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posted by alias Moominpappa06 on Saturday 29th of October 2011 12:44:42 AM

With grateful acknowledgement to the Roll of Honour (RoH) web-site that served as the starting point for my research. www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/Martham.html Starkings, William Samuel Anguish……………………………………….(RoH) Deck Hand 2723DA. H.M. Trawler Lord Salisbury, Royal Naval Reserve. Died on 4th May 1917. Aged 27. Son of William Samuel Anguish Starkings, of Martham Cess, Gt. Yarmouth, and the late Elizabeth Starkings. Commemorated: Chatham Naval Memorial. Column 26. CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=3053675 Norlink – no match The 11 year William, born Martham, is recorded on the 1901 census at Staithe House, Martham. This is the household of his Widower father, William, (aged 33 and a General Labourer from Martham). His other children are:- Frederick…………..aged 10………..born Martham James………………aged 7…………born Martham Lord Salisbury, hired trawler, minesweeper, mined and sunk in Aegean BRADY, Sydney, Trimmer, RNR, TS 1675 LONSDALE, Hugh P, Deck Hand, RNR, DA 2726 READDING, William, Trimmer, RNR, TS 3634 STARKINGS, William S A, Deck Hand, RNR, DA 2723 www.naval-history.net/xDKCas1917-05May.htm "At 1:20 PM when in position 40.42N;25.56E, a mine was seen floating on the surface on the starboard bow. The trawler closed slowly, intending to dispose of it by gunfire when they struck a submerged mine they had not seen." Source: British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era 1860-1919, David Hepper The trawler has 285grt and was built 1911. Former fishing sign is H.323 uboat.net/forums/read.php?23,79659,80058#msg-80058 Turner, Alfred E……………………………………………………(RoH) Private 13989. 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Died on 20th January 1916. Buried: Martham (St. Mary) Churchyard Extension. CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2802658 Norlink – no match October 2017 - its been pointed out to me that I had identified the wrong Alfred Turner from the Census records. I've therefore deleted that information. To see the correct birth, baptism and census details please click on the photo link in the comments box below. There does not appear to be a Medal Index Card for Alfred which would tend to indicate that he did not enter a Theatre of War and therefore his death was as a result of accident or illness in the UK before he could join his unit. The death of an Alfred E. Turner, aged 27, was recorded in the Flegg District of Norfolk in the January to March 1916 quarter. That age doesn’t tie in with him being 15 in 1901 but there are no other obvious candidates for a death recorded in England and Wales. Turner, James………..............………………………(RoH) RoH - No further information available at present Possibly Name:TURNER, HERBERT JAMES Rank:Private Regiment/Service:Royal Fusiliers Unit Text:17th Bn. Age:18 Date of Death:06/06/1918 Service No:77795 Additional information: Son of Mrs. E. Turner, of Somerton Rd., Martham, Great Yarmouth. Native of Fleggburgh. Grave/Memorial Reference:XVIII. B. 14. Cemetery:BIENVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=266453 Norlink – no match The most likely match on the 1901 census is a Herbert born Burgh St Margaret in the District of Flegg, which seems on the 1911 census to have become Flegg Burgh. The 1 year old Herbert is recorded in the household of his grand-mother and probably his single parent mother. Head of the household is a 66 year old Widow, Sarah Ann Turner from Burgh St Margaret, who has living with her 29 year old single daughter, Emily, a Charwoman from the same village, and two grand-children, Herbert and presumably his sister Flora, (aged 5 and from Burgh St. Margaret). Turner, Redvers W H………………………………………………………(RoH) Boy 2nd Class J/91827 H.M.S. Powerful, Royal Navy. Died on 23rd September 1918. Born 1901 in Martham. Aged 18. Son of Herbert and Alice Turner [1901 census] Buried: Martham (St. Mary) Churchyard Extension. CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2802659 (RWH) Norlink – no match The 6 month\week old Redvers W.H, (curse of the census takers handwriting again !) is recorded on the 1901 census at Cess, Martham. He is living with his parents in the household of his maternal grand-parents. Redvers was born Martham, and his parents are Herbert B Turner, (aged 22 and a General Labourer from Martham) and Alice S, (aged 20 and from Martham). The householders are Samuel Gallant, (aged 64 and from Martham) and Judith, (aged 62 and from Martham). They have their own son, Frederick J,, aged 14 and from Martham living with them. The headstone reads In Loving Memory of REDVERS The beloved eldest son of Benjamin and Alice Turner Who died in Plymouth Hospital September 23rd 1918 Aged 18 years Powerful, harbour training ship, Devonport, ex-cruiser BAKER, Horace N D, Boy 2c, J 93200, illness BROOMFIELD, David B, Boy 2c, J 92251, illness STONE, Horace T, Boy 2c, J 92273, illness TURNER, Redver W H, Boy 2c, J 91827, illness www.naval-history.net/xDKCas1918-09Sep.htm There was definitely something going the rounds - possibly the Spanish Flu. Skimming through the same site, 21st - 3 deaths from illness 19th - 2 “ “ 18th - 1 “ “ 17th - 1 “ “ 15th - 1 “ “ Also 24th - 1 “ “ 25th - 1 “ “ 26th - 3 “ “ 27th - 4 “ “ 28th - 1 “ “ 30th - 1 “ “ The same period also has deaths from illness at HMS Vivid, the RN base at Devonport. The same web-site has the following note against the July 1918 casualty list. THE SPANISH INFLUENZA The pandemic lasted from approximately July 1918 to April 1919 with a major peak in the UK between September 1918 and January 1919. It can be assumed that the vast majority of illness deaths in these periods were due to the Spanish flu. www.naval-history.net/xDKCas1918-07Jul.htm Utting, Edward………………………………………………………(RoH) Private G/18528. 7th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action with the British Expeditionary Force on 18th September 1918. Aged 20. Born Martham. Enlisted Wroxham. Son of Mrs. M. A. Utting, of Black St., Martham, Great Yarmouth, and the late Mr. D. Utting. Buried: Epehy Wood Farm Cemetery, Epehy, Somme, France. Ref. II B. 16. CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=541596 Norlink – no match The 2 year old Edward, born Martham, is recorded on the 1901 census at Hemsby Road, Martham. This is the household of his parents, Daniel, (aged 46 and an Agricultural Labourer from Martham) and Mary Ann, (aged 42 and from Hemsby). Their other children are:- Agnes………………….aged 7………………born Martham Annie…………………..aged 12……………born Martham Daniel………………….aged 19…………..born Martham……Agricultural Labourer Sydney………………..aged 5…………….born Martham The 7th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment was part of the 12th (Eastern) Division. The CWGC has this historical note about the Epehy Wood Farm Cemetery. The village of Epehy was captured at the beginning of April 1917. It was lost on 22 March 1918 after a spirited defence by the Leicester Brigade of the 21st Division and the 2nd Royal Munster Fusiliers. It was retaken (in the Battle of Epehy) on 18 September 1918, by the 7th Norfolks, 9th Essex and 1st/1st Cambridgeshires of the 12th (Eastern) Division. The cemetery takes its name from the Ferme du Bois, a little to the east. Plots I and II were made by the 12th Division after the capture of the village, and contain the graves of officers and men who died in September 1918 (or, in a few instances, in April 1917 and March 1918). www.cwgc.org/search/cemetery_details.aspx?cemetery=60301&... Although the Royal Sussex are not mentioned there, they took part in the battle and their casualties were 8 Officers killed and 10 wounded, and 66 OR’s killed and 184 wounded. battlefields1418.50megs.com/7sussex.htm Utting, George………………………………………………….(RoH) Private 15674. 8th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 17th February 1917. Born Martham. Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D. CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=817783 (No additional information, so assumed confirmation of birthplace came from Soldiers Who Died In the Great War CD) Norlink – no match The most likely candidate on the 1901 census is a George W, aged 4 and born Martham, who is recorded at Cess, Martham. This is the household of his parents, George A, (aged 26 and a General Dealer from Martham) and Helen E, (aged 25 and from Burgh St Margaret). Their other children are:- Bertha H………………aged u/1……………..born Martham Helen M………………aged 9……………….born Martham 8th Battalion War Diary - Appendix. Battle of South Miraumont Trench 17th -18th February 1917. Reference: ANCRE Valley Map 1 / 10,000 France 57d.S E. 1: MOVE TO FORWARD AREA On February 1917, the battalion left HEDAUVILLE and moved into the forward area. By 8 p.m the battalion was situated as shown in the attached Location table, (Appendix 1) where it remained night 15th/16th February and 16th February 1917. 2.ROLE OF THE BATTALION IN THE ATTACK Orders issued to the Battalion by G.O.C, 53rd Infantry Brigade were to the effect that:- 1) 1 company was to attack on the left of the 6th Royal Berkshire Regiment. Frontage. On the line R.15.b.60.42 - R.15.b.24.43, Objectives. FINAL - The Railway Embankment from R.9.b.85.60 to R.9.b.66.55 FIRST INTERMEDIATE - A line running from R.10.a.0.1 to R.9.b.85.05. Strong Points were to be constructed at approximately:- (a) R.9.b.9.1 (b) R.9.b.6870 (b) Two Companies were to act as Supporting Companies to the 8th Suffolk Regiments and the 6th Royal Berkshire Regiment respectively. (c ) One Company was to carry and work under Officer i/c Dumps 3. MOVE TO ASSEMBLY POSITIONS Between midnight and 4.a.m night of 16th/17th February 1917 the Battalion moved to positions shown in Locations Table this being in accordance with 53rd Infantry Brigade Orders. 4.GENERAL Owing to the fact that the Companies were distributed over so wide a front it is proposed to deal with each Company separately. Companies were disposed of as below:- “A” (Capt. C F Ashdown MC)……………Attacking Company “B” (2nd Lieut. D B Hill)………………….Attached 6th Royal Berkskire Regiment “C” (Lieut (a\Capt) G E Dillon)…………..Carrying Company “D” (2nd Lieut G Cutbill)………………….Attached 8th Suffolk Regiment 5 “A” Company - Captain C F Ashdown M.C. To this company were attached:- 4 Bombing Sections from “C” Company 1 L.G and Team from Headquarter Company A few details - Signallers, Intelligence men and Observers from Headquarters Company. At 5.30 am the Company was formed up in position. Considerable difficulty was experienced owing to the facts that:- (i) A heavy hostile barrage, consisting chiefly of 5.9 shells were directed on the forming up line. This barrage started at 5.a.m and continued until 5.45 am (Zero hour). (ii) Owing to the intense darkness and the slippery state of the ground the difficulties of Communication and Keeping touch were much intensified. During the forming up, the Company’s casualties were 1 Officer and about 15 Other Ranks. At Zero hour, 5.45 am, the Company commenced to advance under our artillery barrage. A few shells appeared to fall short on the left of our barrage. It is unfortunately impossible to obtain any report on the Stokes Barrage, arranged by 53rd Trench Mortar Battery as no one made any special note of this, but it is presumed to have been effective as no hostile opposition was met with on arrival at the First Intermediate Objective. Almost immediately the advance commenced, the left two sections of both the first and second waves and a proportion of the third wave lost direction. This is attributed to the following facts:- (a) Darkness (b) Difficulty on the left in distinguishing the barrage owing to the bursting of Boche shells. ( c) The shell burst and the gun flashes had a very dazzling effect. Those troops who lost direction commenced to advance on GRANDCOURT with their right on the GRANDCOURT ROAD. Capt C F ASHDOWN M.C. immediately went forward himself and collected all the men whom he could see, irrespective of their waves, led them back into the valley and up to the First Intermediate Objective where he succeeded in gaining touch with a few men of his own Company under 2nd Lieut. D A LEAMON and the left