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FRAMPTON WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and Copyright © John Marshall 2015
additonal information Martin Edwards

The memorial is located at the junction between Thorniman Lane and Middlegate Road, in a small dedicated garden on Thorniman's Lane, Frampton. It takes the form of a square, four-sided stone obelisk comprising of rough hewn, inward tapering, shaft with pointed top that stands on a single inward tapering rough hewn stone with chamfered top. This stone has dedication to the front, top, and names in two columns beneath with World War 2 dates and a single name in one horizontal row below the World War 1 entries (16 names). All the lettering is in black lead and the memorial stands centrally in small dedicated garden with a white metal fence to the front, a hedge behind and a grassed surround. On the foot of the memorial on the left-hand side, round the corner, appears the words G Maile & Son, Euston, London.

The Parish Council of Frampton is responsible for the memorial. Cement at the base of the plinth has been repaired and the railings painted. The Parish Council Minutes: November 1920 contain the suggestion that a village committee be formed to erect a War Memorial. In March 1927 the Parish Council received a letter from the War Memorial Committee asking them to take over the War Memorial, which they did from April 1st 1927. The war memorial to the sixteen local men, who fell in the war, was unveiled at Frampton, on Sunday by Major Bell, of Bourne, who appeared in ceremonial military uniform. The memorial consists of an obelisk 12 feet high, of sparkling Cornish granite, and stands near Barker's bridge, in the centre of the village. It has been erected at a cost of £250. There was a large gathering to witness the ceremony. The proceedings opened with the hymn, O, God Our Help In Ages Past, and the Vicar (Rev. R.G. McCleland) read passages from the Prayer Book. Major Bell then, in a short and impressive address referred to the devotion of the fallen heroes, whose memory they had cherised, and unveiled the obelisk. Mr. Isaac B. Ketton, at the close, proposed a vote of thanks to Major Bell, and wreaths were placed on the memorial. A dumb peal was rung on the bells of Frampton Church between 2 and 3 o'clock.

Photographs Copyright © John Marshall 2015

ERECTED
IN MEMORY OF
THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
FOR KING AND COUNTRY IN
THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1918

BOOTHBY Alfred
Rifleman 45147, King's Royal Rifle Corps, posted to 16th Battalion, London Regiment (Queen's Westminster Rifles), formerly TR/5/90186, 7th Training Reserve Battalion and 41275, East Yorkshire Regiment. Killed in action 13th October 1918, aged 19. Born Frampton, enlisted Spalding, resident Gainsboro. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Boothby, of Frampton West, Boston, Lincs. In the 1911 census he was aged 14, born Frampton, employed doing farm work, resident with his widowed father, Thomas, at Frampton West, Frampton, Lincolnshire. In the 1901 census he was aged 3, born Frampton, son of Thomas and Elizabeth Boothby, resident Frampton West, Frampton, Boston, Lincolnshire. Buried in Naves Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France. Plot I. Row D. Grave 1.
BROWN Horace
Private 260073, 2/6th Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment, formerly 203626 Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 21st March 1918, aged 19 years. Born Kirton Holme, enlisted Spalding and resident Boston, Lincs. Son of Thomas and Mary Elizabeth Brown of Kirton Holme, Lincs. In the 1911 census he was aged 12, born Kirton Holme, resident with his parents at Frampton Fen, Frampton, Lincolnshire. In the 1901 census he was aged 2, born Kirton, resident with his parents in Fen Road, Frampton, Boston, Lincolnshire. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7 and 8.
BURNETT John [Edward or Edwin]
Corporal 7353, 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 12th November 1914, aged 26 years. Born Frampton, enlisted Boston, resident Stockbridge, Hampshire. Husband of Janie Burnett of High Street, Stockbridge, Hants. In the 1901 census he was aged 13, born Frampton, nephew of Mary Ann Burnett, resident Kirton End Road, Frampton, Boston, Lincolnshire. Born 17 February 1888, baptised 21 February 1897 at Frampton, son of Estella. No known grave. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 21.
EDGE Albert
Private 632, 8th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 20th April 1917. Born Bunbury, Cheshire, enlisted Boston, Lincs and resident Bunbury, Cheshire. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 3 and 4.
ELSEY John William
Private 39485, 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment, formerly T/260873 Army Service Corps. Died of wounds 23rd December 1917, aged 19 years. Born Frampton (as CWGC) or Kirton (as SDGW and which unspecified), enlisted Bourne and resident Boston, Lincs. Son of J W and R Elsey of London Road, Frampton, Lincs. Buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XXXI. Row E. Grave 29.
GROOBY Albert
Private 6161, 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died 4th December 1918, aged 34 years. Husband of Edith M Grooby of West End, Frampton, Lincs. Born Kirton (which unspecified) and enlisted Boston, Lincs. Buried in Hamburg Cemetery, Hamburg, Germany. Plot I. Row D. Grave 16.
HEZZELL William
Gunner 133909, 237th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 10th May 1918. Born Ashby, enlisted Bourne and resident Frampton, Lincs. In the 1911 census he was aged 13, born Ashby, son of George and Rose Hezzell, of Church End, Frampton, Lincolnshire. Buried in Chocques Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row A. Grave 16.
HOWELL [Ernest] James

