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GREAT HALE WAR MEMORIAL

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The memorial is to be found within Great Hale Cemetery, Little Hale Road (B1394), Great Hale, Lincolnshire. It takes the form of a stone obelisk with the dedication and names in lead lettering on the front face of the plinth, the whole being mounted on a single step, secured on a square base of concrete and surrounded by low railings. The memorial was first unveiled and dedicated on 1 April 1923 with Capt. Pattinson, Mr Joseph Hall, Revd. E. Trevett, Mr W. Southern, Rev Frederick McKenzie, and parishioners present. There are seventeen names listed in total, fourteen for World War 1 and three for World War 2.

Great Hale Colin Murray (WMR-54141)

IN GRATEFUL MEMORY
1914-1919.

GARNER

William

Possibly Private 12723. 7th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died of wounds 21 October 1915, aged 24 years. Son of John William and Martha Garner of Fen Farm, Stainfield, Lincs. Born Wellingore, enlisted Boston and resident Bassingham, Lincs. Commemorated HOP STORE CEMETERY. Plot I. Row B. Grave 4. See also Hale Magna and Hale Parva

GARRILL

Fred

Private 13530. 6th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 9 August 1915, aged 18 years. Son of William and Sarah Garrill of Great Hale Fen, Lincs. Born Sleaford, enlisted Spilsby and resident Heckington, Lincs. Commemorated HELLES MEMORIAL. Panel 44 to 46. See also Hale Magna and Hale Parva

GRAY Hugh
Private 21631, 10th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died 21 November 1919. Aged 23. Buried in GREAT HALE CEMETERY, Lincolnshire. See also Hale Magna and Hale Parva
HESSELL Walter

Private 5410, 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Killed in action at Ypres 29 October 1914. Born Great Hale, Lincolnshire, resident Hammersmith, Middlesex, enlisted Sleaford. Originally attested 8 February 1904 in Sleaford, aged 19 years 7 months. Baptised 28 September 1884 in Great Hale, son of JohnTHompson and Matilda Hessell. In the 1891 census he was aged 6, born Great Hale, Lincolshire, son of John T and Matilda Hessell, resident Great Hale, Sleaford, Lincolnshire. In the 1901 census he was aged 16, born Great Hale, Lincolshire, an Ordinary Agricultural Labourer, son of John and Matilda Hessell, resident Hale Magna, Great Hale, Sleaford, Lincolnshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 26, born Great Hale, Lincolnshire, a Police Constable boarding at Little Bytham Grantham, Little Bytham, Lincolnshire. He married in Fulham Registration District, London, in the January to March Quarter 1912, either Norah M Smith or Eliza A Turner. Religious denomination Church of England. He appears to have been a Reservist who became a Policeman in London and was recalled to service at the start of the war. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 11. See also Hale Magna and Hale Parva

HOUGHTON E
No further information currently available
KEY George
Private 32416, 2nd Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment. Killed in action 2 June 1917. Aged 25. Born Great Hale, Lincolshire, resident Shearbridge, Yorkshire, enlisted Bradford, Yorkshire. Son of Francis and Mary Ann Key, of Great Hale, Sleaford, Lincs; brother opf William (below); husband of Hilda Key, of 12, Rink Terrace, Mount St., Batley, Yorks. Buried in BOIS-CARRE BRITISH CEMETERY, THELUS, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II.Row B. Grave 7. See also Hale Magna and Hale Parva
KEY William
Lance Corporal 13518, 188th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) formerlu S4/158004, Royal Army Service Corps. Killed in action 26 October 1917. Aged 23. Born Great Hale, Lincolnshire, resident Heckington, Lincolnshire, enlisted Plumstead. Son of Francis and Mary Ann Key, of Great Hale, Heckington, Sleaford, Lincs; brother of George (above). No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 154 to 159. See also Hale Magna and Hale Parva
SHAW

