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Eastern Daily Press Wednesday September 19, 1917

 

SOLDIERS’ RUSH FOR DIVORCE……………………..

 

During the last two days over 300 applications for divorce have been made to the Poor Persons Department of the High Court of Justice. The Secretary of the Department informed the Press yesterday that by far the greater proportion of the applicants are men and the majority of them are soldiers whose wives are alleged to have been unfaithful during their absence at the front. The Secretary added that the number of applications was daily increasing.

 

MARRIAGES…………………………………………………

 

DRAKE-LAWN – September 17, at St.Nicholas Church, Great Yarmouth, by the Vicar, the Ven. Archdeacon Chas. Lisle Carr, M.A., Private Charles Donald Drake, A.O.C., of Norwich, and Louie, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Lawn, 15, Nelson Road North, Great Yarmouth.

 See wedding report in this edition.

 

KILLED IN ACTION.

 

BROWN – Killed in action, September 5th, Gunner William R.B. Brown, R.G.A., eldest and dearly-loved son of William and Mary A.E. Brown, of Gt. Witchingham, aged 19.

 Repeated from Monday and Tuesdays’ editions.

 

DIED OF WOUNDS.

 

COOMBER – In loving memory of Herbert Coomber, the beloved husband of Rosina Coomber (nee Bacon), who died of wounds September 7, 1917, aged 31 years.

          Love’s golden dream is past, hidden by mists of pain;

          Yet we shall meet at last, never to part again.

From Wife and little Marjorie.

Possibly Private G/18728 Herbert Coomber, aged 38, 1st Bn. The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 07/09/1917. Buried Bethune Town Cemetery. Son of Edmund and Frances Coomber, of Corns Farm, Eden Bridge, Kent; husband of R. E. Coomber, of 30, Warwick St., Birdholme, Chesterfield.

CWGC: https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/62527/coomber,-herbert/

SDGW: Born Lingfield, Surrey, resident “Conyham”, Norfolk, enlisted King’s Lynn.

 

LOMAX – August 4, 1917, died of wounds at a casualty clearing station, Gunner Stanley Lomax, R.F.A., fourth son of Mr. and Mrs. Lomax, 201, Dereham Road, Norwich.

Deeply mourned by his Father, Mother, Brothers and Sisters.

CWGC: https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/145711/lomax,-stanley/

(Died 04/08/1917. “D” Battery 17th Brigade.)

 

IN MEMORIAM.

 

HOWSON – In ever-loving memory of Sgt. Frederick Henry Howson, Norfolk Regt., who died of wounds in France September 19th, 1916, the dearly beloved youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. H.Howson, The Hythe, Trowse.

CWGC: https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/204901/howson,-/

(Died 19/09/1916. B Company 9th Bn. Norfolk Regiment.)

 

LUNDY – In loving memory of Private A. J. Lundy, Northumberland Fusiliers, killed in action at Mons, September 19, 1914.

From his loving Mother, Father, Sisters, and Brother. No.8, Hinde Yard, St. Augustine’s, Norwich.

CWGC: https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/879545/lundy,-albert-james/

(Died 19/09/1914. 1st Bn.)

 

WEDDING. – The wedding of Private Charles Donald Drake, Army Ordnance Corps, youngest son of Mr. Drake, Norwich, and Louie, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.F. Lawn, 15, Nelson Road, W. Yarmouth, was solemnised on Monday by Archdeacon Lisle Carr, vicar at the parish church of St. Nicholas. The bride, who was escorted to the altar by her brother-in-law, Sergeant A.H. Cooper, A.P. Corps, was given away by her mother. She was beautifully gowned in white crepe-de-chine, with an underskirt of Bengaline silk, and trimmed with pearl lace, both of which were worn by the bride’s mother on the occasion of her wedding. She carried a shower bouquet of white heather and white roses, the gift of the bridegroom. Her only bridesmaid was her sister, Miss Beatrice Lawn, who was charmingly attired in pale mauve crepe-de-chine, with an overdress of ninon and velvet hat to match. She carried a shower bouquet of pale pink roses, the gift of the best man, Corporal Allan Burgess, Army Ordnance Corps. A guard of honour was formed by the nursing staff, and a detachment of wounded soldiers from the Seafield Military Hospital, of which institution the bride holds the post of sister-in-charge. The wounded soldiers made a bridal archway of sticks as the bride and bridegroom left the church. Later in the day the happy couple left for the South Coast, where the honeymoon is being spent. The bride’s travelling gown was of purple face cloth with black velour hat and silver fox furs. The wedding presents were numerous.

 

No MiC or CWGC entry for Charles Donald Drake or A.H. Cooper or Allan Burgess.

 

Louie Drake, nee Lawn entry at the British Red Cross website.

[Broken links removed]

 

 

(NORWICH NEWS)………………………………

 

RIVER TRIP FOR WOUNDED. – Another most enjoyable trip on the Jenny Lind steamer took place on Friday, when 130 wounded from Swainsthorpe, Carrow Auxiliary, Bracondale, Lakenham, and the Norfolk War Hospitals, accompanied by several ladies, went to Coldham Hall, where tea was provided by Messrs. Sexton & Son & Everard, to whom a hearty vote of thanks was passed.

 

KICKED BY A HORSE.- The County Coroner (Mr.H.R. Culley) held an inquest yesterday at Thorpe St. Andrew touching the death at the Norfolk War Hospital of Driver Alexander Grant, aged 19. The evidence was that the deceased was shackling the off hind leg of a horse on Sunday afternoon, when another horse close by kicked out, catching deceased on the forehead. He was removed in an unconscious condition to the hospital, where he died on Monday morning. The verdict was that death was due to the fracture of the base of the skull caused by having been kicked by a horse.

 

Probably Driver T4/262093 Alexander Grant, aged 19, 534th H.T. Company (Norwich), Army Service Corps. Buried Southport (Duke Street) Cemetery, Lancashire. Son of James and Clara Grant, of 36, Railway Terrace, Southport.

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/3066770/grant,-alexander/

 

BEFORE THE MAGISTRATES…………………………..

 

EAST DEREHAM – Monday,

(Before Mr. E. Peck.)

 

Victor Duncan was charged with deserting from the Royal Fusiliers. He had been arrested at Dereham by Police-sergeant Bussey, and was remanded to await a military escort.

Possible MiC: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D3408266

(Private Victor G. Duncan GS/57310. No match on CWGC.)

 

LOCAL MEN IN CASUALTY LISTS.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Lomax of 201, Dereham Road, Norwich, have received news that their son, Gunner S. Lomax,R.F.A., has died of wounds. He was 26 years of age.

See “Died of Wounds” section in this edition.

 

Norwich Mercury Wednesday September 19, 1917

 

KILLED IN ACTION…………………………….

 

CALVER: - In ever loving memory of Private Joseph Ernest Calver, Suffolk Regiment, formerly in Suffolk Cyclists, dearly beloved husband of Sarah Calver and fourth son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Calver, East Street, Beach, Lowestoft, who fell in action in France, August 26th, 1917, aged 29 years.

 

From his sorrowing Wife and little Children, Father, Mother, Brothers, and Sisters.

CWGC: https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/762850/calver,-joseph-ernest/

(11th Bn. Remembered on the Thiepval Memorial. Son of Charles and Mary Calver, of 61, Crown St., Lowestoft; husband of Sarah A. E. Calver, of 14, Sparham's Buildings, St. Peter's St., Lowestoft.)

 

IN MEMORIAM

 

BEALES. – In loving memory of my dear son, Drummer Jack Beales, Wymondham, who was killed in action in the battle of the Somme, September 15th, 1916, aged 19 years.

 

From Mother, Folly Road, Wymondham.

CWGC: https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/770468/beales,-jack-william/

(Jack William Beales 9010 1st/4th Northumberland Fusiliers. Remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.)

 

COPEMAN. – In ever loving memory of our dear son, Pte. Albert W. Copeman, who was killed in action in France, September 15th, 1916, aged 25 years.

From his loving Father and Mother, and his affectionate Sisters.

Probably on CWGC: https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/759408/copeman,-albert/

(15369 Albert Copeman, 9th Bn. Norfolk Regiment. Remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.)

 

WOOLNOUGH. –  In loving memory of my dear husband, Herbert James Woolnough, who died from injuries received by falling from a moving train, September 23rd, 1916. Wife and Children.

CWGC: https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/397667/woolnough,-herbert-james/

See https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/32227101523/in/dateposted-public/ for a report on his death.

 

ENGLISH. – In loving remembrance of Arthur Bernard English, dearly loved son of R. English, Eastmoore, killed in action, September 15th, 1916, aged 23 years.

From Father, Sisters, and Brothers.

Lance Corporal 18531 Arthur Bernard English, 9th Bn. Norfolk Regiment. Died 15/09/1916. Remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.

CWGC: https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/753569/english,-arthur-bernard/

 

WILSON. – In ever loving memory of Private Arthur J. Wilson, of the Suffolk Regiment, previously reported missing, now officially reported killed September 25th, 1915, the dearly beloved son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Wilson, of 3, Sunshine Terrace, Oulton Broad, aged 19 years.

Deeply mourned by his sorrowing Father, Mother, and Brothers.

 

WILSON.- In ever loving memory of my dear brother. Private Arthur J. Wilson, of the Suffolk Regiment, previously reported missing, now officially reported killed September 25th, 1915, aged 19 years. From his loving brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Grace.

