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HEACHAM WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Transcribed by Carolynn Langley; Researched by Lynda Smith - 2003

The Memorial is situated on Hunstanton Road, at the roadside outside St Mary the Virgin Church. It takes the form of a five-bay stone ashlar wall with central, three-sided, pillaster supporting an octagonal stone cross and with two stone tablets built in on each side creating four World War 1 name lists; the flanking stone ashlar walls have copings forming a frieze and have a further tablet built in on each side creating two World War 2 name lists; the central stone steps create access up from the road level. The Memorial gives names, initials and Regiment. There are 43 names for World War 1 and 25 for World War 2. Inside the church is a paper Roll of Honour containing the names of the men who died in World War 1 and World War 2. Most are the same as the memorial with an additional two names.

Photograph (above) Copyright © Carolynn Langley 2003
Photograph (below) Copyright © Colin Murray 2019

1914 – 1918
HEACHAM WHO DIED IN THE GREAT WARS

ANDERSON  Walter Ernest
Lance Corporal 22967. 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France and Flanders on 23rd April 1917. Born Whiting, Nr. Wells, Norfolk. Enlisted King’s Lynn. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial. Bay 3. See also Liverpool Street Station, London.
BARNARD  Ernest George 
Rifleman O/113rd Battalion Rifle Brigade. Killed in action in France and Flanders on 21st March 1918. Born and lived Heacham. Enlisted Norwich. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL Panel 81 to 84
BEDINGFIELD   George Henry
Private 9224. 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 15th April 1918. Aged 23. Born Bungay, Suffolk. Enlisted King’s Lynn. Son of George and Eliza Ann Bedingfield, of Three Ashes, Bungay, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL Panel 34 to 35 and 162A.
BENSTEAD   Herbert Matthew 
Lance Corporal. 24066. 1st Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds in France & Flanders on 4th August 1916. Aged 19. Born Heacham. Enlisted King’s Lynn. Son of Thomas and Margaret Benstead, of Hillside Cottages, Heacham, Norfolk. Employed as a Clerk, Hunstanton, GER. Buried in LA NEUVILLE BRITISH CEMETERY, CORBIE. Ref. I. E. 64. See also Liverpool Street Station, London and King's Lynn, King Edward VII Grammar School
BEVAN  Reginald
Private 9217. 7th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 13th October 1915. Born Overbury, Gloucs. Enlisted King’s Lynn. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL. Panel 30 and 31.
BIRD   Alfred
Private 8067 3rd Dragoon Guards (Prince of Wales' Own). Killed in action in France & Flanders on 11th April 1917. Born Heacham. Lived King’s Lynn. Enlisted Roeheath. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL Bay 1.
BOYCE    George B G
Private 241549. 1st/6th Battalion Gordon Highlanders. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 28th July 1918. Aged 32. Born Snettisham. Enlisted Kingston-on-Thames. Son of Alfred Boyce, of Glen Rose Villa, Heacham, Norfolk; husband of Emma Boyce, of Thistlecroft, Hersham, Walton-on-Thames. Buried in COURMAS BRITISH CEMETERY. Ref. II. F. 4.
BRADFIELD Reuben K 
Private 24071. 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds in France & Flanders on 8th October 1918. Born Heacham. Enlisted King’s Lynn. Buried in TINCOURT NEW BRITISH CEMETERY. Ref. V. H. 1.
BRAY  L Albert Victor
Private (Memorial has Lance Corporal) 22958. 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds at home on 10th February 1917. Aged 20. Born St. Margaret’s, King’s Lynn. Enlisted King’s Lynn. Son of the late William and Margaret Bray, of Holt. Buried in HOLT, NORFOLK BURIAL GROUND. Ref. C. 549.
BRAY Benjamin C 
Private 9239 7th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 13th October 1915. Born Heacham. Enlisted Norwich. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL Panel 30 and 31.
BRAY  Charles William
Lance Corporal 41028. 8th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. (Formerly 25409 Norfolk Regiment). Killed in action in France & Flanders on 16th August 1917. Aged 28. Born St, Margaret’s, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. Son of the late William and Margaret Bray. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL. Panel 70 to 72
BRAYBROOK  Harry E 
Private 204070. 1st/4th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. Formerly 6248 Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 26th October 1917. Born and enlisted King’s Lynn. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL. Panel 19 to 23 and 162
BUCK  William Edward  
Lance Corporal (memorial and CD gives Private) 10185. 2nd Battalion Essex Regiment. Died of wounds in France and Flanders on 21st July 1916. Born Fakenham, Norfolk. Lived Thorndon, Suffolk. Enlisted Norwich. Brother of Mr. A. Buck, of Gladstone Cottages, Heacham, Norfolk. Buried in COUIN BRITISH CEMETERY. Ref. II. A. 16.
CHAPMAN A S
Possibly: Alec Stanley Chapman. Lance Serjeant (Memorial has Sergeant) 14290. 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 26th September 1915. Born North Fincham, Middx. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Mrs. Edith Lucy Chapman. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL. Panel 30 and 31.
CHILVERS William Henry