Rifleman C/6554, 18th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 21st September 1917, aged 27 years. Born Frampton, Lincs, enlisted Litchfield, Staffs and resident Frampton, Lincs. Son of William and Anna Howell of Frampton, Lincs. In the 1901 census he is aged 15, born Frampton, a Farm Labourer, resident with his parents, William and Anna M Howell, at Turnpike, Frampton, Boston, Lincolnshire. No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 115 to 119 and 162A and 163A.

American couple in pilgrimage to Boston
Boston Standard Published on Wednesday 16 September 2009 14:34

A COUPLE from America have made a pilgrimage to our Boston to return a bronze memorial plaque (Death Penny) and citation in memory of a Frampton Rifleman killed during the First World War. George and PJ Rowland, originally from UK shores, made the discovery in an Illinois antique shop. The memorial is for Rifleman Ernest James Howell, of the King's Royal Rifles, who was killed in action - shot by a German sniper on September 20, 1917. Mr and Mrs Rowland presented the plaque to Frampton Vicar, the Rev Charles Sowden, during a Sunday morning service at St Mary's Church.

They also laid a wreath at the nearby Frampton War Memorial, which bears the name of Ernest Howell. His name also appears on the church Roll of Honour.

After buying the item, the couple contacted Frampton church via its website editor John Marshall.

Mr Marshall said: "The plaque and citation is a reminder of the sacrifice of Rifleman Howell and so many who gave their lives in the Great War. It is a remarkable tribute to him that retired couple George and PJ Rowland were determined to make the trip from the USA in order that it should have a place of honour in Frampton. It was a moving experience when they presented the plaque. It will now be on permanent display in the church."

Church member and local historian Joan Deane carried out some research but was unable to trace any living relatives of William and Anna Howell - parents of Rifleman Howell - who would have been the original owners of the plaque.

She did, however, discover the death report of Rifleman Howell in a 1917 copy of The Lincolnshire Standard. In it a letter to his parents from Rifleman Howell's officer read: "It may be some slight consolation to you to know that he died gallantly whilst doing his duty. "After Captain Henderson was wounded your son became my batman and I cannot tell you how much I personally feel his loss. He was a great favourite both among his officers and men, and very popular throughout the whole battalion.

On behalf of the officers and men of C Company I wish to offer you our deepest sympathy in your great loss."

