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STALHAM WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Michael Peck 2017

The Stalham memorials are all to be found within St Marys Church, High Street, Stalham. The World War 1 memorial takes the form of a stained glass window of three lights with Christ depicted in the centre and a Palm Sunday scene below; there are two tablets with the dedication and names to the right and left of the window. The World War 2 memorial is in the form of a white stone tablet. There is a circular slate tablet commemorating one man from the Falkland Islands Conflict. A glass top table contains a book of remembrance and attached to the front is a British Legion Roll of Honour list.

Photographs Copyright © Michael Peck 2017

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
the Giver of Victory,
and
in Grateful Memory of
the men of this Parish,
who gave their lives in the
Great War for Civilisation
and Justice,
the West Window of this Church
and these Tablets,
were erected A.D. 1920,
by Free-will Offerings

ROLL OF HONOUR

BAILEY James
Unable to identify James Bailey with proven Stalham connection and no further information.
BATCHELOR George
George Miles Batchelor. Lance Corporal 22907. 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 12th October 1916, aged 22 years (as CWGC). Son of Martin Miles and Elizabeth Batchelor of Church Cottage, Stalham, Norfolk. Born Stalham and enlisted Norwich, Norfolk. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial. Pier and Face 1C and 1D.
Note: no George Batchelor birth record found, birth of George Miles recorded Smallburgh District 1894. Parents Martin and Elizabeth Batchelor as 1901/1911 census, ‘Soldiers Effects’ also has mother: Elizabeth Batchelor.
BRACKENBURY Walter
First Mate, Mercantile Marine. SS ‘Vianna’ (London) [Defensively armed merchant ship, torpedoed by German submarine UC-64]. Killed in action 31st March 1918. Son of Robert and Merab Brackenbury (nee Brown, seemingly appears later in all documents as Louisa) of 4 Riversdale Cottages, Staithe, Stalham, Norfolk. Born 1864 Yarmouth (as CWGC, born Worstead on census). Commemorated Tower Hill Memorial,
Note: Possibly married Anna Eliza Bressey, but unproven.
BRISTOW Edward
Private 3206356. 49th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Died 10th September 1918. Son of Alfred and Emma Bristow of Mill House, Stalham, Norfolk. Born 23rd November 1883 Stalham, Norfolk and conscripted 23rd January 1918 Calgary, Canada. Commemorated Quebec Cemetery. E.3.
BRISTOW Reba
Private 40859. 1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment, formerly 39328 Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 30th April 1918. Son of Alfred and Emma Bristow of Mill House, Stalham, Norfolk. Husband of Fulleretta Russell Bristow (nee Simnett) of Great Ormesby Mill, Norfolk. Born 1885 Stalham, enlisted Norwich and resident Great Ormesby, Norfolk. Commemorated Tyne Cot Memorial. Panel 48 to 50 and 162A.
Note: CWGC has Bedfordshire Regiment posted to Hertfordshire Regiment. SDGW, medal roll and probate all note formerly Northants Regiment, CWGC would appear incorrect.
CLARKE Alfred
Alfred Charles Clarke. Lance Corporal 15192. 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 15th September 1916. Son of Arthur Fuller and Martha A Clarke. Born 1884 Stalham and enlisted Norwich, Norfolk. Property to sister: Emma Sarah Clarke. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial. Pier and Face 1C and 1D.
DRAKE Wilfred
Wilfrid Wallace Drake. Lieutenant. 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment, attached 23rd Trench Mortar Battery. Died 16th August 1917. Son of William and Louisa M Drake (late of Stalham, Norfolk). Husband of Gladys Drake (nee Baseden) of Reading, BKS. Born 1882 Norwich, Norfolk. Commemorated Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No: 3. I.A.12.
GIBBS Lawrence
Lawrence Gibbs on records. Leading Seaman A.6790, Royal Naval Reserve. S S ‘Pomeranian’ (sunk by torpedo from German submarine UC-77). Died between 13th and 15th April 1918. Son of Henry and (the late) Elizabeth Gibbs, stepson of Alice Gibbs of 34 Gate House, Stalham, Norfolk (as 1911). Husband of Isabella Gibbs of 106 McLellon Street, Glasgow, Scotland. Born 9th May 1892 (as birth record, naval record has 9th May 1891) Walcott (born Happisburgh on census), Norfolk. Commemorated Chatham Naval Memorial.
