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CROFT WAR MEMORIAL

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

The Croft memorial is to be found at the junction of Church Lane and Washdike Lane and Pinchbeck Lane, Croft. It takes the form of a rough hewn Celtic granite wheel cross on an octagonal plinth with a three-stepped base. It contains the names of 63 men who served In World War 1 and 16 that died along with 3 names of men who died in World War 2. It was initially unveiled on 17th April 1921. Details to be found in the Skegness News 1923, Boston Standard January 1920 to May 1921 and the Boston Guardian Janaury to December 1921.

Photographs Copyright © Michael Peck 2007

IN MEMORY
OF THE MEN
OF CROFT
WHO SERVED
THEIR COUNTRY

ARMSTRONG

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BAKER

F

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BAKER

J A

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BARRATT

J C

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BEAN

F R

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BRAY

G W

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BROUGHTON

A E

Distinguished Conduct Medal. No further information currently

BROWN

H E

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CHAMBERLAIN

H J

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COOK

G H

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COTMAN

F

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CRAM

T S

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EMMERSON

A

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EPTON

A

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FRITH

C

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GOOD

E

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HALL

J

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HAMMOND

J P

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HARRISON

J

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HARRISON

J

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HOLLAND

A

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HOLLAND

B

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HOLLAND

W

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HOWARD

F

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JACKSON

F

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JACKSON

W

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JANNEY

E

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JARVIS

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KIME

W E

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KIRK

F P

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LARDER

F A

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LARDER

J W

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LEA

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MILLER

G H

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MILLER

S C

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MOODY

F

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MOODY

W E

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PARKER

H

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PEACOCK

J

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TIMSON

A J

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TIMSON

F

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TIMSON

W

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TIMSON

William

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TYSON

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TYSON

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TYSON

H

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WAITE

T

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WAITE

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WILLERTON

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WOODS

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WOODS

S J

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THESE FIFTEEN
GAVE THEIR LIVES
1914 - 1918

BROWN

Fred

Private 11158. 8th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 3rd July 1916, aged 25 years. Son of G.W and Ellen Brown of Croft Bank, Lincs. Born Wainfleet, enlisted Skegness and resident Wainfleet, Lincs. Commemorated THIEPVAL MEMORIAL. Pier and Face 1C.

BROWN

George Towler

Private 25197. 10th Battalion, West Riding Regiment. Died of wounds 28th October 1918, aged 21 years. Son of George William and Ellen Brown of Croft Bank, Lincs. Enlisted Louth and resident Wainfleet, Lincs. Commemorated GIAVERA BRITISH CEMETERY, Arcade. Plot 3. Row A. Grave 5.

BURMAN

George

L/Bombardier 202676. L Anti-Aircraft Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 21st August 1918, aged 25 years. Son of Mr and Mrs W Burman of Ashby, Scunthorpe, Lincs. Husband of Alice Burman of Croft Marsh, Lincs. Commemorated BELLACOURT MILITARY CEMETERY, Riviere. III.E.5.

FRITH

Harold Elijah

L/Sergeant 14972. 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 11th April 1917. Born and enlisted Lincoln, resident East Keal, Lincs. Commemorated WANCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY. Special Memorial 5.

HASTINGS

John Arthur

Private 6266. 8th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 15th January 1917, aged 28 years. Son of William and Mrs M.J Hastings of Old Chequers, Croft, Lincs. Born Croft and enlisted Spalding, Lincs. Commemorated WARLENCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY. II.L.40.

HEWISON

Arthur

Private 12939. 7th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 29th November 1915. Born Boston, enlisted Skegness and resident Wainfleet, Lincs. Commemorated MENIN ROAD SOUTH MILITARY CEMETERY. Menin Road North Memorial 20.

HEWISON

William

Private 12774. 6th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 8th June 1917. Born Stickney, enlisted Skegness and resident Thorpe (St Peter), Lincs. Commemorated YPRES (Menin Gate) Memorial. Panel 21.

