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WEST LYNN, ST PETERS, WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Martin Edwards 2017

The West Lynn memorial is to be found within the churchyard of St. Peters Church. It takes the form of a plain cross mounted on a plinth with a three-stepped base. There are 25 names listed for World War 1 and 4 for World War 2. The memorial had been neglected which had caused thick lichen and moss to build up making it unreadable but has been restored to make it readable. The names listed here have been sorted in alphabetical order within conflict.

Photograph Copyright © Andrew Davey 2017

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN MEMORY OF THE MEN
OF THIS PARISH
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 ~ 18

ALLEN

Samuel Henry
Company Quartermaster Sergeant WR/500214, Inland Water Transport, Royal Engineers. Discharged 1919. Aged 43. Born 1875. Resident West Lynn, Norfolk. Enlisted 17 February 1915. Promoted Sergeant 20 March 1917 and subsequently Company Quarter Master Sergeant (Tugmaster) 1 June 1918. When he attested, 17 February 1915, at Norwich, he was resident at No. 2 Virginia Cottages, West Lynn, aged 39 years 7 months, a fisherman. Married Martha Richardson 13 July 1894 at the Registry Office, King's Lynn; they had six children. He was 5 feet 6¾ inches, 139 lbs, chest 36 inches. He died in 1935.

ALLEN

Thomas Martin
Seaman C/3133, Royal Naval Reserve. Serving on the cruiser HMS Aboukir when it was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea 22 September 1914. Aged 31. His parents lived at West Lynn. Married with three children, lived at 64 Checker Street, King's Lynn. Had been master of the King's Lynn Conservancy Board tug 'T. Brown' from July, 1914. Called up 2 August 1914. Served on the Aboukir with his brother William who last saw Thomas signalling the Cressy and the Hogue shortly after the Aboukir had been hit. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent.

Also named on All Saints Church, South Lynn, Memorial Window and Kings Lynn War Memorial.

BATES

William

Second Lieutenant, Durham Light Infantry transferred to 101st Company, Labour Corps. Died Monday 13 May 1918. Aged 23. Son of William and Sarah Ann Bates, of 63 Louisa Terrace, West Lynn, King's Lynn. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Officers graves. Plot B. Row 4. Grave 27.

Died due to effects of shell-wounds and gas poisoning 13 May 1918. St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen, France, Officer's B.4.27. Born West Lynn, 24/2/1895, the son of William, a railway signalman, and Sarah Ann Bates, of 6, Louisa Terrace, West Lynn. Baptised at All Saints', 17/7/1895. Server at All Saints' Church from the age of 14. He was the first pupil from West Lynn School to win a scholarship to King Edward's School, King's Lynn. Became a theological student at St. Chad's College, Durham.

Applied for a commission in the Artists Rifles, February, 1916, but was rejected due to defective eyesight. He joined the Durham Light Infantry on 10/2/1916, service number 32278. Joined the DLI Depot at Newcastle, 16 May 1916 and was transferred to the Labour Corps, as 316911, Private, 471 (Home Service) Employment Company on 30 June 1917. On 13 May 1917 he again applied for a commission and was described as 'a suitable candidate for a Labour or Works Battalion.' He was attached to the Garrison Officer Cadet Battalion, Jesus College, Cambridge, from 20 August 1917 and he joined the O.C.B. at Cambridge on 27 August 1917. He was subsequently commissioned into the Labour Corps, London Gazette 6 December1917.

8 March 1918 posted to Labour Corps Base Depot, Boulogne. 13 March 1918 to hospital with Tonsillitis. 10 April 1918 posted to 101 Company, Labour Corps. 13 May 1918, died of wounds (gas) at No. 2 British Red Cross Hospital, Rouen. His company had been involved in laying communication lines near Foncquevillers and was caught by heavy German gas shelling. The company sustained heavy casualties - the heaviest losses of the Labour Corps in the war. Several of his effects were sent home, including his rosary.

His service papers are at the National Archive (WO339/108992). Note CWGC gives his Regiment as the DLI.

Also named on All Saints Church, South Lynn, Memorial Window, King Edward's School War Memorial, King's Lynn, and Kings Lynn War Memorial.

BROWN

Frederick
Private G/50439, 12th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action Monday 22 October 1917. Born and resident West Lynn, enlisted King's Lynn. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 113 to 115.