[Incorrectly recorded on memorial as W S CHILVERS] Private 14464, 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 5 March 1916. Born Docking, Norfolk, enlisted Norwich, Norfolk. In the 1901 census he was aged 6, born Docking, Norfolk, son of John L and Elizabeth Chilvers, resident Heacham Bottom, 4, Heacham, Docking, Norfolk. In the 1911 census he was aged 15, an Errand Boy, born Docking, son of John and Elizabeth Cilvers, resident Hall Farm, Snettisham, Norfolk. Family later moved to Heacham and they continued to reside in the village for many years. Buried in WHITE HOUSE CEMETERY, ST. JEAN-LES-YPRES, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row C. Grave 9.

DENNIS    Leonard John 
Private 69615. 202nd Protection Coy. Royal Defence Corps. Formerly 8142 Middlesex Regiment. Died at home on 2nd February 1918. Aged 23. Born and lived Heacham. Enlisted King’s Lynn. Son of William and Sarah Dennis, of Chapel Rd., Dersingham. Buried in HEACHAM (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD.
DIX   Albert William
Driver T4/059367. 29th Div. Supply Coy. Army Service Corps. Died in Mesopotamia on 12th August 1915. Born and lived Heacham. Enlisted Norwich. Buried in EAST MUDROS MILITARY CEMETERY. Ref. II. D. 67.
EWEN   Robert Edward
Private 20660. 1st Battalion Essex Regiment. Formerly 17538 Norfolk Regiment. Died at sea on 13th August 1915. Born Sedgeford. Lived Heacham. Enlisted King’s Lynn. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL. Panel 144 to 150 or 229 to 233.
FALKNER Leonard 
Lieutenant. 8th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 25th September 1915. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL. Panel 31 to 34.
FAYERS   C V
Private G/64409. 2nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers. Died on 10th April 1919. Buried in HEACHAM (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD.
FOWLE   John James
Private 34663. 11th Battalion Essex Regiment. Formerly 24701 Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 28th Jun 1917. Born Dersingham. Lived Heacham. Enlisted King’s Lynn. Son of Mr. J. Fowle, of Caley St. Heacham, King's Lynn, Norfolk. Buried in PHILOSOPHE BRITISH CEMETERY, MAZINGARBE. Ref. I. S. 26.
FRANKLIN   E
Possibly: Ernest John Franklin. Private 15103. 3rd Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds in France & Flanders on 8th July 1915. Born Hockwold-cum-Wilton, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN. Ref. A. 6. 36.
GRAVER  David 
Lance Corporal 19557. 12th Battalion Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 17th July 1916. Born Syderstone, Norfolk. Enlisted Sunderland. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL. Pier and Face 14 A and 15 C
GRAVER  Frederick William A 
Private TR10/158270. 51st Garrison Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment.). Died at home on 10th August 1918. Aged 18. Born and Lived Twickenham. Enlisted London. Son of Henry and Alice Graver, of I, Lords Lane, Heacham. Buried in HEACHAM (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD
GROOM  Arthur
Private 18340 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 15th September 1916. Born Heacham. Enlisted Norwich. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D
HADLEY, M. C.  Peyton Sheldon
Captain. Born 27 March 1895, 1st son of William Sheldon Hadley (Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge) and Edith, his wife, of The Master's Lodge, Pembroke College, and Heacham, Norfolk. He was at Charterhouse [B] 1909 - 1914, where he was a good scholar and an outstanding sportsman. He won a place at Pembroke College, Cambridge but shortly after the declaration of war he took a commission in the Northamptonshire Regiment, joining 7th Bn. [This was a sportsmanís battalion raised by the Northampton Rugby international Edgar Mobbs, who was later himself Battalion Commander and died at Passchendaele.] He won the M.C. In the autumn of 1918 he was seriously wounded and was invalided home to the Central Military Hospital, Eastbourne. Here on 25 October 1918 he died of pandemic influenza. There were about a dozen other influenza deaths at the hospital October - December that year, including 2 nurses. His grave is in the north-east part of St. Maryís churchyard, Heacham, North Norfolk. He lies under a private stone, bearing inset in bronze the sword of sacrifice and the military cross. His parents are buried next to him. See also Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey, Perse School, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press & College Servants and Cambridge Guildhall

