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World War II

A plaque in St Mary's Church under the war memorial window lists three men who gave their lives in the Second World War. Research in 2014 by Tony Pringle has found a further two men, A PETERS and F SMITH, with links to Badwell Ash who should also be remembered here.



Year of Death

HOLDER, Leslie

Petty Officer, Royal Navy


PETERS, Arthur

Royal Norfolk Regt, 2nd Batt


SMITH, Frederick

Sgt, RAF Volunteer Reserve, 179 Squadron



Royal Air Force



Royal Army Service Corps


A Roll of Service for WW2 is not present in the church. Anyone with information about others who served in this war please contact us.

Eight US airmen were killed and one survived when a USAAF B-17 crashed at Brook Farm on the Badwell Ash border with Langham in January 1944. (see article left).

Apart from the details of the men who died during WWII, which can be found on this website, the Badwell Ash History Society has further information about all of these men.  In addition there are articles from WWII on the website about the B17 crash in 1944, the 1939 Register (a census of people living in the village in 1939), a National Farm Survey with details of the farms in Badwell Ash in 1941, the Royal Observer Corps, the Home Guard, the ARP and the role Badwell Ash had in the preparations against invasion in 1939/40.