War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Rosemary Steer 2009
war memorial is situated on the inside west wall of St Margaret’s
Church, Starston. Research has revealed a further thirteen men who died
in the First World War who have some connection with the village, but
whose names do not appear on the Starston war memorial.
Copyright © Rosemary Steer 2009
GLORY OF GOD
AND IN HONOURED MEMORY
OF THE FOLLOWING
STARSTON MEN WHO GAVE
THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR
KING AND COUNTRY
IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1918.
1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, Enlisted Norwich. No. 14568. 10
July 1917, died of wounds, aged 26. Buried at Etaples Military Cemetery,
France (XX11.M.15A) and commemorated (as Henry Birch) on the Starston
Born 1892, Brockdish, Norfolk, son of Ann & Alfred Birch (Agricultural
Labourer). Harryís parents were noted as living in Starston some
time after his death though Harry himself may not have lived in
8th Battalion Norfolk Regiment; Service No. 3/10099. Killed in action
19 July 1916, aged 29. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial (Pier
& Face 1C & 1D) and Starston War Memorial.
Born 1887, Pulham St Mary the Virgin (Pulham St Mary), Norfolk,
son of Sarah Ann and William Cutting (Railway Platelayer). By
1901 George was living with his family Ďby the Railwayí in Starston.
9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Service No. 16510. Killed 15 September
1916; buried Guillemont Road Cemetery, Guillemont (V.K.3) and commemorated
on Starston War Memorial. William Dannís service records survive,
giving a physical description, details of his military service and
of his family.
Born 1893, Hempnall, Norfolk. Son of Emily (nee Thompson) and
William Henry Dann (Farm Teamster). By 1914, William was living
in Starston and his family retained links with the village at
least until 1942.
1st/4th Battalions, Norfolk Regiment. Service No. 200533. Died 19
April 1917, Palestine. Commemorated on the Jerusalem Memorial (Panels
12-15) and Harleston and Starston war memorials. George Frostís
service records survive, giving a physical description, details
of his military service and of his family.
Born 3 September 1885, Redenhall, Norfolk, son of Betsy & Ambrose
Frost (Malsterís Labourer). By 1911 he was living in Norwich Broadway,
Starston (Green Lane) with his family including brother William
who was also killed in the War.
1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, with whom he served 13 years; Regt
No.6446; Discharged on 11 February 1916; Joined the Canadian Overseas
Expeditionary Force on 6 March 1916 at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan,
which he gives as his residence; Private, No. 382200, serving with
2nd Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun Corps, with nationality given
as Canadian at the time of his death. His Canadian attestation record
Born 31 July 1883, Redenhall, Norfolk, son of Betsy & Ambrose
Frost (Malsterís Labourer). By 1911 he was living in Norwich Broadway,
Starston (Green Lane) with his family including brother George
who was also killed in the War.
Royal Army Service Corps, attached 16th Division Signal Company,
Royal Engineers. Enlisted London. Service No. M2/149937. Killed
in action, 3 February 1917, aged 40. Commemorated in Westoutre Churchyard
Extension, Heuvelland (Ref.II.D.3) and on Starston War Memorial.
Born c. 1877, Billingford, Norfolk, son of Jabez and Ellen Girling.
Married Hannah Searl(e), 1907, Fulham, Greater London. In 1891
he was living with his parents and siblings in Harleston Road,
Starston (now Brook Cottage) but by 1911 he was living in Fulham
with his wife. No relation of Walter Girling, who also appears
on the Starston war memorial. The service records of brother George
Hilton Girling, who survived the war, are held in the National
9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Enlisted Norwich. Service No. 40215.
Killed in action, 18 October 1916. Buried in the Bancourt British
Cemetery, (VIII.F.20) and commemorated on Starston War Memorial.
Either one of two first cousins, both called Walter Girling, who
were born in Starston in 1886 & 1887 respectively. The first Walter
was born to Ellen Girling (a single woman) and the second to her
brother Christopher Girling and his wife Rebecca. The older Walter
(George) moved out of the village when he was about 7 years old
and married Alice White West in 1905. The younger Walterís family
remained in the village at least until 1928.
Kingís Royal Rifle Corps, 6th and 1st Battalions. Killed in action
10 March 1915,, Aged 27, Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial, Pas
de Calais, France (Panel 32 & 33). Noted as ĎOverseas Militaryí
in the 1911 census, so served pre-war.
Born 1887, Dudley,
Worcestershire; Father Francis Grazebrook, Iron Master; Mother
Isabella Mary Grazebrook, formerly Grazebrook [probably cousins].
