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WIGGENHALL ST MARY MAGDALEN WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Martin Edwards 2006

The Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalen memorial stands in the churchyard and is in the form of cross surmounted by a smaller sword of sacrifice standing on a plinth with a two stepped base. The inscriptions are around the plinth.

Photograph Copyright © Brenda Leedwell 2006

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND THE GRATEFUL MEMORY
OF THE MEN FROM THIS PARISH
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WAR
1914-1919

"THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE"

THIS MONUMENT IS ERECTED BY THE PARISHIONERS OF MAGDALEN
LEST WE FORGET

"THESE DIED IN WAR
THAT WE AT PEACE MIGHT LIVE,
THEY GAVE THEIR BEST
SO WE OUR BEST SHOULD GIVE,
NO, FOR THEMSELVES -
FOR JUSTICE, FREEDOM, RIGHT
THEY FOUGHT, AND BID US
FORWARD TO THE FIGHT"

BATES

John Robert

Private 328759, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 3rd April 1918. Aged 27. Born Magdalen, enlisted King's Lynn. Son of John William and Magdalen Bates; husband of Lilly Bates, of River Bank, Stowbridge, King's Lynn. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Section P. Plot IX. Row O. Grave 11B.

BENEFER

Charles Earl

Lance Corporal 8998, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds 25th April 1915. Aged 19. Born Magdalen, enlisted King's Lynn. Son of Charles Goddard Benefer, and Alice Mary Benefer, of "Rose Cottage," Magdalen, King's Lynn. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row A. Grave 23.

BROWN, MM

Charlie

Private 29038, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 15th August 1917. Aged 23. Born and resident Magdalen, enlisted Norwich. Husband of Daisy Ellen Lakey (formerly Brown), of 10, Council House, Lutton Bank, Long Sutton, Wisbech. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33.

BROWN

Leonard

No further information currently available

CARTER

George T

Second Lieutenant, 10th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died 10th March 1916. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraw. Panel 10.

CHALLIS

[Charles] Sidney

Lance Corporal 26705, 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 14th April 1917. Born Magdalen, enlisted Ilford, Essex, resident Downham Market. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.

FLATT

John S G

No further information currently available

KNIGHTS

Samuel

probably Samuel KNIGHTS, Driver T3/023944, 150th Horse Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 27th March 1916. Aged 29. Born Great Cressingham, resident and enlisted King's Lynn. Son of Samuel and Mary Ann Knights, of 24, Queen St., King's Lynn. Buried in DIVE COPSE BRITISH CEMETERY, SAILLY-LE-SEC, Somme, France. Plot III. Row C. Grave 8.

KETTERINGHAM, DCM

Henry

[Listed as Lance Corporal on memorial] Private 7907, 2nd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died 26th October 1916. Born WIggenhall St Mary, enlisted Hempton. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (D.C.M.). Buried in BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot XXI. Row L. Grave 40.

LAKE

James William

Private M2/227661, Mechanical Transport, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 3rd December 1918. Aged 32. Son of William and Elizabeth Lake, of Magdalen, nr. Lynn, Norfolk. Buried in TERLINCTHUN BRITISH CEMETERY, WIMILLE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XII. Row B. Grave 5.

MERRISON

Percy William

Lance Corporal 240695, 1st/5th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died 19th April 1917. Aged 22. Son of James and Mary A. Merrison, of 35, Mount Pleasant Rd., Wisbech. No known grave. Commemorated on JERUSALEM MEMORIAL, Israel. Panels 12 to 15.

PETCHELL

Ralph

Private 41572, 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died 21st December 1917. Born and resident Magdalen, enlisted King's Lynn. Formerly 5238, Norfolk Regiment. Buried in TOURNAI COMMUNAL CEMETERY ALLIED EXTENSION, Tournai, Hainaut, Belgium. Plot IV. Row N. Grave 1.

PLAICE

Arthur

Lance Corporal 17861, 6th Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 17 March 1917. SDGW states born and enlisted Oxford, this should read enlisted and resident Oxford. One of four brothers who fell. In the 1891 census Arthur Plaice was aged 8, son of William and Mary Ann Plaice. born Magdalen, Norfolk, resident River Bank, Wiggnehal St Mary Magdalen. He had three brothers Charles (15), George (13) and John Thomas (10), and one sister, Fanny (19); he was the youngest. In the 1901 census he was living with his brother Charles, he was aged 20, a Brick Labourer, born Magdalen, Norfolk, living in Church Street, St Marylebone, London. IN 1905 Arthur Daniel Plaice married Nellie Lovergrove in the Otober to December Quarter 1905 in the St Marylebone Regitration District. In the 1911 census he is aged 29, married to Nellie (circa 1905), a Brewery Labourer, born Magdalen, Norfolk, resident 1 & 2 Littlemore Court St Aldates Oxford. Buried in A.I.F. BURIAL GROUND, FLERS, Somme, France. Plot III. Row M. Grave 24.

