WW1 - Men at War

The War Memorial

The Memorial in the church lists 16 names of those who died, who are highlighted in gold on the Roll of Honour of men who served in the Church porch. These have been traced through the Commonwealth War Graves Commission  and family history websites, and have been found on local census entries or electoral rolls.

CARVER, James, 1883-1915, son of John & Harriet Carver of Scotts Terrace (uncle of Robert George Carver, listed below). Also listed as CALVER. Private in 7th Battalion Norfolk Regiment, service no. 17274. Died 13 Oct 1915; commemorated on Loos Memorial (panel 30) and on Newton Flotman war memorial under CALVER. Born 17 Feb 1883 in Intwood, son of John Carver & Harriet nee Tolver; moved to Mulbarton by 1891 and lived at Scott's Terrace. Married Cicely Elizabeth Canham in 1905 and lived at Swardeston and later at Newton Flotman. James was a market gardener.

CARVER, Robert George, 1896-1916. Private 14891, 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Signed up 5 Sept 1914; sent to France 30 Aug 1915. Killed in action 21 Sep 1916; buried in St Sever Cemetery, Rouen; grave no.4131 (on army service record). Born 18 Feb 1896, son of William & Rachael Carver originally of Mulbarton, but later living in Loddon; sister Violet & brother Frederick. But his next-of-kin were his grandparents, John Carver (age 79) and Harriett Carver (age 75) of Scotts Terrace, Mulbarton. (Almost 5ft 8ins tall, grey eyes, brown hair, 'fresh' complexion - an agricultural labourer when he signed up). Awarded posthumously 1914 T5 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal. His grandparents were sent his effects (in 1917): his disc, letters, photos, New Testament, comb, matchbox case, and a cotton bag.

 DAWSON, Albert, 1895-1915 Private in Norfolk Regiment, 7th Battalion. Service no. 12483. Died 31st July 1915, age 20. Buried at Rifle House Cemetery, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Son of Mr. & Mrs. James A. Dawson, Mulbarton, younger brother of George DAWSON (below). Signed up on 28 Aug 1914; moved to France 30 May 1915; 2 months later he was killed.

DAWSON George Frederick, 1884-191? Born and baptised in Mulbarton 1884, son of James & Elizabeth Dawson; older brother of Albert Dawson (killed 31 July 1915); married Rose c.1910, living in Wymondham 1911.

DOUBLEDAY, Henry Percy (known as Harry), 1891-1916 Private in Norfolk Regiment service no 16208; then Essex Regiment 11th Battalion; service no. 20829. Killed 15 Sep 1916, commemorated Combles Community Cemetery Extension. Born Lakenham, Norwich, 1891, son of William & Sarah Doubleday. Living with brother in Mulbarton in 1911 when their father died. Medal card suggests he may have spent time in the Balkans.

HUGGINS, Ernest Albert, 1885-1917 Corporal in Border Regiment, 7th Battalion. Service no. 23055. Died 23rd April 1917, age 33. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Bay 6. Son of Edward & Louisa Huggins of Mulbarton; married Lily Florence Goldsmith of Norwich Road, Mulbarton, in 1908, and living by the pond in 1911. A farm labourer. Signed on for Norfolk Regiment Aug 1914; spent 2 months in hospital in Felixstowe, then home on leave. Probably transferred to Border Regiment on return. Acting Corporal Nov. 1915; confirmed as Corporal early 1917.

LARTER, Joseph Alfred, 1887-1916. Private, Norfolk Regiment, 9th Battalion. Died 15th Sept. 1916, age 28, Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Born in Swardeston, eldest son of William & Sophia Jane Larter. Farm labourer. Sent to France Aug 1915.

LINCOLN, Albert, 1879-1915 Private, Norfolk Regiment, 9th Battalion. Service no. 3/10386. Died 15 Nov 1915, aged 36. Son of William Ellis Lincoln & Susanna nee Buck. Married Alice Atkins in 1909. Living on Common Road in 1911, Albert working for a coal merchant. After he died, Alice moved to Wymondham.

MUSKETT, Cecil Frederick, 1897-1917 Private in Norfolk Regiment 'A' Company, 1st Battalion. Service no. 29832. Died 9th Oct. 1917, age 20. Buried at Hooge Crater Cemetery, Ieper/Ypres, Belgium. Born in Kirby Bedon, son of Frederick & Alice C. Muskett nee Ladbrooke of Hill House, Mulbarton. The family ran a market garden.