Private 15520 Arthur Jacob Wilson, aged 19, 9th Bn. Suffolk Regiment. Died 25/09/1915. Remembered on the Loos Memorial. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Wilson, of 3, Sunshine Terrace, Oulton Broad, Suffolk.

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/737484/wilson,-arthur-jacob/

 

NORWICH GUILDHALL………………………………

 

AN ABSENTEE

 

Private Ravelin Gunter was charged with being an absentee from the Machine Gun Corps since September 12th. P.C. Walter Taylor said he arrested defendant in uniform at Philadelphia Lane on Friday. He admitted being an absentee. The Bench handed defendant over to the military authorities. Also in the EDP Monday September 17th

 

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Eastern Daily Press Thursday September 20, 1917

 

EX-SOLDIER AND HIS PENSION…………………………..

 

The ex-soldier named G.W. Purchase who when charged last week at Highgate with stealing 50s, pleaded he was driven to it by the fact that the 18s 10d allotted to him as a pension had not been paid for three months, appeared on remand yesterday. The Court Missionary said the pension was paid to the man for nine months. In July he was required to go to Chelsea to be medically examined, but the authorities said the man did not go. Purchase denied this. The Pensions Board said they had written the man twenty letters. He could go to Chelsea next day.

 

According to the statement made at the previous hearing Purchase supports a widowed mother and a number of younger brothers and sisters. In consequence of his wounds he is unable to do work of a laborious character.

 

The magistrate placed Purchase on probation.

 

No obvious MiC.

 

FALLEN OFFICERS……………………………………………..

 

CAPTAIN C.F. BOWER

 

Official intimation has been received of the death in action on the 18th inst.of Captain Charles F. Bower, youngest son of Mr. James Bower of Earlham House, Norwich. Born on July ??th 1891, he was 26 years of age. Having been educated at Norwich Grammar School, and taken the Parker Exhibition, he went to Corpus Christi, Cambridge, where he graduated with honours in history in June 1913. He remained at the Cambridge Engineering School till the following Christmas, when he returned to Norwich, and joined the staff of the Norfolk Ironworks (Messrs. Barnards Ltd), of which his father is chairman and managing director. In June 1915, he entered an officers’ training school and in due course was gazetted to a commission. He almost immediately proceeded to France. Captain Bower was a brilliant student with unusual gifts in the way of engineering. Outside of his professional work he was best known by reason of his interest in the Boy Scout movement. He was one of the pioneers of it in Norwich. At the time of his death he was still holding office as Master of the 1st Norwich Boy Scouts, of whom his father is president.

CWGC: https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/438189/bower,-charles-francis/

Died 13/09/1917. Also a death notice in this edition.

 

CAPTAIN G.K.T. FISHER.

 

Captain George Kenneth Thompson Fisher, of Ashdown Park, Sussex, reported wounded while on patrol duty on the night of September 2nd-3rd, died of wounds as already reported on September 3rd. On the outbreak of war, resigning his appointment at the Board of Trade (Labour Exchanges), he at one joined his regiment (Norfolks), subsequently serving in the Gallipoli campaign, and taking part in the Suvla Bay landing, when he was mentioned in despatches, later being invalded home, suffering severely from dysentery. On recovering his health, he rejoined his regiment, and served with it up to the time of his death. Captain Fisher was the eldest son of Bishop and Mrs.Fisher, of Flegg Burgh House, Norfolk, born August 4th, 1879. He was educated at Cheam School, Harrow, and New College, Oxford. In August 1914 he married Janet Mary Katherine Anson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anson, and sister of the late Denis Anson, Bart. Captain Fisher leaves two infant sons.

See EDP Monday September 12 edition for initial news of his death.

  

KILLED IN ACTION………………………………………

 

BOWER – September 13 (?), Captain Charles Francis Bower, Sherwood Foresters, youngest and dearly loved son of James Garton and Helen Brook Bower, of Earlham House, Norwich, aged 26 years.

See article above, with possibly different date of death.

 

HARWIN – September 2, killed in action, Lance-Corporal Rufus H. Harwin, London Regiment, the dearly loved second son of Arthur and Minnie Mary Harwin, of London, late of Saxlingham Nethergate, aged 21.

CWGC: https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/645649/harwin,-rufus-henry/

 

IN MEMORIAM.

 

BROWN – In ever loving memory of Clarence Thompson Brown, driver in the A.S.C., late bombardier of the Royal Field Artillery, died of wounds received in action in France, September 20, 1916, the beloved only son of Mrs. Smith, of Bishopgate Street, Norwich.

Probably Private M2/187784 Clarence Thompson Browne, aged 21, Mechanical Transport, 81st Anti-Aircraft Section, Army Service Corps. Died 20/09/1916. Buried Dartmoor Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt. Son of Mrs. A. Smith, of "The London Tavern," Attleborough, Norfolk. Native of Norwich.

https://www.cwgc.org/search-for-war-dead/casualty/38686/

 

GRAVER – In loving memory of Charles, the eldest son of Charles and Lydia Graver, of 10, Thorn Lane, Norwich, who died in Turkey, on September 20, 1916.

          Friends may think that we forget him,

          When at times they see us smile;

          But they little know the sorrow

          Which that smile hides all the while.

From Father, Mother, Sisters and Brothers.

CWGC: https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/633598/graver,-charles-henry/

(Aged 29 “E” Company, 2nd Bn. Norfolk Regiment. Originally buried at Afion Kara Hissar Cemetery, which served a Turkish PoW camp.)

 

Mr W. Thurlow and family, Loddon, desire to thank all friends for their kind sympathy in their recent sad bereavement.

See EDP Wednesday September 12 edition and the Norwich Mercury Saturday September 15 edition, plus other mentions.

 

A MONS MAN’S MISERY…………………………………

 

Private Alfred Lock (Middlesex Regiment) has just arrived at his home in Hampton Hill as an exchanged prisoner of war. He went to France with the First Expeditionary Force, and was captured before Mons, thirteen days later. He gives details of the hardships he suffered during the time he was in Germany. He states he was kept in a state of semi-starvation. He further says  he has been tied to a tree for attempting to get extra allowances of food, and he has seen British prisoners horse-whipped for doing the same thing. Had it not been for parcels received from England many of them would have been starved to death. His experience was that the Germans were afraid of the English unless in overwhelming numbers. The German people, he asserts, will not believe that Zeppelins and aeroplanes have killed English women and children.

Probably Private 8965 Alfred Lock, 4th Bn. Middlesex Regiment. Captured Ligny.

IRC file: https://grandeguerre.icrc.org/en/File/Details/1297013/3/2/

 

A NORFOLK D.S.O………………………………..

 

Among the officers upon whom the King has awarded the Distinguished Service Order is a Norfolk man, Captain Herbert Frederick Smith, K.R.R.C., Special Reserve. During an enemy attack upon our trenches he found himself blocked in a tunnel with 20 men.The only entrance that was not blown up was bombed by the enemy. With great coolness and control, however, he kept his men together, and at nightfall brought them through trenches held by the enemy and across the river. The escape of his party was entirely due to his initiative and resource.

No obvious MiC or CWGC entry.

 

D.C.M. AND MILITARY MEDAL…………………………………….

 

AWARDS TO LOCAL MEN.

 

The King has been pleased to approve the award of a Bar to the Distinguished Conduct Medal to 5781 C.-S.-M. H.C. Wright (Lowestoft), E. Kent Regt., for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. A shell burst in a tunnel, burying some men and gassing others. He worked indefatigably to get them out, and though suffering from gas himself, refused to go until ordered by an officer. His courage and energy saved several lives. (D.C.M. gazetted 1st January, 1917.)

 

The King has been pleased to approve of the award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal to the undermentioned for acts of gallantry and devotion to duty in the field:-

 

15650 Lance-Sgt, (acting-sgt.) S. Jones (Costessey, near Norwich), G. Gds. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when acting as a company sergeant-major. Although wounded, he declined to leave his company until it was relieved, and his splendid courage and personal example very considerably helped his company officer in handling his men during the attack and afterwards in the consolidation of their objective.

 

89 Sergeant T.J. Tanner (Ipswich), Manchester Regt. - For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in charge of a torpedo party. He was of invaluable assistance to his officer, inserting and firing the torpedo under close range revolver and rifle fire. He afterwards remained out and assisted the raiding party through our own wire, though twice wounded during the operations. He displayed great gallantry and fearlessness under very trying conditions.

 

THE MILITARY MEDAL.

 

The King has been pleased to approve of the award of a bar to the Military Medal to 43640 Sergt. H. Hider, R.E. (King’s Lynn).

