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This page is dedicated to Elizabeth Kettle (1934-2011)

Elizabeth started this project with the help of Iris Coe and Mark Robinson sometime back. She wanted to give the Mattishall men who gave their lives for their country the recognition they deserve. In the Mattishall churches we have plaques containing their surname and an intial but Elizabeth thought this was not enough and we (the village) should know more about them.

Below are QUICK LINKS to individual named records - PLEASE SCROLL DOWN it's a long page
NOTE: Click on SURNAME for quick link to their record:
World War One World War One World War Two
1914 - 1918
1914 - 1918
1939 - 1945
BATSON - Lawrence John MAYER - Albert EBBAGE - Geoffrey George
BETTS - George Robert MIDDLETON - George Herbert GRIMES - Eric Harvey William
COLE - Sydney Marshall MIDDLETON - Robert Henry HAZELL - Frederick Nelson
CURTIS - Edward George MINNS - William LOWNEY - Joseph Denis
DAYNES - Bertie PEARCE - George Samuel MEACHEN - Edwin Leslie
EDWARDS - James SAVORY - Frederick William MOY - Gerald William George
FISHER - Thomas Donald SMALLS - Charles NORTON - John Templar
FRANCIS - George Edward SMALLS - Francis James PALGRAVE - Thomas George
GARNER - William Robert/ Willie SMITH - James TOLMAN - Cubitt & Violet
GUNTON - Urban Harry SMITH - Robert John WATSON - Arthur
HOAD - Frederick Thomas STACKWOOD - George Edward  
HOWARD - Cecil John TILNEY - Percy William  
JOHNSON - Geoffrey Barham TUTTLE - Edward James  
JUBY - Dennis Albert WARDLEWORTH - Douglas  
  WRIGHTON - Frank Henry (Norman)  
 
Mattishall's Memories at Home - Plus
Pictures of some Mattishall boys
Bits picked up in my research regarding life for those at home.
 

It is worth remembering..... that Britain was involved in conflict way before the Two World Wars - Below we have a record of such an incident which should also be recogise as this Mattishall family lost a son - He was killed in action at Isandlwana Mountain, Zululand on Jan 21, 1879.
His name:- GAPP - George Frederick – Sergeant/Major – 1-24/671 – 1st/24th Staff

George Frederick Gapp was born in Mattishall in the March quarter 1841.
1841: Feb 14 – Baptism record at All Saints Church Mattishall – Entry 71
George Frederick Gapp – son of George Gapp a Labourer and his wife Sarah Parling

George's father was George Gapp baptised Mattishall May 16, 1815 and his mother Sarah Parling born Brandon Pava, Norfolk c.1820. George had siblings Francis Edward born Mattishall Sep quarter 1842. Georgina born Mattishall Sep qaurter 1847. Susanna born Mattishall Dec quarter 1850. Francis Jesse born Mattishall Mar quarter 1853. Isabella born Mattishall Mar quarter 1856. Albert James born Mattishall Sep quarter 1859 and Sarah Jane born Mattishall Dec quarter 1861. In the 1851 census the family were living at The Heath Mattishall were George's father was a Farmer of eight acres. Then in later census they lived at South Green in close range to the White House Inn on the corner of Thynnes Lane Mattishall .

George Edward Gapp married Maria Butcher born Sheffield, Yorkshire c.1846 they married at Sheffield December quarter 1867. After her husband’s death she returned to Sheffield and lived at 74 Allen Street, she died at Sheffield in the March quarter 1910 aged 65 years. Issue None known.

George Edward Gapp's Military service: Enlisted c.1861. Attested c.1861. Serving as a Private with the 75th Foot at Brompton Barracks, Gillingham, Kent c.1861. Posted to the 1st/24th Foot from the Depot no date. In 1871 he was a Colour/Sergeant serving at Chatham Barracks, Kent aged 29 years with the 1st/24th, and his wife was with him. Wife placed on the married establishment 1st/24th 31/12/1874.
Promoted to Sergeant/Major 31/3/1875. Served in the Kaffir (sic) & Zulu Wars 1877-8-9. Medals/awards: Long Service Good Conduct Medal 1830. Awarded 1/10/1878 sent to Horse Guards. South Africa Medal 1877-8-9 with clasp 1877-8-9.
Died: Killed in action Isandlwana Mountain, Zululand 22/1/1879. Effects recorded for claim by Maria Gapp (Wife) under AGL69 – E/80496/7.
Sergt.-Major Gapp, 1-24/671
- Buried Isandlwana Battlefield, Zululand.

 

 

1914: Wednesday Sep 02 - At Mattishall Odd Fellows Hall George Francis, Dennis Juby, James Smith and twenty-one fellow volunteers were treated to a hearty breakfast before leaving for Dereham in six motor cars. The entire village turned up to see them depart, Francis, Juby and Smith died serving with the 8th (Service) Battalion, Norfolk Regiment.
As with Francis, Juby and Smith both at Shorncliffe, Colchester Lodford St Mary crossing to France 25/07/1915

The three Mattishall 'Roll of Honour' brass plate memorials mounted on wood were purchased by the parishioners and were placed in three of our churches. The one in the Welgate Chapel was originally in the Old Moor Chapel on Badley Moor until the property was sold. It was unveiled on March 7th 1920 by Mrs Fendick. The British Legion replaced the one in All Saints church with a wooden board and added the names of the six men killed in the Second World War. This was constructed by Arthur Savory and Clifford Bailam added the names.

There seemed to be NO LOGIC as to who got picked for the 'Mattishall Roll of Honour' and who was left off. On the village memorials we have 20 names for the First Word War and 6 for the Second. Some of the names are of men from other nearby villages, one even from Chelmsford. On doing my research I have discovered other local men, who for reasons unknown have been left out. Therefore on this page I have listed not only the men already on Mattishall's 'Roll of Honour' but any others that I have found in my searches who have any connection with the local area of Mattishall. The problem is knowing were to stop and where to draw the boundry.
However the fact they paid the ultimate price is reason enough to recognise and honour them. If you know of any others please let me know and likewise if you have any idea why the original memorial was so selective I would be most pleased to know - Ray Taylor.

We should have done this sooner - If anyone has any more information please get in touch
A picture would be even better.
Any mistakes let me know.


Mattishall School 1904
It is very likely that some of these boys are listed below

Mattishall's War Memorial
Constructed using two chimneys from the now demolished 'Village School' built in 1872
Many of those listed who gave their lives attended this school.
The Memorial is situated on the west side of the old school site now the village green.

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BATSON - Lawrence John
World War One
Casualty
Name: Lawrence John Batson - age 16
Rank: Stoker 2nd Class
Service No: SS/119424
Date of Death: 17/12/1918 - Died from Disease
Regiment/Service: HMS Pembroke, Royal Navy
Cemetery Link: Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery, Kent
Additional Information: Son of John and Caroline Batson, of Mattishall.
Link: War Graves Reference Page


No known picture

Lawrence John Batson was born in 1902 at Attleborough - Jun quarter (4b 239)
Although on enlistment he gave his date of birth as October 23rd 1900
Son of John Batson born at Hingham and Caroline Sophis Lockwood born at Paddington London

Notes: - Named on the Mattishall 'Roll of Honour'
His parents married in 1890, Jun quarter at Marylebone, Middlesex (1a 1105) - John Batson and Caroline Sophia Lockwood

1901: Census - 5 High Street, Hingham - Lawrence's father (John) age 32 was a Beer House Keeper and Pork Butcher living on own account with his wife Caroline age 29 together with two brothers Frederick age 8 and Walter age 1.

Lawrence's father John Batson was the Landlord/Innkeeper of the Eight Ringers Public House which was on Dereham Road Mattishall from July 1903 - Feb 1924.

1911: Census - Eight Ringers Inn, Dereham Rd, Mattishall - Lawrence J. Batson age 9 was living with his parents John Batson age 42 an Innkeeper and Caroline Sophia. Batson age 39 together with his brothers Frederick J Batson age 18 a pupil teacher and Walter C Batson age 11.

BETTS - George Robert
World War One
Casualty
Name: George Robert Betts - age 29
Rank: Private
Service No: 25668
Date of Death: 09/12/1916
Regiment/Service: Norfolk Regiment, 1st Bn.
Cemetery Link: Etaples Military Cemetery
Additional Information: Son of Robert Betts, of East Dereham; husband of Agnes Betts, of Swan Cottage, Mattishall, East Dereham, Norfolk.
Link: War Graves Reference Page


No known picture

George Robert Betts was born in 1888 at East Dereham - Mar quarter (4b 307)
The son of Robert Betts born at East Dereham and Leah Ellen Burton born at East Dereham

Notes:
George Robert Betts is also on the East Dereham 'Roll of Honour'

George's parents married in 1886 at Mitford - Mar quarter (4b 433) Robert Betts and Leah Ellen Burton
Leah Ellen died in 1894 at Mitford - Sep quarter (4b 151) age 28
His father re-married in 1895 at Thetford - Dec quarter (4b 1053) - Robert Betts and Anna Theobald

1891: Census - 2 Arch Road Cottage East Dereham - George Robert Betts age 3 was staying with his uncle Charles Betts age 27 a Maltster (Em'ee) born at Hoe and his Aunt Harriet age 23

1891: Census - 106 Baxter Row East Dereham - George's parents Robert Betts age 25 a Painter and Sarah/Leah age 25 were staying with her brother Philip Burton age 31 a Fishmonger (Notem) together with his wife Harriet and their 3 children.

1901: Census - 45 Baxter Row E Dereham - George Robert Betts age 13 was living with his father Robert Betts age 37 a Plumber and Glaizer and his wife of 5 years Anna age 39 born at Langford together with his brother Ernest age 11.

1911: Census - 45 A Baxters Row, E Dereham - George Robert Betts age 22 now a House Painter was living with his father Robert Betts age 45 a Plumber and his wife of 15 years Anna age 48 a Pork Butcher together with his cousin Maurice Jeremiah Theobold age 26 a Railway Porter born Langham

George Robert Betts married Agnes Howard in 1912 at Walsingham - Jun quarter (4b 603)
George and Agnes had a son George E R Betts born in 1913 at Mitford - Mar quarter (4b 422)
We can only assume 'Swan Cottage' would have been the row of cottages next to the Swan Public House on Dereham Road Mattishall.

COLE - Sydney Marshall
World War One
Casualty
Name; Sydney Marshall Cole - age 22
Rank: Private
Service No: G/12597
Date of Death: 19/03/1917 - Killed in Action
Regiment/Service: 8th Bn., The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)
Cemetery Link: Bully- Grenay Communal Cemetery, British Extention
Additional Information: Son of Marshall and Florence Cole, of Lime Tree Farm, Mattishall.
Link: War Graves Reference Page

Courtesy of
Florence Buxton & Geraldine Sacker

Sydney Marshall Cole was born in 1895 at Mattishall, Mitford - Mar quarter (4b 278a)
Son of Marshall Cole born at Garveston and Florence Jessie Beckett born at Notting Hill London

Notes: - Named on the Mattishall 'Roll of Honour'
His parents married in 1890 at Mitford - Sep quarter (4b 479) - Marshall Cole and Florence Jessie Beckett

Sydney's parents:
1891: Census - 26 Welgate Mattishall - Marshall Cole a Gardener Labourer age 24 born at Garvestone was living with is wife Florence J Cole age 19 born at Notting Hill London.

1901: Census - Norwich Road Yaxham - Sydney Marshall Cole age 6 was living with his parents Marshall Cole age 34 a Grocer Shopkeeper living on own account and Florence Cole age 29 together with his sister Mildred F Cole age 1

1911: Census - Wellgate, Mattishall - Sydney Marshall Cole age 16 was living with his parents Marshall Cole age 44 a Farmer and Florence Jessie age 39 together with his sister Mildred Florence age 11 and brother Frederick George age 9.

It was announced in the service at Old Moor Chapel that Sydney (the son of a deacon) had died in action. Two other, more fortunate, men had returned from the front, maimed but "wonderfully delivered from death" - information from record book.
He was the uncle of Mrs Geraldine Sacker nee Coe who lives in Mattishall -
Sydney Marshall Cole was a member of the Welgate Congregation.

1917: June 4th
Received effects belonging to our dear lad this morning
12597: Private Sydney Marshall Cole
Thanking you for the same yours
respectfully
Signed: Marshall Cole, Lime Tree Farm, Welgate Road Mattishall, East Dereham, Norfolk

Throughout his time in France Sydney carried with him a hand written poem. A poem written of Mattishall and the countryside of Norfolk. From the condition of the paper it is plain that it was well read. We can only assume it gave him great comfort whilst being subjected to some awful times and conditions. Whilst reading the words his must have been transported back to that slow and peaceful life back at Mattishall. Pictures and memories would have filled his thoughts and his heart must have ached with an incredible longing just to be home safe with his family and friends.
As we know Sydney never returned, he was killed on the 19th of March 1917 but his poem did, safely tucked in with his effects. The poem together with a picture of him taken with his younger brother in happier times which the above is cropped from has been treasured by his family for 100years. - Below is listed 4 verses of 10 to give a feel of what Private Cole would have read in the trenches - courtesy of Florence Buxton (granddaughter of Sydney's sister 'Mildred) and Geraldine Sacker nee Cole (daughter of Sydney's brother Frederick)

Green Bowers that bend their glories to the brook
Where charmed with quite content I bait my hook
Far from the worlds tumultuous toil and strife
I quaff the joyous elixir of life
Nor envy no man while I yet may hear
The tuneful music of the rushing weir.

Oft by the rustic bridge at Mattishall
I’ve listened to the rivers gentle fall
And ever more its echoes back to me
Have borne the mystic voices of the sea
For those I loved who understand to rest
Have passed the golden floodgates of the west.

And when the Orb of day has passed the hill
Hockering church, have we not paced the rill
Started the sparrows from growing born
Or played a game of bowls upon the lawn
Or after labour idly sat at ease
And quaffed a measure at the old Cross Keys*.

To the dear Norfolk, till my soul forsake
My thought must lead me sleeping or awake
A little moment from the world to steal
And all the freedom of sweet nature feel
Dear homeland, my land where is there a pen
Can half disclose they grace to mortal MEN.

It ended with 'Norman Wrighton'
His Majesty's Theatre London S.W
(formaly of Mattishall Burgh)
We have now found the true identity of this man!!!
For more information and to read the full poem click
HERE

* Cross Keys was a Public House on Burgh Lane - Peter Reeve was the landlord from 1907 to 1918

 CURTIS - Edward George
World War One
Casualty
Name:
Edward George Curtis - age 35
Rank:
Gunner
Service No: 160324
Date of Death: 08/11/1917 - Died of Wounds
Regiment/Service: Royal Garrison Artillery - 331st Siege Bty.
Awards: Military Medal 
Cemetery Link: St Sever Cemetery Extension , Rouen
Additional Information: Husband of Edith Curtis, of 95, Thorpe Rd., Norwich.
Link: War Graves Reference Page


No known picture

Edward George Curtis was born 1883 at Felixstowe, Woodbridge Suffolk - Jun quarter (4a 789)
Son of George Curtis born at Wrougton Wiltshire and Mary Bailey born at Mattishall.

Notes: - Named on the Mattishall 'Roll of Honour'
His parents married in 1873 at Pancras - Mar quarter (1b 120) George Curtis and Mary Bailey

1891: Census George Edward Curtis age 8 was living at Kensington House Farm, 2 Dereham Road, Mattishall with his Grandparents William Bailey age 70 a retired farmer and his wife Sarah age 75 together with his parents George Curtis age 39, mother Mary age 39 and siblings Alice age 12, Catherine age 11, James age 9 and Robert Curtis age 5.

1901: Census - Edward George Curtis age 18 was living at Mattishall and recorded as a servant/Grocers Assistant living with John Meale a Shopkeeper Draper and Farmer of Church Square and his family, John's wife was missing.

