Stories Behind the Names on Trunch WW1 War Memorial
This is what I have managed to find out from the 1911 census, The War Graves Commission Website, and the “Roll of Honour” website for Norfolk. Unfortunately the latter website has some errors and it is not being kept up-to-date now.
Born in Walcott about 1881, married to Charlotte Matilda with 2 children. Lived in Fullers Yard, Church Street and worked as a farm labourer. Joined the Norfolk Regiment as private 3/8123 and died in Nord, France, on June 9th.1915 aged 36. Buried in Bailleul Cemetery, 1E 66.
Born in Trunch about 1896, the son of Henry and Anna Maria, and had 13 brothers and sisters. Lived at 4 Chapel Road and worked as a farm labourer. Joined the Lincolnshire Regiment as private 15871 and died on October 28th.1915 in Egypt, aged 20. Buried in Cairo cemetery D165.
Thomas H (Henry) BURNETT
Born in Trunch about 1893, the son of Henry and Anna Maria. Married to Ida and lived in Brick Kiln Road. He worked as a farm labourer, joined the Norfolk Regiment as private 242538 and died on April 19th.1917 in present day Israel aged 24. Commemorated on the Jerusalem memorial Panels 12-15.
Alfred G (George) CUTTING
Born in Knapton between October and December 1894. His father was Alfred, a carter, and he had 3 brothers and 3 sisters. He worked with his father and they lived at 6 Brewery Road. He joined the Norfolk Regiment as private 317831 and died on March 12th.1915 in Belgium, aged 21. Commemorated on panel 4 of the Menin Gate in Ypres.
John P (Percy) CUTTING
Born in Knapton between October and December 1895. His father was Alfred, and he had 3 brother and 3 sisters living at 6 Brewery Road. He worked as a Market gardener. Joined the Norfolk Regiment as private 3/7880 and died on May 27th. 1915 in Belgium. Commemorated on panel 4 of the Menin Gate in Ypres.
Herbert J (James) FLAXMAN
Born in Gimingham between July and September 1891. He was the son of Henry H and Louisa C and they lived at 5 Brewery Road. He worked as a farm labourer and joined the Essex Regiment as private 20547. He died on August 13th.1915 at sea near Turkey aged 24. Probably a victim of the sinking of the ship, “The Royal Edward”. (Hickling village history group booklet) Commemorated on the Helles memorial in Turkey, Panels 144-150 or 229-233.
Click here for more details about Herbert Flaxman and Albert Fuller. Royal Edward men
Albert S (Sydney) FULLER
Born in Trunch between April and June 1888. He was the son of Thomas and Maria, had 3 brothers and 1 sister, and lived at 18 Chapel Road. He worked as a farm labourer. He joined the Essex Regiment as private 20549 and died on August 13th. 1915. Probably a victim of the sinking of the ship, “The Royal Edward”. (Hickling history group booklet) Commemorated on the Helles memorial Panels 144-150 or 229-233. N.B. His number is only 2 away from Herbert Flaxman and he died on the same day. Probably joined up, served and died together.
Charles H (Henry) FULLER Updated 2013
Born in Trunch 04.10.1880. Joined the Grenadier Guards as private 26560. Son of Henry and Hannah had a sister Harriett. Living in Trunch in 1881 and 1891. In 1901 he was living with Charles Dixon from Trunch and his family in Bethnal Green, London. Both men were brewery labourers. He married May Jane (from Rye in Sussex) in 1908, had a daughter, Frances May in 1909 and in 1911 they were living in Walthamstow and he was still working in a brewery. He died on November 6th. 1918 aged 40. Buried in the Southern corner of the Obies Community Cemetery in France.
Frederick H (Henry) FULLER
Born in Trunch between January and March 1881. He was the son of William and Marian and had 1 brother and 2 sisters. They lived in Rose Cottage, Front Street. He worked as a farm labourer and joined the Middlesex Regiment as private PW/5866. He died on November 20th.1917 in Belgium, aged 36. Buried in the Potijze Chateau Grounds Cemetery in Belgium. 1D9.
Lewis (Louis) FULLER
Born in Trunch about 1892. He was the son of James and Mary and had 2 brothers and 2 sisters. They lived at 9 Chapel Road and he was a farm labourer. Joined the Norfolk Regiment as private 43150 and died on May 10th. 1917 aged 26. Buried in the British Cemetery in Bois-Carre, Thelus, France – 11. A. 11.
Owen C (Charles) FULLER
Born in Trunch between January and March 1899. He was the son of Thomas and Maria, and had 3 brothers and 1 sister. They lived at 18 Chapel Road and he was at school in 1911. He joined the Tank Corps as Gunner 96962 and died May 9th.1918 in Germany, aged 19. Buried in Hessen in Germany in the Niederzwehren Cemetery, VI.L.13. This cemetery was used for British prisoners of war who died in Germany.
Born in Trunch about 1887. He was the son of Thomas and Sarah and had 2 brothers. They lived at 1 Frarey’s Lane (now Wright’s Loke, I think) and he was a cellar man at the brewery. He joined the Norfolk Regiment as private 14978 and died on September 26th.1915 in France, aged 29. Commemorated on Panels 30 & 31of the Loos memorial.
Arthur C (Callum) SPURGEON
Born in Trunch in 1894. He was the son of John and Catherine and had 1 brother and 4 sisters. They lived at the Butchery on the Hill and he was an assistant butcher. He joined the Machine Gun Corps as an infantry man – private 148413, and died on Sept 12th. 1918 in France aged 23. Commemorated on panel 10 of the Vis-en-Artois memorial.
R A Henry (Robert Arthur) TEMPLE Updated 2013 (Harry)
Born between January and March 1895 in the Smallburgh area - Bradfield. Enlisted in Norwich and joined the Lincolnshire Regiment as H Temple, private 15869. He was the son of Isaac and Ellen and lived in Bradfield Common with 6 siblings, - George, Rebecca, Gladys, Alice, Joshua, and Sydney. He was a farm labourer and died at Gallipoli on November 28th. 1915. He is buried in the Azmak Cemetery in Sulva, Turkey – 1G4.
Arthur Frederick FLAXMAN was Private 5774971, 5th. Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment and he died on January 19th. 1943 aged 21. He was the son of John Dennis and Elizabeth Christmas Flaxman. He is buried in the Chungkai war cemetery (12.E.14), north west of Bangkok. He died as a Prisoner of War of the Japanese and was working on the Burma to Siam railway. There is a memorial plaque for him inside the Church.
For more about the war see the military connections page.