Married Katherine A.M.V. Hickman in 1912 in London. However only
one Charles Grazebrook is recorded as having died in the First
World War (variant names were also checked with no success) and
so far there appears no connection between Charles Grazebrook
and Starston or even East Anglia.
from The Bond of Sacrifice: Officers Died in the Great War:
CHARLES ALVEREY GRAZEBROOK, 6th (RESERVE) attd. 1st BATTN. THE
KING'S ROYAL RIFLE CORPS,
was left wounded in the enemy trenches at Givenchy on the 10th
Grazebrook was the third son of Francis Grazebrook, of Stourton
Castle, near Stourbridge, and was born at Dudley on the 5th fie
September, 1887. was educated at Marlborough College and at the
R.M.C., Sandhurst, from which he February, his first appointment
in the Army in 1908, when he was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in the
King's Royal Rifle Corps. he was Posted to the 3rd Battalion,
which joined in Crete, and served with it in Malta and in India.
In April, 1911, he was promoted Lieutenant, and he retired from
the Service early in 1914.
the outbreak of the war with Germany in August, 1914, he rejoined,
and was gazetted Captain in the 6th (Reserve) Battalion of his
regiment in that month. He was stationed at Sheerness for training,
and for active service he was attached to the 1st Battalion of
his regiment, which he joined in France in November, 1914.
the action on the 10th March, 1915, at Givenchy, Captain Grazebrook
was reported "wounded and missing," but he was later
reported to have been killed in action on that date.
of him his Commanding Officer said: "He led his men most
gallantly and behaved magnificently. .. . Their charge will always
be remembered as one of the finest deeds of the regiment."
Captain Grazebrook married, on the 18th April, 1912, Katherine
A. M. Violet, daughter of the late A. P. Hickman, of Hagley, Worcestershire,
and left one daughter, Diana Catherine Mary, born in May, 1913.
from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918:
CHARLES ALVEREY, Capt.. 6th, att. 1st, Battn. The King's
Royal Rifle Corps, 3rd s. of Francis Grazebrook, of Stourton
Castle. Stafford, by his wife, Isabella Mary, dau. of George Grazebrook
; b. Dudley, 5 Sept. 1887 ; educ. Marlborough College
and Sainthood: gazetted to the 3rd K. R.C.C.. 7 Feb. 1908. and
promoted Lieut. 1 April. 1911; joined his regiment at Crete, where
he served for a year or so. then went with it to Malta, and India.
where he was stationed at Dagshai till 1912. when he came home.
He retired in the beginning of 1914. and joined the Special Reserve,
but on the outbreak of war immediately rejoined and was promoted
Captain. 14 Aug. 1914. He took out a draft to the 1st K 11.C.,
10 Nov. 1914, and was in the North of France all the winter. He
was reported wounded and missing, 10 March. 1915, and was later
unofficially reported killed in action on that date. Ordered to
charge the enemy trenches near Givenchy that day. " He led
his men magnificently, they covered themselves with glory and
their charge will always he remembered as one of the fittest deeds
of the regt. Everyone says they were magnificent." so wrote
his Commanding Officer. He m. at St. Mary Abbots, Kensington,
18 April, 1912. Katherine Arthur Mary Violet, dau. of Arthur Percy
Hickman, of Hanley, co. Worcester. and had a daughter, Diana Katherine
Mary, b. 19 May. 1913.
13th Battalion Alexandra Princess of Wales Own Yorkshire Regiment.
Enlisted Scarborough, No. 26792. Died of wounds 29 April 1917. Buried
in Fins New British Cemetery, Sorel-le-Grand (IV.J.11) and commemorated
on Starston War Memorial, Norfolk.
Born 1890, Harleston, Norfolk, son of Maurice William and Eliza
Meadows (nee Dunn). Edwardís parents and siblings were living
in Rushall Road, Starston in 1911, which probably accounts for
his name appearing on the village memorial, but there is no evidence
that Edward himself ever lived in the Starston.
Essex Regiment, No. 29084, latterly Private, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire
Regiment, No. 40506. Enlisted Norwich. Killed in action, 16 November
1916. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial (Pier and Face 2C) and
Starston and Harleston War Memorials.
Born c. 1878, Wortwell son of Robert and Elizabeth Osborne. Frederick
and his wife Annie (nee Elliott) who he married in 1905 were living
in Hardwick Road, Starston in 1911 and later records indicate
that his widow was living as Dairy Cottages, [Hardwick Road],
Starston in the 1920s.
9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Enlisted Norwich, Service No. 14576.
