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MESSINGHAM WAR MEMORIAL

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

The Messingham memorial stands in the High Street at the junction of High Street and Church Street and Northfield Road, Messingham. The memorial takes the form of a three stepped base surmounted by plinth, pedestal and cross. The inscription is on marble tablets placed on the sides of the pedestal with incised inscription in gold painted lettering. There is a Crown carved in relief on the front face of the cross, a Wreath carved in relief at the foot of the cross and a Flower carved in relief on stones placed either side of the base of the pedestal. There are 23 names for World War 1, 9 for World War 2 and one for Bosnia, added in 1997 at the request of his parents. The memorial was originally unveiled and dedicated on 26th September 1920. Details can be found in the Scunthorpe Star 2nd October 1920.

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In grateful memory of the men of Messingham who laid down their lives at the call of duty in the Great War 1914 - 1919.

BARKER

Thomas Henry
L/Corporal 17985. 8th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 25th November 1915. Son of (the late) Harry and Lizzie Barker. Born and enlisted Gainsborough, resident Scotter, Lincs. Commemorated CHAPELLE D’ARMENTIERES NEW MILITARY CEMETERY. C.7.

Gainsborough News” 10th December 1915

ANOTHER MESSINGHAM SOLDIER KILLED

News has come to hand of the death in France of Lance-corporal Hy. Barker of the 8th Lincolns. This makes the fourth Messingham boy who has fallen in action. Deceased had only been enlisted six months and had been but a month in France. He was 20 years of age. He had lived all his time in Messingham up to enlisting. He was a young man highly respected by all who knew him. He was attached to the Wesleyan Sunday School as a boy and up to enlisting attended the Wesleyan Church. He was brought up by his grandmother (Mrs Jackson) and much sympathy is expressed to her in her bereavement, also to his sister Mrs Sizer of Scotter.”

BRATTON

John Thomas
Private 25627. 6th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died 20th January 1917. Born Winteringham, enlisted Scunthorpe and resident Gainsborough, Lincs. Commemorated VARENNES MILITARY CEMETERY. I.F.71.

BRATTON

Charles Edward
Private 31257. 7th Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment, formerly 25767 South Staffordshire Regiment. Killed in action 14th June 1917. Enlisted Scunthorpe, resident Messingham, Lincs. Commemorated BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION (NORD)> III.C.8.

CLARK

William H
[Listed as CLARKE on SDGW & CWGC] Private 14437, 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 16th June 1915. Aged 21. Born and resident Messingham, enlisted Grimsby. Son of Henry Thomas and Eliza Clarke, of Northfield Farm, Messingham, Gainsborough. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 21.

COTTINGHAM

Frank
Sergeant 35370. 64th Bde, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died 20th April 1920, aged 26 years. Youngest son of George and Sarah J Cottingham of Messingham, Lincs. Commemorated MESSINGHAM (Holy Trinity) CHURCHYARD.

CHEESEMAN

T Henry
In the 1901 census Henry CHEESEMAN was the son of William & Elizabeth Cheeseman, aged 12, a schoolby, born Messingham and resident Cross Tree Road, Messingham. Also Jonathan CHEESEMAN was a butcher in Messingham, listed in Kelly's Directory of 1909. No further information currently.

GREEN

Arthur Tom
Private 65226. 9th Battalion, Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, formerly 4412 West Yorkshire Regiment. Killed in action 24th October 1918, aged 29 years. Son of Thomas and Mary Hannah Green of Messingham, Lincs. Enlisted Lincoln, Lincs. Commemorated VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL. Panel 8.

HALL

Arthur Havercroft
Private 2606. 51st Battalion, Australian Infantry, AIF. Died 12th October 1917, aged 24 years. Son of Mrs S.J Hall of 74 Frodingham Road, Scunthorpe, Lincs. Born Messingham, Lincs. Commemorated POELCAPELLE BRITISH CEMETERY. Plot LII. Row B. Grave 7.

HUNSLEY

Robert
Private 2169. 5th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died of wounds 25th July 1915. Enlisted Scunthorpe, resident New Brumby, Lincs. Commemorated HAZEBROUCK COMMUNAL CEMETERY. II.G.1.

JOHNSON

Fred
Private 3123. 5th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 13th October 1915, aged 18 years. Son of Benjamin and Hannah Elizabeth Johnson of Messingham, Lincs. Enlisted Scunthorpe and resident Messingham, Lincs. Commemorated LOOS MEMORIAL. Panel 31 to 34.