 

The King has been pleased to award the Military Medal for bravery in the field to the under-mentioned:-

1851 Sgt. P.W. Balry, E. Kent Regt. (Sudbury, Suffolk).

 40004 Pte. W. L. Balding, S. Stafford Regt. (Dersingham).

325034 Sgt H.W. Burton, Cambs R. (Wisbech).

202998 Pte G. Bushell, York Regt. (Norfolk).

42116 Cpl. C. Cuthbert, R.E. (Saxmundham).

687129 Bde. H.W. Dixon, R.F.A. (Norwich).

20264 Pte. A. Douglas, Suffolk Regt. (Ipswich).

106923 Bdr. H. Frow, R.F.A., (Winterton).

47764 Sgt. F.A. Gostling, R.H.A., (Stowmarket).

15403 L-Cpl. O. E. Jessup, Norf. R. (Theyftod)

825595 Pte. M.H. Kirby, Cambs R. (Wisbech).

87502 Sgt. J. W. London, R.G.A. (Stalham).

15073 Pte. E. Meadows, Suffolk R., (Spexhall).

81956 Cpl. H. Norman, R.F.A. (Mildenhall).

68264 Gnr. F.R. Rose, R.G.A.,(E. Bergholt).

179361 L.-Cpl J.E. Sainty, R.E., (Norwich).

M2 048320 Pte. W.T. Sharman, A.S.C. (Norwich).

T3/025134 Dvr. R.V. Sheppard. A,S.C., (Grimsby).

13254 Pte. F.R. Studd, R.W. Kent Regt., (Stanton, Suffolk).

630592 Pte. E.E. Sullivan, London Regt., (Stowmarket).

13457 Cpl. W.G. Tennant, Norfolk Regt. (Shipdham).

279248 Sgt. E. Turner, R.G.A. (Wisbech).

 

147 DEATHS IN CHATHAM – SHEERNESS AIR RAID.

 

Another death has occurred in the Naval Hospital serving the Chatham and  Sheerness, making 38 persons who have died in that institution as the result of the air raid on September 3rd. The Admiralty announcement on September 4th put the number of naval ratings killed at 107 and one civilian. A woman was killed and another person died from injuries, so that the total loss of life from the air referred to would appear to be 147.

Presumably the one civilian and the woman who died were the same person, otherwise my maths makes that 148 J

 

TOWN AND COUNTRY……………………………….

 

DISS.

 

The wedding took place at the Parish Church, Diss, on Wednesday, of Lieut. Jack Bennett, Canadian R.F.C., second son of Mr. Thomas Bennett, of Priory Park, St. Alban’s, and Ethel Fanny, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Nobbs, of Waveney House, Diss. The Rev. B.M. Downton (Rector) officiated. A reception was afterwards held at the residence of the bride’s parents. The honeymoon is being spent at Cromer.

No obvious match on CWGC.

 

LOWESTOFT.

 

WEATHER REPORTS.- The M.O.H. reported that his clerk had been called up for military service, and yesterday the Council agreed that the taking of weather reports, for which he was responsible, should be discontinued until the end of the war.

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Eastern Daily Press Friday September 21, 1917

 

 

 

TOWN AND COUNTRY…………………………….

 

BRANCASTER.

 

Private C.A. Thompson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thompson, was recently presented with the Military Medal by the Duke of Bedford. On October 21st, 1916, when the Norfolk Regiment was attacking, Private Thompson and his Lewis gun were buried by a bursting shell. Extricated by two men he went forward again with his gun till he reached a trench which had been taken by his battalion, and was being subjected to a heavy counter-attack. For two days he kept his gun at work on the enemy under heavy shell fire. Private Thompson was sent home sick some few months ago. He expects to return to the front in the course of a few weeks.

See Norfolk Chronicle Friday September 7th

 

OUR CASUALTIES…………………………………………

 

THE NORFOLKS AND SUFFOLKS.

 

KILLED.

Royal Irish Rifles. – Howling 608025 G. (King’s Lynn).

(Died 16/08/1917 – London Irish Rifles. Aged 30. Son of Robert and Dinah Howling, of Terrington St. Clement, Norfolk.)

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/454664/howling,-george/

Machine Gun Corps. – Gee 104145 G.H. (Outwell), Morphy T1811 M. (Ipswich).

(Died 12/08/1917. Aged 19. Son of Ernest Mark Gee, of Pincushion Drove, Outwell, Norfolk.)

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/930637/gee,-george-harry/

(Morphy – no obvious CWGC entry or MiC).

London Regt.- Blunkett 39414 W. (Fakenham), Stephenson 261053 Cpl. A.F.J. (Aldeburgh).

(Walter Blunkett 391414 died 13/08/1917.9th Bn. Son of Mrs. Helen Blunkett, of Clay Pitt Cottages, Fakenham, Norfolk.)

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/457496/blunkett,-walter/

(Arthur F J Stephenson 281053 died 16/08/1917. Aged 25. 4th Bn. Son of Arthur and Caroline Stephenson, of 1, Hertford Place, Aldeburgh, Suffolk.)

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/464768/stephenson,-/

MIC: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D5376360

 

 

DIED OF WOUNDS.

Royal Fusiliers.-Artiss 48823 F.W. (Debenham).

(Frederick William Artiss, aged 19, died 15/08/1917. 26th Bn. Youngest son of George and Charlotte Artiss, of Crows Hall Cottages, Debenham, Suffolk.)

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/470809/artiss,-frederick-william/

 

 

WOUNDED.

Northumberland Fusiliers.-Barber 31662 H.A. (Ipswich), Chapman 202074 W. (Norwich).

Royal Fusiliers. – Mackender 46686 J.R. (Lakenheath).

Royal Welsh Fusiliers. – Chamberlin 56535 C. (Halesworth).

Gloucestershire Regt.- Bailey 267171 W. (Bungay).

Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. – Newman 267130 W. (Leiston)

Royal Berkshire Regt. – Mortimer 38599 V.E. (Wisbech).

Royal Irish Rifles.- Murkin 40123 O.J. (Thetford), Nicholls 608018 F.C. (King’s Lynn), Parsons 608015 L. (Snettisham), Pooley 608013 G.T. (King’s Lynn).

Machine Gun Corps.-Flatman 73628 G.E. (Roydon), Freestone 85241 F. (Great Yarmouth), Griggs 55718 H. (King’s Lynn), Kingsley 26326 E. (Wisbech), Winn 58456 S. (Cley).

London Regt.- Arnold 203367 A.E. (Norwich), Byatt 53430? C.R. (Great Yarmouth).

 

SECOND LIST.

 

Previously reported wounded and missing, now reported Killed:

Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regt.).- Holman 24522 F. (Downham).

(Frank Holman Died 29/09/1916. 7th Bn.)

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/526748/holman,-/

 

DIED OF WOUNDS.

Royal Irish Rifles.-Newman 608019 R. (King’s Lynn).

(Robert Henry Newman, aged 21, London Irish Rifles. Died 19/08/1917. Son of Mary and the late James Newman, of 135, Norfolk St., King's Lynn, Norfolk.)

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/140334/newman,-robert-henry/

 

DIED.

Army Service Corps. – Crepin M/314435 C.J. (Bury St. Edmund’s).

(Charles Joseph Crepin, aged 35. Died 27/08/1917. 695th Mechanical Transport Company. Son of Frederick and Ann Crepin, of Dover; husband of Edith Crepin, of 5, Prospect Place, Buckland, Dover.)

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/509644/crepin,-charles-joseph/

 

WOUNDED.

The Buffs (East Kent Regt.).- Howes 2543 J. (Henstead).

Royal Fusiliers.- Burman 46171 W.J. (Wisbech), Gedge 66367 G. (Paston).

Norfolk Regt.- Fisher 242547 A. (Norwich).

Royal Engineers. – Cadge 107532 Spr. W.T. (Sudbury), Carey 62885 Spr. H. (Somerton), Ferguson 24385 L.-Cpl. F. (Downham Market), Haken 52222 Sgt. C. (Aldeburgh).

King’s (Liverpool Regt.) – Cracknell 235274 W. (Norwich).

West Yorkshire Regt. – Farmer 22828 W.W. (Wickham Market).

Middlesex Regt. – Farrow 6688 B. (Holt), Mulley, 238043 F. (Playford, Suffolk).

 

MISSING.

Border Regt.- Bloom 33418 L.Cpl. W.E. (Stowmarket), Shinn 28632 L.-Cpl. A. (Swaffham).

(William E. Bloom. – no match on CWGC)

MIC. http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D1372980

The IRC has a PoW file for a Private W E Bloom of the 98 Training Reserve Battalion (or Fraining on some documents), who was captured wounded at Lombardzyde on the 10th July 1917. On the same page of one of the reports the other wounded soldiers captured at the same location on the same day came from the KRRC and 1st Northamptons  - this sounds like the “Battle of the Dunes”. Only the last report in the file, received from the Germans in November 1917, has him as a Lance Corporal  33418 “D” Company, 11th Bn Border Regiment, captured at Nieuport on the 10/7. He was still in hospital at this point. He was born Bacton, Suffolk on the 20th October 1886.

https://grandeguerre.icrc.org/en/File/Details/3745590/3/2/

Arthur Shinn, aged 19, died 14/07/1917. 11th Bn. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Shinn, of Willow Farm, Little Fransham, East Dereham, Norfolk. Native of Brandon, Suffolk.

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/488636/shinn,-arthur/

 

Wounded and prisoner in German hands:

Northumberland Fusiliers.- Robb 6024 A. (Wisbech).

(Arthur Robb, ‘A’ Company,13th Bn, captured 16.6.17.)

https://grandeguerre.icrc.org/en/File/Details/914547/3/2/

 

TWO YEARS A GERMAN PRISONER……………………..

To the Editor.

 

Dear Sir – May I make known that on Sunday the evening service in St. Philip’s Church will be at 3 instead of 7, and that the preacher will be a missionary from East Africa, the Rev. E.W. Doulton, who for two years has been a prisoner in the hands of the Germans. I feel that there are many who would like to hear him, and I shall be obliged if I may make his visit to us known in this way.

