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THORNHAM WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 + other - Detailed Information
Copyright © Transcribed Carolynn Langley 2003

There are various individual memorials inside the church of All Saints Church Thornham Norfolk. The First World War memorial is a marble plaue and underneath the Second World War is in the form of a wooden plaque. There is aalso a Roll of Honour for World War 1.
Photographs Copyright © Carolynn Langley 2004

PRO PATRIA

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
THORNHAM
DEDICATES THIS TABLET IN MEMORY OF HER SONS
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1919

CUTTRIS

Harry

[Spelt CUTTRISS on CWGC] Sergeant 54218, "D" Battery, 74th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds recieved in France 27th August 1917. Age 28. Born Limehouse, East London, enlisted Stratford, East London. Husband of E. M. Cuttriss, of Clock Terrace, Thornham, King's Lynn. Buried in BLEUET FARM CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave I. C. 36.

MITCHELL

Herbert James

[Listed as Sergeant on memorial] Corporal 240188, 1st/5th Battalion (Territorial Force), Norfolk Regiment. Died in Gaza, Palestine 19th April 1917. Age 24. Born Thornham, enlisted Hunstanton. Son of Mr. H. J. and Louisa Mitchell, of High St., Thornham, King's Lynn. Commemorated on JERUSALEM MEMORIAL, Israel. Panel 12 to 15.

SIDDLE

William [Charles]

[Listed as Sergeant on memorial] Private 5103, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died in France 18th February 1915. Born Thornham, enlisted Bedford. Buried in WULVERGHEM-LINDENHOEK ROAD MILITARY CEMETERY, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave I. A. 22.

FENTON

Frank

Lance Corporal 1411, 1st/5th Battalion (Territorial Force), Norfolk Regiment. Died at Gallipoli 28th August 1915. Age 22. Born and enlisted Thornham. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Purling Fenton, of Church St., Thornham, Norfolk. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 42 to 44

TIPPLE

Robert James

Lance Corporal 1649, 1st/5th Battalion (Territorial Force), Norfolk Regiment. Died at Gallipoli 28th August 1915. Age 20. Born and enlisted Thornham. Son of William and Ellen Anne Tipple, of Thornham, King's Lynn. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 42 to 44

PARNELL

William

Acting Stoker Petty Officer K/5042, H.M. Submarine L55, Royal Navy. Died in the Baltic 9th June 1919. Age 27. Son of William and Deborah Parnell, of Thornham, King's Lynn; husband of Gladys Parnell, of 20, College Crescent, Swiss Cottage, Hampstead, London. Buried in HASLAR ROYAL NAVAL CEMETERY, Hampshire. "L55" Grave.

PETERSEN

Frank Sadler

Airman 2nd Class, Recruits' Training Centre, Halton Camp, Wendover, Royal Flying Corps (Royal Air Force). Died in Cambridgeshire Hospital 27th March 1917. Age 25. Son of Mrs. M. A. Wright (formerly Petersen), of Church St., Thornham, and the late Helmer Petersen. Buried in ALL SAINTS CHURCHYARD, THORNHAM, Norfolk.

WALKER

Robert

Gunner 93453, 350th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action in France 4th October 1918. Age 33. Son of Haylett and Ann Walker; husband of Lilian Louise Crowe (formerly Walker), of Shire Stud, Wolferton, King's Lynn. Buried in DADIZEELE NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Moorslede, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave VI. D. 6.

FRANCIS

Samuel

Private 8617, 2nd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died at Sahiba, Rersia 14th April 1915. Born Thornham, enlisted Norwich. Buried in BASRA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Grave III. E. 6.

MANN

Albert George

Private 16536, 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died in France 13thy March 1915. Age 22. Born Ringstead, Nrfolk, enlisted Peterborough, Northamptonshire. Son of George Mann, of Thornham, King's Lynn. Buried in MERVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Nord, France. Grave I. N. 7.

POTTER

John William

Private 28201, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds at the Somme 18th November 1916. Age 33. Born and resident Thornham, enlisted Norwich. Son of Fredrick and Jane Potter, of Thornham, King's Lynn; husband of Maud M. Potter, of High House, Docking, King's Lynn, Norfolk. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave XII. E. 2A.

PROUDFOOT

Henry George

Rifleman R/38274, 16th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Died of wounds in France 15th April 1918. Age 26. Born Thornham, enlisted Norwich, resident King's Lynn. Son of Mrs. Annie R. Proudfoot, of Thornham, King's Lynn. Formerly TR/13/25893, 109th Training Reserve Battalion. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 8.

PROUDFOOT

Samuel Edward

[Spelt PROUDTOOT on SDGW] Private 36967, 2nd/6th Battalion, Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment). Killed in action in France 13th September 1917. Age 23. Born King's Lynn, enlisted York. Son of Mrs. Annie R. Proudfoot, of Thornham, King's Lynn. Buried in FAVREUIL BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave I. E. 16.

