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World War 1 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Martin Edwards 2004

The Roll of Honour can be found in the parish church at Swardeston and lists all the men from the parish who served in the First World War. There is no indication as to who died and who survived. All death entries on this page are from research, these are marked ; this may not be the full extent.

THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919

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  ADCOCK Arthur William

Private, Norfolk Regiment

  ALLISON John Henry

Leading Stoker, Royal Navy

  ALLISON Clifford Samuel

Private, Norfolk Regiment

  BAILEY Alfred

Corporasl, Royal Garrison Artillery

  BALDRY Ernest Joseph

Corporal, Essex Regiment


Gunner, Royal Horse Artillery

  BOBBIN Harry

Rifleman, Rifle Brigade

  BOBBIN Horace

Private, Norfolk Regiment

  BUNN Harry

Private, Suffolk Regiment

  CHARMAN William

Private, Norfolk Regiment


Driver, Royal Field Artillery


Private, Royal West Surrey Regiment

  CHURCH Harry William

Able Seaman, Royal Naval Division.

  COOKE Frederick Francis

Captain, Essex Regiment

  COOKE, MC Robert Chevallier

Captain, Norfolk Regiment. Awarded the Military Cross.

Robert Chevallier Cooke - Captain, Norfolk Regiment. Awarded the Military Cross. Listed on Swardeston, Norfolk, Roll of Honour.
Born 1 July 1891. Baptised 31 August 1891 in Bromley, Kent, son of Rederick William and Frances Shophia Cooke. Birth registered in the October to December Quarter 1891 in Bromley Registration District, Kent. Death registered in the January to March Quarter 1972 in Braintree Registration District, Essex. Buried, aged 80, in St John the Baptist Churchyard, Finchingfield 12 January 1972.
He was a Second Lieutenant, Norfolk Regiment and then Captain, attached Egyptian Army.
Extract from the Supplement to the London Gazette, 2 November 1917. [Page 11303] Norf. R. – Capt. Robert Chevallier Cooke, from Spec. Res., to be 2nd Lt. 3rd Nov. 1917, with seniority from 15th Feb. 1915, and to retain his higher rank and seniority whilst serving with his present unit.
Rntioned LG 2963724 Jun 1916 and LG 29684/27 July 1916 (c).
Awarded the Order of the Nile, Insignia of officer, London Gazette 10 May 1940. [Whitehall,May 10, 1940. The KING has been pleased to give and grant unto the undermentioned gentlemen His Majesty's Royal licence and authority to wear Decorations conferred upon them by His Majesty the King of Egypt, in recognition of valuable services rendered by (them in the employment of the Sudan Government.]
From the book The British in the Sudan 1898-1956 by R. Collins: “I also learned that I had to serve two masters – the Governor in his office and Captain Robert Chevlaier Cooke, M.C., the district commissioner of Rejaf and Mongalla districts as his assistant for Mongalla”

  DAVY Herbert Alfred

Private, Royal Army Ordnance Corps

  DAVY Archibald Jack

Lance Corporal, Norfolk Regiment

  DAVY Cecil George

Private, Royal Air Force

DAVY Robert James

Lance Corporal 25243, 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 22nd October 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Swardestone, enlisted Norwich. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 34 to 35 and 162A.

  DAVY James Frederick E

Private, Norfolk Regiment

  FIDDY Archibald Horace

Private, Machine Gun Corps

  GURNEY, MC Daniel Walter T

Lieutenant, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Awarded the Military Cross

  HALL Frederick Charles

Bombardier, Royal Field Artillery

  HALL Harry James

Leading Aircraftman, Royal Air Force

  HOWES George

Private, Norfolk Regiment

  HOWES Walter William

Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery

  HOWES Herbert Edmund

Driver, Royal Army Service Corps

  KING Alfred Page

Second Lieutenant, Norfolk Regiment

  KEMP Arthur A

Rifleman, 9th Battalion, London Regiment.


Private, Royal West Surrey Regiment

  LARTER Arthur

Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery

  LARTER Alfred

Rifleman, King's Royal Rifle Corps

  LARTER George

Lance Corporal, Norfolk Regiment

  LUDKIN Frederick George

Private, Royal Dublin Fusiliers

  MAYES Thomas George

Private, R. M. E.

OAKLEY John Frederick

[Listed as Frederick John, a Lance Sergeant, on SDGW & CWGC] Sergeant 16098, 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 21st October 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 23. Born Swardiston (sic), enlisted Norwich. Son of John Oakley, of East Carleton, Yorks. Buried in REGINA TRENCH CEMETERY, GRANDCOURT, . Grave II. G. 3.

  OAKLEY Edward

Private, Labour Corps

  PARFITT Frederick James

Private, Norfolk Regiment

  PARFITT Herbert Samuel

Sergeant, York and Lancaster Regiment


Rifleman 8430, 1st Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action 2nd May 1915 in France & Flanders. Born Woodbastwick, enlisted Great Yarmouth, resident Swardestone. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 46-48 and 50.

SAYER Ellis Edward

[Warrant Officer on memorial] Petty Officer J/7109, H.M.S. Commonwealth, Royal Navy. Buried in WOODLANDS CEMETERY, GILLINGHAM, Kent. Naval Grave 26. 1367.

  SHINGLES Charles Herbert

Private, Norfolk Regiment

STEWARD John Henry

Major, 4th Battalion (Territorial) [CWGC states 3rd], Norfolk Regiment. Died 10th May 1915. Age 51. Son of John Steward; husband of Eleanor Mary Steward, of Gowthorpe Manor, Swardestone. Buried East of the church in St MARY CHURCHYARD, EAST CARLETON, Norfolk

STONE Arthur John

Private 13672, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 27th July 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 21. Born Swardestone, enlisted Norwich. Son of the late Arthur Fenton Stone and Clara Louisa Stone. of Swardeston. Buried in LONDON CEMETERY AND EXTENSION, LONGUEVAL, Somme, France. Grave 6.H.14.

  TURNER William Robert

Lance Corporal, Norfolk Regiment

  TUBBY James John

Private, Machine Gun Corps

  THORPE Stanley Hubert

Trooper, Norfolk Yeomanry


Lance Corporal 41334, 11th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 28th May 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 21. Born and resident Swardestone, enlisted Norwich. Son of John Henry and Emma Vincent, of 14, Earl St., Cambridge. Formerly 5542, Norfolk Regiment. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 98 to 99.


Lance Corporal, Norfolk Regiment

  WALLER Arthur

Private, Norfolk Regiment

  WISEMAN Charles Edward

Trooper, Sussex Yeomanry


Sergeant, Royal Garrison Artillery


Leading Stoker, Royal Navy

  WILLIAMS George Edward

Private, Norfolk Regiment

  WHARTON Robert James

Private, Norfolk Regiment

  WELLS Arthur George

Private, Coldstream Guards

  WATERS Henry George

Driver, Royal Engineers

  WISEMAN William

Private, Norfolk Regiment


Trooper, Norfolk Yeomanry

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