GREEN Harry
Possibly Henry Robert Green. Private 26141. 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 16th May 1917. Son of (the late) Robert and Charlotte Maria Green of Bridge Farm, Waxham, Norfolk (as 1911). Born c1878 place unspecified as SDGW (born Norwich as 1881 census) and enlisted Norwich, Norfolk. Property to mother: Charlotte M Green. Commemorated Feuchy Chapel British Cemetery. III.E.20.
Note: no proven connection with Stalham found.
HARMER Henry
Henry Frederick Harmer. Private 28838. 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 8th June 1917. Son of Henry and Rosetta Harmer of Chapel Field, Stalham, Norfolk. Born 17th August 1884 Stalham, enlisted Norwich and resident Stalham, Norfolk. Commemorated Perth Cemetery (China Wall). II.E.9.
JECKELLS James
James Robert Jeckells. Private 23149. 1st Battalion, Border Regiment, formerly 15209 Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds 21st May 1917. Son of William and Hannah Jeckells of Stalham, Norfolk. Born 8th June 1897 East Ruston, enlisted 12th September 1914 (army record has born 1895. Transferred to Border Regiment 9th November 1915) Norwich and resident Stalham, Norfolk. Commemorated Duisans British Cemetery. III.N.26
KNIGHTS Walter
Walter Edward Knights. Private 42761. 14th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 10th October 1916. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Knights of St Johns Road, Stalham, Norfolk. Husband of Clara Florence Knight (nee Harper) of Bush Cottage, Costessey, Norfolk (as CWGC. Army record has: Tan Yard Farm, Great Ellingham, Norfolk). Born 1892 Hickling and enlisted Cromer (attests 2nd December 1915, mobilized to Norfolk Regiment 11th April 1916 and transferred to Durham Light Infantry 17th April 1916), Norfolk. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial. Pier and Face 14A and 15C.
LEATHERDALE George
Driver 211010. 77th Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Died 28th December 1918, aged 32 years. Son of John and Frances Leatherdale. Husband of Annie Leatherdale (nee Henfrey) of York Road, Stalham, Norfolk. Born Ingham, Norfolk. Commemorated Delhi Memorial (India Gate). Face 1. (Buried Nowshera Military Cemetery. L.36.)
MORSE George
Robert George Morse. Private 201433. 2/5th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Killed in action 1st September 1917, aged 20 years. Son of David John and Martha Ann Morse of St Johns Road, Stalham, Norfolk. Born Norwich, Norfolk, enlisted Danbury, ESS and resident Stalham, Norfolk. Commemorated White House Cemetery. II.A.19.
MULLER Stewart
John Stewart Muller. Private 265141. 2/6th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died Tuberculosis 27th June 1918. Son of John Caesar and Penelope Muller of Croydon, LND. Husband of Annie Ansfield Muller (nee Tupper) of Chapelfields, Stalham, Norfolk. Born 14th August 1874 Croydon, LND and enlisted 1st October 1914 North Walsham (as army record, SDGW has enlists Stalham), Norfolk (discharged from service Tuberculosis 22nd June 1918). Commemorated Cheam (St Dunstan) Churchyard.
Note: pre war Clergyman.
NUDD John
Private 28187. 12th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment, formerly 4546 Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds 14th November 1916, aged 19 years. Son of William and Charlotte Nudd of East Ruston Road, Happisburgh, Norfolk. Born Hickling, enlisted Norwich and resident Filby, Norfolk. Commemorated Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery. III.E.9.
PEGGS Arthur
Arthur William Peggs. Rifleman 5979. 2nd Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 25th September 1915. Son of Francis and Maria Peggs. Husband of Ann Buchanan Peggs of 7 Harbour Place, Burntisland, Scotland. Born 5th April 1886 Stalham, enlisted Sutton (which unspecified) and resident Burntisland, Scotland. Commemorated Loos Memorial. Panel 101 to 102.
