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FRITTON WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2012

The Fritton War memorial is to be found within the parish church and is in the form of two brass plaques mounted one above the other. The World War 1 plaque has a wood surround with an ornately inscribed brass plaque inserted with four names listed. The Secodn World War plaque is a simple brass plaque with four more names inscribed.

Photographs Copyright © Helen Steed 2012

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN HONOURED MEMORY OF
THE MEN FROM THIS PARISH WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR
1914-1918

CROUCHEN, MM

George Edmund

Lance Corporal 66791. 110th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), formerly 5329 Middlesex Regiment. Killed in action 11th October 1917. Son of John Mingay and Roseanna Crouchen of Turnpike Road, Fritton, Suffolk (as 1911). Husband of Alice M Crouchen (nee Barber), father of John W Crouchen. Born 1890 Fritton and enlisted Lowestoft, SFK, resident Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 154 to 159 and 163A.

DODDINGTON

Henry

Private 9278. 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds Lahore British General Hospital, Calais 23rd October 1915 (wounded right leg by grenade or gun shot, army records vary). Son of Thomas William and Ruth Doddington of Hill House, Belton, Norfolk. Grandson of Jeremiah and Ellen Sturman. Born 1895 Belton and enlisted 14th August 1914 Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Buried in CALAIS SOUTHERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot A. Row 3. Grave 7.
Note: property to Miss Florence K Berry, now Mrs Cole (relationship unexplained).

ROGERS

William Richard

Private 40709, 10th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died of wounds 11 August 1917. Aged 35. Born 1882 Scratby, Norfolk, enlisted Lowestoft, resident Fritton Decoy, Great Yarmouth. Son of Mr. J. Rogers; husband of M. Rogers, of 28, Arundel Rd., New Town, Great Yarmouth. Formerly 19572, Northamptonshire Regiment. Buried in BRANDHOEK NEW MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot V. Row F. Grave 2.

TURNER

James George William

Gunner, "K" Anti-Aircraft Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery (formerly of 99th Siege Battery). Killed in action 21 May 1917. Aged 18. Born 7 June 1898 in Fritton, Suffolk, enlisted 23 October 1915 at Great Yarmouth. Son of Lewis and Mary Ann Turner, of 45, Wolseley Rd., Southtown, Great Yarmouth. Born at Fritton, Suffolk. Buried in FEUCHY BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row C. Grave 12.

THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY
THEIR SOULS TO GOD

IN HONOURED MEMORY
OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR 1939-1945

BURRAGE

Raymond Gilbert

Pilot Officer (Pilot) 115114, 165 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 19 September 1942. Aged 20. Son of Charles James Burrage and Lilian Agnes Burrage, of Fritton. Buried in FRITTON (ST. EDMUND) CHURCHYARD, Suffolk. Grave 22.
Note: squadron operated from Gravesend on date, flew Supermarine Spitfire V aircraft.

LAY

John James William

Flit Sergeant (Air Gunner) 508691, 2819 Squadron, R.A.F. Regtiment, Royal Air Force. Died 15 July 1945. Aged 35. Son of Herbert and Hannah Lay, of Great Yarmouth, husband of Violet Gwendoline Lay, of Fritton, Suffolk. Born 5th September 1909, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk and enlisted 15th May 1928. Buried in GREAT YARMOUTH (GORLESTON) CEMETERY, Norfolk. Section W. Grave 295.
Note: trade Air Gunner suggests man flew at one time before posting to non flying squadron.

NICKERSON

Ernest Seymour

Chief Steward, S.S. Dundrum Castle (cargo vessel, sank Red Sea after break out of fire), Merchant Navy. Died 3 April 1943. Aged 31. Son of Edward George and Mary Nickerson (nee Curtis), of Fritton, Norfolk. King's Commendation for Brave Conduct. No known grave. Commemorated on TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, London. Panel 36.

SWANN

William John

Corporal 5824928, 5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died as a Japanese Prisoner of War 5 January 1945. Aged 33. Son of John and Phyliss Swann (nee Catchpole); husband of Frances Swann (nee Blaza), of Wrentham, Suffolk. Buried in SAI WAN WAR CEMETERY, China, (including Hong Kong). Plot VI. Row B. Grave 4.

Individual Memorial
BUXTON Ronald Henry

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
RONALD HENRY BUXTON
LIEUTENANT 2ND BATTALION
NORFOLK REGIMENT
BORN 1874 KILLED IN ACTION
AT STERKFONTEIN TRANSVAAL
13TH DECEMBER 1901
AND REACHED BY DUTYS PATH
A LIFE BEYOND THE LIFE HE LOST

Born 3rd November 1874 Flixton, Suffolk, the son of Henry Edmund and Mary Rosalind Buxton (nee Upcher) of Fritton Decoy, Suffolk. Joined Norfolk Regiment June 1896 and served in West Africa 1897 – 1898 before service in South African War. Educated Harrow. Commemorated Fritton (St Edmund) Churchyard. See also Norwich Boer War Memorial and Ipswich Boer War Memorial

Extract taken from The Last Post: Roll of Officers Who Fell in South Africa 1899-1902 by Mildred G Dooner reprinted by Naval & Military Press

Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment (Mounted Infantry), killed near Sterkfontein 13th December 1901. Born November 1874, educated at Harrow, entered the Norfolk Regiment June 1896, promoted lieutenant December 1897. Served in West Africa in operations on the, Niger, 1897-98, being mentioned in despatches 23rd May 1899, and was employed with the West African Frontier Force from February 1898 to February 1900. He then proceeded to South Africa and saw service there during 1900-1901.

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