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Throughout Norfolk there are various memorials and rolls of honour dedicated to those men and women who fell in various wars. These memorials and rolls cover many centuries in some cases, most World War One and Two.

During any conflict there are certain acts of bravery or defiance that are noticeable above others. For these acts citations and medals have been awarded.

If anybody has information for those of the Second World War, Boer War, or the like similar to those supplied for the First World War then I would gladly post these as well.

These pages are available for transcripts of these memorials and rolls of honour. If you have a transcription of, or you are willing to transcribe, a Norfolk memorial or roll of honour for these pages then please contact me, the email address is below.

Current acknowledgements for assistance with these pages must go to Cliff Brown, Phil Curme, Dave Edwards, Lynda Smith, Christopher Comber, Joanne Robb, Ann McClean, Marlene Williamson, Fiona Davis and many others - thank you all.

Thank you,
Martin Edwards
email:rollofhonour@ntlworld.com

COASTAL MINE CLEARANCE
THE UNSUNG HEROES

Read about these men
New Memorial

There are stories of bravery and of daring and some have been recounted here. See Mark Crame's quest to commemorate two pilots from World War 2 - Johnny Wiseman and Allan Haddon - from 609 Squadron.

Please Note: Every attempt has been made to transcribe this information accurately but there are occasions that the information supplied is incorrect or errors occur during transcription. We do not wish to cause offence to any families of the men detailed here and will change the relevant information when informed.

Also note that places detailed on these memorials may appear in the wrong county. This information has been transcribed from the records given and, as the men were parochial, the information supplied at enlistment was the view of the men and the county they thought they resided in.

For those of you with an interest in the World War 1 there is The British Army in the Great War, World War 1 - Trenches on the Web, the Regimental Warpath and the Cambridgeshire branch of the Western Front Association. Cliff Brown, Chairman of the Cambridgeshire branch of the WFA, Lynda Smith, Dave Edwards and Phil Cume have generously added detail to the names recorded for many of these memorials giving details of those who died. These names are all taken from the main local war memorial (i.e. the town or village memorial). Some extra names are added on the end when they crop up elsewhere in the town/village, such as someone buried in the cemetery.

For further reading when researching World War 1 relatives then there is a book published by the Federation of Family History Societies for family Historians entitled "World War I Army Ancestry - Third Edition" by Norman Holding ISBN 1 86006 056 2.
East Dereham was one of the places where troop movements could be seen during World War 1 and there a some photographs taken at this time

PWSTS

A web site dedicated to Merchant Navy seamen who were trained at the (PWSTS). The PWSTS was founded in 1920 at Limehouse in London. The PWSTS was used to train boys for service as deck ratings in the Merchant Navy and was operated by the British Sailors Society. The PWSTS moved to Ingham, Stalham in 1940 and eventually transferred to Dover in 1953 until its closure in 1976.

The Society's aim is to reunite merchant navy seamen and to eventually establish a museum to commemorate the school, its staff and those who died during the war.

Their roll of honour board, which list boys trained at PWSTS Ingham, Norfolk can be viewed at:
http://www.pwsts.org.uk/plaque.htm

World War 1 & 2 -Norfolk Selection

Pre-1914 - Memorial Selection

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This site is maintained solely by volunteers and is funded by them as private individuals. This includes the purchase of photographs, books, rolls of honour plus the running costs of the site. We have always intended to make this site free to all. If you have gained from this site then please consider making a donation through PayPal by clicking on the donation button. Thank you.

If you would like to donate but not on-line then cheques can be made payable to, and sent to:

Martin Edwards
88 Laurel Walk
Kempston
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To gain an overview of all the towns and parishes covered, and hopefully to be covered, by this site there is an alphabetical index.

