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WIGHTON WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Michael Peck 2013

The Wighton memorial is to be found at the crossroads of Kirkgate Lane and High Street, in KIrkgate Lane, Wighton. It takes the form of a base surmounted by a plinth with a tapering shaft, a sword is on the front face of the shaft, and floriate cross; there is carved inscription on the sides of the plinth; the whole is set within railings mounted onto a low concrete wall. There are 14 names listed for World War 1 and 5 for World War 2. The cross was damaged in a storm and repaired in 1993. The men listed for World War 1 are listed in year groups.

Photographs Copyright © Michael Peck 2013

IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-18 FROM THIS PARISH

1915  
SAVORY William
Private 8054. 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 30th April 1915, aged 25 years. Son of Robert and Mary Ann Savory of Wighton. Born North Tuddenham and enlisted Wells, Norfolk. Buried St Sever Cemetery. A.8.19.
BRITTON Alfred
Alfred Robert Britton. Private 2968. 5th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died Gallipoli 12th August 1915. Enlisted East Dereham, Norfolk. Missing and commemorated Helles Memorial. Panel 42 to 44.
CLAXTON William George
Private 9356. 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 9th September 1915. Born Leith, Scotland and enlisted Norwich, Norfolk. Buried Norfolk Cemetery. I.C.1.
HORMSBY Harry
Unable to identify Harry Hormsby. Possibly mistake and should read Harry Hornsby. Private 18470. 2nd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died Salonika 22nd November 1915, aged 37 years. Son of Nehemiah and Anne Hornsby of Sutton Bassett, Northamptonshire. Born Sutton Bassett, Northamptonshire and enlisted Norwich, Norfolk. Present Branthill Cottages, Wighton 1911. Missing and commemorated Doiran Memorial.
1916 - 17  
BURTON William Albert
William Albert Burton birth registered 1895. Noted as William Burton on census and enlists as William Burton. Private 9387. 2nd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Mesopotamia 22nd April 1916. Son of (the late) Robert and Agnes Burton. Born Langham and enlisted Norwich, Norfolk. Missing and commemorated Basra Memorial. Panel 10.
WHITE Charles Edward
Private 25490. 8th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment. Killed in action 8th September 1916. Son of Edward John and Harriet Mary White of Wighton, Norfolk. Born Wighton, Norfolk and enlisted Parkgate, Rotherham, Yorkshire. Missing and commemorated Ploegsteert Memorial. Panel 8.
ROWE Sidney Charles
Private 41675. 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment, formerly 5311 Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds 2nd March 1917. Son of Alfred and Sarah Rowe of (as 1911) 20 Bridge View, Wighton, Norfolk. Born 1892 Wighton, enlisted Norwich and resident Wighton, Norfolk. Buried Grove Town Cemetery. III.C.5.
WHITE George William
Private 14775. 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 9th October 1917, aged 25 years. Son of Edward John and Harriet Mary White of Wighton, Norfolk. Born Wighton and enlisted Norwich, Norfolk. Missing and commemorated Tyne Cot Memorial. Panel 34 to 35 and 162.
YAXLEY Frederick William
Private 267190. 2/6th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment, formerly 992 Norfolk Cyclists Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 2nd December 1917. Born Walsingham and enlisted Wells, Norfolk. Missing and commemorated Cambrai Memorial. Panel 6.
1918  
ELEY Robert Violey
Private 17464. 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds 31st January 1918, aged 28 years. Son of Ebenezer and Emma Eley of Wighton, Norfolk. Born Whiting (mistranscribed Wighton?) and enlisted Norwich, Norfolk. Buried Mont Huon Military Cemetery. VI.F.10B.
ROWE Robert John
Possibly Robert John Rowe birth registered 1882. Noted as Robert Rowe on 1911 census and enlists as Robert Rowe. Private G/87420. 21st Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Killed in action 25th March 1918. Son of Alfred and Sarah Rowe. Husband of Matilda Susanna Rowe (nee Raines). Born Wighton (as census) or Kettlestone (as SDGW) and enlisted Norfolk (place unspecified). Missing and commemorated Arras Memorial. Bay 7.
ROWE Robert John
Possibly Robert John Rowe birth registered 1891. Noted as John Rowe on 1911 census and enlists as John Rowe. Private 12334. 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, attached 35th Trench Mortar Battery. Died of wounds 19th February 1918. Son of Henry and Ann Rowe of Crabbe, Wighton, Norfolk. Born Houghton in the Dale (now Houghton St Giles) and enlisted Norwich, Norfolk. Buried Merville Communal Cemetery Extension. I.C.3.
ROWE Frederick William
Lance Corporal 22497. 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds 21st August 1918, aged 23 years. Son of Frederick and Sarah Rowe of Wighton, Norfolk. Born Whiting (mistranscribed Wighton?) and enlisted Norwich, Norfolk. Buried Bagneux British Cemetery. IV.B.1.
BECKHAM John
Private 206377. 7th Battalion, Queens Own (Royal West Kent Regiment, formerly 1036 Norfolk Regiment. Died 21st November 1918. Born Melton Constable, enlisted Norwich and resident Walsingham, Norfolk. Buried Cologne Southern Cemetery. XVII.A.22.
1939-1945
BATTERBY Frederick George
Private 5775169. 5th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died 21st September 1944, aged 23 years. Son of Edward Arthur and Mary Ann Harriet Batterby of Wells, Norfolk. Missing and commemorated Singapore Memorial. Column 49.
FRANCIS Arthur William
Stoker 16076, Royal Australian Navy. HMAS ‘Kuttabul’. Died 1st June 1942, aged 41 years. Son of Sarah J Francis of Wighton, Norfolk. Buried Rookwood Necropolis. C of E Naval Section 4. Grave 829
LANE Frederick John
Private 5775157. 5th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died 5th January 1945, aged 25 years. Son of James William and Daisy Ethel Lane of Wighton, Norfolk. Buried Chungkai War Cemetery. 1.A.10.
WEST Francis Lewis
Corporal 885515. Royal Engineers. Died 28th August 1944, aged 26 years. Son of Frank Francis and Florence Beatrice West. Husband of Eva Mary West (nee Wilmot) of Bournemouth, HAM. Buried Wighton Cemetery. Grave 20.
WOODS Stanley Robert
Possibly Stanley R W Woods, birth recorded Aylsham District 1921 (mother nee Stearman) but unable to identify as casualty or civil death and no further information.

Last updated 10 August, 2016

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