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World War 1 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and Copyright © Martin Edwards 2014

The memorial was buried in the garden of a Private House in Cherry Willingham, West Lindsey. The memorial was from Silver Street Methodist Church, Silver Street, Lincoln; it was recovered and rebuilt and now resides in All Saints Church, Monks Road, Lincoln. it takes the form of a white tablet with pediment, wooden capping and sill; a scroll design on the sides and the lettering in black. There are 16 names listed for World War 1 only.

See the article by The Royal Anglian & Royal Lincolnshire Regimental Association - Lincoln Branch entitled "The Lost First World War Memorial"

Photograph Copyright © Bill Ball 2006


BEAN John Tom
Private 8421, 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment.Killed in action 2 January 1915. Born and enlisted Lincoln. Aged 41. Son of Robert and Sarah Bean; husband of Elizabeth Bean, of 1, Eden Place, Melville Street, Lincoln. Buried in RUE-PETILLON MILITARY CEMETERY, FLEURBAIX, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row A. Grave 21.

No further information currently available.

In the 1891 census George E Bee was aged 9, born Lincoln, a scholar, son of John R and Harriett Bee, resident Charles Street West, Lincoln, Lincolnshire. In the 1901 census George Ernest Bee was aged 18, born Lincoln, a Railway clerk, son of John R and Harriett Bee, resident 15, Charles Street West, Lincoln St Mary Le Wigford with Holmes Common, Lincoln, Lincolnshire.

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CARR Richard
Private 5958, 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died of wounds 25 July 1916. Aged 35. Born and enlisted Lincoln. Husband of Ada E. Carr, of 54, Coulson Rd., Boultham, Lincoln. Buried in WIMEREUX COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row O. Grave 25.
Lance Corporal 18672, 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died of wounds 9 July 1916. Aged 32. Born South Carlton, Notts, enlisted Lincoln. Son of Sarah and the late George Cowling, of 74, Monk's Rd., Lincoln. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (D.C.M.). Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot A. Row 24. Grave 26.
DAME Charles Frederick
Private 5534, 1st/4th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 17 August 1916. Enlisted Lincoln. Buried in BERLES POSITION MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Row C. Grave 12.
Private 8588, "A" Company, 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 25 September 1915. Aged 25. Born and enlisted Lincoln, resident Peterborough, Northamptonshire. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Dobson, of 42, Williamson Avenue, Peterborough. No kinown grave. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 3.
ELLIOTT Herbert [Thomas]
Private 2876, 1st/4th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died of wounds 1 July 1916. Born Retford, Notts, enlisted Lincoln. Buried in WARLINCOURT HALTE BRITISH CEMETERY, SAULTY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row E. Grave 11.
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Private 241488, "B" Company, 2nd/5th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died on service 4 January 1919. Aged 21. Born and enlisted Lincoln. Son of Thomas Lewis Hallam and Emma Hallam, of 15, Grantham St., Lincoln. Buried in THE HAGUE GENERAL CEMETERY, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands. Grave 5.
Corporal 1488, 1st/4th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 13 October 1915. Born Wisbech, Cambs, enlisted Lincoln. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 31 to 34.
KEYWORTH, VC Leonard James

Lance Corporal 3026, 1st/24th (County of London) Battalion (The Queen's), London Regiment. Died of wounds 19 October 1915. Aged 22. Resident Lincoln, enlisted Kennington. Son of James and Emma Keyworth, of Lincoln, resident of 22, Coningsby Street, Lincoln. Awarded the Victoria Cross (V.C.) and Medal of St. George (2nd Class) of Russia. Buried in ABBEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot III. Row C. Grave 2.

Victoria Cross Citation London Gazette 2 July 1915:

"For most conspicuous bravery at Givenchy on the night of 25-26th May, 1915. After the assault on the German possition by the 24th Battalion, London Regt, efforts were made by that Unit to follow up their sucess by a bomb attack, during the progress of which 58 men out of a total 75 became casualties. During this very fierce encounter Lance-Cpl Keyworth stood fully exsposed for 2 hours on the top of the enemy's parapet, and threw about 150 bombs amongst the Germans, who were only a few yards away."

OSBOURNE Thomas Edwin
Private 27280, 1st Battalion, Kings Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment). Killed in action 13 October 1916. Aged 18. Enlisted Lincoln. Resident of 35 Broadgate Lincoln. Buried in GUARDS' CEMETERY, LESBOEUFS, Somme, France. Plot III. Row AA. Grave 9.
Private 39319, 3rd/5th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 10 October 1917. Aged 20. Born East Barkwith, Lincs, enlisted Lincoln. Son of Mrs. Mary Jane Prescott, of East Barkwith, Lincoln. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 54 to 60.
Company Sergeant Major 220, 1st/4th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 13 October 1915. Born and enlisted Lincoln. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 31 to 34.

Second Lieutenant, 5th Battalion (Territorial), Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 20 June 1916. Aged 26. Born 19 September 1890. Resident of West Parade, Lincoln. Son of John Miles Willis and Elizabeth Willis, of Langwith, Mansfield. In the 1901 census he was aged 10, born Longwith, Nottinghmahsire, son of John MIles and Elizabeth Willis, resident 258, West Parade, Lincoln St Mary Le Wigford with Holmes Common, Lincoln, Lincolnshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 20, born Nether Langwith, Nottinghamshire, an Assistant chemist works, boarding at 86, Southgrove Road, Sheffield, Ecclesall, Yorkshire & Yorkshire (West Riding). Buried in LA LAITERIE MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot VIII. Row C. Grave 1.

Extract from Lincolnshire Chronicle - Saturday 01 July 1916, page 5:


Lieut., Oscar Willis

Lincolnians heard with regret of the death in action of a former Lincoln Municipal Technical School student, in the person of Lieut. Oscar Willis, who was killed by a piece of shrapnel on June 20th, death being instantaneous.

Son of the late Mr J. M. Willis, of Lincoln, deceased spent the earlier part of his life in Lincoln, and later went to Sheffield, where he entered the employment of Messrs. Edgar Allen and Co., Tinsley. There he held an important position in the steel works for 10 years.

Lieut Willis enlisted in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (Birmingham City Battalion) at the beginning of the war and later obtained a commission in the Northumberland Fusiliers.

The following letter has been received by his brother from Lieut. Willis's commanding officer:—

"It is with the greatest sorrow and regret that I have to inform you that your brother, Second Lieut O. Willis, of the 5th Northumberland Fusiliers, was killed by a shell early this morning. Though he had only been a comparitive short time in the battalion he had during that time made himself thoroughly respected and liked by everyone, and no one regrets his death more than I do. Both I and the company commander regarded him as a very promising officer, and one who, who had he been spared, would have gone far and done well. I am assured his death was absolutely instantaneous, and it is at least some slight gratification to think he suffered none of the pain which, unfortunately only too often is suffered by the wounded in this war."

Lieut. Willis's two brothers are also serving with the colours. Arthur Willis is a despatched rider, attached to the headquarters staff of the Garrison Artillery, and Pte. Cyril Willis is serving in France with the 11thm Sherwood Foresers. He has also served at the Dardenlles where he was one of the 30 survivors of his battalion of 1,200.


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