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WEST WINCH WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Transcribed Carolynn Langley, Researched lynda Smith - 2004

The village of West Winch is situated just south of King’s Lynn. The memorial takes for form of a granite cross inset with marble in front of the church.

Note: Stan Langley researched the 1914-18 casualties listed on the memorial some five to six years agon in connection with the Norfolk Museums Service War Memorials Project. Copies of a booklet, produced as a result of his enquiries, were deposited with the Norfolk Regimental Museum, the Norfolk Family History Society, Trues Yard (North End Trust, King's Lynn) and the King's Lynn Library. In addition to the information gathered from the CWGC, contents include transcripts of press reports - and reference to some other casualties who had links to West Winch and to neighbouring Setchey.

As direct result of his endeavours the local branch of the British Legion benefited from the sale of the booklets, and the West Winch Parish Council arranged for refurbishment of the memorial as part of their programme to mark the Millennium. Insertion of a new panel listing the names of the fallen was included in the refurbishment - as is clear from Carolynn's excellent photograph - and this corrected an error by the masons on the original.

Photograph Copyright © Carolynn Langley 2004

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND TO UNDYING HONOUR
OF THE MEN WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WAR

ARCHDALE

Charles William

Captain. 5th Battalion attached 7th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action on 20th November 1917. Commemorated: Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, Nord, France. Panel 4.

BARRETT

William

Gunner 159077. "C Battery, 106th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds in France & Flanders on 10th September 1917. Aged 20. Born West winch. Enlisted King’s Lynn. Son of Isaac William and Emily Barrett, of West Winch, King's Lynn, Norfolk. Buried: Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. XXV. P. 6.

COWARD

Thomas Alban

Private PO/16570. H.M.S. "Black Prince Royal Marine Light Infantry. Died on 31st May 1916. Aged 21. Adopted son of Mrs. H. Randall, of West Winch, King's Lynn, Norfolk. Commemorated: Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire. Column 22.

Special note: The armoured cruiser HMS Black Prince was sunk at the Battle of Jutland with a loss of all hands.

DREW 

Montague John

Private 19761. 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds at home on 1st October 1916. Born Gaywood, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. Buried: West Winch (St. Mary) Churchyard. Opposite the entrance.

FROST

William Edward

Private 240517. 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Died in France & Flanders on 15th April 1918. Born North Runcton, Norfolk. Enlisted East Dereham. Commemorated: Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 34 to 35 and 162A.

NEWELL

Thomas John

Driver T4/059469. 29th Div. Train, Army Service Corps. Died in Egypt on 4th September 1915. Aged 34. Lived King’s Lynn. Enlisted Norwich. Son of John and Emma Newell, of Setchey, Norfolk. Buried: East Mudros Military Cemetery, Lemnos, Greece. Ref. II. L. 207.

SPAXMAN

James Henry 

Serjeant 3362. 2nd Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 7th May 1915. Born South Lynn. Enlisted King’s Lynn. Commemorated Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 8 and 12.

1939 - 1945

MOUGHTON

Horace V

Private 2756070. 1st Battalion Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). Died on 9th May 1940. Aged 21. Son of Frederick James Moughton, and Edith Moughton, of West Winch, Norfolk. Buried: Choloy War Cemetery, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France. Ref. 3. A. 10.

OAKES

E

Possibly: Earnest Oakes. Private 5776232. 2nd Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment . Died on 20th May 1940. Aged 21. Buried: Outtersteene Communal Cemetery Extension, Bailleul, Nord, France. Ref. Plot 5. Row A. Grave 62.

"THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE" ECC.XI.17

16 October 2004

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