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- Alcock C. C.. Pte. 8th Btn.
- Allen Arthur. 8th Btn. (d.31st July 1917)
- Allison Alfred Edward. Pte. 5th Battalion (d.13th Oct 1915)
- Allison Fred. Pte. 10th Btn.
- Asher Cecil Frederick. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.11th Apr 1917)
- Atkinson Henry Edward. L/Cpl. 1st Battalion (d.12th June 1915)
- Aukland Walter. Pte. 1st/4th btn (d.17th Sep 1915)
- Ayre Frederick. Pte. 2/4th Battalion, B Coy. (d.13th May 1917)
- Ayres Joseph Edward. Pte. 6th Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
- Bainton Joseph. Pte. 1st btn
- Baker William Henry. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.25th Sep 1915)
- Ball George. Pte. 1/5th Btn. (d.14th Jun 1915)
- Barlow C. C. L.. Mjr. 1st btn.
- Baxter Christopher Henry. L/Cpl. 7th Battalion (d.14th Aug 1918)
- Bellamy Charles Henry. CSM.
- Bellamy Fred . Pte. 6th Battalion (d.20th May 1918)
- Berridge George. Pte 6th Btn.
- Biggadike Riley. Sjt. 6th Btn. A. Coy. (d.7th Jun 1917)
- Bird Herbert. Pte. 1st/4th Btn. (d.1st July 1917)
- Boswell William. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.22nd Aug 1915)
- Bowder Albert E.. Pte. 1st Btn. C Company (d.19th Oct 1916)
- Bradley Alfred John. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.24th Aug 1914)
- Brannan Alfred George. Pte. 1st Battalion, D Company (d.12th April 1917)
- Broadbear Sidney Victor. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.28th Apr 1917)
- Brown Fred.
- Carroll William. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.16th Nov 1916 )
- Caudwell Christopher John. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.25th Sep 1915)
- Chandler Joseph. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.11th Aug 1919)
- Chapman Frank. Pte. 1st Btn.
- Child William James. Sgt. 2nd Battalion
- Coates Thomas William. Pte. 2nd/5th Btn. (d.11 April 1917)
- Coe Horace. Sgt. 6th Btn. (d.18th Dec 1915)
- Collins G. E.. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.15th February 1915)
- Cook Frank. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.9th Aug. 1916)
- Cook John Markham. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.11th Apr 1917)
- Cotton Albert Edward. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.17th Jul 1915)
- Coulson John. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
- Creasey William. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.28th Aug 1917)
- Cunningham William. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.21st Jun 1915)
- Day Percy Wilkinson. L/Cpl. 4th Btn. (d.13th Oct 1915)
- East Ernest. Pte. 6th Battalion (d.9th Oct 1917)
- Evison George Cooper. Cpl. 5th Btn.
- Fisher John Browitt. Pte. 6th Btn. A. Coy. (d.7th Jun 1917)
- Flint Charles Edward. Cpl. 10th Battalion (d.25th Nov 1916)
- Frank Facer. Pte. 7th Battalion
- Frank Hatchett W. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.28th Aug 1914)
- Furness Arthur . Pte.
- Gate Albert Hilton . Pte.
- George Bertie. Pte. 2nd Btn (d.5th May 1915)
- Goodman John. Pte. 1st Btn. B Coy (d.31st Jan 1916)
- Gould Robert Stephenson. Private 10th Battalion (d.9th Apr 1917)
- Griffiths Ellis. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.19th Sep 1918)
- Hall Walter Sidney. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
- Hansen Percy Howard. Capt. 6th Btn.
- Hardy Theodore Bailey. Chaplain. Att. 8th Bn. Lincolnshire Regiment (d.18th October 1918)
- Hayes Edward. 6th Btn. (d.27th June 1919)
- Herrett Walter Fergus. Pte. 6th Btn. D. Coy. (d.7th Jun 1917)
- Hiley Frederick. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.22nd Jul 1916)
- Hockley John Robert. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.3rd July 1916)
- Holroyd Alec Hill. L/Sgt. 1st. Btn. (d.15th Apr 1918)
- Hubbard Thomas Richard. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
- Isaac Joseph. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.27th Feb 1917)
- Jordan Frederick John. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.27th May 1918)
- Kenny Hugh. Pte. 8th Btn (d.25th Aug 1918)
- Kirman Charles H.. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.23rd Sep 1917)
- Knight Christopher James. Sgt. 5th Btn.
