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GRETTON WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled by Maurice Kellner, from research by Gordon Hall, on behalf of Gretton Local History Society - copyright © 2014

The Gretton War Memorial is located on the village green opposite the parish church of St James the Great. It is unusual in that it records seventy two names of men who served in the Great War and returned, in addition to the thirty five men who gave their lives for their country. These are picked out in gold.

Photographs Copyright © Maurice Kellner 2014

TO KEEP IN MIND
THOSE FROM THIS PLACE
WHO FELL & ALSO
THOSE WHO SERVED
IN THE GREAT WAR
1914-1918

ADDY
Thomas
Private 15863, B Company, 7th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 17th August 1916 during the Battle of The Somme in Trones Wood, aged 23 years. Son of Lydia Addy of Gretton and the late William Henry Addy. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial To The Missing, near the town of Albert, The Somme, France, Piers 11A & 11D.
BOON
Robert Henry
Private 14082, B Company, 7th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 13th November 1915, aged 26 years. Son of Mr Joseph Boon and Mrs E Boon, of The Nook, Gretton. Buried in Voormezele No.3 Cemetery, near Ypres, Belgium, Plot XIII Row E Grave No. 19.
BOON
Thomas
Gunner 102125, 301st Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds 7th September 1918, aged 34 years. Son of Mrs Martha Boon and the late Mr Henry Boon. Husband of Elizabeth Bradshaw Boon (nee Templar). Buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, near Ypres, Belgium, Plot XXV Row J Grave No. 25.
CHAPMAN
George Thomas
Private 203386, 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 11th November 1917, aged 30 years. Son of Mr Henry and Mrs Sarah Ann Chapman, of West End, Gretton. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial To The Missing, near Ypres, Belgium, Panels 104-105.
CHAPMAN
John Thomas
Private 435530, 536th Agricultural Company, Labour Corps. Formerly 16778 1st Northamptonshire Regiment. Died 14th July 1918, aged 35 Years. Believed to be Son of Betsy Chapman. Buried in the South East part of St James Churchyard, Gretton,
COLEMAN
Albert
Private 16511, D Company 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 14th March 1915, aged 19 years. Son of John Henry and Louisa Coleman of Gretton. Commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial To The Missing, near Bethune in France, Panels 28-30.
COLEMAN
Arthur
Corporal 16002, 5th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died 12th December 1918 following injury, aged 27 years. Son of John Henry and Louisa Coleman of Gretton. Buried in the South East part of St James Churchyard, Gretton, where his grave is marked by a simple wooden cross.
CRAXFORD
John W
Private 74783, 39th Field Ambulance Unit of the Royal Army Medical Corps. Died of wounds in Mesopotamia 11th March 1917, aged 44 years. Son of Robert and Sarah Craxford and the husband of Elizabeth Maud Craxford (nee Laney). Commemorated on the Basra War Memorial, Panel 42.
FURSDON
James
Private 58114, 142nd Field Ambulance Unit of the Royal Army Medical Corps. Killed in action 24th July 1916, aged 33 years. Son of Thomas and Christiana Fursdon of Gretton, and the husband of Mary Louise Fursdon of Kettering. Buried in Bernafay Wood Cemetery, near the village of Longueval, Somme region of France. Special Memorial.
GOODE
Joe
Private 377522, Labour Corps and formerly 18669 6th Northamptonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 1st April 1918. No family details are available other than he was born in Gretton. Buried in ST Sever Military Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France, Area P Plot IX Row K Grave No. 11B.
GUNNELL
John
Private G/13432, 7th Battalion, Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment. Died 3rd June 1917, whilst a prisoner of war, aged 21 Years. Son of Robert and Elizabeth Tee Boon. Buried in Hamburg Military Cemetery, Germany, Plot IV Row H Grave No. 10.
IRELAND
Downes
Private 204651, 1/4th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment. Killed in action 27 November 1917. Son of Thomas and Ellen Ireland. Buried in Dochy Farm British Cemetery, near Ypres, Belgium, Plot VII Row E Grave No. 1.
JINKS
Benjamin George
Guardsman 23209, 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards. Killed in action between 14th & 17th September 1916, aged 26 years. Son of Mary Ann Jinks, of The Nook, Gretton. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial To The Missing, near the town of Albert, The Somme region of France, Pier 8D.
KING
Harold
Private 67242, 2nd Battalion London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers). Formerly 182291 29th Training Reserve Battalion. Killed in action 26th October 1917, aged 19 years. Son of Charles and Lucy King, of The Nook, Gretton. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial To The Missing, near Ypres, Belgium, Panels 28-20 & 162, 162A and 163A.
KNIGHT
Herbert Joseph
Sergeant 15904, 7th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 16th June 1917. Aged 26 Years. Son of John Robert and Annie Knight. Commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial To The Missing, Ypres, Belgium, Panels 43 and 45.
LANK
Herbert
Private 7617, 1st Battalion Northampton Regiment. Killed in action during ‘The Battle of Aubers Ridge’ on 9th May 1915, aged 30 years. Born in Stamford, the son of Mr S and Mrs E Lank, he married Annie Rebecca Lank (nee Palmer) of Gretton. Commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial To The Missing, near Bethune in France, Panels 28-30.