PEGGS Charles
Charles John Peggs. Gunner 24567. 104th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action Persian Gulf 5th January 1916. Son of Robert and Mary Ann Peggs. Born 8th July 1876 Stalham, enlisted Great Yarmouth and resident Stalham, Norfolk. Pre war regular soldier Royal Garrison Artillery. Commemorated Kut War Cemetery. K.10.
PRATT Clarence
Clarence Harold Pratt. Private 34580. 8th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action 7th October 1916, aged 28 years. Son of Thomas and Emma Pratt of Stalham, Norfolk. Husband of Mabel Maria Pratt (nee Middleton, now wife of Thomas Grimmer). Born Stalham, enlisted Norwich and resident East Ruston, Norfolk. Commemorated Beaulencourt British Cemetery. IV.D.26.
SPANTON Geoffrey
Geoffrey Herbert Spanton. Private 240616. 5th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Palestine 2nd November 1917. Son of Arthur Humphrey and Mary Elizabeth Spanton of Baker Street, Stalham, Norfolk. Born 1897 Stalham and enlisted East Dereham, Norfolk. Commemorated Jerusalem Memorial. Panel 11 to 15.
STEWART Frank
Gunner 234311. A Battery, 180 Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 4th April 1918. Son of Mark Thomas and Emily Stewart. Husband of Lydia Martha Stewart (nee Dack) of High Street, Stalham, Norfolk. Born 1882 Norwich (as SDGW, born South Heigham as 1891 census) and enlisted Norwich, Norfolk. Commemorated Adelaide Cemetery. II.K.26.
TAYLOR Charles
Charles Richard Taylor. Private 34210. 2nd Battalion, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, formerly 22898 Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Balkans 7th December 1916. Son of Tom and Martha Taylor of Chapelfields, Stalham, Norfolk. Born 1894 Great Yarmouth and enlisted Stalham, Norfolk. Commemorated Mikra British Cemetery. 1973.
WHYLIE Cubitt
Cubitt Benjamin Wiley. Corporal 18704. 7th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 16th June 1917. Parentage unproven. Husband of Nellie F Wiley (nee Gilbey). Nephew of Robert and Ann Elizabeth Platten (nee Wiley). Born 1885 Brumstead and enlisted Norwich, Norfolk. Commemorated Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Panel 43 and 45.
WILKINS Sidney
Sidney Walter Wilkins. Private 75419. 1st Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers, formerly 37640 East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 8th October 1918, aged 19 years. Son of Charles and Louisa Wilkins of Cordova Cottages, Staithe, Stalham, Norfolk. Born Stalham and enlisted Norwich, Norfolk. Commemorated Forenville Military Cemetery. F.7.
WILSON Robert
Robert Edward Wilson. Private 8733. 195th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), formerly 15059 Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 8th August 1917, aged 21 years. Son of Robert Edward and Emily Wilson of The Green, Stalham, Norfolk. Born Stalham, enlisted Norwich and resident Stalham, Norfolk. Commemorated Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Panel 56.
In memory of the men of
STALHAM
who gave their lives in the war
1939 - 1945
BLATCHLEY Ronald
Ronald Bennet Blatchley. Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 1260143, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 142 Squadron (crewing Vickers Wellington aircraft Z1205 (QT-W), reason for loss unknown). Killed in action 7th April 11942. Son of Arthur and Violet Blatchley (nee Turner) of Stalham, Norfolk. Commemorated Rheinberg War Cemetery. I.D.6-8.
BRACKENBURY Kenneth
Kenneth Stephen Brackenbury. Leading Aircraftman 912488, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died as Japanese Prisoner of War Borneo 26th March 1945. Son of John J and Ethel G Brackenbury (nee Sutton). Born 1920. Commemorated Singapore Memorial. Column 452.
BURTON Charles
Unable to identify and no further information.
GILLINGWATER Raymond
Raymond Frederick George Gillingwater. Private 5777744. 1st Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died 6th June 1944. Son of Frederick George and Gladys Mary Gillingwater (nee Mason) of Stalham, Norfolk. Commemorated Ranville War Cemetery. III.A.17.
JOHNSON Alfred
Alfred Henry Johnson. Sergeant (Flight Engineer) 1872886, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 100 Squadron (squadron flew Avro Lancaster aircraft from RAF Grimsby [Waltham], Sgt Johnson lost in air collision with another aircraft). Killed in action 17th December 1943. Son of Alfred Percy and Lucy Johnson (nee Campbell) of Stalham, Norfolk. Born 1924. Commemorated Stalham (St Mary) Churchyard Extension.
