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LEGBOURNE WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and Copyright © David & Joan Webb 2005

The Legbourne war memorial stands in the churchyard of All Saints Church in Church Lane, Legbourne. It is is the form of an oblelisk.

Photograph Copyright © David & Joan Webb 2005

ERECTED BY THE INHABITANTS OF LEGBOURNE IN GRATEFUL
MEMORY OF THE MEN WHO GAVE THEIR ALL IN FRANCE FOR
THE CAUSE OF LIBERTY IN THE EUROPEAN WAR
AUG.4.1914-JUNE 28.1919

1914-1918

BAKER

George William

Lance Corporal 27038, 10th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Enlisted Horncastle, while living at Legbourne. Died 14/06/1918 age 26. Buried in Grave LXVIII. E. 20. at Etaples Military Cemetery, Etaples, Pas de Calais, France. Born 1891 Orby, son of William (a railway worker) and Elizabeth Turner Baker of Legbourne.

COUPLAND

Henry

[Listed as GOUPLAND on CWGC] Private 3135, Lincolnshire Regiment. Secondary Regiment: Labour Corps transferred to (397512). “Formerly 22053 Lincs Regt.” Enlisted Louth, while living at Legbourne. Died 09/04/1918, age 22. Buried at All Saints Churchyard, Legbourne. Born 1896 Legbourne, son of George and Annie Coupland of Legbourne.

Harry Coupland… late scholar of this school, was buried on the 12th April 1918 with full military honours. The scholars attended the funeral. This is the first soldier belonging to the parish buried here during the war.” Legbourne School Register.

GARFIT

Thomas Noel Cheney

Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Joined from university as Second Lieutenant, 15/07/1914 (London Gazette). Promoted to Lieutenant 23/10/1914 (LG Supplement). Killed in action, near Armentieres, 30/04/1915, age 22. Buried in Grave III. C. 8. at Houplines Communal Cemetery Extension, near Armentieres, France.

Born 1892 London, son of Thomas Cheney Garfit D.L., J.P. and Gertrude Arabella Garfit (nee Noel) of Kenwick Hall near Louth. Thomas Garfit senior was “Lord of the Manor of Legbourne”.

HOBSON

Andrew John Hay

Lieutenant, 8th Battalion (Leeds Rifles) (Territorial), West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own), previously in Cavalry Infantry Private 71269 and Canadian Expeditionary Force Private 71269. Killed in action 09/10/1917, age 25. Commemorated on Panel 42 to 47 and 162 of the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. The Tyne Cot Memorial is one of four memorials to the missing in Belgian Flanders which cover the area known as the Ypres Salient. Born 1891 Islington, London, son of Annie Hobson, late of Legbourne Vicarage, and the late Rev. John P. Hobson, former Vicar of All Saints, Legbourne.

KIRKHAM

Walter

Private 39306, 3rd/5th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Enlisted Louth. Killed in action 09/10/1917, age 19. Commemorated on Panel 54 to 60 and 163A of the Tyne Cot Memorial.

Born 1898 Legbourne, son of Benjamin (a cottage farmer) and Elizabeth Kirkham of Legbourne.

LEEK

William Charles

Private 16542, 6th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Enlisted Louth while living at Legbourne. Killed in action 27/11/1916, age 33. Buried in Grave I. E. 3., Queens Cemetery, Bucquoy, 15 km south of Arras, France.

SDGW notes born ”Kingsdon Herts” but there is no such place in Hertfordshire. There is a birth of a William Charles Leek registered in the September Quarter of 1884 in the Knighton district of Herefordshire which includes a town called Kington. In the 1901 Census a William Leek, age 16 was a jobbing gardener in Lyonshall, near Kington. This may be relevant.

MAW

Herbert Sydney

Private 35118, 17th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Enlisted Holborn, London. Killed in action 09/07/1916, age 25. Commemorated on Pier and Face 4 A of the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Born 1891 Legbourne, son of William J W and Maria Maw, of 11 Chantry Lane, Grimsby and formerly of Willow Farm, Legbourne.

SMALLEY

Charles Edward

Sergeant 253169, 77th H.A.G. Signal Sub Section, Royal Engineers, formerly 6928 Lincolnshire Regiment. Enlisted Louth. Died 13/12/1917, age 27 (War Memorial has 19/12/1917, age 28). Buried in Grave IV. B. 25 at Ypres Reservoir Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Born 1889 Little Cawthorpe, son of John (a shepherd) and Sarah Smalley of Legbourne and husband of Alice Smalley of 46 James Street, Louth.

TAYLOR

John

Lance Corporal 201944, 2nd/5th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own). Enlisted Lincoln. Killed in action 20/07/1918, age 22. Buried in Grave III. A. 9., at Marfaux British Cemetery, France. (Marne Marfaux is a commune 18.5 km from Reims and 16 km from Epernay.)

Born 29/09/1895 North Reston, son of John and Mary Taylor of Gillwoods Farm, North Reston.

“BE THOU FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH
AND I WILL GIVE THEE A CROWN OF LIFE”
REV II. 10.

