War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Transcribed Brenda Leedell,
researched Martin Edwards &
Brenda Leedell 2004
memorial is situated to the West of the Parish Church of St Peter and
St Paul, Watlington. Just inside the churchyard on the left of the path.
In November 1919 a stone latin cross was unveiled in the churchyard
as a memorial to the 13 (sic) men of the parish who fell in the Great
War 1914-1918. The War Memorial was re-lettered in the Summer of 1998
at a cost to the Parish Council of £310.00.
© Brenda Leedell 2004
is as follows:
names of the fallen are carved on the four sides of the base stones
Corporal 26705, 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action
14th April 1917. Born Magdalen, enlisted Ilford, Essex, resident
Downham Market. Porter at Fenchurch Street Station, Great Eastern
Railway. No known grave. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS
MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7. See also Liverpool
Street Station, London and Wiggenhall
St Mary Magdelen
Sergeant 3437, "A" Company, 1st Battalion, Coldstream
Guards. Killed in action Monday 25th January 1915 in France &
Flanders. Age 36. Born Watlington, enlisted Norwich, resident
near Dereham. Son of John and Elizabeth Duffield of Easter's Row,
Watlington, King's Lynn. Sgt Duffield was in the Coldstream Guards
and had served about 15 years in the army being nearly 36 years
old. He saw service in the Boer War for the last 12 months of
its duration. Sgt Duffield had been in France from the beginning
of the war and been in many engagements. Buried in CUINCHY COMMUNAL
CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row E. Grave 1.
16517, 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Saturday
29th July 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 21. Born Watlingham,
enlisted Norwich. Son of William and Edith Fendley, of Home Farm,
Watlington, Norfolk. Buried in WHITE HOUSE CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen,
Belgium. Plot I. Row J. Grave 10.
1706, 1st/5th Battalion (Territorial Force), Norfolk Regiment.
Died 28th August 1915 at Gallipoli. Age 22. Born Watlington, enlisted
Downham Market. Brother of Mr. H. Franklin, of 10, Russell Place,
Bentinck St., King's Lynn. Private Franklin was one of the many
men of the 5th Norfolks who were reported missing at Suvla Bay
together with the "Sandringham Pals". No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 42 to 44.
Corporal 868, 23rd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (Commonwealth War
Graves Commission have him listed on Arras Memorial to the Missing,
Bay 3.) Died 20th April 1917 in Ardmillan Hospital, Oswestry,
Shropshire. Death Certificate corrected on 5th June 1917 by Registrar
on production of a Statutory Declaration made by Eleanor Maria
Gathergood (Mother) and Charles Edward Lewis. Cause of Death (i)
Shell wound of right thigh (ii) Amputation right thigh, Shock
– no Post Mortem. Charlie A Gathergood born 1880. Mother
Eleanor Maria Gathergood (widow) of St Peters Road, Watlington
Corporal 3/11019, 7th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed
in action Friday 27th September 1915 in France & Flanders.
Aged 33. Born Watlington, enlisted London. Son of Mr and Mrs James
Jackson of Watlington. Arthur took part in the Boer war as a Yeoman.
No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 91
Sydney on SDGW] Sergeant 13853, 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.
Died of wounds (received on 14th May 1916) in the Canadian Hospital,
France Thursday 18th May 1916 in France & Flanders. Aged 28.
Born Watlington, enlisted Ely. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY
CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot VII. Row A.
Grave 2A. See also Liverpool
Street Station, London
241027, 1st/5th (Territorial Force), Norfolk Regiment. Died Thursday
19th April 1917 in Palestine. Born Dersingham, enlisted East Dereham.
Son of Mr & Mrs W Kent. Buried in GAZA WAR CEMETERY, Israel.
Plot XXIII. Row F. Grave 15.
aka Frederick [Charles]
Sergeant 4659, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment attached Gold Coast
Regiment, W.A.F.F. (West African Frontier Force). Died of wounds
Thursday 1st April 1915 in the Cameroons. Born Watlington, enlisted
Norwich. Husband of Mabel May Lake of Soham Cottage, College Rd,
Watton, Norfolk. Frederick Charles Lake was awarded 4 medals during
his service with the 1st Btn of the Norfolk Regiment – 2
South African medals, 1 Tibet medal and a long service medal.