KEMP Arthur
Arthur Clarence Kemp. Gunner 1647706. 151 Battery, 51 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 25th April 1943. Son of Arthur John and Hannah Louisa Kemp of Mill Cottages, Sutton, Norfolk (as 1911). Born 1911 (baptised Stalham 4th June 1911). Commemorated Medjez-El-Beb Cemetery. 15.B.3.
Note: possible marriage Smallburgh District 1937 to Ida M Hannant, but no wife noted CWGC.
SMITH Reginald
Private 5781864. 4th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Killed as ‘Prisoner of War’ when Japanese cargo ship ‘Hofuku Maru’ sunk by American air attack 21st September 1944, aged 24 Years. Son of James and Laura Smith. Husband of Dorothy May Smith (nee Miller) of Stalham, Norfolk. Commemorated Singapore Memorial. Column 52.
and of the civilians
killed by enemy action
THIRST Percy
Civilian. Killed by German air attack 31st October 1940 at Stalham High Street Bakery, Norfolk. Son of James and Elizabeth Thirst. Husband of Gertrude Thirst (nee Metcalf) of Jesmond, St Johns Road, Stalham, Norfolk. Born 1885 East Ruston, Norfolk. Reporting Authority: Smallburgh Rural District.
THIRST Jean
Jean Edith Gertrude Percy. Civilian. Killed by German air attack 31st October 1940 at Stalham High Street Bakery, Norfolk. Daughter of Percy and Gertrude Thirst (nee Metcalf) of Jesmond, St Johns Road, Stalham, Norfolk. Born c1920. Reporting Authority: Smallburgh Rural District.
   Falklands Conflict
DUNKERLEY Richard J

REMEMBER
RICHARD J. DUNKERLEY RN
KILLED IN THE FALKLANDS CONFLICT ABOARD H.M.S. ARDENT
21ST MAY 1982 AGED 22

Richard John Selwyn Dunkerley. Cook Petty Officer 1st Class D155376N, Royal Navy. HMS ‘Ardent’ (Frigate, sunk by Argentine aircraft attack). Killed in action 21st May 1982. Son of John N and Maureen E Dunkerley. Born 7th August 1959. Commemorated Armed Forces Memorial Roll of Honour.

Desk Attachment
 ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
MEMORIAL ANNIVERSARY DATES
HEMP John R
Royal Norfolk Regiment. East Ruston. 1st January 1916.
Jonathan Robert Hemp. Private 9304. 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 15th January 1916. Son of Robert and Eliza Rosetta Hemp. Born 22nd January 1896 East Ruston and enlisted Norwich, Norfolk. Commemorated Carnoy Military Cemetery. G.6.
MYHILL William
Royal Norfolk Regiment. Hickling. 3rd January 1944.
Private 5773993. 6th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died 3rd January 1944. Son of William James Howard and Jane Priscilla Myhill (nee Nudd) of Hickling, Norfolk. Born 1918 and resident Toftrees, Hickling, Norfolk (as probate. Property admin to: Alice Louisa Baker, relationship unexplained). Commemorated Chungkai War Cemetery. 3.G.15.
NUDD George
Royal Navy. Hickling. 1st February 1943.
George Edward Nudd. Able Seaman (Defensively Equipped Merchant Ship Gunner) C/JX334105, Royal Navy. MV ‘Harboe Jensen’ (sunk by German submarine U-617). Killed in action 15th January 19143. Son of Abner and Ethel Una Z Nudd (nee Brooks) of Hickling, Norfolk. Born 22nd September 1913. Commemorated Chatham Naval Memorial. 69.2.
NEWMAN Jack
Royal Navy. Hickling. 2nd February 1943.
John William Newman. Ordinary Seaman C/JX316935, Royal Navy. HMS ‘Welshman’ (Minelaying Cruiser, sunk by torpedo from German submarine U-617). Killed in action 1st February 1943. Son of Ernest M and Nellie M Newman (nee Beales) of Hickling, Norfolk. Born 10th October 1922 Hickling, Norfolk. Commemorated Chatham Naval Memorial. 70.2.