 

Yours faithfully,

BERNARD MAHON.

St. Philip’s Vicarage, Norwich.

 

HONOURS FOR OLD NORVICENSIANS………………….

 

The award of the D.S.O. has been made to Major A.G. Bolingbroke, of the Australian Imperial Force. Educated for three years at the Norwich Grammar School, he is a son of the Rev. F.H. Bolingbroke, of Connel Rectory, Shrewsbury, and a nephew of Mr. Lewis  Bolingbroke, of Norwich. After serving in Africa during the Boer War, Major Bolingbroke went to Australia, and when the present war was declared, he enlisted as a private in the Australian Imperial Force. He was badly wounded in Gallipoli, and again slightly wounded at the battle of Romani. He receives his decoration “for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He showed great dash and initiative in leading troops forward to the capture of a hostile artillery observation post, afterwards taking an active part in a bayonet charge against enemy trenches.”

(No CWGC entry)

 

The Military Cross has been awarded to Second-Lieut. W.R. Roberson, of the Army Service Corps. Lieut. Roberson, like his father, Mr. T.L. Roberson, of Fornham All Saints, Bury St.Edmund’s, was educated at the Norwich Grammar School.

(No CWGC entry)

 

(DEATHS.)…………………………………………..

 

THOMPSON – August 24, 1917, Charles H. Thompson, late of Denmark Opening, Sprowston, accidentally drowned in Ireland.

          His happy smile and friendly ways

          Are pleasant to recall.

          He had a cheerful word for each,

          And died beloved by all.

From Lily.

(Private 1793 4th Eastern Company, Non Combatant Corps. Buried Kilworth, County Cork.)

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2743826/thompson,-charles-henry/

 

 

IN MEMORIAM.

 

BIDWELL – In ever loving memory of Claude Arthur Stephen, Second-Lieutenant Loyal North Lancs. Regt., eldest son of Arthur Southwell and Ethel Mildred Bidwell, who was killed in action, at La Basse, September 21, 1915.

 

BIDWELL – In perfect and most devoted memory of my darling boy, Claude, Second Lieutenant Loyal North, who was killed in action at La Bassee, September 21, 1915, aged 21.

          I remember thee while the light lasts and in the darkness I do not forget.

 

          No hate was his, no thirst for fame.

          When forth to death by honour sent,

          Life beckoned sweet, the great call came –

          He knew his duty, and he went.

Most sorely missed, most deeply mourned – Mother.

(Aged 21, 10th Bn. Son of Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Bidwell, of "Brinkley", Quebec Rd., East Dereham.)

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/265497/bidwell,-/

 

COURTNELL – In loving memory of Private Fred Courtnell (Canadians), who was killed in action in France, September 21st, 1916, aged 36.

          A loving brother, ‘tis hard to part

          With one so kind and good at heart.

          When others return we’ll miss you more,

          The realisation will make our hearts sore.

From Mother, Sisters, and Brothers.

(2nd Bn. Died 21/09/1916. Served in the South African Campaign.)

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1566694/courtnell,-frederick/

Canadian Service Records – born Norwich 27/12/1879. NoK lived Norwich. Had served 12 years in the 2nd Norfolks.)

http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/personnel-records/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=120675

 

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DOUBLEDAY – In loving memory of Private Harry Doubleday, Essex Regt., killed in action, September 15th, 1916.

          Yet again we hope to meet him

          When the day of life is fled;

          Then in heaven we hope to greet him,

          Where no farewell tears are shed.

From Mother and Sister.

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/591715/doubleday,-harry/

 

HAYES – In ever loving memory of our dear son and brother, Lance-Corporal Harry S. Hayes, who died of wounds received in France, September 21st 1916.

          One year has passed since thatv sad day

          The one we loved was called away

          God called him home, we’ll not complain,

          But trust in heaven to meet again.

From his loving Father, Mother, Brothers, and Sisters.

(9th Bn. Norfolk Regiment. Aged 26. Son of John and Mary Jane Hayes, of Bramerton, Norfolk.)

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/31180/hayes,-/

 

HOLDOM – in ever loving memory of Lance-Corporal Frank E. Holdom, younger son of the late Mr. G.T. Holdom, of London, and Mrs. Holdom, Cromer, fell in action while attending wounded, September 21st, 1916, aged 22.

From his sorrowing Mother, Sisters, and Brother.

(Frank Edgar Holdom, 6th Field Ambulance, RAMC. Son of George T. and Emma E. Holdom.)

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/556696/holdom,-frank-edgar/

 

NORWICH…………………………………..

 

THE LATE CAPTAIN C.N. WHEELER. – Canon Spencer will conduct a dedication service at Hellesdon Church at 3.30 on Saturday afternoon on the occasion of the erection of a tablet to the memory of the late Captain C.N. Wheeler.

(Charles Norman Wheeler, 2nd Bn. South Lancashire Regiment. Died 07/01/1915, aged 32. Remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Son of Francis Darkins Wheeler, M.A., L.L.D., of Bracondale Cottage, Hellesdon, Norwich, and of the late Nellie Wheeler.)

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/913720/wheeler,-charles-norman/

 

YARMOUTH.

 

THE LATE MAJOR WILTSHIRE – Major Percy Wiltshire, who died from wounds in France on April 25th, has left property of the value of £8117 2s 2d. The testator, by his will of May 10th, 1915, leaves all the property to his wife, Mrs Kathleen Oliva Lefroy Wiltshire, to whom probate is granted.

(Aged 45, died 25/04/1917. 1st (East Anglian) Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Son of C. H. Wiltshire, Solicitor, Yarmouth; husband of R. Wiltshire, of 201, Lowestoft Rd., Gorleston, Great Yarmouth. Commanded the 251st Siege Bty.)

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/79926/wiltshire,-/

(I assume the R. Wiltshire is a typo for K. Wiltshire. The CWGC’s own headstone report shows that Mrs K Wiltshire of 201 Lowestoft Road, Gorleston, Gt. Yarmouth requested that the words “Grant him eternal rest, O Lord” be added to the stone.)

 

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Norfolk Chronicle Friday September 21, 1917

 

CASUALTIES AMONG NORWICH MEN………………………………………

 

Killed. -  Pte. A. Codling, Norfolk Regt. (previously reported missing).

 

Wounded. – Spr. B. Allen, Royal Engineers; Pte. A. Haydon, Rifle Brigade; Gnr. L.J. Pemberton, Royal Field Artillery.

 

Prisoner in German hands. – Pte. 8(?). Weavers, East Yorkshire Regt.

Private 203934 Sidney Weavers. Captured Fontaine, 27-6-1917. Born Norwich 27-8-1888. Wife lived at 25 Victoria Terrace, Horns Lane, Norwich.

https://grandeguerre.icrc.org/en/File/Details/142396/3/2/

 

Mr. and Mrs. Lomax, of 201, Dereham-road, Norwich, have received news that their son, Norwich, have received news that their son, Gnr. S. Lomax, R.F.A., has died of wounds. He was 26 years of age.

See EDP Wednesday September 19th.

 

CLEY OFFICER KILLED IN ACTION………………………….

 

SEC.-LIEUT. E. TURNER.

 

Second-Lieut. Ernest Turner, who has been killed in action, was 38 years of age. He joined the Artists’ Rifles in the early months of the war, and later was given a commission in the Worcestershires. He was the son of the late John Ellis Turner, of Cley-next-the-Sea, and Mary, eldest daughter of the late W.H.G. Buck, of Wiveton Hall.

 

Beginning life as a journalist in the East of England, Mrs Turner was associated with Mr. H.F. Nash, who became well known in connection with Liberal organisation. He went to Mid-Worcestershire as agent for Mr. Cecil Harmsworth, who, after an unsuccessful contest in 1900, defeated his Conservative opponent in 1905 by a majority of 554, a result which Mr. Harmsworth attributed in great measure to the brilliant management of the campaign by Mr. Turner. When Mr. Harmsworth left the constituency in 1911, and was elected for South Bedfordshire, Mr. Turner continued to act as agent for Dr. Clifford Brookes, who succeeded Mr. Harmsworth in the Liberal candidature for Droitwich.

 

Lieut.-Col. Hilton, in a letter of sympathy to the widow, writes:- “He was making a most valiant attempt to take a German position, and rallied his platoon for another attempt, when he was shot through the head by a machine gun. During the short time he has been with me he has proved himself to be a most efficient and gallant officer, and his loss is very keenly felt by all of us. I can only express my pride at having had so brave an officer with me.”

Probably Second Lieutenant William Ernest Turner, 7th Bn. attd 2nd/8th Bn. Worcestershire Regiment. Died 27/08/1917. Remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

 

NORFOLKS’ OFFICER WINS THE M.C………………………..

 

The King has been pleased to confer the Military Cross on the following officer in recognition of his gallantry and devotion to duty in the field:- Lieut. (A.Capt.) Richd. Hamond Chaworth-Musters, Norfolk Regiment. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in commanding his company under heavy shell fire. He led them with great courage and disregard of danger to the attack of a strongly held concrete redoubt capturing there twenty-eight of the enemy and a machine gun. He set a splendid example to his men.

See EDP Tuesday September 18th.

