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A village located a few miles west of Gt Yarmouth. The memorial cross was unveiled by the widow of G K T Fisher, listed below, 10th December 1922. The memroial takes the form of a cross mounted on a tiered base inset into the churchwall, whichis recessed.


1914 1918

Private 32086. 8th Battalion,, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Sunday 14 October 1917. Age 44. Enlisted Norwich. Son of James and Rebecca Blogg, of Thurne Rd., Fleggburgh, Great Yarmouth. Commemorated: TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 34 to 35 and 162A
No further information available at present
William Ernest
Private 870104. 2nd/6th Battalion,, Manchester Regiment. Formerly 202965 Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 21 March 1918. Born Fleggburgh. Lived Great Yarmouth. Enlisted Wroxham. Commemorated: POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 64 to 67
Possibly: Robert Dyble. Gunner 11536. 25th Div. Ammunition Col., Royal Field Artillery. Died Tuesday 13 August 1918. Born Great Yarmouth. Enlisted Reading, Berks. Buried: VAUXBUIN FRENCH NATIONAL CEMETERY, Aisne, France. Ref. II. C. 2.
George Kenneth Thompsin
Captain, 1st/4th (Territorial) Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 3rd September 1917; he was on patrol duty on the night of September 2nd/3rd when a sniper took a shot at him then threw a grenade. He was carried to the first line trench but only lived an hour. Aged 38. Born 4th August 1879. Originally from Ashdown Park, Sussex. Educated Cheam School, London (now Headley, Berkshire). Eldest son of Bishop George Carnac Fisher and Mary Penelope Gwendoline Fisher of Burgh House Fleggburgh; husband of Janet Fisher, of 23, Launceston Place, London, S.W (married August 1914) and father of two sons. Buried in GAZA WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Plot XXIV. Row A. Grave 12. Also commemorated on Cheam School War Memorial Board. His son died in World War 2 [see World War 2 transcription].

Probably from Harrow School publication. (Head Master's is the name of one of the boarding houses at the school and the years 1893-1897 would be right for his secondry school years):

Norfolk Regiment
Aged 38

The Head Master's 93-97

September 3rd, 1917

ELDEST son of George C. Fisher, successively Bishop of Southampton and Ipswich, and Hon. Canon of Norwich, of Burgh House, Fleggburgh, Norfolk, and of Mary Penelope Gwendoline, daughter of the late T. C. Thompson, of Ashdown Park, Sussex, late M.P. for Durham City.

New College, Oxford, B.A., 1902. Studied Art under Mr. G. A. Storey, R.A., Mr. Frank Brangwyn, R.A., and Mr. Arnesby Brown, R.A. Travelled in Asia Minor and the Balkans. Took an appointment in the Labour Exchange under the Board of Trade.

Married, in 1914, Janet Katherine Mary, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anson and sister of the late Sir Denis Anson, Bart., and leaves two sons.

Captain Fisher was given a Commission on the outbreak of the War in the 4th Norfolks and with them sailed for Gallipoli in June, 1915, taking part in the landing at Suvla Bay. He was mentioned in Despatches. He was invalided home suffering from dysentery and then held a Staff Appoint­ment and subsequently a position in the Ministry of Munitions, but returned to his Regiment and sailed for Egypt in March, 1917. On the night of September 2nd, 1917, he was out on patrol and, being somewhat in advance of the rest, was mortally wounded by a bomb thrown by a Turkish sniper. He was brought back into the lines by the patrol, but died a few minutes after his return. He was buried in the cemetery four miles south of Gaza.

His Colonel wrote :­

“Ever since I took over the command of the Battalion he had been one of my chief supporters. . . . I can't tell you what a help he was to me. I cannot replace him either as an Officer or companion.”

The Chaplain wrote :­

“We could ill afford to lose such a fine character. He was a great favourite and beloved by all who knew him. He was always the same, cheerful and good-humoured. I may say that I have lost a true friend.”

Sir George Barnes, K.C.B., Member of the Indian Council, wrote :­ “He will be a real loss to the Board of Trade, for, starting at the very bottom, he had steadily won his way upwards by his industry and by his force of character. . . . All the advancement he got he won for himself, and it is no easy thing to win advancement from the bottom in Government employ.”