DISNEY Phillip
Royal Air Force. Hickling. 4th March 1945.
Philip Alan Disney. Flight Lieutenant (Navigator/Radar Operator) 139616, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 23 Squadron (in de Havilland Mosquito aircraft RS577 (YP-T) flown by Squadron Leader Michael William O’Brien from Little Snoring on night intruder mission, reason for aircraft loss unknown). Killed in action 22nd March 1945, aged 23 years. Son of Alec Robert and Margaret Disney (nee Dodd) of Ingham, Norfolk. Commemorated Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. 18.E.16.
DIXON Jack
Royal Air Force. East Ruston. 5th March 1945.
Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 1463894, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 153 Squadron (crewing Avro Lancaster aircraft PB877 (P4-X) from RAF Scampton, believed shot down by Messerschmitt 110 night fighter). Killed in action 6th March 1945, aged 24 years. Son of Walter G and Rosa C Dixon (nee Gibbs) of East Ruston, Norfolk. Commemorated Prague War Cemetery. II.C.8.
LACEY J C
Ontario Regiment, Canada. Brunstead. 9th March 1919.
John Charles Lacey. Private 2527396. 58th Battalion, Canadian Infantry, Died of shrapnel wounds 16th Canadian General Hospital 9th March 1919. Son of Robert and Mary Ann Lacey of Brunstead, Norfolk. Born 20th March 1890 Brunstead, Norfolk and enlisted 10th October 1917 Hamilton, Canada. Commemorated Orpington (All Saints) Churchyard.
BRACKENBURY Kenneth
Royal Air Force. Stalham. 15th March 1946.
See Stalham 1939 – 1945 memorial.
PESTELL Robert
Royal Norfolk Regiment. East Ruston. 10th April 1945.
Unable to identify casualty with above details
Possibly Robert Frederick Pestell. Private 7649975. Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Died 27th July 1943. Son of Walter George and Harriet Annie Pestell (nee Fields) of East Ruston, Norfolk. Born 1914 and resident Foxhill, East Ruston, Norfolk (as probate). Commemorated Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. Sp Memorial. 9.M.4.
MILLAR William J
Royal Norfolk Regiment. Happisburgh. 11th April 1917.
William John Millar. Private 6787. 5th Battalion, West Riding Regiment, formerly 2/5th Bn Norfolk Regiment and Northumberland Fusiliers. Discharged from service ‘no longer physically fit for war service’ 4th April 1917 and died 11th April 1917. Son of John and Annie Millar of Lighthouse Farm, Happisburgh, Norfolk. Born 24th October 1893 Happisburgh and enlisted (Territorial Force) 15th November 1913 Happisburgh, Norfolk. Commemorated Happsiburgh (St Mary) Churchyard.
LEEDER Norman
Royal Norfolk Regiment. Happisburgh. 19th April 1917.
Norman Robert Leeder. Private 240195. 5th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Palestine 19th April 1917, aged 20 years. Son of Robert John and Ellen Margaret Leeder of High House, Happisburgh, Norfolk. Born Marsham and enlisted Stalham, Norfolk (entered Balkan Theatre 6th August 1915). Commemorated Jerusalem Memorial. Panel 11 to 15.
WOOLSTON Robert
Royal Norfolk Regiment. Ingham. 26th April 1917.
Robert William Woolston. Lance Corporal 15214. 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment (CWGC has posted to 8th Battalion, London Regiment). Died of wounds 26th April 1918 Son of Jeremiah and Sarah Woolston of Ingham, Norfolk. Born 1896 Sea Palling and enlisted Norwich, Norfolk. Commemorated Crouy British Cemetery. I.C.15.
DUNKERLEY Richard
Royal Navy. Stalham. 21st May 1982.
See Falklands Conflict.
PARDON C J
Royal Artillery. Happisburgh. 6th June 1942.
Cyril James Pardon. Gunner 983215. 107 (South Nottinghamshire Hussars) Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery. Died 6th June 1942, aged 22 years. Son of James and Ellen Pardon (nee Stringer) of North Lopham, Norfolk. Commemorated Alamein Memorial. Column 14.
EATON Edward
Royal Norfolk Regiment. East Ruston. 1st July 1916.
