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World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Lynda Smith - 2004

Baconsthorpe is situated east of Holt in North Norfolk. Within the parish church of St Mary the Virgin are tablets listing those who gave their lives in World War 1 anf World War 2. The World War 1 memorial is in the form of a rectangular tablet with a moulded border; a sword with twinning runs down the centre of the tablet between the names. The 10 names for World War 1 listed here have been sorted into alphabetical order. The World War 2 memorial is a rectangular heaed tblet with the incription in black lettering; there are two names listed. There is also a Roll of Honour which takes the form of a wooden board with a painted shield at the top, centre, with the names of those who died marked with a gold star.

Photographs Copyright © Lynda Smith - 2004

To the Honoured Memory of
the Men from this Parish who
gave their lives for their Country
in the War 1914 – 1919.

BARNES William [Joshua]

*** Cannot find a military record for this man ***

In the 1901 census William Barnes was aged 8, born Wickmere, Norfolk, son of Matthew and Martha Barnes, resident School Lane, Baconsthorpe, Felbrigg, Erpingham, Norfolk. In the 1911 census he was aged 18, born Wickmere, Norfolk, a Farm Labourer, son of Matthew and Martha Elizabeth Barnes, resident Bayfield Breeks Holt, Bayfield, Norfolk.

CLETHEROE [Arthur William] Richard
Private 240202, 1st/5th Battalion (Territorial Force), Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 19th April 1917. Aged 21. Born Bodham, Holt, Norfolk, enlisted Sheringham, Norfolk. Baptised 24 May 1896 in Bodham, Norfolk. Son of Arthur Edward and Alice Ann Cletheroe, of Baconsthorpe Hall, Norfolk. Buried in Gaza War Cemetery, Israel and Palestine (including Gaza). Plot XXIII. Row C. Grave 2.
COOPER George [Robert]
Gunner 82889, "A" Siege Depot, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died from disease, Pulminonary Tuberculosis, in Shornecliff Military Hospital on 22nd March 1917, admitted 2nd February 1917, military report states he had probably suffered with this for 2 or 3 years prior to his death. Aged 25. Born 16th May 1891 and baptised 27th May 1891 in Baconsthorpe. Son of James West and Phyllis Harriet Cooper, of Baconsthorpe, Norfolk. In the 1901 census he was aged 9, born Baconsthorpe, resident with his parents, James and Phyllis Cooper, in the Street, Baconsthorpe, Felbrigg, Erpingham, Norfolk. Enlisted 18 May 1916, aged 25 years, unmarried, resident Baconsthorpe. Dicharged as being no longer phycially fit for war service on medical grounds Para. 392 (xvi) King's Regulation. (Sickness) 4th March 1917, had never served overseas, issued a Silver badge 2nd March 1917, badge number 140931, aged 25 years 10 months, height 5 feet 10½ inches, weight 158lbs, chest 38 inches, fair complexion, grey eyes, black hair, trade Teamman and Stock Feeder, intended place of residence Jolly farmers' Inn, Baconsthorpe, Norfolk. Buried in at Baconsthorpe St Mary Churchyard, Norfolk.
DEW Frederick Benjamin
Private 13993, 2nd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in Mesopotamia on 26th March 1916. Aged 23. Born Baconsthorpe. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Mr. B. Dew, of Baconsthorpe, Norfolk; husband of Brenda M. Dew, of Hingham, Norwich. No known grave. Commemorated on Basra Memorial, Iraq. Panel 10.
DEW Horace E.
Corporal 12576, 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds in France & Flanders on 30th May 1916. Born Baconsthorpe. Enlisted Norwich. Buried in Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row F. Grave 45.
JARVIS William Thomas
Private 19515, 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds in France & Flanders on 20th September 1917. Aged 20. Son of Alfred and Ann Jarvis, of Baconsthorpe, Holt, Norfolk. Buried in Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, Pas de Calais, France. Plot. V. Row B. Grave 6.
JERMY Robert
Rifleman 392969. 9th Battalion London Regiment (Queen Victoria's Rifles). Killed in action in France & Flanders on 4th July 1918. Born Blofield. Lived Baconsthorpe. Enlisted Norwich. Buried in Bavelincourt Communal Cemetery, Somme, France. Row C. Grave 10.
Probably: Frederick John Knowles. Private 18830, 2nd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds in Mesopotamia on 22nd April 1916. Born Hanworth, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. Buried in Amara War Cemetery, Iraq. Plot XXII. Row D. Grave 13.
SMITH Henry John
Private T.F. 203340, 2nd Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's OWn (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action in France & Flanders on 1st August 1917. Born Baconsthorpe. Enlisted Norwich. No known grave. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 49 and 51.

THURSBY (Earl Francis) Frank
Private 21246, 2nd Battalion, Border Regiment. Formerly 19397, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 4th October 1917. Aged 21. Son of Mrs. E. M. Thursby, of Lower Gresham, Norwich. No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 85 to 86.

Their Name Liveth For Evermore.

1939 – 1945
In Honoured Memory of

GROUT Geoffrey Donald
Ordinary Seaman C/JX 186994, H.M.S. Forfar, Royal Navy. Died on 2nd December 1940. Aged 21. Son of Frederick H. and Maud E. Grout, of Holt, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Panel 36, Column 2.

Special note: HMS Forfar started her life as the passenger ship Montrose of Canadian Pacific Steamship Ltd. In 1939 she was requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to an Armed Merchant Cruiser. On 2nd December 1940 she had just left convoy HX-90 bound for OB-251 in the Atlantic when she was torpedoed and sunk by U-99. All but 21 of her complement perished.

SMITH Leslie Frederick
Corporal 5775036, 1st Battalion, Durham Light Infatry. Died 30th November 1944. Son of Sidney A. and Hilda M. Smith, of Baconsthorpe, Norfolk. Buried in FORLI WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot V. Row D. Grave 19.

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