POCKLINGTON

Arthur

Private 16316. 6th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died of wounds 7th November 1918, aged 26 years. Son of William and Sarah Pocklington of Grange Farm, Croft, Lincs. Born Croft, enlisted Spilsby and resident Croft, Lincs. Commemorated CURGIES COMMUNAL CEMETERY. North-Eastern side.

POCKLINGTON

Ernest

Private 43268. 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, formerly 2407 Suffolk Cyclists Battalion. Killed in action 6th September 1916, aged 18 years. Son of William and Sarah Pocklington of Old Bolingbroke, Lincs. Enlisted Skegness, Lincs. Commemorated AGNY MILITARY CEMETERY. F.45.

RHOADES

Frank

Private 40747. 10th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment). Killed in action 7th August 1916, aged 30 years. Son of Mrs E Jarvis of 154 Drummond Road, Skegness, Lincs. Born Croft, enlisted Spilsby and resident Skegness, Lincs. Commemorated THIEPVAL MEMORIAL. Pier and Face 10C, 10D and 11A.

WARD

J

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WEST

William Walter

Corporal M2/133991. 29th Div M.T Coy, Royal Army Service Corps. Died home 6th November 1918. Born Grantham, enlisted Lincoln, Lincs and resident Mansfield, Notts. Commemorated CROFT (All Saints) CHURCHYARD.

WEST

H W

Possibly Henry Willis West. 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Killed in action 25th October 1914. Born Market Rasen, enlisted Grimsby and resident Boston, Lincs. Commemorated YPRES (Menin Gate) MEMORIAL. Panel 11.

WHITE

Harry

Private 241686. 2/5th Battalion, West Riding Regiment. Killed in action 3rd May 1917. Born Croft, enlisted and resident Wainfleet, Lincs. Commemorated ARRAS MEMORIAL. Bay 6.

WOODS

Arthur

Private 42211. 12th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry, formerly A/16869 Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 25th April 1917, aged 18 years. Son of James and Mrs S.A Woods of Croft, Lincs. Born Wainfleet, enlisted Boston and resident Wainfleet, Lincs. Commemorated ARRAS MEMORIAL. Bay 8.

WOODS

G C

Appears to be George C Woods, born Croft c 1889 the son of John and Emma Woods. Possibly George Charles Woods. Gunner 32651. C Bty, 100 Bde, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action Salonika 20th April 1918, aged 29 years. Husband of Martha Matilda Woods of 40 Union Street, Rotherhithe, London. Enlisted Deptford and resident Hatcham (?). Commemorated KARASOULI MILITARY CEMETERY. B.411.

THESE THREE
GAVE THEIR LIVES
1939 - 1945

BROUGHTON

Raymond Thomas

Gunner 1717361. 5 Searchlight Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 12th September 1944, aged 24 years. Son of William and Ada Emily Broughton of Croft, Lincs. Commemorated SINGAPORE MEMORIAL. Column 14.

HEWITT

Edgar Sydney

Aircraftman 1st Class 547085. 149 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 24th May 1940, aged 22 years. Son of Edgar and Nancy Hewitt, husband of Jean Hewitt of Mavis Enderby, Lincs. Commemorated SKEGNESS (St Clement) CHURCHYARD.

SEARBY

William Stacey

Flight Sergeant (Air Bomber) 1577517. 57 Squadron, Royal Air Force VR. Died 1st April 1945, aged 23 years. Son of Henry R and P.M Searby of Croft, Lincs. Husband of Doreen Searby of Croft, Lincs. Commemorated CROFT (All Saints) CHURCHYARD.

Plaque interior of Church of All Saints, Croft.

DUPRAZ

Rene J C A

In memory of Flying Officer Rene J C A Dupraz. 53 OTU, Royal Canadian Air Force of White Rock, British Columbia, Canada. Died in a flying accident (Spitfire P7985) 16th June 1943 at Croft, near Skegness, Lincs.

Rene Jean Charles Alfred Dupraz. Flying Officer J/21009. Unit as above. Died 15th June 1943, aged 23 years. Son of Emil and Jeanne Dupraz of address above. Commemorated RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL. Panel 173.

Last updated 7 August, 2007

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