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THORPE ABBOTTS WAR MEMORIALS

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Simon Beet 2007

Thorpe Abbots has 2 forms of war memorials in All Saints Church. One consists of two brass plaques on the North wall of the nave and the other is one that stood in the village outside the post office until moved into the porch in 1924 having been defaced with the words "of the Parish of Thorpe Abbotts" scratched out. The post office memorial plaque commemorating World War 1 takes the form of a wooden board, with an arched roof and a crucifix placed in the centre, top, of the boarding. The names of those who died are within a wooden frame affixed to the plaque. The memorial is dated All Souls Day, 1917. The second memorial within the church takes the form of a brass plaque mounted on a marble backing and list those who died in World War 1 and 2. The names for World War 1 differ between the two plaques. Those appearing where are denoted below. There is also a memorial door to the memory of the 574 US airmen lost at the 100th Bomb Group based at Thorpe Abbotts airfield.

Photographs Copyright © Simon Beet 2007

THE GREAT SACRIFICE
REMEMBER BEFORE GOD
THE HEROIC DEAD
ESPECIALLY THESE OF THE PARISH OF THORPE ABBOTTS
WHO HAVE FALLEN IN THE GREAT WAR
ALL SOULS DAY 1917

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF
THE FOLLOWING MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO LOST
THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919
THIS TABLET AND THE OAK LECTERN ARE PLACED
IN THIS CHURCH BY THE PARISHIONERS.

BARKWAY

Frank Vincent

[Both memorials] Rifleman Z/1515, 12th Battalion, Rifle Briagde (The Prince Consort's Own). Died of wounds 18th March 1916. Aged 20. Born Brockdish, enlisted Rugby, resident Scole. Son of Benjamin and Ada Barkway, of Brockdish, Scole, Norfolk. Native of Weybread, Suffolk. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot V. Row D. Grave 3.

BLOOMFIELD

George Henry

[Both memorials] Private 22838, 2nd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died 15th March 1917 in Mesopotamia. Aged 23. Born Brockdish, enlisted Norwich. Son of Henry and Jane Bloomfield, of Thorpe Abbots, Diss, Norfolk. Born at Brockdish, Diss. Commemorated in AMARA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq on Shaikh Saad Old Cemetery Memorial.

Note: Amara was occupied by the Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force on 3 June 1915 and it immediately became a hospital centre. The accommodation for medical units on both banks of the Tigris was greatly increased during 1916 and in April 1917, seven general hospitals and some smaller units were stationed there. Amara War Cemetery contains 4,621 burials of the First World War, more than 3,000 of which were brought into the cemetery after the Armistice. 925 of the graves are unidentified. In 1933, all of the headstones were removed from this cemetery when it was discovered that salts in the soil were causing them to deteriorate. Instead a screen wall was erected with the names of those buried in the cemetery engraved upon it. Plot XXV is a Collective Grave, the individual burial places within this are not known. There are also seven non-war graves in the cemetery.

CHILVER

Fredrick George

[Brass plaque only] [Listed as CHILVERS on SDGW] Private 40401, 22nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 27th November 1917. Aged 35. Born and resident Thorpe Abbotts, enlisted Norwich. Formerly PS/11126, 28th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Only son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Chilvers, of Thorpe Abbotts, Diss; husband of Edith Chilvers, of Church Farm, Morningthorpe, Long Stratton, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL, Nord, France. Panel 3 and 4.

FAIRWEATHER

Fredrick George

[Both memorials] Private 22603, 2nd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 24th February 1917 in Mesopotamia. Aged 22. Born Diss, enlisted Norwich. Son of Charles and Emily Fairweather, of Thorpe Abbotts, Diss, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 10.

NORMAN

John Alfred

[Both memorials] probably John NORMAN, Private 17696, 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 1st December 1917. Aged 33. Born Brockdish, enlisted Norwich. Husband of Laura Norman, of Grove Villa, Brockdish, Diss, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL, Nord, France. Panel 4.

REEVE 

Percy [Charles]

[Village memorial only] Lance Corporal 8945, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 30th September 1915. Aged 20. Born Starston, enlisted Norwich. Son of Ernest and Mary Ann Reeve, of Bethel Farm, Thorpe Abbotts, Scole, Norfolk. Buried in CITADEL NEW MILITARY CEMETERY, FRICOURT, Somme, France. Plot III. Row A. Grave 10.

WHITING

Alfred Edward

[Village memorial only] Private 21192, 7th Battalion, Border Regiment. Killed in action 3rd July 1916. Born Thorpe Abbotts, enlisted Norwich, resident Scole. Formerly 18382, Norfolk Regiment. Buried in DANTZIG ALLEY BRITISH CEMETERY, MAMETZ, Somme, France. Plot VII. Row N. Grave 8.

WHITING

Robert William

[Village memorial only] Private 17794, 1st Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Died of wounds 28th September 1917. Aged 29. Born Thorpe Abbotts, enlisted Norwich, resident Brockdish. Son of Adeline and the late John Whiting, of Brockdish, Norfolk. Buried in MONT HUON MILITARY CEMETERY, LE TREPORT, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot VI. Row B. Grave 6A.

Commemorated in the church but not on the memorial

MANISTY, MC

Henry Scott

Lieutenant, XVIII Corps Headquarters, Royal Engineers. Killed in action near Ypres 14th October 1917 (SDGW states 11th). Aged 31 (CWGC states 33). Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). Son of Edward Manisty, M.I.C.E.; husband of G. Manisty. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XXI. Row F. Grave 1

1939-1945

CHAPLIN

Albert

probably Albert CHAPLIN, Private 5772592, 4th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died 11th February 1942 during the invasion of Singapore by the Japanese. Aged 26. Son of Walter and Maud Elizabeth Chaplin, of Needham, Norfolk. No known grave. Commmeorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 40.

DICKENSON

Horace

[Spelt DICKINSON on CWGC] Corporal 7930092, Inns of Court Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps. Died 10th August 1944. Aged 37. Buried in ST. MANVIEU WAR CEMETERY, CHEUX, Calvados, France. Plot IX. Row G. Grave 3.

Last updated 5 December, 2007

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