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World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and Copyright © Michael Peck 2007

The memorial stands outside Holy Trinity Church and takes the form of a broken column on a plinth mounted on a two-stepped base. There are seven names listed for World War 1 by surname and forename and one for World War 2. There are also several memorials within the church of Holy Trinity, Bilsby.

Photographs Copyright © Michael Peck 2007

This memorial
the Bilsby men
that fell in the war of 1914 – 1918
was erected
by their fellow parishioners
With gratitude that cannot match the fame
of these our heroes read each honoured name.
Helped by the skill and valour of the slain
‘tis ours to see they did not die in vain.


Sister, Lady Ralph Paget's Serbian Relief Expedition. She died, and was buried, in Serbia 25 December 1914. Enlisted October 1914. Nellie was born 6 March 1888, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Clark who later lived in Bilsby. She was born in Cumberworth, a small hamlet, near Bilsby and educated at Bilsby County School. She joined Lady Padget's Nurses in Serbia, where she was wounded and the wound turned septic. She died from this wound on Christmas Day in Skopje, Serbia. It is said the whole town turned out for her funeral. She is also rembered in York Minster.


Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-19, volume 1, page 82:

CLARK, NELLIE, Sister, a nursing member of Lady Ralph Paget's Serbian Relief Expedition, dau. of Thomas Clark, of Bilsley, Alford, co. Lincoln, by his wife, Elizabeth, dau. of James Tammos, of Hardley, Norfolk ; b. Cumberworth, 8 March, 1888; educ. Bilsby County School ; and was a private nurse, having passed all degrees. She joined Lady Ralph Paget's first unit for Serbia, in Oct. 1914, and died at Skopje, Serbia, 25 Dec. 1914, of septic poisoning, contracted while performing her duty, and was buried there. Lady Ralph Paget wrote: "She was the best nurse we had, and was so very sweet and gentle that she was loved by every one who had the honour of knowing her. As for the wounded men she nursed they simply adored her, and it was touching to see their grief when they heard of her death."


Private 12417. 7th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 2nd March 1916. Born and enlisted Sutton on Sea, Lincs. Commemorated YPRES (Menin Gate) MEMORIAL. Panel 21.


Private 42234. 10th battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment. Killed in action 4th February 1918. Born Strubby and enlisted Lincoln, Lincs. Commemorated HERMIES HILL BRITISH CEMETERY. I.F.5.


L/Corporal 6054. 3rd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Killed in action at Givenchy, Belgium 27th April 1915, aged 30 years. Son of George and Frances Elizabeth Clark of Park View, Bilsby, Lincs. Born Thurlby, enlisted Grimsby and resident Alford, Lincs. Commemorated GUARDS CEMETERY, Windy Corner, Cuichy. I.G.16.


Private 5/13583. 1st Battalion, Training Reserve. Died home 23rd February 1917, aged 26 years. Son of George and Frances Elizabeth Clark of Thurlby, Lincs. Born Thurlby, enlisted Grimsby and resident Immingham, Lincs. Commemorated BILSBY (Holy Trinity) CHURCHYARD.


[Harry Fell on memorial. Appears to be Henry Fell.] Private 15692. 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died of wounds 23rd March 1918, aged 26 years. Son of Frederick Henry and Fanny Fell of Bilsby, Lincs. Born Ludborough (CWGC) or Alford (SDGW), enlisted Lincoln and resident Alford, Lincs. Commemorated ROYE NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Marchelepot British Cemetery Memorial 23.


Frederick W
Private 240533. 5th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died 23rd September 1918. Son of John Hildred of Bilsby, Lincs. Commemorated ROISEL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION. II.J.14.


Charles H
Private 4805906. 7th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died 17th June 1942, aged 22 years. Son of Sarah Alice Dawson of Thurlby, Lincs. Commemorated BILSBY (Holy Trinity) CHURCHYARD.

Make them to be numbered with thy saints.

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