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World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Transcribed Brenda Leedell, researched Martin Edwards
& Brenda Leedell 2004

The memorial is situated to the West of the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul, Watlington. Just inside the churchyard on the left of the path.

In November 1919 a stone latin cross was unveiled in the churchyard as a memorial to the 13 (sic) men of the parish who fell in the Great War 1914-1918. The War Memorial was re-lettered in the Summer of 1998 at a cost to the Parish Council of £310.00.

Photographs Copyright © Brenda Leedell 2004


Inscription is as follows:

The names of the fallen are carved on the four sides of the base stones

CHALLIS [Charles] Sidney
Lance Corporal 26705, 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 14th April 1917. Aged 25. Born Magdalen, King's Lynn, enlisted Ilford, Essex and resident Watlington, Norfolk. Son of William and Georgianna Challis. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7
Acting Sergeant 3437, "A" Company, 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Killed in action Monday 25th January 1915 in France & Flanders. Age 36. Born Watlington, enlisted Norwich, resident near Dereham. Son of John and Elizabeth Duffield of Easter's Row, Watlington, King's Lynn. Sgt Duffield was in the Coldstream Guards and had served about 15 years in the army being nearly 36 years old. He saw service in the Boer War for the last 12 months of its duration. Sgt Duffield had been in France from the beginning of the war and been in many engagements. Buried in CUINCHY COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave II. E. 1.
Private 16517, 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 29th July 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 21. Born Watlingham, enlisted Norwich. Son of William and Edith Fendley, of Home Farm, Watlington, Norfolk. Buried in WHITE HOUSE CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave I. J. 10.
Private 1706, 1st/5th Battalion (Territorial Force), Norfolk Regiment. Died 28th August 1915 at Gallipoli. Age 22. Born Watlington, enlisted Downham Market. Brother of Mr. H. Franklin, of 10, Russell Place, Bentinck St., King's Lynn. Private Franklin was one of the many men of the 5th Norfolks who were reported missing at Suvla Bay together with the "Sandringham Pals". Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 42 to 44.
GATHERGOOD aka DREW Charles Austen
Lance Corporal 868, 23rd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (Commonwealth War Graves Commission have him listed on Arras Memorial to the Missing, Bay 3.) Died 20th April 1917 in Ardmillan Hospital, Oswestry, Shropshire. Death Certificate corrected on 5th June 1917 by Registrar on production of a Statutory Declaration made by Eleanor Maria Gathergood (Mother) and Charles Edward Lewis. Cause of Death (i) Shell wound of right thigh (ii) Amputation right thigh, Shock – no Post Mortem. Charlie A Gathergood born 1880. Mother Eleanor Maria Gathergood (widow) of St Peters Road, Watlington
Acting Corporal 3/11019, 7th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 27th September 1915 in France & Flanders. Aged 33. Born Watlington, enlisted London. Son of Mr and Mrs James Jackson of Watlington. Arthur took part in the Boer war as a Yeoman. Commemorated on LOOS Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 91 to 93.
JACKSON Sidney Robert
[Spelt Sydney on SDGW] Sergeant 13853, 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds (received on 14th May 1916) in the Canadian Hospital, France Thursday 18th May 1916 in France & Flanders. Aged 28. Born Watlington, enlisted Ely. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave VII. A. 2A.
KENT Frederick [Arthur]
Private 241027, 1st/5th (Territorial Force), Norfolk Regiment. Died Thursday 19th April 1917 in Palestine. Born Dersingham, enlisted East Dereham. Son of Mr & Mrs W Kent. Buried in GAZA WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Grave XXIII. F. 15.
LAKE Fred[erick Charles]
Colour Sergeant 4659, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment attached Gold Coast Regiment, W.A.F.F. (West African Frontier Force). Died of wounds Thursday 1st April 1915 in the Cameroons. Born Watlington, enlisted Norwich. Husband of Mabel May Lake of Soham Cottage, College Rd, Watton, Norfolk. Frederick Charles Lake was awarded 4 medals during his service with the 1st Btn of the Norfolk Regiment – 2 South African medals, 1 Tibet medal and a long service medal. The Tibet medal, which carries the bar Gyantse, was awarded to only 17 men, mainly Indian troops, for a Political Mission to Tibet which took place in 1903. Few British troops received the Tibet Medal, so it is quite rare. He had served 21 years in the army last February and had seen much service. He was twice wounded in the South African War. Buried in DOULA CEMETERY, Cameroon. Grave 4.
Private 41561, 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died of wounds Monday 11th March 1918 in France & Flanders. Born Brighton, enlisted King's Lynn, resident Tottenhill, King's Lynn. Son of James and Ellen Langridge, of 2, Meadow Cottages, Tottenhill, King's Lynn, Norfolk. Formerly 5561, Norfolk Regiment. Died in hospital. A letter conveying the sad news of the death in hospital of her son Pte A H Langridge, Essex Regiment, has been received by Mrs Langridge from a Chaplain in the Canadian Forces. He was admitted to hospital in France suffering from a gunshot wound, which resulted in his death on the 11th inst. Prior to the war, Pte Langridge was employed as a gardener at Watlington Rectory, he was 21 years of age and joined up under The Derby Scheme. He had been previously wounded in July 1917 and was home on leave last Christmas. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave XXVII. E.E. 11A. Also named on Tottenhill Memorial
MARTIN [Frank] Clifford

