Records: War Memorials

Updated on 7 April, 2016


This page contains records of those who gave their lives during World War One & Two.

Little Snoring War Memorials

The Little Snoring War Memorial is found inside the Church of St. Andrews in the village. It is in fact a Commemorative Plaque to those who served in the War, rather than a Memorial to those who died.

If anyone has information for this page, such as family photos, details of military service or stories about the soldiers, please let me know by sending me a mail via the contact page.


Little Snoring War Memorial Plaque


Names from the Memorial (with Additions)

ALLCOCK Arthur L. (Died) Enlisted at Norwich, 1st Battalion Norfolk Regiment, born Little Snoring, Died 28 Oct 1917 France & Flanders; Rank: Private

ALLCOCK G. Henry (Wounded) Born Lt Snoring abt 1888, age at Enlistment 27 Joined 31st May 1916 at Norwich; Norfolk Regiment, Royal Fusiliers, Trade Horseman; next of kin Rose Allcock (wife); Wounded in foot and leg July 1918.

ALLCOCK William H born abt 1878, age 36 at enlistment in June 1916 Trade Council Roadman; Wife Elizabeth Codling, married Methodist Chapel Walsingham June 22nd 1910; 4th Infantry Queen's POWs, transferred to Labour Corps, sent to France Feb 1917

ALLEN Stanley Paul. (Wounded and Gassed) Born abt 1897, age at Enlistment 17 at Norwich 1914; Trade Agricultural Worker, Father Robert Allen, Mother Alice Allen, Brother Sydney Allen. Served in France 1918-19, Victory Medal, British War Medal. Gassed & Hospitalised 1918.

ALLEN Sidney born 1896, Enlisted 1915 at Melton Constable; 21st King's Own Royal Regiment, Norfolk Yeomanry. Rank Private. Eastern Theatre; father Robert Allen

Pte Bacon (Henry, Herbert or John?)

BACON Henry W.
BACON Herbert

BACON John Frederick Bacon
Enlisted at Norwich, 11th Battalion Essex Regiment, Birth Place: Little Snoring; Residence: Great Ryburgh, Norfolk, Died of wounds 18 Apr 1920 France & Flanders Rank: Private: ( Formerly 6055, Norfolk Regt.) [His name is not on the Roll of Honour in the church] *SEE note at bottom of this page

BALDWIN Percival
BATTERBEE Bertie (Wounded)
BEAR Percy W.

COOPER William George, born 1896; 230th Coy 75th Btl MGC, Machine Gun Corps/ Tank Corps, Enlisted May 1915 at Melton Constable, Demobbed April 1919, Mother Elizabeth W. GAZE of Beeston, Norfolk. Demobbed April 1919 Address given Gurney's Manor, Hingham, Attleborough, Norfolk. (This man could possibly be the William Gaze below.) Posted to Egypt. Driver "a sober and reliable driver".

CURRY Stephen Born Abt 1886, aged 30yrs 11 mths at Enlistment; Enlisted Sept 1916; Rank Private; Trade Shoesmith; next of kin Mrs Florence Curry Little Snoring; (his wife, nee Spinks? Married at the Methodist Chapel Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk, living in Little Snoring; children Walter Reginald born Burnham Thorpe 5 Dec 1907, Ivy Kathleen Maude born Lt Snoring 17 July 1914 and Stephen Charles born Lt Snoring 12 Oct 1915) Middlesex Regiment; European War Theatre campaigns 1916-1917. Discharged Unfit 7th June 1917.
There is a medical note on his record that states his disability was "dementia" with several fits of "epilepsy" and what today we would know as Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, or Shell Shock. But the official position was that this was not caused by active service, but brain disease.

DUNN Joseph A.
GAZE William (See William Cooper above.)

GIDNEY James born 1883, Aged 20 at Enlistment at Norwich in July 1904, Royal Regiment of Artillery (Royal Garrison) Served in France, Gunner, Cpl Labour Corps, discharged June 1919. Address Wood Farm Little Snoring. Had Varicose Veins. Conduct very good, no offenses or drunkenness during his whole service. He wants to be employed as a policeman.

HARRISON Herbert (Died)
HARVEY John (Wounded)
HARVEY Frederick W.
HARVEY Albert E.
LONG Leonard (Wounded)
LONG Thomas A.
NEAVE Walter
NEAVE Percy (see below)

NOBES Arthur (Died) born Little Snoring, Enlisted Hempton Norfolk; Died 19 Feb 1916 Mesopotamia; Rank: Private; Regiment: Norfolk Regiment 2nd Battalion.