platoon of the 6th Royal Berkshire Regiment which had advanced in exactly the right direction. The first objective was reached at 6.a.m. A message to this effect was received at B.H.Q. at 8 am and repeated to Brigade at 8.5 am. At 8.50 am a report timed 7.25 am was received from a special Officers patrol which had been sent forward to get in touch with “A” Company, It stated that the final objective had been taken at 7 am and that “A” Company were in touch on right with 6th Royal Berkshire Regiment. This was confirmed at 9.30 am by a message from O.C. “A” Company timed 7.55 am. This was repeated to Brigade - DN33 - at 9.35 am. Hostile machine gun fire was active at R.10.b.25.80 and in R.3.a sniping at our men with some success. On arrival at the final objective, 2 Strong Points were made: One at R.9.b.7.5, the other in conjunction with the left company, 6th Royal Berkshire Regiment at R.10.a.2.6. From this time until 4.30 am 19th February 1917 the company remained in the same spot. The enemy shelled very heavily, particularly the area S. of the GRANDCOURT - MIRAUMONT Road. At 4.30 am 19th February 1917 the company was relieved by 10th Bn, the Essex Regiment. 6.”B” Company - 2nd Lieut D B Hill At zero hour the company was formed up as shown in the attached Location Table, (Appendix 1). The company remained in this position until about 8.30 am 17th February during which time it came under heavy shell fire of all calibres up to 5.9. This appeared to come from the direction of LOUPARD WOOD. At 8.30 am 17th February, under instructions issued by O.C 6th Royal Berkshire Regiment, the Company moved into GRANDCOURT TRENCH, (for exact position see Location Table). The Company remained here until about 4.30 am on the 19th February 1917. During this period the Company had several casualties but was not employed excepting for supplying parties for the burial of the dead. At 4.30 am February 19th 1917, the Company was withdrawn to HESSIAN TRENCH. 7. “C” Company - Lieut. (A/Captain) G E Dillon. At zero hour the company was formed up as shown in the attached Location Table, (Appendix 1). From 7.am 17th February 1917 until 6 pm the same day the Company was exclusively employed in carrying forward stores, (S.A.A, Bombs, R.E. material, etc) from the existing dumps at:- R16.d.6.8 R.16.b.8.6 To forwards dumps at:- R.11.c.2.4 R.10.d.5.8 respectively. The going was extremely bad and got worse as the day wore on. The right party came under some shell fire and sustained 7 casualties. The left company was more fortunate as it was enabled to move along the GRANDCOURT ROAD for some way and although this was heavily shelled by 5.9 shells from the direction of LOUPART WOOD, it was rarely that a direct hit was received upon the road. Owing to the greasy state of the ground and mud there were a considerable amount of sprained ankles and knees. At about 6 pm the left party arrived back at ST PIERRE DIVON. The right party did not reach this village until midnight. February 18th 1917. At 7 am and 10 am respectively the left and right parties commenced to carry forward stores from the dump in GRANDCOURT R.8.d.3.1 to the dumps at R.11.c.2.4 and R.?.d.5.8. The going was exceedingly bad. An example is given in the following:- at one spot, the left party - consisting of about 30 men - took 2 1/2 hours to cover a distance of about 200 yards. At this time the load was one box S.A.A, 2 boxes Mills Grenades to two men. Both parties arrived back at ST PIERRE LIVON at 6 pm. Early on the morning of the 19th February 1917 the Company move to GRAVEL PITS, the men by this time being exhausted as they had been carrying continuously for practically 36 hours under exceedingly bad conditions. Considerable praise is due to 2nd Lieut. A. BENTLEY and 2nd Lieut, A F SHRLOCK who carried out a very monotonous and wearying task - often under very heavy shell fire - with unfailing cheerfulness and resource. This was the first time either of these officers had been in action. 