- Knott John Henry. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.2nd July 1916)
- Lavender John Eliott. 2nd Lt. 10th Btn. (d.28 April 1917)
- Lawson George Harry. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.21st Aug 1918)
- Legard Charles. Capt. 7th Battalion
- Lenton Walter . Pte. 1st. Btn. (d.16th April 1918)
- Macgouran Alfred George. Cpl. 1st Battalion (d.30th Sep 1914)
- Marshall Maurice. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.23rd Apr 1917)
- Martin Arthur. Sjt. 6th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
- Martin Arthur Willis. Sgt. 6th Btn. (d.7 Jun 1917)
- McGeehan Matthew Patrick. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.29th Dec 1914)
- McQuaid John C.. Sgt. 1st Btn.
- Minton William George Pritchard. Pte. 6th Battalion (d.9th Aug 1915)
- Monk F. C.. Pte.
- Moore Joseph. Pte. 2nd Batt. (d.1st July 1916)
- Moore Stanley Harding. L/Cpl. 2/5th Btn. (d.11th Apr 1917)
- Morton Aubrey. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
- Mullens William Henry. L/Cpl. 14th Btn.
- Neilen John. L/Cpl. 6th Battalion (d.28th Aug 1918)
- Ogden George. CSM. 6th Btn. (d.16th Oct 1915)
- Ogden Robert. Sgt. 1st Btn.
- Oyitch William Henry. Pte. 2/5th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1917)
- Parrott Thomas. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.8th Jun 1917)
- Parrott Thomas. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.8th Jun 1917)
- Payne James. L/Cpl. 8th Btn. (d.4th Oct 1917)
- Perfett Frank William. Private 2/5th Btn
- Petchell Arthur. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.10th Mar 1915)
- Plummer Charles William Sheppard. Pte. 4th Btn.
- Pritchard Francis James. 2nd Lt. 7th Btn. (d.15th Nov 1917)
- Proctor James Stanley. Pte. 6th (Service) Battalion
- Rainsforth William. Machine Gun Section
- Reece George John. Pte. 3rd/6th Btn.
- Reid F. Pte. 2nd Battalion
- Rice Bernard Joseph. Pte.
- Robinson R.. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.28th April 1915)
- Rosenberg Isaac.
- Rowbotham Harold Victor. Pte. 6th Battalion (d.1st May 1917)
- Rowston Arthur. 8th Battalion
- Rushby Charles Henry. Sgt. 6th Btn. (d.26th April 1918)
- Sargeant Arthur Huntly. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.8th Aug 1917)
- Shelley Herbert. Pte. (d.14th April 1918)
- Sheridan James John. CQSM. (d.28th Jan 1916)
- Short Arthur. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
- Simons John Edward. Pte. 2/6th Btn. (d.21st Mar 1918)
- Smith Albert Edwin. Pte. 2/5th Btn.
- Smith Joseph. Sgt. 8th Battalion (d.12th Apr 1917)
- Spring Frederick Gordon. Brib-Gen. 11th Battalion
- Stafford Benjamin Milburn. Pte. 149th Coy. (d.20th Apr 1917)
- Stapleton Maurice. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
- Summers James Domeric.
- Symonds Frederick Charles. Cpl. 8th Btn. (d.8th Oct 1918)
- Tatam J. W.. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.28th Aug 1918)
- Taylor Alfred Benjamin. L/cpl 2nd Btn
- Taylor Alfred Benjamin. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn.
- Taylor John Thomas. Pte. 4th Battalion
- Thompson Wilfred. 8th Btn.
- Thorpe Francis Sidney.
- Tomlinson William. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.19th Aug 1918)
- Trafford Thomas Christen. Cpl. 6th Btn. (d.27th Sep 1916)
- Treherne William Henry. L/Cpl. 1st Battalion
- Tupling Albert Victor. Pte.
