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WOOD NORTON WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Transcribed Joanne Burd; researched Martin Edwards - 2018

The memorial is located inside the church (All Saints, Wood Norton). The memorial is in the form of a wood triptych, with a brass cross in the central panel, which lists those who died. The names of the servicemen – those who served and survived as well as those who served and died are listed on the left and right hand panels of the memorial, which includes the name of the one soldier who died in World War 2. In addition, there is a brass plaque in the church dedicated to William Forbes Norris (who died at Gallipoli), and the Village Hall has the memorial plaque from the former village hall (taken down in 1997, when a new village hall was built on a site near the church). The war shrine was dedicated by the Bishop of Thetford, John Phillips Alcott Bowers, on the 21 June 1917. The names here have been sorted into alphabetical order, the first llist is of those who died, the second if those who served. Those marked '*' on the served list are those that gave their lives. See also Wood Norton Village - Memorial

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FOR GOD KING AND COUNTRY

GREATER LOVE HAS NO MAN THAN THIS

Died

BUCK Arthur Robert
Private 29227, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 25 May 1918. Aged 41. Born 2 March 1878 in Stibbard, Norfolk, resident East Dereham, Norfolk, enlisted Norwich, baptised at Stibbard 19 May 1878. Son of Robert and Elizabeth Buck. In the 1881 census he was aged 3, born Stibbard, Norfolk, son of Robert and Elizabeth Buck, resident Norton Road, Stibbard, Walsingham, Norfolk. In the 1901 census he was aged 22, born Stibbard, an Agricultural Labourer, living with his brother-in-law and sister, William and Jane Wright, in the Cottage, Wood Norton, Aylsham, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 28 and 29.
BURLINGHAM Robert Cecil
Private 240688, 1st/5th Battalion (Territorial Force), Norfolk Regiment.Killed in action 2 November 1917. Aged 21. Born 3 April 1896, baptised 14 June 1896 at Neatishead, Norfolk. Son of Charles and Elizabeth Burlingham, of Wood Norton, Guist, Norfolk; two brothers, Charles William (see those who served) and Frederick George. Attested in 24 September 1914, aged 18 years 5 months, resident Wood Norton, as Private 3085, 3rd/5th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, posted 29 January 1916. Height 5 feet 5¼ inches, chest 35½ inches. With Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force 3 June 1916. Embarked H.T. Royal George at Devonport 1 June 1916, disembarked at Alexandria 13 June 1916, joined his unit at Serapeum 21 June 1916. Suffered gunshot wounds to the right arm and slight wounds to the right thigh 19 April 1917 while in action. Religious denomination Church of England. Buried in GAZA WAR CEMETERY, Israel and Palestine (including Gaza). Plot XXIV. Row C. Grave 15.
COLMAN Nicholas Robert
[Listed as Robert Nicholas Colman on CWGC & SDGW] Corporal 9566, 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 30 November 1917. Aged 20. Born 30 Septemkber 1897 in Gunthorpe, Norfolk, enlisted Norwich, Norfolk, baptised 16 January 1898. Son of Daniel and Catherine Walkey Colman. In the 1901 census he was aged 3, born Gunthorpe, Norfolk, resident with his parents, Daniel and Catherine W Colman, at Village, Gunthorpe, Walsingham, Norfolk. In the 1911 census he was aged 13, born Gunthorpe, Norfolk, doing odd jobs on farm, resident with his parents, Daniel and Catherine W Colman, at Spalding Lane, Swanton Novers, Melton Constable Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL, Nord, France. Panel 4.
DAWSON George [Thomas]
Private G/20883, 14th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) transferred to Private 56558, 95th Company, Labour Corps. Died 19 September 1918. Born 30 January 1878 and resident Wood Norton, Norfolk, enlisted Norwich, baptised 5 June 1881 in Wood Norton. Son of James and Sarah Ann Dawson, of Wood Norton, Guist, Norfolk. In the 1901 census he was aged 23, born Wood Norton, an Agricultural Labourer, resident with his parents at Cottage, Wood Norton, Aylsham, Norfolk. In the 1911 census he was aged 33, unmarried, born Wood Norton, a Farm Labourer, resident with his parents in Wood Norton, East Dereham, Norfolk. Buried in MIKRA BRITISH CEMETERY, KALAMARIA, Greece. Grave 299.
DEW Charles
Private G/7529, 6th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Charles was discharged from the army on the 2 October 1918 due to gunshot wounds received, and died of pneumonia/influenza on 21 December 1918. Aged 19. Born 5 February 1897 (sic) and bapstised 14 May 1899 in Framlingham Pigot. In the 1901 census he was aged 2, born Framlingham Pigot, son of Thomas and Ann Elizabeth Dew, resident Near the School, The Street, Framingham Pigot, Henstead, Norfolk. In the 1911 census he was aged 12, born Framlingham Pigot, Norfolk, at school, son of Thomas George and Ann Elizabeth Dew, resident Wood Norton, East Dereham, Norfolk. At the time of discharge his address was given as The Lodge, Wood Norton, Norfolk. Formerly a Motor Driver. Height 5 feet 2 inches, weight 126 lbs, chest 34 inches. Buried 24 December 1918 in the ALL SAINTS, WOODNORTON, CHURCHYARD, Norfolk; his headstone bears the inscription ‘One of the Heroes’.
DOUGHTY Thomas Walter
[Splet Dougherty on SDGW] Rifleman 47409, 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles. Killed in action 24 March 1918. Aged 26. Born Norfolk, resident East Dereham, enlisted Woolwich, kent, baptised 24 January 1892 in Wood Norton. In the 1911 census he was aged 19, born Wood Norton, Norfolk, a Labourer On Farm, son of Thomas George and Anna Maria Doughty, resident Wood Norton, East Dereham, Norfolk. Formerly Driver T4/045785, Royal Army Service Corps. Buried in BOUCHOIR NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row E. Grave 128.
DUCKER Alfred William
[Listed as Albert on CWGC & SDGW] Private 19342, 2nd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in Mesopotamia 15 April 1916. Aged 18. Born Hindolveston, Norfolk, enlisted Norwich. Son of Alfred W. Ducker, of Brush Wood, Norton, Guist, Norfolk. In the 1911 census he was aged 12, born Hindolveston, Norfolk, at schoolo, son of Alfred William and Augusta Ducker, resident in Wood Norton, East Dereham, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 10.
LAKE Wilfred George
Private 43355, 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died 10 September 1916. Aged 20. Formerly 1520, Norfolk Yeomanry. No known grave. Commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 A and 11 D.
LEEDER Edward Barber
Able Seaman SS/5311, H.M. Submarine K.4., Royal Navy. Died in the North Sea (submarine) 31 January 1918. Aged 21. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 29.
NORRIS William Forbes
Lieutenant, 5th Battalion (Territorial), Norfolk Regiment attached to East Anglian Cyclist Division Company, Army Cyclist Corps. Killed in action at Sulva Bay (Gallipoli) 25 August 1915. Aged 21. Born 13 April 1894. Son of William E. and Annie Norris, of Wood Norton, Guist, Norfolk. In the 1901 census he was aged 6, born Hampstead, London, son of William E. and Annie Norris, resident Private House Farm, Wood Norton, Aylsham, Norfolk. In the 1911 census he was aged 16, born Hampstead, London, at school, son of William Edward and Annie Norris, resident Wood Norton, East Dereham, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Panel 43 to 45.