8. “D” Company………….Lieut. B.CUTBILL From Zero hour until noon 17th February 1917 this company remained lying under the bank which runs from R.16.b.9.0 to R.16.d.2.7. Throughout this period it was continuously shelled from the direction of LOUPART WOOD. Small parties were supplied to 8th Suffolk Regiment for carrying forward water and R.E. supplies to GRANDCOURT TRENCH, COFFEE TRENCH and BOOM RAVINE. At noon, 17th February 1917, two platoons were withdrawn to REGINA TRENCH and remained in dugouts and shafts in the vicinity of R.22.a.5.4. At 9 am on the 18th February the remaining two platoons were withdrawn to REGINA where the whole company remained until 3 pm 18th February 1917. At this hour it was moved back to GRAVEL PITS in vicinity R.27.c.5.3. At 3 am 19th February 1917 it was moved from GRAVEL PITS to dugouts in HESSIAN TRENCH at abut R.21.d.5.8. 9. Headquarters Company……………Lieut. A J H Patten Throughout the action this company was exclusively employed on carrying duties: Wire, R E materials, etc, being sent up to “A” Company from the dump in R.15.b.8.7 Casualties incurred in the Battle of South Miraumont Trench Midnight 16th/17th February 1917 to noon 19th Februay 1917 **************************************OTHER RANKS*************************** Nature of Casualty…”A” Coy………”B” Coy………”C” Coy……….”D” Coy……H Q Coy…Total Killed…………………7.………………5.…………….-………….........4.…………..1.………….17 Wounded…………….16.……………..15.……………7.………………11.…………8.………….57 Missing………………12.……………..3.……………..-……….............1.…………..2.………….18 Totals……………….35.………………23.……………7.………………16.…………11.………..92 Wounded. Second Lieutenant John Algernon Wynyard PEYTON “A” Company. Watson, Charles John……………………………………….(RoH) Private 20804. 1st Battalion Essex Regiment. Formerly 18325 Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds in France & Flanders on 1st July 1916. Aged 24. Born and lived Martham. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Charlotte Watson, of Black St., Martham, Great Yarmouth. Buried: Knightsbridge Cemetery, Mesnil-Martinsart, Somme, France. Ref. C. 42. CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=180683 Norlink – no match The 8 year old Charles, birthplace not shown, was recorded on the 1901 census at Clark Farm Road, Martham. This is the household of his widowed mother, Charlotte, aged 50 and a Charwoman from Martham. Her other children are:- George B…………..aged 6…………….born Martham Honora…………….aged 10……………born Martham Mildred……………aged 14……………born Martham. She also has a grand-daughter living with her – Blanch Hodds, aged 13 and born Martham as well as a 66 year old lodger. 1st July 1916 Corps Report to Army Headquarters, (from the National Archive) At this time the Divisional Headquarters was under the impression that the 87th Bde. had reached its objective and the 4th Division on their left and the 36th Division on their right were reported to be advancing with little opposition. General de Lisle, believing that the leading battalions of the 87th Bde. had gone through and that the German machine-guns in the rear were checking the advance of the supporting battalions, resolved to make another effort to capture the front line. At 8.37 a.m. he ordered the 88th Bde. to attack the German front line with 2 battalions between the western point of the "Y" Ravine (Q.10.d.6.7.) and the right Divisional boundary. Accordingly at 9.5 the 1st Newfoundland Regiment advanced to the attack, but the 1st Essex on their right were delayed by blocks in the trenches. Both bns. suffered severely from machine-gun and shell fire, and neither reached the German lines. www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pathways/firstworldwar/transc... Then it was the turn of the Newfoundland Regiment who had to leave the cover of the trenches clogged with the dead and the dying from the previous attacks and advance towards their jumping off point. Their attack from in front of their own barbed wire began at 09.15. It is worth mentioning that the direction of the Newfoundlanders' attack was different to that of the previous attacks. They did not advance directly towards the German front line (ie. towards where the Highlanders Memorial is now) in the direction the South Wales