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World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Michael Peck 2017

There are two memorials within St Mry's Church, Wroxham. The first is for World War 1 and takes the form of an arched inset with three dimensional illusion with an arched cross bearing a cross above a rectangular plaque detailing the 17 names. The World War 2 memorial is in the form of a brass plaque with ornate border detaling 8 names.

Photograph Copyright © Michael Peck 2017


Norfolk Regiment.
Percival Beman. Private 14794. 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds 1st July 1916. Son of Frederick William and Emma Rosina Beman (nee Purdue, of Lawn House, Norwich Road, Wroxham as 1911. Now wife of Fred W Hirst of 3 Ashville Terrace, Cardigan Road, Leeds, YKS). Born 1896 Leeds, YKS and enlisted Norwich, Norfolk. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial. Pier and Face 1C and 1D.
Norfolk Regiment.
Possibly George Benjamin Burton. Private 13607. 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 1st July 1916, aged 35 years. Son of John Burton of White Lion Cottages, Coltishall, Norfolk. Born Kirdiston and enlisted Norwich, Norfolk. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial. Pier and Face 1C and 1D.

Note: no proven Wroxham connection, not definitively found in census.

Royal Engineers.
Arthur William Chamberlin. Corporal 56624. 17th Div Signal Company, Royal Engineers. Died of wounds 53 Field Ambulance 8th June 1916. Son of John George and Alice Sophia Chamberlin of Lower Wroxham, Norfolk. Brother of Herbert Chamberlin. Born c1892 Norwich (as SDGW, born Wroxham on census), Norfolk, enlisted 6th November 1914 Chatham, KEN and resident Stamford, LIN (as probate). Commemorated Acheux British Cemetery. Plot 1. Row D. Grave 30.

Note: property to Kate Elizabeth Cunnington, wife of Cecil Herbert Cunnington (relationship unexplained).

Royal Army Medical Corps.
Herbert Victor Chamberlin. Corporal 2158. 3/1st East Anglian Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died at sea (sinking of Troopship ‘Royal Edward’) 13th August 1915. Son of John George and Alice Sophia Chamberlin. Bother of Arthur W Chamberlin. Born c1891 Wroxham, Norfolk, enlisted Walthamstow and resident Leyton, ESS. Commemorated Helles Memorial. Panel 199 and 200 or 236 to 239 and 328.
DAVIES Stanley G
Lancashire Fusiliers.
Stanley George William Davies. Private 275050. 2/6th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 30th August 1917. Son of George Mole and Sarah Ann Davies of ‘Shrublands’, Wroxham, Norfolk (as CWGC, of ‘School House’, Wroxham as 1901/1911). Born c1898 Wroxham, enlisted Norwich and resident Wroxham, Norfolk. Commemorated Ramscappelle Road Military Cemetery. II.C.24.
FOX Francis J
Norfolk Regiment.
Francis John Fox. Private 15687. 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 12th October 1916. Son of William Mason and Ruth Fox of Pear Tree Farm, Hoveton St John, Norfolk. Born 1889 Hoveton St John, Norfolk and enlisted Hounslow, MDX. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial. Pier and Face 1C and 1D.
Norfolk Regiment.
George James Gunton on 1899 birth record and CWGC, James George Gunton on SDGW. Private 126741 6th T C [as CWGC, meaning unknown], Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), formerly 32974 Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds Bristol War Hospital 21st December 1918. Son of George and Mary Ann Gunton of Church Lane, Wroxham, Norfolk. Born c1899 Thrigby and enlisted Wroxham, Norfolk. Commemorated Wroxham (St Mary) Churchyard.
Norfolk Regiment.
Possibly Ernest Edward Horsley birth recorded Yarmouth District 1875. Private 3/7922. 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds 4th September 1915. Son of Henry and Louisa Horsley. Husband of Elizabeth Edith Horsley (nee Caulk). Born Great Yarmouth and enlisted Norwich, Norfolk. Commemorated Cerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery. II.J.10.
Note: no proven Wroxham connection found.
Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
Unable to identify Phillip R Hewetson, possibly Richard John Philip Hewetson.
Captain. 3rd Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, attached 9th Battalion, Died of wounds as ‘Prisoner of War’ 3rd July 1918. Only son of Rev. William Hewetson M.A and Susan Kathleen Hewetson of St Cuthberts Rectory, Bedford, BDF (as CWGC, of Salhouse, Norfolk as 1911). Born 14th August 1893 Aston, Birmingham, WAR and resident Salhouse, Norfolk (as probate). Served from August 1914 and previously wounded at Loos 1915. Commemorated Vendresse British Cemetery. IV.F.3.
KERRY Clement P
Queens Westminster Rifles.
Clement Palmer Kerry. Lance Sergeant 550522. 16th Battalion, London Regiment. Died 43 Stationary Hospital, Egypt 3rd December 1917. Son of William Palmer and Augusta L Kerry of Stanhoe Villa, Wroxham, Norfolk. Born c1884 Norwich, Norfolk, enlisted Westminster and resident 162 Westbourne Grove, Bayswater, LND (as probate). Commemorated Kantara War Memorial Cemetery. F.269.
Queens Westminster Rifles.
Edward Francis Loynes. Rifleman 4201. D Company, 16th Battalion, London Regiment. Killed in action 1st July 1916. Son of Edward Arthur and Florence Jane Loynes of Church Lane, Wroxham, Norfolk. Born 1889 Wroxham, Norfolk, enlisted Westminster and resident 36 Black Lion Lane, Hammersmith, LND (as probate), Commemorated Thiepval Memorial. Pier and Face 13C.

