St. Augustine is rich in monuments, however, there is one remembrance that is perhaps more poignant than that of all the rich merchants and weavers. Although outside the "scope of our site the story is repeated below
John Abigail was born of poor and apparently uncaring parents. In the harsh times of the late 19th century they were brought to court for ill treating their children. What John Abigail's life was like we can only guess but poverty and hunger were common and probably John suffered more than most.
Like most of his generation, as a teenager, John was called up by the army for duty in the First World War. He was soon shipped out to the front where as we now know conditions were appalling and human life was of little value.
John deserted, was captured and shot for cowardice at the age of 20.
By the rules of that time John should not be remembered, but for some unknown reason his name appears with his fallen comrades on the war memorial screen in St. Augustine Church.
It would be good to think that some enlightened person decided that John should have a place on the memorial when perhaps in life he had seen so little compassion. Perhaps there is a simple message of enlightenment stretching to 2007 when all of the WW1 soldiers shot for cowardice were finally honoured
For more`indepth information on Matthew Brettingham (1699-1769) who was an architect involved in the building of Holkham Hall click here
As well as Matthew there are monuments to many other Norwich worthies, who were part of this church and community, These monuments can be viewed by clicking the . Read the inscription by clicking
|Lt. Bertie Benn (First World War hero)
Lt. W H Benn (First World War hero)
|Matthew Brettingham Snr
Matthew Herbert Freston Brettingham
A weaving factory owner whose memorial was erected by 600 of his weavers & features two shuttles
|xxxx - 1810
xxxx - 1817
Cecilia Florence Greengrass
|Elisha de Hague
Mary De Hague
|Thomas Churchman Newman
|Edmund Reeve (Sheriff 1796)
|All Saints Westlegate||St. George Tombland||St. Julian||St. Michael at Plea|
|St. Andrew||St. Giles||St. Lawrence||St. Peter Hungate|
|St. Augustine||St. Gregory||St. Margaret||St. Peter Mancroft|
|St. Benedict||St. Helen||St. Martin at Oak||St. Peter Parmentergate|
|St. Clement||St. James Pockthorpe||St. Martin at Palace Plain||St. Saviour|
|St. Edmund Fishergate||St. John de Sepulchre||St. Mary Coslany||St. Simon & St. Jude|
|St. Etheldreda||St. John Maddermarket||St. Mary the Less||St. Stephen|
|St. George Colegate||St. John Timberhill||St. Michael(Miles) Coslany||St. Swithin|