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Its been a hundred years since tanks were first used on the battlefield. In some parts of the battlefield it went well and others not so good. For the troops of the 6th Division, particularly the 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment, it went badly indeed. The 9th Norfolk and 1st Leicester were assigned a 500 yard front for a direct assault on the heavily fortified position known as The Quadrilateral, near the village of Ginchy. The Division was allocated 3 tanks. The operational order was for them to advance in column, with a 100 yard wide corridor kept free of artillery fire to facilitate their advance. The three tanks were 705 (Major Holford Walker), 523 (Lieutenant G MacPherson) and 533 (Lieutenant Basil Henriques). Two of the tanks failed to even reach the start line, (705 and 523). 533, a machine gun armed female Mk1, reached the jumping off point just behind the Norfolks but was attracting artillery fire, some of which was falling on the Norfolks in the assembly trenches. The tank reversed 20 metres and waited for the start time. This was the young crews first time in battle having never fired a weapon in anger. The activity of tank 533 on that day has been the subject of a recent BBC documentary, but this totally glossed over what happened next. At the signal to advance the tank set off to cross the British trenches but for some unknown reason, on reaching a trench full of soldiers, it was assumed it was the German front line and the machine guns opened up.

 

The next bit is a mystery. The official stuff like the Battalion and Brigade War Diaries makes no reference to this friendly fire incidence. Other accounts vary from several to slight to many to enormous casualties. The War Diary of the DLI who came into the frontline trench for the follow up assault talks of it being full of dead and wounded Norfolks and Suffolks. Yet a personal diary of a Private makes no reference to the incident. The trench remained in British hands and so you would expect significant numbers of Norfolks to have been buried but you will search the records in vain - the only ones with a named headstone were recovered from the battlefield after the war. These and other questions have been raised here:

 

 

The FFI was brought to an end by a Norfolk Officer jumping out of the trench and running up to the front of the tank, gesticulating wildly. Depending on your source this was either a Captain or Lieutenant Crosse. (There were two Lieutenant Crosses serving with the 9th Battalion, brothers who were the sons of the Vicar of Hickling in the County. At least one was present as they appear on the list of the wounded). The tank then set off in the wrong direction for the purposes of the attack.

 

The orders of the Norfolks and Leicesters were to press on with the attack if the tanks got held up and this they did. Rushing forward they did gain the first line of trenches but then found themselves held up on uncut barbed wire and the German Machine Guns began to take them toll. Both battalions were soon stretched out in shell holes across the battlefield and the attack had fizzled out.

 

The Butchers bill for the Norfolks would be 431 Other Ranks Killed , wounded and missing, 4 officers killed, 1 missing, (subsequently declared KiA on the 16th) and 13 wounded. For the Leicesters it was 14 Officers and 410 other ranks killed, wounded or missing.

 

A check of the Commonwealth War Graves site end up with a tally of 161 men of the 9th Battalion who would die on this day. I've done some very basic pulling together of information about those individuals - many I've already come across while researching individual War Memorials here in the county. This thread is intended as a tribute to those who died on the day and those who died of wounds over the following week - contributions on the fate of those who survived are welcome as I've also started looking into that as well.

 

Abbreviations are kept to a minimum.

CWGC - Commonwealth War Graves Commission

SDGW  Soldiers Died in the Great War

Where no county is stated that it should be assumed the place named is in Norfolk. 

 

(1) William Aldis, Lance Corporal 18272 (brother of Herbert)

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Great Yarmouth. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Aged 25. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Walter and Hannah Emma Aldis, of Alpington, Norwich.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/773010/ALDIS,%20WILLIAM

 

Picture: https://norfolk.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/FULL/PICNOR/BIBENQ/13087596/2214514,2?FMT=IMG&IMGNUM=1

 

Remembered locally on: Yelverton & Alpington War Memorial.

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1373614

1901 Census: Aged 8, born Runham, living at Alpington. Parents William, (45, Market Gardener born Framlingham Earl) and Hannah, (43, born Ludham). 4 Siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 18, Bricklayers Labourer. Parents Walter, (56) and Hannah Emma, (53), have been married 34 years and have had 16 children of which 11 were then still alive.

 

Eastern Daily Press, Thursday October 19th 1916

Local Men in the Casualty Lists

 

Mr. and Mrs W. Aldis of Alpington have received notice that their third son, Lance-Corporal William Aldis, Norfolk Regt., was killed in action on September 15th, and that their fourth son, Private Herbert V. Aldis, Norfolk Regt., was reported missing on September 15th. Their son-in-law, Corporal Harry J. Jordan, has been reported as missing from August 1st. Mr. and Mrs. Aldis have another son serving with the Essex Regt.

 

 

(2) Herbert Victor Aldis, Private 16465 (brother of William)

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Great Yarmouth. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Aged 22. Guillemont Road Cemetery. One of a number of battlefield burials moved from Map Reference Sheet 57c.T.14.?.1.1 that already had standard Graves Registration Unit markers. On the Burial Return received in December 1919 by the Registration Department most are just shown as a British Soldier. Son of Walter and Hannah Emma Aldis, of Alpington, Norwich.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/534105/ALDIS,%20HERBERT%20VICTOR

 

Picture: https://norfolk.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/FULL/PICNOR/BIBENQ/13087596/2214515,1?FMT=IMG&IMGNUM=1

 

Remembered locally on: Yelverton & Alpington War Memorial.

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1373614

1901 Census: Aged 7, born Runham, living at Alpington. Parents William, (45, Market Gardener born Framlingham Earl) and Hannah, (43, born Ludham). 4 Siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 17, Market Gardeners Son working in Garden. Parents Walter, (56) and Hannah Emma, (53), have been married 34 years and have had 16 children of which 11 were then still alive.

 

 

(3) Kenneth George Alexander, Private 14704

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Wacton, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Aged 23. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Dennis and Ruth Alexander, of Long Stratton, Norfolk.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/773069/ALEXANDER,%20KENNETH%20GEORGE

 

Picture: https://norfolk.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/FULL/PICNOR/BIBENQ/13088490/2214509,8?FMT=IMG&IMGNUM=1

 

Remembered locally on: Family memorial in the churchyard at St Mary Long Stratton.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/20312112954

 

Long Stratton War Memorial

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/21012961495/in/album-72157657580541319/

Baptised: 14th May 1893, Wacton All Saints.

1901 Census: Aged 8, born Wacton, living at a dwelling on The Turnpike, Stratton St Mary. Parents Dennis, (52, Farmer born Moulton) and Ruth Emma, (45, born North Tuddenham). 7 siblings.

1911 Census. Aged 18, Farmers Son working on Farm, living at Poplars Farm, Stratton St Mary, Long Stratton. Parents Dennis, (62) and Ruth, (46) have been married 36 years and have had 13 children, of which 10 were still alive. (They would lose two other sons in the War).

 

 Eastern Daily Press, Wednesday October 4th 1916

 

Killed in Action (Births, Marriages and Deaths Column)

 

Alexander – September 15, killed in action, Kenneth George Alexander, Norfolk Regiment, sixth son of Dennis and Ruth Alexander, Poplar Farm, Long Stratton, aged 23.

 

 

(4) Frederick William Bailey, Private 3/10153

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Newington, Surrey, enlisted Camberwell Surrey. No place of residence.

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/771803/BAILEY,%20FREDERICK%20WILLIAM

Possible. On the 1911 Census there is a 37 year old Frederick W, a Grocers Assistant born Newington, who was recorded as the married head of the household at 24 “Oareboro” Road, Trundleys Road, Deptford, London S.E. he and wife Lily, (38, born Lambeth), have been married 16 years and have had 10 children, of which 8 were still alive. The oldest three still at home were all born Camberwell.

 

 

(5) William John Baker, Private 15945

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Shropham, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Aged 29. Thiepval Memorial. Son of John and Rebecca Baker, of Shropham, Thetford; Norfolk; husband of Sarah Crane (formerly Baker), of Watton, Thetford, Norfolk.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/772094/BAKER,%20WILLIAM%20JOHN

 

Remembered locally on: Rockland All Saints War Memorial.

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/RocklandAllSaints.html

 

And Rockland All Saints Roll of Honour.

http://rocklands.org.uk/wp/?page_id=26

 

A Private John Baker of the Norfolk Regiment is on the Shropham War Memorial.

http://www.warmemorials.org/search-grants/?gID=29

 

1891 Census: Aged 4, born Shropham, living at City Farm Cottage, Shropham. Parents John, (28, Agricultural Labourer born Shropham) and Rebecca, (32 and born Howe). 3 Siblings.

1901 Census: Aged 14, Ordinary Agricultural Labourer, still living with parents at City Farm Cottage. Father John, (38) is now a Teamster on Farm.

1911 Census: Aged 24, Farm Labourer. Still living at home. Parents John, (48, Horseman on Farm) and Rebecca, (52), have been married 25 years and have had 11 children, of which 9 were then still alive.

 

 

(6) Wilfred Murray Bale, Private 15488

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Broome, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Aged 23. Guillemont Road Cemetery. One of a number of battlefield burials moved from Map Reference Sheet 57c.T.14d.5.3 that already had mostly Graves Registration Unit markers. On the undated Burial Return received by the Registration Department for that location eight out of the ten entries are for an unknown British soldier of the Norfolk Regiment.

Son of Mr. F. W. and Mrs. S. A. Bale, of Bridge Cottage, Broome, Bungay.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/534129/BALE,%20W%20M

 

Remembered Broome War Memorial.

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/Broome.html

1901 Census: Aged 6, born Thwaite, living at Ivy Farm, Broome. Parents “Fredk”, (42, Cowman born Thwaite) and Sarah A, (41, born Shotesham St Mary). 4 siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 17, born Thwaite St Mary, Labourer on Farm. Still living at Ivy House Farm, Loddon Road, Broome with his parents. Frederick, (52, Cowherd) and Sarah Ann, (51, Dairy Work), have been married 32 years and have had 7 children, all then still alive.

 

Eastern Daily Press, Friday October 20th 1916

 

BALE – September 15, killed in action, Lance-Corporal W.M.Bale, fourth son of Mr and Mrs F.Bale, Ivy Farm, Broome and brother to Mrs Butcher, Gt.Hautbois, aged 22 years. Highly respected by all.

 

 

(7) Robert William Barber, Private 40002

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Leziate, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/769383/BARBER,%20ROBERT%20WILLIAM

 

Remembered locally on: Old Buckenham War Memorial.

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/OldBuckenham.html

1901 Census: Aged 4, born Leziate, living at 39 Town End, Middleton. Parents Edward G, (35, Sand Quarryman born Hilgay) and Louisa, (33, born Leziate). 2 Siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 14, Working on Farm. Now living at Wood Farm, Old Buckenham with parents. Edward, (45, Farm Steward) and Louisa, (43) have been married 17 years and have had 3 children, all then still alive.

 

 

(8) Stephen Clare Barker, Private 22759

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Postwick, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Aged 20. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Barker, of High House, Postwick, Norwich.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/769542/BARKER,%20STEPHEN%20CLARE

 

Remembered locally on: Postwick War Memorial

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/3707805798

1901 Census: Marsh Road, Postwick. Stephen was aged 5. Parents Robert, 39, Teamman on Farm and Caroline, 39 – both born Postwick. Stephen had 5 siblings living at home.

1911 Census as Clare Stephen. Aged 15, Shepherds Page on Farm, still living with parents who now resided at 1 Brushes Square, Postwick. Robert, (49, Horseman on Farm) and Caroline, (49), have been married 26 years and have had 8 children, of which 7 were then still alive.

 

 

(9) Richard Herbert Matthews Barnes, Private 22247

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Fakenham, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Serre Road Cemetery No.2, originally buried on the battlefield and recorded as unknown British Soldier of the Norfolk Regiment. From various bits found on the body, the identity of Richard was established although it is not clear how – the Knife in his possession was stamped 15175 C.G., the spoon was stamped 2.Bd.5979 and an unnamed piec of equipment was stamped NK.664. His I.D. Disc was noted as illegible.

 

The other soldier also had some pieces  recoverd from under his body – an unnamed piece of equipment stamped 9.NK.880 and a waterproof sheet marked W.P. (waterproof?)

That soldier resides in Grave XL.E.10 while Richard is in XL.E.11

The exhumation took place in October 1931.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/608098/BARNES,%20RICHARD%20HERBERT%20MATTHEWS

 

Picture: https://norfolk.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/FULL/PICNOR/BIBENQ/14512873/2214563,10?FMT=IMG&IMGNUM=1

Accompanying notes: Herbert was born at Hempton Green on the 28th April 1896 and educated at Fakenham School. He enlisted in 1915 and was killed in action in France September 16th 1916.

Remembered locally on: Fakenham War Memorial.

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/Fakenham.html

 

Hempton War Memorial

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/Hempton.html

1901 Census: Aged 4, born Hempton, living at Front Green, Hempton. This was the home of his grand-parents John & Susan Barnes.

1911 Census: Aged 14, Farm Labourer, living with grand-parents at Nelson Cottage, Hempton.

 

 

(10) John Francis Cuthbert Bashford, 2nd Lieutenant

SDGW: No match

CWGC: Aged 27. Thiepval Memorial. Son of the late William and Amy Bashforth.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/770102/BASHFORTH,%20JOHN%20FRANCIS%20CUTHBERT

 

Blog piece on his life

http://www.hiddenlives.org.uk/blog/2016/06/2nd-lieutenant-jfc-bashforth/#_bookmark0

 

 

(11) Percy Bayes, Private 18516

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Knapton, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/770389/BAYES,%20PERCY

 

Picture: https://norfolk.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/FULL/PICNOR/BIBENQ/14525907/2214539,1?FMT=IMG&IMGNUM=1

Accompanying notes: Percy was born in Knapton and enlisted in Norwich, joining the 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. He landed in France on 23rd September 1915 and was killed in action 15th September 1916 during the first day of the Battle of Flers Courcelette. He was the grandson of John and Caroline Johnson of Hill House, Mundesley Road, North Walsham. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

Remembered locally on: Swafield War memorial.

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4604804

1901 Census: Aged 5, born Knapton, residing at Cottage, (near Station Masters House), Knapton. Parents Herbert, (29, Brickmaker born Knapton) and Sarah, (27, born Swafield). 2 siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 15, “Coukey Boy” at a Builders Works, living with grand-parents John and Caroline Johnston at Hill House, Mundesley Road, North Walsham. His parents were now living at Swafield.

 

 

(12) William Walter Beck, Private 40003

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Brundall, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Aged 19. Thiepval Memorial. Son of William and Elizabeth Beck, of Brundall, Norfolk.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/770651/BECK,%20WILLIAM%20WALTER

 

Remembered locally on: Stained Glass Window, St Michael and All Angels, Braydeston.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/28441593924/in/album-72157672661548205/

Birth Registered: Q3 1897, Blofield District.

1901 Census: Aged 3, born Bradestone, Norfolk. Living at a dwelling “Near Station”, Brundall. Parents William, (47, Labourer on Railway, born Strumpshaw) and Elizabeth, (45, born Roughton). 1 Sibling.

1911 Census: Aged 13 and living with parents at Station Cottages, Bradeston. Shown as born Brundall. Parents William, (54, Railway Platelayer for the Great Eastern Railway Company) and Elizabeth, (53), have been married 34 years. They have had 14 children, but sadly only 3 were then still alive.

 

 

(13) Henry George Beeton, Private (Signaller) 16277 “C”Company

SDGW: (Harry). Killed in Action. Born Euston, Norfolk. Enlisted Wolverhampton. No place of residence.

CWGC: Aged 21. Thiepval Memorial. Only son of Mr. H. T. and Mrs. L. M. Beeton, of Farm Cottage, Hindlip, Worcs.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/767801/BEETON,%20HENRY%20GEORGE

 

Remembered locally on: Euston War Memorial.

https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/node/130632

1901 Census: Aged 6, born Euston “Suffolk”and living at Barracks Yard, Euston, (next door to the Police Station). Parents Henry, (37, Horseman on Farm, born Euston), and Louisa, (30, born London City). 1 other sibling.

1911 Census: Aged 16, Carter on Corporation Sewage Farm. Living with Parents at Mill Cottage, Pendeford Mill, Pendeford, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire. Parents Henry, (47, Foreman on Sewage Farm) and Louisa, (40), have been married 17 years and have had 2 children, both then still alive.

 

 

(14) Arthur William Betts, Private 15598

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Burton-on-Trent, Staffs. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/768504/BETTS,%20ARTHUR%20WILLIAM

 

Remembered locally on: Parents headstone St Michael Stratton.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/20569846289

 

Long Stratton War Memorial.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/21012961495

 

Burton Memorial

http://www.burtonmail.co.uk/battle-of-the-somme-burton-roll-of-honour/story-29465017-detail/story.html

1901 Census: Aged 8, born Burton on Trent, living at St Cross, South Elmham, Suffolk. Parents are Arthur, (36, Shepherd on Farm, born Withersdale, Suffolk) and Eunice, (32, born Alburgh). 4 siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 18, Yardman, living with Parents at Stratton St Michael. Arthur, (46) and Louisa, (42) have been married 21 years and have had 9 children, all then still alive.

 

 

(15) Edward Betts, Private 14857

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Gt.Melton, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Aged 33. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Eliza Rachel Betts, of Great Melton, Norwich, and the late George Henry Betts.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/768509/BETTS,%20EDWARD

 

Remembered locally on: War Memorial All Saints Church, Great Melton.

http://en.tracesofwar.com/article/82898/War-Memorial-All-Saints-Church.htm

1891 Census: Aged 8, born Melton Magna, living at High Green, Melton Magna. Parents were George H., (37, Woodman born Melton Magna) and Eliza R., (37, born Hapton). 6 siblings.

1901 Census: 18, Bricklayer, living with parents at Cottage on High Green, Gt.Melton.

1911 Census: 28, Single, Bricklayer, boarding at 2, Eastward Ho, Leiston, Suffolk. His parents were still living at High Green.

 

 

(16) William James Bezance, Private 21062

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born and Enlisted Gt.Yarmouth. No place of residence

CWGC: Aged 21. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Mrs. Elizabeth H. Bezance, of 3, Shreeve's Passage, Row 31, Great Yarmouth.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/768568/BEZANCE,%20WILLIAM%20JAMES

 

Remembered locally on: Great Yarmouth War Memorial.

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/GtYarmouth_WW1_B.html

1901 Census: (As James W Bezance). Aged 6, born Gt.Yarmouth, living at 15 Row 87 ½ . Parents were James W, (34, General Labourer born Gt.Yarmouth) and Elizabeth H., (30, born Gt.Yarmouth). 5 siblings.

1911 Census: No trace

 

 

(17) John Bird, Private 14732

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Seething, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Aged 27. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Lewis and Hannah Bird, of Upgall, Seething, Norwich.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/768831/BIRD,%20JOHN

 

Remembered locally on: Seething War Memorial.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/4105476800

 

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/Seething.html

1891 Census: Aged 1, born and living at Seething. Parents Lewis, (41, Agricultural Labourer born Seething) and Hannah, (42, born Hardwick). 10 siblings.

1901 Census: Aged 11, born Seething, and living at Seething Upgate. Parents are Lewis, (51, Horseman on Farm born Seething) and “Anna”, (32 (?), born Hardwick).

1911 Census: Aged 21, single, and a Teamman on Farm, John was living with his widowed mother Hannah, (64) at Seething Upgate, near Brooke. Hannah states she was married for 35 years and has had 16 children of which 13 were then still alive.

 

 

(18) William Augustus Bloomfield, Private 16372

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Roydon, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Aged 20. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Joseph and A. M. Bloomfield, of Roydon, Diss, Norfolk.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/766274/BLOOMFIELD,%20WILLIAM%20AUGUSTUS

Not on the Roydon Memorial.

1901 Census: Aged 4, born Roydon, and living at High Road, Roydon. One of the dwellings nearby was Blue Pump Farm.Parents are Joseph, (39, Horseman on Farm born Briningham) and Ann H., (38, born Cotton). 2 Siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 14 and “At Home”, (i.e. Unemployed). Living with his parents in a dwelling “Near Blue Pump Farm, Roydon”. Joseph, (49) and Annie, (48) have been married 19 years and have had 5 children, of which 4 were then still alive.

 

 

(19) John Blowers, Private 3/10310

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Sporle, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Aged 40. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Mrs. Maria Blowers; husband of Ethel Mary Blowers, of 40, Broad Meadow Common, Castleacre, King's Lynn, Norfolk.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/766296/BLOWERS,%20JOHN

 

Remembered locally on: Castle Acre War Memorial

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/4800358734

 

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/CastleAcre.html

1881 Census: Aged 4, born Sporle, living at London Cottages, Sporle. Parents are James, (48, Agricultural Labourer) and Maria, (44, born Sporle). 7 siblings.

1891 Census: Aged 14,Agricultural Labourer living The Street, Sporle. Parents James, (62, Agricultural Labourer born Sporle) and Maria, (57, born Scarning). 2 siblings still at home.

1901 Census: Aged 26, Single, Teamster on Farm. Boarding at Anchor Drove, Feltwell.

1908 Marriage: The marriage of a John Henry Blowers to an Ethel Mary Reeder was recorded in the Swaffham District in Q4.

1911 Census: The 30 year old John Blowers, an Agricultural Labourer from Sporle, is recorded as the married head of a household at “Baily” Street, Castle Acre. He lives there with his wife of 2 years, Ethel, (22, born Cambridge). So far the couple have had 2 children – Alice, (1, born Swaffham) and Stephen, (3 months, born Castleacre).

Post August 1911 the mothers maiden name was included when a birth was registered. Only two possible matches in the published index for England and Wales – both in the Civil District that covers Castleacre and in a timescale that is likely to make them additional children of John and Ethel.

Ivor A……….Q2 1912

Laura E………Q1 1914

 

 

(20) Augustus Robert Bolderstone, Private 16310

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born East Earsley, Yorkshire. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Aged 22. Serre Road Cemetery No.2, recovered from the battlefield and recorded as unknown British Soldier of the Norfolk Regiment. The identity of Augustus was established from his boots which were stamped 16310. The body was recovered in 1929 from map reference Sheet 57c.T.14.d.6.2. Another corpse at the same location was tentatively identified as Serjeant T F Masters 15496 – see his entry below.

