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World War 1 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Rev. Damon Rogers - 2004

This memorial is in the form of a brass plaque with the details of church members who gave their lives in both world wars engraved upon it. The following details refer to the church members who fell in the First World War.

1914 – 1918

BESSEY Herbert Arthur
Private. 40742. 9th Norfolk Regiment. KIA Belgium 15/04/1918 Tyne Cot Memorial Age 23. Son of Herbert Wallace Bessey and Clarinda Bessey, of 9, Doris Road, Norwich. Born Eaton, Norwich. Enlisted Norwich.
BROWNE Ernest Frederick
Corporal. 43399. 11th Suffolk Regiment. KIA France 28/04/1917 Arras Memorial Age 24. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Frederick Browne, of 25, Neville Street, Norwich. Enlisted at Lowestoft (where his father was born) and his original service number was 2142. Also recorded in the Norfolk Roll of Honour under Heigham, St. Thomas’ (the nearby Anglican Church).
DAINES [Cecil] Charles
Lance-Corporal. 540135. 102nd Battalion Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment) KIA France 13/10/1916 (Commonwealth War Graves has 15th) Pozieres British Cemetery, Ovillers-La Boiselle (Grave III. R. 43) Born Norwich 4th February, 1882. Served in the 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, for 6 or 7 years, including the Boer War. Married to Annie Daines who lived at 77 Dorval Road, Toronto, when he enlisted in 1915, and she later lived at 100 Howard Park Avenue, Toronto. By trade a telephone mechanic, Cecil volunteered for the army in September 1915 and was originally enlisted into the 2nd Canadian Pioneer Battalion (service number 166746) and then joined a cyclist unit, in November 1915 and ‘went overseas with the Divisional Cyclists in January 1916’. Served for two months in the trenches prior to his death. Attestation papers show his religion variously as ‘Wesleyan’ and ‘Methodist’. See the Canadian Virtual War Memorial for photograph.
HARBORD Frederick William
Private. TF/315726. 16th Middlesex Regiment. KIA Belgium 01/10/1917 Tyne Cot Memorial The son of William and Emily Harbord, of 23 Cardiff Road, Norwich, and shown on 1901 Census as Grocer’s Assistant, age 21, and brother of Percy C. Harbord. Born Norwich. Enlisted Woolwich.
Service details not known at present. The brother of Frederick William Harbord, son of William and Emily Harbord, of 23 Cardiff Road, Norwich. 1901 Census shows Percy, age 13, born Norwich.
LAYLAND, B.A. Edgar Hampton
Private. G/33126. 2/10th Middlesex Regiment. KIA Egypt 12/03/1918 Jerusalem Memorial Age 23. Son of Mr J.H. and Mrs M.A. Layland, of 25, Park Lane, Norwich. Born Birmingham, enlisted Norwich. The family lived in Handsworth, Birmingham, in 1901.
LECKENBY [John] George
2nd Lieutenant. 4 Squadron, RAF. KIA Belgium 09/11/1918 Escanaffles Comunal Cemetery (north of the entrance, near the East boundary) Age 18. Son of George and Annie Elisabeth Leckenby, of 220, College Lane, Norwich. Killed whilst flying in RE8 number C2774, with him was Lieutenant G.C. Watson who was wounded. Some sources give surname as Leekenby. Born at Hull. The family lived at St. Mary-le-Wigford, Lincolnshire, in 1901.
SHINGLES Cephas Plews
Private. 45098, 37th (Labour Battalion) Royal Fusiliers. KIA France 11/10/1916 Thiepval Memorial Born 1886 at Stoke Holy Cross, Norfolk. Lived and enlisted Norwich. Son of William and Margaret A. Shingles of 43 Swansea Road, Norwich, and husband of Laura Helen Shingles of 80 Avenue Road, Norwich. Had been employed as a waiter. His brother, Enos, served with the Royal Engineers.
SINCLAIR Gilbert Victor
Private, 19271, 1st Norfolk Regiment attached 15th Trench Mortar Battery. KIA France 02/07/1917 Roclincourt Military Cemetery (Grave III. C. 1) Age 20. Son of Henry & Edith Sinclair, late of 58, Gloucester Street, Norwich.

7 October 2004

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