Borderers had taken - but more in the direction of where 'Y' Ravine Cemetery is now. The original plan had been for the Newfoundlanders to advance beyond the German lines and to the east of Beaumont Hamel on the assumption that the German positions would have been captured in the earlier attacks. Although the War Diary of the Newfoundland Regiment indicates that they were told by their Brigade Commander that the 'situation was not cleared up' in the German front line and that their objective was now to take it and then to push on towards their old objective, it seems very likely that this change of plan could not be communicated to the men already in the process of advancing. Hence the different direction of their attack. This change may also explain why the Newfoundlanders casualties were higher than those of any of the other Battalions which went into action in this area. Their advance took them (according to the South Wales Borderers' sketch map) directly towards 3 German machine guns and exposed them to another firing into their right flank. On the right of the Newfoundland Regiment was 1st Essex Regiment. They, too, got held up in clogged trenches but their commander was more cautious than the Newfoundlanders' commander. They did not leave the cover of their trenches. Their attack which did not begin until 10.50, and was called off at 11.10, was limited and their casualties were lower. The Essex lived to fight another day. www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-on-land/61-batt... Watson, Ernest George………………………………………(RoH) Private 129745. 15th Battalion Machine Gun Corps (Inf). Formerly 73360 Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 5th November 1918. Aged 27. Born Martham. Enlisted Newcastle. Lived Willington. Son of Lewis and Hannah Watson; husband of Marion Watson, of 3, Bracey's Buildings, Martham, Great Yarmouth. Buried: Wez-Velvain (Velvain) Churchyard, Brunehaut, Hainaut, Belgium. CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=479214 Norlink – no match Military Genealogy site has born Martham, resident Willington. The 10 year old Ernest G. born Martham, is recorded on the 1901 census at Braceys Buildings, Martham. This is the household of his parents, Lewis, (aged 45 and an Agricultural Labourer from Martham) and Hannah M. (aged 42 and from Mattishall). Their other children are:- John E…………………….aged 12……………born Martham Kathleen L……………..aged 3………………born Martham Watson, George…………………………………………………(RoH) RoH - No further information available at present. Charles John listed above has a brother George B. Watson, Robert Samuel…………………………………..(RoH) Deck Hand 3165DA. H.M. Drifter Cosmos Royal Naval Reserve. Died on 15th February 1918. Aged 23. Son of Maria Debbage (formerly Watson), of Mustard Hurn, Martham, Gt. Yarmouth. Commemorated: Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Panel 31. CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=3048156 Norlink – no match The most likely match on the 1901 census is a six year old Robert, born Aylsham, who was recorded at Piggins Yard, Martham. This was the household of his widowed mother, Maria, (aged 35 and a Charwoman from Wickhampton, Norfolk ?). Her other children are:- Eliza…………………….aged 13…………………….born Martham Ernest…………………..aged 11…………………born Martham Rosa……………………..aged 8…………………..born Martham night of 14/15 February LAST GERMAN DESTROYER RAID ON THE DOVER STRAITS Cosmos, hired net drifter, sunk CAREY, Ambrose W, Deck Boy, RNR, SBD 1039 CHILDS, Solomon W, Deck Hand, RNR, DA 5443 HARRISON, Charles S, Telegraphist, RNVR, Mersey Z 2128 LIVINGSTONE, David, Ty/Lieutenant, RNR MILLER, John F, Engineman, RNR, ES 2383 MILSOM, Harry, Deck Hand, RNR, SD 978 MUTTITT, James L, Deck Hand, RNR, DA 5444 SHAWCROFT, George H, Ordinary Telegraphist, RNVR, Mersey Z 4023 SMITH, Percy H B, Leading Deck Hand, RNR, DA 3204 THACKER, George D, Ty/Skipper, RNR WATSON, Robert S, Deckhand, RNR, DA 3165 www.naval-history.net/xDKCas1918-02Feb.htm Wedge, Maurice…………………………………………………(RoH) Private G/24549. 