 

Son of Augustus William and Margaret Elizabeth Bolderstone, of Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/608180/BOLDERSTONE,%20AUGUSTUS%20ROBERT

1901 Census: Aged 6, born East Ardsley, Yorkshire, living at Littleport Ford, Sedgeford. Parents are Augustus, (28, Agricultural Labourer, born Sedgeford) and Margaret “Elizth”, (29, born Newcastle, Northumberland). 3 Siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 16, Farm Labourer. Living with parents at Crow Hall Farm, Burnham Westgate. Parents Augustus W., (38, Domestic Groom) and Margaret Elizabeth, (39, born Gateshead, Durham), have been married 19 years and have had 6 children, all then still alive.

 

 

(21) Burrel Bond, Private 14493

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Northwold, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/766520/BOND,%20BURREL

 

Remembered locally on: Northwold Roll of Honour

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/Northwold.html

1901 Census: Aged 6, born Northwold and living in a dwelling at Little London, Northwold. Parents are John, (52, Ordinary Agricultural Labourer born “Colverstone”) and Lucy, (39, born Foulden). 2 siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 16, Carpenters Apprentice, living with parents at Northwold. “J.”, (62, General Labourer on Farm) and Lucy, (50) have been married for 21 years and have had 3 children, all then still alive.

 

 

(22) Harold Bradbrook, Private 14931

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Cromer, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Aged 20. Guillemont Road Cemetery. One of a number of battlefield burials moved from Map Reference Sheet Sheet 57d.T.14.d.6.1 and the surrounding area in December 1919. Harold was originally buried alongside a man from the Hampshire Regiment who was believed to have died on the 9th September 1916. Nearby were a number of unknown British soldiers, some believed to be Norfolks and others believed to be R.M.F. (Royal Munster Fusiliers?).

Son of Edward C. and E. E. Bradbrook, of 34, Maygrove Rd., Great Yarmouth. Native of Overstrand, Cromer.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/534172/BRADBROOK,%20H

 

Picture: https://norfolk.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/FULL/PICNOR/BIBENQ/14557649/2214597,1?FMT=IMG&IMGNUM=1

Accompanying notes: Born at Overstrand, 3rd January 1896, Private Bradbrook was educated at Cromer council school. He enlisted 4th September 1914 and was killed in action on the Somme, 15th September 1916.

Remembered on:

Family headstone. https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/12033722196

 

Overstrand Book of Remembrance. https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/12033268164

 

Overstrand War Memorial: https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/12249191794/in/photolist-jEkaVV-jULtzF-jknYmU-jEqiXY-jkkDoL-eFYEFK

Cromer Roll of Honour.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/8985037737/in/photolist-jkkDoL-jEkaVV-jEqiXY-eFYEFK

1901 Census, Aged 5, born Overstrand, living at 1, Jubilee Cottages, Station Road, Suffiled Park, Cromer. Parents are Charles, (31, Railway Signalman born Ketteringham) and Emily, (33, born Shipdham). 1 sibling.

1911 Census: Aged 15, living with parents at 1, Jubilee Lane, Cromer. Edward, (41, Railway Company Signalman) and Emily, (43), have been married 19 years and have had 3 children of which 2 were then still alive.

 

 

Eastern Daily Press, Monday October 16th 1916

BRADBROOK – September 15, Private H. Bradbrook, Norfolks, the beloved second son of Mr and Mrs E.C. Bradbrook, 34 Maygrove Road, Great Yarmouth, aged 22 years.

For He died to save us all.

 

 

(23) George Francis Brider, Private 13264 “C” Company

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Kensington, Middlesex. Enlisted Fulham, Middlesex. No place of residence

CWGC: Aged 26. Serre Road Cemetery No.2, recovered from the battlefield in 1928 were the scattered skeletal remains of what was believed on examination to be four unknown British Soldiers. Amongst these were shoulder titles for two Leicester and the ID Disc for George. The remains were found at map reference Sheet 57c.T.14.d.4.1.

Son of William James and Catherine Brider, of 31, Lysia St., Fulham, London.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/608225/BRIDER,%20GEORGE%20FRANCIS

 

Headstone can be seen here:-

https://www.facebook.com/WorsteadWestwickWarMemorials/posts/703142943145486

1891 Census: 7 month old, born Lambeth London and living in half of 5 Oakbury Road, Fulham. Parents are William J, (35, Bootmaker born Lambeth) and Catherine, (36, born Lambeth).

1901 Census: Aged 11, born Kensington. Parents are William J, (45, Bootmaker born Bermondsey, London) and Catherine, (45, born “Bactforten”, Worcestershire.)

1911 Census:  Aged 20. Living 31 Lysia Street, Fulham with parents. None of the adult children have an occupation recorded and all the children are stated to have been born Bute Street, Kensington. William James, (55, Master Boot Maker, born Lamberth) and Catherine, (53, born “Bactforton”, Worcestershire) have been married 24 years and have had 4 children, all then still alive.

 

 

(24) Albert Brock, Private 19164

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Starston, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Aged 27. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Samuel and Emma J. Brock, of Hardwick, Norwich, Norfolk.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/765068/BROCK,%20ALBERT

 

Remembered locally at: Hardwick War Memorial.

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/Hardwick.html

 

Shelton Roll of Honour.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/20655306734

1891 Census: Aged 2, born Starston, living at Hardwick Road, Starston. Parents are Samuel, (35, Agricultural Labourer, born Wortwell) and Emma Jane, (28, born Brundish, Suffolk). 2 siblings.

1901 Census: Aged 12, living at Mill Road, Hardwick with his parents and 3 siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 22, Single, a Carter Corn Miller who was still living with his parents at Hardwick. Parents Samuel, (51, Shepherd) and Emma, (49), have been married 25 years and have had 7 children, all then still alive.

 

 

(25) Albert William Brooks, Private 18163

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Dereham, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Aged 32. Guillemont Road Cemetery. One of a number of battlefield burials moved from Map Reference Sheet Sheet 57d.T.14.d.7.2 and the surrounding area in December 1919.

There are ten exhumations accounted for on that page of the Burial Return, 8 Unknown British Soldiers, 1 Unknown British Officer and a Private 11979 C H “Consirzh” of the Norfolks according to the marker on his grave. The GRU have identified this as Private 3/7879 C H Constable of the 9th Norfolks – see his entry below. (That spelling makes me wonder if they were all buried by the Germans).

 

Albert was subsequently identified from that “U.B.S” but it is not noted how.

 

Husband of I. E. Syer (formerly Brooks), of North Pickenham, Swaffham, Norfolk.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/534184/BROOKS,%20A%20W

 

Remembered locally on: Dereham Roll of Honour

http://www.dereham-rollofhonour.org.uk/b_1418.html

1891 Census: Aged 6, born East Dereham, living at Northall Green, East Dereham. Parents are George, (33, Agricultural Labourer born East Dereham) and Anna Maria, (29, born North Elmham). As well as 1 other child, Anna Marias’ widowed mother is living with them.

1901 Census: (Recorded as Brookes). Aged 17, Horseman on Farm. Living with parents at 6, Neatherd Moor, East Dereham.

1909 Marriage. The marriage of an Albert William Brooks to an Ida Emily Claxton was recorded in the Mitford District of Norfolk in Q4.

1911 Census: The 26 year old Albert, a Maltsters Labourer, was recorded as the married haed of the household at 12 Smiths Yard, East Dereham. He lives there with his wife of 1 year, Ida Emily, (21, born Beeston). So far the couple have had no children.

Post August 1911 the mothers maiden name was included when a birth was registered. A search of the published index for England and Wales produces only two matches for births registered with the surname Brooks, mothers maiden name Claxton. While they were registered in the East Dereham District, they did not occur until the 1950s.

 

 Eastern Daily Press, Tuesday October 17th 1916

 

Local Men in the Casualty Lists

 

Private Albert William Brooks, Norfolk Regt., of East Dereham, was killed on September 15th. He was a married man, 34 years of age, and resided at Barwell’s Court. He leaves a widow, but no child.

 

 

(26) Paul Samuel Brooks, Private 18222

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Runham, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Aged 35. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Brooks, of Runham, Filby, Great Yarmouth; husband of Catherine Brooks, of 4, Stonemason Square, St. George St., Norwich.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/765262/BROOKS,%20PAUL%20SAMUEL

 

Picture: https://norfolk.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/FULL/PICNOR/BIBENQ/14651355/2214605,2?FMT=IMG&IMGNUM=1

Accompanying notes: Paul Samuel Brooks was killed in action, having been struck by a shell on the 15th of September at Ginchy, near Fluers Courcelette. Paul Samuel was known to be appointed to the office of sacristan sometime during 1913. He died leaving a wife and four daughters.

1891 Census: Aged 9, born Runham, living at Street, Runham. Parents were Benjamin, (42, Agent for Prudential, born Rollesby) and Anna Maria, (34, born Runham). 9 siblings.

1900 Marriage. The marriage of a Paul Samuel Brooks to a Catherine Reeve was recorded in he Flegg District in Q3.

1901 Census: Aged 20, a Stockman on Farm, recorded as the Married Head of the Household of a dwelling on Street, Runham. Wife Catherine, (20), was from Bridgham, Suffolk. The couple have a 7 month old daughter. Elizabeth A., born Bridgham.

1911 Census: Aged 29, Groom-Gardener. He and Catherine have been married 11 years and have had 4 children, of which 3 were then still alive – Elizabeth Alice Annie, (10) and the twins Alice Pauline & Catherine Sarah, (8 – born Runham).

Post August 1911 the mothers maiden name was included when a birth was registered. A search of the published index for England and Wales produces a number of matches throughout the 20th century, but one stands out – the first post 1911 record in England and Wales is that of a Constance E, registered in the Smallburgh District of Norfolk in Q3 of 1915.

 

Eastern Daily Press, Tuesday October 17th 1916

BROOKS – Killed in action, September 16th, 1916, Private Paul S. Brooks, Norfolk Regiment, the dearly beloved husband of Catherine Brooks, and third son of Mr. and Mrs. Brooks, of Runham, aged 35 years.

 

Local Men in the Casualty Lists

 

Mrs. P.S.Brooks, of Horning, has received official information that her husband, Private P.S.Brooks, was killed in action on September 15th. He was one of eight sons and son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. B.Brooks, of Runham, who joined his Majesty’s forces during the first months of the war. His company-sergeant, in writing of him, said: “He was a man of the best, a good soldier, and died doing his duty like a man and a very brave hero.”

 

 

(27) Bertie Brown, Private 16932

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Lakenham,Norwich, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Aged 29. Thiepval Memorial. Son of the late Robert and Patience Brown, of Hall Rd., Lakenham, Norfolk; husband of Laura M. Brown, of 37, Bishopgate St., Norwich.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/765438/BROWN,%20BERTIE

1891 Census: Aged 1, born Norwich. Living at 12, Hughenden Road, Lakenham, Norwich. Parents Robert W, (40, Bricklayer born Swardeston) and Martha, (38, born Norwich). 7 siblings.

1901 Census: Aged 11, living at 24 Hughenden Road, with his “widowed” father Robert W.

(It’s a difficult one to track down, the census taker has indicated in error that the father and older children have the same surname, (Kent) as the family at 22. The household goes over the page and the younger children are correctly shown as Brown).

1911 Census: Probably, as Bert Brown, aged 21, Starch Factory Worker from Norfolk, boarding at No.10 Nelson Place, Norwich. Parents living at 35 Lindley Street, Norwich. Robert William, (60, Bricklayer at Carrow Works) and Patience, (55) have been married 40 years and have had 12 children, of which 11 were still alive. The couple also have an adopted son living with them.

1914 (probable) Marriage: The marriage of a Bertie Brown to a Laura M. Todd was recorded in the Norwich District in Q4 of 1914.

 

 

(28) James Brown, Private 14548

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Carleton Rode,Attleboro’. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/765611/BROWN,%20JAMES

 

Remembered locally on: Carleton Rode War Memorial.

http://www.genealogy.doun.org/transcriptions/documents.php?district_id=4&document_id=31437

1901 Census: Aged 6, born Carleton Rode, living at Church Road, Carleton Rode. Parents are John, (34, Labourer on Farm born County Durham) and Alice, (34, born Carleton Rode). 3 siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 16, General Farm Labourer living with family at Mile Road, Carleton Rode.

Parents John, (44, General Farm Labourer born Wattisfield, Norfolk) and Alice, (44), have been married 20 years and have had 8 children, of which 7 were then still alive.

 

 

(29) Arthur John Bryant, Private 40007

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Scole, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Aged 22. Thiepval Memorial. Son of John and Eliza Bryant, of Lodge Cottage, Winfarthing, Diss, Norfolk.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/766043/BRYANT,%20ARTHUR%20JOHN

 

Remembered locally on: Scole War Memorial.

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4419657

1901 Census: Aged 7, born Burgate, Suffolk, living at Millways Farm, Palgrave. Parents are John, (32, Horseman on Farm from Burgate) and Eliza, (33, born Yaxley, Suffolk). 2 siblings, 1 step-brother.

1911 Census: Aged 17, Farm Labourer. Living with parents at The Old Hall, Scole. John, (42) and Eliza, (43), have been married 22 years and have had 8 children, of which 6 were then still alive.

 

 

(30) Richard Bullard, Private 15109

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Northrepps, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/761611/BULLARD,%20RICHARD

A check of the census records for 1841 – 1911 produces only two individuals with the surname Bullard and a Northrepps connections – brothers Cedric, (born c.1896) and Ronald, (born c.1897). A check of the birth records shows that Cedric was actually Harold Cedric. That same check for Ronald shows he was actually registered as Richard Ronald in the Erpingham District of Norfolk, (which included Northrepps at this time), in Q1 of 1897.

1901 Census: Ronald was aged 4, born Northrepps and living at the Schoolhouse, Morley St Botolph. His parents were Arthur, (37, Elementary School Master born Norwich) and Mary, (40, Elementary School Mistress, born Ashby Z., Leicestershire). 1 sibling.

1911 Census: Aged 14 and living with the family at 56 Riverside Road, Norwich. Parents Arthur, (47) and Mary, (50) have been married 16 years and have had 2 children, both then still alive..

 

 

(31) Frederick (William) Burton, Private 22535

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Tunstead, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/762190/BURTON,%20FREDERICK

 

Remembered locally on: Tunstead War Memorial

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/7957889572

Born: 23rd July 1896

Baptised: 2nd April 1897, St Mary, Tunstead.(Frederick William)

1901 Census: 3 Mill Lane, Frederick W, aged 5 born Tunstead. Parents William, (47, General Labourer on Farm) and Rebecca, (40), both born Tunstead.Frederick then had two siblings.

1911 Census: Still living at Mill Lane. Aged 15 and a Butcher. Parents William, (56, Stockfeeder on Farm) and Rebecca, (50), have been married 17 years and have had 6 children, of which 3 were then still alive.

 

 

(32) Moronia George Burton, Private 18364

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Crostwight, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/762225/BURTON,%20MORONIA%20GEORGE

 

Remembered locally on: Daughters headstone, North Walsham Cemetery.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/2833697031/in/album-72157626064267867/

Also North Walsham Great War Memorial in St Nicholas – no online source.

Born: Q2 1882 Smallburgh District of Norfolk

1891 Census: Dwelling on The Common, Crostwight, Norfolk. Moronia aged 8 and born Crostwight. Parents Charles, (41, Agricultural Labourer, born East Ruston, Norfolk) and Ann Elizabeth, (43 and born Bacton, Norfolk). Moronia had 7 siblings living at home.

1901 Census: Dwelling on the Common, Crostwight. Aged 19 and an Agricultural Labourer living with parents Charles, (50) and Anne, (52).  5 siblings still at home.

1907 Marriage: Lydia Read, Q4 1897, Smallburgh District.

1911 Census: Aged 28, Woodsmans Labourer and head of household of a dwelling at Little London, North Walsham. The couple have two children already – Robert Frank, (2) and Moronia Cyril(1) – both born North Walsham. Two likely additional children – Martha N, birth registered Q1 1912 and Lilian E, birth registered Q4 1913 – both in the Smallburgh District.

Attested 20th January 1915.

 

 

 

(33) James John Bussey, Private 40005

SDGW: (John). Killed in Action. Born Heckingham, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Aged 26. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Harriet Elizabeth Carver, of 43, Langley, Loddon, Norwich, and the late John Carver.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/762330/BUSSEY,%20JAMES%20JOHN

 

Remembered locally on: Langley War Memorial.

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/Langley.html

1891 Census: Dwelling at Heckingham Holes, Heckingham. Aged 8 months, born Heckingham. Household of his grand-parents George and Jane Rix but also included his widowed mother, Harriet Bussey, (24, born Heckingham).

1901 Census: No trace.

1911 Census: 36 Chapel Street, Hardley. Aged 21 and a Farm Labourer. Living with widowed grandmother, Jane Rix, (71, born Chedgrave).

 

 

(34) William Clarence Butcher, Corporal 15836

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Thetford, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/762377/BUTCHER,%20WILLIAM%20CLARENCE

 

Remembered locally on: Besthorpe War memorial.

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/Besthorpe.html

1901 Census: No 9 Pike Lane, Thetford. Aged 8, born Thetford.  Parents are Edward, (50, Railway Carman, born Thetford) and Ellen, (49, born Thetford). 6 Siblings.

1911 Census: Spruce Lodge, Besthorpe, Attleboro. Aged 18, Apprentice Printer. Parents Edward, (62, Gate House Keeper for the Great Eastern Railway Company) and Elenor, (60) have been married 40 years and have had 9 children, all then still alive.

 

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I had a look at the ADMS diary for the 24th Div (9/Norfolks). There is a map of medical posts dated 31/8/1916 for the upcoming offensive. They may well have moved bearer posts and maybe RAPs a little further towards Ginchy but on that date the 24th Div medical posts were; RAP and Bearer relay post at Waterlot Farm with Bearer posts at north and south end of Bernafay Wood. Next in line is the ADS at Carnoy and CMDSs at Bronfay Farm and Dive Copse.

 

A second undated map shows the Bernafay Wood bearer posts had become ADSs.

 

Diary also mentions ADSs at Sapper Corner (Carnoy) and Dublin Trench (Maricourt) on 14th Sept.

 

One would expect to see some wounded 9/Norfolks being buried in cemeteries after succumbing at Bernafay, Carnoy, Dive & Bronfay etc but there aren't many eg 14745 L Palgrave died 18th Sept and buried Bronfay.

 

5261 Sgt. A Coe made it as far as 34 CCS at Grovetown and died there on the 16th Sept (same CCS as Lt. MacPherson MGC) and 14508 Geo. Wilkin died in another Grovetown CCS on the 18th Sept.

 

34 CCS gives daily details, on 15th Sept they admitted 1154 and report only 5 deaths. 16th Sept admitted 244, died = 15.

55 CCS who received 1080 (not sure exact period) does not give any details. 48 CCS I've not seen.

 

How one would filter 9/Norfolks men wounded 15th Sept in a FFI and died later from those who died from other wounds doesn't sound like an easy task.

 

TEW

 

 

 

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(35) Richard Carver, Private 14865

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Loddon, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1542606/CARVER,%20RICHARD

 

Remembered locally at: Loddon War Memorial.

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/Loddon.html

1901 Census: Church Plain, Loddon. Aged 8, born Loddon. Parents Richard, (36, Horseman on Farm, born Loddon) and Eliza, (aged 32, born Loddon). 3 Siblings.

1911 Census: Market Place, Loddon. Aged 18, Farm Labourer. Living with Parents. Richard, (46, Farm Labourer) and Eliza, (42), have been married 21 years and have had 10 children of which 8 were then still alive.

 

 

(36) William Carver, Private 19008

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Benham, Fakenham, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/534219/CARVER,%20W

 

Remembered locally on: Thompson War Memorial.

http://www.breckland-rollofhonour.org.uk/thompson.html

1891 Census: Hollway, Binham. Aged 3, born Binham. Parents Charles, (42, Agricultural Labourer, born Thompson) and Pleasance, (47, born Binham).

1901 Census: Aged 13, living at Thompson but page scan to faint to read.

1911 Census: Drove Lane, Thompson. Aged 24, single and a Horseman on Farm, William is a Boarder at this address.

 

 

(37) Albert Caston, Corporal 13018

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Holt, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1542715/CASTON,%20ALBERT

 

Remembered locally on: Holt War Memorial.

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/Holt.html

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/4338413039

 

Holt St Andrews Church

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/4346751095

1901 Census: Fairstead Road, Holt. Aged 9, born Holt. Parents Alfred, (43, Domestic Gardener, born Hingham) and Mary Ann, (40, born Holt). 4 siblings.

1911 Census: 5 Albert Street, Holt. Aged 18, Baker. Living at home with parents. Alfred, (52) and Mary Ann, (50), have been married 31 years and have had 12 children, of which 6 were then still alive.

 

Eastern Daily Press, Thursday October 19th 1916

 

The parents of Corporal Albert Caston, of Holt, have received word from the War Office that their son was killed on September 15th. Corporal Caston, who is 23 years of age, joined the Norfolks in 1914, and has been twelve months at the front. Two other brothers have joined up.

 

  

(38) James Frederick Catchpole, Private 16424

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Rushall, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Aged 22. Thiepval Memorial. Son of James Kenneth and Fanny Catchpole, of The Bridge, Dickleborough, Diss, Norfolk.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1542726/CATCHPOLE,%20JAMES%20FREDERICK

 

Remembered locally on: Dickleburgh War Memorial. (as J F S Catchpole)

http://www.gravestonephotos.com/public/cemetery.php?cemetery=3627&scrwidth=1584

1901 Census: Aged 6, born Rushall, and living at Bridge Farm House, Dickleburgh. Parents were James, (25, Poulterer and Farmer, born Dickleburgh) and Fanny, (26, born Rushall). 3 Siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 16, Farmers Son working on Farm. Living with Parents at Dickleburgh.

