War Memorial

The tablet in the church porch records the names of those Fulstownians who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars. The War Memorial is at the front of the Village Hall, on Main Street.

The memorial was unveiled in November 2005, paid for by public subscription.  This generated interest from far and wide, with the national media publishing the story.  There had been no memorial to the fallen of the Great War, nor those of World War II until this time.

The reason for this was that Pte Charles Henry Kirman was executed in 1917 having been found guilty of desertion. Villagers at the time strongly felt that if his name could not be recorded on a memorial there should be no memorial.

In 2017, a hundred years since Pte Kirman's death, a service of commemoration in his honour was held at the war memorial.

Every Remembrance Sunday a service is held.

The story of the war memorial captured the interest of a playwright, and a production "The Fulstow Boys" toured the country in 2018, and was performed at the Fulstow Village Hall.  (Please note that one word of mildly bad language is present in the "Youtube" clip, which is wholly within the context of the theatrical production.)


Two of the Fulstow fallen honoured on the war memorial are Viola Wells and Marjorie Sutton.  They lost their lives on 11 May 1943.

They were billeted at Sefton House on North Drive in Great Yarmouth when it was bombed, leading to the deaths of the 26 ATS members. Gorleston ROC post made a sound only report identifying the incoming aircraft about a minute before the attack. Caister ROC post gave the alarm to Gt Yarmouth Police and the crash alarm was sounded only a few seconds after the first bombs fell. The raid was a daylight low-level attack by 18 Focke-Wulf 190s on the Gt Yarmouth area at 0845 hours on 11 May 1943. This was a frontal attack out of the sun and early morning mist.

The squad of ATS personnel had been exercising that morning and had just marched back to their billet when it received a direct hit from a high explosive bomb.

Marjorie, of an established Fulstow family, was the fourth youngest of eight children, whose mother had died when she was five. Brought up in Starks Row, at the age of fourteen Marjorie entered domestic service in the Salvation Army Hostel in Leeds, joining the ATS at the outbreak of the war.

Viola was the youngest child of four born to Joseph & Elsie Marriott. The family moved to Fulstow in 1938 to take on the Lord Nelson pub, market gardening business and fish and chip shop. Her two older brothers both served in the war,Claude being killed at Arnhem. She married Wilfred Wells about four weeks before her death.

Both were laid to rest at Caister Old Cemetery in Norfolk. On 14 May 2023 a service of commemoration was held at st Lawrence's Church.