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SIBSEY WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and Copyright © Jonathan Capek 2006

The memorial is in the form of a plaque located inside St. Mary’s Church.

Photograph Copyright © Jonathan Capek 2006

TO THE
GLORY OF GOD.
IN MEMORY OF

1914-1918

BLACKBOURN

Arthur

20th Hussars. Born in Sibsey but lived and enlisted in Boston. Service number 31055. Private. Killed in action on 24th March 1918 aged 22. He was the son of Thomas William Blackbourn of Sibsey and husband of Mary Ann Blackbourn of New Leake. Lived down Old Main Road. He has no known grave but is commemorated on panel 6 of the Pozieres Memorial, France and is also commemorated on the Nettleham War Memorial. Arthur Blackbourn was killed on the fourth day of the German Offensive.

CLIFTON

Arnold Colton

1st Bn. Lincolnshire Regiment. Born in Murrow, Cambridgeshire. Service number 203004, formally 7232. Private. Probably enlisted before the war as a regular soldier. Killed in action on 27th May 1918 aged 23. He was the son of Hester and Amelia Clifton; and the husband of Florence Jane Clifton, of Sandy Bank, New York, Lincolnshire. He has no known grave but is commemorated on the Addenda panel on the Soissons Memorial, France. Arnold Clifton was killed in the Battle of the Aisne, during a German attack on La Chapelle - the same action is which Solomon Grooby was killed [see below].

ELEY

Horace

9th Bn. Kings Royal Rifle Corps. Born and lived in Sibsey. Service number 5/4764. Lance Sergeant. Enlisted London. Killed in action on 15th September 1916, during the Battle of the Somme. He was just 19 when he died. He was the son of Kate Eley of Sibsey, and the late William Eley. He has no known grave but is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier & face 13A & 13B. Arrived in France 23/02/1915.

GROOBY

Solomon

1st Bn. Lincolnshire Regiment. Born at Spalding Common. Service number 7295. Private. Killed in action on 28th May 1918 aged 33. Enlisted as a regular soldier before the war and resided in Boston. He worked for a time as a house keeper on a farm while living at Deeping St. Nicholas. He has no known grave but is commemorated on the Soissons Memorial, France. Solomon Grooby was killed in the Battle of the Aisne, during a German attack on La Chapelle - the same action is which Arnold Clifton was killed [see above]. Disembarkation date: 13/08/1914.

HUTTON

Henry

7th Bn. Lincolnshire Regiment. Born in Sibsey but lived at Eversley Cross, Hants. Enlisted at Bovington, Lincs. Service number 12957. Private. Died on 25th February 1917. Lincs. in September 1914. He is buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery, France, plot II, row E, grave 8A. Qualified for the 1914-15 Star trio on 14/07/1915.

LAXTON

George Alfred

4th Bn. Guards Machine Gun Regiment. Born in Old Leake. Service number 589. Private. Formally 15831 Grenadier Guards. Died in Germany, on 16th February 1919, after the war had ended. He was 25 years of age when he died. He attended Sibsey Free School and was the son of Jane Ann Laxton, of Sibsey and the late John William Laxton. Lived off Old Main Road. His brother John is also listed on the Sibsey War Memorial [see below]. He is buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany, plot II, row D, grave 5.

LAXTON

John Arthur

Royal Field Artillery. Born in Old Leake. Service number 801049. Bombardier. Does not appear to have been a casualty. Attended Sibsey Free School. He was the son of John William and Jane Ann Laxton, of Sibsey. His brother George Alfred Laxton is also listed on the Sibsey War Memorial. Entitled to BWM & VM.

LILLEY

George

2nd/4th Bn. Lincolnshire Regiment. Born in Cowbit and enlisted in Lincoln but lived at St. Albans, Herts. Service number 200762. Private. Died of wounds on 1st October 1917 and was 23 years of age. He was the son of John and Mary Elizabeth Lilley of Mallow’s Farm, Sibsey. He is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium, plot XXXV, row E, grave 17. George Lilley died of wounds, probably sustained during the Battle of Polygon Wood.

