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Norfolk Regiment 1914-1916

Postby ianwakefield1967 » 27 Nov 2014, 00:23

My Uncle Peter Earl recently sent me this photo which shows my Great Uncle Billy Earl, who never returned from WW1, I'd really like to know who the others in the picture are. I suspect the girl in the middle t the back is Annie Elizabeth Earl (His sister), she married John William B starling (From St Germans), I believe he may be in the picture far left not in uniform. Perhaps the older couple are his parents? But who are the other soldiers ? I think the picture may have been shot in St Germans in about 1915. Any help appreciated.

William Charles Earl born 1897 in North End Yard is on the back row 3rd from left. He died on 13 Feb 1918 in Turkey while serving with the 1st/5th Norfolks.

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Re: Norfolk Regiment 1914-1916

Postby EWW » 14 Nov 2021, 12:19

While looking for WW1 family stuff I came accross this picture of the 1st/5th Norfolks leaving for Gallipoli from a station in Norfolk.
No names I'm affraid.

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Re: Norfolk Regiment 1914-1916

Postby pspooner » 18 Nov 2021, 03:15

Two thoughts about these lovely photos:
1. The man on the far right in #1 looks like he might be the same man on the far left in photo #2 - same mustache, tall compared to rest, shape of face the same; too bad you can't see in #1 if he has a stripe on his sleeve
2. In #1, since the toddler is on granddad's lap, he might be the child of the older daughter next to him and her husband in civvies, standing; they look similar ages.

Wish I had such photos!
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Re: Norfolk Regiment 1914-1916

Postby EWW » 18 Nov 2021, 10:20

Best I can do with the poictures P but it looks like you could well be right. My father was very lucky he did not go to Turkey as he had left the
Norfolk Yeomanry that was the Norfolk Regiment to join the RE before these poor guys went off.

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Re: Norfolk Regiment 1914-1916

Postby nickc » 18 Nov 2021, 17:22

Ian, did your family have any friend or family links to the Hart family?
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Re: Norfolk Regiment 1914-1916

Postby nickc » 18 Nov 2021, 18:54

Could the chap second from right on the back row be the same one? This picture is in my family album, but I have never found out why. The text on the ball reads, I think, Wed Rovers, presumably a team playing in the old Wednesday league.
My grandmother was a Hornigold and her sister married Walter Hart. One of their sons, Herbert, was in the 1/5th Norfolks and died in Gallipoli in 1915. Could he be the man in your pictures. The reason that I have considered the Hart family is because the second of my pictures shows the Hart family and while I am not suggesting any of them are the man in your photographs, there is a degree of possible family resemblance. What do others think?

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Re: Norfolk Regiment 1914-1916

Postby EWW » 18 Nov 2021, 20:44

Bit of a close up. What say you nick.

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Re: Norfolk Regiment 1914-1916

Postby nickc » 18 Nov 2021, 21:11

Hi EWW, hope you're well, been a while since our paths have crossed on the forum.
Reading left to right as you've posted the close ups, the dates are 1909, 1914 and 1915. I wouldn't bet my life savings on it, but think it could be the same man.
Incidentally, I believe that the picture on a station platform is Sheringham Station 1914 en route to their annual summer camp.
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Re: Norfolk Regiment 1914-1916

Postby EWW » 18 Nov 2021, 21:23

They all look very very simular to me nick. The station pic was sent to me had setting off to Turkey on it and that is all I know about it. I will see if
I can find it anywhere on the interweb to check.
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Re: Norfolk Regiment 1914-1916

Postby nickc » 18 Nov 2021, 21:30

The station picture is in Neil Storey's book about Norfolk in WWI and is captioned as Sheringham summer 1914. He could be wrong of course, but I suspect not. The actual station certainly looks like Sheringham which would tie in with the summer camp, but I suspect not with embarking for Gallipoli.
Slightly off topic, but re the Hart family; the Kings Lynn war memorial lists Herbert Hart and Walter W H Hart. I think these are both the same man. Walter William Herbert Hart was always referred to as Herbert Hart.
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Re: Norfolk Regiment 1914-1916

Postby EWW » 18 Nov 2021, 22:05

The Lynn memorials are a bit off in my case nick. All Saints church memorial to the South Lynn men that died in WW1 has my fathers mame on it.
I did take it up with them but they said it could not be changed. I did post it on here in another thread years ago.
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Re: Norfolk Regiment 1914-1916

Postby EWW » 22 Nov 2021, 10:04

Missing list for the 5th.

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Re: Norfolk Regiment 1914-1916

Postby KTL16825 » 22 Nov 2021, 12:56

Nick, concerning the photo of the football team, have you any idea when or where it was taken? I can't find any reference to a team called Wed Rovers in Lynn, but there was a South Lynn Wed that played in the Wednesday League you mentioned. Is there any chance that the inscription on the ball could read "Lynn Rovers"? Ken.
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Re: Norfolk Regiment 1914-1916

Postby nickc » 22 Nov 2021, 18:51

Ken, I have pm you as that seemed easier, but none of my message is private should you wish to include it another/new thread. Nick.
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Re: Norfolk Regiment 1914-1916

Postby KTL16825 » 22 Nov 2021, 19:52

Thanks, Nick. I'd already posted some material about South Lynn Wed on a new thread in the Sport section before I read your PM.
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