The 15 Fallen

Snettisham Roll Of Honour

Commemorating The 75th Anniversary Of The End Of The Second World War

Thereafter follows a record of those men of Snettisham and its surrounds who served their country and lost their lives during the Second World War.

BARWICK Percy John William

Sergeant (Pilot) 515587 217 Squadron Royal Air Force. Died 15t November 1939. Husband of D. Barwick, of Walthamstow, Essex. Buried in St Mary’s Churchyard, Snettisham, Norfolk.

(217 Sqn RAF was, in 1939, a Coastal Command Squadron based at the newly built airfield RAF St Eval. The Squadron was equipped with Avro Ansons, performing general reconnaissance duties until te start of World War II and conducting coastal patrols until October 1939)

BUSH John Edward

Ordinary Signalman P/JX 389014. H.M.S. Janus. Royal Navy. Died 23 January 1944. Aged 24. Son of May Louise Bush, of Snettisham, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 84, Column 2.

HMS Janus was a Javelin Class Destroyer which was involved in operation “Shingle” at Anzio, as one of the bombardment ships prior to and during the landings which began on 21 January 1944. It is recorded that during her last duty Janus had laid down nearly 500 salvos of 4.7″ shells in he first two days of the landings support of allied troops. She was hit on 23 January by an aerial torpedo and sunk with the loss 162 members of her crew. It took a mere twenty minutes for the Janus to sink, 80 of her crew survived, being rescued by HMS Laforey and smaller craft.

CATOR Herbert Robert

Corporal 5770097. 7th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died 12th June 1940. Son of John William and Maud Cator, of Snettisham, Norfolk. Buried in STE. MARIE CEMETERY, LE HAVRE, Seine-Maritime, France. Division 67. Row R. Grave 18.

Read the story of 51st Highland Division Here

DIPPLE Ernest John

Private 5777407. 5th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died 21st September 1944. Aged 29. Son of Henry Edward and Jane Alice Dipple of Snettisham. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 50.

GRANGE Basil William

Private 5779839. 5th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died 21st September 1944. Aged 30. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 50.

Note: It is likely that Ernest Dipple, Basil Grange and Walter Ringer had been captured at the fall of Singapore in 1942 and may subsequently have worked as forced labour for the Japanese (as Prisoners of War) possibly on the infamous Burma railway builds. As the railways were completed, POW were shipped to Japan via Manilla in ‘Hell Ships’, ill equipped, ill fed, packed in, in squalor. One such ship and it appears likely that Dipple and Grange were aboard, with 1287 other POWs, the Hofuku Maru, was bombed and sunk off Luzon in Subic Bay by an American aircraft on 21 September 1944. There is a special memorial, the Hell Ships Memorial, to all those who died on these ships in Subic Bay in the Philippines. See more comprehensive side note.

GOFF Charles Victor

Lance Corporal 5772924. 7th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died 12th June 1940. Aged 20. Son of Charles and Jemima Goff, of King’s Lynn, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on DUNKIRK MEMORIAL, Nord, France. Column 43.

Read the story of 51st Highland Division Here

HUNTER M.C. Peter Derek Vassar

Lieutenant 262353. 13th/18th Royal Hussars. Royal Armoured Corps. Died 10th August 1944. Aged 29. Son of Fred Charles and Georgina Daisy Hunter, of Ingoldisthorpe, Norfolk. Buried in BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Plot XXI Row B. Grave 2.

(See side note regarding Operation Bluecoat an 13/18th Hussars and Guards Armoured Division)

McALPINE Laurie Gwatkin

Gunner 7670741. 9 Survey Regiment. Royal Artillery. Died 13th July 1944. Aged 26. Son of the Revd. Robert George McAlpine, M.A., and May McAlpine, of Mundesley-on-Sea, Norfolk. B.A. Hons (Cantab.): Jesus College. Buried in LA DELIVRANDE WAR CEMETERY, DOUVRES, Calvados, France. Plot VI. Row H. Grave 2.

MITCHELL Geoffrey D

Sapper 14506629. 13 Field Squadron Royal Engineers. Died 6th April 1945. Aged 22. Son of Donald D. and Madeline Mitchell, of Snettisham, Norfolk. Buried in HANOVER WAR CEMETERY, Niedersachsen, Germany. Plot 15. Row A. Grave 7.

PENTELOW Joseph Harry

Private 5775562. 5th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died 26th January 1942. Aged 24. Son of Harry and Lucy Pentelow, of Snettisham, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 52.
(Christian name recorded as Jonas on Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

RINGER Walter Edward

Gunner 942246137 Field Regiment. Royal Artillery. Died 12th September 1944. Aged 25. Son of John Thomas Ringer and Ellen Louise Ringer; Snettisham, husband of Florence Emily Ringer, of Hunstanton, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 29.

ROBINSON George

Sergeant 2719071. Irish Guards. Killed in action 3rd August 1944 aged 25. Son of George and Florrie Robinson, Snettisham, Norfolk and husband of Betty Lillian Robison of Lowestoft, Suffolk. No known grave, commemorated on Bayeux Memorial, Calvados, France. Panel 12, Column 2.

(See side note regarding Operation Bluecoat and 13/18th Hussars and Guards Armoured Division)

ROUT Jack

Private 5776108. 7th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died 8th April 1945. Buried in PRAGUE WAR CEMETERY, Czech Republic. Plot III. Row B. Grave 3.

TOOKE Percy

Sergeant 851433. 5 Field Regiment. Royal Artillery. Died 9th February 1942. Aged 24. Son of W.H. and Rebecca Tooke, of Snettisham, Norfolk. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 6.

WELCH William Edward

Private 4685464. 7th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died 12th June 1940. Aged 36. Son of William and Ada Welch, of Snettisham, Norfolk. Buried in STE. MARIE CEMETERY, LE HAVRE,  Seine-Maritime, France. Division 67. Row R. Grave 17.

Read the story of 51st Highland Division Here

MOSS Robert

Leading Aircraftsman 960525, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Died 17th November 1945. Aged 31. Son of Richard and Alice Maud Moss, Balham, London. Buried in St Mary’s Churchyard, Snettisham, Norfolk. (Not recorded on Snettisham Memorial)

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