Knapton War Memorial

The Grade II listed Memorial stands in the churchyard near the front entrance of St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Knapton and takes the form of a rough hewn stone cross with an upright semi-circular plinth, resting on a stone base.

The front face of the plinth is recessed and smoothed to hold the inscription and the names of those killed in the First World War.

The right face of the plinth has also been recessed and smoothed to hold the inscription and names from the Second World War.

War Memorials Trust :: Ref No: WMO67908
Our War Memorial was in good condition when the War Memorials Trust gave a grant in November 2010 for its maintenance.
You can view the War Memorial Trust’s Knapton page here or contact them here, quoting the reference number above.

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Knapton’s Roll of Honour

There are seven names for World War 1 and three for World War 2

Memorial Inscriptions

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND
IN PROUD AND GRATEFUL MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO FELL IN
THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918

AND THE WORLD WAR
1939 – 1945

Knapton’s Roll of Honour  : :  we will remember them…

Surname First Name(s) Rank / Regiment Known Details
1914 – 1918
Barcham Tom Colin
Serjeant 15744
Killed in action Thursday 12 October 1916
7th Bn, Norfolk Regiment Born Knapton. Enlisted Norwich. No known grave
Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D
Lambert Douglas
Second Lieutenant
The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action Wednesday 13 October 1915
6th Battalion No known grave
Commemorated on Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 15 to 19
Mace Albert John
Private 43247
Killed in action Friday 22 March 1918
7th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment Born Knapton. Lived Paston Green. Enlisted Norwich
Formerly 23945 Norfolk Regiment Buried in Hermies Hill British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row B. Grave 12
Swann Percy William
{alt SWAN] Private 43297
Killed in action Monday 23 April 1917. Age 26
1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment Son of George & Ann Swann, Knapton. Enlisted Norwich
No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 3
Turner George
Private 16988
Killed in action Wednesday 19 July 1916
8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment Born Knapton. Enlisted Norwich. No known grave
Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D
Wild George
Private G/14284
Killed in action Friday 9 August 1918.
7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment Born Knapton. Enlisted Wroxham. No known grave
Commemorated on Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 6
Yaxley Robert Christmas
Driver 82867
Died of wounds Tuesday 1 May 1917. Age 36
45th Bty. 42nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery Born Knapton. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Ann Yaxley of Trunch, Norfolk
Buried in Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row O. Grave 1
1939 – 1945
Watts Frederick
RNVR
No further information available at present
Wood, DFC Thomas R Russell
Flying Officer 67642
Died Wednesday 3 June 1942.
115 Squadron Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) as of 3 June 1942 [London Gazette 27 July 1943]
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Buried in Becklington War Cemetery, Soltau, Niedersachsen, Germany. Plot 26. Row G. Grave 12
Woollsey Sydney Ernest
Rifleman 6846991
Died Sunday 26 May 1940. His mother lived in Knapton, she had his name put on the Memorial
7th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps Marck (Les Hemmes) Churchyard, Pas de Calais, France. Grave 7

Acknowledgements
These records were compiled using information from the Roll-of-Honour.com website, who carried out the research.   You can view the Knapton area of their website here
World War 1 – Detailed Information.   Compiled and Copyright © Transcribed by David Rudram; Researched by Lynda Smith – 2003