 

LOCAL OFFICERS WHO HAVE FALLEN……………………..

 

CAPTAIN C.F. BOWER

 

Captain Charles F. Bower, youngest son of Mr. James Bower of Earlham House, Norwich, was killed in action on Sept. 13th . He was 26 years of age. Having been educated at Norwich Grammar School, and taken the Parker Exhibition, he went to Corpus Christi, Cambridge, where he graduated with honours in history in June 1913. He remained at the Cambridge Engineering School till the following Christmas, when he returned to Norwich, and joined the staff of the Norfolk Ironworks (Messrs. Barnards Ltd), of which his father is chairman and managing director. In June 1915, he entered an officers’ training school and in due course was gazetted to a commission. He almost immediately proceeded to France. Outside of his professional work he was best known by reason of his interest in the Boy Scout movement. He was one of the pioneers of it in Norwich. At the time of his death he was still holding office as Master of the 1st Norwich Boy Scouts, of whom his father is president.

See the EDP Thursday 20th September for a very similarly worded article.

 

 

CAPTAIN G.K.T. FISHER.

 

Captain George Kenneth Thompson Fisher, of Ashdown Park, Sussex, reported wounded while on patrol duty on the night of September 2nd-3rd, died of wounds on September 3rd. On the outbreak of war, resigning his appointment at the Board of Trade (Labour Exchanges), he at once joined his regiment (Norfolks), subsequently serving in the Gallipoli campaign. He took part in the Suvla Bay landing, and was mentioned in despatches. He was later invalided home, suffering severely from dysentery. On recovering his health, he rejoined his regiment, and served with it up to the time of his death. Captain Fisher was the eldest son of Bishop and Mrs.Fisher, of Flegg Burgh House, born Aug. 4th, 1879. He was educated at Cheam School, Harrow, and New College, Oxford. In August 1914 he married Janet Mary Katherine Anson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anson, and sister of the late Denis Anson, Bart. Captain Fisher leaves two infant sons.

See EDP Monday September 12 edition for initial news of his death and the EDP Thursday 20th September for a very similarly worded article.

 

DEATH OF COL. MARRIOTT, V.D……………………………..

 

We very much regret to announce the death of Col. Charles Marriott, V.D., which occurred on Wednesday night at a Nursing Home in Cromer. This followed an illness of some months’ duration. His wife had pre-deceased him, and his only son is Capt. Marriott, M.C., D.S.O., who holds a staff appointment in France, where he has served with much distinction.

 

Col. Marriott was well known in North Norfolk as secretary to the Cromer Golf Club and also of the Club, Cliff Avenue, Cromer, as a most genial and popular personality. His decease will be sincerely regretted by a large number of friends. He came to Cromer some eight years ago from Stowmarket after 20 years association with the old Volunteer movement, during which time he commanded the 5th Battn, of the Suffolk Regt. (T). Since the beginning of the war he has given much valuable assistance in recruiting, including services rendered as Military Representative at local Tribunals. His only brother is General Marriott who commands a Brigade Division in the South of England.

No match on CWGC.

 

GOLD ROBBERY AT SWAINSTHORPE…………………………

 

At an Occasional Court, held at the County Police Station, on Monday, before Mr. Hugh G. Barclay.

 

William Benjamin Eastell, aged 21, a single man and discharged soldier, of Swainsthorpe, was charged with stealing £53 10s. in money and Treasury Notes of the value of £10 or thereabouts, from the dwelling house of Thomas James Andrews, sub-postmaster, of Swainsthorpe, on Sept. 12th.

 

Det.-Insp. Chambers spoke to arresting prisoner at Swainsthorpe on Sunday morning. He admitted to the officer that he took the money. The inspector recovered £32 in gold and £3 10s in notes. The money was missed from an unlocked safe in a cupboard in Mr. Andrews’ house.

 

Upon this evidence prisoner, at the request of the police, was remanded in custody.

Probable MIC Private 19190 Norfolk Regiment Depot:

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D3434116

 

A NORFOLK D.S.O……………………………………

 

CAPT. H.F.E. SMITH HONOURED.

 

Among the officers upon whom the King has awarded the Distinguished Service Order is a Norfolk man, Captain Herbert Frederick Smith, K.R.R.C., Special Reserve. During an enemy attack upon our trenches he found himself blocked in a tunnel with 20 men. The only entrance that was not blown up was bombed by the enemy. With great coolness and control, however, he kept his men together, and at nightfall brought them through trenches held by the enemy and across the river. The escape of his party was entirely due to his initiative and resource.

See the EDP Thursday 20th September for a very similarly worded article.

 

DEATHS…………………………………

 

LINDSAY – July 14th, 1917, at 292, Francieca-road, Tooting, London, S.W., after a year’s illness, Petty Officer James Lindsay, the dearly-loved husband of Ada. M. Lindsay (nee Gee), from dysentery contracted while on service with the Russian Armourced Cars.  “At Rest.”

Son of Hill and Margaret Lindsay; husband of A. M. Maidment (formerly Lindsay), of 32, Bushnell Rd., Tooting Bec Common, London. Served in Russia with Armoured Car Div. Born at Dunleady, Co. Down.

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/385597/lindsay,-james/

 

TOWNSHEND – Previously reported missing, Oct. 20th, 1916, now believed killed on same date, Pte. B.E. Townshend, Border Regt., aged 23.

No obvious match on CWGC.

 

KILLED IN ACTION.

 

BIRD – Previously reported missing, now reported killed in aerial combat, June 27, Dudley Joseph de Angulo Bird, Lieutenant R.F.A. and R.F.C., fourth son of William Bird, of Metton, aged 23.

See EDP September 8th, and the previous weeks Norfolk Chronicle, dated Friday September 14th.

 

BIRKBECK – Now reported killed in action, 19th April 1917, previously reported wounded and missing, Gervase William, Captain Norfolk Regiment, second son of Mr. and Mrs. Birkbeck, Westacre, Norfolk, aged 30.

See EDP September 18 for obituary and identical death notice.

 

BOWER – Sept. 13th, Capt. Charles Francis Bower, Sherwood Foresters, youngest and dearly loved son of James Garton and Helen Brook Bower, of Earlham House, Norwich, aged 26 years.

See EDP September 20 for obituary and identical death notice. Also obituary in this edition.

 

BROWN – Killed in action, Sept.5th, Gnr William R.B. Brown, R.G.A., Great Witchingham, aged 19.

See EDP Monday 17th to Wednesday 19th for similar notices.

 

IN MEMORIAM.

 

BULLEY – In ever-loving memory of Lce.-Cpl. Elvin Spencer Bulley, Norfolks, the beloved brother of C.A. Bulley, of North Walsham, who died of wounds the 18th Sept., 1916, aged 33.

18164 E.S. Bulley, aged 32, 9th Bn. Norfolk Regiment. Died 17/09/1916. Son of William and Rosanna Bulley, of Swafield, North Walsham.

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/534194/bulley,-/

 

NORFOLK CASUALTIES…………………………………………….

 

All are privates except where otherwise shown. The town shown against each soldier’s name is the home of his next-of-kin.

 

Officer previously reported wounded and missing, now reported died of wounds as prisoner in Turkish hands:

Bradshaw, Sec.-Lieut. H.J. , Norfolk Reg.

Harold James Bradshaw, aged 24. 1st/4th Bn. Son of the Rev. Charles James Bradshaw and Ella Wordsworth Bradshaw. Buried at Haifa War Cemetery.

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/654128/bradshaw,-harold-james/

 

KILLED.

Leinster Regt.- Newell, E. (East Dereham).

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/918736/newell,-ernest/

 

Previously reported missing, now reported killed:

Norfolk Regt. – Codling, A. (Norwich).

 

WOUNDED.

Royal Field Artillery. – Colebrook, Gnr. B.A. (Gt. Yarmouth)

Royal Garrison Artillery.- Pease, Gnr. C.W.E.J. (Norwich)

Coldstream Guards. – Barlow, Cpl. P.C. (King’s Lynn); Willets, A. (Norwich).

Duke of Wellington’s Regt.-Morse, F.J. (Great Yarmouth).

Sherwood Foresters.-Lambert, J.W. (Wisbech)

Royal Engineers.- Allen, Spr. B.(Norwich); Curson, Spr. T.W. (King’s Lynn).

Rifle Brigade.- Haydon, A. (Norwich).

Royal Field Artillery.- Pemberton, Gnr.L.J. (Norwich).

Royal Garrison Artillery.-Williamson, Sgt.W.J. (King’s Lynn).

Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regt.).- Drew, H. (Wisbech).

Middlesex Regt.- Hood, L. (Gt. Yarmouth); Horrex, S. (Lakenheath).

Bedfordshire Regt.- Snelling, R. (Wymondham).

Border Regt. – Byrne, L.Cpl. C. (Swaffham).

 

MISSING.

 

Lincolnshire Regt.- Ellis, E. (Gt. Yarmouth).

15717 Ernest Henry Ellis, Aged 35. 2nd Bn. Died 31/07/1917. Son of Ernest Henry and Charlotte Elizabeth Ellis, of 14, Row 35, Market Place, Great Yarmouth; husband of Elizabeth Ellis, of 17, Row 8, North Quay, Great Yarmouth.

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1611463/ellis,-ernest-henry/

Royal Fusiliers. – Yeoman, W.J. (Wisbech).