1908: Marriage record - Edward George Curtis married Edith Christina Miller at Basford, Nottinghamshire – Dec quarter.
Edward and Edith had children: Edward J Curtis born 1912 at Norwich, Jun quarter and Ronald H Curtis born 1913 at Norwich, Dec quarter.

1911: Census 59 Prince of Wales Road Norwich - Edward George Curtis age 28 now a Hairdresser and Tobacco Dealer with his wife Edith Christina age 30 born at Wandsworth London.

After Edward's death in the November of 1917 Edith remained living in Norwich until 1931 when she married Arthur Platten in the Mar quarter of 1931 at Norwich - Edith died in 1937 (Sep quarter) in the Blofield area age 57.

Further information:
Edward's father George Curtis died in 1925 age 71, his mother Mary Curtis died in 1935 age 84 both are buried in Mattishall Cemetery, Burgh Lane. Edward's sister Alice Curtis must have moved away as there is no record of her ever marrying but there is a death record of an Alice Curtis dying in 1962 at Dereham age 84.

1943: - Edward and Edith's son Ronald Henry Curtis who married Doreen J O’Halloran at Norwich in 1939 was also killed in action, during the Second World War aged just 30 on 05/03/1943 - Lieutenant Ronald Henry Cutis, Service No: 190959 - Hong Kong and Singapore Royal Artillery, 2 H.A.A. Regt: Son of Edward George and Edith Curtis; husband of D. J. Curtis, of Risely, Berkshire. ( LINK)

Point of interest:
Edward's uncle (his mother's brother) was the Right Honourable Sir James Bailey (British Politician) JP, DL, MP for the Conservative Party. Born at Mattishall in 1840 the son of William Bailey a farm labourer and Sarah Dunthorn.
He was the founder of the Bailey Hotel in Kensington and was knighted in 1905 but was to die 5 years later in 1910 at his London house, No. 58 Rutland Gate leaving an estate of £245,000.00 gross. Which in today's money (2015) would equate to over £26M.
Edward also had three cousins (son's of Sir James Bailey) who followed a military career and were also involved in the First World War.
Lieut-Colonel Percy James Bailey DSO,OBE, Lieut-Colonel Frederick George Glyn Bailey & Sir Sydney Robert Bailey KBE, CB, DSO.
More can be found on this side of Edwards family in the 'History' section of this website (LINK).

 DAYNES - Bertie
World War One
Casualty
Name: Bertie Daynes - age 25
Rank: Able Seaman
Service No: R/747
Date of Death: 26/10/1917 - Killed in Action
Regiment/Service: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve - Hood Bn. R.N. Div.
Cemetery Link: Tyne Cot Memorial
Additional Information: Son of W. and Emily Daynes of Mill Rd. Corner, Mattishall; husband of Alice H. Daynes
Link: War Graves Reference Page


No known picture

Bertie Daynes was born in 1892 at Mattishall, Mitford - Dec quarter (4b 250)
On his enlistment papers his birth date is November 21st 1891

Son of Walter Daynes born at Mattishall and Emily Cole born at Mattishall Burgh

Notes: - Named on the Mattishall 'Roll of Honour'
His parents married in 1891 at Mitford - Dec quarter (4b 764) - Walter Daynes and Emily Cole

1901: Census - Dereham Road Mattishall - Bertie Daynes age 8 was living with his parents Walter Daynes age 38 an Agricultural Labour and Emily age 33 together with his brother Frederick age 1

1911: Census - Frans Green East Tuddenham- Bertie Daynes age 18 and now a Labourer was lodging with James Arthurton an Engine Driver and his wife Eliza

The Family lived in one of three cottages on the Mill Road corner (now demolished) endways between the Evangelical Chapel and Mill Road. My Aunt Harriett Smith married his brother Alfred Daynes in the Dec quarter of 1911 - Russell Smith.

 EDWARDS - James
World War One
Casualty
Name:
James Edwards - age 37
Rank:
Private
Service No: 29343
Date of Death: 27/08/1917 - Killed in Action
Regiment/Service: Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 1st/8th Bn.
Cemetery Link: Tyne Cot Memorial
How Died: Killed in Action - France and Flanders
Additional Information: Formerly 45346 , Suffolk Regt
Born Mattishall - Enlisted Attleborough
Link: War Graves Reference Page


No known picture

Born James William Edwards Sep 05, 1880 at Welborne - Dec quarter (4b 265)
Baptised at All Saints Church Welborne Nov 21, 1880 - Entry 493
Son of John William Edwards a Labourer born at London and Hannah Maria Shingles born at Runhall

Notes: - Named on the Mattishall 'Roll of Honour'
Private James Edwards is also mentioned on the St Margaret Church Saxlingham near Holt, Norfolk War Memorial together with his younger brother Private Frederick Edwards who was killed in 1916 age 22. Their parent and family had moved from Mattishall to Bale, Saxlingham near Holt. Although James had moved back with his wife and children to Mattishall.

James's parents married in 1879 at Mitford, Dec quarter (4b 841) - John Edwards and Hannah Maria Shingles.

Although John (James's father) was born in London he had actually lived with his widowed mother, Elizabeth Edwards a Shoebinder also from London at Badley Moor Mattishall since 1861, together with his younger siblings William Edwards born in Norwich and Elizabeth Edwards born in London. In 1866 Elizabeth (James's grandmother) married William Phillips of Badley Moor and in 1871 James's father was recorded as stepson age 20, an Agricultural Labourer and was part of a large household.

1881: Census - James William Edwards age 6months was living at Welborne Common with his parents John Edwards an Agricultural Labourer age 28 and Hannah age 23.

1891: Census - 3 Welborne Road, Mattishall James William Edwards age 10 was living with his parents John Edwards an Agricultural Labourer age 37 and Hannah age 32 together with his siblings William age 7 and Marion Edwards age 1.

James's had five sibling William Edwards born 1883, Herbert Edwards born 1886 born at Welborne, Herbert died in 1889. Marion Edwards born 1889, Frederick Oliver Edwards* born 1893 and Ellen Edwards born 1896 at Mattishall.
* Frederick Oliver Edwards was also killed in action on 04/06/1916 age 22 - The family were at this time living at Bale Norfolk.

1900: James William Edwards was married at Mattishall Oct 22. 1900 to Sarah Smith , daughter of Robert Smith a roadman.
James and Sarah had two children together:
Dorothy Edwards born in the Jun quarter of 1901 at Mattishall and baptised Jul 13, 1902.
John was born John William Edwards in the Jun quarter of 1907 also at Mattishall

Sarah (James's wife) had a son before she married James in 1900 ....
Details: Edward James Smith (known as James) was born in 1896 at Mitford - Sep quarter (4b 257) the natural child of Sarah (Sally) Smith.

1901: Census - Welborne Road Mattishall - James William Edwards age 21 a Cattleman on Farm with his wife Sarah age 25 together with Sarah's son named at this time as James Smith age 4

1911: Census - Mill Road Mattishall - James William Edward age 30 a Cowman of Farm was living with his wife Sarah age 35 together with her son James Smith age 14 and his daughter Dorothy age 9 and his son John age 4.

James's brother Private Frederick Oliver Edwards 3247, 1st Bn., Norfolk Regiment was also killed in action 4th June 1916, Age 22. At the time of Frederick's enlistment his parents had moved to Bale, Norfolk - Frederick and his brother Private James William Edwards above are both named on the St Margaret Church, Saxlingham near Holt, Norfolk War Memorial.

Sarah lost not only her brother in-law Private Frederick Edwards (above) on the 4th June 1916 but a few days later her son Private James Smith on the 30th (details below) Click HERE for quick link. Then just over a year later on Aug 27, 1917 her husband Private James Edwards (above) was also tragically killed in action in France.

Sarah died in 1957 age 81 and was buried at Mattishall Burgh on May 20, 1957

James's sister (Minnie Edwards) was a teacher at Mattishall First School?

 FISHER - Thomas Donald
World War One
Casualty
Name: Thomas Donald Fisher - age 21
Rank: Private
Service No: 33940
Date of Death: 18/04/1917 - Killed in Action
Regiment/Service: 11th Bn., Essex Regiment
Cemetery Link: Philosophe British Cemetery Mazingarbe 
Additional Information: Son of Thomas and Georgina Fisher, of 42, Cramphome Rd. Rainsford End, Chelmsford. Born Hockering
Link: War Graves Reference Page


Thomas 'Donald' Fisher
age about 11

Picture courtesy of
Don Bacon grandson of Emma Fisher
It is thought the medal is a Good Attendance for Sunday School Award

Thomas Donald Fisher born 1895 at Hockering, Mitford - Dec quarter (4b 253)
Son of Thomas Fisher born at Mattishall and Georgina Garth born at Thuxton

Notes: - Named on the Mattishall 'Roll of Honour'
Thomas Donald Fisher is also mentioned on the Chelmsford War Memorial
His parents married in 1888 at Mitford - Sep quarter (4b 429) - Thomas Fisher and Georgina Garth

1901: Census - The Street Hockering Thomas Donald Fisher (recorded as Donald) age 5 was living with his parents Thomas age 37 a Butcher and Georgina age 36 together with his sisters Evelyn age 10 and Emma Fisher age 9.


Thomas 'Donald' (center) with his parents Thomas and Georgina Fisher.
Clara & Emma either side and Ida & Ivy with Mum & Dad
It is thought the medal young Thomas Donald is wearing is a Good Attendance for Sunday School Award

Picture courtesy of
Don Bacon grandson of Emma Fisher

1911: Census - Butchers, The Street Hockering - Thomas Donald Fisher aged 15 was then an Assistant in Butchers Business and still living with his parents Thomas Fisher age 48 a Butcher and Dealer and mother Georgina age 36 together with his twin sisters Ida Lora and Ivy Shophia Fisher age 9.

Sometime after 1911 Thomas's parents moved to Chelmsford where his uncle George Fisher (brother of Thomas's father) and family had moved a few years before - it is not clear if Thomas actually moved with them or if he stayed back here with relatives in Mattishall, maybe he lived between the two. He must have been considered a resident of Chelmsford as he is recorded on the Chelmsford Memorial as well as Mattishall. Likewise he must have had some credence here in Mattishall as although there is no record of Thomas actually living in Mattishall he must have been highly regarded. Was it because many of his father's family did live and were business people in the village. One of his other Uncles Isaac Fisher was cattle dealer and butcher living at the old mill in Mill Road. Other family connections were Horne, Leveridge & Groom. All the Fisher family were heavily involved in the Mattishall Methodist Church. Was this the reason Thomas Donald was considered as one of the local heroes as it were.

We can only assume that Thomas Donald was known locally as Donald as not to confuse him with his father Thomas. This is shown in the 1901 census as he is recorded as Donald Fisher age 5

Taken from the family Memorial card

In Loving Memory
of
THOMAS DONALD FISHER
Only son of T. G. Fisher,
Killed in action, in France, April 18th 1917
AGED 21 YEARS

We little thought when he said good-bye,
He had gone to a far-off land to die,
His heart was good, his spirit brave,
He is laid to rest in a soldier's grave,
How much he suffered heaven knows,
But now he's free from all his woes
.

Courtesy of
Rene and Russell Horne

The following has been written by Andrew Begent of Chelmsford War Memorials.
In the years between that census and 1917 Donald came to Chelmsford with his parents and sisters. His uncle, George Fisher, had moved his own family to the town from Norfolk prior to 1911, and it may be the town’s better employment prospects encouraged Donald’s father to bring his family south too.
They made their home on Chelmsford’s first Council housing estate, off Rainsford Lane at 42 Cramphorn Road. Donald’s father worked for the County Council as a carpenter and joiner. Cramphorn Road was swept away as a result of redevelopment in the late 1960s.
During the war Donald enlisted at Chelmsford and served as Private 33940 in the 11th Battalion of the Essex Regiment.
Donald was killed in action on 17th April 1917 (according to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission). He was aged 21.
On 4th May 1917 the Essex County Chronicle contained a typical (by that stage of the war) short report on Donald’s death.“Pt. D. Fisher, Essex Regt., son of Mr. & Mrs. T Fisher, Tindal Street, Chelmsford, was killed in action on April 18.”
Today Donald rests at Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe, Pas de Calais, France (grave II. N. 2.). The cemetery was started in August 1915. In 1916 it was taken over by the 16th (Irish) Division, who held the Loos Salient at the time, and many of their dead were brought back to the cemetery from the front line. Succeeding divisions used the cemetery until October 1918, and men of the same Division, and often the same battalion, were buried side by side - Donald lies beside a comrade from the 11th Battalion, Essex Regiment who died the same day as him, and another from the Royal Engineers who also died the same day.After the Armistice, this cemetery was one of those used for the concentration of isolated graves from the Loos battlefield. The bodies of 41 men of the 9th Black Watch were brought from positions a little West of Loos, and those of 340 officers and men of other Regiments from different points in the communes of Cambrin, Auchy, Vermelles, Halluch and Loos./ The cemetery is also the burial place of Charles Edward Brown.
Full Transcript HERE

17 months earlier on Monday 14th September 1915 the Fisher family was dealt their first blow when Thomas (above) lost his cousin 'Leslie Albert Fisher' who died of his wounds on the Western Front of France. Leslie was born at Foulsham and was the son of George Fisher (1869) the brother of Thomas's father and the grandson of Clare Fisher a farmer and local Methodist Preacher of Mattishall and his wife Mary Ann (nee White). More information click HERE

Donald Stanley Fisher (1935) who was the village milkman for many years and owner together with his wife Margaret Ruth Fisher (nee Frost) of the old mill (Ivy Dene) on Mill Road (the Fisher's historical family home since 1890) was told he was named after his grandfather's nephew in honour of his memory. This manner of honouring the dead was common practice within families.

 FRANCIS - George Edward
World War One
Casualty
Name: George Edward Francis - age 19
Rank: Private
Service No: 13246
Date of Death: 27/09/1915
Regiment/Service: 8th Bn., Norfolk Regiment 
Cemetery Link: Boulogne Eastern Cemetery 
Additional Information: Son of William and Jane E. Francis, of Welgate Rd., Mattishall
Link: War Graves Reference Page


No known picture

George Edward Francis born 1896 at Crabbe Castle Wells Norfolk - Jun quarter (4b 291)
Son of William Francis born at Wighton Norfolk and Jane Elizabeth Allen born at Docking Norfolk

Notes: - Named on the Mattishall 'Roll of Honour'
His parents married in 1892 at Walsingham - Dec quarter (4b 829) - William Francis and Jane E Allen

1901: Census - Dereham Road Whinburgh - George Edward Francis age 4 was living with his parents William Francis age 32 a Leadsman of Horses on Farm and Jane Francis age 32 together with sister Olive age 7 and brother Charles age 6

1911: Census - Mattishall - George Edward Francis age 15 and now a Farm Labour was living at Mattishall with his parents William Francis age 41 a Wagonner on Farm and Jane Elizabeth Francis age 41 and his siblings Charles William Francis age 16 and Percy Ernest Francis age 8.

Date of Attestation: Sep 02, 1914.

In the Church Book of The Old Moor Chapel (now the United Reformed Church in Welgate) mentioned a memorial service being held - He was in the British Expeditionary Force.
Posted to 8th (service) Battalion Norfolk Regiment at Shorncliff Kent. Posted to Manee Barricks, Colchester Oct 02, 1914
Oct 18, 1914 charged with overstaying his pass from 12 midnight Oct 18, 1914 to 10:20am Oct 19, 1914 (10hours 20min). Witnesses Corporal Barrow and Sergeant Parnell. Admonished by Major L Fletcher.
Posted to Codford St Mary, Salisbury Plain May 01, 1915 - Crossed to France - Folkstone to Boulogne July 25, 1915
Location at death No 13 Stationary Hospital Boulogne - Date of Attestation Sep 02, 1914 - Wounded , gunshot wound, leg, severe Aug 21, 1915 whilst receiving instruction in trench warfare from the 1/4th Kings Own in the avenue trench. To the number 23 general hospital , etaples Aug 28, reported to be dangerously ill Sep 25. Died of wounds received in action. Father informed 28th Aug 1915 - information gathered by Elizabeth Kettle.