Extract from Lynn Advertiser - Friday 1 November 1918, page 8:

HEACHAM
THE LATE CAPTAIN HADLEY.

Quite a gloom was cast over the village and the greatest sympathy was expressed by all when the sad news came to hand, at the end of last week, that Captain Peyton Sheldon Hadley, M.C., elder son of the Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge, and Mrs. Hadley (of The Lodge, Pembroke College. Cambridge. and of Shallcross, Heacham) had fallen a victim to septic pneumonia following influenza, while convalescing at Eastbourne, on Friday, at the early age of 23. Additional pathos is added to the tragic occurrence by the fact that his younger brother is now lying seriously wounded in France. Capt. Hadley was educated at St. Ronan's, West Worthing (Mr. S. S. Harris) and at Charterhonse (Mr. F. Dames Longworth), where he was in the Sixth Form and was a member of the cricket and football elevens, and won distinction as a runner. He was to have begun residence at Pembroke College. Cambridge, in October 1914, but on the outbreak of war he acceoted a commission in the Northampton Regiment. In France he gained distinction and the Military Cross as a leader of bombing attacks, in which he displayed the utmost daring. He was twice severely wounded, first on the Somme in 1916, and again on the 26th March last. On recovering from his first wound he was appointed to an Officer's Cadet Battalion at Cambridge. but at his own earnest desire he went out again to the front, where he served until he received his second wound in March last. On leaving hospital his health was far from being completely re-established. and he was sent to convalesce at Eastboune, where he fell victim to influenza and septic pneumonia as stated.

The remains arrived at Headcham on Monday and were conveyed by men of a locally stationed regiment to the parish church, where they rested until noon of the following day, when the funeral took place. This was of a military character, the military arrangements being carried out by the colonel and officers of a regiment now stationed in the locality. A guard of honour of the regiment was present, as were also the pipers (under the leadership of Bugle-Major Woods), and the quaint and mourneful tone of an old Irish lament from the pipes honoured the dead officer as his remains were carried from the church to the grave.

The mourners present were the Master of Pembroke and Mrs. Hadley (parents). Mrs. Reginald Appach (aunt), Mr. J. M. Dodds. Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge (godfather), and Mrs. Herring. of Narborough.

A large number of vi!lagers and others were present and we understand that many were absent through being unaware of the hour of the funeral. Among those present were Col. L. G. Oliver, Mr. C. E. Strachan, Mr. James Jackson, Mrs. Cockburn Stewart, the Rev. W. A. and Mrs. Day, Mrs. Clement R. Ingleby, the Misses Black, Mrs. Hill, Mr. C. B. L. and Miss Tylecote. Mr. and Mrs. W. Clarke, Mr. and Mr. C. Lawson, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. N. Rolfe, Mrs. Martin ffolkes. Miss Jarvis, Mrs. R. T. Gunther, Mr. and Mrs. G. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. W. Perfitt. the Misses Spencer. the Misses Beck and Miss Kvlleberg, Miss Spurrell. Mrs. Brevitt, Mrs. J. E. Hodgett, Mr. and Mrs. R. Pull. Mr. and Mrs. Lowerison, Mr. and Miss Suter, Miss Jessie Spencer and Miss Foulsham. Captain H. B. Jones, M.C., Wiltshire Regiment, attended to represent the command depot at Eastbourne, and Pte. E. Graver, Northamptonshire Regiment (the deceased's regiment) on furlough in the village, was also present,

As many members of the choir as could be present attended and Mr. Suter rendered the music with the sympathy which invariably accompanies his playing: and in the voluntary which was given at the end. "My ain folk." played by request, he bore eloquent testimony to the loyalty which one of Captain Hadley's predominant chnractiristics.