World War 1 & 2 Norfolk
Acle | Alburgh | Alby | Aldborough | Aldeby | Antingham | Ashby St Mary | Ashwicken, Bawsey amd Leziate | Attleborough | Aylmerton | Aylsham | Baconsthorpe | Bacton | Banham | Barnham Broom | Barningham Town | Bawburgh | Bawdeswell | Beeston | Bergh Apton | Bessingham | Besthorpe | Bexwell | Billockby | Binham Priory | Bircham Newton | Blakeney | Blofield | Bodham | Booton | Bradfield | Brampton | Brancaster | Briston | Brockdish | Broome | Brundall | Burgh St Margarety | Burnham Deepdale | Burnham Market | Burnham Norton | Burnham Overy | Burnham Sutton | Burnham Thorpe | Burnham Westgate | Buxton | Calthorpe | Castle Acre | Castle Rising | Chedgrave | Claxton | Clenchwarton | Cley Next the Sea | Clippesby | Colby | Colkirk | Cranwich | Cromer | Denton | Denver | Dersingham | Dilham | Diss | Diss Secondary/Grammar School | Ditchingham | Docking | Downham Market | Earsham | East Beckham | East Lexham | East Ruston | East Wretham | Edgefield | Elsing | Emneth | Fakenham | Felbrigg | Feltwell | Fincham | Fleggburgh St Margaret | Flitcham cum Appleton | Fordham | Forncett St Mary | Erpingham | Fring | Gimingham | Gooderstone | Great Bircham | Great Bircham St Marychurchyard | Great Dunham | Great Ellingham | Great Hockham | Great Massingham | Great Plumstead | Great Snoring | Great Walsingham | Great Yarmouth | Great Yarmouth WRNS| Gresham | Gunthorpe | Gunton | Haddiscoe | Hales | Hanworth | Hanworth Memorial Hall | Happisburgh | Hardley | Hardwick | Harleston | Heacham | Heckingham | Hellington | Hemblington | Hempton | Hemsby | Heydon | Hilgay, Ten Mile Bank | Hillington | Hindolveston | Hingham | Hockering | Hockham | Holkham | Holme Next the Sea | Holt | Holt St Andrew the Apostle | Honing | Hopton-on-Sea | Horstead | Houghton St Giles (Houghton in the Dale) | Hunstanton | Hunstanton St Edmunds | Hunstanton, Old | Hunstanton, Old, St Mary | Ickburgh | Ingham | Ingworth | Itteringham | Kings Lynn | Kings Lynn Post Office | Kirstead Green | Knapton | Langham | Langley | Lingwood | Little Barningham | Little Ellingham | Little Plumstead | Little Walsingham | Loddon | Long Stratton | Lynford | Magdalen | Marshland Smeeth & the Fens | Martham | Martham 609 Squadron | Matlaske | Mautby | Melton Constable | Metton | Morley St Botolph | Morston | Moulton St Mary | Mundesley | Mundford | Mundham | Necton | Nordelph | North Barsham | North Creake | North Lopham | North Runcton | North Tuddenham | Northwold | Norton Subcourse | Norwich All Saints |
Norwich Belvoir Street Methodist Church | Norwich, Breweries Memorials | Norwich Cathedral 34th Div. Royal Engineers | Norwich Cathedral Boys Model School | Norwich Cathedral Norfolk Regiment 1/4th Battalion | Norwich, Norfolk Teachers WW1 | Norwich, St Augustine WW2 | Norwich, St John the Baptist, Timberhill | Norwich St Peters Methodist Church | Norwich, St Saviour | Norwich, United Reformed Church | Old Buckenham | Ormesby St Margaret | Oulton | Oxborough or Oxburgh| Plumstead | Poringland | Postwick | Rackheath | Repps with Bastwick | Ringstead Parva | Rockland All Saints with St Andrew | Rockland St Mary | Rockland St Peter | Rollesby | Roughton | Roxham | Runcton Holme | Runhall | Runham | Ryston | Salhouse | Salle | Salter's Lode | Salthouse | Sandringham | Saxlingam, St Nargarets | Scoulton | Sea Palling | Sedgeford | Seething | Sharrington | Shelton | Sherborne | Sheringham | Snettisham | South Creake | South Lopham | South Lynn, All Saints | South Lynn, St Michael | South Walsham | Southery | Southrepps | Stanhoe | Starston | Stiffkey | Stoke Ferry | Stokesby | Stow Bardolph (E) | Suffield | Sutton | Swaffham | Swanton Novers | Swardeston | Syderstone | Tacolneston | Terrington St Clement | Terrington St John | Thetford | Thetford, St Peter's | Thetford Forest - Desert Rats | Thornham | Thorpe Abbotts | Thorpe Market| Thrigby| Thurgarton | Thurning | Thurton | Tilney All Saints | Tilney St Lawrence | Titchwell | Tittleshall-cum-Godwick | Tivetshall St Margaret | Tivetshall St Mary | Trunch | Twyford | Upper Sheringham | Upton | Walcott | Walpole St Andrew & Cross Keys | Walpole St Peter | Walpole St Peter Village Hall | Walsoken | Warham All Saints | Watlington | Watton | Weeting | Wells Next the Sea | Welney | Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalen | Wereham | West Barsham | West Beckham | West Newton | West Somerton | West Tofts | West Walton | West Winch | West Wretham | West Wick | Weybourne | Whissonsett | Wicklewood | Wickmere | Wimbotsham | Wiveton | Wolferton | Wood Dalling | Woodbastwick | Wormegay | Worstead | Wramplingham | Wymondham

