Cranworth, Letton and Southburgh War Memorial at St Mary, Cranworth

Great War Names

Private JONATHON BERRY 40876, 7th Bn., Norfolk Regiment who died on 20 November 1917. Born Southburgh. FEUCHY BRITISH CEMETERY

Private VICTOR T EDWARDS 21369, 8th Bn., Border Regiment who died on 5 July 1916. Born and resident Cranworth. THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

Private LIONEL W GREEN 240961, "A" Coy. 1st/5th Bn., Norfolk Regiment who died age 20 on 19 April 1917. Son of George and Sarah Ann Green, of Cranworth Common, Shipdham. GAZA WAR CEMETERY

Private FREDERICK J GREEN 119547, 61st Bn., Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) who died age 19 on 21 March 1918. Son of George and Sarah Ann Green, of Cranworth Common, Shipdham. POZIERES MEMORIAL

Private ERNEST WALTER GRAVES 204295, 6th Bn., The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) who died age 38 on 19 March 1918. Son of Benjamin and Sarah Graves, of Southburgh, Shipdham; husband of Emily Graves, of 7, High St., Gravesend. CITE BONJEAN MILITARY CEMETERY, ARMENTIERES

Private JOHN HAGAN 19104, 2nd Bn., Norfolk Regiment who died on 22 April 1916. Born Cranworth. BASRA MEMORIAL

Private BARTLETT HART T/24567, 1st Bn., The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) who died age 23 on 25 September 1917. Son of James and Ellen Mary Hart, of Ivy Farm, Holme Hale. Born and resident Southburgh. TYNE COT MEMORIAL

Private SIDNEY HIPKIN 29841, 9th Bn., Norfolk Regiment who died on 8 October 1918. Born Ovington. MONTBREHAIN BRITISH CEMETERY

Driver WILLIAM FREDERICK LYON T/36896, 4th Cavalry Div. Aux. H.T. Coy., Royal Army Service Corps who died age 25 on 5 February 1919. Son of Emma E. Williamson (formerly Lyon), of Meadow, Cranworth. MAUBEUGE (SOUS-LE-BOIS) CEMETERY

Private FREDERIC S SIDELL 41952, 1st Bn., Royal Irish Fusiliers who died on 24 August 1918. Born and resident Thetford. PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL
NOTE Closest match.

Lance Corporal ROBERT TUTTLE 43403, 1st Bn., Norfolk Regiment who died age 24 on 17 September 1916. Son of James Tuttle, of Southburgh Lane; husband of May Leonara Tuttle, of Southburgh Lane, Hingham. Born Southburgh. DELVILLE WOOD CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL

Lance Corporal FREDERICK CECIL WARD 65954, 63rd Bn., Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) who died age 31 on 3 September 1918. Husband of Catherine Emily Ward, of Park View, Nuthall, Notts. Born Letton Green. VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL

World War Two Names

Private ALBERT CHARLES CLARKE 5781782, 1st Bn., Hampshire Regiment who died age 25 on 30 July 1944. Son of Bertha Mary Clarke, of Southburgh, Norfolk. BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY

Able Seaman GEOFFREY GEORGE EBBAGE C/JX 159852, HMS Calcutta, Royal Navy who died age 18 on 1 June 1941. Son of John and Fanny Ebbage, of Mattishall. CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL

Gunner GEORGE WILLIAM FRANCIS GRAVES 1803933, 262 Bty., 71 Lt. A.A. Regt., Royal Artillery who died age 34 on 3 December 1942. Son of Frank and Laura Graves, of Cranworth. SOUTHBURGH (ST. ANDREW) CHURCHYARD


Also in Churchyard

Pilot Officer NOEL GEORGE CROMIE 402516, Royal New Zealand Air Force who died age 22 on 19 June 1943. Son of George and Adeline Cromie, of Rakaia, Canterbury, New Zealand. CRANWORTH (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD
WRC* - 19 June 1943 - 11 OTU RAF Oakley - Martinet - HP464 - Training (Target-towing)
P/O NG Cromie RNZAF, W/O FW Reed
Took off for an air firing detail off the Norfolk coast, involving Wellingtons from the same unit. At around 1640, and approaching completion of the exercise, the Martinet lost height and ditched off Burnham. Eyewitnesses say that both crew members managed to get clear of the fast sinking aircraft but, tragically, before help reached them, they drowned. Later the body of the pilot was recovered and he lies in Cranworth (St Mary) Churchyard, an unconfirmed story suggesting this was the village of his fiancee. Prior to joining 11OTU, P/O Cromie had flown Stirlings with 218 Squadron. His drogue operator is buried in Kent at Tunbridge Wells Cemetery.

Pilot Officer N G Cromie, RNZAF headstone

*Chorley, W R Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War Volumes 1-9