The Tibet medal, which carries the bar Gyantse, was awarded to
only 17 men, mainly Indian troops, for a Political Mission to
Tibet which took place in 1903. Few British troops received the
Tibet Medal, so it is quite rare. He had served 21 years in the
army last February and had seen much service. He was twice wounded
in the South African War. Buried in DOULA CEMETERY, Cameroon.
41561, 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died of wounds Monday 11th
March 1918 in France & Flanders. Born Brighton, enlisted King's
Lynn, resident Tottenhill, King's Lynn. Son of James and Ellen
Langridge, of 2, Meadow Cottages, Tottenhill, King's Lynn, Norfolk.
Formerly 5561, Norfolk Regiment. Died in hospital. A letter conveying
the sad news of the death in hospital of her son Pte A H Langridge,
Essex Regiment, has been received by Mrs Langridge from a Chaplain
in the Canadian Forces. He was admitted to hospital in France
suffering from a gunshot wound, which resulted in his death on
the 11th inst. Prior to the war, Pte Langridge was employed as
a gardener at Watlington Rectory, he was 21 years of age and joined
up under The Derby Scheme. He had been previously wounded in July
1917 and was home on leave last Christmas. Buried
in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen,
Belgium. Plot XXVII. Row E.E. Grave 11A. Also named on Tottenhill
1691, 2nd/6th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died on Monday 15th
February 1915. The death took place at VAD Hospital Bridlington
of Pt F Clifford Martin H Company Norfolk (Cyclist) Regiment,
who died from influenza and pleurisy, at the age of 23. His
body was brought home to Watlington, being carried and followed
from the station by fifty comrades of H Company and nurses.
Son of William and Sarah Martin of 2 Meadow Cottages, Tottenhill.
Born at Englefield Green, Surrey. Son of Mr Will Martin, coachman,
Watlington Hall, and Mrs Martin. Buried in churchyard of St
Peter and St Paul, Watlington, King’s Lynn, Norfolk.
On The Whole Armour Of God
That Having All Things Done
And All Our Conflicts Past
Ye May Obtain, Through Christ Alone,
A Crown of Joy At Last
10150, 7th (South Irish Horse) Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment.
Killed in action 29th June 1918 in France & Flanders. Age
30. Born and resident Watlington, enlisted Woolwich. Son of Richard
and Phoebe Spratt, of Watlington, King's Lynn. Capt. of Bellringers
and a Chorister. Formerly 146858, Royal Field Artillery. Neville
Spratt was taken prisoner by the Germans on 21st March 1918 and
interred at Cassel (Kassel). Buried in NIEDERZWEHREN CEMETERY,
Kassel, Hessen, Germany. Plot III. Row E. Grave 10.
241015, 1st/5th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds Tuesday
27th November 1917 in Palestine. Age 20. Born Runcton Holme, Norfolk,
enlisted King's Lynn. Son of Mr. Albert James and Mrs. Beatrice
Woodward of St. Peters (Road), King's Lynn. Native of Watlington,
Norfolk. Albert died of wounds received in the advance in Palestine
on 27th November. He was 20 years of age, joined the Army in 1915
and had been out in Egypt since February 1916. For a time he acted
as a transport driver and received a kick from a mule which resulted
in 15 weeks hospital treatment. He had only rejoined his Regiment
a month before. Buried in RAMLEH WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Section
C. Grave 15.
54515, 2nd/6th Manchester Regiment. Killed in action Thursday
21st March 1918 in France & Flanders (initially posted as
missing). Age 20. Born Runcton Holme, Norfolk, enlisted King's
Lynn. Son of Albert James and Beatrice Woodward, of Watlington,
St Peters (Road), King's Lynn, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES
MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 64 to 67.
1922848, 242 Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died 11th November
1944. Son of Charles and Edith Newman; husband of Hilda Laura
Newman, of West Lynn, Norfolk. Buried in SANTERNO VALLEY WAR CEMETERY,
Italy. Plot I. Row M. Grave 14.
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5774982, 7th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died 13th May
1940. Son of Robert John and Maria Purse, of Didlington, Norfolk.
Buried in CHOLOY WAR CEMETERY, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France. Plot
3. Row D. Grave 3.
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