George Edward Francis was a member of the Welgate Congregation.

1915: Oct 10 - A Memorial Service for Geroge was held in the Welgate Chapel

 GARNER - William Robert
World War One
Casualty
Name:
William Robert Garner - age 22
Rank:
Gunner
Service No: 39431
Date of Death: 02/12/1914 - Home
Regiment/Service: Royal Garrison Artillery, 34th Coy.
Cemetery Link: Parkhurst Military Cemetery 
Additional Information: Born: London
Residents : Mattishall - Enlisted Portsmouth (from files)
Link: War Graves Reference Page


'William'
aged about 12years

William Robert Garner was born in 1893 at Clapham Wandsworth London - Jun quarter (1d 708)
Son of Robert William Garner born at Brandon Pava and Lousia Annie Turner born at Aldershot Hampshire

Notes: - Named on the Mattishall 'Roll of Honour'
His parents married in 1893 at Clapham Wandsworth - Mar quarter (1d 742) - Robert William Garner and Louisa Annie Turner

William's father was still living with his family in the 1881 census at Hingham Road, Barnham Broom where his father Benjamin William Garner age 40 was a farmer of 23 acres - For reasons unknown Robert left for London although he has not been found in the 1891 census. It could be that he had joined the military service and was overseas but by 1893 he re-appears in the following record......

William's father Robert Garner had died in 1899 age 33 at Kensington London - he had fallen in the street and seriously hit his head, he never recovered.

1901: Census - 75 Warington Kensington London - William Garner age 7 was living with his widowed mother Louisa age 27 a 'Domestic Charwoman' together with his sister Annie age 5 and brother Walter age 1.


William (standing) with his mother, brother Walter & sister Annie.
1902
Courtesy of
Chris and Wendy Garner

William's mother returned to Norfolk with William and Annie but had to leave Walter behind in London with a Mr & Mrs Hopper as she could not support all three children.

1903: William Garner's mother Louisa re-marries at Forehoe - Mar quarter (4b 267) Louisa Annie Garner formerly Turner & John Long.

After settling down at Yaxham Walter was brought home to be with his family.

1911: Census – Paper Street Yaxham - William Robert Garner age 18 and recorded as 'At Home' was living with his mother Louisa age 37 and her new husband of 8 years John Long age 75 an Egg and Butter Dealer living on own account together with his brother Walter Garner age 11 and his half brother sisters Henry Valentine Long age 7 and half sister Nellie Long age 5.

A family story:
The cottage at Yaxham had and still has very low doors, William was always hitting his head on them. On the day William left to go off to war he again hit his head quite hard on the top of the back door frame as he leaving to go out to the back yard. He commented "at least I will never be hitting my head any more". How true this statement was to be - He never returned.

1914: Death record - William Garner at Isle of White - Dec quarter (2b 765) age 19 - died of wounds

John Long died in 1917 and was buried in the Mattishall Cemetery Jan 16, 1917

Louisa went to live in Canada after the death of her husband in 1917 where she had more children but her son Walter stayed at home in Yaxham.

1926: Sep 25 - Marriage record at York Ontario
Lousia Annie Long a widow and Cook, age 52 of 32 Fouth St, New Toronto - Daughter of Henry Walter Turner and Mary Ann Wilson both born England married Herbert Edwin Gayford a Harness Maker born England of 57 Wanstead Ave, Scarborough, Toraonto. Son of John Cook Gayford and Jane Matilda Coates both born England. Witness: Charles A and Mary Mandler of New Toronto.

Walter Garner the surviving brother of William Robert Garner (above) married Constance Irene Parsley in the Sep quarter 1925
Walter and Constance (known as Irene) were to have 9 children all of whom live in the Yaxham and Mattishall area.

 GUNTON - Urban Harry
World War One
Casualty
Name: Urban Harry Gunton - age 24
Rank: Private
Service No: 205361
Date of Death: 11/08/1918 - Cresol Poisoning and Malaria
Regiment/Service: Hampshire Regiment,  2nd/7th Bn
Cemetery Link: Basra War Cemetery 
Additional Information: Son of Harry William and Harriett Jane Gunton, of Welgate, Mattishall.
Link: War Graves Reference Page


Courtesy of
Urban Hawkins

Urban Harry Gunton was born in 1894 at Mattishall but registered Urban Harry High - Jun quarter (4b 462)
Son of Harriett Jane High born at Mattishall

Notes: - Named on the Mattishall 'Roll of Honour'
Harriett Jane High
(mother) married Henry William Gunton in 1894 at Mitford - Dec quarter (4b 751)

1901: Census - Dereham Road Mattishall - Urban Gunton age 6 was living with his mother recorded as Jane Gunton age 30 and her husband Henry Gunton age 29 a Roadman for District Council together with is brother Albert age 4 and sister Ethel age 2.

1911: Census 49 Southwell Road Norwich - Urban Gunton age 16 and now a Bakers Assistant living with William Baldry age 42 a Grocer and Harriet his wife together with their two children.


April 1916 - Camp Sunday afternoon
A picture Urban sent home to his mother

This could have been Urban's last letter home and why it was kept.
1918:
Jun 10th - Dear Mother
Thanks very much for the letter I received on Friday, it was dated April 11th. I also received one from Hilda. I also received one from Miss Hilding. Glad to hear you are all quite well and also to know that Albert was quite well as I know it has been pretty rough in France just lately. I have written to him several times but have not heard from him since I left India. I don’t expect he gets much time for writing but we hope he will get through quite safe. I hope that Mrs Frith has heard from her husband and he is quite well.
I spent a decent time on my birthday this year I was in India then and some of the boys in the tent gave me some cigarettes and treated me to a bottle of lemonade and to the pictures in the evening so it was not too bad. All my love Urban.

1918: Aug 20 - following Urban's death
Dear Mr & Mrs Gunton with deep regret I have to write these few lines to regard to the death of your son on Aug 11th and I have been asked by the men of the Hampshire Regiment and also the old boys of R.A.M.C. that have been with him since her enlist if you will accept their deepest sympathy in your great loss as I can tell you he was liked by everyone who he came in contact with he was always ready to give a helping hand whenever he was wanted one thing I can tell you he was given a most respectable funeral which I know you will be pleased to hear. I am afraid I have nothing more to say trusting these few lines will find you in the best of health. I remain yours sincerely R. E. Page 205319. C Company 2/7 Hampshire Regiment.

1918: Aug 25 - It was annouced in a meeting at the Old Moor Chapel that Urban (Ernest) Gunton had died and then just as the service was closing, news was brought that Willie Minns (record below), another of the boys, had been killed in action - a quote from the Old Moor Church Book
Urban Harry Gunton was a member of the Welgate Congregation.

HOAD - Frederick Thomas
World War One
Casualty
Name: Frederick Thomas Hoad - age 24
Rank: Sapper
Service No: 534248
Date of Death: 24/07/1918 - Killed in Action
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers, 491st Field Coy.
Awards: M M
Cemetery Link: Thiennes British Cemetery
Additional Information: Son Mrs. E. Clarence, of Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex. Husband of J. N. Hoad, of Old Hall Road, Mattishall, E. Dereham, Norfolk.
Link: War Graves Reference Page


No known picture

Frederick Thomas Hoad was born in 1894 at Bexhill Rye (Sussex) Dec quarter (2b 4)
Son of Elizabeth Ann Hoad born at Tenterden Kent

Notes:
Elizabeth Ann Hoad married Frederick Thomas Clarence in 1897 at Battle - Jun quarter (2b 96)

1901: Census - 66 Winsor Road Bexhill - Frederick T Hoad age 6 was living with his mother Elizabeth Clarence age 29 together with the children of her marriage to Frederick Clarance (not present with family at census) William H. age 3, Dorothy M. age 1 and Ada F. age 6months.

1911: Census - 5 Belmount Terrace Bexhill-on-Sea - Frederick Hoad age 16 and now a Farm Labour was living with his widowed mother Elizabeth Clarence age 39 a Charwomen together with the children of Frederick Clarance (deceased) William age 13, Ada age 10, Charles age 8 and Elie age 1.

The only marriage found of a Frederick T Hoad was in 1915 to Julia V Woodcock at Forehoe - Jun quarter (4b 557)

HOWARD - Cecil John
World War One
Casualty
Name: Cecil John Howard - age 26
Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: 719
Date of Death: 07/08/1915
Regiment/Service: Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 16th Bn.
Cemetery Link: Lone Pine Memorial
Additional Information: Son of John and Emma E. Howard, of Soloman's Temple, Welborne, England.
Link: War Graves Reference Page


No known picture

Cecil John Howard was born in 1889 at Welborne Forehoe - Jun qaurter (4b 190)
Son of John Howard born at Welborne and Emma Elizabeth Peck born at Long Sutton - Lincolnshire

Notes:
Cecil John Howard also mention in the Australian Roll of Honour - as being killed at Gallipoli, Ottoman Empire and memorial at Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey.

His parents married in 1871 at Forehoe - Dec quarter (4b 425) - John Howard and Emma Elizabeth Peck

1891: Census - Solomons Temple Welborne - Cecil Howard age 2 was living with his parents John Howard age 42 an Agricultural Labourer and Emma age 41 together with his two brothers Ansell age 14 and Fred age 12.

1901: Census - no record found

1911: Census - The Quary St Ives Huttington - Cecil Howard age 21 a Grocer Manager was boarding with John May age 60 an Engineers Labour and his wife Sophia May age 60.

Shortly after 1911 We can only assume that Cecil went to Australia to find a better life sadly this would not be the case - His place of association was: Lake Brown Western Australia, Australia.

Taken from Australian War Records
Regimental number: 719
Place of birth: Welborne, Norfolk, England
School: Welborne School, Norfolk, England
Age on arrival in Australia: 24
Religion: Church of England
Occupation: Grocer
Address ...
Marital status: Single
Age at embarkation: 24
Height: 5' 10.5"
Weight: 150 lbs
Next of kin: Mother, Mrs E Howard, Oxford College Burkitt Street, King's Lynn Norfolk, England
Previous military service: Nil
Enlistment date 24 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll: 25 September 1914
Place of enlistment: Helena Vale, Western Australia
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli
Embarked: Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 12 April 1915.
Admitted to No. 1 General Hospital (gunshot wound, thigh), Alexandria, 2 May 1915; rejoined 16th Bn, Gallipoli, 13 June 1915.
Killed in action, Gallipoli, 7 August 1915.
Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

JOHNSON - Geoffrey Barham
World War One
Casualty
Name: Geoffrey Barham Johnson - age 22
Rank: Captain (T)
Service No:  
Date of Death: 23/11/1915 - Killed in Action
Regiment/Service: Norfolk Regiment, 7th Bn. 
Cemetery Link: Vermelles British Cemetery
Additional Information: Son of the Rev. Henry Barham Johnson and Catharine Bodham Johnson, of Welborne, East Dereham, Norfolk. A graduate of Jesus College, Cambridge
Link: War Graves Reference Page

Courtesy of
Richard J Bawden

Geoffrey Barham Johnson was born Aug 10, 1893 at Lullington, Somerset, England
Son of Rev Henry Barham Johnson born at Welborne and Catherine Bodham Donne born Marylebone London
bapt. at Lullington, co. Somerset, 8 September 1893.

Notes:
Geoffrey Barham Johnson is also mentioned in the Ashill 'Roll of Honour'

His parents married April 10, 1888 at Faversham, Kent - Jun quarter (2a 1267) - Henry Barham Johnson and Catharine Bodham Donne

1901: Census - Rectory House Welborne - Geoffrey B Johnson age 7 was living with his parents Rev Henry B Johnson age 52 and his mother Catharine Bodham Johnson age 38 together with his sister Catharine Mary Johnson age 5, his Cousen John Johnson and four servants - At this time Geoffrey's brother John Barham Johnson age 10 was a boarder at St George's Chapel School, Windsor - John was known to have sung in the choir at Queen Victoria's funeral on Saturday Feb 2, 1901.

1911: Census - Bengal Lodge, Cromer Rd, Gressham Private School Holt - Geoffrey Barham Johnson age 17 a boarder and student. - His father Rev Henry Barham Johnson age 69 at this time was rector of Ashill near Thetford, his mother Catherine age 49 was with him including his brother John Barham Johnson age 20 recorded as a student born at Welborne.

Jesus College Cambridge -
Johnson, Geoffrey Barham: Admitted to Pens Oct 1912 son of Rev H.B. Johnson of Ashill Thetford: Born Lullington, Somerset Aug 10th 1893: School Gresham Holt 1909-12; previously at St Georges Choir School, Windsor.
3rd class Math Tr. 1. 1913. Then read Theology with view to taking orders and commissioned in the 7th Norfolk Rgt soon after outbreak of war. Promoted to Captain before leaving England. Killed in action in France (Captain).

Some of Geoffrey's family history:
Geoffrey's family was part of our local past - His Grandfather
Revd. John Johnson, befriended his second cousin William Cowper, the poet., who had suffered periods of madness during his life. John prevailed upon Cowper to come to Norfolk and cared for him in his last five years. While searching for a suitable house, they stayed at North Tuddenham Rectory for a time, which was near enough for them to walk to Mattishall to see the Bodhams. They eventually settled in a house in Dereham Market Place. Later a church was built on part of the site. It is still there, of course. William Cowper died in 1800 and was buried in St Nicholas’ Church, Dereham. There is a memorial for him in the transept.

In the 1820s, John Johnson, having married a lady with a considerable fortune, was able to have a Rectory built to the East of the church at Yaxham, with an avenue of trees leading to it from the main road.

It was John Johnson’s son, Revd. John Barham Johnson, Rector of Welborne, who undertook the restoration of Mattishall church in the middle of the 19th century. Obviously a talented man, being a woodworker and carver, he taught several Welborne men to carve.

In more recent years members of Mattishall History Group were delighted to meet Mary, the granddaughter of John Barham Johnson. Her father, Henry Barham Johnson, followed his father as Rector of Welborne. Mary told us about her life as a small girl in Welborne, and much about the Donnes, the Bodhams, and the Johnsons. She also allowed us to study her manuscripts relating to her family history - Iris Coe.

Hello Ray - Geoffrey was my great uncle. What one misses from the 1901 and 1911 censuses is that not only did he have a sister, Catharine Mary, but also a brother, John Barham Johnson, who was my grandfather. In 1901 John was at the choir school of St George's Chapel, Windsor - he sang at Queen Victoria's funeral; and in 1911 he was back with his parents at St Nicholas Rectory, Ashill, Thetford. He is recorded as a student at that time and I presume that is when he was at Selwyn College, Cambridge. He became a school master, specifically teaching music. I do not know why he did not serve in the military. Richad J Bawden

Courtesy of
Richard J Bawden

 

 JUBY - Dennis Albert
World War One
Casualty
Name: Dennis Albert Juby - age 22
Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: 13661
Date of Death: 22/10/1917 - Died of Wounds
Regiment/Service: 8th Bn., Norfolk Regiment 
Cemetery Link: Dozinghem Military Cemetery
Additional Information: Son of John and Selina Juby, of Mattishall.
Link: War Graves Reference Page


Courtesy of
Emma Larnach
Dennis's Great, Great Niece

Dennis Albert Juby was born Aug 12, 1895 at Mattishall - Sep quarter (4b 280)
Son of John Juby born at Southburgh and Selina Coleman born at Ardleigh Green Essex

Notes: - Named on the Mattishall 'Roll of Honour'
His parents married in 1875 at Mitford - Dec quarter (4b 783) - John Juby and Selina Coleman

A view of Dennis Juby's family before his birth in 1895
1891:
Census - 7 Yaxham Road, Mattishall - Dennis's father John Juby age 40 (Farmer Em'er and Methodist lay preacher) born Southburgh, mother Selina age 39 born Ardleigh/Audley Green Essex, siblings Frederick James age 14 born Cranworth, Edith Charlotte age 12 born Cranworth, Eudora Salina age 11 born Cranworth, Alice Sarah age 9 born Cranworth, Samuel age 7 born Cranworth, Nellie Jane age 5 born Cranworth, Mabel May age 3 born Garvestone, Lionel Robert age 2 born Mattishall and Maggie Ruth age 2m born Mattishall

1901: Census - Yaxham Road Mattishall - Dennis Albert Juby age 5 was living with his parents John Juby age 50 a Farmer living on own account and Selina age 49 together with his sibblings Frederick age 24, Mable age 13, Lional age 12, Maggie age 10, Eva age 8, Hilda age 6 and Wilfred age 1.