Possibly: Private DM2/171259. "L" Siege Park, Royal Army Service Corps attd. 119th Army Bde XI Corps., Royal Field Artillery. Died Wednesday 12 February 1919. Buried: HALLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Halle, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium . Ref. A. 38.
Frederick George
Private 203432. 1st/4th Battalion,, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds Thursday 26 April 1917. Age 36. Enlisted East Dereham, Norfolk. Son of John and Elizabeth Gowing, of Billockby, Norfolk; husband of Emma Matilda Gowing, of Clippesby, Fleggburgh, Great Yarmouth. Buried: KANTARA WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Ref. B. 131.
Serjeant 19208. 1st Provisional Coy., Royal Engineers. Died Wednesday 20 November 1918. Age 29. Buried: BURGH ST. MARGARET CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, Norfolk, United Kingdom.
John Frederick
Engineman 2383ES. H.M. Drifter "Cosmos., Royal Naval Reserve. Died Friday 15 February 1918. Age 31. Son of John and Emily Miller, of Ormsby St. Michael; husband of Flora Miller, of Fleggburgh, Norfolk. Commemorated: CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent, United Kingdom. Ref. 31.

Special note: H.M. Drifter Cosmos: Admiralty No 1435, Pennant No LT.477, 91 tons launched 1914, 1 x 3 pounder AA gun, net sweeper, sunk 15th February 1918 by German Destroyers in the Dover Straits.

Albert Henry
Private 4011. 1st/4th Battalion,, Norfolk Regiment. Died Wednesday 23 December 1914. Age 33. Son of the late Henry and Caroline Narburgh; husband of Edith Mary Narburgh, of Ivy Cottage, Fleggburgh. Born at Fleggburgh. Buried: BURGH ST. MARGARET CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, Norfolk, United Kingdom.
Jonathan Barlow
Private 40501. 4th Battalion,, Bedfordshire Regiment. Formerly 29086 Essex Regiment. Killed in action Tuesday 30 October 1917. Born Billockby, Norfolk. Lived Fleggburgh Marshes. Enlisted Norwich. Commemorated: TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 48 to 50 and 162A
George Edward
Rifleman 565080. 15th Battalion,, London Regiment (Queen's Westminster Rifles). Killed in action on Thursday 16 August 1917. Age 41. Born Fleggburgh. Lived Yarmouth. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Robert and the late Sarah Ann Tooke, of Fleggburgh; husband of Mabel May Tooke, of Fleggburgh, Gt. Yarmouth, Norfolk. Commemorated: YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 54
Arthur [William]
Private STK/1441, 10th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City Of London Regiment). Died of wounds 17 April 1917. Aged 27. Born and resident Great Yarmouth, enlisted Cockspur St. London. Son of Alfred Arthur and Vestal Sabina Turner, of Pear Tree Cottage, Fleggburgh, Great Yarmouth. In the 1891 census he is listed as aged 2, born Norfolk, resident with his parents, Alfred and Upstal Turner, in Street Road, Flegg Burgh, Flegg, Norfolk. In the 1901 census he is aged 12, born Burgh St Margaret, Norfolk, resident with hhis parents, Alfred and Westal Turner, in Rollesby Road, Burgh St Margaret, Flegg, Norfolk. Buried in DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row B. Grave 33.
Herbert James
Private 77795. 17th Battalion,, Royal Fusiliers. Formerly 63906 Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action on Thursday 6 June 1918. Age 18. Born and lived Fleggburgh. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Mrs. E. Turner, of Somerton Rd., Martham, Great Yarmouth. Native of Fleggburgh. Buried: BIENVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. XVIII. B. 14.
Robert George
Air Mechanic 2nd Class. 25701. 11th Res. Lorry Park, Royal Air Force. Died Tuesday 29 October 1918. Age 21. Son of Robert and Caroline Waters, of Fleggburgh, Great Yarmouth. Buried: DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. VIII. B. 42.
Hawserman. Steam Trawler "Copious (Yarmouth), Mercantile Marine. Died Tuesday 3 November 1914. Age 36. Son of Hannah Waters and the late William Waters; husband of Mary Jane Waters (nee Turner), of Burgh St. Margaret, Gt. Yarmouth. Born at Thurne, Norfolk. Commemorated: TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, London, United Kingdom.
1939 1945
Geoffrey Charles
Private 7953941. 1st Battalion,, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died Tuesday 6 June 1944. Aged 22. Born 15 August 1921. Son of Frederick and Elsie Baldwin. Before enlistment employed as an Apprentice & Joiner Carpenter. Resident in 1939 at 61 Wolseley Road, Great Yarmouth C.B., Norfolk. Buried: LA DELIVRANDE WAR CEMETERY, DOUVRES, Calvados, France. Ref. IX. F. 5.
Alfred Percy
Aircraftman 1st Class. 648356. Royal Air Force. Died Wednesday 19 June 1940. Age 20. Son of Alfred Ernest and Ethel Elizabeth Cooper, of Horningtoft. Buried: CLIPPESBY (ST. PETER). CHURCHYARD, Norfolk, United Kingdom.
James Harry William
Flight Sergeant 1333947. Nav.Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 14 September 1944. Age 22. Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Durrant, of Fleggburgh. Buried: BURGH ST. MARGARET CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, Norfolk, United Kingdom.
Basil Mark
[Transcribed as BNM] Flying Officer (Pilot) 72382, 111 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 15 August 1940. Son of George and Janet Fisher. Buried in ETON (ST. JOHN) CHURCH CEMETERY, Buckinghamshire. Grave 41. His father died in World War 1 [see transcription above]

