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World War 1 & 2 Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Charles Anderson 2007

The World War 1 memorial is to be found in the grounds of St Laurence Church, Gosberton Road, Surfleet and takes the form of a Lincolnshire Clipsham stone monument surmounted by a sandstone cross. Designed on the lines of a medieval wayside calvary. It has a square pillar base about two feet high, mounted on three steps, and containing on the road side a practically imperishable slate panel, bearing the names of the fallen soldiers, the base is surmounted by an octagonal hollow chambered shaft ending with an embattled capital, on which stands a cross, with penthouse which shelters the crucifix. The column is about 17 feet in height. There are 17 names for World War 1. THe memorial was unveiled May 1921 and cost £190 15s raised by public subscription. A further memorial for World War 2 can be found within the church in the form of a stone tablet mounted on the inside wall. There are 4 names for World War 2.

Old Picture Postacard (above)

Photograph © Cheryl Arnold 2007 (below)

FELL IN THE WAR 1914-1918



Private, 5443, 1st Bn Lincolnshire Regiment, born Surfleet, enlisted Gosburton, residence Spalding. Son of John and Rebekah Brown, of Turnpike Rd., Surfleet, Lincs. Killed in action 17TH October 1914 aged 32 and commemorated Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, F.


John Leslie

Private, 2609, B Coy, 1st/4th Bn., Lincolnshire Regiment, Born Surfleet, enlisted & residence Luton. Son of Mary Ann Smith, and the late Alfred Smith. of Glen Villa, Surfleet, Spalding, Lincs. Died of wounds 30th April 1915, aged 18 and buried in Lindenhoek Chalet Military Cemetery, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, B.


Willie Worseldine

Private, 12834, 6th Bn. Lincolnshire Regiment, Born and residence Surfleet, enlisted Lincoln. Killed in action 9th August 1915 and commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Turkey



Private, 21901, 33rd Bn. Canadian Infantry, Son of Richard and Mary Ann Twell of Station Rd., Surfleet, Spalding, Lincs., England. Died 11th May 1915 and buried Chatham (Maple Leaf) Cemetery, Ontario, Canada



Recorded as William Harry, Private, 16472, 7th Bn. Lincolnshire Regiment, Born Spalding, enlisted Boston residence Surfleet. Son of James and Naomi Goodwin; husband of Mary Ann T. Goodwin of Mill Cottage, Surfleet, Spalding. Died of wounds 11th July 1916 aged 35 and buried Dartmoor Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt, Somme, F.



Recorded as Percy Ashley TEMPLE, Private, 1379, 10th Bn. Lincolnshire Regiment, Born and enlisted Spalding, residence Surfleet. Killed in action Ist July 1916 and buried Ovillers Military Cemetery, Somme, F.


Will George

William George, Private, 15608, 2nd Bn. Lincolnshire Regiment. Born London, enlisted Lincoln, residence Surfleet. Son of George and Harriet A. Burkitt of Surfleet, Spalding, Lincs. Killed in action 23rd October 1916 aged 25 and commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, F


Walter Stanley

Private, 67524, Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment), 21st Bn. Son of James and Rosetta Newman of Salem St., Gosberton, Lincs., England. Died 9th April 1917 aged 26 , buried Lichfield Crater, Thelus, Pas de Calais, F.



Private, 25279, 7th Bn. Lincolnshire Regiment. Born and residence Surfleet, enlisted Spalding. Son of Mr. and Mrs. B. Darley of Cuckoo Lane, Surfleet, Spalding, Lincs... Killed in action 23rd April 1917 aged 20 and commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, F



Private, 714, 10th Bn. Lincolnshire Regt. Born & enlisted Wakefield, residence Surfleet. Son of George and the late Emily Hobbs of Station Rd., Surfleet, Spalding, Lincs. Killed in action 1st July 1916 aged 26 and commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, F



Private, 202370 2nd/4th Bn. K.O.Y.L.I., Enlisted Wakefield. Son of George and the late Emily Hobbs of Station Rd., Surfleet, Spalding, Lincs. Died of wounds 3rd May 1917 aged 38 and buried Achiet-le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, F.


Charles William

Private, 17491, 2nd Northamptonshire Regt., born and resident Spalding. Killed in action 16th August 1917 and commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, B.



Private, 1376, 10th Lincolnshire Regt. Born and resident Surfleet, enlisted Grimsby. Son of Charles Paston and Frances Bilsby of Surfleet, Spalding, Lincs. Died whilst a Prisoner of War on the 3rd September 1917 aged 32 and buried Niederzwehren Cemetery, Kassel, Hessen, D.


John James

Private, 37605, 4th Bn North Staffs Regt. Born Surfleet, enlisted Bourne, residence Spalding. Son of Joseph Wigginton Flowers and Alice Mary Flowers of Station Rd., Surfleet, Spalding, Lincs.. Died of wounds 1st December 1917 aged 18 and buried Mendingham Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, B.


Ralph Henry

Private, 40925, 8th North Staffs Regt. Born & resident Surfleet, enlisted Boston. Son of George and Algerina Summerfield of Surfleet, Spalding, Lincs. Died of wounds 14th February 1918 aged 25 and commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, F



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James Walker

Private, 7455, 2nd Bn Lincolnshire Regt, Born and resident Surfleet, enlisted Lincoln. Son of John Brown of Surfleet, Spalding, Lincs.. Awarded the Military Medal. Killed in action 1st July 1916 aged 28 and commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, F


In grateful and living memory of 4 Surfleet men
who fought and fell in The World War 1939 - 1945 R.I.P

KING Ernest Taylor

Lanced Corporal 4803483, 6th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment attached ('C' Bn. Layforce), No. 11, Commando. Died Monday 9th June 1941. Age 20. Son of Norman T. and May King, of Surfleet. Commemorated on ALAMEIN MEMORIAL, Egypt. Column 233 (Syria/Lebanon).

HARRISON John Ernest

Ordinary Telegraphist D/JX 340482, H.M.L.C.G.(L) 16., Royal Navy. Died Monday 26th April 1943. Age 19. Son of Charles and Mary Elizabeth Harrison, of Surfleet. Buried in ST. LAWRENCE CHURCHYARD, SURFLEET, Lincolnshire.

MOTHERS John Humphrey

Private 4809793, 2nd Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment. Died Saturday 22nd January 1944. Age 19. Son of Harold and Asubah Drucilla Brightman Mothers, of Surfleet. Buried in MINTURNO WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Grave VII, J, 9.


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Last updated 8 February, 2007

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