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World War 1 - Detailed Information
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Transcribed by David Rudram; Researched by Lynda Smith - 2003

Bacton is situated on the North Norfolk Coast.
The War Memorial is a stone cross in the Churchyard. It gives full name, and ranks of Officers.

1914 – 1918



Probably: Henry John Allison. Private G/20235. 6th Battalion,, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action Monday 9 April 1917. Born Trunch. Lived Eaton. Enlisted Norwich. Commemorated: ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 2.



Possibly: Jack Clixby Barnes. Lieutenant. Plymouth Battalion, R.N. Div, Royal Marines. Died Tuesday 11 May 1915. Commemorated: HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 1 and 2.



Private 1366. 10th Battalion,, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died Thursday 1 June 1916. Age 31. Born and lived Bacton-on-Sea. Enlisted Grimsby. Son of James and Sarah Ann Bean, of Bacton-on-Sea, Norfolk. Buried: LONDON CEMETERY AND EXTENSION, LONGUEVAL, Somme, France. Ref. 1.K.14.


Harold Stanley Frederick

[Spelt COSENS on CWGC and SDGW] Lieutenant. 1st Battalion,, East Yorkshire Regiment. Killed in action Tuesday 27 October 1914. Age 25. Son of Mr. F. G. Cosens, of Kensington, London. Commemorated: RATION FARM MILITARY CEMETERY, LA CHAPELLE-D'ARMENTIERES, Nord, France. Special Memorial at the back of.VI. L, left of entrance.

From Andy Pay's research into the Marquis de Ruvigny' s Roll of Honour the following:

Volume 1 Part 1, Page 95. COSENS, Harold Stanley Frederick. Lieutenant, 1st Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment.

Only son of Frederick George Cosens of Bacton cou Norfolk and 7 observatory gardens, Kensington W, by his wife Fanny Louisa Elizabeth dau of Thomas Henry Ambrose of Copford, Essex and Manchester Square London. Born Kensington 2-12-1889, educated St Pauls school and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. Gazetted to the East Yorkshire Regiment 18-9-1909 and promoted to Lieut 28-2-1912.

He was killed in action at Neuve Chapelle 28-10-1914. Major m Boyle wrote "He was my subaltern and I never want a better, always cheery and ready for any work that came in his way, and to take on any hard job, even when out of his turn, as so often happened when I wanted a man I could trust to do any difficult or jumpy piece of work. I could not want for a nicer , more cheery and hard working officer to soldier with ....... The exact circumstances are these. He had led his men to retake some trenches from the Germans and had carried out his work successfully, and was actually in the trench, doing a kindly act to one of the enemy, who wanted to surrender, when a sniper shot him from another direction. It is extremely painful to write thus, as it was sheer bad luck!. My company are very cut up indeed. He died a gallant gentleman."

He was very keen on the boy scout movement and the vicar of St Agathas (the Rev Everard Digby) records in St Agathas Messenger for Dec 1911 "the year before last he gave up every evening of his two months leave to go down to different troops in East London to teach our scouts signalling. To give up every evening, to forego such luxuries as dining out, theatres etc for the whole of his furlough, involved no little self sacrifice. but he never missed once, and he was so thoroughly good tempered and patient that even the stupidest boys managed to learn a good deal from him.The fruit of all is seen in the number of our lads serving with the colours today. Several of the fellows he taught are now Army or Navy signallers, and one or two are wearing the stripes of an n.c.o. as a result of his self scrificing labours. One thing was certain, whether they picked up more quickly or not, every boy scout he taught was a better chap for knowing him."

Lieut Cosens had been on several occasions employed with the mounted infantry and had passed with distinction throught the schools of signalling and musketry.



No further information available at present.


Edward Hamilton

Private M2/156221. 905th M.T. Coy., Army Service Corps. Died at sea Friday 4 May 1917. Born Tunbridge Wells. Lived Bacton-on-Sea. Enlisted Norwich. Commemorated: SAVONA MEMORIAL, Italy.


Marshall Fred

Private 15156. 9th Battalion,, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Friday 15 September 1916. Born Bacton. Enlisted Norwich. Buried: GUILLEMONT ROAD CEMETERY, GUILLEMONT, Somme, France. Ref. V. N. 6.


Cyril Robert

Probably: Cyril Robert Leathers. Serjeant 15077. 9th Battalion,, Norfolk Regiment. Died at sea Wednesday 17 November 1915. Born Gissing. Enlisted Norwich. Commemorated: HOLLYBROOK MEMORIAL, SOUTHAMPTON, Hampshire, United Kingdom.


Arthur Paston

Lieutenant Colonel. 9th Battalion,, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action Friday 15 September 1916. Age 53. Son of John Mack, of Paston, Norwich; husband of Laura Mack, of Manor House, Bacton, Norwich. Buried: GUILLEMONT ROAD CEMETERY, GUILLEMONT, Somme, France. Ref. IX. A. 2.


Arthur Walter

Private 8674. 2nd Battalion,, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died of wounds Thursday 13 May 1915. Age 22. Born Willesdon according to CD, West Ealing according to CWGC. Lived Bacton. Enlisted London. Son of John Henry and Ellen Noad, of "Melrose," Bacton-on-Sea, North Walsham, Norfolk. Buried: GREENWICH CEMETERY, London, United Kingdom. Ref. I. "C." B. 1139.



Gunner 153454. 291st Siege Bty., Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds Tuesday 30 October 1917. Age 31. Born Denton. Enlisted Norwich. Son of William and Caroline Punchard, of Topcroft, Norfolk; husband of Phyllis M. Punchard, of Bacton, North Walsham, Norfolk. Buried: NINE ELMS BRITISH CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. VI. B. 5.



Possibly: Deck Hand 10184DA. H.M. Drifter "Tuberose.", Royal Naval Reserve. Died Thursday 31 August 1916. Commemorated: CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent, United Kingdom. Ref. 19.

1 February 2004

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