Private 1691, 2nd/6th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died on Monday 15th February 1915. The death took place at VAD Hospital Bridlington of Pt F Clifford Martin H Company Norfolk (Cyclist) Regiment, who died from influenza and pleurisy, at the age of 23. His body was brought home to Watlington, being carried and followed from the station by fifty comrades of H Company and nurses. Son of William and Sarah Martin of 2 Meadow Cottages, Tottenhill. Born at Englefield Green, Surrey. Son of Mr Will Martin, coachman, Watlington Hall, and Mrs Martin. Buried in churchyard of St Peter and St Paul, Watlington, King’s Lynn, Norfolk.


Put On The Whole Armour Of God
That Having All Things Done
And All Our Conflicts Past
Ye May Obtain, Through Christ Alone,
A Crown of Joy At Last

SPRATT Neville Paul LLewelyn
Private 10150, 7th (South Irish Horse) Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment. Killed in action 29th June 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 30. Born and resident Watlington, enlisted Woolwich. Son of Richard and Phoebe Spratt, of Watlington, King's Lynn. Capt. of Bellringers and a Chorister. Formerly 146858, Royal Field Artillery. Neville Spratt was taken prisoner by the Germans on 21st March 1918 and interred at Cassel (Kassel). Buried in NIEDERZWEHREN CEMETERY, Kassel, Hessen, Germany. Grave III. E. 10.
WOODWARD Albert [James]
Private 241015, 1st/5th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds Tuesday 27th November 1917 in Palestine. Age 20. Born Runcton Holme, Norfolk, enlisted King's Lynn. Son of Mr. Albert James and Mrs. Beatrice Woodward of St. Peters (Road), King's Lynn. Native of Watlington, Norfolk. Albert died of wounds received in the advance in Palestine on 27th November. He was 20 years of age, joined the Army in 1915 and had been out in Egypt since February 1916. For a time he acted as a transport driver and received a kick from a mule which resulted in 15 weeks hospital treatment. He had only rejoined his Regiment a month before. Buried in RAMLEH WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Grave C. 15.
WOODWARD Harry [Frederick]
Private 54515, 2nd/6th Manchester Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 21st March 1918 in France & Flanders (initially posted as missing). Age 20. Born Runcton Holme, Norfolk, enlisted King's Lynn. Son of Albert James and Beatrice Woodward, of Watlington, St Peters (Road), King's Lynn, Norfolk. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 64 to 67.
NEWMAN Kenneth [Charles]
Sapper 1922848, 242 Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died 11th November 1944. Son of Charles and Edith Newman; husband of Hilda Laura Newman, of West Lynn, Norfolk. Buried in SANTERNO VALLEY WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Grave I, M, 14.
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PURSE Sidney Morris (Jim)
Private 5774982, 7th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died 13th May 1940. Son of Robert John and Maria Purse, of Didlington, Norfolk. Buried in CHOLOY WAR CEMETERY, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France. Grave 3. D. 3.
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6 February 2004

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