no 18389). He has no known grave, but is commemorated with honour on the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme. Pte Brown was born and lived in Southery, and enlisted in Norwich.

BUCKENHAM

Robert V(ictor)

1916

Private 5333 55th Battalion, Australian Infantry, who died aged 28 in France & Flanders on 4 August 1916. He is buried in the Rue-David Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix. He was the son Josiah and Sarah Ann Buckenham of The Victory, Southery. Pte Buckenham’s nationality is recorded as Australian, but he is listed as a native of Ely.

BUTCHER

John W(illiam)

1918 – Died of Sickness in England

Private 535434 Labour Corps, who died at home (ie in the UK) aged 27 on 8 November 1918 after previous service with the Norfolk Reg (svce no 6246). He is buried in St Mary’s churchyard, Southery. Pte Butcher was born in Southery and enlisted in Downham Market. He was the son of Edmond and Eliza Butcher of Southery; and husband of Rose Butcher of Common Lane, Southery

ENGLISH

Walter

1916

Only one Walter English is listed in the CWGC Register as having died in 1916. He was an MM winner who came from the West Country, as unlikely to be commemorated at Southery. The most likely candidate is:

Possibly Private 31593 34th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, who died of wounds on 3 February 1917. He is buried in Aveluy Communal Cemetery Extension. Pte English was born & lived at Stoke Ferry, and enlisted in Northwold.

FLACK

John

1916

Private 24123 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, who died of wounds in France & Flanders 18 October. He is buried in the Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt L’Abbe. Pte Flack was born in Southery and enlisted in Kings Lynn.

GRIGGS

[John] William

1915

Lance Corporal 8851, 2nd battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. Died of wounds in France & Flanders 30th April 1915. Aged 26. Born Hilgay, enlisted Ely. Son of William and Bessie Griggs, of Southery. Buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row A. Grave 34.

LAUD

Albert

1915

There are no casualties named Laud or Lord listed in the CWGC Register for the whole of the Great War. Further research needed.

PAYNE

William

1916

Private 42374 Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), who died of wounds aged 25 in France & Flanders on 20 September 1916 after previous service with the Royal Fusiliers (svce no 26199). He is buried in the Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension. Pte Payne was born in Southery and enlisted in Downham Market. He was the son of William and Rachel Payne of Westfield House, Feltwell but a native of Southery.

PEACOCK

John L(uddington)

1916

Lieutenant Royal Engineers, who was killed in action aged 35. He is buried in Connaught Cemetery, Thiepval. Lt Peacock was the son of John Luddington Peacock and Mary Peacock of Southery Manor. No dispute over these details, but ODGW states that Lt Peacock was serving in the 224th Field Company and died on 16 August 1916, whereas the CWGC Register places him with the 150th Field Company and states that he died on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Further research required.

PORTER

Frank

1915

Three casualties named ‘Frank Porter’ are listed in the CWGC Register for 1915, but none has any apparent connection to Southery. One was born, lived and enlisted in Wiltshire; another was born and enlisted in Wolverhampton, and the parents of the third lived in New Zealand. Further research is required.

PORTER

Goddard W(illis)

1917 – Died of Sickness in England

Gunner 140326 Royal Garrison Artillery, who died at home (i.e. in the UK) aged 22 on 11 February 1917. He is buried in St Mary’s churchyard, Southery. Gnr Porter was born in Southery, enlisted Attleborough and lived in Downham Market. He was the son of John Thomas and Elizabeth Porter of Ivy Cottage, Southery.

POWELL

James W

1916

Four casualties named ‘James W Powell’ (all James William) are listed in the CWGC Register for 1916, but none has any apparent connection to Southery. Further research is required.

REED

John W(illiam)

1915

Private 20675 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment, who died at sea aged 21 on 13 August 1915 after previous service with the Norfolk Regiment (svce no 17555). He has no known grave, but is commemorated with honour on the Helles Memorial. Private Reed was born in Isleham(Cambs), enlisted in Norwich and lived in Southery. He was the son of Charlotte Reed of Westgate Street., Southery and the late Charles Edward Reed.

SHINN

Walter

1916

Private 17194 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, who was killed in action in France & Flanders on 4 September 1916. He has no known grave, but is commemorated with honour on the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme. Pte Shinn was born in Southery and enlisted in Norwich.

SPARROW

Henry

1916

Possibly either: Private 28115 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, who was killed in action aged 20 in France & Flanders on 20 September 1917. He has no known grave, but is commemorated with honour on the Tyne Cot Memorial. Pte Sparrow was born in Littleport, and enlisted & resided in Downham Market. He was the son of John and Elizabeth Sparrow, of Feltwell or Possibly Private 30116 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, who was killed in action in France & Flanders on 13 November 1916. He is buried in ‘Y’ Ravine Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel. Pte Sparrow was born and resided in Ewell (Surrey), and enlisted in Kingston-on-Thames.

TALBOT

George

1916

Probably Gunner 57226 72nd Heavy Battery Royal Garrison Artillery, who died in the Persian Gulf on 4 June 1916. He has no known grave, but is commemorated with honour on the Basra Memorial. Gnr Talbot was born in Muswell Hill, enlisted in Holloway and lived in Downham Market.