- Twinn John Edward. Cpl. 6th Btn. (d.3rd July 1916)
- Walker Horace. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.29 October 1914)
- Wallis William. Pte. 5th Battalion (d.13th Oct 1915)
- Ware Alick. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.27th April 1917)
- Warne Harry. Pte. 7th Battlion (d.11th July 1916)
- Watson Albert. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.16th Aug 1917)
- Welch Robert. Pte. 6th Battalion (d.9th Sept 1916)
- Wilby Sydney Charles. 2nd Lt. 7th Btn.
- Wilerton John Dickinson. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
- Wilson Joseph Bowes. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.25th May 1918)
- Wood Charles Henry. Pte.
- Wood Charles. Pte
- Wright Edwin. Pte. 2nd/5th Btn. (d.24th Apr 1918)
- Wright Thomas. Pte. 10th Btn.
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Pte. Alfred John Bradley 1st Btn. Royal Linconshire Regiment (d.24th Aug 1914)Alfred Bradley had a tattoo of St George and the dragon on his chest. His hobby was boxing and his sparring partner was Billy Wells (the strong man who hit the gong in Rank film introduction). He was known for being friendly, practical, independent and liking country cottages.
Alfred ran away from home to join the British Army because he didn't get on with his stepfather Mr Hooper. Served in the Army in India 1898 - 1902; 1903 South Africa (burying the dead after the Boer War); 1904- 1910 India. Returned to England as a reserve and got work as a motor tyre repairer. He was married on 25th of Dec 1912 to Ada Hunt and thier son Alf was born in Sept 1913.
The 1st Lincolnshire Regiment was part of the 9th Brigade, 3rd Division. The Division left by sea on the SS Norman on 13 August 1914, for France, part of the original British Expeditionary Force. They disembarked at Le Havre on 14th August 1914. They marched to Mons where they fought their first action on the 23rd but had to break off their engagement on the 24th and join what was a general retreat. On 24 August in Frameries they acted as a rearguard for the withdrawal of 9th Brigade.
The 24 August 1914 is believed to be the day that Alf Bradley died further to engaging the German forces. The partial map of Frameries showing burial places of the English soldiers incl Pte Bradley. He died along with about 40 others the same day. The army records his death as taking place at Marne on 8th Sept 1914 but friend and locals say he was killed on the 24th of August. A friend saw him buried in a garden by local peasants then. Local people made a map in 1915 which showed where the British soldiers were buried. In 1918 he was reburied by the army at Bezu-le-Guery communal cemetery near Chateau Thierry in a shared grave with other soldiers killed at around the same time. The date of death on the memorial stone is 8th Sept 1914, but the date of death on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission records signed as checked in 1921 (after earlier versions of the document had been variously amended) record that this was a reburial from another place. The confusion about dates reflects the fast pace of action and loss at the time.
It's known that Alf's regiment fought in Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien's delaying action at Le Cateau and then joined the rest of the British Army as they fell back to the Marne Valley. On the night of the 7th of September 1914 the 1st Lincolns were in billets at the village of La Bretonniere which they left at 6am the following morning. At around 10.30am they had stopped to rest in a field near Bezu when their Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Smith, received a message from Brigade informing him that 'a German battery was doing serious damage by shelling our column approaching the Marne.' Captain Drake, along with C and D Companies, worked their way through the woods to the west of Bezu and crept to within 150 yards of the guns before rushing forward and shooting down the German gunners and their escort almost to a man. When they dashed out of the thicket to secure the guns they were spotted by the 65th (Howitzer) Battery Royal Artillery who mistook them for Germans and opened fire on them. They were forced to seek cover and this burst of "friendly fire" cost the Lincolns casualties of one officer killed with three wounded and some thirty other ranks killed or wounded. Robert Drake was one of the officers wounded but he died later the same day. This action tends to explain the choice of cemetery for the deaths in Bezu and those of the members of the regiment who had died in Frameries only days earlier.Lindsey Ambrose
Chaplain. Theodore Bailey Hardy VC. DSO. MC Att. 8th Bn. Lincolnshire Regiment Army Chaplains Dept. (d.18th October 1918)Theodore Hardy was appointed Chaplain to His Majesty, on 17th Sept., 1918. He died 18th October 1918 and is buried in the St Sever Cemetery Extension.
