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THURLTON WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and Copyright © Transcribed and researched Martin Edwards 2019

Thurlton is a small village in South Norfolk, located 14 miles south-east of the city of Norwich, and 9 miles west of the Suffolk coastal town of Lowestoft. Within All Saints Church, Thurlton, are two plaques and a framed, handwrittern Roll of Honour. The first plaque is of white marble on a balck marble back board with the names illuminated on the white marble, there are 11 names listed for Weorld War 1. The second plaque is of white marble with 5 names listed for World War 2. A further glass covered, wooden framed, Roll of Honour hangs from the wall with illuminated text listing the names of the men who served and returned from World War 1, 57 names.

Photographs Copyright © Helen Steed 2012

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN GRATEFUL
REMEMBRANCE
OF THE MEN OF THURLTON WHO DIED ON ACTIVE
SERVICE IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918

BECKETT Ronald J
[Listed as 8th Battalion on memorial] Private 24205, 10th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died on service in United Kingdom 17 March 1916. Born Horsey, Norfolk, enlisted Norwich, Norfolk. Buried in COLCHESTER CEMETERY, Essex. Plot H. Row 9. Grave 49.
KNIGHTS Arthur James
Private 14381, 2nd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds in Mesopotamia 26 February 1917. Aged 23. Born Thurlton, Norfolk, enlisted Norwich, Norfolk. Son of Mr. and Mrs. James Knights, of "Thurlton," Low Rd., Loddon, Norwich. Buried in AMARA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot XXIX. Row B. Joint Grave 57/66.
MINISTER Ernest Arthur
Private 43315, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment formerly 2177, Suffolk Cyclist Battalion. Died of wounds 18 August 1916. Aged 24. Enlisted Mutford, Suffolk. Son of Charles and Sarah Minister, of Laurel Cottage, Thurlton, Norton, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.
MINISTER Henry William aka Harry
Private TF/202300, 1st Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 26 April 1918 [16 April 1918 SDGW]. Aged 25. Born and resident Thurlton, Norfolk, enlisted Norwich. Son of Arthur and Mary Ann Minister, of Thurlton, Norton, Norwich. Farm labourer by trade. Height 5 feet 10 inches. weight 129 lbs, chest 34 inchesNo known grave. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 8.
MINISTER Lewis George
Private 20415, 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 31 July 1917. Aged 25. Born Thurlton, Norfolk, enlisted Loddon, Norfolk. Son of George Albert and Ruth Minister, of Slip Rd., Thurlton, Norton Subcourse, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 4.
WALPOLE Charles Pinfold
Lance Sergeant 14397, 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 18 October 1916. Aged 24. Born Norton Subcourse, Norfolk, enlisted Norwich. Son of Charles and Hephzibah Mary Walpole, of Thurlton, Norwich. Attested 7 September 1914, aged 22 years 10 months, height 5 feet 5½ inches, weight 112lbs, chest 35 inches. fresh complexion, brown eyes, brown hair, religious denomination Church of England, Blacksmith by trade. Joined 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment 12 September 1914. Appointed Lance Corporal 13 January 1916, Corporal 19 September 1916, Lance Sergeant 18 October 1916. Enetered France 30 August 1915, there until his death. Buried in BANCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row G. Grave 16.
WALPOLE Henry George
[Listed as G H WALPOLE on CWGC and George H WALPOLE on SDGW] Private 12772, 1st Battalion, Irish Guards. Died of wounds 20 october 1918. Aged 19. Born Thurlton, Norfolk [CWGC] or Heckingham, Norfolk [SDGW], enlisted Norwich, Norfolk. Son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Walpole, of Nova Scotia Farm, Caister-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Buried in DELSAUX FARM CEMETERY, BEUGNY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row D. Grave 19.
WARNES [Ambrode] Ernest
Corporal 16329, 15th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) formerly 10220, Dorsetshire Regiment. Killed in action 9 April 1917. Born Norwich, resident Thurlton, enlisted Gt. Yarmouth. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 10.
WARNES Jack
Private 16616, 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds 13 April 1917. Born Thurlton, Norfolk, enlisted Norwich, Norfolk. Son of Ernest Warnes, of Ivy Cottage, Thurlton, Loddon, Norwich. Buried in DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row G. Grave 41.
WARNES Thomas
Private 18322, 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 15 September 1916. Born Thurlton, Norfolk, enlisted Norwich, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D.
WOODROW Henry John
Private 235273, 5th Battalion, Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment). Killed in action 27 May 1918. Aged 31. Born Gorleston, resident Langley, Norwich. enlisted Great Yarmouth. Husband of Eva Adeline Woodrow, of Beccles Rd., Thurton, Norton, Norwich. No known grave. Commemorated on SOISSONS MEMORIAL, Aisne, France.
AND OF THE MEN WHO DIED ON ACTIE
SERVICE IN WORLD WAR II 1939 1945
ABLETT John Randall Joseph James
Private 5774222, 4th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Drowned 4 November 1939. Aged 20. Born Suffolk, resident Norfolk. Son of David J. Ablett, and of Susanna M. Ablett, of Thurlton. Buried in THURLTON (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD, Norfolk.
RUSHMER Frederick William
Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) 90192, 603 Squadron, Royal Air Force (Auxiliary Air Force). Died 5 September 1940. Aged 30. Son of Henry and Annie Jane Rushmer, of Thurlton, Haddiscoe, Norwich, Norfolk. Buried in STAPLEHURST (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD, Kent. Plot 1. Row F. Grave 11.
SMITH Harry James
Private 5775648, 4th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds after the Battle of Singapore against Japanese 16 February 1942, taken prisoner 16 February 1942. Aged 24. Born and resident Norwich. Husband of Muriel Phyllis Smith, of Sisland, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated at SINGAPORE CIVIL HOSPITAL GRAVE MEMORIAL, Singapore. Column 2.
YOUNGS John Hedley Norcup
Private 7372701, 196 Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died as a Japanese Prisoner of War 12 June 1943, taken Prisoner at Singapore 15 February 1942. Born and resident Norwich. Buried in KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Plot 6. Row B. Grave 31.
YOUNGMAN Ivan George
Private 5774224, 4th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died as a Japanese Prisoner of War 14 August 1943, taken Prisoner at Singapore 15 February 1942. Aged 22. Born and resident Norfolk. Son of Frederick George and Beatrice Maud Youngman, of Haddiscoe, Norfolk. Buried in THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar (Burma). Plot B4. Row H. Grave 13.