Note: property to John Chapman (uncle).

Royal Engineers.
Second Lieutenant. 179th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died of wounds 17th October 1917. Son of (the late) Rev John and Emily Mary Ann Lamb (now wife of Peter Edward Hansell of The Plantation, Wroxham, Norfolk). Husband of Muriel Lamb (nee Wrey) and father of Philip Sherard and Jocelyn Mary Lamb. Born 21st September 1880 Thorpe next Norwich, Norfolk, emigrated Rhodesia 1902 returning January 1917, gazetted 2nd Lieutenant 1st July 1917 and to France 13th July 1917. Commemorated Dozinghem Military Cemetery. X.G.7.
Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment.
Arthur William Passmore. Second Lieutenant, 9th Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 4th April 1916. Son of James Edward and Florence Unity Passmore of Wroxham, Norfolk (as 1911). Born 1889 Clapham and resident Holly Lodge, Wimbledon Common, LND (as probate). Commemorated Loos Memorial. Panel 13 to 15.
Norfolk Regiment.
Edward Pitcher on CWGC, Edward Pitchers on SDGW, Thomas Edward Pitcher on birth record. Private 14970. 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 26th September 1915. Son of James and Elizabeth Pitcher of The Street, Wroxham, Norfolk (as 1911). Born 1891 Horstead and enlisted Norwich, Norfolk. Commemorated Loos Memorial. Panel 30 and 31.
Yorkshire Regiment.
Arthur William Spurgeon. Private 34203. 9th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment, formerly 24987 Northamptonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 9th November 1918. Son of Harry and Emma Spurgeon of The Lodge, Norwich Road, Wroxham, Norfolk (as 1911). Born 1890 Wroxham, enlisted Wrotham [possibly Wrotham, KEN but possibly mistranscribed Wroxham] and resident Wroxham, Norfolk (as probate). Commemorated Blargies Communal Cemetery Extension. III.D.14.
Suffolk Yeomanry.
Albert Edward Tooley on records. Private 305711. CWGC has 1/1st Middlesex Hussars (County of London Yeomanry [Middlesex Duke of Cambridge’s Hussars]) while SDGW has Buckinghamshire Yeomanry (Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars), Soldiers Effects has County of London Yeomanry. Died Egypt 17th October 1918. Son of Isaac and Charlotte Tooley of Belaugh, Norfolk. Husband of Violet L Tooley (nee Dunn). Born 1885 Belaugh, Norfolk, enlisted Ely, CAM and resident Sherringham, Norfolk. Commemorated Damascus Commonwealth War Cemetery. B.89.
Norfolk Regiment.
Dennis Robert Wright. Lance Corporal 14793. 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 11th August 1917. Son of Robert Jeremiah and Charlotte Wright of New Road, Wroxham, Norfolk. Born 21st June 1885 Hoveton St Peter and enlisted 4th September 1914 Norwich, Norfolk. Commemorated Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Panel 4.
1939- 1945
Australian Imperial Infantry.
Aernout Schelto Van Citters. Lieutenant VX547. 2/8th Battalion, Australian Infantry. Died 21st January 1941, aged 32 years. Son of Aernout and Violet Van Citters of Broadlands, Wroxham, Norfolk (as 1941 newspaper report). Born Bogawantalawa, Ceylon (as census). Commemorated Knightsbridge War Cemetery. 15.E.20.
Royal Air Force.
Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 1331835, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 10 Squadron. Killed in action 24th May 1943. Son of George and Agnes Grimwood of Wroxham, Norfolk. Born c1921. Commemorated Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. 5.D.3.

