Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe 1945

In Memory of Laura May Collinson &  Alfred William Makins whose families lived in Horningtoft

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Laura May Collinson was born on 31st October 1924 in Macclesfield, Cheshire. The daughter of Edward John Collinson and Jane May Evelyne Crease. In 1939 Laura was living with her parents at Manor Cottages, Horningtoft, occupation seeking work. Laura joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service. She died on 29th April 1944, aged just 19, in the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, of liver disease. At the time of her death her parents were still living at Horningtoft but she was buried in the Queens Road Cemetery at Fakenham.

She had so many plans    

But this was not one of them

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Alfred William Makins was born 15th January 1915 at Horningtoft. The son of Alfred Lammas Makins and Augustina Mabel Waites. In 1939 Alfred was living with his parents at Jubilee Cottage and his occupation was a Norfolk County Council Road Worker. He joined the 6th Bn., Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment and was wounded and died on 15th April 1943, age 28. He was a Lance Corporal and Remembered with Honour at Medjez-El-Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia.

Happy memories of one  

Who laid down his life  

For his friends.

Memories of WWII from village residents