Forncett History Group

Forncett St.Peter War Memorial

Written by Jackie Scully on .

1939-1945I am researching into the backgrounds of the soldiers named on St. Peter’s War Memorial. (St.Mary’s was completed by Raymond Harvey in 2004). I now have much information, and have found photographs of 17 of the 21 WW1 soldiers on these Memorials.

I am therefore trying to trace photographs of:

Edwin Charles Gostling, who almost certainly lived in Bentley Road, Forncett End, and whose family lived in the same house until the mid 1990s. So far I have been unable to find any details of a memorial or grave save he died of wounds in Flanders, France.

Ernest Pymer, son of Mr. & Mrs Pymer of Long Stratton, and husband of Dorothy Pymer, living in Tabernacle Lane, also Forncett End.


George Henry Thomson from Kircudbright, Scotland, who died in the Military Hospital at Britannia Barracks, Norwich, who for some, as yet unknown reason, is buried in St. Peter’s churchyard.

Walter Ernest Brooks, son of Nathan and Eleanor Brooks of Forncett St. Mary.

I do not have photographs of any of the WW2 soldiers namely: Roy Arthur Tann, Reginald Victor Drake, Raymond Alfred Harvey, and Thomas Edward Green.

If anyone is able to help, or has other information, I should liketo hear from you. It is hoped that ultimately a Book of Remembrance will be placed in both Forncett St. Peter and Forncett St. Mary church so that those men who sacrificed their lives will not be just names on a Memorial.

Incidentally, a Yorkshire couple are undertaking the same, (but mammoth task), with all 76,000 names on Thiepval Memorial in Somme France. I have been able to supply them with the names and a few details of Walter Brooks and William Fryer both of Forncett St. Peter. A drop in the ocean!

Any replies to John Webster please. J.Scully