Where our research began
Our research began by analysing the 1911 census from the villages, identifying and listing boys/men who were between approximately 11 and 50 years – who could possibly have gone to war, together with detailed information in the North Walsham and District Parish Magazine.
We obtained about 250 names to research.
We cross referenced this list with the
- WW1 Memorials in each church, including Neatishead Baptist Church
- Roll of Honour from the Victory Hall (now housed in the Community Room of the New Victory Hall) which listed those fallen and those who had served in WW1
- Our own local knowledge of the community
We also used the 1918 Electoral Roles as this identified men who were then eligible to vote (see notes on Electoral Reform) because of their naval / military service (during WW1).
We then researched each possible name
Some men could be discounted because they had a “reserved occupation” but when more men were needed, even they could have signed up.
While undertaking our research we agreed that we needed two pieces of evidence that linked the men we had identified and their military service, to our villages.
Our new memorial plaque displays 32 fallen and 104 returned men from our villages who served during WW1
During our research there were a number of men lived in the villages and may have seen active service, but we were not able to obtain two pieces of evidence to corroborate this.
This may be because:
- sometimes names were spelt differently on different documents
- men used middle names or nicknames instead of first names
- men changed regiments frequently and so their regimental number changed
- difficulty in transcribing handwriting
The list of men who have connections with our villages but we cannot link them with active service is ongoing and displayed here.
John Edward Felstead
Charlie J Finch
Frederick Ambrose Grimes
Dorothy Agnes Hampton
Jacob William Canham
Albert Richard Chapman
Ezra Wilby Clethero
John Joseph Colman
Cyril Riches Crosskill
George Arthur Hensby
Albert George Frank Howard
Bertie Charles Long
Harry Royal Salmons
William Garnet Williams
We will continue to research these names, but if you have any information or evidence which may assist us in this, please use the contact form to get in touch with us.
Main research sources used
- Barton Turf Church Roll of Honour (ROH)
- Irstead Church ROH
- Neatishead Baptist Church ROH
- Neatishead Church ROH
- Victory Hall Memorial – fallen
- Victory Hall Memorial – returned
- Norfolk Record Office:
- Parish Registers
- Barton Turf School Log and Admission Book
- Norfolk Heritage Centre
- Norfolk Regimental Museum
- North Walsham & District Parish Magazine (Neatishead)
- The Waxham Rural Deanery Magazine (Barton Turf and Irstead)
- 1911 Census
- 1914/1915/1918 Electoral Roll