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, son of John & Harriet Carver of Scotts Terrace (uncle of Robert George Carver, listed below)

CARVER, Robert George, 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, 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).

DAWSON George, 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 (known as Harry), Norfolk Regiment service no 16208; then Essex Regiment 11th Battalion; service no. 20829. Killed 15 Sep 1916. Born Lakenham. Recorded as 'of Mulbarton' on Ancestry.

HUGGINS, Ernest Albert, 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; husband of Lily Florence Huggins of Norwich Road, Mulbarton.

LARTER, Joseph Alfred, Private, Norfolk Regiment, 9th Battalion. Died 15th Sept. 1916, age 28, Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Eldest son of William & Sophia Jane Larter, Swainsthorpe.

LINCOLN, Albert, Private, Norfolk Regiment, 9th Battalion. Service no. 3/10386. Died 15 Nov 1915, aged 36. Husband of Alice Lincoln

MUSKETT, Cecil Frederick, 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. Son of Frederick & Alice C. Muskett of Hill House, Mulbarton.

PRIEST, Ronald, 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]

RANDALL, Cecil Jesse, Private in Norfolk Regiment, 7th Battalion, service no. 266296. Killed 22 Oct 1917; buried at Zonnebeke in West Flanders. Enlisted at Wroxham. Son of William RANDALL (or RANDELL) and Mary Ann nee BECKWITH.

STACKYARD, William, Private in Norfolk Regiment, 1st/4th Batalion. Died 12th August 1915, age 21. Commemorated on Helles Memorial, panel 42-44, Gallipoli, Turkey. Son of Walter & Alice Jane Stackyard, The Rosery, Mulbarton.

STUBBINGS, Frederick William (enlisted as William). Norfolk Regiment, 8th Battalion, service no, 12896. Died 19 July 1916, aged 19

TOOKE, Bertie, Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery, 247th Siege Battery. Service no 76305. Died 15th July 1918, age 35. Buried Staglieno Cemetary, Genoa, Italy. Son of Samuel & Betsy Tooke of Mulbarton.

WHARTON, George Bertie, Private, Norfolk Regiment 8th Battalion. Service no. 13662. Died 1st July 1916, age 21. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorail, Pier & Face 1C & 1D, Somme, France. Son of George Henry Wharton, The Wood, Swardeston.

WOOLTERTON, Percy Harold, 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. May have previously served with the Norfolk Regiment.

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, 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)

Any further information about these men welcomed - please contact us.

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.
Further stories and photos very welcome!