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WITHERN WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and Copyright © David & Joan Webb 2008

The memorial, erected in 1921, is a stone cross with Christ crucified. The three-stepped base has the names of dead on the bottom two steps. It is surrounded by railings and situated at the junction of the B1200 and Chalk Lane, adjacent to the almshouses.

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TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO MADE THE GREAT SACRIFICE 1914–18

BRANSTON

Dick

Lance Sergeant 434, 10th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Enlisted Withern while living at Crawley, Sussex. Killed in action 26 February 1916 age 35. Buried in Grave IV.B.36 at Brewery Orchard Cemetery, Bois-Grenier, Nord, France. Richard Branston born 1880 Parson Drove, Cambridgeshire, son of Richard (a corn miller) and Lucy (nee Marshall, born Authorpe) Branston. His father died in 1889 and at the time of the 1891 Census he was living with his uncle John J Marshall, a farmer and innkeeper, at the Red Lion in Withern. By the time of the war he and his mother were living in Tilgate, Crawley, Sussex.

BRUMPTON

William

Lance Corporal 15838, 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Enlisted Spilsby. Killed in action 3 July 1916 age 20. Buried in Grave IV.P.3 at Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers-La Boisselle, Somme, France. Born Kelstern 1896, son of Charles (a farm worker) and Frances Mary (nee Walker) Brumpton, subsequently of Flax Mill Cottages, Aby.

CROSS

George

Private 40360, 2nd/6th Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment. Enlisted Horncastle. Killed in action 21 March 1918 age 20. Commemorated on Bay 7 and 8 of the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Born Woodthorpe 1898, son of George (horseman on a farm) and Sarah (nee Chapman) Cross, subsequently of Tothill.

ENDERBY

Arthur

Nationality Canadian. Private 237119, 54th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment). Enlisted Toronto 15 March 1916. Died 14 November 1917. Commemorated on Panels 18-24-26Ė30 of the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Born 1 Jan 1883 Winthorpe, son of Arthur (a farmer) and Betsy Ann (nee Dawson) Enderby, of The Manor House, Withern. In 1906 he married Beatrice May Clarke in Lincolnshire. At the time of his death she was living at of 308 Rhodes Avenue, Toronto. He served with the Lincolnshire Regiment for 7 years including the South African Campaign (Boer War). On enlistment in 1916, he was working as a streetcar conductor and living at 35 Coxwell Avenue, Toronto.

LANE

Charles

Possibly Private 37227, 11th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. Formerly 2016 Lincolnshire Regiment. Enlisted Louth. Killed in action 8 September 1918. Buried in Grave II.R.23 at Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck, Nord, France. Born Grantham.

LANE

Herbert

Private 17897, 8th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Enlisted Louth, born and resident Alford. Killed in action 4 October 1917. Buried in Grave XXI.B.10 at Hooge Crater Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

MASSEY

Arthur

Private 1887, 11th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Enlisted Louth 1 March 1916, resident Stain Hill, Withern. Died of pneumonia at Newcastle Hospital 16 June 1916 age 27. Buried in St. Margaretís Churchyard, Withern-with-Stain. Robert Arthur Massey born Skendleby 1889, son of Charles Henry (a farmer) and Annie (nee Gunby) Massey, subsequently of Stain Hill, Withern.

SEARBY

Fred

Lance Corporal 12894, A Company, 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Enlisted Alford. Died of wounds 3 July 1916 age 25. Buried in Grave A.6 at Fricourt British Cemetery, Somme, France. Born 1891 Alford, son of Fred (a blacksmith) and Elizabeth (nee Gilliatt) Searby, subsequently of Withern. Brother of William Searby. "On 30 June 1916, Fricourt village was just within the German front line. It was attacked on 1 July by the 17th Division, and by the end of the day it was caught between that division to the west, the 21st Division (including the 1st Lincolns) to the north and the 7th Division to the south. The village was occupied by the 17th Division the following day."

SEARBY

William

Sapper 37549, 202nd Field Company, Royal Engineers. Enlisted Lincoln, resident Spalding. Killed in action 11 October 1916 age 28. Buried in Grave IX.B.14 Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France. Joseph William Searby born 1889 Alford, son of Fred (a blacksmith) and Elizabeth (nee Gilliatt) Searby, subsequently of Withern. William married Violet May Garwell (born 1887, Gosberton) in 1912. At the time of his death she was living at 47, Havelock Street, Spalding. Brother of Fred Searby.

STONES

William

Cannot be identified in relation to Withern in SDGW or CWGC, but in the 1901 Census there is a William E Stones, age 25, born Mumby, married with 2 children, occupation grocerís carter.

WARD

William, MM

Private 250550, 20th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Enlisted Louth. Killed in action 5 October 1918. Military Medal. Buried in Grave VI.E.3 at Zantvoorde British Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Born 1883 Gainsborough, son of William (an engineer on a steam boat) and Charlotte (nee Gravil) Ward. In the 1901 Census for Gainsborough, William age 17, born Gainsborough, a "polisher in cycle works" was living with his parents.

WEBSTER

Ronald

Driver 45315, 128th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Enlisted Nottingham, resident West Bridgford, Notts. Died of wounds 15 June 1917 age 27. Buried in Grave VII.B.6/18 at Railway Dugouts Burial Ground, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Born Withern 1890, son of Henry (a butcher) and Eliza Jane (nee Jarvis) Webster of Withern.

WHITE

Maurice

Private 17898 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Enlisted Louth. Died of wounds 9 September 1918 age 30. Buried in Grave IV.E.4 at Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Born 1888 Strubby, son of John William (a farm worker) and Susan Jane (nee Horton) White subsequently of Withern. Brother of Willie White.

WHITE

Willie

Private 72477, 2nd Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own), formerly 18/40785 Sherwood Foresters. Enlisted Louth. Killed in action 4 October 1918. Buried in Grave II.D.15 at St. Nicolas British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Born William White born 1887 Strubby, son of John William (a farm worker) and Susan Jane (nee Horton) White, subsequently of Withern. Brother of Maurice White.

"BUT THANKS BE TO GOD, WHICH GIVETH US THE VICTORY THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST" I COR. 15 CHAP. 57
1939-1945
There is a metal plaque, with the text below, fixed to a wooden bench situated within the railed area of the WWI Memorial.
IN MEMORY OF FRED SEARBY, CHARLES EDMUND WESTERBY WHO FELL IN WORLD WAR II

SEARBY

Fred

Corporal 4979943, 6th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died 5 January 1944 age 26. Buried in Grave XVIII. B. 6 at Cassino War Cemetery, Commune of Cassino, Province of Frosinone, Italy. Born 1917 Withern, son of Albert Edward (blacksmith and farmer) and Grace (nee Mountain) Searby of Willows, Withern. Two of Albertís brothers were killed in WW1 (see above). "Operations in January 1944 landed troops behind the German lines at Anzio, but defences were well organised, and a breakthrough was not actually achieved until 18 May, when Cassino was finally taken. During these early months of 1944, Cassino saw some of the fiercest fighting of the Italian campaign, the town itself and the dominating Monastery Hill proving the most stubborn obstacles encountered in the advance towards Rome."

WESTERBY

Charles Edmund

Rifleman 14683545, 9th Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). Killed in the Brussels area 7 September 1944 age 19. Buried in grave VII. D. 8 at Leopoldsburg War Cemetery, Limburg, Belgium. Son, known as Charlie, of Ernest and Eva Westerby of Withern. The Commonwealth forces had returned to Belgium in September 1944.

Last updated 26 May, 2008

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