Possibly mistaken forename and should read Edmund William Eaton. Private 22314. 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 1st July 1916. Son of William George and Charlotte Susanna Eaton of Walcott Road, East Ruston, Norfolk (as 1911). Born 30th May 1891 Happisburgh and enlisted 15th November 1915 Norwich, Norfolk. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial. Pier and Face 1C and 1D.
HALES William John
Royal Air Force. Ingham. 10th July 1942.
Unable to identify casualty with above details.
Possibly Walter John Hales as 1917 birth record, John Walter Hales on other records.
Leading Aircraftman 927117, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 228 Squadron (in Short Sunderland aircraft flying Prince George, Duke of Kent on royal visit, crashed into Eagles Rock, Scotland). Died 25th August 1942. Parentage unproven (mothers former name: Batchelor). Husband of Vera Joan Hales (nee Snelling) of Littlethorpe, YKS. Commemorated Ingham (Holy Trinity) Churchyard.
GRIMMER Richard
Royal Norfolk Regiment. Happisburgh. 21st July 1918.
Unable identify casualty above details.
Possibly David Richard Grimmer. Private 13492. 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 10th March 1917. Son of George and Helena Unice Grimmer of The Street, Happisburgh, Norfolk (as 1911). Born 1890 Happisburgh and enlisted Norwich, Norfolk. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial. Pier and Face 1C and 1D.
WILKINS John Robert
Royal West Surrey Regiment. Lessingham. 29th July 1919.
Private 25186. 25th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, transferred 490438 431st Agricultural Company, Labour Corps. Died of Tuberculosis Norwich Hospital 30th July 1919. Son of Robert Palmer and Anna Elizabeth Wilkins of The Street, Lessingham, Norfolk (as army record). Born 1884 Lessingham and enlisted Norwich, (attested 19th February 1916, mobilized 16th April 1916. Records damaged but appears enlists Norfolk Regiment, transferred to Royal West Surrey Regiment, no transfer Middlesex Regiment noted), Norfolk. Commemorated Hempstead (St Andrew) Churchyard.
WILKINS Ernest
Royal Navy. Lessingham. 12th August 1915.
Ernest Frank Wilkins. Deck hand 7433DA, Royal Naval Reserve. HM Trawler ‘Dane’ (sunk by mine laid by German submarine UC-6). Killed in action 28th August 1915. Son of Robert Palmer and Anna Elizabeth Wilkins of The Street, Lessingham, Norfolk. Born 1st October 1893 Lessingham, Norfolk (as baptism, born 1st Oct 1894 as naval record). Commemorated Chatham Naval Memorial. 14.
SCULPHER Matthew
Royal Air Force. East Ruston. 17th August 1942.
Unable to identify casualty with above details.
Possibly John Matthew Sculfer. Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 552947, Royal Air Force. 21 Squadron (in Bristol Blenheim aircraft R3674, crashed near Boulleville but reason unknown). Killed in action 11th June 1940. Parentage unproven (mothers surname: Sculfer). Born 1921, birth registered Norwich District. Commemorated Boulleville Churchyard. Grave 3.
DACK G S
Royal Fusiliers Regiment. Hickling. 23rd August 1918.
George Seth Dack. Lance Corporal 34574. 24th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action 23rd August 1918, aged 24 years. Son of Robert George and Anna Dack of Repps, Norfolk. Husband of Agnes Mary Dack (nee Gibbs) of Stubb Road, Hickling, Norfolk. Commemorated Gomiecourt South Cemetery. I.A.6.
RICHARDSON Herbert J
Royal Norfolk Regiment. Sutton. 25th August 1917.
Herbert John Richardson. Private 27080. 2nd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, Died of Diphtheria Belgaum Hospital, India 25th August 1917. Son of Alfred and Mary Ann Richardson of The Staithe, Sutton, Norfolk. Born 1897 Sutton and enlisted Wroxham, Norfolk (enlists 7th October 1916 and mobilized 14th November 1916). Commemorated Belgaum Government Cemetery. Plot C. Grave 132.
TAYLOR R Percival
Royal Engineers. East Ruston. 12th September 1916.
