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World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
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Transcription: Bernie Guymer; Research: Lynda Smith 2003

The memorial is to be found in the churchyard of Holy Trinity Church, Great Hockham. It takes the form of plain white, square edged cross made from Portland stone standing on a three stepped base, with crossed rifles in wreath carved into cross at the top of the inscription. There are 17 names listed for World War 1 and 5 for World War 2. The memorial is a Grade II listed monument and the artist was Ms Helen Downes. There is also an illuminated Roll of Honour for those who served and died in World War 1 that is held in the church.

The memorial has been maintained over the last few years the history being:

  • 1998: Cleaned.
  • 2000: New paving stones and gravel laid around the memorial by Wretham and Hockham RBL.
  • 2007: Further set of paving stones laid in place of the gravel, which was causing problems. Carried out by Gt Hockham Parish Council.
  • 2007: Grade 2 listed.
  • 2010: Inspected by Brets of Watton. Advised that cross has cracked and needs supports. Repairs are planned. Memorial cleaned at this date.
  • 2013: Repair to cross by the insertion of a steel pin through the crack. Funded by War Memorials Trust.

Details taken from the National Inventory of War Memorials

Photographs Copyright © Michael Peck 2014


Private 7722, Coldstream Guards. Died Monday 14 September 1914. Born Barford, Norfolk, enlisted Norwich, resident Barnsley. Commemorated: LA FERTE-SOUS-JOUARRE MEMORIAL,Seine-et-Marne, France.
Harry (Henry) Alfred
Private 16289. 2nd Battalion,, Grenadier Guards. Killed in action Saturday 31 October 1914. Age 19. Born Hockford (sic). Enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Son of George and Ellen Bunnett, of 58, Little Hockham, Attleborough, Norfolk. Commemorated: YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 9 and 11.
Private 4308. 1st/5th Battalion,, Norfolk Regiment. Died Wednesday 21 July 1915. Age 20. Enlisted Great Yarmouth. Son of Charles Arthur Matthews, of Mill House, Great Hockham, and the late Emma Cutting Matthews. Buried: GREAT HOCKHAM (HOLY TRINITY) CHURCHYARD, Norfolk, United Kingdom.
George H
Private 9194. 7th Battalion,, Norfolk Regiment. Died Tuesday 5 October 1915. Born Great Hockham. Enlisted Norwich. Buried: BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. IV. E. 91.
Private 15258. 2nd Battalion,, Coldstream Guards. Died of wounds Saturday 30 September 1916. Age 25. Born and lived Great Hockham. Enlisted Doncaster. Son of Robert and Mary Ann Oldfield, of Great Hockham, Norwich. Commemorated: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 7 D and 8 D.
Reginald E
Private 24450. 1st Battalion,, Middlesex Regiment. Killed in action Friday 3 November 1916. (CD gives 4 November 1916) Age 23. Born Stowbedon. Lived Great Hockham. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Mrs. Kerridge, of Great Ellingham, Attleborough. Buried: GROVE TOWN CEMETERY, MEAULTE, Somme, France. Ref. II. F. I.
Edward W
Private 33327. 8th Battalion,, Bedfordshire Regiment. Formerly 34479 Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 19 April 1917. Age 35. Born and lived Great Hockham. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Anna Maria Church, of 24, Shropham Rd., Great Hockham, Norfolk. Commemorated: LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 41.
Sydney (Sidney) A
Private 200489. 1st/4th Battalion,, Norfolk Regiment. Died Thursday 19 April 1917. Age 20. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Fredrick and Eliza Mason, of Great Hockham, Attleborough, Norfolk. Commemorated: JERUSALEM MEMORIAL, Israel. Panels 12 to 15.
Thomas Robert
Private 534772. 15th Battalion,, London Regiment (Prince of Wales' Own Civil Service Rifles) Posted 17th London Regiment. Died of wounds Thursday 20 September 1917. Age 31. Born Tiverton, Devon on CD. Born at Great Hockham, Norfolk according to CWGC. Enlisted Dereham. Son of John and Mary Balfour Teasel; husband of Lilias Ella Teasel, of 3, Quebec St., East Dereham, Norfolk. Buried: PERTH CEMETERY (CHINA WALL), Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. II. H. 3.