An extract from the London Gazette, No. 30790, dated 9th July, 1918, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty on many occasions. Although over 50 years of age, he has, by his fearlessness, devotion to men of his battalion, and quiet unobtrusive manner, won the respect and admiration of the whole division. His marvellous energy and endurance would be remarkable even in a very much younger man, and his valour and devotion are exemplified in the following incidents: An infantry patrol had gone out to attack a previously located enemy post in the ruins of a village, the Reverend Theodore Bailey Hardy (C.F.) being then at company headquarters. Hearing firing, he followed the patrol, and about four hundred yards beyond our front line of posts found an officer of the patrol dangerously wounded. He remained with the officer until he was able to get assistance to bring him in. During this time there was a great deal of firing, and an enemy patrol actually penetrated between the spot at which the officer was lying and our front line and captured three of our men. On a second occasion when an enemy shell exploded in the middle of one of our posts, the Reverend T. B. Hardy at once made his way to the spot, despite the shell and trench mortar fire which was going on at the time, and set to work to extricate the buried men. He succeeded in getting out one man who had been completely buried. He then set to work to extricate a second man, who was found to be dead. During the whole of the time that he was digging out the men this chaplain was in great danger, not only from shell fire, but also because of the dangerous condition of the wall of the building which had been hit by the shell which buried the men. On a third occasion he displayed the greatest devotion to duty when our infantry, after a successful attack, were gradually forced back to their starting trench. After it was believed that all our men had withdrawn from the wood, Chaplain Hardy came out of it, and on reaching an advanced post asked the men to help him to get in a wounded man. Accompanied by a Serjeant he made his way to the spot where the man lay, within ten yards of a pill-box which had been captured in the morning, but was subsequently re-captured and occupied by the enemy. The wounded man was too weak to stand, but between them the chaplain and the Serjeant eventually succeeded in getting him to our lines. Throughout the day the enemy's artillery, machine-gun and trench mortar fire was continuous, and caused many casualties. Notwithstanding, this very gallant chaplain was seen moving quietly amongst the men and tending the wounded, absolutely regardless of his personal safety."s flynn
2nd Lt. John Eliott Lavender 10th Btn. Lincolnshire Regiment (d.28 April 1917)John Eliott Lavender, known as Jack, was born in Penistone in 1895 whilst the family were living on Sheffield Road. They later moved to Grimesthorpe Road Sheffield. Jack's father John Lavender worked at Atlas works and upon leaving school, Jack followed in his footsteps. In 1915, Jack married Edith.
Jack was a member of the York and Lancaster regiment serving with the 7th Battalion, the pioneer battalion. He arrived in France on the 13th July 1915 serving first as a Corporal and then as a Sergeant. Jack was commissioned in the Lincolnshire Regiment on 6th February 1917 serving with the 10th battalion the Grimsby Chums. Jack is mentioned in the battalion war diary on the 25th April 1917 ‘Night of 25 – 26 furnished a working party of 200 men under 4 officers, 2nd Lt Lavender found 1 off and 1 Pte of the 4th Seaforths wounded in front of our line near MI Pleasant Wood. They had been lying out since attack of 23rd Casualties hit.’ Whilst on home leave in 1916, Jack and Edith conceived a child. Unfortunately, Jack was killed on 28th April 1917 at the Battle of Arleux, and never met his son John, who was born on 1st June 1917. Jacks body was never recovered.