*Captain Hadley was a member of choir and always assisted in the church music when at home. He had considerable ability, a rich base voice, and as recently as last Christnas sans solos in the Christmas music. While the large congregation was assembling Mr. Suter plated "O for the wings of a dove" and "O rest in the Lord" (Mendelssohn) and after the lesson, which was impressively read by Mr. C. W. N. Rolfe, the congregation stood while the grand theme of Handel's Dead March from "Saut" pealed forth from the organ. Psalm 39 was sung to a double chant by Turle, and after the lesson the hymn "The saints of God, their conflict past," found a place in the service.

The Rev. G. T. Thompson(vicar) most sympathetically and impressive!y rendered the rest of the service, and at the usual services on Sundav he made touching reference to the sad event, and appropriate hymns were sung.

The grave which is near that of the late Lieut. A. B. Thorne, R.A.F., was draped with purple and chrysanthemums. After the Blessing three farewell volleys were fired and the Last Post, sounded by five buglers, bade "goodbye" to the departed.

Flowers and wreaths, in spite of the notice to the contrary, were sent in great profiusion. Many of these were placed, recalling the sad occasion. in the chapel of Pembroke College. Among those that covered the spot where he lies there were:—"From his father mother ard brother." "Mrs. Cockburn Stewart, 'For he has won and now for ever wears, the spotless flower of a hero's life.' With tender sympathy." "In loving memory of dear Peyton, from Ena." "To a dear friend, with the heartfelt sympathy of S. P. Ora." "A small tribute of the deepest sympathy, from Reginald.' "With affectionate sympathy and regret, from Mrs. Strachan and Agneta." "With sincere sympathy and deep regret, from Hurn and Sarah." "Loving sympathy, from the Rev. William, Mrs. and Miss Day." "In most affectionate remembrance, Mr. and Miss Tylecote." "With deepest sympathy, Mr. and Mrs. Chapman." "With love, from Mrs. Martin ffolkes." "In loving memory of dear Peyton, from Arnold." "In memory of dear Master Peyton, who was loved by us all. Eva." "From the Fridhem children." "With deep sympathy, from two old friends of his mother, Miss Beck and Miss Kvlleberg." "With much love and smoothy, from Alice and Edward Browne." "In proud and loving memory of my dear nephew. Miss Hadley." "Loving sympathy, Mr. and Mrs. Neville Rolfe." "For Peyton, with love and tender thoughts, from Jack, Gordon, Rosamund and Dick Thorne." "In memory of Capt. P. S. Hadley, M.C., Northamptonshire Regiment, from the officers of the Officers' Command Depot, Eastbourne." "With very deepest sympathy, from Mrs. herring and Lady Seale."—One of the wreaths placed in Pem,broke College Chapel is of bay and laurel leaves and bears the inscription, "In memory of a gallant English gentleman."

Extract from Cambridge Daily News - Saturday 26 October 1918, page 3:

DEATH OF CAPT. P. S. HADLEY, M.C.
Elder Son of the Master of Pembroke.

We regret to announce the death of Captain Peyton Sheldon Hadley, which occurred at Eastbourne on Friday of pneumonia. Captain Hadley was the elder son of the Master of Pembroke, and was educated at Charterhouse (Mr. F. Davies Longworth's), where he was in the Sixth Form. He was member of the school cricket and football elevens, and won distinction also as a runner. He was to have come into residence at Pembroke in October, 1914, but the outbreak of war he accepted a commission in the Northamptonshire Regiment. He was wounded on the Somme in August, 1916, and a second time the 26th March last; he was convalescing from the latter wound when he was attacked by influenza and septic pneumonia, from which he died after very short illness. Captain Hadley was awarded the Military Cross in June, 1916.