Pre-1914
Norwich, Norfolk Boer War Memorial

The following places do not appear to have memorials:
Bagthorpe, Cockthorpe and Warham St Mary

Naval & Military Press Military History Books
Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum
Shirehall
Market Avenue
Norwich
Norfolk
NR1 3JQ
Tel: +44 (0) 1603 - 493649
Fax: +44 (0) 1603 - 493623
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The museum is siutated in the very ventre of Norwich, on the East side of the Castle Mound, next door to the Shirehall and opposite Anglia TV studios. The displays are themed and set out chronologically, with excellent interpretative panels; designed for those with no military knowledge as welt as the military historian. The Regiment was formed in 1685 and served around the world. The museum tells its story and the part that Norfolk’s soldiers, and their families, played in shaping three centuries of global history. The troops brought back some fascinating things from their various campaigns, some with obvious military use and some that are much more bizarre. There’s an important photographic collection which has been drawn upon for both the displays and a video about the Regiment in India. The extensive medal collection contains examples of every campaign medal and gallantry medal awarded to a Norfolk Regiment officer, including two Victoria Crosses. It’s an inspiring history lesson for visitors of all ages, and a fascinating insight into life in the ranks. There are also sections devoted to daily life in the Army, bands and drums etc. Entrance is also possible from the Castle Museum via a tunnel and reconstructed First World War Communication Trench. There is a temporary exhibition space for changing displays on a wide range of themes. The following are covered:

  • Royal Anglian Regiment
  • Royal Norfolk Regiment Collection
  • Royal Norfolk Regiment
  • 9th (or East Norfolk) Regiment of Foot
  • 9th Regiment of Foot
  • Colonel Henry Cornwall's Regiment of Foot

Much information about soldiers who fell, were awarded medals and more is to be found in old copies of the London Gazette. Here is a brief resume:

The London Gazette, first published in 1665, is the oldest, continuously published newspaper in the United Kingdom and probably the world. The London Gazette and its sister publications, the Edinburgh and Belfast Gazettes, have a unique position in British publishing. They are official newspapers of the Crown. The London Gazette contains a wide range of office notices including State, Parliamentary and Ecclesiastical notices, Transport and Planning notices as well as Corporate and Personal Insolvency notices to name a few. In addition, a number of Supplements are published covering Honours and Awards, Premium Bonds, Armed Forces Promotions and Re-gradings, Companies' information, etc. and a Quarterly Index.

In the 17th century, it was believed that National efficiency depended on the intelligence received by the Crown and that the reckless publishing of news might endanger it. An embargo on the printing of news other than reports of events abroad, natural disasters, Royal declarations and sensational crime continued until 1640. This had the effect of delaying the development of the press in the UK. Censorship was introduced in 1643, followed by licensing of news publications. The Gazette came about because of two momentous events: the Great Plague and the decision of King Charles II to remove his court - effectively the government of the time - to Oxford. The London Gazette started life as the Oxford Gazette and after a few months changed to its current title.

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NEWS AND REVIEWS

This section contains various news reports and cuttings, old and new, with reference to the memorials in and around Huntingdonshire. To view the section please click here.

The Maple Leaf Legacy Project

A Millennium Project in Remembrance of Canada's War Dead

War Memorials Trust

Friends of War Memorials is a charity dedicated to promoting awareness of the debt we owe to those who gave their lives in the cause of freedom, by ensuring that their memorials are properly maintained and preserved.

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Learn about the
UNITED KINGDOM NATIONAL INVENTORY OF WAR MEMORIALS

Some of the cap badges are laid out, on a separate page.

Not all memorials were to people; there are memorials to various types of animal that served and fell in World War I for example, dogs.

The various memorials and cemeteries maintained by the War Graves Commission for the Western Front are described and pictured on the Internet. There is also another site that describes these memorials. Details of Kranji War Cemetery and Taiping can be found on MyFarEast website.

 
Cick here for more information on the Muckleburgh collection
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King's Lynn Hardwick Road Cemetery
Photograph Copyright © Brenda Leedwell 2006

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