Memorial Names

The names of those who served in both world wars are inscribed on the War Memorial’s two Roll of Honour side panels:

Roll of Honour – Left Hand Side Roll of Honour – Right Hand Side
William Forbes NORRIS * Albert Edward ELLIS
Walter Blomfield ANDREWS Henry GIBSON
Wilfred George LAKE * Ernest Percy DOUGHTY
Edward Barber LEEDER * Alfred Frederick WILLIAMSON
Charles William BURLINGHAM Samuel Charles DYE
Robert Cecil BURLINGHAM * Arthur Robert BUCK *
Percy Gerald MEALE Sidney Herbert MYHILL
Thomas Walter DOUGHTY * Fred SADLER
Ernest Charles HARVEY George DAWSON *
Ernest Barnet BRAY Cubitt George BOWMAN
Sidney Alec WINTERBONE Robert Henry DOUGHTY
Edward WRIGHT Cyril Frederick MYHILL
Albert Thomas HASTINGS Cyril Raymond DYE
Nicholas Robert COLMAN * Stanley SADLER *
Alfred William DUCKER * Charles DEW *
Herbert George MINDHAM Arthur SADLER
Frederick DAWSON Edward SADLER
Augustus Elmar DOUGHTY
Alfred WRIGHT *
Sidney Herbert RUTLAND
Arthur Charles FARROW
Leonard Leslie MITCHELL

The Heroic Dead : WW1

The names marked with an * above are listed on the central panel of the memorial, Greater Love Hath No Man Than This, where they are marked with a gold asterisk indicating The Heroic Dead.  We have established their age, date and place of death, and the regiments they served with:

Name Died Location Regiment
William Forbes NORRIS 25 August 1915, aged 21 Suvla Bay, Gallipoli 1/5th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment (Lieutenant), attached to the 54th Divisional Cyclist Company.
Alfred William DUCKER 15 April 1916, aged 18 Persian Gulf, Basra 2nd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment (Private 19342).
Wilfred George LAKE 10 September 1916, aged 20 France, the Somme Norfolk Yeomanry (1520); 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment.
Robert Cecil BURLINGHAM 2 November 1917, aged 21 Palestine, Gaza 1/5th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment (Private 240688).
Nicholas Robert COLMAN 30 November 1917, aged 20 France, Cambrai 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment (Corporal 9566).
Alfred WRIGHT 8 December 1917, aged 22 Palestine, Jerusalem 3/1st Norfolk Yeomanry (2632): 179th Company Machine Gun Corps (95831).
Edward Barber LEEDER 31 January 1918, aged 21 North Sea (submarine) Royal Navy (SS/5311).
Thomas Walter DOUGHTY 24 March 1918, aged 26 France, the Somme Royal Army Service Corps (Driver T4/045185): 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (Rifleman 47409).
Arthur Robert BUCK 25 May 1918, aged 41 France, the Somme 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment (29227).
Stanley SADLER 15 August 1918, aged 20 Dutch coast (torpedoed) Royal Navy (K/37377).
George DAWSON 19 September 1918, aged 40 Salonika, Greece 14th Battalion, The Queens (Royal West Surrey Regiment) (G/20883).
Charles DEW 21 December 1918, aged 19 Wood Norton 6th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (Private G/7529). Charles was discharged from the army on the 2nd October 1918 due to wounds received, and died of pneumonia/influenza on 21st December 1918. He is buried in the churchyard; his headstone bears the inscription ‘One of the Heroes’.

The Wood Norton Heritage Project will mark the 100th anniversary of the death of these men with a commemoration on the Every One Remembered website, and their biographies will be published on the Norfolk in World War One website.

There is one name listed for WW2:

The Heroic Dead : WW2

Name Died Location Regiment
Robert Martin BELL 4th July 1944 Normandy, France 1st Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment

WW1 War Medals and Memorials

WW1 servicemen were entitled to be awarded campaign medals, depending on their service and the theatre of war in which they served, details which were collated on a Medal Roll and an individual Medal Index Card.  The most usual medals awarded were:

Those men who were wounded and discharged from service may have been entitled to the Silver War Badge.

The next of kin of those servicemen who were killed were presented with a Memorial Plaque and Scroll.

If you would like any additional information about these men, or have any information which you can share with the Wood Norton Heritage Project, please contact Joanne Burd [email protected]