LOWE

Charles

9th Bn. Leicestershire Regiment. Born in Tetford, Lincs. but enlisted at Oakham, Rutland. Service number 14705. Private. Killed in action on July 14th 1916, two weeks into the battle of the Somme. He was 29 years of age when he died. He was the son of Mrs. M. A. Palmer of London Road, Frampton, Boston. He has no known grave but is commemorated on the Theipval Memorial, France, pier & face 2C & 3A.

LOWE

R.

Private. Does not appear to have been a casualty. No further information currently.

ROBINSON

Frank

9th Bn. Notts & Derby Regiment. Lived in Sibsey and enlisted Carrington, Notts. Service number 70037. Private. Formerly 21803 & 5472 Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action on 3rd December 1917, during the Battle of Cambrai. He was 29 and the son of Mrs. E. M. Robinson, of Chapel Lane, Sibsey, Boston, Lincs. He is buried in Loos British Cemetery Pas de Calais, France, plot XX, row B, grave 30.

RUSHTON

Herbert

8th Bn. Suffolk Regiment. Born and resided in Sibsey and enlisted Wisbech. Service number 23097. Private. Killed in action 31st July 1917 - the first day of the 3rd Battle of Ypres. He was 37 years of age when he died. He was the son of Samuel and Mary Ann Rushton of Stone Bridge Drain. He has no known grave but is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Belgium, panel 21.

WILKINSON

William Percy

2nd Bn. Coldstream Guards. Born and enlisted Boston. Service number 15763. Private. Killed in action on November 30th 1917 during the battle of Cambrai. He was 19 years old when he died. Son of Mr. W. H. and Mrs. K. P. Wilkinson, of 117, Park Avenue, Wibsey, Bradford. He has no known grave but is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, France, panel 2.

WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR
THEIR COUNTRY IN THE WAR
1914 – 19.
R.I.P.

DEDICATED TO THE HONOURED MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF SIBSEY WHO FELL IN THE
SECOND GREAT WAR 1939 – 45

ALLEN

W.

Private. Does not appear to have been a casualty. No further information currently.

BEMBRIDGE

Benjamin Leslie

53 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Service number 900946. Sergeant. He a wireless operator and air gunner in Blenheim bombers. Killed in action on 26th November 1940, during the Battle of Britain. He was 21 years of age when he died. He was the son of Benjamin Tenant Bembridge and Elizabeth Bembridge of Sibsey. He is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France, plot 13, row C, grave 10.

BRADSHAW

John William

257 Field Company, Royal Engineers. Service number 2155607. Sapper. Died of Wounds on 13th November 1944. He was 23 years of age when he died. He was the husband of Constance Florence Bradshaw of New Bolingbrooke, Lincolnshire. He is buried in Schoonselhof Cemetery, Antwerpen, Belgium, plot III, row C, grave 5.

BOND

C. E.

Stoker. Probably not a casualty. No further information currently.

FAWCETT

Albert

1st Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers. Service number 7045579. Lance Sergeant. Killed in action on 29th November 1943 aged 30. He was the son of William Fawcett and of Elizabeth Jane Fawcett of Sibsey, Lincs. His father William Fawcett had been killed in the First World War [see above]. He is buried in Sangro River War Cemetery, Italy, plot VIII, row C, grave 13.

KIRK

Amos

1st Bn. Notts & Derby Regiment. Service number 4973545. Private. Died of wounds on 25th November 1942 aged 28. A pre-war regular soldier, he was the son of George Alfred and Clara Kirk of Sibsey. He is buried in Caserta War Cemetery, Italy plot IV, row B, grave 20.

WELBOURN

W.

Guardsman. Does not appear to have been a casualty. No further information currently.

WILLIAMS

John Henry

Royal Horse Artillery, 11 (Honourable Artillery Coy.) Regiment. Service number 6214150. Lance Bombardier. Killed in action in North Africa on 29th May 1942 aged 30. He was the son of John Henry Williams and of Alice Williams, of Sibsey. He is buried in Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma, Libya, plot 4, row C, grave 21.

“PRO PATRIA.”
ERECTED BY THE PARISHIONERS.

Last updated 10 May, 2008

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