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UPTON WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
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Transcribed by David Rudram; Researched by Lynda Smith - 2003

Upton is just north of Acle. The war memorial is inside the church and takes the form of a brass plaque mounted on an oak backboard. There are twenty onr names listed for World War 1 and four for World War 2. The memorial was unveiled circa 1922. There is also a Roll of Honour which gives greater detail. The names from the war memorial have been sorted into alphabetical order for ease of reading and research.

1914-1918

BRIGGS

[Arthur] Desmond
Captain, 9th Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). Killed in action Saturday 25 September 1915. Aged 20. Son of Lt. Col. J. A. Briggs and Emily A. S. Briggs, of Strathairly, Largo, Fife. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 57 to 59.

BROWN

Albert
Engineman 1466ES, H.M. Drifter "Frons Olivae.", Royal Naval Reserve. Lost at sea Tuesday 12 October 1915. Born 14 January 1877 in Yarmouth. Husband of Eliza Brown, of Upton, Acle, near Yarmouth. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent, United Kingdom. Panel 14.

CLAPP

William
Driver 85795, "D" Battery, 56th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died Sunday 23 July 1916. [Memorial gives August] Born and enlisted Great Yarmouth. Buried in BASRA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot III. Row N. Section 3.

CLARE

Benjamin Samuel
Corporal 7245. 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds Friday 26 February 1915. [Memorial gives 26 February] Born Ranworth. Enlisted Norwich. Buried in DRANOUTER CHURCHYARD, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row B. Section 7.

COLEMAN

Eric
Second Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment attached to Machine Gun Corps. Killed in action Tuesday 31 July 1917. Aged 31. Son of the late Capt. Coleman and Mrs. George Drury Coleman; husband of Lilian Coleman, of 5, St. John's Terrace, Wakefield. Native of Acle, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 56.

COOKE

Leonard Arthur
Gunner 159545. 210th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action Friday 14 September 1917. [Memorial gives 13 September] Born Thurne. Lived Upton Acle. Enlisted Wrexham (probably Wroxham). Son of Mr. R. J. Cooke, of Upton Ade, Norwich. Buried in BUFFS ROAD CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot/Row/Section E. Grave 18.

FULLER

Robert Mark
Private 34666 transferred to 363420, Labour Corps. Died Wednesday 5 May 1920. Aged 37. Son of Mr. B. Fuller, of Upton St, Margaret. Buried in UPTON (ST MARGARET) CHURCHYARD, UPTON-WITH-FISHLEY, Norfolk, United Kingdom.

HEATH

Frank Edward
Lance Corporal 16844, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds Saturday 14 October 1916 (Memorial gives 15 October). Born Upton. Enlisted Southwark Town Hall. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VII. Row F. Grave 2A.

HEATH

Herbert
Rifleman S/21013, 1st Battalion, Rifle Brigade. [Memorial gives Norfolk Regiment] Killed in action Thursday 19 October 1916. Born Acle. Lived Bethnal Green. Enlisted Shoreditch. Buried in THIEPVAL ANGLO-FRENCH CEMETERY, AUTHUILE, Somme, France. Plot II. Row H. Grave 9.

HEATH

Jesse
HMS Uvulaira, Royal Naval Reserve. Mined in the North Sea 13 May 1920. Aged 34. Born Upton. No known grave.

HIGH

Stanley J.
Private 22353, 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died Friday 22 November 1918. [Memorial gives 2 November] Aged 22. Son of Mrs. M. High, of Broadlands, Upton, Norfolk. Buried in VALENCIENNES (ST. ROCH) COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot L. Row E. Grave 6.

HOWES

William
Private 15862, 2nd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Died of wounds Wednesday 24 May 1916. Born and lived Norwich. Enlisted Bordon, Hants. Buried in LE TREPORT MILITARY CEMETERY, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot 1. Row N. Grave 3C.

MIDDLETON

[William] Percy
Private 203337, 1st/7th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. (Memorial gives Norfolk Regiment). Killed in action Sunday 29 September 1918. Aged 20. Born Heydon. Lived Upton. Enlisted Norwich. Son of William and Rosana K. Middleton, of Church Rd., Upton, Norwich. Buried in VILLERS HILL BRITISH CEMETERY, VILLERS-GUISLAIN, Nord, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 12.