Inside the church there are two brass plaques. One reads -

“In the glory of God. In loving memory of our dear son Thomas Noel Cheney Garfit Lieut Durham Light Infantry who fell in action near Armentieres France April 30 1915”

The second plaque reads -

“THE ELECTRIC LIGHT WAS PRESENTED TO THIS CHURCH BY
OSCAR & MADELINE DIXON OF KENWICK HALL
IN MEMORY OF
CAPTAIN HAROLD W. NICHOLSON
AND THE OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE
5TH LINCOLNS WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN TAKING THE HOHENZOLLERN REDOUBT
13TH OCTOBER 1915
Greater love hath no man than this
That a man lay down his life for his friends”

HAROLD WILLISON NICHOLSON. Captain, 5th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 13/10/1915, age 24. Commemorated on Panel 31 to 34, Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Son of Lt. Col. J W Nicholson, T.D. (R.A.M.C.) and Mrs Nicholson of Gainsborough.

Other Regiments were involved in the battle for the Hohenzollern Redoubt but the 1/5th Battalion went into the attack on 13/14 October 1915 with about 23 officers and 850 men. Only 1 officer and about 110 men survived. Captain R E Madge, the surviving officer, reported that “Nothing could have been more admirable than the way the men behaved in this, their first battle.”


Roll of Honour inside All Saints Church, Legbourne

Names of those from this Parish on Active Service
for their King and Country

The names of those who died are

1939-1945

CRIBB

Henry (Llanwarne)

Warrant Officer 656214, 76 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Killed in action 23/06/1944, age 28. Buried at Montchalons Churchyard, Marne, France, which also contains the graves of the 6 airmen who died with him. A death notice in the Louth Advertiser 18/11/1944 says “previously missing now reported killed in action, June 1944.”

Husband of Elizabeth Cribb of Cambridge Park, Twickenham, Middlesex.

CRIBB

John (Llanwarne)

Lieutenant (A), Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, H.M.S. Goshawk, the Royal Navy Air Station at Piarco, Trinidad, West Indies. Died on active service 26/02/1942, age 32. Commemorated on Bay 3 Panel 7 on the Lee-On-Solent Memorial, Hampshire. This Memorial is to the members of the Fleet Air Arm who died during the Second World War and who have no known grave. John was the husband of Vera Cribb (nee Beckett) of Louth and father of Timothy. An obituary in the Louth Advertiser 21/03/1942 reports that he had attended Louth Boys’ Grammar School, played cricket for the school and later for the Old Boys. After leaving school he joined the RAF and became a wireless air gunner. He was subsequently a first officer in the British Overseas Airways and was involved “in evacuating a great number of people of different nationalities from France in 1940 …. Upon joining the Fleet Air Arm Mr Cribb quickly gained promotion and carried out some very hazardous work.” He was captain of a naval cricket team in Trinidad.

CRIBB

Owen (Llanwarne)

Leading Airman FAA/FX 96196, Royal Navy, H.M.S. Formidable, an aircraft carrier of the Illustrious class. Died 16/11/1944, age 19. Commemorated on the Lee-On-Solent Memorial Bay 5 Panel 2. He joined up on leaving school.

The above named, all born in Louth, were three of the sons of William Llanwarne Cribb and Catherine Edith Cribb. Mr Cribb was in born 1877 in Southsea, Hampshire; his father was a Leading Stoker in the Royal Navy. Mr Cribb married Catherine Edith Aspland (born 1880 Enfield, Middx) in 1902 in Enfield. By 1905, the family had moved to Louth where Mr Cribb was the “customs, excise, old age pension & probate officer & inspector of corn returns” in Mercer Row.The family lived at 3 High Holme Villas, High Holme Road, Louth. By 1937, Mr Cribb had retired and he and Mrs Cribb were living at The Rectory, Little Cawthorpe. Mr Cribb had died before the first of his sons was killed. Two more sons, Christopher and Nicholson, served and survived.

Roll of Honour: those who served in WW2

ARNOLD

Edward

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ATKINSON

Derrick

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ATTERBY

Victor

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BAXTER

Maurice

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BLANCHARD

Ida

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BLANCHARD

Leslie

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BROMFIELD

Fred

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CRIBB

Christopher

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CRIBB

Nicholson

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DIXON

June

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DIXON

Philip

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DIXON

Tony

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DRING

James

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DRING

Sidney

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DUDLEY

William

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FISHER

Charles

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FROGGATT

Leonard

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GAINS

Douglas

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GAINS

Roger

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GAINS

Roy

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GREEN

Betty

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GREEN

Eric

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GREEN

Margery

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HALL

Geoffrey

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HALL

Roger

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HOUGHTBY

Frank

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KING

Joseph

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KIRKHAM

Alfred

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LILL

Michael

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MUSSON

Sidney

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MEANWELL

John

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NURSE

Ronald

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OLGEIRSSON

Einar

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OSBORNE

Edward

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PINDER

Frank

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PINDER

Fred

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PLUMTREE

Cyril

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RAINEY

William

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RIDINGS

Harry

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RIDINGS

Lily

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RIDINGS

Norman

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SMART

George

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STAPLES

Henry

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STEVENSON

L

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SUMMERFIELD

Alec

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SUMMERFIELD

George

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SYKES

Iris

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TOWLER

Harold

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TWIGG

George

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YARWOOD

Kenneth

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YARWOOD

Stanley

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Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends”. John 15/13

Last updated 4 June, 2006

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