 

 

Eastern Daily Press, Monday October 16th 1916

CATCHPOLE – September 16, killed in action, James Frederick Catchpole, Norfolk Regiment, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. James Catchpole, Bridge Farm, Dickleburgh, aged 22 years.

 

 

(39) Jonathan Catchpole, Private 16224 “D” Company

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born St Martins-at-Oak, Norwich. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Aged 29. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Robert James Catchpole, of 12, Fellmongers Yard, Oak St., Norwich.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1542727/CATCHPOLE,%20JONATHAN

1891 Census: (As John). Aged 4, born Norwich and living at 85 Oak Street, Norwich. Parents are Robert, (37, a Shoemaker born Norwich) and Mary A, (31, born Norwich). 6 siblings.

1901 Census: (As John). Aged 14, Machine Feeder. Living with parents at 13 Osbornes Yard, Oak Street, Norwich.

1911 Census: (As John) Aged 26, Single, Boot and Shoe Maker. Living with parents at 12 Fellmongers Yard, Oak Street, Norwich. Robert, (60) and Mary, (59) , have been married 31 years and have had 13 children, of which 10 were then still alive.

 

 

(40) Alfred Charles Clarke, Lance Corporal 15192

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Stalham, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/760438/CLARKE,%20ALFRED%20CHARLES

 

Remembered locally on: Stalham War Memorial

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/16010767442/in/album-72157649029886945/

 

Mothers headstone.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/2678503896/

1891 Census: Aged 6, born Stalham. Residing on the High Street with his parents Albert Fuller Clarke, (45, Tin, Iron and Line Worker born Aylsham) and Martha A E, (43, born Stalham.) 5 siblings.

1901 Census: Aged 16, born Stalham, Greengrocers Assistant. Living with parents at the High Street, Stalham.

1911 Census: Aged 26, Single and a Drapers Assistant. Still living on the High Street with his parents. Albert Fuller, (64, Tin Plate Worker born Aylsham) and Martha A.E, (62, born Stalham), have been married for 42 years and have had 11 children, of which 9 were then still alive.

 

Eastern Daily Press, Monday October 16th 1916

Mr. Alfred Clarke of Stalham has received information that his third son, Lance-Corporal Alfred C. Clarke, was killed in action on September 15th in France. He was carrying on the business of a fishmonger and greengrocer at the commencement of the war but closed his business and was one of the first in this district to volunteer. All his life he had shown a keen sense of duty. He was an enthusiastic member of the Baptist Church and his untimely end is deeply regretted by all in the parish.

 

 

(41) Charles Clarke, Corporal 14620

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born “Deepham”, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Guards Cemetery, Les Bouefs. One of a number of marked battlefield burials moved from Map Reference Sheet Sheet 57d.T.14.d.8.5

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/542638/CLARKE,%20C

(Not on Deopham or Reepham War Memorials).

 

Remembered locally on: (Possibly) Kings Lynn War Memorial.

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/KingsLynn.html

Possible census details

1891 Census: Aged 2, born Deopham, living at 26 Ash Close, Swaffham. He was living with his widower father, John, (69, Miller, born Morley St Peter). 5 siblings.

1901 Census: Aged 12, living at 26 Queen Street, St Margaret, Kings Lynn with his father John, (70, Miller) and step-mother, Jane, (46, born Reymerstone). 6 siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 22, Labourer in a Timber Yard, living at 2 Queens Street, Kings Lynn. Confusingly John, (81, Miller, now shown as born Morley St Botolph) and Jane, (57), are stated to have been married 33 years and to have had 12 children of which 10 were then still alive.

 

 

(42) Frederick Robert Clarke, Private 17435

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born and Enlisted Gt.Yarmouth. No place of residence

CWGC: Aged 21. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Louisa Charlotte Clarke, of 24, Blackwall Reach, Gorleston, Norfolk, and the late Frederick John Clarke.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/760499/CLARKE,%20FREDERICK%20ROBERT

 

Remembered locally on: Gt Yarmouth War Memorial

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/GtYarmouth_WW1_C.html

No clear match on the Census record.

 

 

(43) Geoffrey Rochfort Collins, Corporal 15188

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Norwich. Enlisted Gt.Yarmouth. No place of residence

CWGC: Aged 20. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Fred W. and Maude M. Collins, of 244, Southtown, Great Yarmouth.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/758557/COLLINS,%20GEOFFREY%20ROCHFORT

 

Remembered on: Gt Yarmouth War Memorial

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/GtYarmouth_WW1_C.html

1901 Census: Aged 4, born Norwich, living at 8 Hanover Road, Norwich. Parents are Frederick Walter, (33, Commercial Clerk, born Norwich), and Maud Mary, (29, born Norwich). 1 sibling.

1911 Census: Aged 14, still at school.They were now living at Barrack Square, Southdown Road, Great Yarmouth, possibly in the officers of Colman & Co, for whom father Frederick Walter, (48) appears to be a Merchant Clerk. He and Maude Mary, (39), have been married 15 years and have had 4 children, all then still alive.

 

 

(44) Charles Havelock Constable, Private 3/7879

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Catton, Norwich. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Aged 19. Guillemont Road Cemetery. One of a number of battlefield burials moved from Map Reference Sheet Sheet 57c.T.14.d.7.2 and the surrounding area in December 1919.

There are ten exhumations accounted for on that page of the Burial Return, 8 Unknown British Soldiers, 1 Unknown British Officer and a Private 11979 C H “Consirzh” of the Norfolks according to the marker on his grave. The GRU have identified this as Private 3/7879 C H Constable of the 9th Norfolks. (That spelling makes me wonder if they were all buried by the Germans).

 

Son of William and Leah R. Constable, of 30,Albany Rd., Catton, Norwich.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/534240/CONSTABLE,%20CHARLES%20HAVELOCK

1901 Census: Aged 4, born Norwich, living at 30 Albany Road, Norwich. Parents William, (34, Shoe Maker, born Norwich) and Leah, (30, born Norwich). 2 siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 14, Boot Maker, still living at 30 Albany Road with his parents. William, (43) and Leah, (40), have been married 17 years and have had 7 children, of which 6 were then still alive.

 

 

(45) Albert (William) Copeman, Private 15369

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Shotesham, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/759408/COPEMAN,%20ALBERT

 

His ID tag was found in 2013 by a group walking the fields.

 

1891 Census: (As Albert William). Aged 7 weeks, born and living at St James, Suffolk. Parents were Thomas, (22, Agricultural Labourer, born Lambeth, London), and Mary Ann, (19, born St James, Suffolk).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

1901 Census: Aged 10, born St James, Suffolk, living at Street, Shotesham All Saints. Parents are Thomas, (33, Teamster on Farm from Brixton Hill, London) and Mary Ann, (29, St James, Suffolk). 4 siblings.

1911 Census: (As Albert William). Aged 20, single and an Agricultural Labourer living with his parents at Kirstead, Brooke, Norfolk. His mother must have died and his father has remarried. Thomas William, (43, Gamekeeper, born Brixton, London) and his new wife Martha “Francis”, (47, born Alburgh) have been married for 4 years and so far have just the one child.

 

 

(46) James Guy Curry, Private 18168

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Houghton, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/758105/CURRY,%20JAMES%20G

 

1891 Census: Aged 10, born and living at New Houghton. Parents are Andrew, (44, Agricultural Labourer, born New Houghton) and Sarah Ann, (44, born Rougham). Six siblings.

1901 Census: Aged 20, Single, Labourer on Farm, living with his parents at a Cottage, Street, New Houghton. Parents are Andrew, (50, Labourer on Farm, born Houghton) and Sarah Ann, (52, born Rougham). Two siblings.

1903 Marriage: The marriage of a James Guy Curry to a Martha Anna Falconbridge was recorded in the Docking District of Norfolk in Q4.

1911 Census: The 30 year old James Guy, born New Houghton, Norfolk and a Horseman on Farm, was recorded as the married head of the household at Sparham, Norfolk. He lives there with his wife of 9 years, Martha Anna, (aged 29 and from West Barsham). The couple have had two children, Arthur, (8, born Fakenham) and Annie Edith, (2, born Sparham).

His parents were still recorded living at Houghton. Andrew, (65) and Sarah Ann, (65), have been married for 43 years and have had 10 children, all then still alive.

 

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fascinating thank you very much for this, i do have several items re Norfolk in the Great war, obscure little rolls of honour etc i also have on disc the Kelly`s directory for Norwich 1925 if i can ever help give me a shout  

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8 hours ago, TEW said:

I had a look at the ADMS diary for the 24th Div (9/Norfolks). There is a map of medical posts dated 31/8/1916 for the upcoming offensive. They may well have moved bearer posts and maybe RAPs a little further towards Ginchy but on that date the 24th Div medical posts were; RAP and Bearer relay post at Waterlot Farm with Bearer posts at north and south end of Bernafay Wood. Next in line is the ADS at Carnoy and CMDSs at Bronfay Farm and Dive Copse.

 

A second undated map shows the Bernafay Wood bearer posts had become ADSs.

 

How one would filter 9/Norfolks men wounded 15th Sept in a FFI and died later from those who died from other wounds doesn't sound like an easy task.

 

 

 

 

Realise that it may be a fools errand but in researching War Memorials here in Norfolk its a date and action that crops up again and again - it gets so that when you see a date and unit you know what incident claimed their lives. I'm keeping an entirely open mind on this - the FFI may not have led directly to any immediate deaths despite what some of the pieces written on the event may imply.

 

To my mind there are at least four and possibly five distinct phases during which those who were Killed in Action might have died.

1: When the tank is at the jumping off point it attracts German artillery fire, some of which hits the Norfolks trench.

2: The tank opens fire on the Norfolks in the trench - the working theory is that even if the trench was fairly shallow, for the wounded this would be reflected in gun shot wounds to the head and upper torso due to the maximum depression of the guns firing from above.

3: Assault on the Germans lines - working theory for the wounded, gun shot wounds to legs and lower torso.

4: Retreat from the shell-holes where they had taken shelter back to the front-line, probably under cover of darkness - wounded, gun shot wounds to back.

5: (Possible) When the Durhams attack they rally groups of Norfolks from the shell holes who join them in the attack.

 

Those are all rough and ready working theories that can be adjusted \ ditched as necessary. I've already parked a theory that the fatalities were significant - there just aren't the numbers of individuals who were buried under a named headstone at the time which would reflect the recovery of their bodies from the British front line. There are battlefield burials that were recovered after the war but looking at the Concentration reports on the CWGC site you get a sense that a significant number of those were dug by the Germans, (or illiteracy was very high indeed in the British). Thus you get grave markers with "Gutts" for Gotts and "Conzirh" for Constable, while "Unknown British Soldier, Norfolk Regiment" appears alongside "Unknown British Soldier, Leinster Regiment". I know the area was fought over again in 1918 and grave markers could have been destroyed but unless there are pages of the Concentration Reports that consists entirely of "Unknown British Soldier", there doesn't seem to be any large groupings. 

 

Moving on from those who died on the day, I'm then looking at those who Died of Wounds in the following week, looking at surviving Service records to try to establish if they were wounded on the 15th. It also provides an insight into the evacuation chain if they were indeed wounded on the 15th.

 

Finally, along the way I'm also keeping note of other names referenced to try and establish a very basic roll call for the 9th Battalion on the day. It will definitely be hit and miss and not everyone who served at the right time would have been present for the action. As was standard practice by then a nucleus would have been left behind in the Transport lines, some might have been on leave, and others already receiving medical treatment - the Battalion War Diary on the 21st refers to a draft of 32 Other Ranks joining the Battalion, "the majority of them being returned wounded". Of course they could have been wounded on the 15th or earlier or even with another unit altogether. Having established the potential survivors of the action I am then concentrating on those who received the Silver War Badge \ Army Pension or were moved to the Labour Corps to see if any of those were triggered by the action on the 15th.

 

Wish me luck :-)

 

(BTW - 9th Norfolks were 6th Division, not 24th. Was that a typo?)

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(BTW - 9th Norfolks were 6th Division, not 24th. Was that a typo?)

 

Actually, no not a typo. Was doing something else for Battle of Loos Sept 25th 1915 and somehow things merged!! Saw on TLLT that 9/Norfolks moved from 24th Div to 6th Div 15th Oct 1915 and things went wrong from there.

 

I've checked the DDMS diary for 14 Corps (6th Div, Sept 1916) and they seem to be refering to the same ADSs, CMDS as 24th Div. and the evacuation to Grovetown. Perhaps both divisions were 14 Corps?

 

The CCS information is for Sept 1916.

 

I have the ADMS diary for the 6th Div so will review that part of my post.

 

I now have 48 CCS diary for the correct year and that only gives totals admitted.

 

I realised last night that 34 CCS ( where George Macpherson MGC and 5261 Sgt. A Coe 9/Norfolks died 15th/16th Sept 1916) is covered by MH106 which Forces War Record have transcribed, another subscription I know but Coe's record is there and would at least identify the type of injury. NB 34 CCS diary only names those injuried that died there, the MH106 will have all the 9/Norfolks that were admitted. Bearing in mind 34, 48 and 55 CCSs were all admitting wounded in rotation but one would expect a number of 9/Norfolks wounded to be admitted to each CCS.

 

I think FWR can only be searched by name/number rather than a unit/specific date

 

At 8pm on the 15th Sept 1916 the DMS having found Grovetown to be congested ordered new lying cases to be sent to Corbie (5 & 21 CCSs). Both diaries only give totals admitted.

 

Irrespective of the 24th / 6th Division thing the CCSs at Grovetown seem to be the destination for wounded from the Ginchy area and the same cemeteries mentioned; Bernayfay, Carnoy etc would be used for burials.

 

Have you checked all the concentration sheets for probable cemeteries? I ask because the CWGC may have sheets that are entirely concentrations of UBS which won't be attached to an individual's record and therefore just hide away on their server, ditto with exhumation reports.

 

TEW

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34 minutes ago, TEW said:

Have you checked all the concentration sheets for probable cemeteries? I ask because the CWGC may have sheets that are entirely concentrations of UBS which won't be attached to an individual's record and therefore just hide away on their server, ditto with exhumation reports.

 

TEW

 

You're quite right. I can only see the concentration \ exhumation reports where they feature a named individual of the 9th Norfolks - that could be 1% or 100% of the potential number of recoveries from the battlefield. I'm not sure how to get complete access - even working through the Leicesters, Suffolks, etc is no guarantee of adding any meaningful information.

 

I'm getting a bit ahead of myself, but in terms of where the wounded ended up, the trail over the following week seems fairly plausible, taken from the places of death.

 

16th September 1916

Battalion War Diary.

 

Trenches

Relieved early morning by D.L.Is. Marched back to trenches S.of Guillemont, collecting men during the day and getting them together. Moved further back late in Eve to trenches near TRONES WOOD + BERNAFAY WOOD. Remainder of officers and men who were left out at transport joined Battln.

 

Grove Town Meaulte Serjeant 5261 Arthur Coe

Corbie Communal Cemetery: Private 18246 George Colman, Private 12258 John Hudson

Thiepval Memorial: KIA Private 14249 Harold Weston Curnick, Lieutenant Wilfred John Phelps, (Phelps was "Missing" on the Battalion War Diary casualty list for the 15th)

 

17th September 1916

Battalion War Diary.

 

Trenches

Reoganising Battln. Supplied small working party to clear battlefield.

 

Guillemont Road Cemetery Lance Corporal 18164 Elvin Spencer Bulley

 

18th September 1916

Battalion War Diary.

 

Trenches

Stood to at 5 am. Supplied small working party to clear battlefield.

 

Bronfay Farm Military Cemetery Private 14745 Leslie A Palgrave

Grove Town Meaulte Private 14508 George Wilkin

 

19th September 1916

Battalion War Diary.

 

Trenches

Moved back at 10 am. to VILLE SUR ANCRE got there about 5 pm. Billets.

 

St Pierre Cemetery, Amiens Serjeant 15655 Fred Henry Howson, Private 15476 Edward Charles Stone

St Sever Cemetery, Rouen Lance Corporal 14896 William Henry Walpole

 

20th September 1916

Battalion War Diary.

 

Trenches

Reorganising Battln. A working party of 170 O.R. + 1 Sergt went to MERICOURT L’ABBEY to be billeted there. Clothing + equipment issued. Battn payed out. Battn working party returned as heard we were moving again.

 

St Sever Cemetery, Rouen Private 14503 Ernest Weavers

 

21st September 1916

Battalion War Diary.

 

Trenches

Lt.C Upcher attended Court of Inquiry at Sherwoods H.Q at 10 am re Lt.Col. Bradshaws wound. A draft of 32 O.R. joined Battn, the majority of them being returned woundeds.

 

St Sever Cemetery, Rouen Private 14891 Robert Carver

Grove Town Meaulte Lance Corporal 14389 Harry Samuel Hayes, Private 15323 Alfred Edward Turner

Etaples Military Cemetery Private 16471 Arthur Edward Mobbs

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The maps I was referring to for locations of ADSs and RAPs etc still holds good even though I had the wrong division, luckily the map says while in 13 & 14 Corps. 6th Division moved into 14 corps 3rd/4th Sept 1916 and the DDMS of 14 corps re-arranged things on a corps level rather than divisional. The 14 corps DDMS diary mentions all the same places as per the 24th Division. So my first 3 paragraphs of post#2 hold true.

 

Are the grid refs for Brider and Brooks correct? one is sheet 57c the other 57d, but both T.14.d.x.x. 57c places them near The Quadrilateral whereas 57d is way off.

 

With some wounded getting as far as Rouen and Etaples there's quite a spread of potential cemeteries. Sticking to those closer to The Quadrilateral that took in post-war concentrations eg GUILLEMONT ROAD CEMETERY it is fairly straight forward to bulk download all the concentration sheets in one go and I can say there are 95 sheets.

 

You should be able to download the whole Guillemont folder here, I guess right click and download.

 

If that works I can explain how to achieve this in a PM as you may want the same from other cemeteries? Mozilla Firefox is needed.

 

TEW

 

 

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(47) William Dann, Private 16510

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Hempnall, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Guillemont Road Cemetery. One of two marked battlefield burials moved there from Map Reference Sheet Sheet 57c.T.14.d.3.4 in December 1919 – the other is an Unknown British Soldier who now rests in Grave V.K.4 – William is in V.K.3.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/534265/DANN,%20W

Remembered locally on: Starston War Memorial.

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/Starston.html

1901 Census: Aged 7, born Hempnall, living at Shelton Common Cottages, Shelton. Parents William, (40, Teamster born Fritton) and Emily, (34, born Hempnall). 4 Siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 17, Farm Labourer. Living with parents at Hardwick. William, (50) and Emily, 44), have been married 20 years and have had 5 children, all then still alive.

 

 

(48) Robert Albert Davey, Private 15611

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Beccles, Suffolk. Enlisted Southwark Town Hall, Surrey. No place of residence

CWGC: Aged 32. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Clara Davey, of 71, Alscot Rd., Bermondsey, London, and the late Robert Davey. His brothers, Reginald and Arthur, also fell.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/755621/DAVEY,%20ROBERT%20ALBERT

1891 Census: (Record transcribed as Dowey). Aged 5, born Beccles, Suffolk. Living at 21 Spa Mansions, Spa Road, Bermondsey. Parents Robert H, (30, Tanners Labourer born Beccles, Suffolk) and Clara A, (27, born Costessey, Norfolk).

1901 Census: Aged 15, born Beccles, Suffolk, no occupation listed, living at 2 Guiness Buildings, Bermondsey. Parents were Robert, (40, Tanners Labourer, born Beccles, Suffolk) and Clara, (37, born Costessey, Norwich). 4 Siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 25, single, Tanners Labourer. Parents Robert Henry, (50) and Clara, (47), have been married 28 years and have had 11 children, of which 9 were then still alive.

 

 

(49) Frederick Ernest Palmer Dawson, Private 22323

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Downham Market, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Aged 20. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Fitt and Daisy Dawson, of Station Rd., Burnham Market, Norfolk; husband of Hilda Bolderstone (formerly Dawson), of Rectory Lodge, Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/756207/DAWSON,%20FREDERICK%20ERNEST%20PALMER

Remembered locally on: Holkham War memorial

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/Holkham.html

Burnham Market War Memorial

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/Burnhams.html

1901 Census: (Possible). Aged 4, born Stanhoe, living at Station Road, Burnham Westgate. Parents are James F., (40, General Labourer born Briningham) and Rebecca,(46, born Stanhoe).

1911 Census: (Frederick Palmer). Aged 14, Grocers Assistant, born Burnham Westgate. Living with parents at Burnham Westgate. Fitt James, (51) and Rebecca, (54), have been married18 years and have had 2 children, but Frederick is the only one then still alive.

1915 Marriage: The marriage of a Frederick E P Dawson to a Hilda Shipp was recorded in the Docking District of Norfolk in the Q4 of this year.

Post August 1911 the mothers maiden name was included when a birth was registered. A search of the published index for England and Wales produces no matches for this combination of surname and mothers maiden name.

 

 

(50) William De Caux, Captain

SDGW: Killed in Action.

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/756486/DE%20CAUX,%20WILLIAM

Service record at the National Archive.

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C1057329?descriptiontype=Full&ref=WO+339/3382

Several potential matches from the 1911 census.

This source gives him as birth registered Q1 1880 in Islington.

1891 Census: Aged 11, born Islington, living 12 Apsely Road, Clifton Gloucestershire. Parents William, (39, Minister of Catholic Apostolic Church and Retired Solicitor, born Thorpe, Norfolk) and Helen S.W, (36, born East Indies). 2 siblings.

1901 Census: Aged 21, born Cannonbury, London. Articled Solicitors Clerk. Single head of household at 161 Bedford Street, Liverpool.