In 1924, the Commanding Officer of the Battalion, Lieutenant-Colonel Vignoles wrote back to Edith , who had written to Mr Cox, the secretary of the 10th Lincolnshire association, asking for information on her husbands death. ”My own view is that your husband, with many others, was killed that day, buried by the subsequent heavy shelling. ” Jack's son grew up intensely proud of his father despite never meeting him. Jacks widow did marry again but grieved for her first husband until the day she died. Jack is remembered on the Arras Memorial. His brother Wilfred was killed on the 1st July 1916, the first day of the Somme Offensive and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.Neil Lavender
Pte. Herbert Bird 1st/4th Btn. Lincolnshire Regiment (d.1st July 1917)Herbert Bird died on the 1st July 1917, aged 25 and is buried in the Noeux-les-Mines Communal Cemetery in France. he was the son of Mrs. C. S. Bird, of 51 Grove Rd., Leicester.s flynn
L/cpl Alfred Benjamin Taylor 2nd Btn Lincolnshire RegimentAlfred Benjamin Taylor was with the 2nd Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment in Bermuda at the start of the First World War. He was wounded four times during his service in France, the first being the most serious, a bullet narrowly missing his heart and lungs. Some of his recovery and convalescence was spent in hospital in Bristol. The second photo is a posed portrait in uniform. The four stripes on his left arm are a testament to his wounds.Alan Taylor
Pte. J. W. Tatam 2nd Btn. Lincolnshire Regiment (d.28th Aug 1918)J W Tatam was killed in action on the 28th of August 1918 and is buried in the A.I.F. Burial Ground, Somme, France.s flynn
Capt. Charles "Charlie" Legard M.C. 7th Battalion Lincolnshire RegimentThis photo taken in the trenches secretly I believe-by Captain Bernard Neville of the 7th Battalion Lincolnshires who was killed in action in 1916 at The Bluff near Ypres. The photo shows Captain Charles Legard MC on the right (my grandfather), in the middle Lt C H Waldron, and Captain White MC the battalion doctor: It was taken at Y Wood on the Menin Road, Ypres in December 1915.
His two brothers, Bruce and Geoffrey Legard (commemorated at St Johns Church Washingborough), were killed in action on 27th of Octber 1914, and 8th of May 1915 respectively. They were in Queens First, West Kent Regiment, and Northumberland Fusliers. Another brother, Roger Legard was in the Lincolnshire Yeomanry. Bruce was a keen horseman, and hunted with local packs I believe.H Legard
Pte. William Wallis 5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment (d.13th Oct 1915)Billy Wallis was born in Scunthorpe on the 1st February 1897 to Walter & Kate Wallis. He died aged 18 on the 13th October 1915. He died during the attack on the Hohenzollern Redoubt.Allan Borrill
Pte. Hatchett W Frank 1st Btn. Lincolnshire Regiment (d.28th Aug 1914)Frank Hatchett enlisted in the Queens Regiment in July 1908 and then enlisted in April 1910 as 8878 Private Edward Locke in the 1st Battalion the Lincolnshire Regiment under which name he served during WW1. He died on the 28th August 1914 and is buried in St Quentin Northern Community Cemetery.Mrs T Ford
2nd Lt. Sydney Charles Wilby 7th Btn. Northamptonshire Rgt.Charles Sydney Wilby was born in Finedon, Northamptonshire on 1st July 1896, and his birth was registered on 6th July 1896. When he applied for a duplicate birth certificate after the end of the First World War, he put Sydney Charles Wilby on it. All his military records are listed as Sydney Charles Wilby.
He enlisted in the Army on 14th September 1914, having attested that he was aged 19 years 2 months, not 18 and that his trade was engineering. On his enlistment papers it states that he was 5ft 3 inches tall, of sallow complexion with dark eyes and hair and was a Wesleyan.
He was posted to the 7th Northamptonshire Regiment on 15th August as a Private and appointed (unpaid) Lance Corporal on 1st December 1915 and (paid) Lance Corporal on 24th December 1915. On 18th September 1916, he was promoted to Corporal. On 30th October 1917, he was discharged to a commission in the Northumberland Fusiliers.
The 7/Northamptonshire were formed at the behest of Edgar Mobbs an England Rugby International who was killed in WW1.
Sydney Charles Wilby was first sent to the Western Front on 31st August 1915 and remained on active service until 11th May 1917, when he returned to England for officer training, going back to France in November 1917. He took part in the Battle of Loos in September 1915. The regiment then moved up to Ypres in early 1916.