WEBB

Jacob

1916

Private 25721 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, who was killed in action on 18 October 1916. He is buried in Bancourt British Cemetery, Pas de Calais. Pte Webb was born in Hilgay and enlisted in Downham Market. He was the husband of L Webb of Westgate Street, Southery.

WOODS

Charles

1919

There is only one casualty of this name listed in the CWGC Register for 1919:

Rifleman 589057 17th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, who died aged 19 in France & Flanders on 20 February 1919 after previous service with the 6th Battalion, (svce no 324697). He is buried in the Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille. Rifleman Woods was born and enlisted in Stratford. He was the son of James & Priscilla Woods of Stratford, Essex.

As the association with Stratford is so strong (and with no obvious link with Southery) another possibility might be:

Private 106620 H C Woods 43rd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, who died aged 45 on 27 January 1919. He is buried in Ipswich Cemetery. Pte Woods was the husband of Emily woods of 84 Richmond Road, Ipswich. His details are not recorded in SDGW.

SDGW also lists

DAY

William

Private 24913 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, who was killed in action in France & Flanders on 1 December 1917. He has no known grave, but is commemorated with honour on the Cambrai Memorial, Louveral. Pte Day was born in Southery and enlisted in Norwich. (Compare the proximity of service number with that of Harry Day – it would appear that they enlisted together).

1939-1945

BELL

Bernard (William)

1939-45

Private 5776408 6th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, who died aged 25 in Thailand on 25 September 1943, almost certainly as a prisoner of war working on the Burma-Siam railway. He is buried in the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. Private Bell was the son of George & Violet Bell of Southery.

EVERITT

Robert (Richardson)

1939-45

Private 5773839 5th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, who died aged 24 in Thailand on 15 August 1943, almost certainly as a prisoner of war working on the Burma-Siam railway. He is buried in the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. Private Everitt was the son of George & Ethel Everitt of Southery.

FINCHAM

George (Horace)

1939-45

Private 5773866 4th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, who died aged 26 on 21 September 1944. He has no known grave, but is commemorated with honour on the Singapore Memorial, which bears the names of over 24,000 casualties of the Commonwealth land and air forces who have no known grave. Many of these have no known date of death and are accorded within CWGC records the date or period from when they were known to be missing or captured. The land forces commemorated by the memorial died during the campaigns in Malaya and Indonesia or in subsequent captivity, many of them during the construction of the Burma-Thailand railway, or at sea while being transported into imprisonment elsewhere. Pte Fincham was the son of Samuel & Lillian Fincham; and the husband of Louisa Fincham of Hilgay.

FLACK

John

1939-45

Stoker 2nd Class P/KX113027 HMS Acheron, Royal Navy, who died on 17 December 1940. He has no known grave, but is commemorated with honour on the Portsmouth Memorial.

FLACK

Stanley

1939-45

either Private 5879209 Stanley Charles George Flack Northamptonshire Regiment, who died aged 35 on 26 May 1941. He is buried in Bottisham Cemetery, just outside Cambridge. Pte Flack was the son of Henry William & Eliza Flack; and the husband of Kate Muriel Flack of Bottisham. or Trooper 14330993 7th Squadron Royal Tank Regiment, who died aged 20 on 23 July 1944. He is buried in Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery.

HARDY

Harry

1939-45

Sergeant 1268636 158 Squadron RAF VolunteerReserve, who died aged 30 on 23 October 1942. He has no known grave, but is commemorated with honour on the RAF Memorial at Runnymede. Sergeant Hardy was the son of Joseph Osler Hardy & Sarah Jane Hardy of Southery.

HARRINGTON

William

1939-45

Possibly Petty Officer Stoker C/K 66260 William James Harrington HMS Calcutta, Royal Navy , who died on 1 June 1941. He has no known grave, but is commemorated with honour on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

LANGLEY

(James) William

1939-45

Driver 2003203 560th Company Royal Engineers, who died aged 24 on 30 April 1944, almost certainly as a prisoner of war working on the Burma-Siam railway. He is buried in the Chungkai War Cemetery. Dvr Langley was the son of David & Rebecca Barber Langley of Southery; and the husband of Elsie Clingo Langley also of Southery.

LEE

Leonard

1939-45

Probably Private 5773794 6th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, who died aged 25 on 21 September 1944. He has no known grave, but is commemorated with honour on the Singapore Memorial, which bears the names of over 24,000 casualties of the Commonwealth land and air forces who have no known grave. Many of these have no known date of death and are accorded within CWGC records the date or period from when they were known to be missing or captured. The land forces commemorated by the memorial died during the campaigns in Malaya and Indonesia or in subsequent captivity, many of them during the construction of the Burma-Thailand railway, or at sea while being transported into imprisonment elsewhere.

SPARROW

(Joseph) George

1939-45

Able Seaman D/JX 172435 HMS Grasshopper, Royal Navy, who died aged 21 on 14 February 1942. He has no known grave, but is commemorated with honour on the Plymouth Naval Memorial. AB Sparrow was the son of Joseph and Rose Sparrow of Southery.

22 January 2005

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