PLAICE

George

Aircraftman 2nd Class 288560, No. 5 Sub-Unit, General Duties Unit, Royal Air Force. Died 19th March 1919. Husband of Mrs. A. Plaice, of 9, Manning Place, Edgware Rd., Marylebone, London. Born in Norfolk. Son of William and Mary Ann Plaice, of Bakers Alley, Magdalen, King's Lynn, Norfolk, one of four brothers who fell. Buried in ST. MARYLEBONE CEMETERY, Marylebone, London (Middlesex). Grave reference W. 4. 5.

PLAICE

James Richard

[Spelt PLACE on SGDW] Lance Corporal 18547, 5th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 10th April 1917. Born Magdalen, enlisted Norwich. Son of William and Mary Ann Plaice, of Bakers Alley, Magdalen, King's Lynn, Norfolk, one of four brothers who fell. Buried in FAUBOURG D'AMIENS CEMETERY, ARRAS, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VII. Row G. Grave 43.

PLAICE

Walter

Rifleman S/30981, 16th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prine Consort's Own). Killed in action 21st March 1918. Aged 37. Born, resident and enlisted King's Lynn. Son of William and Mary Ann Plaice, of Bakers Alley, Magdalen, King's Lynn, Norfolk, one of four brothers who fell. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 81 to 84.

RICHER

Harry

Private 34798, 11th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died 22nd April 1917. Aged 21. Born Wormegay, enlisted King's Lynn, resident Magdalen. Son of William and Ellen Richer, of Magdalen; husband of Hilda Florence Richer, of River Bank, Magdalen, King's Lynn. Formerly 24946, Norfolk Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 85 to 87.

RICHER

John T

probably Private JOhn THomas RICHER, 22187, 2nd Battalion, Bordor Regiment. Killed in action 1st July 1916. Born St germain's, Norfolk, enlisted Norwich, resident Nordelph. Formerly 17069, Norfolk Regiment. Buried in DANTZIG ALLEY BRITISH CEMETERY, MAMETZ, Somme, France. Plot VI. Roiw B. Grave 9.

ROLFE

Joseph

Sergeant

SMALLEY

William

No further information currently available

SHARPE

George

Private 325050, 1st/8th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 6th September 1917. Born and resident Magdalen, enlisted Norwich. Formerly 328771, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Buried in AEROPLANE CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. PLot I. Row C. Grave 19.

TAYLOR

James

No further information currently available

TAYLOR

John W

No further information currently available

WHITRICK

John William

Private G/63165, 23rd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of Lodnon Regiment). Died 20th April 1917. Born and resident Magdalen, enlisted King's Lynn. Formerly G/9300, Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment. Buried in LIEGE (ROBERMONT) CEMETERY, Liege, Belgium. Grave 11.

WIFFIN

Charles Edward

Private 24031, 2nd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 24th February 1917. Born Magdalen, enlisted King's Lynn. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 10.

WORLD WAR - 1939 - 1945

BALES

John Lansbury James

Able Seaman P/JX 263137, H.M.S. Marne, Royal Navy. Killed when a torpedo hit his ship 12th November 1942. Aged 29. Son of George and Ruth Bales; of St. Germans, Norfolk. husband of Ida Mary Bales, of Magdalen, Norfolk. His brother Eric George also died on service. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 63, Column 1.

Note: HMS Marne was a M class, Destroyer, pennant G 35, built by Vickers Armstrong (Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K.), laid down 23rd october 1939, launched 30th October 1940, commisisoned 2nd December 1941. At 00.15 hours on 12th November 1942 the German submarine U-515 fired a spread of four torpedoes at the British destroyer tender HMS Hecla which was misidentified as a Birmingham class light cruiser and hit her in the engine room. Two torpedoes were surface-runners and the last also malfunctioned and was a circle-runner. The U-boat then hit the ship with three coups de grâce at 01.28, 01.49 and 02.06 hours, sinking the vessel. At 02.11 hours, U-515 fired two torpedoes and badly damaged the escorting HMS Marne.

BYE

H

possibly Harold BYE, Driver T/3969000, 78 Division H.Q., Royal Army Service Corps. Died 14th dECEMBER 1944. Aged 28. Son of Albert and Rose Bye; husband of Muriel Elsie Bye. Buried in SANTERNO VALLEY WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot II. Row E. Grave 13.

FULLER

John Edward Kitchener

Lance Sergeant T/64412, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 2nd April 1945. Aged 30. Husband of Sarah Alice Fuller. Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 55. Row G. Grave 9.

GARROD

Walter Francis

Flight Sergeant 647529, 53 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 4th October 1943. Son of Walter Jesse and Constance Gladys Garrod, of Magdalen, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 136.

HUGHES

H

No further information currently available

MANNING

H

No further information currently available

TUFFS

G

probably Arthur George TUFFS, Guardsman 2616831, 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died 5th February 1943. Aged 25. Son of John and Amy Jane Tuffs; husband of Lucy Doris Marjorie Tuffs, of Friday Bridge, Cambridgeshire. Buried in MEDJEZ-EL-BAB WAR CEMETERY, Tunisia. Plot 3. Row B. Grave 3.

WILSON

C

No further information currently available

WOOD

L

No further information currently available

Last updated 30 August, 2014

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