JACKSON.    Bertram Rolfe
Captain. 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards. Killed in action in France and Flanders on 15th September 1916. Aged 31. Son of James and Grace Jackson (nee Blaine), of The Homemead, Heacham, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on GUARDS' CEMETERY, LESBOEUFS. Sp. Mem. 47. Also commemorated on a marble tablet within St. Mary' Church, Churchland, Heacham.
JELLEY   FJ 
Sergeant Major late K.O.S.B. & Norfolk Regiment. No further information available at present.
JEWELL  George  
Lance Sergeant 12611. 7th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 13th October 1915. Born Wisbech, Cambs. Enlisted Westminster, Middx. Son of Mr. and Mrs. George Jewell, of Station Rd., Heacham, King's Lynn. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL Panel 30 and 31
KAY  A H    
Possibly: Alexander Henry Kay. Lance Corporal 15098 (memorial has Corporal). 7th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds in France & Flanders on 21st November 1915. Aged 19. Born Briney, Cambs. Enlisted Norwich. Son of J. D. Kay, of Caerleon, Stapleford, Cambridge. Native of Coylton, Ayr. Buried in CHOCQUES MILITARY CEMETERY. Ref. I. H. 22.
LAWSON   W G
Private 786. Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment.) Died 8th May 1915. Born on 21st October 1875 in Docking, Norfolk. The son of Charles Lawson of Heacham. Pte Lawson was a clerk by profession and had spent 12 years in the 8th Hussars. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL. Panel 10 – 58
MALLETT    J B
Petty Officer. HMS Garth Castle. No further information available at present.
MENGHETTI  Victor
(MENGHETTE on CWGC) Private 124110. 58th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment.) Died 8th October 1916. Born on 24th December 1891 in London. His sister, Miss D. Menghette lived at Church Farm, Heacham. Private Menghette was a farmer. No known grave. Commemorated on VIMY MEMORIAL
MINDHAM  Arthur James
Private 17942. 8th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 22nd October 1917. Aged 30. Born Snettisham. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mindham, of 2, Alexandra Terrace, Heacham, King's Lynn, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL. Panel 34 to 35 and 162A
MORRIS  James  
Sapper 1955. 1st/3rd Kent Field Coy. Royal Engineers. Died at sea on 28th October 1915. Aged 39. Born Bolton, Lancs. Lived Heacham. Enlisted King’s Lynn. Son of the late John and Sarah Morris, of Bolton; husband of Jeanie Morris, of Heacham, Norfolk. Sapper Morris was a Surveyor. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL. Panel 23 to 25 or 325 to 328.
RICHARDSON William George
Possibly: Company Quartermaster Serjeant 549. 9th Battalion The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment.). Died on 4th February 1916. Aged 43. Born Belgaum, India. Lived Hammersmith. Enlisted Norwich. Son of John and Ellen Richardson; husband of C. Richardson, of 41, Wilson's Rd., Hammersmith. Served in the South African Campaign. Buried in HAMMERSMITH OLD CEMETERY.
RICHES  Alfred John
Rifleman B/201568. Posted to 2nd/10th Battalion, London Regiment Rifle Brigade. Formerly T/4/059312 Royal Army Service Corps. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 25th April 1918. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL Panel 81 to 84
ROYTHORNE  John 
Private 41287. 10th Battalion Essex Regiment. Formerly 30453 Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 26th April 1918. Aged 40. Born and lived Heacham. Enlisted King’s Lynn. Husband of Agnes Roythorne, of Church Green, Heacham, Norfolk. Buried in HANGARD WOOD BRITISH CEMETERY. Ref. I. D. 20.
RUSSELL Charles Rupert 
Private 240423. 1st/5th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Died in Palestine on 16th November 1917. Aged 26. Enlisted Dereham. Son of Benjamin and Vivian Russell, of High St. Heacham, King's Lynn. Buried in BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY. Ref. XXI. V. 37
SMITH  J N
Private. Norfolk Regiment. No further information available at present.
THORNE Arthur Burrell
Lieutenant (Pilot), 64 Training Squadron, Royal Air Force and Royal Field Artillery. Killed in a collision in the air whilst flying in a RE8, serial number B7729, with 2Lt H Watson, 8 May 1918. Aged 23. Born 25 March 1895. Married. Native of Heacham, Norfolk. Home address "the Willows," Heacham. Norfolk. No Cricinfo details. Buried 13 May 1918 in North-West part of HEACHAM (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD, Norfolk. See also Kennington, The Oval, Surrey County Cricket Club

Extract from Court of Inquiry:

Court of Inquiry. 22780/1918. Lieut. A.N.Thorne, 2/Lt. H. Watson and 2/Lt.M.J. Levine.