On 29th April 1916, he was wounded in action, probably at Hell Fire Corner at Ploegstraat, Belgium. His wounds included a shrapnel wound to the face. He was admitted to a field hospital and transferred to the Military Hospital in Boulogne on 30th April before being moved to Etaples. He was then transferred to the Canadian Field Hospital in Boulogne, where the Doctor was Lieutenant Colonel John McRae, who wrote the famous poem ‘In Flanders Field’. Lance Corporal Wilby was discharged to base on 13th May and returned to duty in the field on 20th May 1916.
The 7th Northants were not present at the start of the Battle of the Somme, but moved there in early August 1916. They were ordered to take the village of Guillemont, attacking east from Trones Wood, which had been captured in July. Other attacks to take Guillemont had failed, as did this one. The casualties were as follows: 45 killed, 49 missing and 258 injured. In September the regiment did another tour at the front, near Delville Wood before moving away from the Somme to Vimy, where they were remained in the trenches for a few weeks and raided German lines. Lance Corporal Wilby was promoted to Corporal on 18th September 1916. In October 1916 the regiment moved back to Loos where they stayed until March 1917, when again they moved back to Vimy, taking part in the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April 1917.
On 11th May 1917 he was sent to England for appointment to a cadet unit and returned to the front on 30th October 1917 as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 16th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. During his time with the Northumberland Fusiliers, he took part in the defence of Operation Michael – the German offensive to push the British back from St Quentin to Amiens in late March 1918. He was wounded again on 31st March 1918 in the jaw. The casualties on the British side were high, and the battalion was sent to Givenchy, near the river Lys, to rebuild. However, they were hit by Operation Mars, a second German offensive in early April 1918. Again there were large numbers of casualties.
After this, the battalion was sent to Notre Dame les Dames on the Aisne, and fought there on 27th May 1918. By now, the battalion was so severely depleted that it was broken up and the remainder transferred to the Lincolns.
He joined the Lincolnshire regiment on 19th June 1918 being posted to D Company on 25th June. During the latter part of 1918, he took part in the final advance on Albert, on the Somme in August 1918, Epehy in September 1918 and Cambrai in October 1918.
On returning to England he was transferred again to the Northumberland Fusiliers and relinquished his commission on 21st December 1920, but retained the rank of 2nd lieutenant.
He was finally notified that as he had reached the ‘age limit of liability’ on 20th November 1945, he could finally relinquish his commission.Christina Cazalet
Pte. Albert Hilton Gate Westmoreland & Cumberland YeomanryMy grandfather, Albert Gate didn't talk too much about his war. He was one of three stepbrothers from an estate on the Solway Forth in Cumberland. He was born on 28 March 1899 and on the outbreak of war joined up and, coming from a farm with horses, joined the mounted Westmoreland and Cumberland Yeomanry. At some stage he was dismounted and joined the 2nd Lincolns. The next part of the story I know was that he was in Dublin during the Easter uprising and was a sniper and at some time was on the roof of the Post Office doing his job.
He moved to France and I know he was gassed three times and shelled and injured three times. One of the times he was shelled in no-man's-land and was wounded in the arm by an exploding whizz-bang. The guy next to him was killed. The last solid thing I know was he was transferred to what became the 3rd Battle of the Aisne positions and was one of the 30 survivors after the German attack. On page 302 of his book "Battle of the Somme" he has recorded this in the margin. He and his two stepbrothers all went to war, all were wounded and all survived. I met both of them with my grandfather at a family funeral in the 1970's.David Barnett
Pte. John Robert Hockley 8th Btn. Lincolnshire Rgt. (d.3rd July 1916)Pte John Robert Hockley was my great uncle, one of three brothers. John died during the Battle of Somme and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial. Unknown to myself until carrying out research, he was in the same regiment as my grandfather Sgt William James Childs.
Pte. Thomas William Coates 2nd/5th Btn. Lincolnshire (d.11 April 1917)Private Thomas William Coates was killed in action on 11 April 1917, aged 19. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France.