1911: Census - Mattishall - Dereham Rd, Mattishall - Dennis Albert Juby age 15 and now a Tailors Improver was living with his parents John Juby age 60 a Farmer living on own account and Selina Juby 59 and his brother Wilfred John Juby as 11.

Dennis Juby was wounded at Polycappelle on Oct 22, 1917, and died the same day.
Lance Corporal Dennis Juby was the son of John and Salina Juby of Mattishall. He enlisted in Aug 1914 , went through continuous heavy fighting taking part in the big battle of The Somme offensive and fought through the sharp conflicts of Delville Wood, Thiepval and many others. He spent his last three birthdays in France , writing home shortly before his died he expressed the wish that his next birthday would be in England. A Chaplin writing to his parents stated - Lance Corporal Juby died a few hours after his admission to the casualty clearing station and was buried close by - Elizabeth Kettle

There is a record that Dennis Juby wrote a brief letter to the parents of James Smith from the battle area regarding their son's death.

When his parents died the family included Dennis on their headstone which can be found in Mattishall Cemetery on Burgh Lane.

In Loving Memory of
JOHN JUBY
Who Died June 17th 1929
Aged 78
-
And SELINA, Wife Of The Above
Who Died Nov 7th 1933
Aged 81
-
Also of their son
L/CPL DENNIS JUBY NFK REG
Who Gave His Life In France
22nd Oct 1917 Aged 22
-

 

 MAYER - Albert
World War One
Casualty

Name: Albert Mayer - age 28 
Rank: Private
Service No: 5488
Date of Death: 14/02/1920 - possibly died of his wounds?
Regiment/Service: Royal Army Medical Corps
Cemetery: Mattishall Burial Ground
Additional Information: Son of John and Emma Mayer, of Mattishall, East Dereham.
Link: War Graves Reference Page


No known picture

Headstone Memorial

5488 Private A MAYER
Royal Army Medical Corps
14th February 1920 age 28

Gone but not forgotten

Albert Mayer was born Albert Betts in 1892 at Upton, Norfolk
Son of Emma Elizabeth Betts born at Upton

Notes: -
Albert Mayer is buried in the Mattishall Cemetery, Burgh Lane - War Grave Headstone.

Emma Elizabeth Betts married John Mayer in 1894 at St Faiths - Mar quarter (4b 160)

Albert was the natural son of Emma Elizabeth Betts born two years before she married John Mayer
1901:
Census - Church Lane - Wroxham - Albert now named Mayers age 9 was living with his mother Emma Mayer age 29 and her husband of 7 years John Mayer age 39 a Bricklayer together with John Mayer's children by his first marriage Celia Mayer age 16, Thomas Mayer age 14, Florence Mayer age 12, as well as the children his mother had with John Mayer - Alice age 6, Herbert age 5, Frederick age 3 and Matha age 1

1911: Census - Crostwick - Albert was recorded here as Betts instead of Mayer age 19 a Wherryman and was living with mother Emma age 42 and her husband John Mayer age 49 a Bricklayer together with his siblings Alice age 16, Herbert 15, Fred 13, Martha age 11, Edward age 9, Arthur age 7, Annie age 4 and Elsie age 1.

Burial Information taken from burial records: Date of Burial, March 11, 1920

 MIDDLETON - George Herbert
World War One
Casualty
Name: George Herbert Middleton - age 28
Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: 7773
Date of Death: 31/10/1916
Regiment/Service: 2nd Bn., Norfolk Regiment 
Cemetery Link: Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery
Additional Information:  
Link: War Graves Reference Page


No known picture

George Herbert Middleton was born in 1888 at Mattishall - Mar quarter (4b 299)
Son of Walter Middleton born at Mattishall and Ann Maria Holland born at Welborne

George's brother Robert was also killed (details below)

Notes: - Named on the Mattishall 'Roll of Honour'
His parents married in 1881 at Mitford - Mar quarter (4b 441) - Walter Middleton and Ann Maria Holland

1901: Census South Green Mattishall - George Herbert Middleton age 13 was living in Mattishall with his parents Walter Middleton age 47 a Builder and Employer of men and Ann Maria Middleton age 44 together with his siblings Alice age 19, Ernest age 17, Robert age 9 and Annie age 3.

1911: Census - 2nd Battn Norfolk Regiment - Ceylon India - Private George Middleton age 24 - Single

 MIDDLETON - Robert Henry
World War One
Casualty
Name: Robert Henry Middleton - age 26
Rank: Private
Service No: 21385
Date of Death: 06/06/1917 - Killade in Action
Regiment/Service: 8th Bn., Border Regiment 
Cemetery Link: St. Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery  
Additional Information: Son of Ann Maria Middleton, of South Green, Mattishall.
Link: War Graves Reference Page


No known picture

Robert Henry Middleton was born in 1891 at Mitford - Sep quarter (4b 277)
Son of Walter Middleton born at Mattishall and Ann Maria Holland born at Welborne

Robert's brother George was also killed (details above)

Notes: - Named on the Mattishall 'Roll of Honour'
His parents married in 1881 at Mitford - Mar quarter (4b 441) - Walter Middleton and Ann Maria Holland

1901: Census South Green Mattishall - Robert Henry Middleton age 9 was living in Mattishall with his parents Walter Middleton age 47 a Builder and Employer of men and Ann Maria Middleton age 44 together with his siblings Alice age 19, Ernest age 17, George age 13 and Annie age 3.

1911: Census - Robert Henry Middleton age 19 and now a Labourer was living with his parents Walter Milddleton age 57 a Carpenter and Builder Ann Maria Middleton age 54 together with his sister Anna Sabina age 13 - at South Green, Mattishall

 MINNS - William
World War One
Casualty
Name: William Minns - age 19
Rank: Private
Service No: G/53793
Date of Death: 24/08/1918
Regiment/Service: 1st/19th Bn., London Regiment 
Cemetery Link: Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport
Additional Information:  
Link: War Graves Reference Page


No known picture

William Minns was born in 1899 at Shipdham - Jun quarter (4b 271)
Son of William Minns born at Honningham and Sussanah Hudson born at Holt

Notes: - Named on the Mattishall 'Roll of Honour'
William Minns is allso mentioned on the Welborne Roll of Honour

Williams parents married in 1894 at Mitford - Dec quarter (4b 782) - William Minns and Susanah Hudson

1901: Census - Thorpe Row Shipdham - William Minns age 1 was living with his parents William Minns age 51 a Farmer and Employer of men and Susanah Minns age 42 together with his siblings Laban age 20, Sidney age 17, Florance age 15 and Alice age 5.

1911: Census - Common Road Welborne - William Minns age 11 and at school was living with his widowed father William Minns age 60 a Yardman on Farm together with his siblings Sidney age 27, Flora age 25, Alice 15 and Albert age 8.

1918: Aug 25 - It was announced in a meeting at the Old Moor Chapel that Urban (Ernest) Gunton (details above) had died and then just as the service was closing, news was brought that Willie Minns, another of the boys, had been killed in action - a quote from the Old Moor Church Book
Willie Minns was a member of the Welgate Congregation.

 PEARCE - George Samuel
World War One
Casualty
Name: George Samuel Pearce - age 20
Rank: Private
Service No: 19540
Date of Death: 05/05/1917
Regiment/Service: "A" Coy. 7th Bn., Norfolk Regiment 
Cemetery Link: Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun
Additional Information: Son of James Lucas Pearce and Eliza Pearce, of Norwich Rd., Mattishall.
Link: War Graves Reference Page


Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal
January
29th 1916
Is there a better copy?

George Samuel Pearce was born in 1896 at Swanton Morley - Sep quarter (4b 259)
Son of James Lucas Pearce born at Swanton Morley and Eliza Symonds born at Longham

Notes: - Named on the Mattishall 'Roll of Honour'
George's parents married in 1890 at Mitford - Mar quarter (4b 399) - James Lucas Pearce and Eliza Symonds

1901: Census - Welgate Mattishall - George Samuel Pearce age 4 was living with his parents James Pearce age 34 a Teams man of Farm and Eliza age 31 together with his siblings James age 11, Isiah age 9, Arthur age 6, Robert age 3 and Albert age 1.

1911: Census - Norwich Road Mattishall - George Samuel Pearce age 14 now a Market Gardner Worker was living with his parents James Lucas Pearce age 44 an Agricultural Labourer and Eliza Pearce age 41 and siblings James 21, Isiah age 19, Arthur age 16, Robert age 13, Albert age 11, John age 4, Charlie age 2 and Alice age 1month

George Samuel Pearce was the uncle of Mollie Pearce who lived on Burgh Lane Mattishall.
Mollie's father was Robert Philip Pearce (younger brother to George) - Mollie started work at North Tuddenham Rectory for Rev Gordon Geddes and his wife. She later became nurse to thier children. Later Mollie worked for Dr Charles Thomson at Mattishall Surgery until she retired. Mollie passed away in May 2006.

 SAVORY - Frederick William
World War One
Casualty
Name: Frederick William Savory - age 21
Rank: Private
Service No: 24045
Date of Death: 03/07/1916
Regiment/Service: 7th Bn., Suffolk Regiment
Cemetery Link: Ovillers Military Cemetery
Additional Information: Son of William and Jane Savory, of Turnpike Rd, Mattishall
Link: War Grave Reference Page


Thetford & Watton Times Feb 24th 1917
Is there a better copy?

Frederick William Savory was born in 1895 at North Tuddenham - Sep quarter (4b 279)
Son of William Savory born at North Tuddenham and Jane Pearce born at Swanton Morley

Notes: - Named on the Mattishall 'Roll of Honour'
His parents married in 1894 at Mitford - Dec quarter (4b 778) - William Savory and Jane Pearce

1901: Census - Dereham Road Mattishall - Frederick William Savory age 5 was living with his parents William Savory age 27 a Butter and Egg Dealer living on own account and Jane age 27 together with his brother Walter age 4 and his sister Florence age 11months.

1911: Census - Dereham Road Mattishall - Fredrick William Savory age 15 was living at Mattishall with his parents William Savory age 37 a Buter Dealer and Jane Savory age 37 together with his siblings Walter age 14, Florence age 10, Hilda age 6, Henry age 3 and Glady age 7months.

SMALLS - Charles
World War One
Casualty
Name: Charles Smalls - age 19
Rank: Private
Service No: T/202668
Date of Death: 12/10/1917
Regiment/Service: The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) 7th Bn.
Cemetery Link: Tyne Cot Memorial 
Additional Information: Son of Mr. J. Smalls, of Bungalow, Welborne, East Dereham, Norfolk.
Link: War Graves Reference Page


No known picture

Charles Smalls born May 17, 1898 at Welborne - Jun quarter (4b 195)
Baptised at All Saints Church Welborne on Jun 26, 1898 - Entry 578
Son of James Smalls a Labourer born at Welborne and Ellen Carr born at Mattishall Burgh

Charles's brother Francis/ Frank was also killed (details below)

Notes:
Charles Smalls is also mentioned on the Welborne Roll of Honour

His parents married on Sep 15, 1890 at Welborne - Sep quarter (4b 309) James Smalls age 23 and Ellen Carr age 19 - Enty 57
James father was recorded as Robert Smalls a Labourer & Brickmaker - There was no father recorded for Ellen.

1891: Census - 6 Near Brickfield Welborne - John Smalls an Agricultural Labourer age 24 together with his wife Ellen age 19 and their daughter Lucy age 9 months

1901: Census - Cottage Solomans Temple Welborne - Charles Smalls age 2 was living with his parents James Smalls age 34 an Agricultural Labourer and Ellen age 29 together with his siblings Lucy age 10, Agnes age 9, James age 6, Frances age 4 and Harriett age 11months.

His mother Ellen was murdered by her cousin, James Green in 1908 aged just 36.
For more information see 'Mattishall Crime & Punishment' - click HERE - Ref: 1908: Apr 10

1911: Census Welborne - Charles Smalls age 12 and still at school was living with his widowed father James Smalls age 44 a Farm Labour and his siblings Agnes Smalls age 19, Frank Smalls (also known as Francis) age 14, Mary Smalls age 10 and Edith Smalls age 9

James Smalls (Father of Francis) was the brother to Sarah Smalls who married William Tilney in 1885 - They also lost their son Percy Tilney (below) on the 16th Aug 1918

SMALLS - Francis James
World War One
Casualty
Name: Francis James Smalls - age 22
Rank: Sapper
Service No: 151661
Date of Death: 12/07/1918
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers, 251st Tunnelling Coy.
Cemetery Link: Cologne Southern Cemetery
Additional Information: Son of James Smalls, of Near The Bungalow, Welborne, Dereham, Norfolk.
Link: War Graves Reference Page


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Francis James Smalls born May 23, 1896 at Welborne - Sep quarter (4b 183) - He was known as Frank
Baptised at All Saints Church Welborne on Jun 28, 1896 - Entry 567
Son of James Smalls a Labourer born at Welborne and Ellen Carr born at Mattishall Burgh

Francis/Frank's brother Charles was also killed (details above)

Notes:
Francis James Smalls is also mentioned on the Welborne Roll of Honour

His parents married on Sep 15, 1890 at Welborne - Sep quarter (4b 309) James Smalls age 23 and Ellen Carr age 19 - Enty 57
James father was recorded as Robert Smalls a Labourer & Brickmaker - There was no father recorded for Ellen.

1891: Census - 6 Near Brickfield Welborne - John Smalls an Agricultural Labourer age 24 together with his wife Ellen age 19 and their daughter Lucy age 9 months

1901: Census - Cottage Solomans Temple Welborne - Francis Smalls age 4 was living with his parents James Smalls age 34 an Agricultural Labourer and Ellen age 29 together with his siblings Lucy age 10, Agnes age 9, James age 6, Charles age 2 and Harriett age 11months

His mother Ellen was murdered by her cousin, James Green in 1908 aged just 36.
For more information see 'Mattishall Crime & Punishment' - click HERE - Ref: 1908: Apr 10

1911: Census Welborne - Frank Smalls age 14 (also known as Francis) and now a Farm Labour
was living with his widowed father James Smalls age 44 a Farm Labour and his siblings Agnes Smalls age 19, Charles age 12 Mary age 10 and Edith age 9

James Smalls (Father of Francis) was the brother to Sarah Smalls who married William Tilney in 1885 - They also lost their son Percy Tilney (below) on the 16th Aug 1918

 SMITH - James
World War One
Casualty
Name: James Smith - age 20
Rank: Private
Service No: 13823
Date of Death: 30/06/1916
Regiment/Service: 8th Bn., Norfolk Regiment
Cemetery Link: Carnoy Military Cemetery
Additional Information: Born Mattishall - Enlisted Norwich (from records)
Killed in action - France & Flanders
Link: War Graves Reference Page


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James was born Edward James Smith in 1896 (known later as James) at Ringland - Sep quarter (4b 257)
Son of Sarah (Sally) Smith born at Ringland
He was baptised at Mattishall on July 13, 1902

Notes: - Named on the Mattishall 'Roll of Honour'
His mother Sarah Smith married James Edwards in Oct 1900 - James was also killed in action on Aug 27, 1917 (details above). Click HERE for quick link

1901: Census - Welborne Road Mattishall - James Smith age 4 was living with his mother Sarah Edwards age 25 and her husband James William Edwards age 21 a Cattleman on Farm

1911: Census - Mill Road Mattishall - James Smith age 14, and now an Assistant Cowman of Farm was living with his mother Sarah age 35 and her husband James William Edwards age 30 together with his half sister Dorothy age 9 and his half brother John age 4.