First entered service in France 30 August 1915. Awarded the Military
Medal and Bar. The Bar was awarded in April 1918 following actions
at Lagnicourt. According to the citation, all around him were killed
and Alfred carried on to disable the Lewis gun to prevent it falling
into German hands. Killed in action, 15 April 1918. Commemorated
on the Tyne Cot Memorial (Panel 34 to 35 and 162A) and the Starston
War Memorial, Norfolk.
Born 24 January 1897, Shipmeadow, Suffolk, son of Priscilla and
George Peck (farmer). The family moved to Starston around 1904;
in 1911 he was living with his family in Hardwick Road, Starston,
probably at the Dairy. Descendants of Alfredís brother Jonathan
still live locally.
Seaman, Royal Navy, HMS Racoon. Service No. J 40062. Killed 9th
January 1918. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial (28) and
Starston War Memorial.
Born 1898, Rushall, Norfolk son of Alice and Charles Reeve (Yardman
on Farm). Charlesí parents were married in Starston Church and
his older brother Reginald and his father were born in the village.
His parents were living in Dairy Cottage, Hardwick Road, Starston
in the 1920s.
11th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. Enlisted Harleston, Service
No. 3040. Killed in action, 28 June 1918. Buried in Aval Wood Military
Cemetery (I.B.45) and commemorated on the Starston War Memorial,
Born 7 May 1899,
Starston and baptised in St Margaretís Church, Starston, son of
Eliza and Elijah Ringer (Labourer) who were married in Starston.
Lewis seems to have lived in the village for most, if not all,
8th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Enlisted Nailstone, Warwickshire;
Service No. 13272. Killed in action, 25th September 1916. Commemorated
on the Thiepval Memorial (Pier and Face 2C & 3A) and Starston War
Born 1890, Stradbroke, Suffolk son of Annie and Benjamin Roberts
(Horseman on farm). It is likely that John never lived in Starston
himself, with his family moving there after his death. John was
noted as living in Ibstock, Leicestershire.
3rd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Enlisted Norwich, Service no. 19451.
Died 7 November 1915, aged 28, at Felixstowe Military Hospital,
Suffolk. Buried in St Margaretís churchyard, Starston, Norfolk.
Born 2nd February 1887, Starston and baptised in St Margaretís
Church, Starston. Son of Annie Mary & Arthur Hubert Sampson (builder/woodcarver).
Percy was born and went to school in Starston and his family moved
into the village some time around 1885. In 1901 the family was
living in Avondale House, Rushall Road, Starston.
Norfolk Regiment, Service No. 5333 and then 1st/6th Battalion, North
Staffordshire Regiment, Service No. 41651; Enlisted Starston. Killed
in Action, 28 September 1918; Commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois
Memorial and on the Starston War Memorial.
Born c. 1888, Pulham St Mary, Norfolk, son of John and Emma Saunders.
By 1911 he was living in Hardwick Road (probably Kerrison Cottage),
Starston with his mother, stepfather and siblings.
156th Field Company, Royal Engineers; Enlisted 1914, York; Service
No. 53723. Killed in action, 29th June 1916. Buried in Mazingarbe
Communal Cemetery Extension (I.D.1) and commemorated on the Starston
Born 6 April 1889, Starston and baptised in St Margaretís Church
in the village. Son of George (farmer) and Sarah Smith. David
went to school in Starston and both the Smith family and the Youell
family (his grandmotherís line) had connections with the village
over several generations.
7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment; Enlisted Norwich; Service
No. 30010. Killed in action, 25 October 1916. Buried in Regina Trench
Cemetery, Grandcourt (IV.B.30) and commemorated on the Starston
Born 1890, Loddon, Norfolk, son of James and Hannah Smith. It
seems likely that his family was living in the village by the
1920s although it is not known if Ernest himself ever lived in
in the Madras Railway Corps, described as a civil engineer. According
to the family, he started working in a civilian capacity before
the War, but then transferred to the military arm of the Corps and
served as a captain. Died of enteric fever in Madras, 2 December
1917. Commemorated on the Starston War Memorial and a plaque on
the south side of the nave in St Margaretís Church, Starston.
Born in Starston, 1883, son of Alfred and Anna Enfield Taylor.
He was due to marry Sylvia McFarlane around the time of his death.
His younger brother, Ronald Francis Taylor, was killed at Ypres
in 1915. Three generations of the Taylor family still live in
the village, descendants of Lombe Taylor, Lewisís older brother.
Lieutenant, 5th Battalion, Kingís Shropshire Light Infantry; Killed
in action, 8 August 1915, at Ypres. Commemorated on the Menin Gate
Memorial, Ypres, (Panel 47 and 49), the Starston War Memorial and
a plaque on the south side of the nave in St Margaretís Church,
Born in Starston, 1888, son of Alfred and Anna Enfield Taylor
His older brother, Lewis Enfield Taylor, died in India of enteric
fever in 1917 while serving with the Madras Railway Corps. Three
generations of the Taylor family still live in the village, descendants
of Lombe Taylor, Ronaldís older brother.
