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SOUTHREPPS WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Lynda Smith 2003

Southrepps is a village midway between Cromer and North Walsham, a few miles from the coast. There is a large stone cross war memorial in the churchyard of the church of St James and inside the church is a wooden board commemorating those who fell in both wars. The stone cross has World War One casualties on the lower faces and World War Two casualties on the upper faces. The wooden board inside the church duplicates the names on the cross.

Photographs Copyright © Lynda Smith 2005

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND TO KEEP
IN MEMORY THE MEN OF SOUTHREPPS
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR

1914 – 1918

BAKER

Ephraim

Able Seaman Tyneside Z/1788. Collingwood Battalion Royal Navy Division, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died on 4th June 1915. Aged 25. Son of George Baker, of Barber's Cottage, Upper St., Southrepps, Norfolk. Commemorated: Helles Memorial, Turkey. Panel 8 to 15.

BANE

James T

No further information available at present

BANE

George

Lance Corporal 7494. 2nd Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Died in Mesopotamia on 5th September 1916. Born Southrepps. Enlisted Norwich. Buried: Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq. Ref. XXI. R. 10.

BIRD

Harold William

Lance Corporal 266549. "B Company, 1st/7th Battalion Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). Died of wounds in Egypt on 19th December 1917. Aged 22. Born Cromer. Lived Southrepps. Enlisted North Walsham. Son of William and Margaret Bird, of Cromer, Norfolk. Buried: Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. Ref. F. 182.

BURTON

Edward Thomas

Private 10751. 3rd Battalion Coldstream Guards. Died of wounds in France & Flanders on 23rd October 1914. Aged 26. Born Southrepps. Lived Chadwell Heath, Essex. Enlisted Norwich. Son of William and Mary Anne Burton, of Southrepps, Lower St., Norwich. Buried: Ypres Town Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. D1. 19.

BURTON-PYE

Ernest Robert

Private 15019. 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 15th September 1916. Born Southrepps. Enlisted Norwich. Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D.

DIX

Robert George

Private 241048. 1st/5th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in Palestine on 19th April 1917. Enlisted East Dereham. Buried: Gaza War Cemetery, Israel. Ref. XXX. F. 2.

EMPSON

Horace W

Driver 875739. "C Battery, 107th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 19th August 1917. Aged 22. Born Felmingham, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Empson, of High St., Southrepps, Norwich. Buried: La Clytte Military Cemetery, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. II. C. 12.

FARROW

Cecil John

Lance Corporal 13799. 8th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 10th March 1917. Born Oulton, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D.

FRARY MM

Herbert

Lance Corporal G/12188. 6th Battalion The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action in France & Flanders on 16th May 1918. Born Trunch, Norfolk. Lived Norwich. Enlisted Cromer. Awarded the Military Medal. Commemorated: Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France. Panel 14 and 15.

GRAY

Herbert William

Private 48745. 19th Battalion Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Formerly 16454 Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds in France & Flanders on 29th April 1918. Aged 22. Born and lived Southrepps. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Mrs. Harriett Gray, of Lodge Cottage, Southrepps, Norwich. Buried: Klein-Vierstraat British Cemetery, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. V. A. 16.

GRAY

Theophilus Woodbine

Private 20801. 1st Battalion Essex Regiment. Formerly 16455 Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 31st May 1916. Aged 19. Born and lived Southrepps. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Herbert William and Barbara Gray, of Southrepps, Norfolk. Buried: Auchonvillers Military Cemetery, Somme, France. Ref. II. B. 28.

HEWITT

John

Private 40223. 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 18th October 1916. Born Southrepps. Enlisted Cromer. Buried: Bancourt British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. VII. B. 8.

HEWITT

Albert Henry

Boy 1st Class J/50206. H.M.S. Vanguard, Royal Navy. Died on 9th July 1917. Son of John Henry and Annie Elizabeth Hewitt, of Upper St., Southrepps, Norfolk. Commemorated: Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Column 22.

