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FLEGGBURGH ST MARGARET, BURGH & BILLOCKBY WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Lynda Smith 2003
additional information Lucy Hall and Gemma Robbins-Flowerdew

Photographs Copyright © Lynda Smith 2003

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, 10 December 1922. The memorial takes the form of a cross mounted on a tiered base inset into the churchwall, which is recessed.

IN MEMORY OF THE MEN
OF BURGH & BILLOCKBY
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WAR

1914 1918

BLOGG
Matthew
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. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 34 to 35 and 162A
CARTER
Isaac George
Private 44500, 15th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action in France & Flanders 9 September 1918. Resident Fleggburgh, near Gt. Yarmouth, enlisted Norwich. Son of Isaac Carter, chaffeur, and Catherine “Bessie” Carter; he lived with them and his siblings in Fleggburgh. He was born on 31 August 1898 and baptised on 2 October 1898 at St. Margaret Church in Fleggburgh. No known grave. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 9.
DURRANT-ROSE
William Ernest
[Listed as DURRANT on memorial] Private 270104 [Listed as 870104 on SDGW], 2nd/6th Battalion, Manchester Regiment formerly 202965, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 21 March 1918. Born Fleggburgh, resident Great Yarmouth, enlisted Wroxham. Buried in ASSEVILLERS NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot II. Row D. Grave 3.
DYBLE
Percy Thomas
Private 40011, 1st/4th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in Palestine 11 December 1917. Born Fleggburgh, Norfolk, enlisted Norwich, Norfolk. Buried in RAMLEH WAR CEMETERY, Israel and Palestine (including Gaza). Section D. Grave 57.
DYBLE
Robert
Gunner 11536. 25th Div. Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery. Died as a Prisoner of War, Tuesday 13 August 1918. Born Great Yarmouth, enlisted Reading, Berks. Son of Frederick and Mary Ann Dyble. Buried in VAUXBUIN FRENCH NATIONAL CEMETERY, Aisne, France. Plot II. Row C. Grave 2.
FISHER
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):

CAPTAIN G. K. T. FISHER
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.”

GOWING
Alfred James

Private DM2/171259. "L" Siege Park, Royal Army Service Corps attached to 119th Army Brigade, XI Corps, Royal Field Artillery. Died Wednesday 12 February 1919. Birth registered in the January to March Quarter 1885 in Flegg Registration District, Norfolk. In the 1911 census he was aged 26, born Billockby, Norfolk, a Horseman on Farm, son of John and Elizabeth Gowing, unmarried, resident Billockby, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Buried in HALLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Halle, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium. Row A. Grave 38.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1919:

GOWING Alfred James of Billockby Norfolk private R.A.S.C. died 12 February 1919 in France Administration Norwich 27 September to Elizabeth Gowing widow. Effects £446 3s. 8d.
GOWING
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 in KANTARA WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Section B. Grave 131.
GOWING
R A
No further information currently available
HARDIMAN
William James
Serjeant 19208. 1st Provisional Company, Royal Engineers. Died at Fort Fitt Military Hospital, Chatham, Kent from influenza Wednesday 20 November 1918. Age 29. Only son of William and Esther Hardiman, born 31 December 1888, baptised 10 February 1889. Married Olive Emma Johnson. Buried in BURGH ST. MARGARET CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, Norfolk, United Kingdom.
MILLER
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. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent, United Kingdom. Panel 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.

NARBURGH
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 in BURGH ST. MARGARET CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, Norfolk, United Kingdom.
SAUNDERS
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. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 48 to 50 and 162A
TOOKE
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. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 54
TURNER
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.
TURNER
Herbert James
Private 77795, 17th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Formerly 63906 Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action on Thursday 6 June 1918. Age 18. Born and resident Fleggburgh, enlisted Norwich. Son of Mrs. E. Turner, of Somerton Rd., Martham, Great Yarmouth. Native of Fleggburgh. Buried in BIENVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XVIII. Row B. Grave 14.
WATERS
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 in DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row B. Grave 42.
WATERS
William
Hawserman (Whaleman), Steam Trawler "Copious" (Yarmouth), Mercantile Marine. Drowned at sea when his ship struck a mine Tuesday 3 November 1914. Age 36. Born at Thurne, Norfolk. Last place of abode Yarmouth, Norfolk. Son of Hannah Waters and the late William Waters; husband of Mary Jane Waters (nee Turner), of Burgh St. Margaret, Gt. Yarmouth. In the 1901 census he was aged 23, born Burgh St Margaret, Norfolk, a Fisherman, stepson of John and Hannah (formerly Waters) Blogg, resident Common, Burgh St Margaret, Flegg, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, London, United Kingdom.
1939 1945
BALDWIN
Geoffrey Charles
Private 7953941, 1st Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in North-West Europe Tuesday 6 June 1944. Aged 22. Born 15 August 1921. Born and resident Great Yarmouth. 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 in LA DELIVRANDE WAR CEMETERY, DOUVRES, Calvados, France. Plot IX. Row F. Grave 5.
COOPER
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 in CLIPPESBY (ST. PETER). CHURCHYARD, Norfolk.
DURRANT
James Harry William
Flight Sergeant (Navigator) 1333947, 6 Operational Training Unit, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Flying out of Silloth, Cumberland, in a Wellington XIV, serial number HF200 he was killed when his aircraft stalled and crashed on ther approach to Silloth due to an engine fire duriing a training flight Thursday 14 September 1944. Age 22. Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Durrant, of Fleggburgh. Buried in BURGH ST. MARGARET CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, Norfolk.
FISHER
B W M
possibly Basil Mark FISHER, 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.

