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World War 1 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Martin Edwards - 2003

This memorial stands within the churchyard of St Marys Church. The details here have been transcribed from an old postcard photograph. The names are in full, listing year of death and rank. The memorial takes the form of a plain, tapering, Latin cross on a square plinth situated by the churchyard gates and facing the road outside the church tower, the memorial was originally an obelisk within the churchyard. The memorial was supplied by Holman of Lynn, monumental masons, and had been unveiled circa July 1920; details appeared in the Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal, Saturday 24 July 1920, page 6. There are 8 names for World War 1, two names for World War 2.

From an old postcard (above)
Photograph Copyright © Shaz Ann 2018 (below)



[Spelt MICKELBURGH on CWGC and SDGW, memorial lists him as Corporal] Lance Corporal 21272, 8th Battalion, Border Regiment. Killed in action 31st July 1916 in France & Flanders. Born Colkirk, Norfolk, enlisted Norwich, resident Hillington. Formerly 18836, Norfolk Regiment. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL , Somme, France. Pier and Face 6 A and 7 C.
HOWARD Frederick Charles
Private 14667, 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 11th August 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 19. Born Linton, Norfolk, enlisted Norwich. Son of William and Jessie Howard, of White House, Hillington. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL , Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D.
HARDY Charles
Corporal 4204, 12th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 8th February 1917 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Hillington, enlisted Ashton-Under-Lyne. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 13 A and 14 C.
Private 29734, 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 28th April 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Grimston, Norfolk, enlisted King's Lynn. Son of the late Robert and Eliza English; husband of Fanny English, of Hillington. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 3.
ROYE William George
Lance Corporal 43325, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 28th June 1917 in France & Flanders. Enlisted Norwich. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 3.
FFOLKES William Rupert Compton
Second Lieutenant, 5th Battalion attached 1st Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 30th December 1917. Age 19. Son of Mrs. S. C. Ffolkes, of Congham Lodge, King's Lynn. Buried in HERMIES HILL BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row F. Grave 43.
SMITH John Frederick
[Spelt John Frederic on CWGC] Rifleman 41237, 15th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles. Killed in action 8th May 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 39. Born and resident Hillington, enlisted Norwich. Son of Maria Smith, of Thatch Cottage, Hillington, King's Lynn, and the late J. Smith. Formerly 3010, Essex Regiment. Buried in SOLFERINO FARM CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row D. Grave 6.
SHEPHARD Frank Sidney
Private 15631, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died in Freebridge Lynn area Janury to March 1919. Born Freebridge Lynn area 1890, christened Hillington 1890, son of William and Annie Shephard. In the 1891 census he was aged 1, born Norfolk, son of William and Annie Shephard, resident in the Park Keeper's Cottage, Lynn Road, Hillington, Freebridge Lynn, Norfolk. In the 1901 census he was aged 11, born Hillington, Norfolk, resident with his widowed father, Willoiam Shephard, at Home Farm Cottages, Hillington, Freebridge Lynn, Norfolk. On 25 March 1903 he was attending Hillington School, Norfolk. Enlisted 7 September 1914. Discharged 3 March 1916 due to Para 392 xvi King's Regulation Sickness. Issue Silover Badge 96584 22 December 1916.



THURSTON Victor Edwin
Private 14645656, 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Died 31 March 1945. Aged 22. Born Norwich, resident Norfolk. Previously wounded 30 July 1944 in North West Europe. Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 43. Row E. Grave 11.
Sergeant 14205783, 1st Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment. Died 15 August 1946. Aged 22. Son of George W. Gooch and Elizabeth Gooch, of Harpley, Norfolk. Buried in TEL EL KEBIR WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot 6. Row K. Grave 8.


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