MORGAN

George
[Memorial states Fell in France August 1917] possibly Lance Corproal 26730, 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 31 July 1917. Born Norwich. Formerly 2923, East Anglian Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 43 and 45.

SMITH

Robert Alfred
Private 3130, 44th Battalion, Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Killed in action Thursday 4 October 1917. (Memorial gives 14 October). Aged 37. Born Acle. Son of John and Caroline Smith; husband of Alice Blanche Sutherland (formerly Smith), of 225, George St., Launceston, Tasmania. He was 29 when he emigrated to Australia, where he worked as a guard on the Western Australian Railway. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 7 - 17 - 23 - 25 - 27 - 29 – 31.

SUTTON

William Robert
Private G/11585, 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died of wounds Saturday 17 March 1917. Aged 19. Born Upton. Enlisted Norwich Son of Walter and Louisa Sutton, of Marsh Rd., Upton, Norfolk. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XI. Row B. Grave 40A.

TATE

Albert George
Ordinary Seaman J/60379, H.M.S. "Raglan.", Royal Navy. (Memorial gives RNR). Lost at sea Sunday 20 January 1918. Aged 20. Son of James J. and Mary Ann Tate, of Boatdyke Lane, Upton, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent, United Kingdom. Panel 28.

WILGRESS

Hector Philip Stanley
[CWGC spells name Willgress] Private 28545, 6th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry. Formerly DM2/230742 Royal Army Service Corps. Killed in action Saturday 3 November 1917. Aged 20. Born and lived Upton. Enlisted Great Yarmouth. Son of Philip and Christiana Willgress, of Council Houses, Upton, Norwich, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 41 to 42 and 163A.

WILGRESS

Herbert Arthur
[CWGC spells name Willgress] Serjeant 7493. Royal Engineers. Died Saturday 1 November 1919. Aged 39. Son of Robert and Happy Willgress, of Upton. Buried in UPTON (ST MARGARET) CHURCHYARD, UPTON-WITH-FISHLEY, Norfolk, United Kingdom.

WILGRESS

William
(CWGC spells name Willgress). Lance Corporal 18187. 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. (Memorial gives Surrey Regiment). Killed in action Thursday 12 October 1916. Born Upton. Enlisted Norwich. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D.

YOUNG(S)

Edward James
Second Hand 2683SA, H.M. Trawler "Arfon", Royal Naval Reserve. Lost at sea Monday 30 April 1917. Aged 29. Son of Edward James and Esther Elizabeth Youngs, of Tunstall, Norwich; husband of Emily Louisa Youngs, of 37, Donington St., Great Grimsby. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent, United Kingdom. Panel 25.
1939 –1945

BECK

Harold James
Stoker 1st Class C/KX 126703, H.M.S. Niger, Royal Navy. Died Monday 6 July 1942. Aged 21. Son of Albert James and Agnes Elizabeth Beck, of Upton, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent, United Kingdom. Panel 61, Column 3.

CURTIS

John William
Private 7626967, Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Died Monday 7 April 1941. Aged 22. Son of Sarah Beatrice Curtis, and stepson of Clifford Walter Church, of Upton, Norfolk. Buried in PHALERON WAR CEMETERY, Greece. Plot 15. Row A. Grave 3.

MIDDLETON

Gordon William

Private 5773660, 6th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died Thursday 21 September 1944. Aged 25. Son of William and Rosina Kate Middleton, of Upton, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Singapore. Column 51.

WILGRESS

Roy Edward
(CWGC spells name Willgress). Stoker 1st Class C/KX 114923, H.M.S. Afrikander IV, Royal Navy. Died Tuesday 19 May 1942. Aged 21. Son of Henry James Willgress and Mildred Maud Willgress, of Upton; Norfolk, England. Buried in DURBAN (STELLAWOOD) CEMETERY, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. Block F. Grave 250.

Last updated 10 February, 2014

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