LOWE Reginald
Private 14705, 9th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Killed in action 14th July 1916, aged 29 years. Born Stetford (?), Lincs and enlisted Oakham, Rutland. Son of Mrs M A Palmer of London Road, Frampton, Lincs. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2C and 3A.
LOWE Charles
Private 70384, 16th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, formerly 101558, Royal Engineers. Died of wounds home 2nd May 1918. Born Lincoln and enlisted Hitchin (possibly Hitchin, Herts?), Lincs. Son of Ada Smith of Frampton West, Lincs. Buried in Frampton (St Mary and St Michael) Churchyard, Lincolnshire.
REDSHAW Wilfred
Private 45381. 4th Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment. Died 2nd May 1918, aged 19 years. Born Frampton West, enlisted Spalding and resident Frampton West, Lincs. Son of Mr and Mrs D Redshaw of Frampton West, Lincs. In the 1911 census he was aged 12, born Frampton, resident with his parents, David and Agnes, at Frampton West, Frampton, Lincolnshire. In the 1901 census he is aged 2, born Frampton, son of David and Agnes Redshaw, resident Fen Road, Frampton, Boston, Lincolnshire. Buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IX. Row B. Grave 27.
SMALLEY John [William]
Private 26183, 8th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Died of wounds 27th March 1917, aged 21 years. Born Nocton and enlisted Boston, Lincs. Son of Ada Smith of Frampton West, Lincs. In the 1911 census he is listed as John William Smalley, born Nocton, Lincs., aged 15, a Market Gardener, stepson of David and Sarah Ada Smalley, resident Frampton West, Frampton, Lincolnshire. Buried in Bethune Town Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VI. Row C. Grave 40.
TRAVERS George Arnold
Private 14893, 3rd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died in United Kingdom 20th February 1915, aged 17 years. Born Sydney, Australia and enlisted Boston, Lincs. Buried in Frampton (St Mary and St Michael) Churchyard, Lincolnshire.
VINE George Edward
Lance Corporal 203504, 4th Battalion, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, formerly 4042 Northumberland Fusiliers. Died of wounds 10th October 1917, aged 25 years. Born Frampton and enlisted Boston, Lincs. Son of John Henry and Harriet Vine of Lees Farm, Algarkirk, Lincs. In the 1901 census he was aged 8, born Frampton, resident with his parents, John Henry and Harriet, in Sandholme Lane, Frampton, Boston, Lincolnshire. Buried in Nine Elms British Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot III. Row C. Grave 2.
WATSON Ednett
Private 35248, 7th Battalion, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, formerly 4543 Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 7th October 1916, aged 32 years. Enlisted Boston, Lincs. Son of Francis and Elizabeth Watson of Kirton in Holland, Lincs. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11C and 12A.
WATSON William Francis
Private 305158, 5th Battalion, Tank Corps, formerly 49084, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 17th July 1919, aged 31 years. Son of F and E Watson of College Farm, Frampton Marsh, Lincs. In the 1911 census he was aged 23, born Helpingham, Farm Labourer, son of Francis and Elizabeth Watson, resident College Farm, Frampton, Lincolnshire. He was wounded in action 20th July 1916 suffering gunshot wounds to the head and was treated at 10 General Hospital, returned to 2nd Battalion, 8th September 1916. He was again wounded in action suffering gunshot wounds to his eyes 25th November 1916, rejoined 2nd Battalion 16th December 1916. He was finally wounded in action 4th August 1917 suffering gunshot wounds to the right thigh and left leg and was returned to the United Kingdom 31st July 1917 where he was in Ontario Military Hospital, Orpington, Kent until 7th September 1917. Posted to the Reserve Unit, Tank Corps at Wareham 2 January 1918, subsequently transferred to Reserve Unit, Tank Corps, British Expeditionary Force (Non-Technical) 6th April 1918. He originally enlisted 30 October 1914, at Lincoln, aged 25 years 240 days, a Farm Labourer, height 5 feet 8½ inches, weight 132 lbs, chest 36 inches. He was discharged 18 January 1919; his address was given as College Farm, Frampton Marsh, Lincolnshire. He was demobilised 24 February 1919, after arriving home he began to suffer from very bad back pains causing problems with his heart, also swelling of the legs and bleeding from the nose; reported by No. 28., V.D.H. Buried in Frampton (St Mary and St Michael) Churchyard, Lincolnshire.
WOODS John Henry
Private 75710, 4th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died 25th September 1918. Born Kirton (which unspecified) and enlisted Spalding, Lincs. In the 1911 census he was aged 11, born Kirton, at school, son of Thomas and Elizabeth Woods, resident Sandholme Lane, Frampton, Lincolnshire. Buried in Glageon Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France. Plot II. Row J. Grave 3.
1939-1945
STOW Cyril
Flight Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 549630, Royal Air Force. Died 17th December 1941. Buried in Terrington St Clement Churchyard, Norfolk.
Known Frampton connection – NOT on memorial
BRINKLEY Herbert
Corporal 10795, 8th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died of wounds 24th April 1917. Born Frampton, enlisted Lincoln and resident Kirton (which unspecified), Lincs. Buried in Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, Pas-de-Calais, France. Plot XV. Row L. Grave 8.
BRINKLEY William Arthur
Private 27262, 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 18th September 1918, aged 33 years. Born Frampton, enlisted Lincoln and resident Kirton (which unspecified), Lincs. Son of Robert and Elizabeth Brinkley, husband of Alice Brinkley of 57 Cecil Street, Grantham, Lincs. Buried in Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery, Nord, France. Plot II. Row H. Grave 18.
CRUNKHORN Arthur
Private 17899, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 18th June 1917. Born Frampton, Lincs and enlisted Ely, Cambs. Husband of Mary Duggan (formerly Crunkhorn) of Great Shell Farm, Prickwillow, Cambs. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 4.
CRUNKHORN Harry
[Also recorded as Crunkhurn in CWGC] Driver T/439034, 2nd Reserve M T Company, Army Service Corps, formerly Royal Field Artillery. Died home 5th November 1918, aged 25 years. Born Frampton, enlisted Bourne and resident Boston, Lincs. Son of James William and Eliza Crunkhorn of Pilleys Lane, Skirbeck, Lincs. Buried in Boston Cemetery, Lincolnshire. Section G. Grave 280.
DUNHAM Charles
Gunner 161824, 308th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 4th November 1917. Born Frampton Marsh, enlisted Boston and resident Kirton in Holland. Buried in Menin Road South Military Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot III. Row H. Grave 26.
HORREY Albert
Private 21740, 8th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 15th October 1916, aged 23 years. Born Frampton, enlisted Boston and resident Skirbeck, Lincs. Son of John and Emma Rebecca Horrey of 23 Dickinson Terrace, Skirbeck, Lincs. Buried in Vermelles British Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France. Plot V. Row F. Grave 7.
WILLIAMS John
Private 4132, 4th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died of wounds 24th November 1915. Born Frampton and enlisted Boston, Lincs. Buried in Merville Communal Cemetery, Nord, France. Plot IV. Row N. Grave 4.

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