Note: part crew of Handley Page Halifax aircraft HR696 (ZA-G) flying from RAF Melbourne. Crashed in Germany from unknown cause. No survivors.

Royal Air Force.
Gordon Charles George Greenacre. Flying Officer (Pilot) 156083, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 76 Squadron. Killed in action 31st March 1944. Son of Clifford Edward and Daisy May Greenacre (nee Anderson) of Wroxham, Norfolk. Born 1922. Commemorated Durnbach War Cemetery. 6.F.16.

Note: pilot of Handley Page Halifax aircraft LW647 (MP-W) flying from RAF Holme on Spalding Moor, believed lost to German ‘Night Fighter’.

HALL Malcolm T T
Royal Air Force.
Malcolm Thomas Tudor Hall. Flight Sergeant (Pilot) 1446090, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 156 Squadron. Killed in action 29th July 1943. Son of George Tudor and Alice Mildred Hall (nee Leeds). Born 1921. Commemorated Hamburg Cemetery. 5A.G.3.

Note: pilot of Avro Lancaster aircraft ED822 flying from RAF Warboys, believed lost to German ‘Night Fighter’. No survivors.

KIDD Gerald G
Royal Navy.
Gerald Govier Kidd. Ordinary Seaman P/JX190597, Royal Navy. (Free) French Torpedo Boat ‘Branlebas’. Killed in action 14th December 1940, aged 20 years. Son of George and Florence J Kidd (nee Baldwin) of Wroxham, Norfolk. Commemorated Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Panel 40. Column 1.

Note: vessel under control of Royal Navy, mixed French and British crew. Unpopular vessel due to poor sea keeping qualities, and lost in storm.

Royal Navy.
Telegraphist C/WRX974, Royal Naval Reserve. HM Trawler ‘Royalo’ (based Lowestoft on minesweeping duties, sunk by mine). Killed in action 1st September 1940. Son of Reginald and Octavia Ormerod (nee Cornes, as birth record marriage not found) of Wroxham, Norfolk. Born 2nd June 1920 Wroxham, Norfolk (as naval record). Commemorated Penzance Cemetery. Section F. Row C. Grave 3.
Royal Air Force.
Richard Ashton Shuttleworth. Squadron Leader (Pilot) 33548, Royal Air Force. 21 Squadron. Died at Wilhelmina Hospital, Amsterdam 28th August 1941, aged 21 years. Son of Major Ashton Ashton and Dorothy Ann Shuttleworth of Hathersage, DBY. Husband of Honor Muriel Shuttleworth (nee Ramsay) of ‘The Moat’, Old Holywood Road, Belfast, IRL. Born 18th May 1920 Sheffield, YKS. Commemorated Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery. Plot 85. Row D. Grave 1.

Note: pilot of Bristol Blenheim IV aircraft Z7447 (YH-A) flying from RAF Watton, believed lost to anti-aircraft fire. No survivors.

WICKS Geoffrey A
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment.
Private 14414981. 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment, 10th Infantry Brigade, 4th Infantry Division. Died 16th May 1944. Son of Charles A and Ethel Wicks (nee Bush) of Wroxham, Norfolk. Born 1924. Commemorated Cassino War Cemetery. XII.G.5.

Last updated 21 November, 2017

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