1st/4th Battalion, Duke Of Wellingtonís (West Yorkshire) Regiment;
Enlisted York; Service No. 29041 Died 19 November 1917. Commemorated
on the Tyne Cot Memorial (Panel 82 to 85 and 162A) and Starston
Probably born 1893, Fressingfield; baptised on Easter Sunday (10th
April) 1898 in St Margaretís Church, Starston, son of Henry and
Alma Wright. The family moved from Fressingfield to the Green
Lane area of Starston/Redenhall around 1897 when Charles and his
brother George were admitted to Starston School.
military record has been found for a William Wright with any Starston
Wright, born in Cratfield (or Fressingfield) in 1883, son of Henry
and Alma Wright and the elder brother of Charles George Wright,
above, though William probably never lived in the village himself.
Possible marriage in 1909 to Marian Elizabeth B. Tye. The couple
were living in Tibenham, near Long Stratton in 1911 with their
six-month-old daughter, Lillian.
Petty Officer Writer, HMS Europa. Service No. C/M 35209. Died 2
April 1941, aged 39 and buried in St Margaretís churchyard, Starston
(Ref. OC/M31). Commemorated on Starston war memorial. It is not
clear whether he was killed in action, subsequently died of wounds
or whether he died of an unconnected illness.
Baptised 4 August 1901, St Margaretís Church, Starston, son of
Charlotte and Edwin Bailey, (Gardener and Parish Clerk). His parents
were married in the village in 1895 and his father, Edwin, had
lived in the village since before 1881 and was the Starston Parish
4th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment; Served in Malaysia; Service
No. 5775266. Died 17 February 1942, commemorated on the Singapore
Memorial (Column 52) and Starston War Memorial, Norfolk.
Born 18 February 1921, probably Starston, son of Ernest Robert,
labourer, and Mildred Dorothy Nobbs (nee Osborne). Known as Reg,
his family moved into Starston sometime between 1891 and 1900,
the date his father was born. His parents married in Starston
Church in 1920 and relatives of his brother, Charles, still live
/ Farrier, Royal Army Veterinary Corps; No. 2389287. Killed 20 November
1944, Italy aged 42. Was kicked on the head by a mule on his first
day in Italy, either when unloading or shoeing the mules, according
to Starston neighbours. Buried in the Caserta War Cemetery (V.A.6)
and commemorated on Starston War Memorial.
Born 1901, Tharston, son of William and Rosa Walpole. His older
brother William, also a farrier, served in the First World War
and was wounded. Jacob married Rosa Wright 1926. Probably moved
to Starston after his marriage and his descendants still live
Ė Not commemorated on Starston War Memorial
9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Enlisted Norwich. Service No. 19164.
Killed in action 15 September 1916, aged 27. Commemorated on Thiepval
Memorial, France (Pier and Face 1C &1D) and Hardwick and Shelton
Born 1889, Starston, Norfolk, son of Samuel (Yardman on Farm)
and Emma Jane Brock. Lived in the village until the family moved
to neighbouring Hardwick some between 1891 and 1901.
1st/6th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, Service No. 250639. Formerly
5484, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action, 14 April 1917. Commemorated
on the Arras Memorial (Bay 8) and Pulham Market War Memorial.
Born and baptised 1887, Starston, son of George Arthur Watling
(Carpenter) and Dinah Cook . His parents were married in Starston
some five years earlier. Ernestís motherís family, the Gowers,
go back several generations in Starston.
270th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery; Service No. 119569;
Enlisted at Bungay. Clare Foulgerís service records survive. Died
in Aldershot Isolation Hospital on 4 January 1917 of cerebro spinal
fever. Buried in St Margaretís churchyard, Starston, Norfolk (NC/O05)
and commemorated on Bungay and Long Stratton War Memorials.
Born 1884, Long Stratton, Norfolk, son of William George (Builder)
and Elizabeth Foulger. Lived in Bungay from c. 1901 until c. 1915.
Married Charlotte Harriet Tubby of Starston in 1910, at St Margaretís,
Starston. One daughter, Freda Mary. His widow was living in Starston
Hall in 1920, but it is not clear if Clare himself ever lived
in the village.
1st City of London Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Enlisted Long Stratton;
No. 5529. Killed in action, 7 October 1916. Commemorated on the
Thiepval Memorial (Pier & Face 9D and 16B) and Shelton and Hardwick
War Memorial, Norfolk.