The cause of the acc was in our opinion due (whilst the pilots were on duty) to inexperience on the part of 2/Lt. Levine in that he failed to turn his machine to the right when the leader Lt.Thorne did so and that Lt.Thorne probably lost distance fron the formation in carrying out two succesive banks thereby causing the two machines to collide.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1918:

THORNE Arthur Burrell of the Willows Heacham Norfolk first-lieutenant R.A.F. died 8 May 1918 at Grantham Lincolnshire Administration London 16 July to Katharine Gwenllian Thorne widow. Effects £551 3s. 7d.

VINCENT  W J 
Private (Memorial states Lance Corporal) 1045. 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died 30th December 1914. Aged 41. Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Vincent. Buried in HEACHAM (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD.(Not on CD)
WORTHINGTON Arthur
Private 16651. 9th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 27th October 1917. Aged 38. Born Kensington, Middlesex. Enlisted Leicester. Son of John and Henrietta Worthington, of High St., Heacham, King's Lynn. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL. Panel 50 to 51

AND THOSE WHO FELL
IN THE WAR 1939 – 1945

ADAM  
A.B. Merchant Marine. No further information available at present.
ANDERSON George Edward
Gunner 1793911. 53 A.A. Regiment Royal Artillery. Died 20th February 1944. Aged 22. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Anderson, of Heacham, Norfolk. Buried in MADRAS WAR CEMETERY, CHENNAI. Ref. 9. D. 1.
BARRETT Donald Arthur  
Aircraftman 2nd Class 1398808. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 8th June 1943. Aged 19. Son of William and Florence Sarah Barrett, of Heacham Norfolk. Buried in HARARE (PIONEER) CEMETERY. War Graves Plot. Grave 99.
BOBBINS    Henry Robert James
Private 5773070 5th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died on 2nd July 1940. Aged 19. Son of John Henry and Florence May Bobbins, of Heacham. Buried in HEACHAM (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD
BRADFIELD   George Raymond
Pilot Officer 190455. 86 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 26th April 1945. Aged 21. Son of George Robert and Mary Bradfield, of Hunstanton, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL. Panel 268.
CROWN    Sidney
Volunteer 12th Norfolk Battalion, Home Guard. Died on 29th June 1941. aged 44. Son of William and Eliza Crown; husband of Beatrice Alice Crown, of Heacham. Buried in HEACHAM (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD
DAVIES  F T  
Lieutenant R.N.V.R. No further information available at present.
FOWLE Edmund George James
Stoker 1st Class C/KX 122579. Royal Navy H.M.L.C.P.(L)I. Died 18th July 1943. Aged 25. Son of Percy E. Fowle and Violet L. Fowle, of Heacham. Buried in HEACHAM (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD
FRARY  Reginald Thomas 
Sergeant 655230. Royal Air Force. Died on 14th August 1943. Aged 24. Son of Reginald C. Frary and Annie Frary, of Heacham; husband of Betty Frary. Buried in HEACHAM (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD.
GREEN  Owen Robert Vincent 
Corporal 2091250. 287 Field Company Royal Engineers. Died on 24th June 1943. Aged 36. Son of Owen Robert and Ada Louise Green; husband of Alice Gertrude Athow Green of Heacham, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY. Sp. Mem. 9. M. 9.
GUNTHER Eustace Rolfe 
Second Lieutenant 86103. 72 Searchlight Regiment. Royal Artillery. Died 31st March 1940. aged 37. Son of Robert William Theodore and Amy Gunther, of Heacham; husband of Mavis Hilda Dorothea Gunther, of Esher, Surrey. M.A. (Cantab.). Buried in HEACHAM (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD. See also Dragon School, Oxford War Memorial
HOWARD  Leslie Frederick
Private 5833592. 2nd Battalion Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died on 3rd September 1945. Aged 33. Son of Arthur and Sarah Howard; husband of Evelina Howard, of Congham, Norfolk. Buried in YOKOHAMA WAR CEMETERY. Ref. Brit. Sec. Q. D. 15.
STENTON John
Flight Lieutenant 47513. Royal Air Force. Died on 11th July 1945. Aged 32. Son of Harold and Cecily Stenton; husband of Violet Marion Stenton, of Heacham, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL. Column 446.
CAUNTER-JACKSON  Frederick Arthur
Pilot Officer 84035, 61 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Killed when his aircraft, Hampden AD727, crashed at sea off Buelk, north of Kiel Bay, Germany, when shot down by German flak while minelaying 12 June 1941. Husband of P. M. Caunter-Jackson, of King's Lynn, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 31.
JACKSON James Bertram 
Second Lieutenant 140543. 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards Royal Armoured Corps. Died on 21st August 1940. Aged 22. Son of Bedver B. L. Jackson and of Kathleen C. R. Jackson, of Heacham, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on IPSWICH CREMATORIUM.
JOHNSON   Norman Wilfred
Driver T/106215. Royal Army Service Corps. Died on 4th October 1941. Aged 42. Son of Fredrick and Emma Johnson; nephew of Kate Rutter, of Merton Park, Surrey. Member Pharmaceutical Society. Buried in SHENLEY (ST. BOTOLPH) CHURCHYARD. Ref. Row 1. Grave 4.
MARTIN  E W 
Driver R.A.S.C. No further information available at present.
PARKER G
Yeoman of Sigs Regiment R.N. No further information available at present.
PATRICK    Sydney Cubitt Matthew
First Radio Officer. S.S. Khedive Ismail (London). Merchant Navy. Died on 12th February 1944. Aged 43. Husband of Mary Anne Patrick, of Kippen, Stirlingshire. No known grave. Commemorated on TOWER HILL MEMORIAL. Panel 61.

