War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Copyright © Brian Lees - Tacolneston
Website - 2010
war memorial stands in the grounds of All
Saints Church, Tacolneston. It takes the form of a plain cross on
a long shaft staning on an octagonal plinth with stepped base, a cross
of sacrifice is to be found in relief on the front of the cross. There
are nine names for World War 1 and five for World War 2. The population
in 1921 was 308.
Copyright © Brian Lees 2010
PROUD MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH
WHO FOUGHT AND DIED FOR THEIR COUNTRY.
NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE" ECC.X1.17
25187, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 5th August
1917. Born Tacolneston, enlisted Norwich. In 1911 Henry Bird was
aged 20, a farm labourer, born and resident Tacolneston, son of
John and Anna Bird. Buried in ROCLINCOURT MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas
de Calais, France. Plot II. Row D. Grave 7.
Corporal 202066, 1st/4th (Territorial) Battalion, Northumberland
Fusiliers. Died in Heilsberg Prisoner of War camp 11th October
1918. Born 10th December 1896 in Tacolneston, enlisted Norwich.
Son of Ephraim & Louisa Buck of Tacolneston. Formerly 5408,
Norfolk Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on MALBORK MEMORIAL,
875625, 272nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds 26th
December 1917. Aged 27. Born 22nd October 1890 in Tacolneston
and enlisted Norwich. Son of Henry and Elizabeth Buck, of Tacolneston,
Norwich. Buried in PORT SAID WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Section
C. Grave 37.
13322, "B" Company, 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment.
Killed in action 1st July 1916. Aged 22. Born 17th August 1893
in Talconeston, enlisted Norwich. Son of Robert and Emma Buck,
of Tacolneston, Norwich. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL
MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D.
41389, 10th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 31st
July 1917. Aged 20. Born and resident Tacolneston, enlisted
Norwich. Son of Harriet Fox, of Tacolneston, Norwich, and the
late Henry Fox. Formerly 6080, Norfolk Regiment. No known grave.
Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen,
Belgium. Panel 39.
13012, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 28th
September 1915. Born Forncett, enlisted Norwich. Buried in CITADEL
NEW MILITARY CEMETERY, FRICOURT, Somme, France. Plot III. Row
A. Grave 11.
7056, 1st/9th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action
5th November 1916. Aged 24. Born Norfolk, enlisted Norwich. Son
of Robert Mayes, of Tacolnestone, Norwich. No known grave. Commemorated
on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 14 A and 15
31815, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action
14th April 1917. Aged 20. Born Thompson, Norfolk, enlisted Norwich,
resident Tacolneston. Son of John and Louisa Short, of Garboldisham
Heath, Diss, Norfolk. Formerly 23024, Suffolk Regiment. Buried
in ZOUAVE VALLEY CEMETERY, SOUCHEZ, Pas de Calais, France. Plot
II. Row G. Grave 22.
15582, "B" Company, 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment.
Killed in action 1st June 1917. Born Tacolneston 22nd March 1881,
enlisted Norwich. Gardener by trade. Attested and passed fit,
aged 33, at Norwich 8th September 1914. Posted to 9th Battalion
12th September 1914. Unmarried. Next of kin his brother, notified
of his death 20th June 1917. On home service until 29th August
1915 when he was posted to France 30th August 1915. Entitled to
the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal. His
siblings were all younger, two brothers, James Taylor (also served)
and Stephen Taylor (husband of Mary Josephine Taylor) No 30335,
2nd Class Air Mechanic, Royal Flying Corps (who died before 6th
May 1918), and three sisters Alice Witney, Susan Chapman and Ellen
Lovick. He was 5 feet 83/8 inches, 139 lbs,
girth 37½ inches, complexion fresh, eyes blue, hair grey;
religion Church of England. His belongings were desptached to
Mrs Mary Josephine Taylor (sister-in-law), 57 Adelaide Street,
Dereham Road, Norwich. His 1914-15 Star was accepted by family
for him on 8th December 1920. Buried in PHILOSOPHE BRITISH CEMETERY,
MAZINGARBE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row Q. Grave 39.
2658383, Coldstream Guards. Killed by a German rocket 18th June
1944. Aged 22. Son of Archibald Frederick and Bertha Copeman of
Tacolneston; husband of Margaret Copeman, of Regents Park, London.
Buried in ALL SAINTS CHURCHYARD, TACOLNESTON, Norfolk.
On 18 June 1944 a section of the Band conducted by Major Windram
was playing for the service in the Guards' Chapel, Wellington
Barracks when a German rocket crashed through the roof and exploded,
wrecking the Chapel. Amongst those killed were Major Windram
and five of the musicians; a further twelve members of the Band
were injured, and all the instruments destroyed beyond repair.
As a memorial to Major Windram and those killed, fellow musicians
presented a beautiful conductor's stand, which can be found
in the Guards Chapel, whilst a plaque was laid in the Chapel
at Kneller Hall.
Officer (Pilot) 72558, 61 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer
Reserve. Died during the epic attacks on Le Creusot and Peenemunde
17th October 1940 flying Hampden Bombers. Aged 24. Son of the
Revd. William Alan Gardner and Audrey Grace Grace Gardner, of
Norwich, husband of Diana Gardner. Buried in ALL SAINTS CHURCHYARD,
Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 638777, 9 Squadron, Royal
Air Force. Died 29th July 1942. Based at RAF Honington flying
Vickers Wellington III's. Buried in BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY, Soltau,
Niedersachsen, Germany. Plot 26. Row H. Collective grave 11-13.
79 of No. 9's Wellingtons failed to return or were lost in operational
crashes while the squadron was based at Honington.
5779227, 6th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died as a prisoner of
War of the Japanese working on the Burma Railway 19th September
1943. Aged 23. Son of Sidney and Ellen Kate Mayes, of Tacolneston,
Norfolk. Buried in CHUNGKAI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Plot
4. Row B. Grave 2.
(Observer) 1393772, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 7th
November 1942. Aged 23. Son of Leonard and Janet Decima Spratt,
of Oulton Broad, Lowestoft, Suffolk. Buried in ALL SAINTS CHURCHYARD,
19 December, 2015