1911 Census: Aged 20, Solicitor born London. Boarder at 3a Maida Hill West, Paddington, London.

Joined Inns of Court OTC 7th December 1913.

http://www.greatwarbritishofficers.com/index_htm_files/De%20CAUX_W_Research.pdf

 

(Amended to include picture)

 

Eastern Daily Press, Monday September 25, 1916

 

Captain William De Caux

 

News has been received of the death of Captain William de Caux, of the Norfolk Regiment, who was killed in action on September 15th, aged 36. He was well known in Norwich, where during the five years ended 1909 he was assistant solicitor and managing clerk to Dr. E.E.Blyth. Mr de Caux, his father, who has been for many years minister of the Catholic Apostolic Church in Paris, has various family and other associations with Norwich, and is frequently resident there.

 

Eastern Daily Press, Tuesday September 26, 1916

 

Captain W DeCaux, Norfolk Regiment, appears in the official Casualty List.

 

In the same edition there is a picture of William.

 

Captain William De Caux

Norfolk Regiment, who was killed in action on September 15.

Captain William De Caux - 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment 1916

 

 

(51) William Dewing, Private 22777

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born “Walshingham”, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Aged 19. Guillemont Road Cemetery. One of eight marked battlefield burials moved there from Map Reference Sheet Sheet 57c.T.14.d.2.4 – 3 Norfolks, 1 Leicester and 4 unknown British Soldiers.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/534280/DEWING,%20W

Picture: (Possibly  - William Anthony Dewing)

https://norfolk.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/FULL/PICNOR/BIBENQ/15240220/2214660,1?FMT=IMG

Remembered locally on: Great Walsingham War Memorial.

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/GreatWalsingham.html

1901 Census: (William A.) Aged 3, born Great Walsingham, living at Scarboro Road, Great Walsingham. Parents Anthony W., (36, Agricultural Labourer born Cawston), and Emily, (28, born Little Walsingham).

1911 Census: (William Anthony). Aged 13, at School. Living with parents at Great Walsingham. Father Anthony William, (44) and Emily, (38, born New Walsingham) have been married 18 years and state they have had 4 children, of which 4 were still alive and 1 was dead ! There are certainly four children living with them.

 

 

(52) George Dixon, Private 18530

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Fouldon, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/754158/DIXON,%20GEORGE

Attested 23rd January 1915.

http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/index.php?/topic/220950-john-spencer-hodds-norfolk-regt-kia-kut-1916/

Remembered locally on: Foulden Roll of Honour.

http://www.breckland-rollofhonour.org.uk/foulden.html

1901 Census: Aged 4, born Foulden, living at Beckett End, Foulden. Parents are George W, (31, Farmer born Foulden) and Edith, (30, born Foulden). 4 siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 14, Farmers Son working on Farm. Parents William George, (41) and Edith, (40), have been married 18 years and have had 11 children, all then still alive.

 

 

(53) Dudley John Doran, Private 19165

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Marylebone, Middlesex. Enlisted Shoreham, Sussex. No place of residence

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/754601/DORAN,%20D%20J

1885 Birth registered in the Paddington District in Q2 of a Dudley John Doran.

1891 Census: No trace

1901 Census: No trace

1911 Census: Aged 23, Single, a Cook born Paddington. Recorded as a Boarder at 22 Boscombe Road, Shepherds Bush, West London.

 

 

(54) George Dennis Douglas, Private 40010

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Cawston, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/754683/DOUGLAS,%20GEORGE%20DENNIS

Remembered locally on: Cawston Roll of Honour

http://www.cawstonparish.info/warmemorials_rollofhonour.htm

A personal diary of a Dennis Douglas from Cawston who was wounded on this day has been transcribed here:-

http://www.cawstonparish.info/ww1diarydd.htm

Still today I do not know what has happened to George. Some of the lads who survived with me, believe he was lost with Major Bradshaw in front of the strong-point called “Quadrilateral”. **

1901 Census: Aged 4, born Cawston, living at New Street, Cawston. Parents were Henry, (44, Carpenter born Cawston) and Emma, (43, born Cawston). 5 siblings, the next oldest of which is a brother, Dennis, aged 6 and born Cawston.

1911 Census: George, (15) and Dennis, (16) are bith working as Bricklayers Labourers and are still living with their parents at New Street. Henry J, (52) and Emma, (54) have been married 29 years and have had 11 children, of which 9 were then still alive.

 

**This was actually a non-factual piece, although based on the brothers service records – see post from @Stevedrews 23.25 19/11/2020

 

(55) George Herbert Dunthorne, Lance Corporal 3/8073

SDGW: (Dunthorn). Killed in Action. Born Wareham All Saints, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/755460/DUNTHORNE,%20GEORGE%20HERBERT

Remembered locally on: Warham All Saints War Memorial

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/WarhamAllSaints.html

1901 Census: Aged 5, born Warham All Saints, living at Wells Road, Warham All Saints. Parents are Benjamin, (28, Agricultural Labourer born Stiffkey) and Annie, (29, born “Caiston”). 6 siblings.

1911 Census: (George Herbert). Aged 15, Sheep Boy on Farm, living with parents a Warham All Saints. Benjamin, (38) and Annie Elizabeth, (39, born Caston), have been married 19 years and have had 13 children, all then still alive.

 

 

(56) Samuel Octavius Earnshaw, Company Sergeant Major 5336

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Collyhurst, Lancashire. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Aged 35. Thiepval Memorial. Son of John and Ellen Earnshaw; husband of Emmeline Maud Earnshaw, of 40, Grant St., Dereham Rd., Norwich.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/752665/EARNSHAW,%20SAMUEL%20OCTAVIUS

1891 Census: Aged 10, born Manchester, Lancashire and living at Matthews Yard, St Julians Church Alley, Norwich. Parents John, (36, Musician in Starch Firm, born Malta) and Ellen, (35, born Manchester, Lancashire). 4 siblings. That address was very close to the Colman factory at Carrow Hill. The Colman family were very progressive in the treatment of their workforce and the Carrow Works Band performed to a very high standard.

1901 Census:  No trace. His father John, (46, Professional Musician), was recorded as the Married Head of the Household at 18, Back of Trafalgar Opening, Norwich. Although he has 4 of his children living with him, neither Samuel or his wife Ellen was there on the night of the census.

There is of course the possibility that Samuel had already joined the Regular Army – as a Regular Soldier in the Norfolk Regiment Service Number 5336 would indicate he enlisted between January 1899 and March 1900. He would then have completed his initial training and most likely posted to either the 1st or 2nd Battalion. Both of those units were stationed outside England and Wales at the time of this census and so Samuel would not have been recorded.

http://armyservicenumbers.blogspot.co.uk/2009/07/norfolk-regiment-1st-2nd-battalions.html

(Confirmed - Private 5336 Samuel Earnshaw served in South Africa with the 2nd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment).

1908 Census: The marriage of a Samuel Octavius Earnshaw to an Emmeline Maud Mann was recorded in the Norwich District in Q4 of this year.

1911 Census. (A number of Genealogy sites have mis-transcribed him as Earnsham). Aged 30, born Collyhurst, Lancashire and a Postman. Recorded as the Married head of the household at Chandlers Hill, Wymondham. He lives there with his wife of 3 years, Emmeline Maud, (30, born Norwich). The couple have had 1 child so far, Rosa, (2, born Norwich).

Post August 1911 the mothers maiden name was included when a birth was registered. A search of the published index for England and Wales produces only two matches for the combination of children registered with the surname Earnshaw, mothers maiden name Mann and both are probably children of Samuel and Emmeline.

Nelson L………Q4 1912…….Forehoe District of Norfolk, (included Wymondham)

Irene E………..Q3 1914……..Norwich District

 

Eastern Daily Press, Tuesday October 17th 1916

 

EARNSHAW – Killed in action, September 15th, 1916, C-S-M. S. Earnshaw, beloved husband of Mrs. E. Earnshaw 40, Grant Street, Norwich, aged 35 years (late postman of Norwich) (Deeply mourned by his sorrowing wife and children).

 

 

(57) Sidney Harold Easter, Lance Corporal 13678

SDGW: (Dunthorn). Killed in Action. Born Bircham Tofts, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/752696/EASTER,%20SIDNEY%20HAROLD

Remembered locally on: Great Bircham War Memorial.

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/GreatBircham.html

1901 Census: (Sydney) Aged 7, born Bircham Tofts, living at Back Road, Bircham Tofts. Parents were James, (53, Agricultural Labourer born Bircham Tofts) and Adelaide, (36, born Bircham Tofts). 6 siblings.

1911 Census: (Sydney) Aged 17, Farm Labourer. Living with widowed Grandmother, Sarah Osborne, (71, Old Age Pensioner, born Bircham Tofts) at Great Bircham.

 

 

(58) George Ellis, Private 19128

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Market Weston, Suffolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/753306/ELLIS,%20GEORGE

Remembered locally on the Castle Acre War Memorial.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/4800358734/in/album-72157623115603804/

1901 Census: Aged 6, born Coston, Norfolk, living at Weston Street, Market Weston, Suffolk. Parents were Edward, (28, Domestic Gardener born Necton) and Maria, (28, born Hardingham). 5 siblings.

1911 Census: (George H), aged 16, Stable Boy, living at Cooks Stool, Castleacre, Swaffham, with his parents. Edward, (39, Groom and Gardener) and Maria J E, (39) have been married 18 years and have had 9 children, all then still alive.

 

 

(59) Arthur Bernard English, Lance Corporal 18531

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born East Moor, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/753569/ENGLISH,%20ARTHUR%20BERNARD

1901 Census: No trace.

1911 Census: Aged 14, born Eastmoor, Farm Labourer, living with his widowed father Robert, (51, Farm Labourer born Boughton), at Eastmoor, Stoke Ferry. 3 siblings.

           

 

(60) Edward Lewis Fawkes, Private 14499

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Pentney, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Guillemont Road Cemetery. One of eight marked battlefield burials moved there from Map Reference Sheet Sheet 57c.T.14.d.2.4 – 3 Norfolks, 1 Leicester and 4 unknown British Soldiers.

Brother of Emma Fawkes, of Narborough, King's Lynn.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/534326/FAWKES,%20E%20L

Remembered locally on: Narborough War Memorial

http://www.breckland-rollofhonour.org.uk/narborough.html

1891 Census: Aged 4, born Pentney, living at Swan’s River Cottage, Pentney. This was the household of his married mother, Eliza Ann, (44, Dressmaker born Pentney). She is described as the Head of the household. 2 siblings.

1901 Census: Aged 15, no occupation listed, living “off Lynn Road”, Pentney. Mother Eliza A, still recorded as married, also has no occupation listed.

1911 Census: Aged 24, Malster, living with his mother at The Meadows, Narborough.

 

 

(61) Herbert Ernest Fisher, Private 15535

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Poringland, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Aged 21. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Howard and Florence Maud Fisher, of Heath Farm, Stoke Holy Cross, Norwich.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/751985/FISHER,%20HERBERT%20ERNEST

Remembered locally on: Stoke Holy Cross War Memorial.

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1352102

1901 Census: Aged 5, born Poringland, living at 14 Stoke Road, Poringland. Parents are Howard, (31, Butcher, born Doddington, Cambridgeshire) and Florence M, (28, born Lakenham). 2 siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 15, Butcher, living with parents at Stoke Holy Cross. Howard, (40, Farmer) and Florence Maud, (38), have been married 20 years and have had 8 children of which 5 were then still alive.

 

 

(62) Leonard Horace Foster, Private 15090

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Carleton Rode, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/749708/FOSTER,%20LEONARD%20HORACE

Remembered locally on: Carleton Rode War Memorial.

http://www.genealogy.doun.org/transcriptions/documents.php?district_id=4&document_id=31437

1891 Census: Aged 4 months, born Carleton Rode, living with parents at Upgate Street, Carleton Rode. Parents are Horace, (38, Agricultural Labourer, born Carleton Rode) and Ellen, (31, born Swainsthorpe). 4 siblings.

1901 Census: Aged 10, living at Mill Road, Carleton Rode, with parents Horace, (48, Horseman on Farm) and Ellen, (41).

1911 Census: Aged 20, Farm Labourer, living Carleton Rode with parents. Horace, (58) and Ellen, (51, born Carleton Rode), have been married 32 years and have had 12 chicldren, of which 7 were then still alive.

 

 

(63) Frederick Albert Fox, Private 14317

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Walsingham, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Guillemont Road Cemetery. One of five marked battlefield burials moved there from Map Reference Sheet Sheet 57c.T.14.d.7.1. The other four are all Unknown British Soldiers.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/534338/FOX,%20F%20A

Remembered locally on: Great Snoring War Memorial (possibly)

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/GreatSnoring.html

1901 Census: Aged 4, born Walsingham, living at Fakenham Road, Great Snoring. Parents are Herbert, (29, Yardman on Farm born Shereford) and Cristina, (27, born Walsingham). 3 Siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 14, Labourer on Farm, still living at Fakenham Road with parents. Herbert, (40, Cowman on Farm) and Christiana, (38), have been married 18 years and have had 7 children, all then still alive.

 

 

(64) Edward Francis, Private 3/10058

SDGW: (As Edward Frances). Killed in Action. Born Quidenham,Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/749954/FRANCIS,%20EDWARD

Remembered locally on: Kenninghall War Memorial.

http://www.breckland-rollofhonour.org.uk/kenning.html

http://www.gravestonephotos.com/public/cemetery.php?cemetery=3761&scrwidth=836

1891 Census: Aged 2, born Quidenham, living at Banham Road, Quidenham, (next to School House). Parents are James, (40, Agricultural Labourer, born Helpworth, Suffolk) and Rebecca, (38, born Besthorpe). 7 siblings.

1901 Census: (Edward Arthur). Aged 12, born Quidenham, living at East Church Street, Kenninghall. This is the household of his widowed mother, Rebecca, (48, Charwoman from Besthorpe). 5 siblings.

1911 Census: (Edward A.). Aged 22, Agricultural Engineer, living with mother at East Church Street, Kenninghall. Rebecca, (58), states she was married for 24 years and had 15 children, of which 10 were then still alive.

 

 

(65) Robert Frost, Private 15326 “A” Company

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Hellesden, Suffolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Aged 26. Thiepval Memorial. Son of William and Sarah Ann Frost, of Mile Cross, Alysham Rd., Norwich.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/750333/FROST,%20ROBERT

(Should be Aylsham Road, part of which was in the parish of Upper Hellesden, so could be wrong county on SDGW).

Remembered locally on: Family headstone.

https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/43688219@N00/7362901504/

Hellesdon, Norfolk War Memorial.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/7424237790/in/album-72157659311602539/

1891 Census: Aged 13 months, born Hellesdon, living at 5 Aylsham Road, Hellesdon. Parents are William, (35, Agricultural Labourer from Newton St.Faiths) and Sarah Ann, (36, born St Faiths). 5 siblings.

1901 Census: Aged 11, born Hellesdon, living at Aylsham Road, Hellesdon. Parents were William, (44, Agricultural Labourer born Newton St Faiths), and Sarah, (43, born Newton St Faiths). 7 siblings

1911 Census: Aged 21, Farm Labourer, living at “Corner of Reepham Road”, Hellesdon, Old Catton, Mile Cross, Norwich. Parents, William, (54) and Sarah Ann, (53), have been married 33 years and have had 10 children, of which 9 were then still alive.

Hellesdon - the Frosts

 

(66) Robert Benjamin Futter, Private 15510

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Martham, Norfolk. Enlisted Gt.Yarmouth. No place of residence

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.  

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/750499/FUTTER,%20ROBERT%20BENJAMIN

Remembered locally on: Parents headstone.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/6286455480

Martham War memorial.

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/Martham.html

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/6290426224/in/album-72157627953649671/

1901 Census: Aged 5, born Martham. Living Black Street, Martham. Parents Henry, (39, Builder born Martham) and “Arlesta”, (39, born Gt Yarmouth). 7 siblings still at home.

1911 Census. Aged 15, General Labourer, born Martham. Living with parents at Black Street, Martham. Henry, (49, Builder), and Arletta, (48), have been married 30 years and have had 11 children of which 9 were then still alive.

 

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I just came across your post today. Very interesting. Thanks for putting it together.

 

In the last year or so through researching my great grand father, I came across that his brother Louis Gunton, Private 15008 died on the 15th Sept 1916 while with the 9th Norfolks. His name is on the Thiepval Memorial on Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D. He was 19 when died. Lived in Gt. Plumstead. His name is on a roll of honour memorial in his local church http://www.norfolkchurches.co.uk/greatplumstead/DSCF8017.html and also outside in stone 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/26028486466/in/photolist-FiBuoE-FE3Nd3 - this is further information on him in the comments on the flickr site.

 

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Mark

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(67) Fernby Haxel Gamble, Serjeant 15471

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Grimston, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/750672/GAMBLE,%20FERNBY%20HAXEL

1901 Census: (Mistranscribed as Fernley). Aged 7, born Grimston, living at Eaubrinty, Wiggenhall St Mary. Parents Harry, (31, Farmers Son, born Grimston) and Rose, (31, born Gayton). 3 siblings.

1911 Census: (Mistranscribed as Fernley). Aged 19, Farm Labourer, living with parents at Eau Brink, Tilney, Wiggenhall St Mary.

 

 

(68) John William Alfred Garner, Private 23318

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Eaton, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Aged 21. Thiepval Memorial. Son of John William and Eleanor Garner, of 29, Bluebell Rd., Eaton, Norwich.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/747746/GARNER,%20JOHN%20WILLIAM%20ALFRED

Remembered locally on: Eaton War Memorial.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/3476690465

1901 Census: Aged 6. Living at 16 Eaton Street, Eaton, Norwich. Widowed Grandathers household, parents John W, (27, Brewers Drayman born Eaton) and Eleanor, (28, born Norwich). 1 sibling.

1911 Census: Aged 16, Nurseryman, living with parents at 29 Eaton Street, Norwich. Parents John William, (37), and Eleanor, (38) have been married 16 years and have had 3 children, all then still alive.

 

 

(69) Herbert Garnham, Lance Serjeant 15571, “D” Company

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Burston, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Aged 25. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Henry and Sarah Ann Garnham, of Market Lane, Burston, Diss, Norfolk

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/747768/GARNHAM,%20HERBERT

Commemorated locally on: Shimpling War memorial, Burston War Memorial and an individual plaque in Burston Church.

http://www.visitchurches.org.uk/Assets/Conservationdocuments/ShimplingsCommemorated.pdf?1406823210

Herbert made a financial contribution to the Burston Strike School which caused a family rift. It was an uncle who paid for the plaque in Burston church. Apparently his father tried to destroy it with a hammer and had to be restrained and was subsequently imprisoned.

http://hiddencommemoration.org.uk/news/herbert-garnham-and-the-burston-school-strike/

http://www.dissexpress.co.uk/news/feature-a-striking-story-about-a-village-s-first-world-war-fallen-troops-1-6361880

1891 Census: Aged 4 months, born Burston, living at Market Lane, Burston. Parents are Henry, (35, Agricultural Labourer born Shimpling) and Sarah Ann, (36, born Dickleburgh). 8 siblings.

It may explain part of the issue above – they lived next door to the school.

1901 Census: Aged 10, still living at Market Lane. Father Henry, (45) now recorded as a Farmer. Mother Sarah, (47) stated to have been born Shimpling.

1911 Census: Aged 20, Horseman on Farm. Parents, Henry, (56, Farmer) and Sarah Ann, (57, born “Dickleborough”), have been married 33 years and have had 12 children, of which 11 were then still alive.

 

 

(70) Thomas William Gent, Private 24235

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Feltwell, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Aged 24. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Mrs. E. Gent, of Feltwell, Brandon, Norfolk.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/748034/GENT,%20THOMAS%20WILLIAM

Remembered locally on: Feltwell War Memorial.

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/Feltwell.html

1901 Census: (Thomas Wm). Aged 9, born Feltwell, living at Chapel Street, Feltwell. Parents are William, (41, Grocer born Feltwell) and Eliza, (57, born Feltwell).  3 siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 19, General Labourer, living with his widowed mother Eliza, (47). She states she was married 30 years and had 8 children, of which 5 were then still alive.

 

 

(71) Henry William Gibbons, Private 14101

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Gt “Conard”, Suffolk. Enlisted St Paul’s Churchyard, Middlesex. No place of residence.

CWGC: Aged 22. Guillemont Road Cemetery. One of eight marked battlefield burials moved there from Map Reference Sheet Sheet 57c.T.14.d.2.4 – 3 Norfolks, 1 Leicester and 4 unknown British Soldiers – however Gibbons is referred to as service number 14151.

Son of Annie Carter (formerly Gibbons), of 26, Gregory St., Sudbury, Suffolk, and the late Charles Gibbons.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/534356/GIBBONS,%20H%20W

Remembered locally on: Sudbury Roll of Honour.

http://www.sudburysuffolk.co.uk/greatwar/profile.asp?id=412

1901 Census: (Harry). Aged 6, born Gt.Cornard, Suffolk, living in 1 of two household at 130 Copenhagen Street, Islington. Parents were Charles, (34, Coke Porter born Gt.Cornard, Suffolk), and Anne, (28 born Gt.Cornard, Suffolk). 3 siblings.

1911 Census: (Harry). Aged 16, Dying Assistant in a Mat Factory. Living with his mother and step-father at 1 Walnut Tree Lane, Sudbury. They are Annie, (39, Laundry Ironer) and Ernest Carter, (43, Jobbing Gardener from Great Cornard, Suffolk).

 

 

(72) Robert Charles Goatson, Private 40014

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Filby, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/748793/GOATSON,%20ROBERT%20CHARLES

Remembered locally on: Parents headstone, Filby churchyard.

http://www.filbyvillage.org.uk/remember/rbtgoatson.html

Great Yarmouth War Memorial.

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/GtYarmouth_WW1_G.html

Born: 24th August 1896.

Father Robert Henry died at sea 15th October 1898 leaving his widow with three children. Mother Kate remarried another member of the Goatson family in 1900 in Great Yarmouth and had another three children before her death in 1908.

1901 Census: Aged 4, born Filby, living at Thrigby Road, Filby with his step-father, Charles Goatson, (aged 33, Fisherman, born Filby) and mother Kate, (26, born Lingwood). 2 siblings and 1 half brother.