Special note: The S.S. Khedive Ismail was being used as a troop ship when she was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. This resulted in the loss of 1297 people including 77 women.

RICHES  Basil V
Driver T/50636. Royal Army Service Corps. attd. 4 Field Amb. Royal Army Medical Corps. Died on 16th January 1940. Aged 31. Son of Frederick and Edith Riches, of Heacham, Norfolk; husband of Daisy Winifred Riches, of Heacham. Buried in CHAMBIERES FRENCH NATIONAL CEMETERY, METZ. Ref. Grave 5.
SKEAT  William Albert
(SKEET on CWGC)  Private 13002874 Pioneer Corps (Norfolk Regiment on memorial). Died on 26th May 1941. aged 43. Son of William and Harriet Skeet; husband of Matilda S. Skeet, of Heacham. Buried in HEACHAM (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD
TAYLOR  John George
Sergeant (W. Op.) 1028370. 158 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 14th September 1943. Aged 32. Son of John and Edith Ellen Taylor, of Heacham; husband of Edith Mary Taylor. Buried in HEACHAM (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD
THORNE D.S.O. Gordon Calthrop
Lieutenant Colonel 13944. Royal Norfolk Regiment, Cdg. 2nd Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Date of death uncertain. Between 2nd and 3rd March 1942. Aged 43. Son of Frederick Gordon and Mabel Thorne; husband of Pamela Thorne. Mentioned in Despatches, 1914-18 War. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL. Column 47.
WILLIAMSON   Lancelot Percy
Flight Sergeant (Pilot) 621628. Royal Air Force. Died on 13th July 1945. Aged 25. Son of Percy George and Annie Maud Williamson, of Sedgeford. Buried in FRING (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD, Norfolk.
WOODHOUSE  Horace H 
[Memorial incorrectly lists him as Royal Norfolk Regiment and as H W] Private 14726862, 2nd Battalion The Glkasgow Highlanders, Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment). Died 15th April 1945. Aged 20. Buried in HANOVER WAR CEMETERY, Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany. Plot 7. Row D. Grave 5.

ADDITIONAL NAMES ON ROLL OF HONOUR FOR 1939-1945

HOWE George R
Private 5778106, 6th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died of acute enteritis as a japanese Prisoner of War 25 June 1943. Aged 29. Born and resident Norfolk. Son of Alfred and Gertrude Clara Howe; husband of Pansy Howe, of Gaywood, King's Lynn, Norfolk. Buried in KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY, THailand. Plot 2. Row M. Grave 61.
STENTON   John
Flight Lieutenant 47513, Royal Air Force. Died 11 July 1945. Aged 32. Son of Harold and Cecily Stenton; husband of Violet Marion Stcnton, of Heacham, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated at SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 446.

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