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World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Martin Edwards 2019

The Billingford war memorial is to be found inside St leonard's Church off the A143 at Billingford, Norfolk. There is more than one Billingford in Norfolk, this village is near Diss. The memorial within the church takes the form of a rectangular, marble, tablet with nowy head within which is a cypress within a wreath, mounted on black backboard. The inscription below is followed by names for both World War 1 and 2 and a quotation; all the lettering is in black. There is also a handwritten Roll of Honour, with a wooden frame and glass, on the window sill, that has not been transcribed yet.

Photograph (above) Copyright © Helen Steed 2012
Photograph (below) Copyright © John Lock 2019

OF THEIR COUNTRY 1914 - 1918

FLOWERDEW, VC Gordon Muriel
[Listed as Lieutenant on memorial] Captain, Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians). Died 31 March 1918. Awarded the Victoria Cross (V.C.).Son of Arthur J. B. and Hannah Flowerdew, of Billingford Hall, Scole, Norfolk. Buried in NAMPS-AU-VAL BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot I. Row H. Grave 1.

Extract from the Second Supplement to the London Gazette, No. 30648, 24 April 1918:

"For most conspicuous bravery and dash when in command of a squadron detailed for special service of a very important nature. On reaching the first objective, Lt. Flowerdew saw two lines of the enemy, each about sixty strong, with machine guns in the centre and flanks, one line being about two hundred yards behind the other. Realising the critical nature of the operation and how much depended upon it, Lt. Flowerdew ordered a troop under Lt. Harvey, V.C. to dismount and carry out a special movement while he led the remaining three troops to the charge. The squadron (less one troop) passed over both lines, killing many of the enemy with the sword; and wheeling about galloped at them again. Although the squadron had then lost about 70 per cent of its numbers, killed and wounded, from rifle and machine gun fire directed on it from the front and both flanks, the enemy broke and retired. The survivors of the squadron then established themselves in a position where they were joined, after much hand-to-hand fighting, by Lt. Harvey's party. Lt. Flowerdew was dangerously wounded through both thighs during the operation, but continued to cheer on his men. There can be no doubt that this officer's great valour was the prime factor in the capture of the position."

FOX, MM Allan

Private 16370, 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died 21 March 1918. Born Billingford, Norfolk, resident Scole, Norfolk. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). No known grave, Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 3.

NUNN Arthur

Officers' Steward 1st Class L/4637 (Ch), H.M.S. Conquest, Royal Navy. Killed in action when in conflict with German Squadron of the East Coast 25 April 1916. Aged 22. Born 5 April 1894 in Diss. Son of Jonathan and Anna E. Nunn, of Billingford, Scole, Norfolk. In the 1901 census he was aged 6, born Billingford, Norfolk, son of Jonathan and Anna Nunn, resident Upper Street, Great Common, Billingford, Depwade, Norfolk. In the 1911 census he was aged 16, born Billingford, a Houseboy, employed at Wramplingham Hall, Wramplingham, Wymondham, Norfolk. Footman prior to enlistment. Height 5 feet 5 inches, chest 36 inches, light brown hair, grey eyes, fresh complexion. Buried at Sea. No known grave. Commemorated at CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 18.

PUNT George Frederick


RACE Herbert

Corporal 16366, 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died 1 April 1917. Aged 23. Son of George and Rosa Race, of Billingford, Scole, Norfolk. Buried in PHILOSOPHE BRITISH CEMETERY, MAZINGARBE, Pas de Calais, Franc. Plot I. Row N. Grave 24.

RACE Walter

Acting Bombardier 30672, 94th Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Died 11 August 1917. Aged 33. Son of George and Rosa Race, of Billingford, Scole, Norfolk. Buried in THE HUTS CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row C. Grave 3.

THROWER Charles William

Lance Corporal

WHITING John Lewis


HILL Stanley Walter Alexander

Corporal 613599, 653 A.O.P. Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 21 November 1944. Aged 29. Son of Stanley Clayton Hill and Margaret Hill; husband of Ivy Hill, of Marfleet, Yorkshire. Buried in BILLINGFORD (ST. LEONARD) CHURCHYARD, Norfolk.


"Be thou faithful unto death and
I will give thee a crown of life."

Last updated 29 November, 2019

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