LENTON
Sydney
Lance Corporal 16181, 7th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 30th April 1916, aged 19 years. Son of Ephraim and Elizabeth Lenton. Buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery & Extension Nord, France, Plot II Row D Grave No. 120.
LENTON
William Jarman
Private 9469, 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment. Died in action 14th March 1915, aged 21 years. Born in Gretton and believed to be the son of Angelina Lenton. Commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial To The Missing, near Bethune, France, Panels 28-30.
LOWE
John George
Private 3/10042, 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 1st June 1916, aged 21 years. Son of Thomas William and Elizabeth Lowe. Buried in Barlin Communal Cemetery Extension, near Bethune, France, Plot I Row B Grave No. 35.
MANN
William
Acting Corporal 9447, 1st Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment. Died of wounds 2nd December 1915, aged 34 years. Born in Gretton, he was the husband of Susannah Mann of Sleaford. Buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France, Plot III Row G Grave No. 21A.
ODELL
Oliver Henry Cecil
2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers). Killed in action in the Battles of The Somme, 10th September 1916, aged 21 years. Son of Thomas Henry and Annie Adelaide Odell. Buried in Flat Iron Copse Military Cemetery, near Bazentin-Le-Petit, Somme Battlefield, France, Plot III Row I Grave No. 4.
PRIDMORE
George William
Sergeant 7017, 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 22nd December 1914, aged 29 years. Son of John and Sarah Pridmore, of Montreal, Canada, and husband of Mabel Pridmore. Commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial To The Missing, near Bethune, France, Panels 28-30.
ROGERS
John Martin
Private 2401, 3/1st Battalion Lincolnshire Yeomanry. Died in the United Kingdom 22nd June 1915, aged 24 years. Son of John and Jane Rogers. In the absence of any further information it must be assumed that he died of accident, illness or disease. Buried in Lincoln (Newport) Cemetery Grave D.112.
RUDKIN
Frederick William
Private 27638, 7th Battalion Border Regiment. Formerly 6044 Essex Regiment.. Died of wounds 25th March 1918, aged 23 years. Son of Frederick Rudkin of Gretton, he was born at Harringworth. Buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France, Plot XXXI Row II Grave No. 25
SHAW
William Henry
Guardsman 6264, 1st Battalion Scots Guards. Died in a German prisoner-of-war camp on 10th March 1915, aged 28 years. He was born in Portsmouth, the son of Edmund John Shaw (a baker) and Emma Shaw. Buried in Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery, Poland, Grave Ref: PILA P.O.W. Cemetery, Special Memorial 14.
SMITH
Staples
Sergeant 42629, 1st Battalion Cambridgeshire Regiment. Formerly 23577 Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 5th September 1918, aged 23 years. Son of Joseph and Elizabeth Smith. Buried in Peronne Communal Cemetery, France, Plot V Row O Grave No. 8.
SPENDLOVE
Jonathan
Private 15936, "B" Company, 7th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 27th September 1915, aged 22 years. Son of Thomas and Adelaide Spendlove. Commemorated on the Loos Memorial To The Missing, France, Panels 91-93.
STAPLETON
Leonard
Private G/10342, 10th Battalion Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment. Formerly 22489 Northamptonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 23rd September 1916, aged 20 years. Son of Rebecca Stapleton. Buried in St Sever Military Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France, Grave Reference B 20 29.
TEE BOON
Robert
Private 106625, 7th Reserved Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment). Died in the United Kingdom on 4th July 1918, aged 18 years. Son of Mr and Mrs Robert Tee Boon. On 3rd of July 1918 he was admitted to Grimsby Hospital suffering from influenza and pneumonia and sadly, died the next day. Buried in Kettering (London Road) Cemetery, Northants. Grave No. 2453.
TEMPLAR
Charles
Private 30922, 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 10th July 1917, aged 19 years. Son of William Bradshaw Templar and Sarah Ann Templar. Charles was one of those who were never found … hence his name on the Nieuport Memorial, France
VILLETTE
Charles Sydney
Private 203424, 6th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 7th August 1917, aged 27 years. Son of William and Charlotte Villette. Commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial To The Missing, Ypres, Belgium, Panels 43 and 45.
WATERS
Harry
Private 17024, 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 10th July 1917. Born at Kirby Hall, Deene, the son of Mr Thomas and Mrs M A Waters. Buried in Tyne Cot Cemetery, near Ypres, Belgium, Plot XXXV Row II Grave No. 13.
WHALLEY
William
Regretfully, to date it has not been possible to positively identify this soldier.
WYMANT
Joseph
Sergeant 20008, 1/5th Hampshire Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds 16th December 1915, aged 39 years. Son of Mrs Mary Ann Wymant and the late Mr David Wymant, and husband of Frances Wymant. Buried in Kut War Cemetery, Iraq. Row R Grave No. 2.
WYMANT
William
Acting Bombardier 81102, 140 Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 7th July 1917, aged 31 years. Son of Mrs Ann Wymant of The Nook, Gretton and the husband of Mrs Kate Wymant (nee Weston) of Jubilee Cottage, Gretton. Buried in Ferme-Olivier Cemetery, near the village of Elverdinghe, near Ypres, Belgium, Plot III Row G Grave No. 18.

AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN
AND IN THE MORNING
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

1939-1945

DOHERTY Joseph
Private 14611113, 2nd Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment. Died 26 January 1945. Aged 27. Son of William and Helen Doherty; husband of Margaret May Doherty, of Gretton, Northamptonshire. Buried in Taukkyan War Cemetery, Myanmar. Plot 19. Row C. Grave 7.
LATTIMER Cyril
Private 14725121, 2nd Battalion, Welch Regiment. Died 27 February 1945. Aged 19. Son of Ernest and Charlotte Lattimer, of Gretton, Northamptonshire. No known grave. Commemorated on Rangoon Memorial, Myanmar. Face 14.
LEIGHTON Albert Stanley James
Staff Serjeant 7587481, 4 Base Ordnance Depot, Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Died 29 July 1943. Aged 26. Son of Capt. Albert T. Edward Leighton and Emily Ellen Leighton, of Gretton, Northamptonshire. Buried in Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial, Cemetery, Egypt. Plot 5. Row C. Grave 13.
PALMER William Reginald
Sergeant (Flight Engineer) 1583509, 405 (R.C.A.F.) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 30 January 1944. Aged 21. 'Son of George Albert and Georgina Palmer, of Gretton. Buried in Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Berlin, Germany. Plot 7. Row F. Grave 18.
THOMAS [Roy] Dudley Clifton
Flying Officer (Navigator/Bomber) 108829, 487 (R.N.A.Z.A.F.) Squadron, oyal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 3 May 1943. Aged 30. Son of Sydney and Mary Thomas, of Gretton, Northamptonshire. Buried in Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery, Noord-Holland, Netherlands. Plot 69. Row C. Collective grave 2.

Last updated 27 August, 2014

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