PRIEST, Ronald, 1882-1918 joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1915 which became the RAF. Corporal in 98th squadron, service no. 7314. Died 28 Nov 1918, aged 38, in hospital in France of 'flu 'aggravated by exposure while on active mil. service'. Buried Etaples Military Cemetery. Son of Cornelius & Elizabeth Priest; husband of Maria Elizabeth Priest. A watchmaker by trade, Ronald was born in Hull in 1883 and lived at various times in Leeds, Norwich (Earlham), Wroxham and Great Yarmouth. He married Maria Large of Swanton Morley in 1910 and they lived in Yarmouth. After Ronald went to war, Maria and their 3 children moved to Mellis. By 1918 she was in Norwich Road, Mulbarton and Ronald on the Absent Voters List. Maria was still listed as an elector in 1919, after which she moved to Acle and was still living there with her daughters in 1939. [Thanks to Hazel Brain and Paul White for information on this family]

RANDELL, Cecil Jesse, 1887-1917 Private in Norfolk Regiment, 8th Battalion, service no. 266296. Killed 22 Oct 1917; buried at Zonnebeke in West Flanders. Enlisted at Wroxham. Born in Mulbarton, son of William RANDALL (or RANDELL or RANDLE) and Mary Ann nee BECKWITH. In 1911 he was a butcher;s assistant in Shotesham where he married Beatrice Emma Maria PETT. Signed on with Norfolk Regiment Oct. 1916; embarked for France 7 Aug 1917; posted first to Hertfordshire Regiment but shortly rejoined the 8th Battalion of the Norfolk Regiment. Killed near Ypres.

STACKYARD, William, 1894-1915. Private in Norfolk Regiment, 1st/4th Battalion. Died 12th August 1915, age 21. Commemorated on Helles Memorial, panel 42-44, Gallipoli, Turkey. Son of Walter Stackyard & Alice Jane nee Nichols, The Rosery, Mulbarton. Helped in his father's market garden business, then went to work at Lodge Farm. Tried to join Norfolk Regiment in March 1912, assigned to 4th Battalion, trained from October. The day after war broke out he signed forms willing to serve abroad. Embarked for Mediterranean on HMS Aquitania 29 July 1915. Killed shortly after landing at Gallipoli.

STUBBINGS, Frederick William 1895-1916 (enlisted as William). Norfolk Regiment, 8th Battalion, service no, 12896. Died 19 July 1916, aged 19. Son of George William Stubbings, a house painter, and his wife Rebecca. Living in Norwich 1901, moved to Bracon Ash, and at Scotts Terrace, Mulbarton in 1911. Farm labourer. Joined Nofolk Regiment 2 Sep 1914, posted to 8th Battalion. Training in Colchester to April 1915 (when grounded on several occasions). Sent to France 25 July 1915, and killed a year later.

TOOKE, Bertie, 1893-1918 Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery, 247th Siege Battery. Service no 76305. Died 15th July 1918, age 25 (CWGC has 35). Buried Staglieno Cemetary, Genoa, Italy. Born in Forncett St Peter, son of Samuel & Betsy Tooke who moved to Mulbarton by 1901. Farm labourer, nearly 6ft tall. Signed up in Attleborough 28 Feb 1916, joined RGA, mobilised in April, joined 157th Siege Battery in June. Embarked for France Nov 1916. Wounded in June 1917 and treated in field hospital and sent to base. When fit again posted to 247th Siege Battery t end of August. Had 2 weeks home leave march 1918. Wounded in June - admitted to hospital 15 June 1918 with head, neck and arm injuries and fractured right leg. Sent to hospital near Genoa where he died.

WHARTON, George Bertie, 1895-1916 Private, Norfolk Regiment 8th Battalion. Service no. 13662. Died 1st July 1916, age 21. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorail, Pier & Face 1C & 1D, Somme, France. Eldest child of George Henry Wharton & Harriett nee Andrews, The Wood, Swardeston (but in Mulbarton parish). Farm labourer.

WOOLTERTON, Percy Harold, 1895-1915 Private in Dorsetshire Regiment, 1st Battalion. Service no. 9670. Died 2nd May 1915, age 20. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Son of Mr. A. Woolterton, 4 Church Lane, Eaton. Born Norwich; in Long Stratton in 1911. One record on Ancestry relates him to Mulbarton. Signed on in Dorchester Feb 1914, occupation 'groom'. Various misdemeanors are recorded after he joined up. Sent to France in December; 5 months later he died of gas poisoning.

And we know other men suffered and died as a result of war service whose names are not on the memorial:

Frank Barrett, 1897-1920
Frank Barrett, 1897-1920

BARRETT, Frank, 1897-1920 was a gunner with the Royal Horse Artillery and the Royal Field Artillery, 6th Brigade, W and later G Battery. Service No: 153649. Born 1897 to Mary Ann Barrett, Frank worked as a Telegraph Messenger on leaving shool at 14, and later as a nursery man. He was attested in Feb 1916 and discharged March 1920. He died in the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital on 20 Aug 1920, aged 23 and is buried to the north of Mulbarton Church. He is listed among the Commonwealth War Dead.  
(Information researched by Martin Thurlow)

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The Roll of Honour

Mulbarton's Roll of Honour in the Church porch lists 90 men of the Parish who went to war, with those who died highlighted in gold. That was a third of the total number of males recorded in the 1911 census (which included children and the elderly, of course). Most of those who returned are in the 1918 Absent Voters List from which some information about their service can be gleaned. Click here for details of these men:

Further stories and photos very welcome!