SIDDLE

Thomas Edward

Private 193535, 15th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment), Canadian Expeditionary Force. Died in France 9th April 1917. Born 18th April 1890 at Thornham, Norfolk, resident 17 Brookfield Street, Toronto, Canada. Wife Mary Ann Siddle. By trade a blacksmith. Previous to this enlistment had served 2 years with the 5th Battalion (Territorial), Norfolk Regiment. Enlisted and passed fit 20th March 1916 at Toronto, Canada, aged 26 years 11 months, height 5 feet 6 inches, girth 37 inches, complexion fair, eyes blue, hair fair. Religion Church of England. Buried in NINE ELMS MILITARY CEMETERY, THELUS, Pas de Calais, France. Grave I. E. 22. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 8894 - 21

SIDDLE

Walter Albert

[Memorial states Private] Lance Corporal 6853, "A" Company, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds received in France 18th May 1917. Age 32. Born Thornham, enlisted Heacham. Son of William and Eliza Siddle, of Thornham, Norfolk; husband of Marie Beatrice Horsley (formerly Siddle), of Rosthern, Saskatchewan, Canada. Buried in St JAMES's CEMETERY, DOVER, Kent. Grave L. H. I.

WOODS

Charles William

Private [SDGW states 36968] 26968, 10th Battalion, Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment). Killed in action in France 24th August 1918. Age 21. Born in Thornham 1897, enlisted and resident York. Son of Nathaniel and Mary Ann Agnes Woods, of The Bays, Thornham, King's Lynn. Nathaniel was the last merchant to use the port of Thornham 1914. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 4.

IN THANKS GIVING
TO GOD AND IN
GRATEFUL MEMORY OF
THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN
THE WAR 1939 - 1945

BUNCKLE

Mary Elizabeth

A.T.S. Buried in ALL SAINTS CHURCHYARD, THORNHAM, Norfolk.

BOWLING

Eric

probably Eric BOWRING, Flight Sergeant 162242, 166 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 5th November 1944. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 215.

DRUCE

David Mervyn Boughey

Pilot Officer (Pilot) 72022, 208 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 15th October 1940. Son of Robert Mervyn Powys Druce and Katharine Clara Druce, of Thornham, Norfolk. Buried in HALFAYA SOLLUM WAR CEMETERY, Egypt. Grave 19. G. 1.

HUMPHREYS

John Irvine

Pilot Officer (Pilot) 43202, 220 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 15th September 1940. Age 24. Son of Sidney Lawrence Humphreys and Edith Humphreys; husband of Eileen Evelyn Humphreys, of Thornham, Norfolk. Commemorated at DARLINGTON CREMATORIUM, Durham. Panel 2.

HEWITT

Samuel Stephen

Leading Aircraftman 1637004, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 30th January 1946. Age 23. Son of Stephen Henry and Harriett Frances Hewitt, of Thornham, Norfolk; husband of Doris Renee Hewitt, of Boston, Lincolnshire. Buried in KRANJI WAR CEMETERY, Kranji, Singapore. Grave 11. B. 6.

PORCHER

Eric

probably Arthur Frederick Read PORCHER, Lieutenant 174281, King's Own Scottish Borders. Died 1st August 1943. Age 28. Son of Frederick M. and Edith C. Porcher, of Thornham, Norfolk. B.A. (Cantab.). Buried in CATANIA WAR CEMETERY, SICILY, Italy. Grave IV. H. 20.

WOODS

Donald Edmund

Driver T/14250029, 222 Corps Troops Comp. Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 17th December 1944. Age 28. Son of John and Florence Maud Woods, of Thornham, Norfolk. Buried in LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY, Leopoldsburg, Limburg, Belgium. Grave III. C. 16.


MAY THEY REST IN PEACE AND IN GRATITUDE FOR
THIER OWN SAFE KEEPING. THIS TABLET WAS
GIVEN BY THE PEOPLE OF THORNHAM.

There is also a brass plaque to the Crimea


TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN THE BELOVED MEMORY OF
WILLIAM SAMUEL HOGGE
LATE BREVET MAJOR 7th DRAGOON GUARDS
DIED IN SOUTH AFRICA JUNE 9 1852
and his WIFE HELEN JULIA
DAUGHTER OF HOLLINGSWORTH MAGNIAC
Died APRIL 3rd 1891.

Brass Plaque

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND TO THE BELOVED MEMORY OF
EDITH AMES - LYDE
WIFE OF L.N. AMES - LYDE
CAPT. GRENADIER GUARDS
and DAUGHTER OF W.S. HOGGE
BREVET MAJOR 7th DRAGOON GUARDS
DIED AT SHANGHAI MARCH 23rd 1914.

Brass Plaque


TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN LOVING MEMORY
OF LIONEL- NEVILLE AMES- LYDE
LATE
CAPTAIN GRENADIER GUARDS
BORN 21ST FEBRUARY 1850 + DIED 17TH JANUARY 1883
THEM ALSO WHICH SLEEP IN JESUS WILL GOD BRING WITH HIM.

Set within the lynchgate, at the entrance to the church, on right is a memorial.


AND TO COMMEMORATE THE JESSIE MARY
THE TWO MASTED SAILING CARGO SHIP OF 100 TONS
OWNED BY NATHANIEL WOODS WHICH ENTERED
THORNHAM HARBOUR AFTER HER LAST VOYAGE
IN 1914.

and on the left


TO THE MEMORY OF
NATHANIEL WOODS 1862 - 1936
THE LAST MERCHANT TO USE THE PORT OF THORNHAM
MARY ANN AGNES HIS WIFE 1863 - 1937
CHARLES WILLIAM THEIR SON 1897 - 1918
KILLED IN ACTION IN FRANCE.
and their DAUGHTER
MAGGIE PAGE 1894 - 1973
DONOR OF THIS LYNCH- GATE.

Last updated 9 January, 2014

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