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TOFT MONKS WAR MEMORIAL

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

The Toft Monks memorial stands in the grounds of St. Margaret's Church, Toft Monks, Norfolk. THis memorial takes the form of a stone base surmounted by a stone plinth, a tapered shaft and wheel cross. Inside the church are two further memorials, the first is a marble plaque, wall mounted, commemorating the men who fell in World War 1; the second is a wall mounted, wooden, plaque commemorating the men who fell in World War 2.

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TO
THOSE WHO DIED
IN THE
GREAT WAR
1914-1919

ALEXANDER Donald
William Donald Alexander on 1898 birth record. Air Mechanic 1st Class 62741, Royal Air Force. 98 Squadron. Died 11th March 1919. Son of William Benjamin and Kate Louise Alexander of Toft Monks, Norfolk. Commemorated Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery. V.F.50.
HAMMOND Albert
Albert Edward Victor Hammond. Private 31621. D Company, 9th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 30th April 1917. Son of Henry Robert and Mary Ann Hammond of Toft Monks, Norfolk. Born 1897 Woodton and enlisted Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, resident Beccles, SFK. Commemorated Arras Memorial. Bay 7.
MOORE John
John James Moore. Private 22606. 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Son of James and Elizabeth Moore of Clock House, Toft Monks, Norfolk. Killed in action 15th September 1916. Born 1894 Ditchingham (as SDGW, born Thwaite St Mary on census) and enlisted Norwich (attested 9th December 1915, mobilized 20th January 1916), Norfolk. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial. Pier and Face 1C and 1D.
SYMONDS Henry
Engineman 472ES, Royal Naval Reserve. HM Drifter ‘Golden Rule’. Died 15th February 1918 (vessel damaged by attack of German Destroyers, some crew survived). Son of William and Mary Ann Symonds of Toft Monks, Norfolk. Husband of Marian Ellen Symonds (nee Bird) of 3 Factory Street, Lowestoft, SFK. Born 2nd April 1893 Toft Monks, Norfolk. Commemorated Chatham Naval Memorial. 31.
TURNER Herbert
Herbert Allan Turner. Private 16602. 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 4th September 1916. Son of Charles and Maria Turner of Toft Monks, Norfolk. Born 1892 Toft Monks and enlisted Norwich, Norfolk. Commemorated Delville Wood Cemetery. XXIV.K.3.
WARNES Ambrose
Ambrose John Warnes. Private 18412. 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 14th October 1917. Son of John and Emma Warnes. Husband of Charlotte Ellen Victoria Warnes (nee Barber and now wife of George A Manthorpe) of 56 Bevan Street, Lowestoft, SFK. Born 1887 Norton Subcourse and enlisted 20th January 1915 Norwich, Norfolk. Commemorated Monchy British Cemetery. I.N.31.
WHITE Beauchamp
Beauchamp Harry White. Able Seaman J/9003, Royal Navy. HMS ‘Russell’ (pre-dreadnought battleship, sunk by mines laid by German submarine U-73). Son of Harry and Ellen White. Born c1893 Toft Monks, Norfolk and died 27th April 1916. Commemorated Chatham Naval Memorial. 16.
WIGG Freeman
Private 16618. 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 13th October 1915. Son of James and Clara Wigg. Born1890 Toft Monks and enlisted Norwich, Norfolk. Commemorated Loos Memorial. Panel 30 and 31.
WRIGHT George
Private 5588. 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 21st November 1914. Son of James and Mary Ann Wright. Born c1876 Toft Monks, Norfolk and enlisted 4th April 1900 Beccles, SFK. Commemorated Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Panel 4.
LEST WE FORGET
1939-1945
THESE WERE THEY
WHO STROVE TO SET THE NATIONS FREE
NOT ONLY FROM THE SWORDS BRUTE SWAY
BUT FROM THE SPIRITS SLAVERY
BELL Frederick
Unable to identify and no further information.
CURTIS Harry
Harry Stephen Curtis. Sapper 2009984. 288 Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died 4th October 1943, aged 23 years. Son of Dennis Henry and Ethel Curtis of Beccles, SFK. Commemorated Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. 8.B.17.
SPOONER Frank
Frank Russell Spooner. Leading Aircraftman 1252212, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 16th May 1945, aged 23 years. Son of William James and Annie Elsie Spooner of Toft Monks, Norfolk. Commemorated Salerno War Cemetery. V.F.41.

Internal WW1 Memorial

TO
THE MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO
GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR
1914-1918
ALEXANDER Donald
Royal Air Force.
HAMMOND Albert
9th Battalion, Essex Regiment.
MOORE John
9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment.
SYMONDS Henry
Royal Naval Reserve.
TURNER Herbert
1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment.
WARNES Ambrose
7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment.
WHITE Beauchamp
Royal Navy.
WIGG Freeman
7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment.
WRIGHT George
2nd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment.

Internal WW2 Memorial

IN PROUD REMEMBRANCE OF
THE MEN FROM TOFT MONKS
BELL Frederick
See external memorial
CURTIS Harry
See external memorial
SPOONER Frank
See external memorial

WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES
IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR
1939-1945

Last updated 6 July, 2017

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