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ABTHORPE WAR MEMORIAL

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Copyright © 2003 - Transcribed Carolynn Langley; researched Martin Edwards

In the grounds of St. John The Baptist, Abthorpe. Very Weathered but just about readable on a Stone Cross with Plinth. In 2005 an extra plaque was added that contained the inscriptions in a readable form. Below the memorial, inset into the wall is a list of men who served and retured which is now hard to read and has not been transcribed here.
Photographs Copyright © Gill Cannell & Andrew Dishman 2014

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN LOVING MEMORY

BASKETFIELD

George Eales

Private 22379, 5th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 21st May 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Abthorpe, enlisted Towcester. Son of Joseph Basketfield, of "Foscote," Towcester, Northants. Buried in DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN, Pas de Calais, France. Grave III. N. 27.

CHARLESWORTH

Albert

The only Albert CHARLESWORTH found is: Private 99291, 5th Battalion, King's (Liverpool Regiment). Killed in action 1st May 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 19. Born Woodhouse, Derbyshire, enlisted and resident Mexborough, Yorkshire. Son of James and Emma Charlesworth, of Mexborough, nr. Rotherham. Formerly 97886, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment. Buried in PERNES BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave II. A. 36. probably Rifleman, 4577, Edward Charlesworth, 1st King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 16th February 1917, aged 34. Born and enlisted Sheffield, resident Towcester. Son of David and Amelia Charlesworth, Sheffield; husband of Kate Charlesworth, Abthorpe, Towcester, Northants. Buried in Ovillers Military Cemetery, Grave I.E.18.

JELLEY

John William

Private 30258, 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 20th March 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 18. Born Bardsley, Lancashire, enlisted Northampton. Son of John W. Jelley, of Carlton View, Heatley, Warrington. Native of Abthorpe, Towcester. Buried in ST. LEGER BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave D. 3.

KNAPP

Wilfred Algernon

Private G/13135, 6th Battalion, The Buffs 9East Kent Regiment). Killed in action 20th January 1917 in France & Flanders. Born and residentn Benefield, Oundle, Northamptonshire, enlisted Thrapston. Formerly G/12844, 9th Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 2.

MALSBURY

Andrew

Sergeant TT/02039, Royal Army Veterinary Corps. Died 3rd March 1919. Age 36. Son of Elijah and Ellen Malsbury; husband of Ellen Eva Malsbury, of Abthorpe. Buried near the left-hand wall in the ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH CEMETERY, ABTHORPE, Northamptonshire.

TT/02039 SERGEANT
A. MALSBURY
ROYAL ARMY VET. CORPS
3rd MARCH 1919 AGE 36

OSBORNE

Oliver Stephen

Private 203509, 2nd/4th Battalion, Oxfordhsire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 21st March 1918 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Abthorpe, enlisted Buckingham. Formerly 2922, Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars. Buried in GRAND-SERAUCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, Aisne, France. Grave V. E. 18.

WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THE DEFENCE OF OUR
COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918
ALSO 

(*Note: these men survived the war)

ADAMS

Alfred

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BODALY

Albert Edwin

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BARFORD

John Wilfrid

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BARFORD

John Widdet

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BASKETFIELD

Thomas

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BASKETFIELD

William Joseph

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BARRETT

James William

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BULLINGHAM

Tom

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DIGBY

Alfred

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FOSTER

Ebenezer Osborne

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FOSTER

Samuel Osborne

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FOSTER

Charlie

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HOLTON

Arthur William

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HOLTON

John Edward

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HURST

Charles Henry

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HURST

Lewis Leonard

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JELLY

James

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LOCKLAND

Henry

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MATTHEWS

Charles Henry

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MATTHEWS

William

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OSBORNE

Harvey Spencer

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OSBORNE

Samuel Snelson

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OSBORNE

William Sydney

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RUSH

William Ernest

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SEWELL

Robert Ernest

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SHERRIF

William Oscar

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SNELSON

Joseph Phillip

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SNELSON

Edwin Theodore

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SNELSON

James Robert

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SNELSON

John Albert

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SNELSON

Wallace Stanley

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SNELSON

Walter

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SNELSON

John Thomas

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SNELSON

George Charles

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SNELSON

Bertie Samuel

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SNELSON

William James

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TOWNSEND

John Edmund

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TIMMS

Alfred

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TIMMS

William John Albert

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WEBB

Ross

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WILSON

Cyril Fredrick

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W????

Bert

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WILLS

Joseph Edmund

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1939 - 1945

POOLE

Albert Derrick

Sergeant 1580928, 40 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 12th May 1944. Age 21. Adopted son of Mrs. S. A. Billingham, of Abthorpe. Buried in CORIANO RIDGE WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Collective grave III, F, 9.

Not on memorial but buried in churchyard

MATTHEWS

Harold Charles

Petty Officer Motor Mechanic C/MX125854, H.M.L.C.P.(L)4., Royal Navy. Died 4th April 1944. Age 21. Son of Harry Vardy Matthews and Maud Harriett Matthews of Bradden. Buried in the ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH CEMETERY, ABTHORPE, Northamptonshire.

H.C. MATTHEWS
PETTY OFFICER
4th APRIL 1944 AGE 21

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