Tottington and Sturston were evacuated in 1942 when the Stanford Training Area was established. The others were Buckenham Tofts, Langford, Stanford and West Tofts. The casualties of West Tofts are commenorated on the Mundford War Memorial. We have not located rolls of honour for the other villages.
Lance Corporal FREDERICK BONE 43083, 1st Bn., Norfolk Regiment who died age 21 on 4 September 1916. Son of Edward R. Bone, of Tottington. THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Private ROLAND VICTOR FLATT 55425, 19th Bn., Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment) who died age 25 on 11 March 1916. Son of Alfred and May Flatt, of Tottington. Attestation paper. RIDGE WOOD MILITARY CEMETERY
Private WILLIAM JOHN FLATT 235359, 2nd/5th Bn., Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) who died on 14 April 1918. Born Tottington. PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL
Lance Serjeant WALTER FRISTON DCM 7345, 2nd Bn., Norfolk Regiment who died on 22 November 1917. Born Fulham, enlisted Norwich. BASRA MEMORIAL
NOTE Closest match.
Private HERBERT GEORGE HANCOCK 203076, 10th Bn., Essex Regiment who died on 22 October 1917. Born Tottington. TYNE COT MEMORIAL
The Memorial above stands in front of a small wood on the side of the road between Merton and Thompson.
Originally the Memorial stood in Tottington village in front of the reading room, the Memorial was dedicated to the soldiers from Tottington and Sturston villages, To those that returned and those who fell in the 1914-18 war.
Funds were raised for the memorial by Miss Reeve and local villagers, by arranging cricket matches, selling soft drinks, vegetables and fruit, losing teams were fined and willingly paid there dues. It was first erected on a Sunday in 1919. The Memorial was moved from Tottington village, after the complete take over of the M.O.D. The grounds and village used as a Battle ground practise area for WW.II
The area is still under the control of the MOD, and never returned to the villages..... "A Broken Promise" Merton Village Website
Company Serjeant Major PHILIP MOORE 4754, 1st Bn., Norfolk Regiment who died on 27 July 1916. Husband of Ethel Rose Anna Moore of Tottington. Born Castle Acre. CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL
Boy 1st Class WILLIAM GEORGE PERKINS J/29629, HMS Clan McNaughton, Royal Navy who died age 17 on 3 February 1915
Son of William and Isabella Perkins, of Tottington. CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL
Rifleman CHARLES EDWARD RAE 652453, 2nd/21st Bn., London Regiment (First Surrey Rifles) who died on 28 March 1918. Born and resident Watton. JERUSALEM MEMORIAL
Private WALTER F RAYNER 225649, 1st Bn., London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers) who died on 29 December 1918. Son of Mr. J. Rayner, of Allison's Farm, Rockland All Saints, Attleborough. Resident Tottington. NIEDERZWEHREN CEMETERY
Private ARTHUR DANIEL THORPE 21244, 7th Bn., Border Regiment who died on 28 June 1916. Resident Tottington. CITADEL NEW MILITARY CEMETERY, FRICOURT
Private ALBERT GEORGE WOOLSEY 13815, 8th Bn., Norfolk Regiment who died age 31 on 31 July 1917
Son of George Woolsey, of Grange Farm, Tottington. YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL
Driver FREDERICK ERNEST WORBY T3/029097, Aux. Horse Transport Depot, Army Service Corps who died age 34 on 24 October 1915. Son of John and Frances Worby, of Tottington. ABBEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY
Also buried within the Training Area
Private OSCAR WILLIAM COLEMAN 435, 10th Bn., Lincolnshire Regiment who died age 22 on 24 October 1916. Born Lakenham, Suffolk, resident Mundford. WEST TOFTS (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD. Commenorated on the Mundford War Memorial.