Robert Percival Taylor. Sapper 83030. 128th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died of wounds 1st September 1917. Son of George and Edith Ellen Taylor of Chequer Street, East Ruston, Norfolk. Born 18th May 1894 East Ruston and enlisted Norwich, Norfolk, resident Acton, MDX. Commemorated Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. XVIII.F.1A.
FURNESS W S
Royal Fusiliers. Smallburgh. 15th September 1918.
William George Furness. Private 79223. 9th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action 21st September 1918, aged 18 years. Son of James and Edith Furness of Hall Cottages, Smallburgh, Norfolk. Born Ridlington, enlisted Norwich and resident North Walsham, Norfolk. Commemorated Epehy Wood Farm Cemetery. V.A.6.
MASON J
Royal Navy. Happisburgh. 22nd September 1914.
John Mason. Petty Officer 1st Class 196093, Royal Navy. HMS ‘Cressy’ (Armoured cruiser, sunk by German submarine U-9). Killed in action 22nd September 1914, Son of William Napoleon and Sarah Ann Mason. Husband of Florence Alice Mason (nee Hibbard). Born 21st November 1881 Happisburgh, Norfolk and enlists (Boy) 19th October 1897. Commemorated Chatham Naval Memorial. 1.
PLATFORD J
Royal Norfolk Regiment. Happisburgh. 10th October 1917.
James Platford. Private 325581. 9th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry, formerly 5510 Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 13th April 1917. Son of William and Elizabeth Platford. Husband of Anna Mary Platford (nee Watts, now wife of George Barnes). Born 12th November 1888 Ludham, enlisted Norwich and resident Happisburgh, Norfolk. Commemorated Agny Military Cemetery. H.44/57.
GRIMMER E W
Royal Norfolk Regiment. Happisburgh. 16th October 1943.
Walter Edward Grimmer. Private 5834987. 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 16th October 1943. Son of George Walter and Ethel Emma Grimmer (nee Marlow) of Happisburgh, Norfolk. Born 1915. Commemorated Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery. B3.Z.11.
AMIS Walter
Pioneer Corps. Hickling. 17th October 1945.
Walter James Amis. Private 5954278. Pioneer Corps. Died 17th October 1945. Son of Walter Robert and Ada Harriet Amis (nee Chapman). Husband of Joyce Dorothy Amis (nee Barker) of Ridlington, Norfolk. Born 1916. Commemorated Celle War Cemetery. 3.B.1.
SIELY Cubitt Charles
Royal Artillery. Happisburgh. 2nd November 1915.
Gunner 105290. 227th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of gunshot wounds to right thigh at 8 Stationary Hospital, Wimereux 2nd November 1918. Son of James and Mary Ann Siely. Husband of Emma Jane Siely (nee Cork) of Lower Post Office, Happisburgh, Norfolk. Born 24th September 1881 Happisburgh, enlisted 21st June 1916 Norwich and resident Happisburgh, Norfolk. Commemorated Terlincthun British Cemetery. VII.B.11.
KENDALL F W
Royal Norfolk Regiment. Lessingham. 2nd November 1917.
Locke Francis William Kendall on birth and military records. Lieutenant. 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died 22nd November 1917, aged 27 years. Son of Revd John Francis Kendall M.A., and Julia Augusta Kendall of The Vicarage, Richmond, SRY. Commemorated Ramleh War Cemetery. W.7.
THIRST Percy
Civilian. Stalham. 4th November 1940.
See Stalham 1939-1945 memorial.
THIRST Jean
Civilian. Stalham. 4th November 1940.
See Stalham 1939-1945 memorial.
DENNIS B B
Guards Regiment. Happisburgh. 11th November 1944.
Bernard B L Dennis on 1912 birth record, Benjamin Bernard Dennis on other records.
Guardsman 2655379. 5th Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Died 11th November 1944. Son of Robert William Liverick and Martha Dennis (nee Culley) of Skeyton, Norfolk (as 1911). Born Norfolk (place unspecified) and resident 17 Coronation Estate, Happisburgh, Norfolk (as probate). Commemorated Venray War Cemetery. III.C.12.
LEATHERDALE George
Royal Artillery. Stalham.
See Stalham Memorial.
WILSON Robert
Royal Artillery. Stalham.
Believed should read Machine Gun Corps, see Stalham Memorial.
WOOLSTON Ash
Royal Navy. Sea Palling.