7th Battalion The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regt.). Formerly 9355 Royal Sussex Regiment. Died on 21st October 1916. Aged 24. Born London. Lived Martham. Enlisted Great Yarmouth. Buried: Martham (St. Mary) Churchyard Extension. Ref. D.18. CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2802660 (No additional information, so assumed confirmation of birthplace came from Soldiers Who Died In the Great War CD) Norlink – no match The 9 year old Maurice, born London, is recorded on the 1901 census at Repps Road, Martham. This is the household of his widowed Grandmother, Maria, (aged 68, born Martham and Living on Own Means). As well as Maurice she also has two other grandsons living with her, Edgar Wedge (aged 11) and James Wedge, (aged 13), both originally from London. He is remembered on a family memorial in the churchyard In Loving Memory MAURICE WEDGE Who died of Wounds October 21st 1916 Aged 24 years “He fought the good fight” The death of the 24 year old Maurice was recorded in the Elham District of Kent in the October to December 1916 quarter. The 7th Royal West Surreys, as part of the 18th Eastern Division, (which included the 8th Norfolks) had been involved on the Somme throughout the summer and early autumn. A list of the divisional engagements to the time of Private Wedge’s death includes Battle of Albert. 1-13 Jul 1916, including the capture of Montauban, Mametz, Fricourt, Contalmaison and La Boisselle. Battle of Bazentin. 14-17 Jul 1916, including the capture of Longueval, Trones Wood and Ovillers. Battle of Delville Wood. 15 Jul-3 Sep 1916. Battle of Thiepval. 26-28 Sep 1916. Battle of the Ancre Heights. 1-11 Oct 1916, including the capture of the Schwaben Redoubt, Stuff Redoubt and the Regina Trench. www.warpath.orbat.com/divs/18_div.htm Widdick, Herbert John……………………………………………..(RoH) Private 14363. 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds on 8th October 1918. Aged 22. Born Potter Heigham. Enlisted Great Yarmouth. Son of David and Priscilla Widdick, of Martham, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk; husband of Ellen Dorothy May Widdick, of 5, Norfolk St., Worthing. Buried: Bellicourt British Cemetery, Aisne, France. Ref V. K. 7. CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=238768 Norlink – no match The 5 year old Herbert John, born Potter Heigham, is recorded on the 1901 census at Church School House, Potter Heigham. This is the household of his parents, David, (aged 40 and a Railway Signalman from Hampshire) and Priscilla D, (aged 36 and from Whitwell, Norfolk). Their other children are:- Archibald John……………..aged 14…………..born Lenwade, Norfolk…….Errand Boy Edith Annie…………………..aged 10…………..born Sheringham, Norfolk Grace Gladys………………..aged 6…………….born Potter Heigham Rose Alice…………………….aged 2…………….born Potter Heigham Herbert John was baptised at St Nicholas, Potter Heigham on the 12th April 1896, with his date of birth given as 1st March 1896.His parents are listed as David, a Railway Porter, and Priscilla Dunham. The family reside in Potter Heigham. This was the period of The Battle of Cambrai, 1918 - 8th - 9th October 1918, which the 6th Division, of which the 9th Norfolks were part, was involved in. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Cambrai_%281918%29 7th October 1918 71st Brigade relieved part of 16th Infantry Brigade on left next to American 30th Division 8th October 1918 General attack towards Bohain - 71st Infantry Brigade on left, 16th Infantry Brigade on right, 18th Infantry Brigade in Divisional Reserve with West Yorks (attached to 16th Infantry Brigade) attacking up the valley, French on right - all objectives gained by night. Took over part of line by night from 30th American Division and handed over part to 46th Division 9th October 1918 Attack under a barrage at dawn towards Bohain and Fresnoy - Bohain captured during night by 9th Norfolks 10th October 1918 Advance by 71st Infantry Brigade to high ground 2,000 yards east of Bohain, 46th Division on right. Reconnaissance in force by 71st Infantry Brigade brought to a halt by machine gun fire. 18th Infantry Brigade relieved 71st Infantry Brigade by night. www.archive.org/stream/hist6thdivision00marduoft/hist6thd... Wilkinson, Henry Etridge………………………………………..