9511 Wilfred John Yeoman, Aged 20. 12th Bn. Died 15/06/1917. Son of Mrs. E. Yeoman, of 133, Norwich Rd., New Walsoken, Wisbech, Cambs.

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/912359/yeoman,-wilfrid-john/

 

Previously reported missing, now reported prisoner:

Royal Fusiliers. – Soards, A.E. (Gorleston).

Private 11167 Arthur Soards, “A” Company, 13th Bn. Captured Arras 28.4.1917. Born Gorleston 29/05/1884. NoK lived at 16 Suffield Road, Gorleston.

IRC file: https://grandeguerre.icrc.org/en/File/Details/436369/3/2/

 

Prisoner in German hands:

Border Regt.- Twiddy, L.Cpl. E.T. (Norfolk).

See EDP Tuesday September 18

 

Previously reported missing, now reported prisoners in German hands:

East Yorkshire Regt. – Weavers, S. (Norwich).

See “Casualties amongst Norwich men” in this edition.

 

CAPTAIN G.W. BIRKBECK KILLED………………………………..

 

A DISTINGUISHED NORFOLK CRICKETER.

 

Captain Gervase William Birkbeck, first reported wounded and missing, is now officially stated to have been killed on April 19th, 1917. Captain Birkbeck, who was in the Norfolk Regiment, was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Birkbeck of Westacre High House, Swaffham, and was 30 years of age.

 

Educated at Eton, he just failed to get a place in the cricket XI, being twelfth man, and when still in his teens he made a very promising first appearance for the county of his birth in the same season (1906) that witnessed the debut of another famous Norfolk player – M. Falcon. A batsman with a very sound defence and unlimited patience, Captain Birkbeck rendered most useful service to the side, and it was generally regretted that he could not play more regularly, but in 1910, playing in twelve matches, he assisted Norfolk to carry off the Minor Counties Championship. During this season Captain Birkbeck gave proof of having developed scoring abilities, and in 19 innings he had an average of 27, playing an innings of 111 at Cambridge. The following season (1911) was his best. In thirteen matches he scored 672, including 108 against Hertfordshire at Lakenham, and two not out innings of 89 and 75 against Suffolk. In 1912 Norfolk again won the championship, and in ten completed innings G.W. Birkbeck scored 306 runs, compiling 118 at Bedford and 54 not out in the return match at Norwich, 60 at Bury St. Edmund’s and finishing with 23 against Cambridgeshire at Fenner’s. This was his last knock for Norfolk as he subsequently left the county and had fewer opportunities of keeping up his cricket. On occasions he bowled slow leg breaks with varying success, often breaking up a partnership, and in 1910, against Essex II, at Colchester, he took five wickets. Quiet and unassuming, he was one of the most popular members of a side which he skippered on several occasions – a side which will rank among the strongest the County has put in the field.

As well as a death notice in this edition see EDP September 18 for almost identical obituary and death notice.

 

PRISONERS’ HOME-COMING………………………………..

 

SOME OF THE NORFOLKS.

 

Among the second party of prisoners of war repatriated from Switzerland, under the special exchange arrangements with Germany, which arrived in London on Friday were:-

Major E.C. Doughty, 2nd Norfolks.

Lance-Corporal A. Coates 8917, 1st Norfolks.

Private S. Tungate 6547, 1st Norfolks.

Lance-Cpl. H. Sheldrake 4846, 1st Norfolks.

Private A. Spinks 7244, 1st Norfolks.

Private S. Smith 15455, 1st Suffolks.

Private E. Barkaway 6712, 1st Norfolks.

Private W. Rice 8955, 1st Norfolks.

A longer list appeared in the edition of the EDP dated Monday September 17th.

 

DISS……………………………………………

 

The wedding has been celebrated of Lieut. Jack Bennett, Canadian R.F.C., second son of Mr. Thomas Bennett, of Priory Park, St. Alban’s, and Ethel Fanny, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Nobbs, of Waveney House. The Rev. B.M. Downton, the Rector, was the officiating clergyman. A reception was afterwards held at the residence of the bride’s parents. The honeymoon is being spent at Cromer.

Similar article appeared in the edition of the EDP dated Thursday September 20.

 

WOODBASTWICK………………………………….

 

The excellent work carried on at Woodbastwick Hall Red Cross, under the capable supervision of Mrs. Cator, is too well known to need commendation. The wounded there are well cared for and amusement provided on a generous scale. Last week a party of Norwich artistes gave an excellent musical programme

 

The talented company being cordially received and in almost every instance encores had to be acceded to, and for hours the wounded were able to express their appreciation to the full. Mr. Leonard G. Johnson provided a rich musical treat with his solos at the piano, in addition to rendering the accompaniments in finshed(?) style. The artistic dances of Miss Marjorie King and Miss Ruby Lancum were vociferously recalled, and both ladies subsequently added to the vocal portion of the programme. Miss May Cowles in songs at the piano made a decided hit, and together with Miss Edith Dawson was compelled to accede to encores. Sergt. Wager gave a clever exposition of the well known and ever-popular “Songs of Araby,” and Mr. C.H. Jeeves was in equal demand with “Shipmates o’ Mine,” and other successful baritone numbers. As the humourist of the party Mr. Jack Hubbard recited eight amusing numbers from his extensive repertoire. At the close of the concert Mrs. Cator expressed in appropriate terms the thanks of the wounded for a very enjoyable time.

 

NEWS OF LOCAL SOLDIERS………………………….

 

EAST DEREHAM.

 

News has been received that Pte. Horace Barnes, Northumberland Fusiliers a son of Mrs. Barnes, Union Square, East Dereham, died of wounds on Sept.7th. He was 23 years of age, and was the youngest of six brothers in the Army. His eldest brother. Sergeant Fred Barnes, Norfolk Regt., has just been promoted to the rank of company sergt-major.

See also EDP Tuesday September 18.

 

ELSING.

 

Mrs. George Kendall, of Elsing, has received official intimation that her third son, L.-Cpl John Kendall (Border Regiment), died of wounds on Sept. 7th. L.-Cpl Kendall was one of the first to volunteer in the parish, and had been previously wounded.

See also EDP Tuesday September 18.

 

WYMONDHAM.

 

Mr. and Mrs. F. Grimmer, Kimberley Park, Wymondham, have been informed that their only son, L.-Cpl. A,G. Grimmer, died of heart failure in Cairo on July 12th. He had seen service in the Dardanelles, Gallipoli, and Egypt. He was 23 years of age.

See also EDP Tuesday September 18.

 

GUESTWICK.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Pearce have been informed that their son, Pte. George Pearce, who was reported missing on April 28th, 1917, was killed in action on that date.

Probably Private G/43708 George Frederick Pearce, aged 23, 17th Bn. Middlesex Regiment. Died 28/04/1917. Remembered on the Arras Memorial. Son of Richard and Rose Anna Pearce, of Kerdistone, Reepham, Norwich.

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1603583/pearce,-george-frederick/

 

NORTH WALSHAM.

 

Pte. C.A. Bulley, Norfolks, who was badly wounded in the arm at the Battle of the Somme, is now discharged from the Army. His brother, L.-Cpl. E.S. Bulley, Norfolks, formerly of North Walsham, who was wounded the same morning, died from his wounds after lying on the field two days. L.-Cpl. E.S. Bulley will be remembered as an apprentice at F. Randall, Ltd, iron-founders, of North Walsham.

See “In Memoriam” for Edwin Bulley in this edition.

Probate MiC for his brother Private 18362 Charles A Bulley, Norfolk Regiment.

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D1580020

 

SAXLINGHAM.

 

Mrs. G.A. Middleton has received a postcard from her son, Sergt. E.G. Middleton, stating that he is a prisoner of war in Germany. Previous to this intimation she received a letter from the Captain of her son’s Company as follows:- “Dear Madam, -It is with very great regret that I write to tell you that your son, Sergt. Middleton, has been missing since the night of the 3rd of August, and up to the present I have had no news of him He was last seen, during an attack by the Germans, going along our trench at the head of a small bombing party. I am hoping he has been taking prisoner. I will let you know directly I hear anything. I know you must be feeling very anxious. – Yours truly, C.W. Archdale, Capt.

A Captain Charles William Archdale would die serving with the 7th Bn. Norfolk Regiment on the 20/11/1917.

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1750836/archdale,-charles-william/

The most likely record at the International Red Cross is for Sergeant 13345 Ernest Middleton who was captured on the 3rd August 1917 whilst serving with the 7th Norfolks. He was wounded and captured at Monchy. Ernest was born 1st January 1894 at Saxlingham. NoK was George Henry Middleton of Saxlingham, Holt, Norfolk.

https://grandeguerre.icrc.org/en/File/Details/1886998/3/2/

 

YAXHAM.

 

The parents of Pte. Ernest Meachen have received information that he has been killed in action. Pte. Meachen was previously reported missing.

Rifleman 6667 Ernest Arthur Meachen, aged 24, 1st/9th Bn London Regiment (Queen Victoria’s Rifles). Died 09/10/1916. Remembered on the Thiepval Memorial. Son of Frederick and Susannah Meachen, of Clint Green, Yaxham, Norfolk.

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/805688/meachen,-ernest-arthur/

 

STALHAM.