Ash Jeremiah Woolston. Skipper, Royal Naval Reserve. HM Drifter ‘New Dawn’ (sunk by mine laid by German submarine UC-17). Died 23rd March 1918. Son of Jeremiah and Sarah Woolston. Husband of Kate Alice Woolston (nee Ellis) of Church Road, Palling, Norfolk. Born 1881 Palling, Norfolk. Commemorated Chatham Naval Memorial. 30.
WENN William
Royal Norfolk Regiment. Walcott.
Captain. 5th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Born Walcott 1st March 1886, wounded Gaza 27th March 1917 and died of wounds 1st April 1917. Son of William and Edith Wenn of Walcott, Norfolk. Husband of Ruth Wenn (nee Harrison) of Ludham, Norfolk. Resident Catfield, Norfolk (as probate). Commemorated Kantara War Memorial Cemetery. C.45.
GRIMES A E
Royal Army Service Corps. Sutton.
Albert Ernest Grimes. Private M2/115084. 694th Mechanical Transport Company, Army Service Corps. Died 30th October 1918. Son of William Henry and Susannah Grimes of Beech House, Sutton, Norfolk. Born 1895 Sutton, enlisted Norwich and resident Sutton, Norfolk. Commemorated Delhi Memorial (India Gate). Face 23. Buried Peshawar (Right) B.C.XLV.25.
GOLEBY C
Royal Norfolk Regiment. Hickling.
Clarence Victor Goleby. Private 5780231. 4th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died 4th June 1943, aged 23 years. Son of Ruby Elizabeth Goleby (now wife of George S Nudd of Hickling), nephew of Arthur C Goleby of Hickling, Norfolk. Commemorated Chungkai War Cemetery. 7.F.6.
WILSON-NORTH Oscar
Royal Air Force. Walcott.
Oscar Hase on 1924 birth record, Oscar Wilson-North on other records.
Flying Officer (Pilot) 163152, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 213 Squadron (squadron flew North American Mustang aircraft at time of death, no record of individual incident found). Died 2nd July 1945. Son of Florence Laura Hase (later wife of Will Wilson-North of Walcott, Norfolk). Commemorated Walcott (All Saints) Churchyard.
WILSON-NORTH Bruce
Royal Air Force. Walcott.
Bruce Hase on 1921 birth record, Bruce Wilson-North on other records.
Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 908795, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 17 Operational Training Unit (in Bristol Blenheim aircraft R2792, one of 2 aircraft on navigational exercise crashed into wood near Eriswell, SFK in bad weather). Died 26th November 1940. Son of Florence Laura Hase (later wife of Will Wilson-North of Walcott, Norfolk). Commemorated Bari War Cemetery. XVI.F.4.
HARVEY C W
Royal Navy. Happisburgh.
Canon William Harvey. Seaman LT/JX242437, Royal Naval Patrol Service. HM Trawler ‘Tervani’ (minesweeping duties, sunk by torpedo from Italian submarine ‘Acciaio’). Killed in action 7th February 1943. Son of Canon Benjamin and Ann Elizabeth Harvey of Happisburgh, Norfolk. Born 30th January 1905 Happisburgh and resident Sunnyside Cottage, Happisburgh, Norfolk (as probate). Commemorated Lowestoft Naval Memorial. Panel 11. Column 3.
BOYCE R A
Royal Navy. Happisburgh.
Robert Arthur Boyce. Able Seaman C/JX157784, Royal Navy. HMS ‘Bedouin’ (Destroyer damaged by Italian cruisers, sunk after attack by Italian aircraft while under tow). Died 15th June 1942. Born 6th November 1921 (mother formerly: Harvey) Happisburgh, Norfolk. Commemorated Chatham Naval Memorial. 53.1.
CLARKE J D
Royal Navy. Happisburgh.
Possibly Jim Clarke. Able Seaman C/JX152935, Royal Navy. HM Submarine ‘Stonehenge’ (S class submarine, cause of loss unknown). Died 20th March 1944, aged 24 years. Son of Rhoda Beatrice Clarke of Happisburgh, Norfolk. Commemorated Chatham Naval Memorial. 75.1.
WOODHOUSE Harold
Royal Artillery. Smallburgh.
Unable to identify and no further information.

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