(RoH) Fitter Staff Serjeant 51770. 10th Battery Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds in Gallipoli on 6th June 1915 (CD gives 14th June 1915). Aged 21. Lived Great Yarmouth. Enlisted Woolwich. Son of Mr. H. E. and Mrs. M. A. Wilkinson, of Repps Rd., Martham, Great Yarmouth. Buried: Pink Farm Cemetery, Helles, Greece. Ref. III. B. 6. CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=601676 Norlink – no match The 7 year old Henry E, born Martham, was recorded on the 1901 census at Repps Road, Martham. This is the household of his parents, Henry E, (aged 38 and a Veterinary Surgeon from Newcastle on Tyne, Northumberland.) and Mary A, (aged 34 and from Ponteland, Northumberland). There is a memorial in the headstone for the father in the Church Grounds. “In Memory of HENRY ETRIDGE WILKINSON M.R.C.V.S Died February 23rd 1933 Aged 70 years. Also HENRY ETRIDGE, his son FTR S/SGT 10th Bty 29th Division Gallipoli, Died June 6th 1915 Aged 21 years And of MARY ANN his wife Who died April 10th 1946 Aged 79 years. Youngs, Charles William………………………………………(RoH) (Young on CD & CWGC) Private 28074. 1st Battalion The King's (Liverpool Regiment). Formerly 16831 Manchester Regiment. Killed in action between 13th and 15th November 1916. Aged 24. Born Martham. Lived Northendon, Manchester. Enlisted Manchester. Son of Robert and Caroline Young, of Rollesby Rd., Martham, Great Yarmouth. Buried: Serre Road Cemetery No. 2, Somme, France. Ref. I. A. 22. CWGC www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=610236 Norlink – no match The 9 year old Charles, born Martham, is recorded on the 1901 census at The Green, Martham. This is the household of his parents, Robert, (aged 44 and a Yardman on Farm) and Caroline, (aged 42 and from Walcot). Their other children are:- Helen…………….aged 6…………….born Martham Hetty…………….aged 12………….born Martham John………………aged 13……………born Martham………Apprentice to General Smith Family headstone in the Churchyard In Loving Memory of our Dear Parents CAROLINE YOUNGS Died Sept. 13th(?) 1924(?) Aged 67 years ROBERT YOUNGS Died Jan 5th (?) 1925 Aged 68 years Also PTE C W YOUNGS Second Son of the above Who made the Supreme Sacrifice In France Nov.15th 1917 Aged 25 years (Date slightly) different from the Roll of Honour and CWGC. 1st Battalion August 1914 : in Aldershot. Part of 6th Brigade, 2nd Division. Landed at Le Havre 13 August 1914. www.1914-1918.net/kings.htm Monday 13th November 1916. Day 136 The Battle of the Ancre, the final battle of the Somme Campaign began today. Redan Ridge 2nd Div attacked Redan Ridge north of Beaumont Hamel with 6 Bde on the left and 5 Bde on the right. 99 Bde was in reserve. 5 Bde formed up in No Man’s Land and, staying close to the creeping barrage, took the German front line with little difficulty. 2nd Bn, Highland Light Infantry and 24th Royal Fusiliers pressed on to Beaumont Trench. The Fusiliers blocked the trench because 6 Bde’s advance had fallen behind. They fought off some German bombing attacks. 6 Bde had real problems. Fog and mud slowed the advance as did fire from the Quadrilateral. Added to which the German wire was intact. Troops from the brigade’s four battalions entered the German trenches where they were pinned down by MG fire. By 7.30 am only 5 Bde was ready to move on to the second objective, Frankfurt Trench. Only a few men reached this objective and soon withdrew. Also at 7.30am 99 Bde began to move forward to support the attack but orders for an advance by the brigade were cancelled and 2nd Div began to consolidate on it’s captured trenches. 6 Bde was withdrawn to re-org. forum.irishmilitaryonline.com/showthread.php?t=9058&p... The British never captured this area and the nearby village of Serre. It was only when the Germans retreated to the stronger defensive works at the Hindenburg line that they were able to occupy the area and recover many of the bodies of their fallen comrades



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