KIRK

John William
Private 10740. 6th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment. Died of wounds at sea 10th August 1915, aged 21 years. Son of George and Sarah Ann Kirk of Ashby, Lincs. Born Frodingham, Lincs, enlisted Middlesbrough, Yorks and resident Ashby, Lincs. Commemorated HELLES MEMORIAL. Panel 55 to 58.

Gainsborough News” 10th September 1915

MESSINGHAM SOLDIER KILLED IN ACTION

The sad news of the death by wounds of John Wm. Kirk, of his parish, came to hand last week. The deceased joined the army almost on commencement of the war, and had been in training ever since. For some time past he had been with his Company, the 6th Yorks Regiment in the Dardanelles, and when last heard of he was well. The sad news came as a great blow to his father and married sister, also to the whole of the parish. Much sympathy has been shown to them in their bereavement. Deceased was much respected and memorial services were held at the places of worship on Sunday last. Two Messingham lads have now been killed, viz. J.W. Kirk and W. Stow.

LEE

William Matthews
Private 2676. 1st Leicestershire Yeomanry. Died of wounds 9th March 1916, aged 26 years. Son of Thomas Wakefield and Edith Emily Lee of Messingham, Lincs. Joined H M Forces December 1914 from Witchley Warren, Rutland. Born Messingham, Lincs, enlisted Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire and resident Messingham, Lincs. Commemorated AIRE COMMUNAL CEMETERY. I.D.7.

LOCKWOOD

Fred
Private 140757. 19th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), formerly 25133 South Staffordshire Regiment. Killed in action 26th March 1918, aged 34 years. Son of Mrs S.A Lockwood of Messingham, Lincs. Born Messingham, enlisted Scunthorpe and resident Messingham, Lincs. Commemorated ARRAS MEMORIAL. Bay 10.

LOCKWOOD

William Ingram
Private 23243. 10th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment, formerly 11736 Lincolnshire Regiment. Died of wounds at home 10th July 1916. Son of Witham Lockwood of Messingham, Lincs. Born Messingham and enlisted Brigg, Lincs. Commemorated MESSINGHAM (Holy Trinity) CHURCHYARD.

MASSEY

Frank
Corporal 2763, 1st/5th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Killed in action 13th October 1915. Aged 22. Enlisted Oakland, Rutland. Son of Peter and Emily Ann Massey, of 43, Raglan Rd., Retford, Notts. Buried in QUARRY CEMETERY, VERMELLES, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section B. Grave 9.

From Gainsborough News 29th October 1915

MESSINGHAM SOLDIER’S DEATH

On Wednesday the news came to Messingham by wire of the death in action of Corpl.. Frank Massey in France. At the time the war broke out he was living at Oakham (as a draper’s assistant). Previous to that all his life had been spent at Messingham, and his trade was learned at Mr. Lane’s, draper, etc. He was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Massey, now residing in Gainsborough. He was highly respected by everyone in Messingham and a heavy gloom was thrown over the village when it became known he had been killed. He was attached to the 5th Leicesters, and was in the charge on the 13th October. He was nearly 23 years of age. He was very well thought of by the Wesleyans. At the time of leaving he was a member of the choir and Sunday school teacher, and was most popular in the village and district, and his services as a tenor singer were much sought after. He was ever ready to help in any work for the promotion of good in the village. The following letter has been sent to his parents:-

“It is with the deepest sorrow and regret that I write to tell you of the death of your son Frank, who was killed in action during a charge on Wednesday last. It may be of some comfort to you to know he died fighting nobly and his end was quite painless. He was my greatest friend. We had been pals from Oakham and I cannot tell you how sorry I am that he has gone. All who knew him in the Regiment and his many friends are most grieved about it, as he was a most sunny, bright and helpful personality, and no one could help liking him. I looked upon him as a brother. You all have my sympathy in your great loss.”

NAYLOR

Samuel
Military Medal. Sergeant 8548. 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 23rd October 1916, aged 27 years. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Naylor of Cross Tree Road, Messingham, Lincs. Born Messingham, enlisted Gainsborough and resident Messingham, Lincs. Commemorated THIEPVAL MEMORIAL. Pier and Face 1c.

SPINKS

Frank
Spink on both CWGC/SDGW. Private 37212. 8th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment, formerly 3133 Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 18th November 1916. Enlisted Scunthorpe, Lincs. Commemorated THIEPVAL MEMORIAL. Pier and Face 5A and %b.