 

We have much pleasure in announcing that Sergt. J.W. London, R.G.A., has been awarded the Military Medal for bravery and devotion to duty. He is the second son of Mr. and Mrs. T. London. News has also been received that Regt.-Sergt.-Major Arnold, who was mentioned “for gallant and distinguished conduct in the field” in Sir Douglas Haig’s despatches in 1916, has been gazetted. Sergt. J.H. Morse, Royal Engineers, the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. D. Morse, has received a card of honour.

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On 9/9/2017 at 12:44, PRC said:

Norwich Mercury Saturday September 8 1917

 

BARNEY.

 

MEMORIAL SERVICE. A memorial service was held in the parish church on Sunday evening for Private Ed. Cowling of the Norfolks. The Rev. T. Ghent gave an impressive address to a large congregation. The collection was for the War Shrine. The following are the names of those that have fallen belonging to this small village :- John Temple, Arthur Tuck, Sergt. Harrod, William Horne, Lance-Corpl. Wm. Temple, John Chapman, Arthur Whitehand, and Edward Cowling.

 

Private 9034 Arthur John Temple, aged 18, 1st Bn. Norfolk Regiment. Died 15/01/1915. Son of James William and Sarah Elizabeth Temple, of Barney, Guist, Norfolk.

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1626044/temple,-arthur-john/

 

Possibly Private 10443 Arthur Tuck, 4th Bn. Kings Royal Rifle Corps. Died 10/05/1915.

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1626956/tuck,-arthur/

(SDGW born Kettlestone, Norfolk, resident Guist, Norfolk, enlisted North London)

 

Serjeant 13832 Robert Harrod, aged 20, 8th Bn, Norfolk Regiment. Died 19/07/1916.

Son of James and Sarah M. Harrod, of Barney, Guist, Norfolk.

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/790002/harrod,-robert/

 

William Horne?

 

William Temple?

 

Private 71802 John Stephen Chapman, 53rd Coy, MGC. Died 11/03/1917.

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1543177/chapman,-john-stephen/

SDGW born Foulsham, resident Guist.

 

Serjeant T3/029014 Arthur William Whitehand, H.T, ASC. Died 03/05/1917.

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2802991/whitehand,-arthur-william/

SDGW (as Whitchand), born Higham, Norfolk, resident Barney.

 

Probably Private 23453 James Edward Cowling, aged 21, “A” Coy 9th Bn Norfolk Regiment. Died 13/10/1916. Son of James John and Harriet Frances Cowling, of Little Barney, Guist, Norfolk.

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/759922/cowling,-james-edward/

 

 

Cross-referencing this with your excellent thread on the 9th Norfolks' action at The Quadrilateral, you've already solved the puzzle of William Temple's identity.

 

William Horne's is a slightly more complicated tale, and subject of a possible non-commemoration, which is now in the good hands of Terry Denham.

 

Somewhat briefly, William served with the Royal Navy, as a regular, from January 1897 until the end of 1909, when he enlisted with the Reserve. He was mobilised on 2nd August 1914, but discharged in March 1915, with "heart disease". William died in Barney, and was buried at St. Mary's, in August 1915. The family don't appear to have had a long association with the village, but were living there by 1915. They had previously lived in Thornage and Morston. His father, John, died in March 1915 and was also interred at St. Mary's. Sadly, any headstone or marker, associated with either burial, is no longer evident.

 

Best wishes

 

Steve

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PRC

Steve,

 

How to make me feel doubly guilty – mentioning two projects in just a few sentences that I haven’t done full justice to.:)

 

I don’t think it will make any difference to what you’ve doing, but I’m sure your aware that on both the memorial and roll of honour in the church at Barney he is recorded as William Horn.

 

The 1913 Electoral Register, (produced late in 1912 for any elections held in 1913), records a John Horne moving from Morston to a dwelling-house on the Street, Barney. As this was “successive”, he didn’t have to serve a waiting period before becoming entitled to vote as the new address succeeded one(s) where he had gained the right to vote and that right had been held continuously.

 

The 1914 edition just shows him as John Horne of Street, Barney. The 1915 edition records a move within the village, (again shown as successive), with the family now at Briston Road, Barney, but with his name shown as John Horn.

 

If William lived with his parents then he would not have been routinely entitled to a vote and this is reflected in his absence from the electoral register.

 

I assume the Royal Navy Sailor you are referring to who served from 1897 is 192273 William Horne, born “Birmingham”, Norfolk on the 26 December 1879. (I assume that should be Briningham).

 

You have him down as serving until 1909 before he was originally medically discharged. That’s almost certainly the 22 year Able Seaman William Horne, single and born Briningham, Norfolk, who was recorded aboard HMS Vernon and her tenders on the night of the 1901 census.

 

On the 1911 census he was still single and living with his parents. He gives his occupation as an Able Seaman in the Merchant Service.

 

There is no obvious Civil Probate for him under either spelling.

 

Can’t say I saw anything in the churchyard for in 2016 when I visited – I normally record headstones with a wartime date “just in case”, although I do remember a number of broken headstones where small trees have grown up.

 

Good luck with bringing this man in from the cold.  If he died from a heart related illness then very unlikely to have been a coroners inquest but I will keep my eyes open for when I transcribe newspapers from the relevant period to see if there is anything more I can add.

 

Cheers,

Peter

John Horne 1913 Norfolk Electoral Register sourced Familysearch.jpg

John Horn 1915 Norfolk Electoral Register sourced Familysearch.jpg

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On 7/28/2015 at 20:51, PRC said:

The original post was about helping, so if anyone can point me in the right direction or suggest some alternative lines of enquiry then I'd really appreciate it.

The War Memorial for The Runtons and the next door village of Beeston Regis both record a Robert William King.

Neither the Commonwealth War Graves Commission or Soldier's Died in the Great War brings up a likely match - I've tried searching Robert and William with and without the King and tried searching both databases on just a wildcard search for Norfolk without much joy. There is a William Robert King, a Naval Reservist from Winterton, but nothing to tie him to this part of the coast.

What there is in the 1911 census is two Robert William King's associated with West Runton - a father and son. The father was then aged 43, originally from Leeds and a Station Master for the M&GN Railway Company. Living with him is his 15 year old son, born Roydon, near Kings Lynn, who works as a Railway Clerk for the same company. Even with this information I couldn't identify a likely individual. There isn't a Robert William King commemorated on the M&GN memorial at Melton Constable but I don't know if this covered just the men working in the Depot there. I don't thing there is a definitive on-line Roll of Honour for the M&GN railway company. Note - in part this is to try and work out if the pair on the Census is just a co-incidence and that neither of them are actually the individual remembered on the two memorials.

I then tried to see if I could identify a death in England and Wales of someone of the right age to have been the father or son. The death of a Robert William King, aged 55, was recorded in the Erpingham District in the April to June quarter of 1923 - that's the right age and the right part of the county. But no match for the son. There was also nothing obvious during the War Years that could have made him a civilian casualty who died in Norfolk.

Finally I went back to West Runton Holy Trinity churchyard and did an intense search, but no sign of a headstone for any relevant member of the King family. Once I discovered Robert was also on the Beeston memorial I focused my walk around the churchyard to look for King family headstones but drew a blank.

Normally I'd start a new thread but its all still a little too vague.

Thoughts :-)

Thanks,

Peter

 

Peter,

 

This ought to confirm another long-standing identity query for you. I think something that may have caused a little confusion, is the online transcript for the headstone in Lincolnshire. I'm not saying that it was written in error, in this case, but some of the assumptions made on that site for local burials are incorrect. I wasn't able to read the inscription shown on the image, but am wondering if Robert is remembered there on his grandparents' headstone, perhaps.

 

I've been concentrating my research on the four former 'Rural Districts' which, roughly, constitute North Norfolk: Erpingham, Aylsham, Walsingham & Smallburgh, so if you have other outstanding queries from within that catchment, please don't hesitate to give me a nudge, via DM.

 

Best wishes

 

 

Steve

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14 hours ago, PRC said:

Steve,

 

How to make me feel doubly guilty – mentioning two projects in just a few sentences that I haven’t done full justice to.:)

 

I don’t think it will make any difference to what you’ve doing, but I’m sure your aware that on both the memorial and roll of honour in the church at Barney he is recorded as William Horn.

 

The 1913 Electoral Register, (produced late in 1912 for any elections held in 1913), records a John Horne moving from Morston to a dwelling-house on the Street, Barney. As this was “successive”, he didn’t have to serve a waiting period before becoming entitled to vote as the new address succeeded one(s) where he had gained the right to vote and that right had been held continuously.

 

The 1914 edition just shows him as John Horne of Street, Barney. The 1915 edition records a move within the village, (again shown as successive), with the family now at Briston Road, Barney, but with his name shown as John Horn.

 

If William lived with his parents then he would not have been routinely entitled to a vote and this is reflected in his absence from the electoral register.

 

I assume the Royal Navy Sailor you are referring to who served from 1897 is 192273 William Horne, born “Birmingham”, Norfolk on the 26 December 1879. (I assume that should be Briningham).

 

You have him down as serving until 1909 before he was originally medically discharged. That’s almost certainly the 22 year Able Seaman William Horne, single and born Briningham, Norfolk, who was recorded aboard HMS Vernon and her tenders on the night of the 1901 census.

 

On the 1911 census he was still single and living with his parents. He gives his occupation as an Able Seaman in the Merchant Service.