Born 1895, Starston and baptised in St Margaretís, Starston 1896,
son of Walter Leopold and Rosa Anna Goldsmith. His older brother
Waldron and his cousin Leonard Middleton were also killed in the
Bombardier, 326th Siege Battery, RGA. Enlisted Woolwich, Kent; No.
29732 sometime before 1911. Died of wounds 15 June 1917. Buried
in Estaires Communal Cemetery and Extension (IV.G.6) and commemorated
on the Shelton and Hardwick War Memorial, Norfolk.
Born 1892, Norwich, son of Rosa Middleton and baptised as Waldring
John Middleton in 1896 in Starston though by 1901 he was living
with his father and brother George in Pulham St Mary. His mother
and two other brothers were living in Starston in 1901. His brother
Philip and his cousin Leonard Middleton were also killed in the
8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Enlisted Norwich, No. 2236. Killed
in action 5th October 1916. Buried in Connaught Military Cemetery
(X1.J.7) and commemorated on Hardwick and Shelton War Memorials,
Born and baptised in Starston in 1894, son of Herbert Hanner,
a horseman, and Caroline Mary Hanner. Married Ellen M. Coe in
the Depwade district in 1912.
2nd Battalion Suffolk Regiment; Enlisted Ipswich; No. 16806. Died
of wounds 6 September 1915. Buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
(Ref III.B.31A). Commemorated on Suffolkís Roll of Honour.
Born and baptised in Starston, 1887, son of Alfred George and
Maria Mayhew. Married Sally Louisa Wright in 1907 and had at least
two children, Olive Louisa and Myrtle Mabel. Living in Laxfield,
Suffolk by 1911.
9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Enlisted Norwich; No. 18472. Killed
in action, 27 January 1916. Buried in White House Cemetery, St Jean-les-Ypres
Born 1890, Starston, son of Elijah and Anna Middleton. Married
Clara Everett in 1911. Leonard had moved back to his familyís
village of Shipdham, near Dereham by 1901, but his grandparents,
Elijah and Ann remained in Starston and are buried in Starston
churchyard. Leonardís cousins, Waldron and Philip Goldsmith originally
of Starston, were also killed in the First World War.
9th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Walesís Own),
No. 101570. Killed in action, 28 April 1917. Buried in the Beaumetz
Cross Roads Cemetery. No known memorial in this country.
Born c. 1898, Redenhall, son of Albert (Malster) and Elizabeth
Pearce. Harry was born after the family left Starston, so is only
indirectly connected with the village. His brother, Samuel Albert
Pearce, who was also killed in the Great War, and his older sister
Clara were both born in the village.
Regiment, No. 2257, and Acting Corporal, 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex
Regiment, No. G/15231. Killed in action, 21 October 1916. Commemorated
on the Thiepval Memorial (Pier and Face 7). No known memorial in
Born November 1886, and baptised in St Margaretís Church, Starston,
son of Albert (Malster) and Elizabeth Pearce. Married May or Mary
Randall in 1907. Living in Harleston with wife and daughter Hilda
(born c.1910) in 1911. Samuelís younger brother Harry George was
also killed in the Great War.
393rd Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Enlisted Attleborough,
Service No. 147797. Killed in action, 13 September 1918. Buried
in the Dominion Cemetery, Hendecourt-les-Cagnicourt (11.A.17).
Born June 1880, Starston and baptised in St Margaretís Church,
Starston, son of Edward (Labourer) and Harriet Pymer. Married
Angelina Mary Chapman in the Hartismere District, Suffolk, 1901
and was living in Moulton, near Long Stratton in 1911
Corporal, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Enlisted Norwich; Service
No. 8945. Killed in action, 30 September 1915, aged 20. Buried in
the Citadel New Military Cemetery, Fricourt (III.A.10) and commemorated
on the Thorpe Abbotts and Rushall War Memorials, Norfolk.
Born 1895, Starston, and baptised in St Margaretís Church, Starston,
son of Ernest (Fowl Dealer/Farmer) and Mary Ann Reeve
Norfolk Yeomanry, part of the Household Cavalry; No. 2327; Enlisted
Harleston. Died 12 November 1915, aged 22; Buried in the Pieta Military
Cemetery, Malta (Ref. D.V.3) and commemorated on Harleston War Memorial,
Norfolk and on his parentsí gravestone in Starston churchyard (Ref..
Born, 1893, Redenhall son of George (farmer) and Jane. Although
the family lived just outside Starston, they seem to have strong
connections with the village, possibly owning land in Starston,
and Donaldís parents are buried in Starston churchyard. Descendants
of his brother still live locally.
1 May, 2016