STOW

Walter
Private 1747. 5th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died of wounds 28th April 1915. Born Messingham, enlisted Frodingham and resident Gainsborough, Lincs. Commemorated BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION (NORD). I.D.26.

STOCKS

Frank
Private 6585. 4th Battalion, West Riding Regiment. Killed inaction 17th September 1916, aged 24 years. Son of Henry and Eliza Stocks of High Street, Messingham, Lincs. Enlisted Lincoln, Lincs. Commemorated THIEPVAL MEMORIAL. Pier and Face 6A and 6B.

TINDALL

James
L/Corporal 241621. 2/5th Battalion, West Riding Regiment. Killed in action 3rd May 1917. Born Messingham, enlisted Scunthorpe and resident Messingham, Lincs. Commemorated ARRAS MEMORIAL. Bay 6.

WAKEFIELD

Frederick J
Probably Frederick Johnson Wakefield. Private 1749. 8th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 3rd July 1916. Born Wimblington, Cambs, enlisted Scunthorpe, Lincs and resident Wimblington, Cambs. Commemorated THIEPVAL MEMORIAL. Pier and Face 1C.

WILSON

George Everitt
Private 240702. 5th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 10th October 1918, aged 21 years. Son of Charles and Dinah Wilson of Blyborough, Lincs. Born Messingham, enlisted Scunthorpe and resident Kirton in Lindsey, Lincs. Commemorated BUSIGNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION. IV.C.33.

WILSON

Joseph
Unable to identify CWGC/SDGW. No further information currently.
Their name liveth for evermore
In grateful memory of the men of Messingham who laid down their lives at the call of duty in the Great World War 1939 - 1945.
1939-1945

BARLEY

Ronald Amos Rawson
Distinguished Service Medal. Chief Motor Mech P/MX117033. HM MTB 710, Royal Navy. Died 10th April 1945. Son of Rawson and Fanny Gertrude Barley of Messingham, Lincs. Commemorated PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL. Panel 89. Column 3.

CARPENDALE

Henry Ernest
Sergeant 5046398. 2nd Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment. Died 23rd April 1943, aged 29 years. Son of Arthur Bernard and Eva Carpendale, husband of Edna Carpendale of Weaverham, Cheshire. Commemorated MASSICAULT WAR CEMETERY. II.J.18.

HILES

Richard David
Leading Aircraftman 656197. Royal Air Force. Died 17th November 1941, aged 26 years. Son of John William and Edith Hiles of Messingham, Lincs. Commemorated OTTAWA (Beechwood) CEMETERY. Section 29. Lot 1. Grave 115.

MAW

Robert
Private 14801446. Gordon Highlanders. Died 15th April 1945, aged 20 years. Son of Robert and Ada Maw of Messingham, Lincs. Commemorated BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY. 3.D.15.

MILLSON

Leonard
Signalman 2369066. 10 Indian Div Sigs, Royal Corps of Signals. Died 17th August 1942, aged 25 years. Son of John Thomas and Florence Millson of Messingham, Lincs. Commemorated ALAMEIN MEMORIAL. Column 52.

NORTON

Cyril
Private 14826165. 8th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment). Died 11th April 1945, aged 19 years. Son of William Maurice and Rhoda Norton of Messingham, Lincs. Commemorated MESSINGHAM (Holy Trinity) CHURCHYARD.

POOL

Brain Richard
Flight Sergeant (Pilot) 1434100. 358 Squadron, Royal Air Force VR. Died 29th May 1945, aged 21 years. Son of Jesse Richard and Annie Elizabeth Pool of Messingham, Lincs. Commemorated KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY. 2.C.76.

RABY

Allen Roy
Leading Stoker P/KX90691. HMS Victory III, Royal Navy. Died 12th September 1942. Commemorated PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL. Panel 68. Column 1.

WILMOT

Charles
Private T/281779. Royal Army Service Corps. Died 27th December 1941, aged 23 years. Son of Herbert and Hannah Wilmot of Messingham, Lincs. Commemorated MESSINGHAM (Holy Trinity) CHURCHYARD.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them
In memory of others of Messingham who have lost their lives in conflicts since 1945

WITHERSTONE

Graham Shane
Airtrooper 25033395. Army Air Corps. Died 20th August 1995, aged 20 years, in Bosnia. Born 7 February 1975. Buried on the North side in the churchyard of Holy Trinity Church, Messingham, Lincolnshire. Grave 1822.

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