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World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
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The war memorial stands in the grounds of All Saints Church, Tacolneston. It takes the form of a plain cross on a long shaft staning on an octagonal plinth with stepped base, a cross of sacrifice is to be found in relief on the front of the cross. There are nine names for World War 1 and five for World War 2. The population in 1921 was 308.
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BIRD Henry
Private 25187, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 5th August 1917. Born Tacolneston, enlisted Norwich. In 1911 Henry Bird was aged 20, a farm labourer, born and resident Tacolneston, son of John and Anna Bird. Buried in ROCLINCOURT MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row D. Grave 7.
BUCK George Barnard
Lance Corporal 202066, 1st/4th (Territorial) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died in Heilsberg Prisoner of War camp 11th October 1918. Born 10th December 1896 in Tacolneston, enlisted Norwich. Son of Ephraim & Louisa Buck of Tacolneston. Formerly 5408, Norfolk Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on MALBORK MEMORIAL, Poland.
BUCK John Henry
Gunner 875625, 272nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds 26th December 1917. Aged 27. Born 22nd October 1890 in Tacolneston and enlisted Norwich. Son of Henry and Elizabeth Buck, of Tacolneston, Norwich. Buried in PORT SAID WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Section C. Grave 37.
BUCK Oscar [Maurice]

Private 13322, "B" Company, 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 1st July 1916. Aged 22. Born 17th August 1893 in Talconeston, enlisted Norwich. Son of Robert and Emma Buck, of Tacolneston, Norwich. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D.

FOX Frederick

Private 41389, 10th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 31st July 1917. Aged 20. Born and resident Tacolneston, enlisted Norwich. Son of Harriet Fox, of Tacolneston, Norwich, and the late Henry Fox. Formerly 6080, Norfolk Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 39.

GRAY Percival
Private 13012, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 28th September 1915. Born Forncett, enlisted Norwich. Buried in CITADEL NEW MILITARY CEMETERY, FRICOURT, Somme, France. Plot III. Row A. Grave 11.
MAYES Herbert
Private 7056, 1st/9th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 5th November 1916. Aged 24. Born Norfolk, enlisted Norwich. Son of Robert Mayes, of Tacolnestone, Norwich. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 14 A and 15 C.

SHORT Sidney John
Private 31815, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 14th April 1917. Aged 20. Born Thompson, Norfolk, enlisted Norwich, resident Tacolneston. Son of John and Louisa Short, of Garboldisham Heath, Diss, Norfolk. Formerly 23024, Suffolk Regiment. Buried in ZOUAVE VALLEY CEMETERY, SOUCHEZ, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row G. Grave 22.
Private 15582, "B" Company, 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 1st June 1917. Born Tacolneston 22nd March 1881, enlisted Norwich. Gardener by trade. Attested and passed fit, aged 33, at Norwich 8th September 1914. Posted to 9th Battalion 12th September 1914. Unmarried. Next of kin his brother, notified of his death 20th June 1917. On home service until 29th August 1915 when he was posted to France 30th August 1915. Entitled to the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal. His siblings were all younger, two brothers, James Taylor (also served) and Stephen Taylor (husband of Mary Josephine Taylor) No 30335, 2nd Class Air Mechanic, Royal Flying Corps (who died before 6th May 1918), and three sisters Alice Witney, Susan Chapman and Ellen Lovick. He was 5 feet 83/8 inches, 139 lbs, girth 37½ inches, complexion fresh, eyes blue, hair grey; religion Church of England. His belongings were desptached to Mrs Mary Josephine Taylor (sister-in-law), 57 Adelaide Street, Dereham Road, Norwich. His 1914-15 Star was accepted by family for him on 8th December 1920. Buried in PHILOSOPHE BRITISH CEMETERY, MAZINGARBE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row Q. Grave 39.
COPEMAN James Frank
Drummer 2658383, Coldstream Guards. Killed by a German rocket 18th June 1944. Aged 22. Son of Archibald Frederick and Bertha Copeman of Tacolneston; husband of Margaret Copeman, of Regents Park, London. Buried in ALL SAINTS CHURCHYARD, TACOLNESTON, Norfolk.

Note: On 18 June 1944 a section of the Band conducted by Major Windram was playing for the service in the Guards' Chapel, Wellington Barracks when a German rocket crashed through the roof and exploded, wrecking the Chapel. Amongst those killed were Major Windram and five of the musicians; a further twelve members of the Band were injured, and all the instruments destroyed beyond repair. As a memorial to Major Windram and those killed, fellow musicians presented a beautiful conductor's stand, which can be found in the Guards Chapel, whilst a plaque was laid in the Chapel at Kneller Hall.

GARDNER Edwin Charles
Flying Officer (Pilot) 72558, 61 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died during the epic attacks on Le Creusot and Peenemunde 17th October 1940 flying Hampden Bombers. Aged 24. Son of the Revd. William Alan Gardner and Audrey Grace Grace Gardner, of Norwich, husband of Diana Gardner. Buried in ALL SAINTS CHURCHYARD, TACOLNESTON, Norfolk.
LUDKIN Jack Robert
Flight Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 638777, 9 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 29th July 1942. Based at RAF Honington flying Vickers Wellington III's. Buried in BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY, Soltau, Niedersachsen, Germany. Plot 26. Row H. Collective grave 11-13.

Note: 79 of No. 9's Wellingtons failed to return or were lost in operational crashes while the squadron was based at Honington.

MAYES Gordon
Private 5779227, 6th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died as a prisoner of War of the Japanese working on the Burma Railway 19th September 1943. Aged 23. Son of Sidney and Ellen Kate Mayes, of Tacolneston, Norfolk. Buried in CHUNGKAI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Plot 4. Row B. Grave 2.

SPRATT Leonard Frederick Keith
Sergeant (Observer) 1393772, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 7th November 1942. Aged 23. Son of Leonard and Janet Decima Spratt, of Oulton Broad, Lowestoft, Suffolk. Buried in ALL SAINTS CHURCHYARD, TACOLNESTON, Norfolk.

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