From village notes:
James Smith
was one of the first batch of recruits from Mattishall to join the Kichener's Army - Died at the Assembly Trenches North of Cornoy.
At the time of his death he was the third volunteer from the village to be killed in action in the war. Private D. Juby in a letter to Private Smith's parents, said that he had been hit by a shell and died within minutes.

 

 SMITH - Robert John
World War One
Casualty
Name: Robert John Smith - age 34
Rank: Private
Service No: 265248
Date of Death: 21/03/1918
Regiment/Service: 9th Bn., Norfolk Regiment
Cemetery Link: Arras Memorial
Additional Information: Son of the late Robert and Susannah Smith, of Mattishall; husband of Ethel Maud Smith, of Wellgate Rd, Mattishall.
Link: War Graves Reference Page


Courtesy of
Gerry Francis

Robert John Smith born Jun 08, 1884 - Jun quarter (4b 277)
Son of Robert Smith born at Mattishall Burgh and Susannah ??? born at Yaxham

Notes: - Named on the Mattishall 'Roll of Honour'
No marriage record has been found for Robert's parents - his mother was recorded as Susan, Susanna, Susannah

1891: Census - 3 Church Square Mattishall - Robert Smith age 6 living with his parents Robert Smith age 45 an Agricultural Labourer and Susanna age 44 together with his siblings Joe age 19, Virtue age 17, Harry age 14, Emma age 10, Bessie age 5 and Ethel age 3.

1901: Census - Dereham Road Mattishall - Robert John Smith age 16 and now an Agricultural Labourer was living with his parents Robert Smith age 55 a Roadman for the County Council and Susannah age 55 and his sisters Betsey age 14, Rosa age 9 and Maud age 8.

Robert married Ethel Maud Livock in 1909 at Norwich - Dec quarter (4b 321)

1911: Census - Common Road East Tuddenham - Robert Smith age 26 a Roadsman living with his wife Ethel age 22

Robert and Ethel had two children Reginald James Smith born May 14, 1915 and Ellen May Smith born May 07, 1917. The two children were baptised on the same day, July 15, 1917.

From Gerry Francis Grandson of Private Robert Smith
Unfortunately Granddad has no resting place as he with some colleagues were ordered "over the top" and made for the enemy lines. They made for the cover of a shell crater, but a German shell from the heavy artillery followed them in and they were blown to pieces.

 STACKWOOD - George Edward
World War One
Casualty
Name: George Edward Stackwood - age 29
Rank: Private
Service No: 43973
Date of Death: 16/04/1918
Regiment/Service: 2nd Bn., Lincolnshire Regiment
Cemetery Link: Tyne Cot Memorial
Additional Information: Son of Ann Stackwood, of Ebenezer Cottage, Welgate, Mattishall, and the late J. W. Stackwood.
Link: War Graves Reference Page


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George Edward Stackwood was born 1887 at Hockering - Jun quarter (4b 286)
Son of William Jonathan Stackwood born at Bradon Pava and Ann Earl born at Mattishall

Notes: - Named on the Mattishall 'Roll of Honour'
His parents were married in 1877 at Mitford - Dec quarter (4b 741) - William Jonathan Stackwood & Ann Earl

1891: Census - 4 South Green - George Stackwood age 4 was living with his parents William Stackwood age 38 a Agricultural Labourer and Ann age 36 together with his siblings William age 12, Sophia age 10, Earnest age 9, Sidney age 7, Florence age 5, Asano age 2 and Alice age 4months

1901: Census - Wellgate Mattishall - George Stackwood age 14 and now a Cattle Fetcher from Farm was living with his parents William Stackwood age 48 a Agricultural Labourer and Ann 45 together with his siblings William age 22, Ernest age 19, Florence age 15, Asane age 12, Alice age 10, Eliza age 8 and Ada age 6

1911: Census Wellgate Mattishall - George Stackwood age 24 and now a Farm Labourer was living with his parents William Stackwood age 58 a Farm Labourer and Ann Stackwood age 56 together with his siblings William age 32, Ernest age 29, Sidney 27, Ada age 16 and his married sister Florence age 25 who married Walter Osborne age 27 born at Mattishall and a Cowman.

George enlisted at Norwich

TILNEY - Percy William
World War One
Casualty
Name: Percy William Tilney - age 19
Rank: Private
Service No: 201254
Date of Death: 16/08/1918
Regiment/Service: 9th Bn., Norfolk Regiment
Cemetery Link: Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany
Additional Information:

Son of William and Sarah Tilney, of Mattishall.

Link: War Graves Reference Page


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Percy William Tilney was born 1898 at Mattishall - Dec quarter (4b 253)
Son of William Tilney born at Mattishall and Sarah Smalls born at Welborne

Notes: - Named on the Mattishall 'Roll of Honour'
His parents were married in 1895 at Mitford - Dec quarter (4b 743) - William Tilney and Sarah Smalls of Welborne

1901: Census - Mattishall Burgh - Percey William Tilney age 2 was living with his parents William Tilney age 30 an Agricultural Labourer and Sarah age 25 together with his brother Arthur age 7months

1911: Census - Welborne Road Mattishall - Percy William Tilney age 12 and still at school was living with his parents William Tilney age 43 a Labourer on Farm and Sarah Tilney age 37 together with his sibblings Arthur age 10, Agnes age 8, Bertie age 6, Albert age 4, Florence age 2 and Mildred age 6months

Percy's mother (Sarah Smalls) was at the age of 16 (1881 census) an Under Nurse for the Rev William Cowper Johnson at Yaxham. Sarah Tilney nee Smalls (Percy's mother) was the sister to James Smalls who lost two sons Francis and James Smalls (above)

 TUTTLE - Edward James
World War One
Casualty
Name: Edward James Tuttle - age 20
Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: 20637
Date of Death: 13/08/1915 - when the troopship Royal Edward was sunk.
Regiment/Service: 1st Bn., Essex Regiment
Cemetery Link: Helles Memorial
Additional Information: Son of Edward and Georgina Tuttle, of Norwich Rd., Welborne.
Link: War Graves Referance Page


Courtesy of
Pauline Dodd

Edward James Tuttle was born in 1895 at East Tuddenham - Mar quarter - (4b 280)
Son of Edward Robert Tuttle born at Southburgh and Georgina Wright born at East Dereham

Notes: - Named on the Mattishall 'Roll of Honour'
Edward James Tuttle is also mentioned on the Welborne Roll of Honour

His parents married in 1879 at Mitford - Dec quarter (4b 844) - Edward Robert Tuttle and Georgina Wright

1901: Census - Burgh Road Mattishall - Edward James Tuttle age 6 was living with his parents Edward Tuttle age 50 a General Agricultural Labourer and Georgina age 46 together with his siblings Arthur age 19, Glady age 13, Ernest age 11 and Mildred age 8.

1911: Census - Welborne Edward James Tuttle age 16 and now a Shop Assistant was living with his parents Edward Robert Tuttle age 61 a Farm Steward and Georgina Tuttle age 56 together with his brother Ernest age 21 and Bertha age 2 !!

Sometime during 1914 Edward (Teddy) enlisted into the Norfolk Regiment, the 3rd (Special Reserve) Battalion (14). He enlisted at Great Yarmouth and gave his address as Great Yarmouth, I have not found out why unless it was because he was at that time living with his brother Ernest William who was then married and living there at the time - Pauline Dodd

The Tuttle family lived in the property as you leave Mattishall toward Norwich on the right side of the road on the corner of and Church Lane opposite Blind Lane. It must have been quite shocking after just loosing their son to wake up one morning in 1916 to find the military had erected their tents on the field opposite their home. The field had been commandeered for what was to become Mattishall Airfield. East Anglia had been the first area ever to suffer with air bombardment of any kind the bombs were delivered by the German Zeppelin. Mattishall Airfield was to become a busy site and experienced a lot of action during the coming years.
On the night of 31 July/1 August 1916 the crews of RFC No.51 Squadron were called into action, Mattishall, came closest to injury when a single bomb landed close to the airfield. It was almost certainly dropped by the L17 Zeppelin. One aircraft was immediately scrambled and was aloft for fourteen minutes before it stalled and crashed, killing the pilot.

For more information on Edward Tuttle's military service take a look at Pauline Dodds family history website HERE

WARDLEWORTH - Douglas
World War One
Casualty
Name: Douglas Wardleworth - age 34
Rank: Lieutenant
Service No:  
Date of Death: 24/10/1914
Regiment/Service: Royal Army Medical Corps 
Cemetery Link: Ste. Marie Cemetery, Le Havre 
Additional Information: Only son of Douglas Wardleworth, M.D., J.P., and Annie Wardleworth, of Bury, Lancs; husband of Mary Winifred Wardleworth, of Welborne Rectory, Welborne, Dereham, Norfolk.
Link: War Grave Reference Page

Douglas Wardleworth was born in 1880 at Bolton Lancashire - Sep quarter (8c 417)
Son of Edmund Douglas Wardleworth and Annie Wardleworth both born at Rochdale Lancashire

Notes:
His parents were married in 1880 at bolton - Sep quarter (8c 468) - Edmund Douglas Wardleworth and Annie Eliza Wardleworth

1901: Census - 240 Walmersley Road Bury Lanchester - Douglas Wardleworth age 20 and now a Medical Studen was living with his parents Edmund Wardleworth age 48 a Surgeon and Annie age 48

Douglas married Mary Winifred Pigott in 1910 at Welborne (Forehoe) - Dec quarter (4b 489)

1911: Census - St Nicholas Place Sheringham - Douglas Wardleworth age 31 and now a Physician and Surgeon was living with his wife Mary Winifred age 31 together with their cousin Emma age 21 and four servants.

Douglas and Mary had children: Mary F Wardleworth in 1911 Dec quater, Ursula M Wardleworth in 1913 Jun quater and Edmund D Wardleworth in 1914 Dec quarter.

Written by Ian Douglas Wardleworth, Grandson of Lieutenant Douglas Wardleworth
My Grandfather died in Le Havre on 24th October 1914, but the circumstances were not as mysterious as we all used to think – simply a drowning accident. He was the doctor in Sheringham, used to swim off the beach each morning and carried on doing this when he was posted to Le Havre to open a base hospital. His son Douglas Wardleworth was born in Sheringham the same day.

Douglas Wardleworth is also mentioned on the Sheringham Memorial.

WRIGHTON - Frank Henry (Norman)

World War One
Casualty

Sergeant Wrighton has not been named on the Mattishall War Memorial. However, after recent research, I feel he has every right to have a place there. Sadly we have found him buried in an unmarked common grave shared with four other people:
For his full story so far - click HERE

Name: Frank Henry (Norman) Wrighton - age 38
Rank: Ex-Sergeant
Service No: 1241
Date of Death: 2/11/1917
Regiment/Service: County of London Yeomanry 2/3rd Bn. T.F
Cemetery Link: Torquay Cemetery, Devon
Additional Information: Husband of Winifred Bernice Wrighton of Mattishall Burgh , Norfolk
Grave Link: Grave number 2303, section K. Consecrated grounds

Frank Henry Wrighton was born on June 27th 1879 at Cannock Stratford son of Thomas H G Wrighton (1845) a Chemist and Dentist born at Dublin, Ireland, although he was not of Irish decent, and his wife Mary Jane Gayford Abbott (1852) born at Shipdham, Norfolk.

Before enlistment Frank was a well known actor, poet and playwright known by his stage name Norman Wrighton. Long before the First World War he wrote 'Wake Up Britain' a dramatic sketch dealing with the possible invasion of our shores at some future time, in other words predicting the war. His play was centered at Mattishall, mentioning All Saints church, the malt-house and post office on the corner of Burgh Lane. It is because of this and his enthusiasm he was enlisted by the army to help in the war effort for recruiting men. He was often seen in London and there is a famous picture of him dressed in a suit of armour, we assume to attract the attention of his passing audience. He was also a familiar figure at Norwich Market-Place at lunch times reciting his play. We also have it on record he performed at Mattishall, his wife's home and our neighboring village, Hockering.

During his recruitment efforts he was at sometime subjected to extreme exposure, for which he suffered greatly and was eventually discharged from the army as being medically unfit. He was given an army pension for a few months which ran out in the December 1916. He would never recover from his ill health and without an income we assume he recieved only the basic treatment. Norman died on November 2nd 1917, he was 38. He died in a TB nursing home at Torquay, Devon and was buried in a unmarked common grave.

Attached to the bottom of Norman's Pension Application: 15680

Man died: 02/11/1917
Origin and place unknown. Well till a year ago, had Pleurisy and Pneumonia, following wet exposure. Improved, but Feb 1916 had another attack of Pneumonia.
Thin and Wasted. Physical signs of older disease at upper lobe. Involvement left apex also. T.B found in Sputum. Not the result of but aggravated by exposure on ordinary military service. Permanent Prevents Totally for 1 year then ¾ Permanent. 10/01/1916
Expires 14/12/1916

A few key points...
1905:
Marriage record - Frank Henry Wrighton married Winifred Bernice Norton at St Giles - Jun quarter (1b 1079)
Norman married Winifred Bernice Norton on June 26th 1905 at Registrars Office. Broad Street, Bloomsbury, London, her sister Frances Norton was a witness. Winifred was born on December 12th 1877, the elder daughter of Frederick Norton a Carpenter and Land Owner of Mattishall Burgh and his wife Martilda Ellen Harris born at Camben Town London

1915: Nov 6 – Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal
THE PLAY THAT FORETOLD THE WAR – This week we publish an interesting sketch of travel in Norfolk, by a Norfolk man, a native of Mattishall, who is now a trooper in the 3rd Country of London Yeomanry. Trooper Wrighton, who in his lifetime has played many parts, is just now busy recruiting up and down the country. Amongst other occupations he has both written and acted plays notably “Wake Up England” a production that did much to stir the latent patriotism where ever it was exhibited. Yet another play is entitled “Kultur” dedicated to the men and women of England by its authors, Alfred* and Norman Wrighton. Curiously it was written in December 1913, almost two years before the war broke out, and foreshadowed, with lifelike reality, many of the incidents that befell unhappy Belgium in the early stages of the struggle. Below we give and extract from the play which will give an idea of its forceful quality. The play was set in Mattishall
*Alfred was Norman's uncle (his father's brother)

1916: May 31st - The Era - page 8
Theatrical Gossip - Sergeant Norman Wrighton, of the 3rd County of London Yeomanry, who has been seriously ill with lung trouble since February, has been discharged medically unfit for further military service, and is going to a convalescent home near cromer. Sergeant Wrighton saw early active service in South Africa, and has obtained through his war lectures 3,800 recrutes for the Services. He hopes to return to the stage in the autumn.

1916: Jun 19th - The Daily Mirror - page 10
This Mornings Gossip - A Fine record: Mr Norman Wrighton, the actor, writes to me from a sanatorium in Norfolk, where he is now staying. He has broken down in health and has been discharged from the Army as medically unfit. He tells me, however, that he hopes to return to the stage in the autumn. During the recruiting campaign Mr Wrighton secured the services of over 3,800 recruits by his lectures and recitations.

According to records Norman was admitted as a patient to St. Barnabas’ Home for Incurables, Brocket hall, Haldon Road, Torquay, Devon (under the care of the Sisters of St. John the Baptist). How and why he went to Devon is still unknown but he did have an uncle (Alfred Wrighton a retired chemist) who lived at Ilfracombe. However this is many miles from Torquay, may be he was there for the milder weather conditions. However he never recovered and died in the November 2nd 1917.