1911 Census: Aged 14. Recorded aboard the Training Ship Arethusa, which was moored in the River Thames off Greenhithe.

 

 (73) Robert Godbolt, Private 18128

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Feltwell, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/748801/GODBOLT,%20ROBERT

Remembered locally on: Feltwell War Memorial.

Strangely the Roll of Honour site transcription doesn’t mention him (and doesn’t have close up pictures). Pictures on another site of the panels clearly show an R “Godbold”, 9th Norfolk Regiment. There is also an E A Godbold, 9th Norfolk Regiment.

http://www.ww1-yorkshires.org.uk/html-files/feltwell-norfolk.htm

1901 Census, (as Godholt): Aged 5, born Feltwell, living Chapel Yard, Feltwell. Parents Ash, (30, Ordinary Agricultural Labourer, born Feltwell) and Emma, (29, born Brandon, Suffolk).

1911 Census: Aged 15, Cow Keeper on Farm, born Feltwell. Living with widower father Ashfield, (40, Farm Labourer and Rabbit Catcher, born Feltwell) at Chapel Street, Feltwell. 4 other siblings listed.

 

Eastern Daily Press, Thursday October 19th 1916

Mr. Ashfield Godbold, the Heath, Feltwell, has received official information that his second son, Private Robert Godbold, has been killed in battle. He was in the Norfolks and was 21 years of age.

 

 

(74) John Lister Goddard, Lieutenant

SDGW: Killed in Action.

CWGC: Aged 21. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Charles E. Goddard, O.B.E., M.D., and Eleanor L. Goddard, of "Weathertrees", South Hill Avenue, Harrow, Middx.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/748814/GODDARD,%20JOHN%20LISTER

Picture: http://www.greatwarbritishofficers.com/index_htm_files/GODDARD_J%20L_RESEARCH.pdf

Birth: Q4 1894 Hendon Middlesex

Baptised: 24th March 1895: Wembly Middlesex.

1901 Census: Aged 6, born Wembley. Harrowdene House, Harrow Road, Wembley. Parents Charles E, (41, General Medical Practitioner born Kensington) and Eleanor L, (41, born Marylebone). 3 siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 16, Pupil at St George’s School, Harpenden, Hertfordshire. Parents at Harrowdene House.

 

 

(75) Marshall Fred Gotts, Private 15156

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Bacton, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Guillemont Road Cemetery. One of seven marked battlefield burials moved there from Map Reference Sheet Sheet 57d.T.14.?.1.1 – however the grave marker recorded him as Private 14756 Gutts N E R S, (another possible German burial?).

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/534369/GOTTS,%20M%20F

Remembered locally on: Bacton War Memorial.

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/Bacton.html

Family history website with MiC.

http://www.gotts.org.uk/page248.html

1901 Census (Marshall F): Aged 4, born Bacton, living at The Green, Bacton. Parents are James, (33, Bricklayer, Bacton) and Harriett, (29, born Aylsham). 2 siblings.

1911 Census (Marshall Fred): Aged 14, Bricklayers Labourer, living with parents at Bacton. Parents James, (42) and Ellen, (38) have been married 16 years and have had 6 children, all then still alive.

  

Eastern Daily Press, Monday October 16th 1916

Killed in action (Births, Marriages and Deaths column)

 

GOTTS – September 15, 1916, killed in action, Marshall Fred Gotts of the Norfolk Regiment, beloved and eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. James Gotts, Bacton, aged 19 years.

Dearly loved and deeply mourned by all who knew him.

 

 

(76) Austin Arthur Gower, Lance Corporal 14441

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Wortwell, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Aged 24. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Robert Edward Gower, of Low St., Wortwell, Harleston, Norfolk.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/786688/GOWER,%20AUSTIN%20ARTHUR

Remembered locally on: Harlestone (Harleston) War Memorial.

http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/m/i/d/Peter-Middleton-Northamptonshire/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0028.html

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/Harleston.html

1901 Census (Arthur A): Aged 8, born Wortwell. Living at Village Low Street, Wortwell with parents Robert E, (36, Painter, born Wortwell) and Emily, (35, born Mendham, Suffolk). 2 siblings.

1911 census: (Arthur Austin): Aged 18, Domestic Gardener, living with his widower father at Low Street, Wortwell. Robert Edward, (46), states he was married for 18 years and has had 4 children, all then still alive.

 

 

(77) John William Green, Private 19115

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Castleacre, Norfolk. Enlisted Shoreham, Sussex. No place of residence

CWGC: Aged 27. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Mrs. Rebecca Green, of I, Pales Green, Castleacre, King's Lynn, Norfolk.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/787283/GREEN,%20JOHN%20WILLIAM

Remembered locally on: Castle Acre War Memorial.

http://www.breckland-rollofhonour.org.uk/castle_acre.html

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/CastleAcre.html

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/4800358734

1891 Census: Aged 2, born Castleacre, living with parents at Blind Lane, Castleacre. They are William, (48, Agricultural Labourer, born Stiffkey) and Rebecca, (43, born West Lexham). 5 siblings.

1901 Census: Aged 12. Living at Pales Green Cottages, Castle Acre. Parents William, (58, Domestic Gardener born Stiffkey) and Rebecca, (52, Sewing Domestic from West Lexham). 1 other sibling still at home.

1914 Census: Aged 24, Farm Labourer, living with mother Rebecca,(64), at Pales Green, Castleacre.

 

 

(78) Henry Septimus Grimmer, Private 14398

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Haddiscoe, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Aged 23. Thiepval Memorial. Son of William and Mary Ann Grimmer, of Haddiscoe, Norwich, Norfolk.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/787815/GRIMMER,%20HENRY%20SEPTIMUS

Remembered locally on: Haddiscoe War Memorial.

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/Haddiscoe.html

1901 Census: Aged 8, born Haddiscoe, living at Thorpe Road, Haddiscoe. Parent are William, (33, Teamman on Farm, born Aldeby) and Mary, (37, born Thurlton).

1911 Census: Aged 18, Labourer on Farm, living with parents at Haddiscoe. Parents William, (44) and Maryann, (48), have been married 24 years and have had 3 children, all then still alive.

 

 

(79) Arthur Groom, Private 18340

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Heacham, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.genesreunited.co.uk/record?recordid=gbm%2fwwisd%2f0661214

Remembered locally on: Heacham War Memorial

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/Heacham.html

1891 Census: Aged 5, born Heacham, living with parents at 1, Parfitts Cottages, Heacham. Parents are William, (44, Agricultural Labourer, born St.Germans) and Mary J, (40, Laundress, born Terrington St John). 4 siblings.

1901 Census: Aged 15, Agricultural Labourer. Living with parents at 1 Granville Cottage, High Street, Heacham.

1911 Census: Aged 25, (transcribed as 28), Single and a Farm Labourer. Living with parents William, (65) and Mary Jane, (60) at Granville Cottages, Heacham. They have been married 38 years and have had 9 children of which 6 were then still alive.

 

 

(80) Louis Gunton, Private 15008

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Gt Plumstead, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/788077/GUNTON,%20LOUIS

Remembered locally on: Great Plumstead War Memorial.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/26028486466

Landed in France 30th August 1915

Birth registered: Q4 1893

1901 Census: Aged 7, living at Norwich Road, Gt Plumstead. Parents Charles, (47, Yardman born Gt Plumstead) and Harriet, (46, Bedingham). 5 siblings.

1911 Census. Aged 17, Farm Labourer. Living at Middle Road, Gt Plumstead. Charles, (57) and Harriet, (56) have been married 36 years and have had 7 children, of which 6 were then still alive. 3 unmarried sons were still living at home, (including Louis).

 

 

(81) Francis William Gurney, Private 15327

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Fenny Stratford, Buckinghamshire. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Aged 20. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Frank Washington Gurney, and Ellen E. J. Gurney, of 11, Duncombe St., Fenny Stratford, Bucks.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/788091/GURNEY,%20FRANCIS%20WILLIAM

Remembered on: Bletchley, Buckinghamshire War Memorial.

http://buckinghamshireremembers.org.uk/php_scripts/bksidget.php?id=7394

https://shenleyww1.wordpress.com/roll-of-honour-2/

Pre-war occupation – Painters Labourer for a Coach Builder.

Landed in France 22nd December 1915

The North Bucks Times of 24.10.1916 reported that he was missing.

http://www.freewebs.com/fsitgw/lestweforgetgtop.htm

1901 Census (Frank) : Aged 5, born Fenny Stratford, living with parents at Duncombe Street, Fenny Stratford, Buckinghamshire. They are Frank, (36, Railway Goods Guard, born Rugby, Warwickshire) and Ellen, (28, born Bletchley, Buckinghamshire). 2 siblings.

1911 Census (Francis): Aged 15, Coach Builders Painters Labourer. Living with parents Frank, (46, L&W Railway Breakman) and Ellen, (38) The couple have been married 15 years and have had 3 children, all then still alive.

 

 

(82) Charles George Gutberlet, Private 16200

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Stepney, Middlesex. Enlisted Poplar, Middlesex. No place of residence

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/788111/GUTBERLET,%20CHARLES%20GEORGE

Picture: https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/1502639

Birth: Registered in the Mile End District of London in Q4 1894.

1901 Census, (transcribed as Gutberliet): Aged 6, born Mile End, London. Living with parents at 139 Oxford Street, Mile End. Parents are Frederick, (42, Greengrocer, born Limehouse, London) and Jane (41, born Limehouse, London). 7 siblings.

Side note: Odd co-incidence of history. This house was on the corner with Sidney Street – the next two houses on the same page of the schedule are on that street and headed up by families from Russia. In 1911 a siege of a Latvian anarchist hideout in Sidney Street by heavily armed police and Scots Guards which Winston Churchill attended in his capacity as a Government Minister saw him suffer the indignity of being shot through his top hat. Winston subsequently stopped the fire brigade from going into deal with the house when it caught ablaze, leaving the terroists to burn to death. He would go on to be a sponsor of the landship proposal that would mature into the tank.

1911 Census, (transcribed as Gutherlet): Aged 17, born Stepney, no occupation listed. Parents Frederick, (52) and Jane, (51) have been married 30 years and have had 14 children, of which 8 were then still alive. The family were now living at 51 Salmons Lane, Limehouse, London.

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On ‎16‎/‎09‎/‎2016 at 05:37, barkalotloudly said:

fascinating thank you very much for this, i do have several items re Norfolk in the Great war, obscure little rolls of honour etc i also have on disc the Kelly`s directory for Norwich 1925 if i can ever help give me a shout  

Thanks for the offer - I may well take you up on it :-)

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23 hours ago, TEW said:

The maps I was referring to for locations of ADSs and RAPs etc still holds good even though I had the wrong division, luckily the map says while in 13 & 14 Corps. 6th Division moved into 14 corps 3rd/4th Sept 1916 and the DDMS of 14 corps re-arranged things on a corps level rather than divisional. The 14 corps DDMS diary mentions all the same places as per the 24th Division. So my first 3 paragraphs of post#2 hold true.

 

Are the grid refs for Brider and Brooks correct? one is sheet 57c the other 57d, but both T.14.d.x.x. 57c places them near The Quadrilateral whereas 57d is way off.

 

With some wounded getting as far as Rouen and Etaples there's quite a spread of potential cemeteries. Sticking to those closer to The Quadrilateral that took in post-war concentrations eg GUILLEMONT ROAD CEMETERY it is fairly straight forward to bulk download all the concentration sheets in one go and I can say there are 95 sheets.

 

You should be able to download the whole Guillemont folder here, I guess right click and download.

 

If that works I can explain how to achieve this in a PM as you may want the same from other cemeteries? Mozilla Firefox is needed.

 

TEW

 

 

No - it should be sheet 57c - my fat fingers! I've amended Brooks and also Constable.

 

Well the exercise you set out seems in theory doable, taking a step back and focussing on the tasks I originally set myself, I'm not sure if it will advance things - unless I'm having a mental block. The task was to commemorate the men who died as a result of the battle, on the day and subsequently. The secondary task was to try to estimate the impact of the friendly fire incident.

 

With regard to the secondary task, the approach goes something like:-

1. Are there large numbers (50+) of named Norfolk soldiers recovered at the time and buried in one place. Recovery would indicate they were most likely in territory controlled by the allies.

Answer - No. There appear to be no named burials at the time of the KiA.

 

2. Are there significant numbers (20+) of named and unnamed Norfolk soldiers recovered at the time and buried in one place. Unnamed could well be those caught in the artillery barrage.

Answer - No. Same as above.

 

3. Are there significant numbers (20+) of named and unnamed Norfolk soldiers recovered from the same location at a later date and buried in one place. This would probably be the scenario most likely to be addressed by what you proposed. However to my mind it would imply either a significant destruction of battlefield graves during subsequent fighting or that the bodies were buried en-masse, (by, for example, collapsing in a trench) which has overtones of cover-up. I'm not a great one for conspiracy theories and its unlikely to revealed by the sort of paperwork currently available on the net anyway.

 

Additionally many of those additional souls listed on the Concentration reports are down as Unknown British Soldier.  If, as I suspect, some of these were buried by the Germans, then there could well be Leicesters, Suffolks and Sherwood Foresters in amongst the buried bodies - all four units seem to have suffered about 60% casualties with the eventual failure of the attacks put down to uncut wire and German MG's.

Status - on hold. To be revisited.

 

4. What can be gauged from the nature of the wounds of those who died of wounds, received a Silver War Badge or a subsequent Army Pension. Can anything be gained at looking at 9th Battalion men who were subsequently transferred to the Labour Corps.

Status - still investigating.

 

Its not exhaustive and other steps will be added as they occur to me or are suggested to me.

 

At the moment my mental gauge has swung back from significant casualties towards several casualties, mainly wounded, due possibly to the inexperience of the tank crew,

 

regards,

Peter

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1 hour ago, MTR said:

I just came across your post today. Very interesting. Thanks for putting it together.

 

In the last year or so through researching my great grand father, I came across that his brother Louis Gunton, Private 15008 died on the 15th Sept 1916 while with the 9th Norfolks. His name is on the Thiepval Memorial on Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D. He was 19 when died. Lived in Gt. Plumstead. His name is on a roll of honour memorial in his local church http://www.norfolkchurches.co.uk/greatplumstead/DSCF8017.html and also outside in stone 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/26028486466/in/photolist-FiBuoE-FE3Nd3 - this is further information on him in the comments on the flickr site.

 

Thanks

 

Mark

 

Mark,

 

The Flickr account is mine :-)

I'm hoping to get into the church to get a picture of the memorial but is doesn't seem to take part in the Norfolk Open Churches week and its locked on the three occasions I've visited.

 

In fact it was Louis and a couple of others that I've recently researched that motivated me to put this together. I'd already missed several dates of relevance to the Norfolk Regiment and which regularly crop up when investigating the names on Norfolk War Memorials. I had thought about putting something together for the 4th September to commemorate the men of the 1st Battalion caught in another friendly fire incident but had some work come up so I thought I really must pull my finger out and do this :-)

 

All the best,

Peter

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(83) George William (Herrington) Hagon, Private 16360

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/788272/HAGON,%20GEORGE%20WILLIAM

Remembered locally on: Docking War Memorial.(as Hagan)

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/Docking.html

Birth (possible): Registed as George William T Hagon, in the Docking District of Norfolk in Q4 of 1891.

1911 Census (Mis-transcribed as George Furington Hogan): Aged 19, Blacksmith, born Burnham Thorpe. Living with grand-parents Henry, (60) and Ann Greeves, (59) at Sextons Yard, Docking.

Basd on the above I checked the entry for Henry and Ann Greeves on the 1901 census as I could find no trace of George Hagon. They were recorded with surname Greaves living at High Hill, Docking. As well as three children of their own, aged 16, 13 and 8, they also have a 9 year old Grandson living with them, George Turrington, born Burnham Thorpe.

 

 

(84) Arthur Halls,Private 18601

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Gt.Ellingham, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Aged 25. Thiepval Memorial. Son of the late Charles and Rebecca Halls.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/788674/HALLS,%20ARTHUR

Remembered locally on: Gt Ellingham War Memorial (as Hall)

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/GreatEllingham.html

1891 Census, (family recorded as Hall): Aged 1, born Gt.Ellingham. Living at 25, Long Street, Gt.Ellingham. Parents are Charles, (34, Agricultural Labourer, born Attleborough) and Rebecca, (30, born Gt.Ellingham). 5 siblings.

1901 Census: Aged 11, born Gt.Ellingham, living at Long Street, Gt.Ellingham.

1911 Census: Aged 20, Farm Houseman(?), living with parents, Charles, (54) and Rebecca, (50), at Long Street, Great Ellingham. The couple have been married  32 years and have had 11 children, of which 10 were then still alive.

 

 

(85) William Horace Harnwell, Private 16262

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Hilgay, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/789439/HARNWELL,%20WILLIAM%20HORACE

1901 Census: No trace.

1911 Census; Aged 14, born Hilgay, living with his widowed father William, (55, Horseman on Farm, born Littleport, Cambridgeshire) at Modney Bridge, Ely Road, Downham Market. His father states he has 10 children of which 9 were then still alive.

(Modney Bridge is at Hilgay).

 

 

(86) Albert William Harrison, Lance Corporal 16158

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Coveney, Cambridgeshire. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Guillemont Road Cemetery. One of five marked battlefield burials moved there from Map Reference Sheet Sheet 57c.T.14.d.5.2 – Albert Harrison 1 “Leinster” and 3 unknown British Soldiers – however Harrison is referred to as service number 16180 on the original grave marker and serving with the 8th Norfolks.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/534398/HARRISON,%20A%20W

Remembered on: Coveney, Cambridgeshire War Memorial.

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Cambridgeshire/Coveney.html

1901 Census (Albert W.): Aged 8, born Coveney, Isle of Ely, living with parents Charles, (51, Farm Labourer, born Coveney, Isle of Ely) and Mary A, (49, born Coveney, Isle of Ely) at Street, Coveney, Cambridgeshire.

1911 Census (Albert William): Aged 19, Footman, (Domestic Servant), living in the household of his employer at Fernbank, Church Road, Buckhurst Hill, Essex. Unfortunately only the servants were home on the night of the census, so their employer is not recorded.

Parents Charles, (61) and Mary Ann, (59), were recorded living at Crown Cottage, Coveney. The couple state they have been married 40 years and have had 12 children, of which 11 were then still alive.

 

 

(87) James Arthur Harrison, Private 14532 “A” Company

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Wretton, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Aged 22. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Rhoda Harrison, of Wretton, Stoke Ferry, Norfolk, and the late John Harrison.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/789905/HARRISON,%20JAMES%20ARTHUR

Remembered locally on: Wretton War Memorial.

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4522266

1901 Census: Aged 7, born Wretton. Living with Parents John, (38, Agricultural Labourer, born Wretton) and Rhoda, (39, born Wretton)  at Cromer Lane, Wretton. 3 siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 17, Farm Labourer, living with widowed mother and grandmother at Wretton Road, Wretton.  The grandmother is Susan Cullen, (73 and an Old Age Pensioner from Wretton) who states she was married for 52 years abd had 7 children, of which 6 were then stil alive . Mother Rhoda, (49) says she was married for 26 years and had 6 children, all then still alive.

 

 

(88) John Edward Hayes, Private 14352

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Kirby Bedon, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Guillemont Road Cemetery. One of a number of battlefield burials moved from Map Reference Sheet Sheet 57c.T.14.d.6.1 and the surrounding area in December 1919. Nearby were a number of unknown British soldiers, some believed to be Norfolks and others believed to be R.M.F. (Royal Munster Fusiliers?).

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/534406/HAYES,%20J%20E

Remembered locally on: Kirby Bedon War Memorial.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/norfolkodyssey/2590422538/

(There is also a Lance Corporal Harry Samuel Hayes, 9th Bn who dies on the 21/09/1916 of wounds. This appears to be his brother although he is remembered at Bramerton.)

1891 Census (possible – John H.): Aged 2, born Bramerton. Living with parents John, (31, Gardener, born Bramerton) and  Mary J, (28, born Bramerton). 4 siblings including a Harry S, aged 1, born Bramerton. An older brother, William, (9), is shown as born Kirby Bedon.

1901 Census (possible – John H.):  Aged 12, living at Norwich Road, Bramerton. Father John, (40), is recorded as a Market Gardener.     

1911 Census, (possible – John Henry Hayes); Aged 23, born Bramerton, Norfolk. Now serving as a Private in the 3rd K.O. Hussars, stationed at Robert Heights, Transvaal, South Africa.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

 

(89) Frederick Colin Helsdon, Lance Corporal 14294

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born South Heigham, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/791009/HELSDON,%20FREDERICK%20COLIN

Picture: https://norfolk.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/FULL/PICNOR/BIBENQ/15267827/2214833,1?FMT=IMG&IMGNUM=1

Accompanying notes: Lance Corporal Helsdon was born on 22 April 1892, in Rupert Street, Norwich. He was the son of Edward & Amelia Helsdon. He enlisted on 7 Sep 1914. Killed in France, 15 September 1918.

Remembered locally on: St Thomas War Memorial, Earlham Road, Norwich.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/5969861172

1901 Census, (Colin): Aged 8, born Norwich. Living in the household of his widowed great grand-mother Eliza Ecclestone, (76, born Norwich) at 98 Rupert Street, Norwich. Also in the household are parents Edward, (33, Wine and Spirits Cellarman, born Norwich) and Amelia, (34, born South Creak). Also in the household are two likely siblings – their relationship to Eliza is also given as great grandchild.

1911 Census: Aged 18, Factory Hand, living with parents Edward W, (43) and Amelia, (44) at 59 Pembroke Road, Norwich. The couple have been married 21 years and have had 3 children, all then still alive.

 

Eastern Daily Press, Monday October 16th 1916

Killed in action (Births, Marriages and Deaths column)

 

HELSDON – September 15, killed in action, Lance Corporal Frederick C. Helsdon, aged 24, the Norfolk Regiment, beloved husband of Ethel May Helsdon, Norwich.

