War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Martin Edwards 2019
Billingford war memorial is to be found inside St leonard's Church off
the A143 at Billingford, Norfolk. There is more than one Billingford
in Norfolk, this village is near Diss. The memorial within the church
takes the form of a rectangular, marble, tablet with nowy head within
which is a cypress within a wreath, mounted on black backboard. The
inscription below is followed by names for both World War 1 and 2 and
a quotation; all the lettering is in black. There is also a handwritten
Roll of Honour, with a wooden frame and glass, on the window sill, that
has not been transcribed yet.
(above) Copyright © Helen Steed 2012
Photograph (below) Copyright © John Lock 2019
THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN
LOVING MEMORY OF THE MEN OF
THIS PARISH WHO SACRIFICED
THEIR LIVES IN THE SERVICE
OF THEIR COUNTRY 1914 - 1918
as Lieutenant on memorial] Captain, Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal
Canadians). Died 31 March 1918. Awarded the Victoria Cross (V.C.).Son
of Arthur J. B. and Hannah Flowerdew, of Billingford Hall, Scole,
Norfolk. Buried in NAMPS-AU-VAL BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France.
Plot I. Row H. Grave 1.
from the Second Supplement to the London Gazette, No. 30648, 24
most conspicuous bravery and dash when in command of a squadron
detailed for special service of a very important nature. On reaching
the first objective, Lt. Flowerdew saw two lines of the enemy, each
about sixty strong, with machine guns in the centre and flanks,
one line being about two hundred yards behind the other. Realising
the critical nature of the operation and how much depended upon
it, Lt. Flowerdew ordered a troop under Lt. Harvey, V.C. to dismount
and carry out a special movement while he led the remaining three
troops to the charge. The squadron (less one troop) passed over
both lines, killing many of the enemy with the sword; and wheeling
about galloped at them again. Although the squadron had then lost
about 70 per cent of its numbers, killed and wounded, from rifle
and machine gun fire directed on it from the front and both flanks,
the enemy broke and retired. The survivors of the squadron then
established themselves in a position where they were joined, after
much hand-to-hand fighting, by Lt. Harvey's party. Lt. Flowerdew
was dangerously wounded through both thighs during the operation,
but continued to cheer on his men. There can be no doubt that this
officer's great valour was the prime factor in the capture of the
16370, 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died 21 March 1918. Born
Billingford, Norfolk, resident Scole, Norfolk. Awarded the Military
Medal (M.M.). No known grave, Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas
de Calais, France. Bay 3.
Steward 1st Class L/4637 (Ch), H.M.S. Conquest, Royal Navy. Killed
in action when in conflict with German Squadron of the East Coast
25 April 1916. Aged 22. Born 5 April 1894 in Diss. Son of Jonathan
and Anna E. Nunn, of Billingford, Scole, Norfolk. In the 1901 census
he was aged 6, born Billingford, Norfolk, son of Jonathan and Anna
Nunn, resident Upper Street, Great Common, Billingford, Depwade,
Norfolk. In the 1911 census he was aged 16, born Billingford, a
Houseboy, employed at Wramplingham Hall, Wramplingham, Wymondham,
Norfolk. Footman prior to enlistment. Height 5 feet 5 inches, chest
36 inches, light brown hair, grey eyes, fresh complexion. Buried
at Sea. No known grave. Commemorated at CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL,
Kent. Panel 18.
16366, 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died 1 April 1917. Aged
23. Son of George and Rosa Race, of Billingford, Scole, Norfolk.
Buried in PHILOSOPHE BRITISH CEMETERY, MAZINGARBE, Pas de Calais,
Franc. Plot I. Row N. Grave 24.
Bombardier 30672, 94th Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Died 11 August
1917. Aged 33. Son of George and Rosa Race, of Billingford, Scole,
Norfolk. Buried in THE HUTS CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Plot II. Row C. Grave 3.
613599, 653 A.O.P. Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 21 November 1944.
Aged 29. Son of Stanley Clayton Hill and Margaret Hill; husband
of Ivy Hill, of Marfleet, Yorkshire. Buried in BILLINGFORD (ST.
LEONARD) CHURCHYARD, Norfolk.
thou faithful unto death and
I will give thee a crown of life."
29 November, 2019