Pte. R. Robinson 1st Btn. Lincolnshire Rgt (d.28th April 1915)Private Robinson was a prisoner at Gustrow POW Camp. He died when, because he was starving, he ate bad food. He is buried in Hamburg Cemetery, grave I.F.14.
Pte. F. C. Monk Lincolnshire Rgt.Private Monk was a prisoner at Sennelager POW Camp.
Pte. William Henry Baker 2nd Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment (d.25th Sep 1915)My great uncle William Baker died in the action at Bois Grenier aged 17. He left a battlefield will with the name of W Baker as legatee, also in 2nd Battalion Lincs Regt. Probably his father.Robert Baker
L/Cpl. Henry Edward Atkinson 1st Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment (d.12th June 1915)Harry Atkinson was stationed in Portsmouth with the Battalion prior to the war. Before leaving for France he was visited by his family at the Barracks. His younger brother Sidney remembered this visit, sitting round with the soldiers singing songs and making merry.
Harry would have been at Mons, Frameries and Le Cateau. It is believed he stayed with the Battalion all the way through to June 1915. The Battalion were involved in an attack on Hooge Chateau Stables and an earth works. Here on the night of the 2/3rd Harry was wounded and captured by the Germans, taken at some point to a field hospital near Menin. Here he died of wounds on the 12th of June 1915.
He has a memorial stone in the IWGC area of the cemetery in Halluin the French side of Menin. RIP uncle Harry.John Atkinson
2nd Lt. Francis James Pritchard 7th Btn. Lincolnshire Regiment (d.15th Nov 1917)Francis Pritchard is buried in Bard Cottage Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium. He was the son of Samuel and Adeline L. Pritchard of 1 Fyfield Road, Walthamstow, London.Blake McCauley
Sgt. Charles Henry Rushby 6th Btn. Lincolnshire Regiment (d.26th April 1918)My husband's grandfather Charles Rushby was the son of Tom and Anne Rushby. Born in Caistor in 1878, he married Rosetta Swaby in 1903 in Grimsby. They had five children, including my father in law, Charles Edward, who was only two when his father died. His younger brother was born after his father's death. Charles Henry was a gaslamp lighter in civilian life. In the army he gained the rank of sergeant and died in Flanders on 26th April 1918. He is buried in Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe, Pas de Calais.Jackie Rushby
Pte. Albert Edwin Smith 2/5th Btn. Lincolnshire RegimentExtract taken from the diary my Grandfather, Albert Smith kept whilst in captivity:
"18th of April 1918: Captured on 15.4.1918 near Bailleul along with two other Signallers. Stayed in a farm over night and was stretcher carrying. Moved under armed escort from Armentiers to Citadel Barracks in Lille. I have met some very nice Germans and am sorry to confess that in many instances I have received better treatment and had more consideration shown at the hands of the Germans than I have had from my own countrymen....
.... There have been many fatigues to the hospitals and stations stretcher carrying. I have been on each and going on those broke the monotony and melancholy spirit I had felt coming over me since I first came here, but going along the streets seeing civilians who used to greet us with smiles and oft times with gifts and one thing one ought not to fail to notice, the little children, sweet innocents standing and throwing kisses (God bless them) Ah! They know not the horrors of war though they for nigh on four years have lived within the sounds of the guns. May they be spared the experiences through which I and others have passed."
My Grandfather was being moved along with hundreds of other prisoners of war on 10.11.1918 from Brussels to Louvain. Whilst marching though a town he was approached by some youngsters asking if he wanted to escape. Having said he did, due to the low number of German soldiers escorting them, he was told to wait until the column was going round a bend so the view of the soldiers was reduced. The youngsters crowded round him and rushed him down a side street. The story goes he was taken to a grand house, which turned out to be owned by one of the ladies in waiting to the Queen of the Belgians. The following day the armistice was signed!
I would certainly welcome confirmation of the details relating to the last section, the address listed in the diary is 60 Rue Billiard, although it is unclear whether this was the address he originally went to. As with a lot of other men, my Grandfather never spoke in detail of his experiences.Nigel Smith
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