IN HONOUR
OF THE BRAVE MEN OF THE PARISHES OF
THURLTON AND THORPE
WHO NOBLY ANSWERED THE CALL
AND SERVED THEIR COUNTRY IN THE
GREAT WAR 1914-1919

SURVIVORS

BECKETT R
Private, West Yorkshire Regiment
BLUNDERFIELD F A
Air Mechanic, Royal Air Force
BOWCOCK F
Private, East Yorkshire Regiment
BOWELL G
Private, Royal Engineers
BOWELL S
Mechanised Transport, Army Service Corps
CLEVELAND J
Private, Labour, Army Service Corps
COOPER S G
Private, Royal Naval Reserve
CRISP G
Private, Army Service Corps
CRISP H
Private, 93rd Labour Company
DANIELS R
Private, Royal West Kent Regiment
FENN D
Private, Norfolk Regiment
GIBBS F
Private, Royal Naval Reserve
GOODRUM S
Private, Royal West Kent Regiment
GOODRUM W
Private, Royal West Kent Regiment
GRICE M
Private, Royal Navy
HAMMOND H
Private, Norfolk Regiment
HAMMOND S
Private, Royal Naval Reserve
HIGH G
Private (Shoeing Smith), Royal Engineers
HOLLAND W
Corproal, Royal West Kent Regiment
IVES H
Private, Training Reserve
KNIGHTS A A
Corporal, Royal Field Artillery
KNIGHTS Alfred
Private, Royal Naval Reserve
KNIGHTS Fred
Private, Royal Horse Artillery
KNIGHTS R W
Gunner, Royal Horse Artillery
LAYTON H A
Private, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
LONG C
Air Mechanic, Royal Air Force
LORD H
Private, Norfolk Regiment
LORD W
Private, Royal Navy
MARR C A P
Gunner, R.G.A.M.
MASON J
Private, 13th Battalion, Army Cyclist Corps
MASON W
Private, 8th Battalion, Essex Regiment
MINISTER S C
Rifleman, King's Royal Rifles Corps
MINISTER W
Private, 2nd Battalion, Leicestershire Reigment
NURSERY J
Private, Royal Garrison Artillery
PRIME C L
Private, Royal Garrison Artillery
PURLAND J
Private, Royal Navy
REDGRAVE J
Private, Royal Naval Reserve
RUMP W
Private, Machine Gun Corps
RUSHMER W
Private, Royal Horse Artillery
SAVAGE H
Private, Army Veterinary Corps
SMITH F
Private, Royal Engineers
SMITH J
Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion, King's African Rifles
SMITH R G
Lance Corporal, Royal Engineers
SNELLING H
Driver, Royal Artillery
SPARKES E A
lance Corporal. 7th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment)
SPARKES W J
Private, Royal Naval Reserve
SWATRIDGE C J
Leiutenant, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment), Machine Gun Corps and Royal Air Force
WALPOLE A
Private, Royal Field Artillery
WALPOLE E
Private, Norfolk Regiment
WALPOLE R J
Private, Essex Regiment
WARNES W
Private, Essex Regiment
WOODHOUSE F
Gunner, 3rd Battalion, East Lancashire
WRIGHT N
Sergeant, Army Veterinary Corps
WRIGHT R J
Private, Royal Naval Reserve
YOUNGS E
Private, Royal Naval Reserve
YOUNGS H
Private, Royal West Kent Regiment
YOUNGS R
Private, Royal Air Force

Last updated 10 September, 2019

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