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       1914           The Hunstanton Cenotaph - THE MAN BEHIND THE NAME                               2014

                        100 YRS ON – TAKE A LOOK AT THAT SOLDIER WHO ‘GAVE HIS LIFE’ -  FOR US!
       Soldier article No. 8.    Langham  Cottages,  Park  Road,  He  was  then  moved  to  Thrapston  District  Historical
       This  month’s  article  is  about  a  Hunstanton.  Agnes  was  the  Zillebeke  just  south  of  Ypres,  Society, following a visit to our
       L/Cpl and a 2nd Lt, neither were  Boarding  House  Keeper  at  this  where he and ‘B’ coy still went on  Heritage  Centre  in  2014  for
       born here but moved here with  address.             night  patrols.  In  his  last  letter  which  I  am  very  grateful,
       their parents:             Cpl  Dove  then  embarks  at  home he stated ‘that he was in the  including a Picture of Gerald
        They are Cpl. Robert George  Liverpool  and  goes  off  to  the  worst  shelled  area  in  Belgium,  Research by Tony Armstrong.
       Dove. and 2nd Lt. Gerald Lenton  Balkan Theatre of War, arriving at  and was out with a working party
        L/Cpl Robert George Dove -  Gallipoli  on the 6th August 1915.  every night’ – it was on one of  There  are  many  letters  (pen-
       was born in Wortwell, Norfolk, in  As with many poor troops, he was  these  patrols  on  the  26th  July,  pictures) from the above soldiers,
       1888.  Educated  there  and  then  given  little  or  no  time  to  that he was wounded and sadly  they can be seen ( by request )in
       became  a  Gardener,  he  moved  acclimatise himself, it was strait  died the next day.  the soldier book in the
       here after securing a job on the  into battle and on the 28th August  Mrs Lucy Lenton received his  Hunstanton Heritage Centre.
       Sandringham Estate. Leaving his  he  is  recorded  as  ‘Dead  on  or  medals  which  were  the  British  N.B. Limited access times.
       Parents Frederick and Alice Dove  since 28th August 1915’   -   just  War and Victory Medals, after she
       back in Wortwell. He had been a  22 days after landing !.    And  had written to apply for them in  Hunstanton TIC
       Territorial Soldier for 6yrs whilst  Agnes  is  widowed  after  just  3  1921.
       at  Sandringham  attending  the  months of marriage.  Gerald also had 2 brothers in
       week’s  camp  each  year.  When  So sad !.          the  Army,  Edwin  and  Wilfred,  DISCOUNTED
       war  broke  out  he  enlisted  and  Cpl    Robert  George  Dove  is  both  survived  the  war  and  had  EVENT TICKETS
       signed to say he would be willing  Remember with Honour on Panel  very successful careers in Canada
       to serve overseas, his Attestation  42 to 44 on the Helles Memorial,  and America.  for many local
       Form makes interesting reading.  Turkey  (including  Gallipoli)  2nd Lt Gerald Lenton is buried  attractions & events
       For instance, his attendance to the  along with 20,878 other Soldiers  and Remembered with Honour in  on sale at the TIC
       6yrs  of  Territorial  Camp  are  including Anzac Soldiers.  Grave  No:  XIV. A.  6.  In  the
       countersigned by none other than  Agnes  eventually  married  Lijssenthhoek Military Cemetery  Town Hall, The Green
       Captain Frank Beck ( Of ‘All the  again and lived to an age of 88,  in Belgium.     Hunstanton
       Kings Men’ fame) he also signed  she died in Kings Lynn in 1978.  Some valuable information was
       the Army Attestation  form  and                     supplied  by  Mr  Eric  Franklin  01485 532610
       another Beck witnessed it.  2Lt Gerald Lenton was born in  from the Thrapston Heritage and
        Interestingly  also  is  where  it  1884   in   Bournemouth,
       asks where you worked – it has  Hampshire, the son of Mr Henry  Tourist Information Centre
       ‘Sandringham’.            and Mrs Lucy Lenton. Henry the
        Where  it  asks  ‘in  whose  father  was  a  Primary  School  Discounted Event Tickets
       employ you are in’ – it has “His  Head Teacher and around 1890
       Majesty the King”.        they  first  moved  to  Thrapston,  Sealife Centre - only £9 per person, Sealife Centre price £14.00
         Robert  joined  the  Norfolk  Northants, they being Mum, Dad  Come and visit this state-of-the-art marine aquarium, be amazed as
       Regt,  and  was  posted  into  the  and four sons, Gerald being the  you have close encounters with sea creatures of all kinds.
       1st/5th    Battalion,  nicknamed  youngest.Their second move was  Holkham Hall - save 10% on entrance to the hall and walled gardens
       ‘The  Sandringham  Pals’.  This  to  Hunstanton,  living  at  8,  This stunning 18th Century house and gardens is a pure joy to visit
       unfortunately became known as  Victoria Avenue. By 1901 he is  and one not to be missed when visiting Norfolk.
       the ‘Disappearing Battalion’ due  recorded  as  working  as  a  Paint me Ceramics - buy your £1 ticket from us and save 25% on
       to them advancing into the mist  Pharmaceutical  Chemist  aged  your made or purchased items
       and forest – never to be seen alive  17yrs.  When  WW1  started  he  Fun for all the family awaits at Paint me Ceramics, over 100 items
       again. It was nearly 5yrs before  joined up and was firstly in the  available with which to make your own masterpiece. Something
       the  Graves  Registration  had  Honourable Artillery Company,  really memorable to take home from visit to Hunstanton.
       access to the land, and only then  his  rank  was  Private  and  S/n
       did they find some evidence of  2780,  by  1917  he  had  been  Other tickets available from the TIC
       what became of the Battalion, in  promoted and was transferred to
       the form of buttons, dogtags etc.  the 2nd Bn,. Bedfordshire Regt  Sandringham Flower Show - Tickets £10 each for Wednesday 29th
       Speculation at the time had it that  and had risen to 2nd Lieutenant.  July
       they were captured and tortured,  He was posted to France and  Sandringham  Flower  Show  is  one  of  the  most  prestigious
       or  executed  on  capture  or  just  was in charge of ‘B’ Coy of the  horticultural events in the East of England. There are show gardens,
       merely shot in battle, no evidence  2nd Bn., fighting in the Trenches  trade stalls, craft marquee and arena entertainment.
       was  found  to  support  mass  around Arras in February 1917.  Pocahontas Players - Show Tickets for 14th to 16th May, Adults £8
       execution.                 In March he is fighting a little  children £6
        That said, Cpl Robert George  south of Arras, and patrolling at  Celebrating  20  years  of  Pocahontas  Players,  this  family  show
       Dove, S/no 819 joined the colours  night  to  gain  intelligence  of  features song, dance and comedy.
       in  late  1914,  he  got  married  in  enemy  positions  at  Henin  sur  V.E. Day Tea Party - 8th May tickets £3
       May  1915  to  Agnes  Florence  Cojeul  but  found  the  area  well  Come along to this fun filled tea party to commemorate V.E. Day.
       Wagg  and  they  lived  at  1,  occupied.            Sandwiches, cake etc. and of course a sing-a-long.
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