Ashbourne Delanoy

Military Medal. Sergeant 800060. C Bty, 84th Bde, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds 5 October 1917, aged 31 years. Son of Robert and Annie Shaw of Swineshead, husband of Mrs G.M Shaw of Great Hale Vicarage, Lincs. Born Swineshead and enlisted Boston, Lincs. Commemorated ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY. XXVII.F.14. See also Hale Magna and Hale Parva

THORPE Cecil
Private 21293, 10th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 18 September 1917. Born Great Hale, Lincolnshire, resident Heckington, Lincolnshire, enlisted Sleaford, Lincolnshire. Buried in JEANCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Aisne, France. Plot II. Row D. Grave 19. See also Hale Magna and Hale Parva
WARD

Albert Edward

Private 27002. 1st Battalion, Royal Lancaster Regiment. Killed in action 19 October 1916. Born Great Hale and enlisted Sleaford, Lincs. Commemorated THIEPVAL MEMORIAL. Pier and Face 5D and 12B. See also Hale Magna and Hale Parva

WARD

John William

Corporal 15220. 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 4th October 1917, aged 27 years. Son of Speed and Hannah Ward of Little Hale, Lincs. Born Heckington, enlisted Sleaford and resident Heckington, Lincs. Commemorated TYNE COT MEMORIAL. Panel 35 to 37 and 162 to 162A. See also Hale Magna and Hale Parva

WOODCOCK

George Henry

Private 136140. 35th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), formerly 23048 South Staffordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 10 November 1918. Husband of Letty Woodcock of East Heckington, Lincs. Born Caythorpe and enlisted Lincoln, Lincs. Commemorated TERLINCTHUN BRITISH CEMETERY, Wimille. X.D.5. See also Hale Magna and Hale Parva

WOODS

Charles

Private 45622, 2nd Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 11 October 1918. Born Sleaford, Lincs and enlisted Derby, Derbyshire. Married Gertie Louisa Ride Smith on 1 March 1903, they had the following children, Charles Richard, Frederick William, Doris Maud, Elsie May, Constance Evelyn, and Elizabeth Gwendoline Woods; all born in Derby with Elizabeth's address at birth being 24, Stanhope Street, Derby. In 1921 Gertie, Doris, Elsie, Connie and Elizabeth are still at that address. Also in the house is David Keery her future husband. Gertie Louisa Woods is named on the World War 1 pension ledger. Commemorated BRANCOURT-LE-GRAND MILITARY CEMETERY, Aisne, France. Row B. Grave 12. See also Hale Magna and Hale Parva

WOODS

William

Private 24168, 1st Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers formerly 23441, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 1 July 1916. Born Old Sawley, enlisted Derby. Married Elizabeth Freeman in 1903 and parents Henry Freeman/Mary Hannah Johnson. William is on the 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911 census. The children were William born prior to marriage in 1902, Eliza Rose Woods, John Henry Woods, Albert Woods and Mary Woods. His wife Elizabeth died later that year. The pension Ledgers show Henry Freeman as the guardian of the children and they are together on the 1921 census. Buried in REDAN RIDGE CEMETERY NO.2, BEAUMONT-HAMEL, Somme, France. Row C. Grave 23. See also Hale Magna and Hale Parva

1939 - 1945
COLLETT, AFC

Albert Leslie

Squadron Leader (Pilot) 45448, 83 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 27 April 1944. Awarded the Air Force Cross (A.F.C). Commemorated DURNBACH WAR CEMETERY. Plot 3. Row H. Collective Grave 8-13. See also Hale Magna and Hale Parva

DICKSON James
No further information currently available. See also Hale Magna and Hale Parva
PLANT Ernest
Leading Stoker C/KX 85074, Royal Navy. Died 4 November 1944. Aged 30. Son of Sam and Alice Plant, of Great Hale. Buried in GREAT HALE CEMETERY, Lincolnshire. Row T. Grave 4. See also Hale Magna and Hale Parva

Last updated 8 June, 2023

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