NOBES Ernest
NOBES Herbert
PARKER Walter (Wounded)
PINNER Alfred (Wounded)
ROOK Edward C. (Wounded) Norfolk Regiment, Labour Corps
SAYER William

SHERINGHAM Alban (Wounded twice and Gassed) Rank Private; 41st Brigade Machine Gun Corps; Address Church Farm Little Snoring; Posted 1914 at Norwich, Disabled due to gassing in France August 1918 Discharged as unfit Feb 1919.

SOUTHGATE George H (See below)
SOUTHGATE Elvin (See below)

Elvin Gates Southgate

Here are details of two Little Snoring men who served in the First World War

Elvin Gates Southgate



He was the son of Mary Ann (Polly) Southgate of Little Snoring

Elvin was born in 1894 but was stated to be aged 19 yrs 3 months when he enlisted in February 1915. He enlisted at Melton Constable.

21st KORR Norfolk Yeomanry; height 5 foot 6 ins; Posted Sep 1916; Claimed for Army pension July 1919 Army Cyclist Corps; War Badge awarded 11th Oct 1919;

Correspondence is sent in 1917 to "Mrs M Southgate" at Little Snoring - this is his mother MaryAnn (Polly) as seen in the photos. She writes to ask why Elvin is not receiving her parcels and received a reply that she should ask the GPO (General Post Office.)

Elvin's Regimental Conduct Sheet shows he was "disobedient in the field". It seems he fell asleep while on duty and received an eight-day punishment as a result. Injury to knee July 1919. Received British War Medal June 20th 1921. His certificate of discharge can be seen in the side panel.


Also in the sidebar is a photo of the mother of Elvin Gates Southgate, Mary Ann (Polly) Southgate with her brother George.

George Southgate, the uncle of Elvin, was born 6th June 1879 Posted Sep 1914; Awarded British War Medal 19th July 1915; Essex Regiment; the Norfolk Regiment; Posted to France 25th July 1915; height 5 foot 4 inch, weight 140 lbs, fresh complexion, grey eyes, brown hair. Demobilised while on leave 16th Jan 1919.

This family lived in the village of Little Snoring most of their lives. At one time Polly lived in the Chapel Cottage. George Southgate survived the war, never married, and his death was recorded in North Walsham, Norfolk in December 1955. He is buried in the churchyard at Kettlestone where he and Polly lived in their latter years. Polly herself is buried in Fakenham Churchyard.

Percy Neave - British Army WWI Pension Records

Percy Neave born abt 1889
Attestation 19th Nov 1906
NEAVE, Percy, Little Snoring, 18 years 3 months, General Labourer, unmarried, already in military sercice (PWO Norfolk), enlisting for Royal Regt of Arty.

Attestation 27th Feb 1919
Percy Neave's War MedalNEAVE, Percy, Little Snoring, age 30 yrs 5 months, Regular soldier, 44748 Gunner R.F. A enlisting for RN & RFA Royal Regiment Aux. Height 5ft 8 inches, weight 146 Lb, medium complexion, blue eyes, Lt brown hair, religion CofE, scar below right knee. Note “this man’s hearing is very much below normal but this does not seem to prevent him from carrying out his duties as a soldier”.

Qualifying Service for Pension
NEAVE, Percy, Little Snoring, Joined Rouex Belgium on 27th Jan 1919, RH & RFA with 12 years former service in RH & RFA; To Dispersal Centre Thetford 6th Apr 1919, Posted 7th July 1919, Discharged Physically Unfit 7th Dec 1920. Abode: Anchor Cottage, Felton, Nr Biston(?); Character Very Good.

Awarded weekly pension of 20 shillings from 8th 12 1920. Awarded 1914 Star 25th July 1919, military medal for bravery in the field 23rd July 1919. Wife Ruby Elladine Curson, Gt Ryburgh, Married Richmond Middx 1st Nov 1917 by Rev Ernest Saunder, witnesses S.A. Curson and J.O. Dell; children Dorian Rosamond born 11th Nov 1917 Teddington, Middx, baptised 2nd June 1918 Teddington Middx by Rev Johnson.

Neaves Coaches was founded as a Norfolk bus and coach operator in the 1930s by Percy Neave and is based in the village of Catfield close to Stalham and Wroxham in the Norfolk Broads area of East Norfolk 

spotPlease go to this (offsite) web page to see the WALSINGHAM War Memorial names with details of each soldier. On the same site are many other Norfolk War Memorials.

Researcher Peter Trent of the St. Andrews Ryburgh pages says this:

Pte. John ”Jack" Bacon is on our Roll of Honour and War Memorials here in Great Ryburgh. We have yet to publish his page on our church website, but I can say from the Register of Soldiers Effects, that he would seem to have died on April 18th 1918 whilst a prisoner of war in the Camp Hospital at Cassell.
We have also a brief piece on Percy Neave on this page where he is part of the larger picture of the Curson family that we have researched. (Thank you, Peter!)

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