CHAMBERLAIN

William George
Company Sergeant Major 1362, 17th Battalion Australian Infantry. Killed in action France 3 October 1918. Aged 31. Son of Mr and Mrs. John Chamberlain 9 Queens Avenue, King’s Lynn. Emigrated to Australia 1911. Enlisted at Marrickville, NSW. Overseas 29 March 1915. Had been employed in the building trade. Served in Gallipoli, Egypt and France. Twice wounded. Buried in BELLICOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, Aisne, France. Plot V. Row N. Grave 1.

Also named on St Michael's, South Lynn and King's Lynn

COBBOLD

Albert Garnett
[Listed as Albert C COBBOLD on memorial] Private 240670, 1/5th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Gaza 19 April 1917. Aged 22. Enlisted Dereham August 1914. Third son of Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Cobbold, of 1 Ouse Avenue, King’s Lynn. Had worked at the Cooper Digger Works, South Lynn. Served in Gallipoli and Egypt. Buried in GAZA WAR CEMETERY, Israel and Palestine (including Gaza). Plot XXII. Row E. Grave 16.

Also named on St Michael's, South Lynn, Kings Lynn War Memorial, and All Saints Church, South Lynn, Memorial Window.

COLLISON

Alfred H
No further information currently available

COOPER

Charles Veasey
Lance-Corporal. 6244. 4th Battalion Australian Infantry. Died of wounds France Thursday 19 September 1918. Born 22 July 1899. Eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cooper, The South House, King’s Lynn. An adventurer, he had lived in East Africa and South Africa before journeying to Australia and becoming a sheep farmer. Was twice rejected for military service. Enlisted at Whitton, NSW. Overseas 11 April 1916. Buried in LA CHAPELETTE BRITISH AND INDIAN CEMETERY, PERONNE, Somme, France . Plot III. Row D. Grave 13.

Also named on St Michael's, South Lynn, Kings Lynn War Memorial, and All Saints Church, South Lynn, Memorial Window.

CRASKE

Sydney W
Private 240121, 1/5th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died in Palestine Wednesday 28 November 1917. Born South Lynn, enlisted King’s Lynn. Had previously served at Gallipoli. IN the 1911 census he was aged 15, born Lynn, Norfolk, an apprentice to Banker, resident with his parents Frederick and Elizabeth Craske, at Maud Villa, Queen's Avenue, Wisbech Road, West Lynn, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on JERUSALEM MEMORIAL, Israel and Palestine (including Gaza). Panels 12 to 15.

Also named on St Michael's, South Lynn,

EDWARDS

Alfred [William]
Guardsman 22337, 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Killed in action Tuesday 31 July 1917. Born West Lynn, enlisted Stowmarket. No known grave. Comemorated on Commemorated at YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 9 and 11.

Also named on the Kings Lynn Memorial

EVERITT

Hubert
No further information currently available

HAMMOND

Percival Silvester aka Percy
Corporal 39427, 1st Aeroplane Depot Repair Park , Royal Air Force. Died Tuesday 24 September 1918. Aged 29. Son of Robert and Lucy Hammond, of Sadle Bow Rd., King's Lynn, Norfolk; husband of Grace Hilda Hammond, of 2, River Bank, West Lynn, King's Lynn, Norfolk. Buried in TERLINCTHUN BRITISH CEMETERY, WIMILLE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row C. Grave 16.

HAMMOND

Thomas Linford
Company Quartermaster Sergeant 14722, 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 19 January 1918. Aged 24. Born West Lynn, enlisted Norwich. Son of Tom Maurice Hammond and Louisa Elizabeth Hammond, of Bank Terrace, West Lynn, King's Lynn. Buried in LEBUCQUIERE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row G. Grave 3.

HORSLEY

Robert A
No further information currently available

HORSLEY

Walter F
No further information currently available

LOVELL

Thomas [Abraham]
Private 17179, st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Friday 28 July 1916. Aged 38. Born West Lynn, enlisted Norwich. Son of Mrs. Susan Beaty; husband of Martha Lovell, of West Lynn, King's Lynn. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D.

Also named on the Kings Lynn Memorial

MUNGE

Walter
Private SS/11047, No. 5 Labour Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Died Sunday 11 february 1917. Aged 45. Son of Robert and Ann Munge, of Clenchwarton, Norfolk; husband of W. Munge, of West Lynn, King's Lynn, Norfolk. Buried in STE. MARIE CEMETERY, LE HAVRE, Seine-Maritime, France. Division 3. Row F. Grave 17.