FISHER
Michael John Carnac
Second Lieutenant 113753, 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action with the Expeditionary Force in France Friday 31 May 1940. Age 20. Born London, resident Norwich. Son of William Lawrence Thompson Fisher and Eleanor Mary Fisher, of Billockby, Norfolk. In the 1921 census he was aged 1, born London, son of William Lawrence and Eleanor Mary Fisher, grandson of Mary Penelope Gwendoline Fisher, resident Burgh House, Fleggburgh, Rollesby Road, Burgh St Margaret & St Mary, Norfolk. Buried in OOSTDUINKERKE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Koksijde, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Row F. Grave 131.
GEDGE
Walter George
Sergeant (Air Gunner) 2235544, 189 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Flying out of Felbeck, Lincolnshire, in a Lancaster III, serial number ME452, he was killed when his aircraft crashed at Frelsdorf 10 miles west of Bremervorde during a raid on an oil refinery at Harburg, 3 of the crew survived and were captured, Wednesday 7 March 1945. Age 19. Native of Fleggburgh, Norfolk. Son of William George and Violet May Gedge, of Fleggburgh, Norfolk. Buried in BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY, Soltau, Niedersachsen, Germany. Plot 24. Row A. Grave 4.
JACKSON
Gordon Henry
Warrant Officer 1284578, 139 Squadron [CGWC] or 62 Squadron [Air Records], Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (India/Burma Command). Died as a Prisoner of War Monday 29 November 1943; originally flying out of Cuttack, India, he was shot down in Hudson V9221 at Setse, Burma, during a raid on the Andaman Islands on 18 April 1942; he died in an Allied air raid on Rangoon Gaol. Age 20. Born 11 September 1923. Son of Henry Charles Jackson, and of Leah Ursula Jackson, of Fleggburgh, Norfolk. In the 1939 Register he was single, bon 11 September 1923, son of Leah U Jackson (a widow), resident Rollesby Road, Fleggburgh, Blofield and Flegg R.D., Norfolk. Buried in RANGOON WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar (Burma). Plot 6. Row E. Collective grave 1-6.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1944:

JACKSON Gordon Henry of 13 Council Houses Fleggburgh Norfolk died 29 November 1943 on war service Administration Norwich 23 May to Leah Ursula Jackson widow. Effects £169 1s. 5d.
LEBAN
Leon Phillip
Private 5778862, 2nd Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in Burma Thursday 4 May 1944. Age 29. Born 22 October 1914. Born and resident Great Yarmouth. Son of Andre Joseph Leban and Louise Elizabeth Leban; husband of Edna Noreen Leban, of Ormesby-St. Michael, Norfolk. In the 1939 Register he was born 22 October 19145, a Sugar factory Pulp Carrier Labourer, married to Edna N (nee Fenner) Leban, resident Low Road, Ormesby St Margaret, Blofield and Flegg R.D., Norfolk. Buried in KOHIMA WAR CEMETERY, India. Plot 2. Row C. Grave 16.
PAUL
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 in CLIPPESBY (ST. PETER). CHURCHYARD, Norfolk.
QUANTRELL
Walter Henry

[Spelt QUANTRILL on memorial] Private 5947770, 5th Battalion Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment. Died in Malaya (now Singapore) following a traffic accident in Yeoh Choo Kang Village near Selatar during the Japanese invasion on 14/15 February 1942. Aged 29. Born in Norfolk in 1912 to parents William Frederick and Alice Emma Quantrell, and married Irene Kate Moore in 1940. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 64.

SMITH
Edwin Jarvis
Seaman C/X 10860B, H.M.S. Pintail, Royal Naval Reserve. Died at sea when his ship was lost after striking a mine in the Humber estuary while escorting Thames/Forth convoy FN44 Friday 1 November 1940. Age 24. Born 15 June 1915 in Fleggburgh, Norfolk. Son of Sarah Smith, of Fleggburgh. Buried in GREAT YARMOUTH (CAISTER) CEMETERY, Norfolk. Section A. (Naval Reservation). Grave 94.

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