Special note: Just before midnight on Monday, 9 July, 1917, the St Vincent class battleship HMS Vanguard suddenly blew up, taking over 800 of her crew down with her. It was a magazine explosion in one of the two magazines which served the amidships turrets 'P' and 'Q'. She was a veteran of Jutland. For more information and pictures please see: http://www.gwpda.org/naval/vanguard.htm

HEWITT

Wilfred H

(Note CWGC website gives W.J. Hewitt, as does the CWGC gravestone). Boy 2nd Class J/93486. H.M.S Powerful, Royal Navy. There is a question regarding Wilfred’s death. CWGC website gives 16th November 1916, but the gravestone reads 16 November 1918. Aged 17. Son of John Henry and Anne E. Hewitt, of Chapel Rd., Upper St., Southrepps. Buried: Southrepps (St. James) Churchyard. South-West corner of New (North-East) Ground.

LARKE

Charles

Private 20568. 1st Battalion Essex Regiment. Formerly 17934 Norfolk Regiment. Died at Sea on 13th August 1915. Aged 19. Born and lived Southrepps. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Edward Larke, of Lower St., Southrepps, Norfolk. Commemorated: Helles Memorial, Turkey. Panel 144 to 150 or 229 to 233.

LUBBOCK

Owen Albert V.

Private 30744. 9th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 16th August 1917. Born Southrepps. Enlisted Windsor, Berkshire. Commemorated: Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 54 to 60 and 163A.

PITCHER

Herbert

Private 7985. 8th Battalion Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds in France & Flanders on 16th October 1916. Aged 25. Born Southrepps. Enlisted Cromer. Son of Mrs. Rebecca Bell, of Lower Street, Southrepps, Norwich. Buried: Bouzincourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Ref. II. I. 3.

ROGERS

William

Private 28605. 9th Battalion East Surrey Regiment. Formerly 26536 Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 27th March 1918. Aged 41. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Edward and Phoebe Rogers, of Upper St., Southrepps, Norfolk. Commemorated: Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France. Panel 44 and 45.

ROGERS

William George

Private 3/7639. 7th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 18th December 1915. Born Sheringham, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. Buried: Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. II. J. 2.

SMITH

Ernest Charles

Private 16237. "A Coy. 2nd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds in The Balkans on 8th December 1915. Aged 21. Born Southrepps. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Charles Smith, of Lower St., Southrepps, Norfolk. Commemorated: Doiran Memorial, Greece.

TEMPLE

Walter William

Private 205877. 6th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 20th May 1918. Aged 26. Born Southrepps. Enlisted Norwich. Son of William Temple, of Lower St., Southrepps, Norwich. Buried: Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Ref. VI. H. 9.

WHITWOOD

Benjamin

Private 21193. 11th Battalion Border Regiment. Formerly 16218 Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds in France & Flanders on 28th March 1917. Aged 24. Born Southrepps. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Mrs. Ruth Whitwood, of Lower St., Southrepps, Norwich. Buried: Cerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery, Somme, France. Ref. I. D. 27.

THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE

 

1939 – 1945

BURTON-PYE

Donald Peter

Private 5784415. 5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment). Died on 13th March 1943. Son of William Henry and Emily Burton-Pye, of Lower Southrepps, Norfolk. Buried: Tabarka Ras Rajel War Cemetery, Tunisia. Ref. 1. C. 4.

GLISTER

Herbert Kitchener

Private 5774364. 4th Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died on 11th February 1942. Aged 24. Son of Mr. and Mrs G. Glister; husband of Eszma Norah Glister, of Norwich. Buried: Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Ref. 15. B. 6.

THURSTON

Walter John

Marine PLY/X 3165. H.M.S. Dorsetshire, Royal Marines. Died on 5th April 1942. Aged 20. Commemorated: Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon. Panel 75, Column 1. Special note: The Dorsetshire was sunk on the 5th April 1942, by a Japanese carrier aircraft, three hundred miles west of Colombo, Ceylon. 227 lives were lost.

 

9 January 2005

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