 

HELSDON - September 15, killed in action, Lance Corporal Frederick C. Helsdon, Norfolk Regiment, aged 24, second and beloved son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Helsdon, 59, Pembroke Road, Norwich.

 

Eastern Daily Press, Friday October 20th 1916

 

Local Men in the Casualty Lists

 

Mr. and Mrs.E.Helsdon, of 59, Pembroke Road, Norwich, have lost a second son in action in Lance-Corporal F.C.Helsdon of the Norfolks who was killed on the 15th September. He leaves a young widow and baby boy. Deceased before joining up was prominently identified with the Priory Gymnasium. He had previously been wounded. His commanding officer, writing to his wife, said: “He met his death most unfortunately while tending to a wounded comrade. The company has lost one of its best and keenest soldiers by his death, and from what I can gather he was very well liked by all his comrades.”

 

 

(90) Sam Hendry, Private 15086

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born and Enlisted Wells, Norfolk. No place of residence

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/791230/HENDRY,%20SAM

Remembered locally on: Wells-next-the-Sea War Memorial.

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/WellsNextTheSea.html

1901 Census, (Samuel) : Aged 5, born Wells. Living with parents Matthew G, (43, Fireman in Steam Tug, born Holkham) and Rebecca, (38, born Adle, Yorkshire) at East End, Wells. 4 siblings.

1911 Census, (Samuel): Aged 15, Post Office Telegraph Messenger. Still living with parents at East End, Wells.  Matthew George, (53, Steam Tug Fireman) and Rebecca, (48, born Horsforth, Yorkshire), have been married 28 years and have had 6 children, of which 5 were then still alive.

 

 

(91) William Sidney Heyhoe, Private 19573

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Swaffham, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/791565/HEYHOE,%20WILLIAM%20SIDNEY

Remembered locally on: Swaffham War memorial

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/Swaffham.html

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/2312792761/in/album-72157604027021885/

1901 Census: Aged 7, born Swaffham, living with married father Samuel, (46, General Labourer born Holme Hale) at Lynn Road, Swaffham. 3 siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 17, Farm Labourer, living with widower father Samuel, (57, Farm Labourer) at Lime Kiln Cottages, Swaffham. Samuel states he has 7 children, all then still alive.

 

 

(92) Christopher James Horn, Lance Corporal 19321

SDGW: (19231) Killed in Action. Born Lakenheath, Suffolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Aged 24. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Christopher and Susan Horn, of 21, Earles St., Thetford, Norfolk; husband of Annie Elizabeth Horn, of Rose Cottage, Garboldisham, Norfolk.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/793352/HORN,%20CHRISTOPHER%20JAMES

Remembered locally on: Thetford St Cuthbert Roll of Honour.

http://www.breckland-rollofhonour.org.uk/thetford_cuth.html

Thetford War Memorial

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/Thetford.html

1901 Census, (Christopher J): Aged 8, born Lakenheath, Suffolk, living with parents Christopher A., (36, Labourer in Coal Yard, born Lakenheath, Suffolk) and Susan D., (29, born Thetford) at 21 Earles Street, Thetford. 2 siblings.

1911 Census, (Chris): Aged 18, Shop Assistant, living with parents at 21 Earles Street, Thetford. Parents Christopher, (46, works at Manure + Chemical Manufacturer) and Susan, (40) have been married 21 years nd have had 4 children, of which 2 were then still living.

1905 Marriage: The marriage of a Christopher J Horn to an Annie E Reeve was recorded in Q4 of 1915.

Post-August 1911 it had become compulsory when registering a birth in England and Wales to also record the mothers maiden name. Assuming Annie was single then there are no likely births recorded in England and Wales.

 

 

(93) Matthew Edward Howling, Private 14413

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Brisley, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Aged 21. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Thomas and Georgianne Howling, of Gately Rd., Brisley, Elmham, Norfolk.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/793868/HOWLING,%20MATTHEW%20EDWARD

Picture, (wearing Corporal Stripes): https://norfolk.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/FULL/PICNOR/BIBENQ/15269447/2214888,1?FMT=IMG&IMGNUM=1

Remembered locally on: Brisley War Memorial.

http://www.breckland-rollofhonour.org.uk/brisley.html

1901 Census: Aged 5, born Brisley, living with parents Thomas, (46, Teamster on Farm, born Brisley) and Georgiana, (47, born Wymondham) at Brisley.  2 siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 15, Farm Labourer, living with parents at Brisley. Thomas, (56, Farm Labourer) and Georgie Anne, (57) have been married 33 years and have had 11 children, of which 9 were then still alive.

 

 

(94) Walter Huggins, Private 13029

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Catton, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Guillemont Road Cemetery. One of nine battlefield burials moved there from Map Reference Sheet Sheet 57c.T.14.d.5.3 in December 1919. There was one other Norfolk Regiment man,plus a 10th Battalion Officer, (10th were home service only) and 6 Unknown British Soldiers.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/534439/HUGGINS,%20W

1901 Census: Aged 3, born Norwich, recorded living with parents, William, (32, Shoe Maker, born Norwich), and Mary, (29, Horse Hair Weaver, born Jarrow, Durham) at Alma Square, Norwich.

1911 Census: Aged 13, still at school, living with parents at 19 Gertrude Road, Norwich. William, (42, Shoe Rivetter) and Mary Ann, (39), have been married 22 years and have had 15 children, of which 8 were then still alive.

 

 

(95) Edward Robert Hunt, Private 18560

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born and Enlisted Great Yarmouth. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Guillemont Road Cemetery. One of a eight battlefield burials moved there from Map Reference Sheet Sheet 57c.T.14.d.7.2 in December 1919. His grave marker recorded him as “28560 E R Hob, 10th Norfolks”. The rest were simply recorded as Unknown British Soldier although one was subsequently identified as a 9th Norfolks man.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/534445/HUNT,%20E%20R

Remembered locally on: Gt Yarmouth War memorial

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/GtYarmouth_WW1_H.html

1891 Census, (Edward Robt): Aged 7, born Gt.Yarmouth, living with parents Robert Edward, (31, Fisherman, born Hemsby) and Eliza Eleanor, (28, born Gt.Yarmouth) at Row 137 No.23, Gt.Yarmouth. 5 siblings.

1901 Census, (Edward R): Aged 16, Errand Boy, living with married mother Eleanor E, (39) at 23 Stone Road, Gorleston. 6 siblings.

1911 Census, (Edward Robert): Aged 26, Fish Worker, living with widowed mother Eleanor Eliza, (49) at No.8, Row 110. King Street, Yarmouth. Eleanor states she was married 33 years and has had 15 children, of which 8 were then still alive.

 

 

(96) Sidney James, Private 25315

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Christchurch, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/795534/JAMES,%20SIDNEY

There is no village or town in Norfolk called Christchurch. There are area’s of the major urban areas in Norfolk that carry this name but without more details its difficult to be precise. For example, there is an area to the North-East of the old city walls in Norwich. With the rapid expansion of the city outside those walls from the 1880’s there was a rapid expansion into the countryside between the city and nearby villages – the Christchurch area was also known as New Catton as the sprawl headed out towards the village of Old Catton, then famous as the home of Anna Sewell, authoress of Black Beauty. First attempts were to take it upmarket, exploiting the park land of several manor houses. But it could not compete with the more prestigious west side of the city. A check of Norwich \ Catton births does bring up a potential match – on the 1901 census there is a 3 year old Sidney Ashton James, born Norwich. Unfortunately he and his parents, John Harris James, (27, an Assurance Agent from Burnham Market, Norfolk) and Eliza James, (23, born Colchester, Essex), were staying as visitors on the night of the census on the west sid of the city. The couple had married in Norwich in 1897. By the time of the 1911 Census the family were living at Walthamstow, Essex. Of their children, all the ones aged under 9 were born Walthamstow. However it appears this individual served with the Machine Gun Corps, (service number 65536) and was discharged in 1919.

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVBP-J6Q2

There is no Sidney James on the Christchurch, Norwich War Memorial or Old Catton War Memorial.

 

 

(97) Edward Jermy Jephson, Captain, 10th Bn attached 9th Bn.

SDGW: (10th Battalion). Killed in Action.

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/795971/JEPHSON,%20EDWARD%20JERMY

Picture and biography: http://tonbridgeatwar.daisy.websds.net/Authenticated/ViewDets.aspx?RecID=201&TableName=ta_factfile

At the School 1899—1904 (Day Boy). Capt. Edward Jermy Jephson was the eldest son of the late Capt. Jermy Frederic Jephson, P. & O. Company's Service, and Mrs. Jephson. He leaves a widow, having been married just before he went to the Front. His younger brother, John Mounteney Jephson (D.B. 1903—5), died in 1909. Their father was not himself an O.T., but four of his brothers were at Tonbridge: B. J. Jephson (D.B. 1866—69), a Surveyor in Canada; J. P. J. Jephson (D.B. 1866—73, Judd Exhibitioner, Football XIII. 1871—72, Scholar of Queens' Coll., Cambridge), Barrister and Solicitor, Calgary, Canada; C. D. H. J. Jephson (D.B. 1866—75, Football XIII. 1873—74), R. Irish Constabulary, Resident Magistrate, Ireland, since 1899; and A. J. M. Jephson (D.B. 1869—74), who accompanied Stanley's Expedition by the Congo to relieve Emin Pasha on the sources of the Nile, 1887, and who died in 1908. Moreover, the late Mrs. H. Hilary was his sister. Edward Jermy Jephson entered the School in September, 1899, and left from the Army Class at Easter, 1904, but did not join the Army. After leaving he went out to Burma, and was for four years with the Bombay- Burma Trading Company, and during that time had some good sport in Burma, and an account of his first tiger appeared in THE TONBRIDGIAN. Unfortunately his health failed, and he had to return to England. An open-air life was necessary for him, and he started large nursery gardens in North Wales, into which he threw all his energy, and of which he made a financial success. As soon as war was declared he felt he had to go, and leaving home on August 4th, 1914, he enlisted in the 9th Lancers, but shortly afterwards applied for a commission, which he obtained in the l0th (Reserve) Battn. of the Norfolk Reg., dated November 27th, 1914. He was promoted to Lieutenant, December 30th, 1914, and Captain, October 18th, 1915, and was serving at the Front with the 9th Norfolks. He first went into action about the beginning of June, and was wounded within twenty-four: hours of going into the trenches. Though severely bruised and cut when a big German shell burst close beside him, he remained with his Regiment. He is not known to have taken part in any special fighting in the Battles of the Somme, until the Battle of Flers-Courcelette on September 15th, when terrible casualties were incurred owing to the attack being held up by wire. On the night of the 15th the Adjutant was informed that Capt. Jephson had been wounded, and as he could not ascertain that he had been brought in, a search party was sent out on the following night, and Capt. Jephson was found lying at the head of his men before the wire in front of their objective. Death had apparently been instantaneous. His grave has never been located.

See also

http://www.tonbridgehistory.org.uk/people/ww1-obits-2.htm

1891 Census, (Edward J – mistranscribed as H): Age 5, born St Mary Abbots, Middlesex,  staying in grandparents house at Easton Court, Main Road, Little Hereford, Worcestershire. They were Edward, (65, Retired Civil Engineer) and Ellen Barton, (55). Also in the household is their married daughter and Edwards mother Mary E Jephson, (36, born Mole, Flintshire).

1901 Census, (Edward J): Age 15, attending school, born St Mary Abbotts, London and living with married mother Mary P(?), (46, born Mole, Flintshire, North Wales) at Dry Bank Road, Tonbridge, Kent. 3 siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 25, born London, single, Nurseryman Pupil from London, boarding at Hawk Lodge, Downham, Billericay, Essex.

1916 Marriage: The marriage of an Edward J Jephson to a Gladys H Jones was recorded in the Conway District of Caernarvonshire in Q1 of 1916.

Post-August 1911 it had become compulsory when registering a birth in England and Wales to also record the mothers maiden name. Assuming Gladys was single then there are no likely births recorded in England and Wales.

 

 

(98) Frederick John William Kenny, Private 18198

SDGW: Died. Born Hackford, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/797937/KENNY,%20FREDERICK%20JOHN%20WILLIAM

Remembered locally on: Hingham War Memorial

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/Hingham.html

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/2148138870

1891 Census (Fredk John William): Aged 3, born Hackford, living with parents John, (42, Agricultural Labourer born Scoulton) and Jane, (40, born Hingham) at Deopham Road, Hackford. 5 siblings.

1901 Census (Frederick): Aged 13, Ordinary Agricultural Labourer, living with his sister and her husband at “Mines Head Lane” (?-tbc), Deopham Road, Hackford. They were Albert and Lena Bernard.

1911 Census, (Frederick):  Aged 21, Labourer on Farm, living with widowed mother Jane at Fleeters Hill, Stone Lane, Hingham. This was the first census return that was meant to be completed by the householder but this looks like it was completed by the census collector or some other literate individual. The return has been signed with an “X, her mark” and against Jane’s age has been added the note “N K about 60 while her birthplace is given as Southburgh).

 

 

(99) Charles Kettle, Private 15421

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Roughton, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Aged 32. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Mr. W. Kettle, of Lower Farm, Felbrigg, Roughton, Norwich.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/798119/KETTLE,%20CHARLES

Remembered locally on: Felbrigg War Memorial.

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/Felbrigg.html

1891 Census, (family appear to be recorded as “Kittle”): Aged 9, born Roughton, recorded living with parents William, (40, Agricultural Labourer, born Roughton) and Mary A., (38, born Skeyton) at Back Lane, Roughton. 4 siblings.

1901 Census: Aged 18, Agricultural Labourer, born Roughton, living with parents William, (51, Agricultural Labourer, born Roughton) and Mary A, (47, born Skeyton) at Lowes Farm, Felbrigg. 4 siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 28, single, Caretaker, head of the household at Nest, Aylmerton, Norfolk.

 

 

(100) George Edward Kitchen, Private 14821

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Roydon, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Aged 37. Thiepval Memorial. Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. Kitchen, of 1, Harley Cottages, Diss, Norfolk.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/798625/KITCHEN,%20GEORGE%20EDWARD

Remembered locally on: Roydon War Memorial.

http://www.gravestonephotos.com/public/cemetery.php?cemetery=3648

http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/20154

1901 Census: Aged 22, Bricklayers Labourer, born Roydon, living with parents William, (61, Brush Turner born Thwaite, Suffolk) and Ann, (62, born Roydon) at Harley Cottages, Roydon. 1 sibling.

1911 Census: Aged 32, single Maltsters Labourer, living with parents William, (71, Wood Turner) and Ann, (72) at Harley Cottages, Roydon, Diss. The couple state they have been married 47 years and have had 8 children, all then still alive.

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96   Sydney James....just maybe Christchurch Road? off Newmarket Road 

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Mark,

 

The Flickr account is mine :-)

I'm hoping to get into the church to get a picture of the memorial but is doesn't seem to take part in the Norfolk Open Churches week and its locked on the three occasions I've visited.

 

In fact it was Louis and a couple of others that I've recently researched that motivated me to put this together. I'd already missed several dates of relevance to the Norfolk Regiment and which regularly crop up when investigating the names on Norfolk War Memorials. I had thought about putting something together for the 4th September to commemorate the men of the 1st Battalion caught in another friendly fire incident but had some work come up so I thought I really must pull my finger out and do this :-)

 

All the best,

Peter

 

Ah very good Peter. I'm the Mark Tracey who thanked you for the info on flickr :)

 

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Hi PRC,

 

Excellent piece of work that you are undertaking.

 

Re (96) Sidney James, Private 25315, can I suggest a possible alternative? Soldiers' Effects gives his father as a "John T". In the 1911 census at Lots Bridge, Three Holes, Nr Upwell, there is a 15 year old Sidney James (a groom on a farm, born Christ Church parish) living with siblings and parents (John Thomas [a farm labourer] and Emma). Unfortunately. I didn't find anything obvious to cross reference to in order to rule it in/out. 

 

Regards

Chris

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(101) Ernest Albert Lambert, Private 15414

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Foulsham, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Aged 24. Guillemont Road Cemetery. It is noted that his body was moved there from elsewhere and there is a Concentration Report attached covering a similar area and period to those for other man recovered from the battlefield and interred at Guilemont. That page of the burial report included several Unknown British Soldiers as well as 9th Norfolk men, but there is nothing to indicate the connection to Ernest.

 

Son of George and Jane Lambert, of 30, The Terrace, Saxlingham, Holt, Norfolk. V. I. 8.

 

Headstone marked – “Buried near this spot”.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/534493/LAMBERT,%20E%20A

Remembered locally on: (Possibly) Felbrigg War Memorial.

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/Felbrigg.html

Saxlingham St Margarets War Memorial.

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/SaxlinghamStMargarets.html

1901 Census: Aged 8, born Foulsham, living with parents George, (54, Yardman on Farm, born Foulsham) and Jane, (50, born Wood Dalling) ‘Nr Clay Pits’, Foulsham. 4 siblings

1911 Census: Aged 18, Labourer on Farm, living with parents at Holt Road, Saxlingham, Holt. George, (63) and Jane, (58), have been married 41 years and have had 2 children, both then still alive.

 

 

(102) Charles Edward Larkins, Private 15074

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Brunstead, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Guillemont Road Cemetery. One of eight battlefield burials moved there from Map Reference Sheet Sheet 57c.T.14.d.7.2 in December 1919. His original grave marker recorded him as “Unknown British Soldier”. The reason was the subsequent identification is not given on the Concentration Report.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/534495/LARKINS,%20C%20E

Remembered locally: East Ruston War Memorial (as Larkin).

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/16167451155/in/album-72157649847648249/

I struggled to identify this man form the birth, baptism and census records with any degree of confidence when I researched the East Ruston War Memorial. My best guess ws that he was the illegitimate son of Amelia Mary Larkin aka Larking who (probably) subsequently married a Charles Helsdon at St Peter, Brunstead in 1893. On the 1901 census he appears as an 8 year old Charles Helsdon living at Brumstead Road, Ingham. On the 1911 census he is recorded as Charles Larkins, aged 18 and a Farm Labourer living with mother and ‘father’ Amelia and Charles Helsdon at Brumstead.

 

His half-brother John Helsdon would die serving with the 1st Essex on the 12/10/1916 and is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial. The additional information on his CWGC entry is “Son of Amelia Mary Helsdon, of Fenside, Catfield, Norwich, and the late Charles Helsdon.”

 

 

(103) Joseph Alfred Larter, Private 14915

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Swardeston, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Aged 28. Thiepval Memorial. Eldest son of William and Sophia Jane Larter, of Swainsthorpe, Norwich.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/799418/LARTER,%20JOSEPH%20ALFRED

Picture: https://norfolk.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/FULL/PICNOR/BIBENQ/15273076/2215103,1?FMT=IMG&IMGNUM=1

Accompanying notes: Joseph Alfred Larter was born at Swardeston on 10th December 1887, and was educated at Swardeston School. He enlisted on 14th September 1914 and was killed in action in France on 15th September 1916. Private 14915, 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Eldest son of William and Sophia Jane Larter of Swainsthorpe, Norfolk. Missing and commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial - Pier and Face 1C and 1D.

Remembered locally on: Shotesham War memorial.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/15538719846

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/15431979229/in/album-72157648106286876/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/15625794445/in/album-72157648106286876/

His brothers headstone, (executed by the “persons unknown” on the eve of the truce that led to the partition of Ireland. )

 

 

Richard who lost his life in Ireland and Joseph who was Killed in France

 

Born: 10th December 1887.

Baptised: St Mary the Virgin, Swardeston, 5th February 1888

1901 Census: Aged 13, born Swardeston. Parents William, (38, Team-man born Mulbarton) and Sophia, (34, born Haynford). 5 other siblings still at home.

1911 Census: Aged 23, Farm Labourer. Living with Parents at 1 Bush Green, Near Mulbarton. William and Sophia have been married 24 years and have had 12 children, 10 of which were still alive. 8 unmarried children were still living at home.

 

 

(104) George Lawes, Private 16404

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Pulham Market, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Guillemont Road Cemetery. One of four battlefield burials moved there from Map Reference Sheet Sheet 57c.T.14.d.3.3 in December 1919. His grave marker recorded him as “Pte L Lawes, 10th Norfolks”. The others were 2 men from the 1st Leicesters and 1 Unknown British Soldier.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/534496/LAWES,%20G

Remembered locally on: Pulham Market War Memorial

http://www.gravestonephotos.com/public/cemetery.php?cemetery=3736

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4432403

(Note – I believe this memorial is actually in Pulham St Mary – see the inscription at the top. I have yet to do my own write up off the names but that’s where I took a picture of an identical monument )

Possible Birth: The birth of a George Cecil Lawes was registered in the Depwade District, (which included The Pulhams), in Q4 of 1899.

The birth of a Henry George Lawes was registed in the same District in Q2 of 1888

The birth of a George Alfred Laws was registed in the same District in Q2 of 1893.

 

They are

George C. Lawes, aged 1 on the 1901 census, born Dickleburgh, living at Shop, Street, Dickleburgh.

Henry George Lawes – no trace on census or death register. Possible from Census  - there is a 23 year old George Lawes, a Jobbing Gardener from Swannington, Norfolk who was recorded on the 1911 census boarding at 614 High Road, Streatham, S.W London. Also boarding in the same household is a James Robert Lawes, 26, and a Jobbing Gardener also from “Swannington”.  

Swanington, however, is not in the Depwade District. He and James are recorded on earlier census as Laws living at Swanington.

George Laws – several potential matches on the census, none with an obvious Pulham connection.

 

 

(105) Charles Alfred Lawrence, Private 23702

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Harpole, Northamptonshire. Enlisted Bugbrooke, Northamptonshire. No place of residence.

CWGC: Aged 21. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Charles and Jane Lawrence, of 9, Mount Pleasant, Harpole, Northampton.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/799597/LAWRENCE,%20CHARLES%20ALFRED

Remembered on: Harpole War Memorial

http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM84N5_Harpole_Combined_War_Memorial_Northants

1901 Census: Aged 6, born Harpole, Northamptonshire, living with parents Charles, (43, Carter, born Harpole, Northants) and Jane, (39, born Harpole, Northants) at Co-op Row, Harpole, Northamptonshire. 4 siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 16, Sorter & Cutter in Shoe Factory now living with family at 9, Mount Pleasant, Harpole, Northamptonshire. Charles, (53, Boot Maker \ Rivetter) and Jane, (49) have been married 26 years and have had 5 children, all then still alive.