SADLER Stanley
Stoker 1st Class K/37377, H.M.S. "Scott", Royal Navy. Killed when torpedoed of the Dutch Coast 15 August 1918. Aged 21. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 29.
WRIGHT Alfred
Private 95831, 179th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died 8 December 1917. Aged 22. Son of William and Jane Wright, of Chapel, Wood Norton, Guist, Norfolk. Formerly 2632, 3/1st Battalion, Norfolk Yeomanry. Buried in JERUSALEM WAR CEMETERY, Israel and Palestine (including Gaza). Section U. Grave 52.
1939-1945
BELL Robert Martin
Warrant Officer Class II (C.S.M.) 5771799, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died 4 July 1944. Aged 32. Son of Robert Mitchell Bell and Margaret Bell; husband of Winifred Bell, of Middlesbrough, Yorkshire. Buried in LA DELIVRANDE WAR CEMETERY, DOUVRES, Calvados, France. Plot VIII. Row C. Grave 2.
Served
ANDREWS Walter Blomfield
BOWMAN Cubitt George
BRAY Ernest Barnet
BUCK Arthur Robert
* - see above
BURLINGHAM Charles William
Son of Charles and Elizabeth Burlingham, of Wood Norton, Guist, Norfolk; two brothers, Robert Cecil (see below) and Frederick George.
BURLINGHAM Robert Cecil
* - see above
COLMAN Nicholas Robert
* - see above
DAWSON Frederick
DAWSON George
* - see above
DAWSON Herbert
DEW Charles
* - see above
DEW James
DOUGHTY Augustus Elmar
DOUGHTY Ernest Percy
DOUGHTY Robert Henry
DOUGHTY Thomas Walter
* - see above
DUCKER Alfred William
* - see above
DYE Cyril Raymond
DYE Samuel Charles
ELLIS Albert Edward
FARROW Arthur Charles
GIBSON Henry
HARVEY Ernest Charles
HASTINGS Albert Thomas
KITTLE John
LAKE Wilfred George
* - see above
LEEDER Edward Barber
* - see above
MEALE Percy Gerald
MINDHAM Herbert George
MITCHELL Frank
MITCHELL Leonard Leslie
MYHILL Cyril Frederick
MYHILL Sidney Herbert
NORRIS William Forbes
* - see above
RUTLAND Sidney Herbert
SADLER Arthur
SADLER Edward
SADLER Fred
SADLER Stanley
* - see above
WILLIAMSON Alfred Frederick
WINTERBONE Sidney Alec
WRIGHT Alfred
* - see above
WRIGHT Edward

Last updated 11 May, 2018

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