Extract from The Battle of Britain Monument (see link for photographs):

Basil Mark Fisher was born on 8th October 1916 and educated at Eton. he went on to read Modern Languages and History at Trinity College, Cambridge. He was commissioned in the RAFVR in July 1938 and called to full-time service in October 1939. He was then working for the Board of Customs and Excise.

Fisher completed his training and joined 111 Squadron at Croydon on 12th May 1940. On 15th August, in an action with Ju88's and Me110's over Selsey, Fisher was shot down in flames. He baled out but was killed. His Hurricane, P3944, crashed at Greenwoods Farm, Sidlesham.

He was 23 and is buried in St John's Church Cemetery, Eton.

His older brother, F/O AGA Fisher, also served in 111 Squadron and survived the war.

Michael John Carnac
Second Lieutenant 113753. 2nd Battalion,, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment.). Died Friday 31 May 1940. Age 20. Son of William Lawrence Thompson Fisher and Eleanor Mary Fisher, of Billockby, Norfolk. Buried: OOSTDUINKERKE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Koksijde, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. Row F. Grave 131.
Walter George
Sergeant 2235544. 189 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Wednesday 7 March 1945. Age 19. Son of William George and Violet May Gedge, of Fleggburgh, Norfolk. Buried: BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY, Soltau, Niedersachsen, Germany. Ref. 24. A. 4.
Gordon Henry
Warrant Officer 1284578. 139 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Monday 29 November 1943. Age 20. Son of Henry Charles Jackson, and of Leah Ursula Jackson, of Fleggburgh, Norfolk. Buried: RANGOON WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar. Ref. Coll. grave 6. E. 1-6.
Leon Phillip
Private 5778862. 2nd Battalion,, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died Thursday 4 May 1944. Age 29. Son of Andre Joseph Leban and Louise Elizabeth Leban; husband of Edna Noreen Leban, of Ormesby-St. Michael, Norfolk. Buried: KOHIMA WAR CEMETERY, India. Ref. 2. C. 16.
Frank Robert
Volunteer. 11th Norfolk Battalion,, Home Guard. Died Wednesday 18 March 1942. Age 49. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Paul; husband of Alice Jane Paul, of Clippesby. Buried: CLIPPESBY (ST. PETER). CHURCHYARD, Norfolk, United Kingdom.
No further information available at present
Edwin Jarvis
Seaman C/X 10860B. H.M.S. Pintail, Royal Naval Reserve. Died Friday 1 November 1940. Age 24. Son of Sarah Smith, of Fleggburgh. Buried: Sec. A. (Naval Reservation). GREAT YARMOUTH (CAISTER) CEMETERY, Norfolk, United Kingdom. Ref. Grave 94.

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