Edward George
Gunner 234182. "D Bty. 168th Bde., Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action Tuesday 30 October 1917. Age 19. Lived Hockham. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Robert and Mary Elizabeth Burlingham, of Moat Farm, Hockham, Attleborough, Norfolk. Buried: MINTY FARM CEMETERY, Langemark-Poelkapelle, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. II. B. 14.
John Charles
Private 68527. 17th Battalion,, Royal Fusiliers. Formerly 203278 Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 30 November 1917. Born Croxton. Lived Thetford. Enlisted Attleborough. Commemorated: CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL, Nord, France. Panel 3 and 4.
Sidney Hector
Private 202574. 10th Battalion,, Worcestershire Regiment. Formerly 2772 Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Friday 22 March 1918. Lived Thetford. Enlisted Norwich. Commemorated: ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 6.
George Edgar
Private 40887. 7th Battalion,, Norfolk Regiment. Died Saturday 30 March 1918. Enlisted Norwich. Buried: CONDE-SUR-L'ESCAUT COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Nord, France. Ref. A. 11.
George William
Private 20937. 6th Battalion,, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action Friday 9 August 1918. (Memorial says 3 September 1918). Age 26. Born and lived Great Hockham. Enlisted Bromley, Kent. Son of Charles Matthews, of Great Hockham, Norfolk, and the late Emma Matthews; husband of Edith May Matthews, of 33, Martin's Rd., Shortlands, Bromley, Kent. Buried: FRANVILLERS COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Ref. II. C. 5.
Thomas Augustus Jeremiah
Aircraftman 2nd Class 114607. 9th Aircraft Park, Royal Air Force. Died Saturday 15 February 1919. Age 30. Son of Augustus William and Ellen Mary Edwards, of Great Hockham, Norfolk. Buried: MAUBEUGE (SOUS-LE-BOIS) CEMETERY, Nord, France. Ref. B. 22.
(Horace) William
Private 27467. 1st Bn, Wiltshire Regiment. Died Tuesday 25 February 1919. Age 19. Son of Abner Eli and Sarah Rebecca Church, of Gt. Hockham, Norfolk. Buried: TERLINCTHUN BRITISH CEMETERY, WIMILLE, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. XV. A. 7.
Frederick John Harry
Lance Corporal 200484, 1/4th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 19th April 1917. Age 21. Born East Wretham, enlisted Norwich. Son of George and Harriett Gates of Little Hockham. Burried in the GAZA WAR CEMETEREY Israel. Ref XXX. F. 6. Also commemorated on Harriett Gates tombstone in Hockham Churchyard.
1939 1945
William Arthur John
Able Seaman P/JX 143800. H.M.S. Victory, Royal Navy. Died Saturday 29 June 1940. Age 21. Son of William Thomas Pike, and of Dorothy Charlotte Jane Pike, of Great Hockham. Buried: GREAT HOCKHAM (HOLY TRINITY) CHURCHYARD, Norfolk, United Kingdom.
Sergeant 1335926. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Friday 4 June 1943. Age 30. Son of Rufus and Gertrude Parker, of Great Hockham. Buried: GREAT HOCKHAM (HOLY TRINITY) CHURCHYARD, Norfolk, United Kingdom.
Leonard Arthur
Rifleman 5834380. 2nd Battalion, The London Irish Rifles, Royal Ulster Rifles. Died Thursday 2 December 1943. Son of Arthur Ernest and Eleanor Beatrice Hawes, married Margery Bird and had a daughter aged four when he was killed. Enlisted in the Suffolk Regiment. Buried: SANGRO RIVER WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Ref. VIII. B. 2.
George Harold David
Leading Aircraftman 1201760. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Monday 5 March 1945. Age 33. Son of Mr. and Mrs. William David Grimwood; husband of Helen Margaret Grimwood, of Great Hockham. Buried: GREAT HOCKHAM (HOLY TRINITY) CHURCHYARD, Norfolk, United Kingdom.
Kenneth Arthur
Able Seaman C/JX 638850. H.M.S. Pembroke, Royal Navy. Died Sunday 15 June 1947. Age 21. Son of Clare Talbot Smith and Edith Eliza Smith, of Great Hockham. Buried: GREAT HOCKHAM (HOLY TRINITY) CHURCHYARD, Norfolk, United Kingdom.


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