NEVE

Sydney V
No further information currently available

RAYNER

William [Thomas]
Private 17197, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Saturday 23 September 1916. Aged 19. Born and resident West Lynn, enlisted St. Albans, Hertfordshire. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Rayner, of 2, Riverside Terrace, West Lynn, Norfolk. Buried in GROVE TOWN CEMETERY, MEAULTE, Somme, France. Plot I. Row H. Grave 25.

READ

Edward Percy
[Listed as Percy Edward READ on memorial] Sergeant 203611. 7th Norfolk Regt. Died of wounds France 9 August 1918. Buried in Pernois British Cemetery, Somme, France, III E 2. Aged 34. Husband of Lily Jane Read of 61 Portland Street, Unthank Road, Norwich, and late of St. Elmo, Ouse Avenue, King’s Lynn. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Read of Wymondham. Born East Dereham. Enlisted in a cyclist battalion, Norwich, May 1915. Drafted to France June 1918. Had been a clerk at Morgans Brewery, King’s Lynn. Left one child.

Also named on St Michael's, South Lynn War Memorial, Kings Lynn Memorial, and All Saints Church, South Lynn, Memorial Window.

REEVE

Reginald
No further information currently available

SPRATT

Frederick James
Rifleman B/200112, 10th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action Tuesday 19 June 1917. Aged 32. Born Clenchwarton, enlisted Kings Lynn, resident West Lynn. Son of George and Ann Spratt, of West Lynn, Norfolk. Formerly 5/5293, 5th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. In the 1891 census he was aged 5, born Norfolk, resident with his parents at New Road, St Peters, Kings Lynn, Norfolk. In the 1901 census he was aged 15, born Clenchwarton, Norfolk, a Bricklayer's Labpurer, resident with his parents at Ferry Boat Inn, West Lynn, Kings Lynn, Norfolk. In the 1911 census he was aged 25, born Clenchwarton, a Bricklayer's Labpurer, resident with his parents at The Swan Inn, West Lynn, Norfolk. Buried in NOREUIL AUSTRALIAN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Row G. Grave 13.

THORPE

Charles [William]

Private. 3/7828. 'A' Company, 1st Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds Belgium 6 June 1915. Aged 19. Born West Lynn. Son of William Richard Thorpe, of 51, Silver Street, Barnetby, Lincolnshire, formerly of West Lynn, and Emily Thorpe. Enlisted King's Lynn. Served in the same company as Robert Patterson and they were both wounded by the explosion of a trench mortar shell. Charles was wounded in the head and chest and did not regain consciousness. He had been at the front for six weeks. Corporal Pollard wrote to his sister describing Charles as a good soldier. Buried in Dickebusch New Military Cemetery F.35.

Also named on All Saints Church, South Lynn, Memorial Window and Kings Lynn War Memorial

WATSON

William
No further information currently available

WRIGHT

George
Lance Corporal 15347, 1/4th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in Palestine Tuesday 11 December 1917. Born West Lynn, enlisted Norwich. Buried in RAMLEH WAR CEMETERY, Israel and Palestine (including Gaza). Section D. Grave 51.

1939 - 1945

ALLEN

Thomas W
No further information currently available

BLYTH

John
Leading Seaman C/J 79638, H.M.S. jervis Bay, Royal Navy. Died Tuesday 5 November 1940. Aged 39. Adopted son of Abraham and Harriet Adderson; husband of Jessie Elizabeth Blyth, of King's Lynn, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 34, Column 3.

PALMER

Harold James
Marine PO/X 3997, H.M.S. Barham, Royal Marinjes. Died Friday 11 October 1940. Aged 19. Son of Horace Matthew and Daisy Sarah Ann Palmer, of West Lynn, King's Lynn, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 43, Column 3.

ROY

[Reginald] Bertram
Staff Sergeant (Mechanic) 1989033, Royal Engineers attached to 102 Roads Company, East African Engineers. Died Friday 30 June 1944. Born and resident Norfolk. In the 1939 register he is listed as being born 13 October 1901, married a charge hand; wife is listed as Elsie M Roy (nee Halls), born 8 October 1901; they were resident at 4 Lynn Road , Tilney St Lawrence, Norfolk; the marriage registration lists her as Elsie M Harvey, married in Watford Registration District 1925. His birth registration lists him as Bertram Reginald Roy, born October to December Quarter 1901. Buried in DIEGO SUAREZ WAR CEMETERY, Madagascar. Plot 2. Row G. Grave 1.

Last updated 20 October, 2017

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