War Memorial            


The following article is from a booklet published by Chris Clarke, who kindly gave me permission to add this to the Deopham website.




Soldiers of the First World War remembered on the Deopham War Memorial


The Tablet is located on the north wall inside St Andrew's Church



Alfred William Barrett

Private 1309 Alfred William Barrett was born in Ashwellthorpe. He originally enlisted as 4320 in the 4th Norfolk Regiment in Norwich, then later transferred to the 1st Northumberland Fusiliers. He served in France & Flanders and died on 16th September 1914. He is remembered on La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial and on the Deopham War Memorial.

The Downham Gazette, Friday 13th November 1915, pg 6  

News has been received of the death of Alfred William Barrett of the Northumberland Fusiliers. He was reported ‘wounded and missing’ on September 14th,1914, and, although many efforts have then since been made to clear the matter up, it was only last month that his parents were officially informed of his being killed.

La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial, France




Percy Robert Hurrell


Private 200501 Percy Robert Hurrell was born in Paddington, London in c1895. He enlisted in the 1st/4th Norfolk Regiment in Norwich . He served on the Balkan front from 6th August 1915 and later in Palestine where he was killed in action on 19th April 1917 aged 22. He is remembered on the Jerusalem Memorial Panels 12 to 15 and on the Deopham War Memorial. He was the eldest son of Robert and Eleanor Hurrell. At the time of the 1911 Census Percy, then aged 16 was working at home in household of his parents, Robert, born in Deopham, a farmer aged 42, and Eleanor, born in Chitchly, Buckingham, aged 45, at Laural Farm in Deopham Green, along with his siblings Mildred Eleanor, born in Paddington, London, a dairy worker aged 17, and Frank Thomas, born in Chelsea, aged 12 who was still at school.


Deopham Church


Jerusalem Memorial, Israel




Harry Kerry


Private 20557 Harry/Henry Kerry was born in Scoulton c1877. He originally enlisted in the as 17932 in the Norfolk Regiment in Norwich then later transferred to the 1st Essex Regiment. He served in en route to Gallipoli and was drowned on Royal Edward on 13th August 1915 aged 38. He is remembered on the Helles Memorial Panel 144 to 150 or 229 to 233 and on the Deopham War Memorial. He was the son of Zaccheus & Amelia Kerry; husband of Nellie Kerry, of The Green, Deopham. At the time of the 1911 Census Henry, a farm bailiff, was living in Deopham with his wife Nellie who he married some time in 1902, along with their sons, Cyril, b.1903, Clifton, b.1905 and daughters, Irene, b.1906 and Elsie, b.1910.

Six months after the death of Harry, another daughter was born, and she was given the name Royal after the ship he went down on. Had it have been a son, he was to have been named Edward.




This picture appeared in the Eastern Daily Press on Friday 17th September 1915, pg8  



H.M.S Royal Edward




Helles Memorial, Turkey





Albert James Morter


Private 51113 Albert James Morter was born in Great Ellingham c1898. He enlisted in the 2nd Suffolk Regiment in Attleborough. He served in France & Flanders and was killed in action on 28th March 1918 aged ~20. He is buried at Feuchy Chapel British Cemetery, Wancourt Grave III D 8 and is remembered on the Deopham War Memorial. He was the son of Emma Morter.



Feuchy Chapel British Cemetery, France




H C Stubbings


Private 10474 Horace Charles Stubbings was born in Hingham on 25th July 1895. He originally enlisted as 6665 in the 12th Lancers in Norwich on 28th August 1914, transferring to the 3rd Royal Munster Fusiliers on 2nd June 1915. He served with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force from 17th July 1915 but, on 4th August 1915, at Achi Baba, an exploding shell blew inside the trench and buried him. He was sent home on 13th September 1915 where he was treated at the Beaufort War Hospital in Bristol and discharged no longer fit for army service on 4th January 1916 as a result of shell concussions (epilepsy).  He died on 6th January 1918 aged 20 according to the gravestone (most likely 22). He is buried at Deopham St Andrew Churchyard Grave 40, but does not seem to appear on any local War Memorial or on the Norfolk Roll of Honour. He was the son of John and Susannah Stubbings – his war record says William and Sally of Hardingham which partially agrees with the 1901 Census which has William and Susannah living in Hingham with sisters Winifred (1) and Nellie (8mo). Horace was a clerk at the time of his enlistment and at the time of his receipt of a pension he lived at Mill House in Deopham.  

Deopham Church