1917: Death record – Frank H Wrighton at Newton Abbott, Devon – Dec quarter (5b 162) age 38
Frank Henry Wrighton was buried on November 6th 1917 in grave number 2303, section K. Consecrated grounds of Torquay Cemetery, Devon.
He was the 4th of five people to have been interred in the grave which means it is a paupers grave with no headstone.

 

 EBBAGE - Geoffrey George
World War Two
Casualty
Name: Geoffrey George Ebbage - age 18
Rank: Able Seaman
Service No: C/JX 159852
Date of Death: 01/06/1941
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy, HMS Calcutta
Cemetery Link: Chatham Navel Memorial
Additional Information: Son of John and Fanny Ebbage, of Mattishall.
Link: War Graves Reference Page


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Geoffrey George Ebbage was born in 1922 at Mitford - Dec quarter (4b 360)
Son of John Ebbage born at Guist and Fanny Myhill born at Bintry

Notes: - Named on the Mattishall 'Roll of Honour'
His parents were married in 1906 at Mitford - Dec quarter (4b 727) - John Ebbage and Fanny Myhill

1911: Census - Sandhills Gusit - Geoffrey's father John Ebbage age 26 was recorded as a 'Shepard on Farm' with him was his wife Fanny age 28 and two of her children Frank Myhill age 8, William Eggage Myhill age 5 plus two of his daughters Edith age 3 and Ethel age 11months

Geoffrey is also mention at Granworh

 GRIMES - Eric Harvey William
World War Two
Casualty
Name: Eric Harvey William Grimes - age 21
Rank: Leading Aircraftman
Service No: 619292
Date of Death: 26/01/1942
Regiment/Service: 36 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Cemetery Link: Singapore Memorial
Additional Information: Son of Geoffrey Henry and Annie Elizabeth Mary Grimes, of Mattishall.
Link: War Graves Reference Page


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Eric Harvey William Grimes was born in 1920 at Mitford - Mar quarter (4b 539)
Son of Geoffrey Henry Grimes born at Hornsey, London and Annie Elizabeth Mary Meale born at Stibbard Norfolk

Notes: - Named on the Mattishall 'Roll of Honour'
His parents were married in 1917 at Walsingham - Jun quarter (4b 499) - Geoffrey Henry Grimes and Annie Elizabeth Mary Meale.

1911: Census - Eric's father Geoffrey then age 16 and recorded as a 'Cycle Engineer's Apprentice' was living with his Grandfather Henry Grimes a retired Policemean and widower age 68 at Nightingale Cottage Stalham. There also was his father William Henry Grimes a 'Bee Expert' age 42 living on own account. His mother was not present.

1911: Census - Eric's mother Annie Meale then age 20 and recorded as a 'Dressmaker' living on own account was living with her father Harry Meale age 58 a Builder and his second wife of 9 years Anna age 36 together with two children of the new marriage Reginald age 8 and Beatrice age 7.

Eric was in the 1st Dereham Group of the Scouts.

Son of the village nurse and midwife - Elizabeth Kettle
Nurse Grimes lived next door to the bakers on Church Plain in 1920-30 then later moved to Parker Road she succeeded Mrs. Parnell when she retired - Memories of Mattishall.
 HAZELL - Frederick Nelson
World War Two
Casualty
Name: Frederick Nelson Hazell - age 35
Rank: Private
Service No: 13005952
Date of Death: 02/06/1943
Regiment/Service: Corps of Military Police
Cemetery: Mattishall Burial Ground
Additional Information: Son of Albert Edward and Fanny Hazell, of Great Yarmouth: husband of Lily Violet Hazell, of Great Yarmouth.
Link: War Graves Reference Page


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Headstone Memorial

13005952 Private FN HAZEL
Corps of Military police
2nd June 1943 aged 35

He died at his post
His country to defend
He died as he lived
Everyone's friend

Frederick Nelson Hazell was born in 1908 at Yarmouth - Dec quarter (4b 8)
Son of Albert Edward Hazell born at Gt Yarmouth and Fanny Wells born at Stamford Lincolnshire

Notes: -
Frederick Nelson Hazel is buried in the Mattishall Cemetery, Burgh Lane - War Grave Headstone.

His parents were married in 1898 at West Ham - Jun quarter (4a 42) - Albert Edward Hazell and Fanny Wells

1911: Census - 41 Milddlegate St, Gt Yarmouth - Frederick Hazell age 3 was living with his parents Albert Edward Hazell age 38, a Coal Merchant and Fanny Hazell age 32 together with his sibblings Albert age 12, Patricia age 11, Elsie 6, Doris age 5and Hilda age 2.

Frederick Nelson Hazell married Lily Violet Smith in 1933 at Yarmouth - Dec quarter (4b 20)
Frederick and Violet had children: Frederick N Smith 1934 - Jun quarter: Shirly M Smith 1937 - Sep quarter: & Dennis T Smith 1941 - Mar quarter.

For some reason Frederick Nelson Hazell was buried at Mattishall - reasons unknown at present
Information taken from burial records: Age given as 34 - Place of Death, Arderson & Saltcoats - Date of Burial, Jun 05, 1943
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LOWNEY - Joseph Denis
World War Two
Casualty
Name: Joseph Denis Lowney - age 25
Rank: Sergeant - Pilot
Service No: 1169708
Date of Death: 29/06/1942
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve - 93 Sqdn.
Cemetery Link: Douglas Cemetery, Isle of Man
Additional Information: Son of Joseph Kerruish Lowney and Elizabeth Lowney, of Douglas; husband of Evelyn Joyce Lowney, of Mattishall, Norfolk.
Link: War Graves Reference Page


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Joseph Denis Lowney born Joseph Denis Looney in 1917 at W. Derby - Mar quater (8b 550) mothers name Kendall
Son of Joseph Kerruish Looney born at Douglas, Isle of Man and Elizabeth ?Kendal? born at ???

'Looney' is a usual Manx Gaelic name (Isle of Man)
It appears that Joseph anglicised his name possibly to avoid any associations with madness

Douglas Grave Memorial
In affectionate remembrance of Joseph Kerruish Looney
dearly loved husband of Elizabeth died July 1st 1944
Also Joseph Denis Sgt. Pilot Flighter Command R.A.F.V.
only beloved son of the above and dear husband of Joyce
killed on active service June 29th 1942 aged 25 years
"O Joyous Valiant heart”
Also Elizabeth beloved wife of Joseph died Septemer 1957.

Notes: - Joseph's parents -
1915: Marriage record Joseph Kerruish Looney married Elizabeth ???? at Douglas St Thomas' Isle of Man (370 58 COE)

Joseph's father Joseph Kerruish Looney was born in 1885 at Douglas on the Isle of Man - (A2 547)
He lived at 'Cregbane' Park Avenue Douglas. He was the son of the late Mr J D Looney the noted conductor of Manx choirs and was himself intensely musical. He won in the bass solo competition in the Manx Music Festival, was organist at the Finch Hill Congregational Church and a gifted pianist. He was a Mason and organist at the Walpole Lodge. He worked for over forty years in the clerical department of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co. He died on July 01, 1944 age 58 and is buried with his son Joseph Denis and later in the September of 1957 his wife Elizabeth. All three are named in the memorial inscription (above) as Looney

On 1 June 1942 - RAF No. 93 Squadron was reformed at Andreas with Spitfires for convoy patrols over the Irish Sea. RAF Andreas was built in fields between Andreas and Bride on the Isle of Man and as was common practice, the Station was named after the parish in which it was situated.

Isle of Man Examiner - July 3rd 1942 - page 7
SERGEANT'S SAD END - Great sympathy will be felt with Mr & Mrs Joseph K. Looney, of Park Avenue Douglas in the loss of their only son Sergt Pilot Joseph Denis Lowney, RAF who has been killed whilst on active service. His plane came down into the sea and his body has been discovered and is being brought home to the island. Sergt Pilot Lowney was 25 years of age, and was married on New Years Day this year to an English girl, who has been staying with his parents. He was formerly a pilot of a bomber and had taken part in raids over Germany including Berlin, being in the big raid on the capital some months ago when we lost 27 planes. More recently he has joined a fighter squadron, and was piloting a spitfire. The deceased young man was educated at the Douglas High School and was for some time employed by the Isle of Man Electricity Board. His father is in the employ of the Steam Packet Company and is well known in Masonic and musical circles.

The above newspaper artical gives the impression that Joseph and Evelyn were married on the Isle of Man on Jan 1st 1942 - No record has been found in the Isle of Man or the British records as yet.

So what brought Evelyn to Mattishall or what was her connection to our village ????

There was an Evelyn J Wicks born in 1915 at Mitford - Sep quarter (4b 394)
Daughter of Arthur James Wicks and Lily Mason who married in 1901 at Mitford - Could this be her??

Burial: - Douglas Cemetery - July 2nd 1942 - Douglas - Middle, Isle of Man - Plot: Block N.Q. Grave 306.

CREDITS: My thanks to Pat Nicholson of the Isle of Man for all her help in this research.

MOY - Gerald William George
World War Two
Casualty
Name: Gerald William George Moy - age 23
Rank: Marine
Service No: CH/X103916
Date of Death: 23/02/1945
Regiment/Service: H.Q. 5th R.M. A.A. Bde., Royal Marines
Cemetery Link: Schoonselhof Cemetery
Additional Information: Son of William George and Ada Agnes Moy, of Mattishall.
Link: War Graves Reference Page


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Gerald William George Moy was born in 1921 at Forehoe - Jun quarter (4b 331)
Son of William George Moy and Ada Agnes Brown

Notes: - Named on the Mattishall 'Roll of Honour'
His parents married in 1918 at Forehoe - Mar quarter (4b 345) - William George Moy and Ada Agnes Brown

Son of a coal merchant on The Heath? - More information would be helpful

 MEACHEN - Edwin Leslie
World War Two
Casualty
Name: Edwin Leslie Meachen - age 20
Rank: Gunner
Service No: 1136253
Date of Death: 20/09/1943
Regiment/Service: 8 Survey Regt., Royal Artillery
Cemetery Link: Salerno War Cemetery
Additional Information: Son of Jesse and Winifred Meachen, of Mattishall-Burgh.
Link: War Graves Reference Page


Courtesy of
Cynthia Wale
Cousin of Gunner Meachen

Edwin Leslie Meachen was born in 1923 at Mitford - Mar quarter (4b 373)
Son of Jesse Meachen born Mattishall Burgh and Winnifred Read born ?

Notes: - Named on the Mattishall 'Roll of Honour'
His parents were married in 1920 at Mitford - Dec quarter (4b 767) - Jesse Meachen and Winnie Read
Jesse and Winnie had children:

Percy W Meachen born 1921 at Mitford - Sep quarter
Edwin L Meachen born 1923 at Mitford - Mar quarter - Killed in action - 'Gunner Edwin Leslie Meachen'
Grace Meachen born 1927 at Mitford - Sep quarter

Edwin's father was born in 1892 at Mattishall the son of James Coe Meachen (1862) and Anne Maria Butters.
Edwin's father also had a brother James Hubert Meachen born in 1911 also at Mattishall - James married Charlotte E Francis in 1935.
James ans Charlotte had children :

Bernard Meachen born 1935 at Mattishall - Bernard married Sybil Eke.
Cynthia Meachen born 1939 at Mattishall - Cynthia married Jonny Wale.
Both still live in the village

Full Story: - http://www.cwgc.org/find-a-cemetery/cemetery/2058200/SALERNO%20WAR%20CEMETERY
On 3 September 1943 the Allies invaded the Italian mainland, the invasion coinciding with an armistice made with the Italians who then re-entered the war on the Allied side. Allied objectives were to draw German troops from the Russian front and more particularly from France, where an offensive was planned for the following year.
Commonwealth and American forces landed near Salerno on 8-9 September 1943 and there was fierce fighting for some days in the bridgehead that they established. The site for the cemetery was chosen in November 1943 and it contains many burials resulting from the landings and the fighting that followed, but graves were also brought in later from a wide area of south-western Italy. The 59th General Hospital was in the vicinity of Salerno at the end of 1943 and early in 1944.
Salerno War Cemetery contains 1,846 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 107 of them unidentified. One casualty of the First World War is also commemorated in the cemetery by special memorial, his grave in a local civil cemetery having been lost. The cemetery was designed by Louis de Soissons.

 NORTON - John Templar
World War Two
Casualty
Name: John Templar Norton - 29
Rank: Lance Bombardier
Service No: 1472388
Date of Death: 30/05/1940
Regiment/Service: 65 (The Norfolk Yeomanry) Anti-Tank Regt, Royal Artillery.
Cemetery Link: Coxyde Military Cemetery
Additional Information: Son of Richard Leslie and Addie Maud Norton, of Mattishall, Norfolk; husband of Evelyn Joyce Norton, of Mattishall.
Link: War Graves Reference Page


Courtesy of
Richard Norton

Nephew of Lance Bombardier Norton

John Templar Norton was born in 1911 at Mitford - Jun quarter (4b 223)
Son of Richard Leslie Norton born at Mattishall and Addie Maud Hewitt born at Mattishall Burgh

Notes: - Named on the Mattishall 'Roll of Honour'
His parents married in 1904 at Mitford - Jun quarter (4b 519) Richard Leslie Norton and Addie Maud Hewitt

1911: Census - Church Plain Mattishall - John Templar Norton age 6weeks was living with his parents Richard Leslie Norton age 30 a Baker and Confectioner and Addie Muad age 35 together with his sibblings Daniel age 5 and Charles age 4. There were also two boarders Benjamin High age 25 and Walter Bayfield age 16 as well as Elizabeth Richmond age 20 who was a mother's help.

John Templar Norton married Evelyn Joyce Rutterford in 1938 at Mitford - Mar quarter (4b 431)
no record of any children have been found.

John Templar Norton (Jack) is from a well known family of bakers in Mattishall going back several generations - He is the Uncle of Richard Norton who had the Bakery Shop on Church Plain (now closed) and who still lives in the village. Richard is also the Chairman of Mattishall Parich Council.

Full Story - http://www.cwgc.org/find-a-cemetery/cemetery/8600/COXYDE%20MILITARY%20CEMETERY
In June 1917, Commonwealth forces relieved French forces on 6 kilometres of front line from the sea to a point south of Nieuport (now Nieuwpoort), and held this sector for six months.
Coxyde (now Koksijde) was about 10 kilometres behind the front line. The village was used for rest billets and was occasionally shelled, but the cemetery, which had been started by French troops, was found to be reasonably safe. It became the most important of the Commonwealth cemeteries on the Belgian coast and was used at night for the burial of the dead brought back from the front line.
The French returned to the sector in December 1917 and continued to use the cemetery, and during 1918, Commonwealth naval casualties from bases in Dunkirk (now Dunkerque) were buried there. After the Armistice, the remains of 44 British soldiers were brought into the cemetery. Ten of them had been buried in isolated graves. Nineteen came from Furnes Road British Cemetery, Coxyde, a cemetery made in July, 1917, by the 2nd Manchesters and the 49th (West Riding) Division on the East side of the road to Furnes (now Veurne). Twenty-five (of whom 22 belonged to the 49th Division) came from Oosthoek Military Cemetery, Adinkerke, 4 Kms South-West of Coxyde.
The cemetery was used again during the Second World War, chiefly for the burial of casualties sustained during the defence of the Dunkirk-Nieuport perimeter in May 1940.
The cemetery now contains 1,507 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, the French graves from this period having since been removed. Of the 155 Second World War burials, 22 are unidentified

Memories of Uncle Jack by Richard Norton
John Templar Norton (Jack) was one of my father's older brothers (the third of four) and lived at the Bakery on Church Plain in his early years.
He attended Hamond's Grammar School in Swaffham and after that was employed by Barclay's Bank firstly at Reepham and then Dereham. In fact some of the older villagers at the time were known to remark that they "banked along a Jack" as they would give him sums of money to pay into the bank for them - very trusting in those days.
He married Joyce Rutterford (from Mattishall -'Sunnyside' on Dereham Rd) and they moved to Middleton House in South Green.
Uncle Jack was a reservist and so was one of the first to be called up to serve and consequently was an early casualty of the war. He was on the beach at Dunkirk waiting for a boat home but was killed by a sniper's bullet while they waited. He is buried in the Coxyde Military Cemetery near there.