 

There is no obvious Civil Probate for him under either spelling.

 

Can’t say I saw anything in the churchyard for in 2016 when I visited – I normally record headstones with a wartime date “just in case”, although I do remember a number of broken headstones where small trees have grown up.

 

Good luck with bringing this man in from the cold.  If he died from a heart related illness then very unlikely to have been a coroners inquest but I will keep my eyes open for when I transcribe newspapers from the relevant period to see if there is anything more I can add.

 

Cheers,

Peter

John Horne 1913 Norfolk Electoral Register sourced Familysearch.jpg

John Horn 1915 Norfolk Electoral Register sourced Familysearch.jpg

 

Many thanks for this.

 

Yes, indeed, you're quite correct in his identity and service record information. Thanks for looking-up the electoral roll information; that's helped to move the family to Barney a couple of years earlier than I had realised. The rest of the background I have for William concurs with what you've discovered. H.M.S. 'Vernon' was a shore-base, colloquially known as "Torpedo School". I'm hoping his case is looked upon favourably; it would be a shame if such long service wasn't recognised and remembered, somehow. I can confirm that the death certificate & burial register both use the correct spelling of Horne, so it's disappointing that wasn't reflected on the four village memorials which include his name.

 

William's very early life is still somewhat of an enigma, however. I've found no record of birth registration for him, and he wasn't living with his parents at the time of the 1881 Census. I have a strong suspicion that he may well have been adopted. If you decide to check for yourself, there is a birth registered in Erpingham RD, for a William Horne, in Q1 1879.....but that's a different individual, who shows on later census returns.

 

Best wishes

 

 

Steve

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With grateful thanks to Terry Denham, and the In From the Cold Project, I am glad to pass-on the news that William Horne's service and passing is to be recognised by the CWGC:

 

 

May he rest in peace :poppy:

 

 

Steve

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Eastern Daily Press Monday September 10, 1917

 

THE LATE CAPT. W.M. BANBURY.

 

The many friends in the Eastern Counties of Mr. and Mrs. Banbury will regret to see that their eldest son, Capt. William Michael Banbury, was killed on August 17th while gallantly attempting to get a wounded man under cover. Capt. Banbury, who was an old Etonian, and for three years in the Norfolk Artillery Militia, commanded by the Earl of Leicester, entered the Rifle Brigade in 1906. He was on the reserve of that regiment from 1912 to 1914. He rejoined for active service in August, 1914, and was appointed to a service battalion.

 

Mr. Banbury, the father of the deceased, is a well-known shot, and for many years rented places in Norfolk, amongst others Buckenham Hall, Brandon, where he lived for a long period. Mrs. Banbury is a daughter of the late Admiral Sir William King Hall, and sister of the two admirals of the same name.

 

The deceased captain, who was 32 years of age, was cousin of Sir Frederick Banbury, M.P., whose only son, Captain C.W. Banbury, Coldstream Guards, was killed early in the war.

 

 

Great picture - much better quality than the one that appeared in the Eastern Daily Press.(see attached)

 

I don't think I've come across him on any Norfolk War Memorials as yet but there are rather a lot! Contrary to what is says in the report Brandon is in Suffolk - I'm not sure there has ever been a time it's been considered part of Norfolk although the county border is very close. While I occasionally go "furrain" and dig out my passport to go south of the border it doesn't look like there is anything to find on the Brandon War Memorial.

http://www.undyingmemory.net/Brandon/brandon-memorial.html

 

I also did a quick check of the Norfolk Electoral Registers for 1903, (when William joined the Norfolk Artillery (Militia)) through to 1915 for both William and his father Edward to see if they owned land or property in Norfolk, which would have entitled them to a Civil Parish vote at a minimum, but no matches.

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Wayne Ratcliffe

Hello Ronin,

Well 1914-1918 centenary are all behind us and its been a blast for me as each year I have been involved in different projects, mostly in Berkshire which is home for me.

I was part of "Reading at War" and "King and Country" (Windsor) as well as being part of "Potts VC memorial" in Reading which is a 1900 to 1947 memorial to all of the regiments fallen.

 

I managed two visits to East Anglia as its been on my "bucket list" for a couple of years due to it being where Berkshire Yeomanry and 2nd South Midland Mounted Brigade (2SMMB)mobilised to in 1914. To protect the coast from German invasion. I got to visit Kings Lynn and Fakenham library as well as catch a few towns passing through. I am a volunteer Trustee at Berks Yeomanry museum and got to see the clock tower in Fakenham library which has about 90 inscriptions made my soldiers on guard duty, and most came from 2SMMB and can be easily recognised even today. Most of the "vandals were from Buckinghamshire Hussars! however QOOH and Berks also had a hand (or knife) in it...    :-)   Wayne

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Continuing from the above I would be pleased to return to Fakenham in 2019 if I can form an agenda. We have some great postcards collection of the area in our museum which I would like to add to - anything related to the Yeomanry brigade in 1914 /1915. I am on a "Networking" heritage meeting in January and my agenda is to move forward on all the good work achieved over the past 4 years and mobilise all the volunteers to create future events in Berkshire. Its something all councils should be thinking about IMHO

 

There are hundreds of postcards surviving from WW1 in Britain of all the young hopeful volunteers in Norfolk and it would make a great project to follow what happened to the men

 

Wayne

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Hi,

 

If you are in Norfolk and are interested in units like the Buckinghamshire Hussars, then one of the men who died serving with them was the Honourable Neil Primrose, Captain in the 1st/1st Battalion and Privy Councillor.

 

He is remembered on the War Memorial at Postwick to the South-East of Norwich.

 

3707805798_9aa190a85a.jpgPostwick War Memorial 3 by Moominpappa06, on Flickr

 

The Library of Congress has this picture of him on their Flickr account,

 

3121124446_3fd4043939.jpgHon. Neil Primrose  (LOC) by The Library of Congress, on Flickr

 

I had quick search of the local papers I've transcribed so far and nothing for the Berkshire Yeomanry, (although I have big gaps for 1915 and early 1916), I did come across this rather sad piece in the edition of the Norwich Mercury dated Saturday 28th November 1914 for an officer of the Buckinghamshire Hussars.

 

YEOMANRY OFFICER’S TRAGIC DEATH

 

INQUEST AT FULMODESTONE

 

An officer of the Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars Regiment of Yeomanry, Second Lieut. Frank Harry Reginald Lawson, was found dead at his billet, the Hall Farm, Fulmodestone, on Thursday, 19th inst. He had a wound in his head, and a revolver was in his right hand. His regiment is quartered in the Ryburgh district.

 

The inquest was held at the Hall Farm on Saturday afternoon, and the inquiry was conducted by Mr. W.M. Barton, of Dereham, Coroner for the Liberty of the Duchy of Lancaster.

 

The evidence given was to the effect that deceased was in his room on Thursday afternoon. He was reading a newspaper when Mabel Skelton, a housemaid, entered the room to inquire if he would like tea served. He asked her to bring the tea, and she placed the tray on the table. She left the room to obtain some hot water, and when she returned she discovered deceased seated in the chair. He seemed to be dead, and in his right hand, resting on his knees, was a revolver. Witness had not heard a revolver fired. She gave the alarm, and Major Eustace St. John and deceased’s cousin, Second Lieut. Edward Fredk. Lawson, came. Sergt. J. W. Briggs also rendered assistance.

 

The officers and non-commissioned officer gave evidence as to what they saw on entering the room, and stated that immediately before his death deceased was in perfect health and spirits, and had been since he joined the regiment.

 

P.C. Card searched the room and found a revolver bullet lying on the floor. He examined the revolver, and found it contained a cartridge case only. There were no papers of any description which would throw light on the cause of death. Deceased was wearing his watch and chain, and there was money in his pocket.

 

Dr. F.H. Sturdee, of Walsingham, examined the body. In his opinion when the revolver was fired it must have been held close to the right side of the deceased’s head, for the skin was blackened. The bullet passed right through the deceased’s head and struck the door on the other side of the room.

 

The father of the deceased, Mr. Frank Lawson, of Park-street, London, W.stated his son was 22 years of age. He followed no profession, and expected to receive a commission in the Regular Forces. He saw his son in London on the Sunday before his death, and he was in his usual good health and spirits.

 

There was no evidence that the deceased suffered from depression or despondency, or that he was in trouble, and the jury returned a verdict “That death was due to a gunshot wound accidentally caused.”

 

(Fulmodestone is nowadays styled Fulmodeston).

 

I have several reports on the London Roughriders but while they were in the same division in the opening year of the war I believe they were in a different brigade.

 

I take these were postcards home from soldiers serving with the 2nd South Midland Brigade? Would be nice to see a few of the pictures here in case we can point you in the right direction or even provide a "now" version of the same location.

 

Cheers,

 

Peter

 

 

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Here are a commercial postcard and a photo taken in Fakenham sent by men from the Berkshire Yeomanry

 

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Stabling near St Peter & Pauls Church in Fakenham

 

 

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On the River Wensum with Church tower in the backround

 

Cheers

Andrew

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Hi

 

Don't know if your interested but I've got serveral original picture post cards of Norfolk war memorials. I could get anyone's your interested in scanned?

 

No worries if not.

Andrew

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Andrew,

 

I'd be interested. Do you want to list what you have as there may be others who would like to see them as well.

 

Thanks,

Peter

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