 

 

(106) Sidney Harold Laws, Private 15658

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born “Stadsett”, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Aged 21.Guillemont Road Cemetery. One of two battlefield burials moved there from Map Reference Sheet Sheet 57c.T.14.d.3.3 in December 1919. Son of William and Louisa Laws, of Stradsett, King's Lynn.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/534498/LAWS,%20SIDNEY%20HAROLD

Remembered locally on: Brothers headstone, Stradsett churchyard.

https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/node/241477

On Stradsett War Memorial as Harold H,

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4522305

1901 Census, (as Harold): Aged 5, born Stradsett, living with parents William, (46, Ordinary Agricultural Labourer born Stradsett) and Louisa, (42, born Ausden, Suffolk) at Stradsett. 7 siblings.

1911 Census, (as Sydney H.): Aged 15, Domestic Servant, living with parents at Stradsett. William, (57) and Louisa (54, born Ousden, Suffolk) have been married 32 years and have had 10 children, of which 9 were then still alive.

 

 

(107) Alfred James Layton, Private 19822

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born and Enlisted Gt.Yarmouth. No place of residence.

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/799755/LAYTON,%20ALFRED%20JAMES

Not on the Gt Yarmouth War Memorial.

Birth: The birth of an Alfred James Layton was recorded in the Yarmouth District in Q4 of 1880.

1881 Census, (Alfred James): Aged 6 months, born Gt.Yarmouth, living with parents Samuel, (28, General Labourer, born Gt. Yarmouth) and Sarah,(27, born Gt.Yarmouth) at 3 Haywards Buildings, St Peter Street, Gt Yarmouth.

1891 Census,(Alfred): Aged 10, living with parents Samuel, (38) and Sarah, (36) at Norman Place, Gt Yarmouth.

1901 Census, (Alfred): Aged 20, Saw Mill Labourer living with parents Samuel, (49) and Sarah, (44) at 8 Norman Lane, Gorleston.

1911 Census, (possible as Alfred Leyton): Aged 31, Married for 5 years, Box Maker, living as a boarder at No.3 Granville Road, South Town, Gt.Yarmouth. No wife or children living with him.

 

While there are two potental marriages for an Alfred Layton recorded on the east side of Norfolk in 1906, neither are Alfred James and further investigation shows them to be completely different individuals. One, an Alfred Edgar Layton most likely married a Louisa Starling and there is indeed a Louisa Layton, married 5 years, who was living with her mother, a Mrs Starling. There remains a possibility that Alfred James was not recorded on the 1911 Census for England and Wales.

 

 

(108) Harry Joseph Leggett, Private 15005

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Little Plumstead, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Aged 26. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Mrs. J. Leggett, of Wood Cottages, Park Farm, Wymondham, Norfolk.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/800135/LEGGETT,%20HARRY%20JOSEPH

Remembered locally on: Wymondham War Memorial.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/2931804316

1891 Census: Aged 1, born Little Plumstead, living with parents Joseph, (40, Farm Labourer, born Salhouse) and Elizabeth, (38, born Ketteringham). 6 siblings.

1901 Census: Aged 11, living with parents at Primrose Common, Woodbastwick.

1911 Census: Aged 21, Stonepit Labourer, living with parents at Wood Cottages, Park Farm, Wymondham. Joseph, (60) and Elizabeth, (58), have been married 28 years and have had 11 children, of which 8 were then still alive.

 

 

(109) Ernest Leman, Private 14597

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born “Killing”, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/800214/LEMAN,%20ERNEST

Remembered locally on: Salthouse War Memorial

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/Salthouse.html

1891 Census: Aged 2, born Kelling, living with parents John, (31, Agricultural Labourer, born Edgefield) and Jane, (30, born Kelling) at The Street, Kelling. 4 siblings.

1901 Census: Aged 12, still living with parents at The Street, Kelling.

1911 Census, (as Earnest):  Aged 23, Stonepit Labourer, living with parents John, (50) and Jane, (49) at Cley Road, Salthouse. The couple have been married 29 years and had had 8 children, all then still alive.

 

 

(110) Douglas Viney Lidington, Private 16335

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Thame, Oxfordshire. Enlisted London. No place of residence.

CWGC: Aged 37. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Richard Lidington, of Thame, Oxon; husband of Gertrude Emilie Lidington, of 4, Adam St., Strand, London.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/800602/LIDINGTON,%20DOUGLAS%20VINEY

Remembered also on: Thame War Memorial, Oxfordshire.

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Oxfordshire/Thame.html

http://www.thameremembers.org/Crosses/private-douglas-viney-lidington/

Baptised: 21st April 1879 St Mary’s Church Thame

Married: 6th March 1902 to Gertrude Emilie Adams.

1881 Census: Aged 2, born Thame, Oxfordshire, living with parents William, (47, Hotel Keeper, born Buckingham, Buckinghamshire) and Joanna, (44, born Clerkenwell, Middlesex) at the Spread Eagle Hotel, Corn Market, Thame, Oxfordshire. 5 siblings.

1891 Census: Aged 12, living with parents at Spread Eagle Hotel, 17 Corn Market, Thame Oxfordshire.

1901 Census: Aged 21, News Agent, living with widowed aunt Elizabeth Steddy, (69, Housekeeper, born Buckingham, Buckinghamshire) at 4+5 Adam Street, St-Martin-in-the Fields, London.

1911 Census, (transcribed as ‘Sidington’): Aged 31, Grocers Warehouseman, recorded as the married head of the household at 4 Adam Street, Strand, London. He lives there with his wife of 9 years, Gertrude, aged 34 and from Kidlington, Oxfordshire. So far the couple have had 5 children, of which 4 were still alive. Three of those were still living at home – Daisy, (7) and Nellie, (5), both born Ulpham (?-tbc), North Wales, and Douglas, (1, born Strand, London).

Post August 1911 it became compulsory when registering a birth in England and Wales to also record the mothers name. A search of the General Registrars Office Indx of births of England and Wales produces no matches for a child registered  with the surname Lidington, mothers maiden name Adams.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (111) Edwin Charles London, Private 15438

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Peckham, Surrey. Enlisted Gt.Yarmouth. No place of residence.

CWGC: Aged 25. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Charles and Martha London, of 32, Stone Rd., Great Yarmouth.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/801223/LONDON,%20EDWIN%20CHARLES

Remembered locally on: Gt Yarmouth War Memorial.

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/GtYarmouth_WW1_L.html

1901 Census: Aged 8, born Peckham, London, recorded living with parents, Cubit.C., (35, Merchant Seaman, born East Ruston) and Martha, (36, born Kessingland, Suffolk) at 4, Providence Place, Gorleston. 4 siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 18, Coopers Apprentice, living with parents at 32 Stone Road, Cobholm, Gt.Yarmouth. Cubit Charles, (45, Fisherman) and Martha, (46), have been married 22 years and have had 9 children, of which 7 were then still alive.

 

 

(112) Charles William Love, Private 18373

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born North Elmham, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Aged 19. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Walter James and Annie Love, of Eastgate St., Elmham, Norfolk.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/801433/LOVE,%20CHARLES%20WILLIAM

Picture: https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/2705681

Remembered locally on: North Elmham Roll of Honour.

http://www.breckland-rollofhonour.org.uk/n_elmham.html

1901 Census, (as Charley): Aged 4, born North Elmham, living with parents Walter J., (34, Bricklayer, born Dereham) and Annie, (31, born South Walsham) at Low Street, North Elmham. 4 siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 14, Grocers Apprentice, still living with parents at Low Street, North Elmham. Walter James, (44) and Annie, (41), have been married 18 years and have had 10 children, of which 9 were then still alive.

 

Eastern Daily Press, Monday October 16th 1916

The news has reached Mr. and Mrs. James Love of North Elmham, that their second son, Private Charles William Love, of the Norfolks, was killed in action on September 15th. The deceased was one of three brothers serving.

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Re (96) Sidney James, Private 25315, can I suggest a possible alternative? Soldiers' Effects gives his father as a "John T". In the 1911 census at Lots Bridge, Three Holes, Nr Upwell, there is a 15 year old Sidney James (a groom on a farm, born Christ Church parish) living with siblings and parents (John Thomas [a farm labourer] and Emma). Unfortunately. I didn't find anything obvious to cross reference to in order to rule it in/out. 

 

 

Thanks Chris for pointing me in that direction - I think :-)

 

Birth

 

The birth of a Sidney James was registered in the Wisbech Registration District in the January to March quarter, (Q1), of 1896.

 

Wisbech District included Upwell Civil Parish and possibly Christchurch although that remains unconfirmed.

http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/genuki/reg/districts/wisbech.html

 

1901 Census

 

Upwell is one of those places that flits between Norfolk and Cambridgeshire depending on who you ask and for what purpose. Even the 1901 Census taker wasn’t sure – he initially headed the sheet up as houses in Cambridgeshire but then amended it to Norfolk !

 

At the time the Civil Parish was split between the two counties.

 

The 5 year old Sidney, born Christchurch Cambridgeshire, ws recorded living in a dwelling at Halfpenny Toll Road, Upwell. This was the household of his parents, John T., (28, Horsekeeper on Farm, born Welney) and Emma, (31, born Welney). As well as Sidney the couple have three other children, all born ‘Lots Bridge’ – Walter , (4), Mary E, (2) and John W, (7 months).

 

1911 Census

 

The family are now recorded at Lots Bridge, Three Holes, Wisbech. Parents John T, (38) and Emma, (41), have been married 17 years and have had 8 children, all then still alive. All 8 were still living at home – Sidney, (15, Groom on Farm), Walter, (14, Work on Farm). Mary E., (12), John W., (10), Emily, (7), Harry, (5), Annie, (3) and Herbert, (2). Apart from Sidney the children are all recorded as born Upwell.

 

On the 1911 and 1912 Norfolk Register of Electors there is a John Thomas James recorded as entitled to vote as the householder of a dwelling house at Lots Bridge, Three Holes, Wisbech in the Parish of Upwell.

1911 Source: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HB7-BWK

1912 Source: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2CM6-WH7

 

On the 1913 Norfolk Register of Electors there is a John Thomas James recorded as entitled to vote as the householder of a dwelling house at Lakesend, Welney in the Parish of Upwell. He had moved there in that year from Lots Bridge.

1913 Source: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2H1R-HTR

1914 Source: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2CMP-KH9

1915 Source: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HTN-7N3

 

Sidney doesn’t appear to be mentioned on either of the memorials in Upwell, Cambridgeshire.

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Cambridgeshire/Upwell.html

http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/3561

Nor is he on the Christchurch War Memorial.

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Cambridgeshire/Christchurch.html

Individuals with a Lots Bridge connection appear to be on both.

Also not on the Welney War Memorial.

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/WelneyMemorial.html

 

There are 187 individuals born circa 1895/1897 whose death is recorded in England and Wales up to 2007 with some variation on Sidney \ Sydney as a first or middle name. There is no obvious Civil Probate for Sidney.

 

I also had a look for father John to see if he had a Civil Probate record just in case a Sidney James was one of the administrators of his estate but drew a blank.

 

Next stop is the County Archive to see if I can track down an entry in the local newspapers.

 

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(113) Thomas Frederick Masters, Serjeant 15496 Military Medal.

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Docking, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence

CWGC: Aged 26. Serre Road Cemetery No.2, one of two bodies recovered from the battlefield and recorded as an unknown British Soldier of the Norfolk Regiment. The concentration report detailing the exhumation and reburial records that one body was believed to be that of Serjeant Masters. From bits of kit recovered from the clothing the other soldier was identified as Private Augustus Bolderstone – see his entry above. Both bodies was recovered in 1929 from map reference Sheet 57c.T.14.d.6.2.

Son of F. T. and Rose E. Masters, of Docking, Norfolk.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/609386/MASTERS,%20THOMAS%20FREDERICK

Remembered locally on: Docking War Memorial.

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/Docking.html

1901 Census: Aged 9, born Docking, living with parents Frederick, (38, Butcher, born Docking) and Rose E, (38, born Blampton, Suffolk) at East End, Docking. 4 siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 19, Butcher, living with parents at Docking. Frederick S, (48) and Rose E, (48), have been married 28 years and have had 11 children of which 9 were then still alive.

 

Eastern Daily Press, September 30th 1916

News has been received of the death in action of Sergeant Tom Masters, second son of Mr Fred Masters, of East End, Docking. Sergeant Masters enlisted in the Norfolks in September 1914, and was killed on September 15th, 1916. A letter from his platoon officer to his parents speaks in the warmest terms of his sterling qualities as a man and a soldier.

 

 

(114) Reginald Mayes, Private 16457

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Hockwold-cum-Wilton, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Guillemont Road Cemetery. One of two marked battlefield burials moved there from Map Reference Sheet Sheet 57c.T.14.d.5.2 in December 1919. The marker identified him as “16748 3/Leinsters” but there is a handwritten note on the concentration report that this is Private Mayes.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/534536/MAYES,%20R

Remembered locally on:Hockwold-cum-Wilton War Memorial.

https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/node/150871

1891 Census: Aged 1, born Wilton, living with parents John, (25, Agricultural Labourer, born Wilton) and Alice, (23, born Methwold) at Church Lane, Hockwold with Wilton.

1901 Census: Aged 11, Yard Boy, living with parents at The Lode, Hockwold-cum-Wilton.

1911 Census: Aged 21, no occupation listed, living with parents at either Wilton Road, Brandon – the address written on the return, or Hockwold, Brandon from the census schedule. Parents John, (45, Gamekeeper) and Alice, (43), have been married 25 years and have had 13 children, of which 10 were then still alive.

 

 

(115) Alfred Meachen, Private 14878

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born St Augustines, Norwich. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Guillemont Road Cemetery. One of ten burials moved there from Map Reference Sheet Sheet 57c.T.14.d.7.1 in December 1919. His grave marker recorded him as “1483 Pte H Maghen, 7th Norfolks”. The others were unknown British Soldiers, an unknown Norfolk Regiment soldier and at least 2 Sherwood Foresters who died between 13th and 16th September 1916.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/534537/MEACHEN,%20A

Remembered locally on: St Luke, Aylsham Road War  Memorial.

In the early 1920’s, the local newspaper, the Eastern Daily Press and Jarrolds Printers collaborated to produce a booklet covering all the names recorded on the Great War Memorials that were being unveiled all over the county. In the church of St Lukes, which is probably closer to Alma Terrace than the church of St Augustines is, they noted the name of A.Meachen.

The church was demolished and replaced in 1989. I’ve seen no mention of a war memorial in connection with the new building and I’ve never been able to gain access – there is always so much going on there with meeting rooms and the like that it seems to always be under lock and key.

1891 Census: Aged 8 months, born Norwich, living with parents John, (37, Shoemaker, born Welborne, Norfolk) and Emma, (31, born Norwich) at 12 Esdelle Street, St Augustines, Norwich. 5 siblings.

1901 Census: Aged 10, Scholar, Living with parents John, (44, Pressman in Boot Trade from Wellborne, no county stated and so the census enumerators have added Lincolnshire, I believe simply because of the spelling) and Emma, (42) at 16 Esdelle Street, St Augustines, Norwich.

1911 Census: Aged 20, Clicker in the Boot Trade, living with parents at 25 Alma Terrace, Norwich. Parents John, (54, Vegtable Hawker born “Welbern”) and Emma, (50, born St Peters, Norwich) have been married 34 years and have had 11 children, of which 9 were then still alive.

 

 

Eastern Daily Press, Monday October 16th 1916

 MEACHEN – September 15, killed in action, Private A. Meachen, aged 25, the fourth dearly beloved son of Mrs. And Mr. J. Meachen, 40, Albany Road, Norwich.

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

 

 

(116) Cecil John Meek, Corporal 13891

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born “Coome Down”, Somerset. Enlisted St Paul’s Churchyard, Middlesex. No place of residence.

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/805813/MEEK,%20CECIL%20JOHN

Not on the Combe Down War Memorial.

http://www.lostancestors.eu/memwar/C/CoombeDown.htm

Possible

Birth: The birth of a Cecil John Meek was registered in the Chelsea District of London in the July to September quarter, (Q3), of 1896.

1901 Census: No trace.

1911 Census, (as Cecil “Jno”): Aged 14, born South Kensington, London, an inmate at what is probably a Reform or Industrial School at Watford, Hertfordshire. The next name on the list is a Victor Frank Meek, aged 13 and born South Kensington.

 

 

(117) Alfred Merton, Private 15932

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Rockland, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/806045/MERTON,%20ALFRED

Remembered locally on: Rockland All Saints War Memorial, (as Murton)

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/RocklandAllSaints.html

Stow Bedon War Memorial

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/StowBedon.html

1891 Census: Aged 3, born Rockland All Saints, Inmate of the Rockland All Saints Work House. The two names above his are Ernest Merton, (12, born Rockland All Saints) and Martha Merton, (35, Single, Domestic Servant, born Breckles).

1901 Census: An Alfred, (13) and Ernest, (21) Merton from Rockland were recorded as Step-sons living at Croxton Road, Thetford. Ernest was a Labourer in Chemical Works. Their step-father was a George Barrett, (47, Teamman Chemical Works from Shropham). Mother was Martha Barrett, (47, born Breckles). George has 4 children, probably all from a previous marriage given the childrens ages.

1911 Census, (as Alfred Barrett): Aged 23, Farm Labourer, living with widowed mother Martha Barrett at Fen Street, Rockland All Saints. Martha, (58, born Breckles) states she was married 21 years and had 5 children, all then still alive. As well as Alfred she has two other children that she states to be her own and a Grand-child living with her.

 

 

(118) George Henry William Mooney, Private 16005

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Westminster, Middlesex. Enlisted St Paul’s Churchyard, Middlesex. No place of residence.

CWGC: Aged 23. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Harriett Mooney, of 15, "R" Block, Peabody Avenue, Ebury Bridge, Pimlico, London, and the late George Frederick Mooney.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1545370/MOONEY,%20GEORGE%20HENRY%20WILLIAM

1901 Census: Aged 8, born Westminster, living with parents George, (37, Bottle Dealer, born Westminster) and Harriet, (35, born Westminster) in part of 21 Romney Street, Westminster, London. 4 siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 18, Receiving Clerk at an Oil & Colour Merchant, living with parents at 1M, Peabody Avenue, Ebury Bridge, S.W.London. George, (47) and Harriett, (44), have been married 27 years and have had 7 children, of which 6 were then still alive.

 

 

(119) John James Moore, Private 22606

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Ditchingham, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1545495/MOORE,%20JOHN%20JAMES

Picture: https://norfolk.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/FULL/PICNOR/BIBENQ/15278683/2215175,6?FMT=IMG&IMGNUM=1

Accompanying notes: Private Moore was born at Thwaite St. Mary on 9th February 1894. He was educated at Toft Monks School. On 20th January 1916 he enlisted, and was killed in action at The Somme on 15th September 1916.

Remembered locally on: Toft Monks War Memorial.

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2603484

1901 Census, (transcribed as ‘Johin J.’). Aged 7, born Thwaite St Mary. Living with parents James, (37, Teamman on Farm, born Monewden, Suffolk) and Elizabeth, (34, born Monewden, Suffolk) at Toft Monks. 5 siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 17, Agricultural Labourer born Thwaite St Mary and living with parents James, (47, Agricultural Labourer \ Farm Steward, born Monewden, Suffolk) and Elizabeth, (44, born Monewden, Suffolk at Toft Monks. The couple have been married 25 years and have had 10 children, of which 9 were then still alive.

 

 

(120) Hugh Johnson Morter, Private 25264

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Hoveton St John, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Aged 27. Thiepval Memorial. Son of William and Emily Morter, husband of Blanche Mary Morter, of Hoveton St. Peter, Norwich.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1546056/MORTER,%20HUGH%20JOHNSON

Remembered locally at: Hoveton St John Roll of Honour.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/24708209781

Birth Registered: Smallburgh Civil District Q3 1889

1891 Census: Aged 1, living at Upper Street, Hoveton St John. Parents William, (34, Innkeeper and Horse Collar Maker born Neatishead) and Emily, (32, born Hoveton St John). 3 siblings.

1901 Census: Aged 11, still at Upper Street. 4 siblings.

1911 Census: No match for Hugh in England and Wales. Parents living at Hoveton St John. They have been married 30 years and have had 5 children  - all then still alive and all moved out.

 

 

(121) James Moy, Private 14905

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Kings Lynn, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial. Brother of Horace Moy, of 36, Exton Rd., King's Lynn, Norfolk.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1546333/MOY,%20JAMES

Remembered locally on: Kings Lynn War memorial.

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/KingsLynn.html

1881 Census: Aged 7, (Horace was aged 3), born Lynn, living with parents at James, (31, Fishmongers Labourer, born Lynn) and Sarah, (37, born Lincoln ? – tbc). 2 other siblings.

1891 Census, (as James W.): Aged 18, Grocers Assistant, living with parents James, (41) and Sarah, (45, born Brantbroughton, Lincolnshire) at 14, Garden Road, St Margaret,Kings Lynn.

Horace H., aged 13 and still at school, was living with them.

1901 Census: Aged 27, Dock Labourer, single, living with widowed mother Sarah, (aged 56 and a Laundress from Brant Broughton, Lincolnshire), at Garden Row, St Margaret, Kings Lynn.

1911 Census: Aged 41, Single, Bricklayers Labourer living with widowed mother “S.J.”, (66, Laundress born Brant Broughton) and brother Horace, (36, Single Bricklayer  Labourer) at Garden Row, Highgate, Kings Lynn.                                                                                                                                                   

 

 

(122) Charles Samuel Nash, Private 15522

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Hempnall, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1546994/NASH,%20CHARLES%20SAMUEL

Remembered locally on Hempnall War Memorial.

https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/node/177771

1901 Census: Aged 7, born Hempnall, recorded living with parents John, (48, Agricultural Labourer, born Hempnall) and Ellen, (41, born Hempnall), at Great Green, Hempnall. 5 siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 16, Cowman on Farm, living in the household of his employer, Robert Dalton, at Oak Tree, Southery, Downham.