 

 PALGRAVE - Thomas George
World War Two
Casualty
Name: Thomas George Palgrave - age 27
Rank: Sergeant - Flt. Engr.
Service No: 1167098
Date of Death: 09/10/1943
Regiment/Service: 102 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Cemetery Link: Hanover War Cemetery
Additional Information: Son of Albert and Beatrice Palgrave; husband of Elizabeth Palgrave, of East Tuddenham.
Link: War Graves Reference Page


Courtesy of
Albert Palgrave
- son of Sergeant Thomas Palgrave

Thomas George Palgrave was born in 1916 at Mitford - Jun quarter (4b 441)
Son of Albert William Palgrave born at Martham and Beatrice E Webster born at ?

Notes: - Named on the Mattishall 'Roll of Honour'
His parents were married in 1913 at Mitford - Dec quarter (4b 755) - Albert William Palgrave and Beatrice E Webster

1911: Census Etling Green - Thomas's father Albert Palgrave age 22 a Horseman on Farm was living with his parents George Palgrave age 49 a Horseman on Farm and Elizabeth age 45 together with two brothers and a sister.

The Palgrave family lived in the cottages west of the village on Dereham Road situated on the right just past the Stone Road junction. Thomas's father in the 30s worked for Isaac Fisher of Ivy Dene, Mill Road.

Thomas George Palgrave married Elizabeth Bales in 1940 at Mitford - Sep quarter (4b 991)

Thomas and Elizabeth had a son Albert T Palgrave born 1940 at Mitford - Dec quarter (4b 565)

Lived as a boy at Sycamore House - then lived at East Tudenham


Courtesy of
Albert Palgrave
- son of Sergeant Thomas Palgrave

Thomas George Palgrave was a Sergeant, Flight Engineer, 102 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve on 9 Oct 1943.

 

 TOLMAN - Cubitt and his wife Violet Florance formerly Wire
World War Two
Civilian Casualty


No known picture

Headstone Memorial

In Loving Memory of
Cubitt Tolman aged 28
and his wife
Violet Florence age 30
Killed by Enemy Action
March 31st 1941

This young married couple are buried in the Mattishall Cemetery on Burgh Lane. Violet was the eldest daughter of Herbert and Sabina Wire. Records show the family name recorded as 'Wire' and 'Weir' although the family spelt it 'Wire'. The Wire's were farmers and land owners in Mattishall. They lived at Moat Farm on Dereham Road. At one time they owned the field where the Parker Road Housing Estate is now standing and it was decided to name one of the roads after them but due to the confussion with the spelling of their name we have 'Wier Ave' when it should have been 'Wire Ave'.
After Violet and Cubitt were so tragically killed they were brough home to Mattishall to be buried in the Mattishall Cemetery family plot where the young couple who had only been married for six years were laid to rest with other members of the Wire family.

Name: Cubitt Tolman - age 28
Rank: Civilian
Service No:  
Date of Death: 01/04/1941
Regiment/Service: Civilian War Dead
Cemetery: Mattishall Burial Ground
Additional Information: Husband of Violet Florence Tolman. in field adjoining Wood Farm, Mautby.
Link: War Graves Reference Page

Cubitt Tolman was born in 1913 at Swaffham - Mar quarter (4b 489)
Son of William Aldis Tolman born at Saham Tony and Rose/Rosalie Welcher born at Ashwellthorpe

Notes:
Cubitt's family came from Carbrooke and Little Cressingham.
His parents were married in 1894 at Wayland - Sep quarter (4b 489) - William Aldis Tolman and Rose Welcher
Cubitt married Violet Florence Wire in 1934 at Mitford - Mar quarter (4b 185)

Cubitt and Violet had no children.


No known picture

Name: Violet Florance Tolman - age 30
Rank: Civilian
Service No:  
Date of Death: 01/04/1941
Regiment/ Service: Civilian War Dead
Cemetery: Mattishall Burial Ground
Additional Information: Wife of Cubitt Tolman. Died at field adjoining Wood Farm, Mautby.
Link: War Graves Reference Page

Violet Florence Wier was born on Jan 9th 1910 at Mattishall - Mar quarter (4b 215)
Daughter of Herbet Wire born at Mattishall and Sabina Osborne born at Mattishall


Her parents were married in 1902 at Norwich - Jun quarter (4b 229) - Herbert Edwin Wier and Sabina Osborne

1911: Census - Moat Farm Dereham Road Mattishall - Violet Wire age 1 was living with her parents Herbert Wire age 26 a Farmer and Sabina age 28 together with her sibblings Kate age 7, Cecil age 6, Kenneth age 5, Frank age 4 and James age 2.

Violet Florence Wire married Cubitt Tolman in 1934 at Mitford - Mar quarer (4b 185)

Cubitt and Violet formerly of Park Farm, Southburgh had taken over the tenancy of Lower Wood Farm Mautby near Great Yarmouth in October 1940. Early in 1941 the area was subjected to a lot of enemy action. On the last day of March bombs were dropped on the Lower Wood Farm and one hit the gable end of their barn. Unfortunately for Cubitt and Violet, just at that very moment they were standing by the farm gate with their dog, all three were killed instantly.

Information from Mattishall burial records: From Blofield killed by enemy action 31/03/1941 - Date of Burial, April 07,1941

1937: Kelly's Directory, Southburgh - Cubitt Tolman, Farmer,

It is thought the Germans were trying to destroy the World War Two heavy anti-aircraft battery which was nearby at Mautby. The site was called YH4 and consisted of a group of heavy anti-aircraft (HAA) batteries portioned to protect Great Yarmouth. The gun emplacements and the command post are still standing. The Tolman's were not the only casualties of the forties as a Lincoln Bomber (NHER 13680) crashed in the parish during the night of 24 September 1947, possibly after being struck by lightning during a thunderstorm. All nine of the crew were killed and they are commemorated with a plaque in SS Peter and Paul’s Church in Mautby.

The farmhouse and barns are now a complex of luxury cottages to let (Lower Wood Farm Country Cottages) in a lovely remote setting owned by Mrs Jill Nicholls - www.lowerwoodfarm.co.uk

WATSON - Arthur
World War Two
Casualty
Name: Arthur Watson - age 29
Rank: Private
Service No: 5774162
Date of Death: 27/05/1943 - Thailand-Burma Railway
Arthur was a Japanese prisoner of war
Regiment/ Service: Royal Norfolk Regiment, 6th Bn.
Cemetery Link: Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
Additional Information: Son of Arthur and Alice Watson; husband of Lillian Watson, of Mattishall, Norfolk.
Link: War Graves Referance Page


No known picture

We are not sure of Arthur's birth as there is no record but he was born about 1914
Below could be his parents.

Notes: It was mentioned in the family that one of Arthur's father's names was 'Christmas' below is the only record that fits that information. However no birth record has been found for Arthur to-date.
1903: Marriage record - Arthur Christmas Watson married Alice Gertrude Saunders at Flegg - Dec quarter (4b 87).
In 1901 Arthur Christmas Watson was a Coal Carter age 32 born at Matham living with his parents Robert Watson a General Labourer age 65 born a Martham and Harriet Dove born Flegg.

It would have been nice to get some family background but the main thing is Private Athur Watson and now thanks to Arthur's Granddaughter Rachel McKie nee Watson of Scotland we now know much more about his wife and son.

Form Military Files:
Re: Private Arthur Watson. 6th Battalion Norfolk Regiment, service number 5774162. Address shown as 145 High Street, Dumfries, Scotland. The 6th battalion were responsible for defending the north side of Singapore, and in the final days retreated to the naval base, where they joined with the 2nd Cambridgeshires. After Singapore capitulated on 15th February 1942, Arthur then spent a year in Changi. On 19/03/1943 he was sent to Siam in train 5, as part of “D” Force. From Ban Pong he probably had to march to Kanchanaburi , and seeing this had a hospital I think it a strong possibility he never got any further. Someone from the 6th who travelled on the same train, states his next camp was Takanoon which he reached on 02/05/1943 and remained until 20/03/1944, so there is the possibility that this was Arthur's resting place.

From information given by Rachel McKie nee Watson granddaughter of Private Arthur Watson.
When Arthur was called up in 1941 he was sent to Scotland to do his training and it was there he met Lillian Steenson McKeen from Dumfries. It is not clear if they married as to-date no record has been found but on July 4th 1942 Lillian gave birth to a son at Dumfrie, they named him Arthur Steenson Watson. We assume Lillian and her new born son was staying here in Mattishall with her husband's family shortly after the birth as it is recorded in Arthur's records taken from the War Graves Commission. Arthur was a Japanese prisoner of war and was captured before his son was born so never saw or got to hold him. Private Arthur Watson died the following May 1943 a victim of the awful conditions on the Thailand-Burma Railway. Lillian built a career in nursing, so did she work at Dereham Hospital? Lillian carried on with her nursing until the 60's as a sister at what is now Nithbank old hospital in the post operative surgical ward in Dumfries.

Lillian was born on April 1st 1926 and lived with her mother Thomasina McKean at The Racks, Dumfries, Scotland - She moved to 145 High Street, Dumfries at some time around 1941-2. As Arthur also shared the same address (from military records) whilst in Scotland we could assume he was billeted with Lillian and her mother and this is where Lillian's and Arthur's relationship began.

After learning of Arthur's death Lillian remained in Norfolk - Arthur's best friend back home here in Norfolk was Bryan Savory known as Peter. In the Mar quarter of 1946 Lillian married Peter - Lillian Watson married Bryan E. Peter Savory (1919) at East Dereham. The marriage did not last, there were no children. Lillian moved away where she met and married Ronald C Audus in the September quarter of 1960 in the district of Huddersfield. Ronald came from Ely Cambridgeshire. Lillian and Ronald moved to South Africa, as Ronald was an electrical manager with a company called GEC. They moved there in the mid 1970's. They moved to Polbeth then left from Edinburgh to their new home in South Africa where they lived until the late 1980's when Lillian became very ill so they decided to move back home back to Oldham, Manchester, England about 1990 as Lillian wanted to be with her son Arthur Steenson Watson.

Lillian died November 5th 1990 in the district of Oldham, Lancashire.
Recorded in the first quarter of 1991 - Lillian Steenson Audus - year of birth given as 1924.

Whilst searching for information on our Mattishall Boys mentioned above I found other newspaper articles that give a insight to the information recived at home. It is hard for us to imagine what these families went through. - Some families supplied pictures to the papers in honour of their sons - This is what we have so far.

First World War 1914 - 1918

Sadley they are not the best of copies but it is better then nothing. If there are any better I would love to add them as a lasting tribute.

Driver James Isbell,
Army Service Corps in France;
Private Ernest Bowman, Sen,
5th Norfolks, in Suffolk;
Private Ernest Bowman, Jnr,
1st Norfolks in France;
Private P Herbert,
3rd Norfolks, invalided home from Dardanelles suffering from dysentery;
Lance-Corporal James Richmond,
15th Norfolks, served in South African campaign, and now in Gallipoli;
Private Alfred John Noel Gay
15th Norfolks also in Gallipoli;

Private Philip Gay,
15th Norfolks, wounded by shrapnel
in the shoulder at Dardanelles,
& returned to his regiment.

Arthur Pearce ASC
Brother to Bob (Right)
Both brother's to George above
who was killed in action

Bob Pearce
Royal Irish Fusiliers

914: Feb 21 - Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal - HOCKERING
NAVY LEAGUE. - A meeting in support of the Navy League was held in the School on Friday. The chair was taken by the Rev Dr Kingsmill, who made some remarks on the changes since Nelson, and the equal need of maintaining our Navy. Mr Norman Wrighton, who represented the Navy League, gave an impressive address, after which he read a play, composed by him-self, to show the elect of a foreign invasion in an English village.
Norman Wrighton is now known to have been a recruiter of men for active military service - he himself enlisted on August 29th 1914 and it is also now know that he had very strong views on Britain's relationship with Germany as he wrote a play based on an invasion by the German's of Mattishall - For his story click HERE
It is very likely that he could have been responsible for the recruitment of our Mattishall Boys.

1914: Apr 25 - Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal:
WHIST DRIVE – On Thursday 16th inst, a whist drive and dance was held at the Oddfellows’ Hall, in connection with the Women’s Unionist Association. Mr T Hoy, acted as MC. The accompanist for the dance was Miss Dunthorne (Long Stratton). Songs were sung by Mr Blyth and a recitation was given by Mr Norman Wrighton.

1914: Wednesday Sep 02 - At Mattishall Odd Fellows Hall George Francis, Dennis Juby, James Smith and twenty-one fellow volunteers were treated to a hearty breakfast before leaving for Dereham in six motor cars. The entire village turned up to see them depart, Francis, Juby and Smith died serving with the 8th (Service) Battalion, Norfolk Regiment.

1914: Sep 04 - Diss Express
Recruits have been coming in rapidly in Mid Norfolk, and during the past few days over 100 have joined the colours, 79 having enlisted in the 5th Battalion Norfolk Regiment, and 30 in Kitchener's Army. There were 24 from the Kings farm at Sandringham, who arrived at Dereham on Tuesday in four Royal motorcars, and in three hours they were sent of to join the 5th Battalion at their headquarters. On Wednesday 24 recruits were sent to Norwich, en route for Kitchener's Army and 26 others were sent to the 5th Battalion Norfolk Regt., for despatch on Friday. At Mattishall on Monday night, after a meeting 24 were enrolled in ten minutes, and on Wednesday morning motor cars conveyed them to the Dereham depot.

1914: Dec 26 - Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal
MATTISHALL - Two more men enlisted last week, Walter Jones and Robert John Smith, both in the 6th Battalion Norfolk Regiment (Cyclist).

1915: Jan 01 - Diss Express
A romantic termination of a young girl is life was investigated by the County Coroner (Mr U R Culley) at Mattishall yesterday afternoon. Ethel Mead Beckett, aged 17 years, daughter of a grocer, was at home on Tuesday evening waiting for the arrival of her soldier sweetheart. Suddenly she heard bicycle bell ring, and evidently ran to inform her mother, but arriving in the next room she fell down dead. Medical evidence showed that death was due to paralysis of the heart from strong mental emotion.

1915: April - Old Moor Chapel Log Book
Several young men on leave from Kitchener's army were entertained at a tea given in April 1915- Old Moors Chapel.

1915: April 18 - Old Moor Chapel Log Book
Proceeds of an egg and flower service, held on April 18 were shared between the Dereham and Norwich hospitals for the war wounded. The offering at the service consisted of 700 eggs, some fancy butter and many flowers - Old Moors Chapel.

1915: May 01 - Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal
MATTISHALL KITCHENER'S ARMY - After some months training the village lads who joined Kitchener's Army came home for a brief holiday on Thursday. Under the direction of M. and Mrs Neave, assisted by several friends, a bountiful tea was served them in the Oddfellows Hall on Saturday afternoon. Afterwards a brief address was given by Pastor G F Brown.

1915: Jul 17 - Daily Mirror
KULTER - If you attend any of the recruiting meetings which are being held all over the place right now you are bound to be impressed by recital of a powerful play calls "Kultur” The recruiting officers are reading this play to the public with fine dramatic effect. It was written by Mr Norman Wrighton, Soldier - Author. I knew Mr Wrighton when he was a member of the theatrical profession. He has written several dramas and a number of ballads. He has seen quite a lot of soldiering, too, long before the present war broke out, as a member of the Rhodesian Police, which is a most military body.

