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World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Janice Thomson 2018

Barroway Drove is a village in the parish of Stow Bardolph in Norfolk. For the purposes of local government, it falls within the district of King's Lynn and West Norfolk. The village lies on the eastern edge of The Fens and is notable for its lack of amenities and poor quality roads. Barroway Drove Village Hall is the central hub of the community. On 11th November 2018 after nearly 3 years research a new memorial was unveiled in the foyer of Barroway Drove Village Hall, 142 The Drove, Barroway Drove, Downham Market, Norfolk, PE38 0AL. This is a brass plaque with a wood surround and lists casualties of WW1 and WW2. There are 15 names listed for World War 1. No death from the village were recorded for World War 2 although two planes crashed in the village.

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BROWN George William
Private 28849, 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards died on 27th November 1917 and is remembered on Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, Nord, France.
CAVE William
Gunner 74012, 353rd Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery died of wounds received in action on 11th April 1918 and is buried in Godewaersvelde British Cemetery, Nord, France.
Private 202611, 2/7th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment died on 3rd June 1917 aged 23 and is buried in Tilloy British Cemetery, Tilloy-Les-Mofflaines, Pas de Calais, France.
CROXFORD Herbert John
Private 30457, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment died on 28th July 1917 and is remembered on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West Vlaanderen, Belgium.
FISHER George Henry
Private 16586, "A" Company, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment died on 30th August 1918 aged 23 and is buried in Ecoust-St. Mein British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
HEIGHT (or HITE) Frederick
Private 22161, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment died in action on 24th May 1916 and is buried in Becourt Military Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt, Somme, France.
Private 24458, 1st Battalion, The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment) died on 1st May 1918 aged 37 and is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
HUDSON Herbert John
Private G/8091, 3rd Battalion, The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment) died on 17th September 1918 aged 25 and is buried in Stow Bardolph (St Peter) Churchyard, Stowbridge, Downham Market, Norfolk.
Private 35217, 5th Battalion, Yorkshire (Alexandra, Princess of Wales Own) Regiment died on 11th April 1918 and is remembered on Ploegsteert Memorial, Hainault, Belgium.
SMITH John Thomas
Private 8418, 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment died on 14th September 1914 and is remembered on La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial, Seine-et-Marne, France. He was the brother of Ralph Edward Smith.
SMITH Ralph Edward
Private 40105, 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment died on 24th May 1917 and is buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. He was the brother of John Thomas Smith.
SUTTON Thomas William
Ordinary Seaman VR/3527, H.M. Trawler "Sapper Herbert Bennett", Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve died on 29th December 1917 aged 28. He was the son of Thomas & Elizabeth Sutton and is remembered on panel 3 of Halifax Memorial, Nova Scotia, Canada.
TOWSON Frederick William
Lance Corporal 52205, 9th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers died on 8th August 1918 and is buried in Dive Copse British Cemetery, Sailly-Le-Sec, Somme, France.
Private 36280, 9th Battalion, Welsh Regiment died on 10th June 1917 and is remembered on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Private G/81054, 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (London Regiment) was killed in action on 13th April 1918 and is remembered on Ploegsteert Memorial, Hainault, Belgium.
In WW2 two planes crashed in the village :
On 11th April 1944 USAAF B17 Flying Fortress "Tenny Belle" exploded in mid-air soon after take-off and crashed near White City Road - 9 of the 10 crew died. They were:
Staff Sergeant 36276991, Nose Gunner
DALY John Jr
2nd Lieutenant O-805776, Pilot
Staff Sergeant 35579373, Left Waist Gunner
2nd Lieutenant O-692968, Co-Pilot
Tech Sergeant 37406828, Engineer & Top Turret Gunner
Staff Sergeant 11100403, Right Waist Gunner
Staff Sergeant 31313795, Tail Gunner
TUBER Harvey W
Staff Sergeant 36329211, Ball Turret Gunner
Tech Sergeant 17070153, Radio Operator
On 9th October 1944 a Mosquito crashed as it entered the funnels on its return to RAF Downham Market (Bexwell). The 2 crew were killed. They were:
GARDINER Reginald George
Flight Lieutenant 68776, Pilot
SWEETMAN Oswald Cuthbert
Flying Officer 145171, Navigator

Last updated 28 November, 2018

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