His mother, the 51 year old widow Ellen Nash, was recorded as head of the household at Spring Lane, Hempnall. She states she was married 27 years and has had 14 children of which 9 were then still alive.

 

 

(123) Cecil Newton, Lance Corporal 14202

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Great Cressingham, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1547487/NEWTON,%20CECIL

Remembered locally on: Great Cressingham War Memorial.

http://www.gravestonephotos.com/public/gravedetails.php?grave=562919&scrwidth=1200

http://www.breckland-rollofhonour.org.uk/gt_cress.html

1891 Census: Aged 5, born Great Cessingham, living at Principal Street, Great Cressingham with parents, ‘Fred R., (32, Carter, born Great Cressingham) and Caroline, (33, born Great Gressingham). 2 siblings.

1901 Census: Aged 15, Agricultural Labourer, living with parents at Street, Great Cressingham. Father Frederick, (42), is now a shopkeeper.

1911 Census: Aged 25, Single, Labourer, living with parents at Great Cressingham. Father Fredrick, (51, Higgler) and mother Caroline, (52, assisting in husbands business) have been married 32 years and have had 7 children, of which 5 were then still alive.

(A Higgler was another word for a Pedlar, one who usually took goods as well as cash in exchange for his wares).

 

 

(124) Frederick Nunn, Private 14488

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Roudham, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Aged 20. Guillemont Road Cemetery. One of eight battlefield burials moved there from Map Reference Sheet Sheet 57c.T.14.d.7.2 in December 1919. His grave marker recorded him as “Unknown British Soldier”. The reason for the subsequent identification as Frederick is not given on the Concentration Report.

Son of Alfred Nunn, of Overa, Eccles, Attleborough, Norfolk.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/534575/NUNN,%20F

Remembered locally on: Eccles War memorial

http://www.breckland-rollofhonour.org.uk/eccles.html

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/Eccles.html

1901 Census: Aged 5, born Roudham, living with parents Albert, (31, Ordinary Agricultural Labourer, born East Harling) and Elizabeth, (31, born Bridgham) at a dwelling “Near Hall”, Roudham. 4 siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 15, No occupation listed, living with parents at Overa, Eccles. Alfred, (41) and Elizabeth, (41) have been married 20 years and have had 9 children, all then still alive.

 

 

(125) John Edward Osborne, Private 15045

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Helhoughton, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Aged 22.Thiepval Memorial. Son of James and Sylvia Osborne, of Harpley, Norfolk.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/807485/OSBORNE,%20JOHN%20EDWARD

Remembered locally on: Harpley War Memorial as 8th Norfolks.

http://www.waymarking.com/gallery/image.aspx?f=1&guid=8a31753b-f6e9-4c3c-9048-d5fefe5f7979

East Harling War Memorial.

http://www.breckland-rollofhonour.org.uk/e_harling.html

The birth of a John Edward Osborne was recorded in the Walsingham District of Norfolk in the April to June quarter, (Q2) of 1893, (which doesn’t quite tie up with him being 22 in September 1916).

1901 Census: No trace.

1911 Census: Aged 17, Labourer, born West Raynham, living with parents James, (39, Shepherd, born Titchwell) and Sylvia, (38, born Islington, London) at Upgate Street, Harpley, Kings Lynn. The couple have been married 18 years and have had 5 children, all then still alive.

(West Raynham is the village next to Helhoughton on the south side.)

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(126) James Palmer, Private 22127

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Pockthorpe, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/807953/PALMER,%20JAMES

Remembered Locally on: (Possibly), St Pauls, Norwich.

The church received some Blitz damage during WW2, but more existence threatening was the post-war civic redevelopment and slum clearance plans that did so much to blight the city. Where the church stood is now partially fly-over and partially small park. The whereabouts of the Great War Memorial seems to be unknown.

The book jointly produced by the Eastern Daily Press and Jarrolds the Printers certainly lists a James Palmer as being included on the memorial in the church at that time.

Possible –

1901 Census: Aged 2, born Norwich, living with parents James, (25, Labourer in Gravel Pit, born Norwich) and Julia, (25, born Norwich), at 115 Barrack Street, Pockthorpe, Norwich.

1911 Census: Aged 12, at School, living with parents James, (36) and Julia, (35) at 54 Barrack Street, Norwich. This would still have been in the District of Pockthorpe.

(Note – I’ve not been able to track the father back but it could also have been him that was the soldier who died).

 

 

(127) Walter Howard Peake, Private 15576

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Carleton Rode, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Aged 21.Thiepval Memorial. Son of William and Eva Peake, of Glebe Farm, Roydon, Diss, Norfolk.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/808893/PEAKE,%20WALTER%20HOWARD

Remembered locally on: Tibenham War Memorial.

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4485730

1901 Census: Aged 5, born Tibenham, recorded living with parents, William, (39, Teamster on Farm born Diss) and Eva, (39, born Yaxley, Suffolk) at Prince of Wales Road, Bunwell. 2 siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 15, born Tibenham, ‘Help Yardman on Farm’, living with parents William, (49) and Eva, (49) at Near Turnpike, Tibenham, Carleton Rode, Norfolk. The couple have been married 25 years and have had 7 children, of which 5 were then still alive.

 

 

(128) William Frederick Peeling, Private 19323

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Methwold, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/809159/PEELING,%20WILLIAM%20FREDERICK

Remembered locally on: Methwold War Memorial.

http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/names/listing/19663?items_per_page=10&page=2

1901 Census, (as Frederick Wm): Aged 4, born Great Dunham, recorded living with parents Frederick Wm, (25, Traction Engine Driver on Farm, born Stanfield) and Georgianna, (28, born Great Massingham) at Hythe Road, Methwold. 3 siblings.

1911 Census: (as William): Aged 14, Farm Labourer, living with parents at Hythe Road, Methwold. Frederick, (36) and Georgianna, (38) have been married 17 years and have had 5 children of which 4 were then still alive.

 

Eastern Daily Press, Thursday October 19th 1916

Official Intimation has been received by Mr. and Mrs. F.Peeling, Hythe Road, Methwold, that their elder son, Private William Peeling (Norfolks), has been killed in action.

 

 

(129) Harry Percival Pett, Lance Corporal 15398 “B” Company

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born “Shotisham”, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Aged 24.Thiepval Memorial. Son of Charles Percival and Lucy Jane Pett, of Shotesham St. Mary, Norwich.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1547942/PETT,%20HARRY%20PERCIVAL

Remembered locally on: Shotesham War Memorial.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/15625794445

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/15484479996

1901 Census, (as Percival): Aged 8, born Shotesham, living with parents Charles, (38, Domestic Groom, born Dickleburgh) and Lucy, (35, born Hapton) at “Dog Kennels”, Shotesham St Mary. 6 siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 18, single, Labourer on Farm, living with parents Charles, (48, Domestic Groom born “Dicklebrough”) and Lucy Jane, (45, born Hapton), at Shotesham St Mary. The couple have been married 24 years and have had 9 children, all of which were then still alive.

 

 

(130) William Pidgeon, Private 14693

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Wacton, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1548266/PIDGEON,%20WILLIAM

Remembered locally on: Tharston Roll of Honour.

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/Tharston.html

1901 Census: Aged 10, born Tharston, living with parents Charles, (aged 37, Bricklayer, born Wacton) and Jane, (33, born Stratton St M.) at Tharston Street, Tharston. 5 siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 20, single, a Bricklayers Labourer who was recorded as the head of the household at Highfield Cottages, Tharston. Living with him is his 15 year old brother Jack, a Farm Labourer.

 

 

(131) William Isaac Pinner, Private 19260

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born “Larlingford”, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Aged 31.Thiepval Memorial. Son of James and Lucy Pinner, of Little Snoring Fakenham, Norfolk; husband of Laura Pinner of Kenninghall Rd. East Harling, Norwich.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1548416/PINNER,%20WILLIAM%20ISAAC

Remembered locally on: East Harling War Memorial.

http://www.breckland-rollofhonour.org.uk/e_harling.html

1891 Census, (transcribed as William J): Aged 6, born Larling, living with parents James, (32, Agricultural Labourer born Larling) and Lucy, (28, born Feltwell, Suffolk) at Stone Cottage, Low Road, Larling. 2 siblings.

1901 Census, (transcribed as William T): Aged 15, Ordinary Agricultural Labourer living with parents at Hockham Road, Larling.

1911 Census, (as William): Aged 24, Maltsters Labourer, boarding in the household of a George and Susan Nobbs at Harling Road Station, Roudham, Thetford.

His parents James, (52) and Lucy, (50) were recorded at a dwelling “Near Chapel”, Larling. They have been married 27 years and have had 6 children, all then still alive.

 

 

(132) Benjamin Povey, Serjeant 15904, Military Medal.

SDGW: (13904). Killed in Action. Born Newbury, Berkshire. Enlisted Hammersmith, Middlesex. No place of residence.

CWGC: Aged 30.Thiepval Memorial. Son of James and Hannah Povey, of 23, Park Lane, Newbury, Berks.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1549004/POVEY,%20BENJAMIN

1891 Census: Aged 5, born Newbury, Berkshire and living with parents, James, (34, Bricklayer born Sheen, Berkshire) and Hannah, (27, born “Whittlesea”, Cambridgeshire at 3 Kennet Place, Speenhamland, Newbury, Berkshire. 4 siblings.

1901 Census: Aged 15, Grocers Porter, living with widowed mother, Hannah, (37, Charwoman) at Kennet Place, (South View), Newbury. 6 siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 25, single, Male Nurse in a Lunatic Asylum at The Priory, Roehampton, Wandsworth, London.

A website dedicated to the Newbury War Memorial has details of a brother, William Robert Povey, who died earlier in 1916 with serving with the 6th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment. It does reference brother Benjamin also being remembered on the main Newbury memorial, but the link provided to the relevant webpage is broken.

http://westberkshirewarmemorials.org.uk/texts/stories/WBP01185S.php

The relevant part of the panel on the Thiepval Memorial can be seen here:

http://westberkshirewarmemorials.org.uk/grave.php?gpic=1024

He is also remembered on the Speenhamland Shrine in St Nicholas Church, Newbury.

http://westberkshirewarmemorials.org.uk/memorial.php?link=WB088

He was also apparently remembered on the memorial at St Mary’s School, Speenhamland but this is now lost.

http://westberkshirewarmemorials.org.uk/memorial.php?link=WB313

 

 

(133) Bertie Alfred Preston, Private 19657

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Bale,Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Aged 30. Guillemont Road Cemetery. One of four battlefield burials moved there from Map Reference Sheet Sheet 57c.T.14.d.5.3 at an unknown date. His grave marker recorded him as “Pte B.A.Preston, Yorks”. The only other one of the four found with a Grave Marker was “15488 Pte W M Bale, Norfolk Regiment”. The two others were recorded as Unknown British Soldiers although one from his Shoulder numbers was identified as belong to the Norfolk Regiment.

 

Nearby at 57c.T.14.d.5.4 were 6 more marked graves, all Unknown Britsh Soldiers. On exhumation one was found to be a Second Lieutenant. This could potentially be a candidate for one of the Norfolk Officers who was Missing and is now recorded on the Thiepval Memorial. He was reburied in Grave IV.C.10.

 

Bertie Preston was the son of Alfred and Susan Preston, of Bale, Melton Constable, Norfolk.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/534611/PRESTON,%20B%20A

Remembered locally on: Bale War Memorial

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4583592

1891 Census: Aged 4, born Bale, living with parents Alfred, (39, Agricultural Labourer, born Bale) and Sarah, (38, born Bale) at Clip Street, Bale. 6 siblings.

1901 Census: Aged 14, Labourer on farm, living with parents at “Cottages on Rd leading from Field Dalling to Sharrington”. Parents are Alfred, (49, Teamman on Farm) and Susan, (48, born Bale).

1911 Census: Aged 24, Labourer, living with parents at Sharrington Road, Bale. Alfred, (59) and Susan, (58) have been married 36 years and have had 9 children, of which 7 were then still alive.

 

 

(134) Ernest Robert Burton Pye, Private 15019

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Southrepps, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1549841/PYE,%20ERNEST%20ROBERT%20BURTON

Remembered locally on: Southrepps War Memorial and Roll of Honour.

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/Southrepps.html

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/12875826824/in/album-72157641965632385/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/12841448723/in/album-72157641965632385/

Born: 20th February 1897

Baptised: 25th April 1897 at St James, Southrepps as Burton-Pye.

1901 Census: Aged 4, born Southrepps, living at Lower Street, Southrepps. Father Francis, aged 40 and a Bricklayer, born Southrepps, was a widower.

1911 Census: Aged 14, “Earnest” Robert Burton-Pye, born Southrepps, working as a Farm Labourer, was living at a dwelling in Gimingham with an aunt and uncle.

 

 

(135) Walter Quantrill, Private 40025

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born New Catton,Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Aged 19. Guillemont Road Cemetery. Recovered from the battlefield from Map Reference Sheet Sheet 57c.T.14.d.7.3 in December 1919. His original grave marker recorded him as “40025 Pte Quantris, Norfolk Regiment”.

 

Son of Mrs. Caroline Quantrill, of 77A, Millers Lane, New Catton, Norwich.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/534623/QUANTRILL,%20W

Remembered locally on: War Memorial, Christchurch, New Catton, Norwich.

(I have taken pictures but not done a write up as yet)

1901 Census: Aged 3, born Norwich, living with parents Thomas, (39, Malster, born Norwich) and Caroline, (31, born Norwich) at 98 Angel Road, Norwich. 6 siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 13, still at school, living at 77a Millers Lane, Norwich. Parents Thomas, (46, a Maltster at Bullards Brewery, born Old Catton) and Caroline, (42, born Wooten), have been married 21 years and have had 11 children, all then still alive. This was the first census return completed by the household and so there is a declaration box to complete as to the accurateness of the information. This looks to have been signed Donald Thomas Quantrell.

 

(136) Frank Raines, Private 15495

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Sedgeford, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1550063/RAINES,%20FRANK

Remembered locally on: Sedgeford War Memorial

https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/community/1062

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/Sedgeford.html

Stanhoe War Memorial

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/Stanhoe.html

1901 Census: Aged 10, born Sedgeford, living with parents John, (57, Teamster on Farm, born Sedgeford) and Ellen, (53, born Walsingham) at Docking Road, Sedgeford. 5 siblings.

1911 Census: Aged 19, Farm Labourer, living with parents at Docking Road, Sedgeford.  John, (68) and Ellen, (63, born Dersingham), have been married 43 years and have had 15 children of which 10 were then still alive.

 

Eastern Daily Press, Friday October 20th 1916

 

Local Men in the Casualty Lists

 

News has been received in the same way by Mrs. John Raines that her son, Private Frank Raines, Norfolks, has been killed in action. Raines joined up in October, 1914. He had been in hospital suffering from gas poisoning.

 

 

(137) Herbert Leonard Ramm, Private 19659

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Bale, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1550108/RAMM,%20HERBERT%20LEONARD

Remembered locally on: Bale War Memorial, (as Leonard Ramm).

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4583592

There is no obvious match from the Birth Records and there are potentially 3 Herbert Ramms on the 1911 Census, born Bale and without a middle name shown. As they were aged 39, 35 and 16 they could all have been potentially serving in the Army. There was also 1 Leonard, (aged 12) and 1 Lenard, (aged 14) – both born Bale.

 

 

(138) Walter Frederick Read, Private 40026

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Fakenham,Norfolk. Enlisted Swaffham, Norfolk. No place of residence.

CWGC: Aged 18. Guillemont Road Cemetery. Son of Walter Edward and Harriett Read, of Island Cottages, Westacre Rd., Swaffham, Norfolk. Native of West Raynham, Fakenham, Norfolk.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/534629/READ,%20W%20F

The cemetery was begun by fighting units (mainly of the Guards Division) and field ambulances after the Battle of Guillemont (3rd September 1916), and was closed in March 1917, when it contained 121 burials.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-a-cemetery/cemetery/59600/GUILLEMONT%20ROAD%20CEMETERY,%20GUILLEMONT

(As Walter is in Grave V.1.4 its likely his body was brought in from the battlefield but as of the start of September 2016 there is no Concentration Report attached to his name on the CWGC site).

Remembered locally on: Swaffham War Memorial

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/Swaffham.html

1901 Census, (as Walter Fready): Aged 3, born Raynham, living with parents Walter Edward, (33, Teamster on Farm born Raynham) and Harriett, (28 born Swanton Morley) at Castleacre Road, Great Dunham. 2 siblings.

1911 Census, (as Fredrick Walter): Aged 13, born West Raynham, still at school, living with parents at Newton by Castleacre. Walter Edward, (40) and Harriet,(35), have been married 16 years and have had 4 children, all then still alive.

 

 

(139) Albert Edward Reece, Serjeant 14409

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Cardiff, Glamorgan. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Aged 28.Thiepval Memorial. Son of Mrs. S. C. Reece, of 5, Maitland St., Gabalfa, Cardiff.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1550580/REECE,%20ALBERT%20EDWARD

No obvious census match.

 

 

(140) Robert Reeve, Private 15426

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Old Buckenham, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1550716/REEVE,%20ROBERT

1901 Census: Aged 5, born Old Buckenham, recorded living with parents, Robert, (51, Agricultural Labourer, born Hethersett) and Sarah, (49, born Hethersett) at No.9. Deopham Road, Morley St Botolph.

1911 Census: Aged 15, Farm Labourer, living with parents at The Street, Gillingham, (Norfolk). Robert, (61) and Sarah, (58), have been married 31 years and have had 10 children, of which 8 were then still alive.

(1912 & 1913 Electoral Register has father Robert as the head of a household “Near Swan”.

1912 Source: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HB4-4R5

1913 Source: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2CMX-NKF

He then seems to disappear from the Electoral records for Norfolk.

Private Robert Reeve is not on the Gillingham War Memorial.

 

 

(141) Harry Rowell, Private 15467

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Tydd, Cambridgeshire. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Thiepval Memorial.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/810320/ROWELL,%20HARRY

Remembered on: Foul Anchor War Memorial, Cambridgeshire.

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Cambridgeshire/Foulanchor.html

1901 Census: No trace

1911 Census: Aged 16, born (Nr or W) Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, Labourer, living with his married father Harry, (49, Labourer born Newton, Cambridgeshire) at Foul Achor, Tydd, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. His mother isn’t living with them and his father has left blank the box about how many years he has been married. The father does however state that he has had 8 children of which 7 were then still alive. As well as son Harry there are three younger child in the household, aged between 14 and 9 and all born “Tid St Giles”, Cambridgeshire.

 

 

(142) Frederick Rush, Lance Corporal 15445

SDGW: Killed in Action. Born Harkstead, Suffolk. Enlisted Norwich. No place of residence.

CWGC: Guillemont Road Cemetery – Special Memorial.

One of ten burials moved there from Map Reference Sheet Sheet 57c.T.14.d.7.1 in December 1919. There is nothing on the Concentration Document attached to his record to indicate why one of the bodies has subsequently been identified as Frederick.  The others were unknown British Soldiers, an unknown Norfolk Regiment soldier and at least 2 Sherwood Foresters who died between 13th and 16th September 1916.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/534661/RUSH,%20F

1891 Census: Aged 5 months, born Harkstead, living with parents Arthur, (29, Domestic Gardener, born Harkstead, Suffolk) and Jane, (25, born Chelmondiston, Suffolk) at Harkstead.  2 siblings.

1901 Census: Aged 10, living with parents at Ballygate Street, Beccles.

1911 Census: Aged 20, Gardener, boarding with an Eldon Gunton at Raveningham. They are both recorded as Servant Gardeners so may be even be living in Servants quarters in the grounds of their employer.

His parents were recorded living at 42 St George Street, Beccles. Father Arthur Robert, (49, Jobbing Gardener) and Jane, (44) have been married 24 years and have had 8 children, all then still alive.

A book was published after the war listing the war service of all the men from Beccles.

Fredericks home address is given as Ravensmeer Cottage and he enlisted in 1914.

http://www.foxearth.org.uk/BecclesMen/list.htm#R

 

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Hi PRC,

 

Re (126) James Palmer, Private 22127

13 hours ago, PRC said:

(Note – I’ve not been able to track the father back but it could also have been him that was the soldier who died).

 

Soldier's Effects shows that James the father of James was still alive in November 1919, as the war gratuity payment was made to him

 

Re (137) Herbert Leonard Ramm, Private 19659

It may help to narrow down the options, Soldiers' Effects shows that the father of Herbert was also called Herbert, and that he was still alive in October 1919

 

Re (139) Albert Edward Reece, Serjeant 14409

Soldiers' Effects shows that his mother was a Susannah C. Still alive in October 1919

 

Regards

Chris

 

 

 

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On 18 September 2016 at 21:17, clk said:

Hi PRC,

 

Excellent piece of work that you are undertaking.

 

Re (96) Sidney James, Private 25315, can I suggest a possible alternative? Soldiers' Effects gives his father as a "John T". In the 1911 census at Lots Bridge, Three Holes, Nr Upwell, there is a 15 year old Sidney James (a groom on a farm, born Christ Church parish) living with siblings and parents (John Thomas [a farm labourer] and Emma). Unfortunately. I didn't find anything obvious to cross reference to in order to rule it in/out. 

 

Regards

Chris

Hello PRC 

                 Chris is possible on the right track with this one, as there is a place by the name of Christchurch just to the south of Three Holes, its now listed as in Cambridgeshire but is very close to the Norfolk border and could very well have been part of Norfolk in the past, you may well have already sorted this one if so good luck 

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I have a photo of William Dewing (as above)

 

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and the contact details for John Fox (as above) who is a gg neice (?) and could add a bit more

 

His brother Herbert was killed six weeks earlier in submarine E25 when it was sunk of the Dutch coast

 

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