1915: Jul 24 - Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal
Mattishall Lad’s Thrilling Esperance in the Trenches – Private E F Bowman of the 1st Norfolks writing to a friend in Mattishall says: I assure you I have had a very warm time lately on several different occasions. One I might try and explain to you would be of a very unpleasant kind. Only last Monday night about 7pm when we were about to get relieved from those brutes so named Germans, tried to blow up our trench and unfortunately they did, not far from where I was, and I can assure you it is the liveliest experience I have had out here. I was having a quiet sit down when all of a sudden the trench started to rock. I jumped up very quickly for I knew what was coming off. Then up went part of the trench, sand bags and earth flying all over the place. We thought they were going to attack us then. We all got up on the parapet and gave them a bit of our rapid fire, and very please to say we quieted them down a bit. It was the funniest feeling I have had out here.

1915: Jul 25 - As with Francis, Juby and Smith both at Shorncliffe, Colchester Lodford St Mary crossing to France 25/07/1915

1915: Sep 04 - Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal
MATTISHALL – New has been received by Mr and Mrs Francis, stating that their son, Private George Francis, 8th Norfolks, is seriously wounded in the (unreadable) and is in hospital in France.

1915: Sep 08 - Old Moor Chapel Log Book
Zeppelin raid on Dereham causing a great amount of damage - Old Moors Chapel.

1915: Oct 13 - Old Moor Chapel Log Book
Zeppelin raid on Dereham causing a great amount of damage - Old Moors Chapel.

1915: Oct 16 - Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal
MEMORIAL SERVICE – A memorial service was held in the Primitive Methodist Chapel on Tuesday evening in memory of two Mattishall lads who have fallen in the war, viz. Lance-Corporal Edward J Tuttle, of the 1st Essex Regiment, lost on the Royal Edward, and Private George Francis, 8th Norfolks, who succumbed to severe injuries in France. An impressive sermon wan preached by the Rev R R Didcock, circuit minister. Both lads had been brought up in the Sunday School, and the sympathy of the church was extended to the parents.

1915: Nov 27 - Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal
MATTSHALL – Private Ernest Bowman, of the 1st Norfolks, has written to his mother, stating he is in hospital with a wounded hand. This is the second time he has been wounded.

1915: Nov 27 - Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal
LABOURER’S UNION – At a meeting of the Mattishall branch on Saturday evening a resolution was unanimously passed protesting strongly against the employing of women labour in the fields, because it will tend to decrease the wages of the men. The resolution was sent on to the General Secretary to place on the agenda for the annual conference.

1915: Dec 11 - Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal - MATTISHALL BURGH
WITH THE FORCES - From this small parish, with a population of less than 200, six men are serving viz:- Private F Hensley, 15th Hussars in France; Private A Hensley, 35th Norfolk just landed in the Dardanelles; Private Albert Frost, with the Norfolks in France; Private Charles Osborne, who has served several years in India and is now at the front; And Sergt Rye, now doing duty with the National Reserve.

1915: Dec 25 - Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal
MATTISHALL MEN WITH THE COLOUR – Mattishall has contributed it quota of men to the Army and we give photo’s of seven of them viz:- [1] Driver James Isbell, Army Service Corps in France; [2] Private E Bowman, Sen, 5th Norfolks, in Suffolk; [3] Private E Bowman, Jnr, 1st Norfolks in France; [4] Private P Herbert, 3rd Norfolks, invalided home from Dardanelles suffering from dysentery; [5] Lance-Corporal James Richmond, 15th Norfolks, served in South African campaign, and now in Gallipoli; [6] Private J N Gay 15th Norfolks also in Gallipoli; [7] Private Philip Gay, 15th Norfolks, who was wounded by shrapnel in the shoulder at Dardanelles, and has returned to his regiment.

1916: - In 1916 during the First World War an airfield was built beside the Mattishall to East Tuddenham Road in the large field behind Tollgate Farm. The Airfield was built for fighter planes to defend the Eastern Counties against the Zeppelins. The residents of Toll House Farm had no warning that an Airfield was going to be built on their field. The first indication was one morning when lorries and personnel arrived and started putting up tents quite close to the farm's back door. They constructed huts for officers as well as basic facilities such as latrines, bathsheds a generator for the water supply, hangers, workshops,stores and a cook house. The huts were sectional and were made by Boulton & Paul of Norwich. It must have been quite a hive of activity - Derick Bingham
"During the First World War us boys used to go down to the airfield to watch the planes. There were a lot of oak trees beside the road and they cut them down for the benefit of the airfield - well we used to go down there and stand on these stumps to watch the planes. One day a plane taking off came over so low it knocked us down." - 'Matsel Wot Was'

During the l9l4-18 war. It was a bright moonlit night and a loud buzzing noise was heard in the distance and came over the village. It was a German Zeppelin, it looked like a huge silver cigar and was flying very low. On its side painted in huge black letters R.101. It dropped a bomb in a field near Edgar Fish's house, except broken windows no damage. This was around 1916 - Florence George.

1916: Jan 8 - Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal
WOUNDED SOLDIERS ENTERTAINED – The wounded soldiers of East Dereham Military Hospital were invited to a tea and social gathering in the Odd Fellow’s Hall on Wednesday afternoon and evening. The wounded warriors were driven over in motors and brake to the Hall, where every attention was given them by, the Vicar (Rev E Madoc-Jones) and Mrs Madoc-Jones, assisted by a Ladies Committee. A substantial tea was served.

1916: Apr 29 - Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal
Mr and Mrs George Holland of Welgate, have received news from their son Fred, Stating that he is wounded in the face. Private F Holland enlisted in the 8th Norfolks at the outbreak of the war, and has been several months in France. A later message says that he has arrived in England, and hopes shortly to reach home. Another brother, Private Harry Holland, who was a reservist, has been a prisoner in Germany since the early battles of 1914. Private Willie Palmer, another of Mattishall’s lad, has been severely wounded by shell fire.

1916: Jun 24 - Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal
MATTISHALL – Private O Smith, son of Mr and Mrs W Smith of South Green, Mattishall, has been severely wounded in both legs.

1916: Jul 1 - Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal
MATTISHALL – Mr and Mrs W Middleton have received notification from the War Office that their son, Lance-Corpl, George Middleton, of the Norfolks, has been taken prisoner by the Turks.

1916: Jul 15 - Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal - MATTISHALL
KILLED IN ACTION – The sad news was received on Tuesday morning of the death of Private James Smith, 8th Norfolks. He was one of the first batch of volunteers from the village, enlisting in Kitchener’s Army in August, 1914, and has been with his regiment in France since last July. The letter to his parents was written by his comrade, Private Dennis Juby, who saw his hit by a shell, and he expired in a few minutes. Private Smith is the third Mattishall boy who has been killed in the war.

1916: Aug 19 - Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal
From further news received by Mr and Mrs Savory it is feared their son Fred, of the Suffolks who was officially reported missing, had been killed. A Lance-Corporal writing, to the parents, has enclose two-photos which he found on the body, which are photos of Savory’s brothers, and he added he buried the unfortunate lad.

1916: Sep 30 - Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal
FRANCIS – In loving memory of G E (Teddy) Francis (8th Norfolk) who died of wounds in France, September 27th 1915.
“We think we see him still in life.
Although one long year has passed,
But in our memory still he lives,
And will do till the last.”
From: Father, Mother, Brothers and Sister. (Mattishall)

1917: Jan 27 - Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal
YOUNG MANS GUILD – The annual meeting was held on Wednesday, 17th inst, in the Lecture Hall. Mr Charles Francis presided. After the hymn, “Only an amour bearer” and prayer by Mr Neave, the report was given by Mrs Neave, hon, treasurer. Two members had been killed during the year, viz, Private Jas Smith, and Fred Savory, and others have been severely wounded

1917: Apr 7 -Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal
KILLED IN ACTION - Mr and Mrs Cole of Lime Tree Farm, received official tidings on Saturday of the death of their eldest son. Private Sydney Cole, of the Buffs, killed in action on March 19th. He had been in France some months and just reached his 22nd birthday. For many years he had been connected with the Congregational Sunday School, and was also an active member of the Young Men’s Guild. This makes the sixth Mattishall lad who has fallen in the war.

1917: Aug 18 - Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal
IN HOSPITAL – Mrs Savory has received a letter from her husband, Private A G Savory, of the Royal West Surrys, stating that he is in hospital suffering from shell shock. In a later letter he intimates he has recovered his speech.

1917: Aug 25 - Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal
Mrs N Fisher has received a telegram stating that her eldest son, Private Leslie Fisher, of the Canadian Regiment, is dangerously wounded.

1917: Sep 08 -Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal
FATHER AND SON KILLED – Mrs Edwards of Mill Road, Mattishall, received the sad news on Monday of the death of her husband, Private James Edward, of the Suffolks, The letter was written by a comrade, who saw him killed instantly on the last Monday of August. It was just over a year ago that Mrs Edwards lost her son, killed in action. Now both father and son have made the supreme sacrifice. Private Edwards had only been in France a few weeks.

1917: Oct 20 - Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal
Mr and Mrs Charles Osborne, of West End Farm, Mattishall Burgh, have received a letter stating that their son, Private Garnet Osborne, is severely wounded in the arm and hand, and that he is now in hospital at Birkenhead.

1917: Nov 3 - Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal
MATTISHALL LAD’S NOBLE SERVICE – Another of the band of gallant lads who responded to Kitchener’s appeal has fallen in France viz, Lance-Corporal Dennis Juby, of the Norfolks. Following the news that Mr and Mrs Juby of Mattishall received by telegram on Wednesday that their son, Lance-Corporal Juby, was dangerously wounded, further news came on Sunday stating that he had succumbed to his injuries. The letter was written by a chaplain, who stated that Lance-Corporal Juby died a few hours after his admission to a Casualty Clearing Station, and was buried by the writer in a little cemetery close to the Casualty Clearing Station, Enlisted in August, 1914, Lance-Corporal Dennis Juby went through continuous heavy fighting, taking part in the big battles of the Somme offensive, and fought through the sharp conflicts of Thiepval , Delville wood and many others. He had passed three birthdays in France, and was just over 22 years of age. Writing home recently, he expressed the wish that his next birthday would be in England. Much sympathy is felt in the district with the parents and family in their great loss.

1918: Apr 27 - Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal
MATTISHALL MEN WOUNDED – News has come to hand from the recent heavy fighting showing that the Mattishall boys have been in the thick of it, and the under mentioned have been wounded, viz,
Keith Livock, wounded in the face,
Ray Reeve, wounded in the back,
James High, severely wounded in the thigh and leg,
Percy Tilney, Wounded. – All are in hospital.

1918: Apr 27 - Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal
MATTISHALL MAN MISSING – Mrs Smith, of Welgate Road, Mattishall, has received official notification that her husband, Private Robert Smith of the Norfolks, has been missing since March 21st. He volunteered early in the war, then joined a Cyclist Battalion, and since had taken part autumn offensive in France, and was recently home on leave. Another Mattishall lad, James High, has also been wounded.

1918: May 18 - Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal
MATTISHALL BURGH MAN KILLED – The sad news has been received by Mr Frost, of Mattishall Burgh, that his youngest son, Private Albert Frost, has been killed in action. The first tidings came from a comrade, who saw him fall, and it has since been confirmed by official letter. Private Frost had been wounded previously, and was home during the winter on sick leave. He was one of the early volunteers, and had been through strenuous fighting in France.

1918: May 25 - Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal
MATTISHALL MAN WOUNDED – Mr and Mrs Juby of Mattishall received a letter on Friday morning from their youngest son, Private Wilfred J Juby, of the Bedfords, stating that he has been wounded in the thigh and foot by shrapnel. Further he says it was a marvellous deliverance from death, as the same shell killed two of his comrades. The news was confirmed on Tuesday morning.

1918: Jun 15 - Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal
WELBORNE MAN WOUNDED – Mr and Mrs E Tuttle, of Turnpike Lane, Welborne, have received news from their second son, Private Park Tuttle, stating that he is severely wounded in the left arm. A shell burst close to him, killing a comrade and wounding others including himself. He has reached England. Private Tuttle has been through three strenuous years in France, and up till now had come safely through. Previous to volunteering for active service he was in the Police Force at Great Yarmouth.

1918: Jul 20 - Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal
MATTISHALL MAN GASSED – Mr and Mrs G Butcher, received official news on Monday stating that their youngest son, Private George Butcher, was gassed and had reached a London hospital. Later news is that he is progressing favourably.

1918: Aug 03 - Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal
MATTISHALL MAN WOUNDED – Mr and Mrs Middleton, of South Green, Mattishall, received inelegance on Tuesday that their son, Private Ernest Middleton is wounded in the face. This makes the third casualty in the family, one brother Robert, having been killed, and another brother, Private George Middleton, was take prisoner by the Turks at Kut.

1918: Aug 24 - Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal
MATTISHALL MAN’S FATE – Mr and Mrs Gunton of Mattishall, received the sad news on Saturday that their eldest son, Private Urban Gunton, of Hants Regiment, had died of malaria at a British General Hospital, Basra, on August 11th 1918. The parents have another son, Private Albert Gunton, serving in France. Previous to the war, Private Urban Gunton was engaged in business in Norwich, and was highly respected throughout the district.

1918: Aug 31 - Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal
WELBORNE LAD’S DEATH FROM WOUNDS – Mr W Minns of Welborne, received the sad tidings by telegram on Sunday that his son, Private Willie Minns, age 19, had succumbed to wounds received in action. He was dangerously wounded in the thigh, and died in a London hospital. Previous to enlisting Private Minns was engaged in the grocery business at Mattishall, and was highly esteemed throughout the district.

1918: Nov 30 - Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal
AFTER FOUR YEARS – Private Ernest Stackwood, of the Norfolks, reached his home Mattishall, on Monday, after four years’ captivity in Germany. He went out with the original Expeditionary Force to France, and was taken a prisoner almost at the start of the hostilities.

1919: Mar 19 - Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal
THE TOLL OF WAR – Mrs Smith, of Welgate Road, received the sad news on Sunday officially confirming the death of her husband, Private Robert John Smith, who has been missing since the 21st March last. The letter was from the Record Office. The message stated as Private Smith had not been traced as a prisoner of war, it was officially concluded that he was killed on or about March 21st 1918. Before volunteering for the war, Private Smith, was an industrious workman, and was for several years on the roads employed under the Norfolk County Council. He leaves a widow and two little children, for whom sympathy will be felt in the village.

1923: Oct 19 - Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal:
MATTISHALL - EX-SERVICE MAN'S DEATH. - After much suffering, Mr George Fisher, an old soldier, passed away on Wednesday morning. He volunteered early in the war, and after serving in France was invalided home suffering from heart trouble. He was greatly esteemed in the village and leave a widow and three children, the youngest being about 12 years old. All possible medical attention was given him by both local and Norwich doctors, but he gradually succumbed to affliction brought on by his war services.
As the war progressed many soldiers said, if they were going to die they hoped to die outright with one bullet. They had seen the horrendous wounds many of their comrades suffered not only physically but also the unseen and hidden scares. Many men returned home to their families some in quite awful conditions and had to just get on with it. Sadly George was one of those, and e
ventually after much suffering he eventually succumbed to his wounds.
If a man died before August 31st 1921 he is regonised by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but like George if their death was after this they were not countered and went 'Unmentioned'.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission only commemorates those who died during the First World War in service or of causes attributable to service during the period of: - 4 August 1914 to 31 August 1921.

 

Second World War 1939 - 1945

During the war there were problems with rationing. It was not unusual for half a bullock’s head to be booked up weeks in advance and the allocated six pound tins of corned beef had to be distributed fairly - Hewitt's Butchers

1942: - One day in 1942 a "Wings for Victory" fete was held to raise money for the war effort. The Home Guard, Fire Service etc. all gave demonstrations.......

The Fire Service gave a demonstration of pumping water from a mobile tank to a canvas water container. Needless to say they were all trying to outdo each other and the length of hose was very long. As soon as the water got up to good pressure one of the lengths of hose burst soaking all the villagers that were peering at it closely to see what was happening - 'Matsel Wot Was'

For more picture of Mattishall's 2nd World War Effort click HERE

 

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