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WRAGBY WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and Copyright © Mo Fricke 2012

The memorial is located in Wragby and is the Pipe Organ within the Methodist Church on Church Street. Those who were killed are named on three plaques for the First World War and Second World War plus one name, namely Clifford Havercroft, who committed suicide as a result of wounds received during World War 2; his best friend asked that his name be added at the base. A further descriptive plaque exists on an external wall. The organ was made by Messrs Cousins Sons & Co., Lincoln and unveiled February 1921. There are 12 names for World War 1 and 5 for World War 2. The organ was cleaned and overhauled in October 1996 at a cost of £2,665.00. There is a further memorial within All Saints Church, Church Street, Wragby, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire. The World War 1 memorial takes the form of a brass plaque on the internal wall of the church with a further brass plaque below it for World War 2. The names are the same as the Methodist Church Memorial.

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THE ORGAN IN THIS CHURCH
COMMEMRATES THE FALLEN
OF THIS PARISH IN TWO WORLD WARS
1914-1918
1939-1945
IN OUR MUSIC
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

1914 - 1918

BARTON Charles Flintham
[Listed as Lincolnshire Regiment on memorial] Corporal 498, 4th Company, Machine Gun Corps. Died 11 December 1917. Aged 19. Son of H. and E. Barton, of High St., Wainfleet, Lincs. Buried in Etretat Churchyard Extension, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 7.
BRATLEY Luther
Sergeant 19170, 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 23 October 1916. Aged 25. Born and lived in Wragby, enlisted Wragby, Lincs. Baptised 1 April 1891 in All Saints, Wragby. Son of William and Ann Bratley. In the 1911 census he was aged 20, a Market gardener, born Wragby, son of William Ann Bratley, brother of Martin (below), resident Bardney Road Wragby, Wragby, Lincolnshire. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C.
BRATLEY Martin
Private 202006, 2nd/5th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’ Own). Killed in action 3 May 1917. Aged 30. Baptised 28 July 1886 in All Saints, Wragby. Son of William and Ann Bratley. Born and resident Wragby, enlisted Wragby, Lincs. In the 1911 census he was aged 24, a Labourer on the Highways Road, born Wragby, son of William Ann Bratley, brother of Luther (above), resident Bardney Road Wragby, Wragby, Lincolnshire. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 4.
BROXHOLME George Frederick
Private 22810, 6th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 3 June 1917. Born in Wragby,resident Langworth, enlisted Lincoln. Baptaised All Saints, Wragby, 26 November 1890, son of Peter and Rosanna Broxholme. In the 1901 census he was aged 10, born Wragby, son of Peter and Riosanna Broxholme, resident Bardney Road, Wragby, Horncastle, Lincolnshire. Buried in Croisilles British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row C. Grave 4.
CHAPMAN Bertram
Able Seaman J/16332, H.M.S. Queen Mary, Royal Navy. Killed in action 31 May 1916 at Jutland Bank at the Battle of Jutland. Aged 21. Born 30 November 1894 in Lincoln. Son of John Henry and Sarah Jane Chapman, of Bardney Road, Wragby. In the 1901 census he is listed as aged 6, born Wragby, son of John H and Sarah J Chapman, resident Bardney Road, Wragby, Horncastle, Lincolnshire. Carter by trade. In the 1911 census he was aged 16, born Wragby, a Labourer on fram, son of John Henry and Sarah Jane Chapman, resident Bardney Road, Wragby, Lincolnshire. Enlisted 30 November 1912 for 12 years, height 5 feet 5½ inches, chest 35¾ inches, brown hair, blue eyes, fresh complexion. No known grave. Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire. Panel 12.
CLARKE Robert William

Captain (MRCVS), Royal Army Veterinary Corps (Territorial Force - Yeomanry). Died on service 19 August 1916. Lived at Beech House, Wragby. Mentioned in Horncastle News 26 August 1916. IN the 1901 census he was aged 34, born Horncastle, a Veterinary Surgeon, a widower, resident Silver Street, Wragby, Horncastle, Lincolnshire. Husband of Jeannie Mary (nee Ward) Clarke, married 10 January 1907 in St Mary, Barton on Humber. In the 1911 census he was aged 44, born Horncastle, a Veterinary Surgeon M.R.C.I.S, husband of Jeannie Mary and father of Nancy, resident Beech House, Wragby, Lincolnshire. Buried in Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. Plot P. Grave 135.

Extract from Lincolnshire Echo - Wednesday 23 August 1916, page 3:

A cablegram from Cairo, to Mrs. R. W. Clarke, Wragby, a few days ago, brought the information that her husband, Oapt. Clarke. M R C.V.S., of the Yeomanry, was seriously ill. A later cable from his brother officers expresecl sympathy on his loss. No official intimation of his death has yet arrived. Mr Clarke has had for many years an extensive veterinary practice at Wragby and neighbourhood, and was generally highly respected. He was very energetic and anything he underook was well carried out. He was formerly a successful racing cyclist. The local foal breeding association lose in him an able secretary. His wife and family will meet with general sympathy.

Extract from Grantham Journal - Saturday 26 August 1916, page 4:

Captain Robert William Clarke, M.R.C.V.S., of the Yeomanry, who resided at Beech House, Wragby, is reported to have died in hospital in Egypt. Capt. Clarke gave up extensive practice to join the Yeomanry after the war broke out, and he went out with the first draft in September last. He was on board the Mercian when she was shelled by a U boat in the Mediterranean, and was in the water for many hours before being picked up. Capt Clarke leaves a widow and two little girls.

DAVISON Harry
[DAVISON on Methodist memorial or DAVIDSON on Church memorial] Private 28615, 6th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry formerly 15317, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 16 September 1916. Aged 35. Born Barling, resident Wragby, enlisted Lioncoln. Baptised 1 February 1880 in Apley, Lincolnshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 22, born Barlings' a genetral Labourer, boarding with the Bratley family in Bardney Road, Wragby, Lincolnshire. Son of George and Mary Davison. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 6 B.
DOBSON John Benjamin
Private 200330, 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 21 March 1918. Aged 27. Born in 1891 Son of William and Louisa Dobson of Wragby. Born Bardney, resident Stoke ferry, Norfolk, enlisted Horncastle, Lincolnshire. Son of William and Louisa Dobson, of Wragby, Lincs; husband of Rachel (nee Saunders) Dobson, of 17, Gourley's Rd., Newland, Lincoln; married 22 September 1917 at Foulden, Norfolk, he was a solider at that time. Father was a farm bailiff. John was a plumber by trade, married but left no children. Enlisted Horncastle. In the 1901 census he was aged 11, born Bardney, a scholar, son of William and Louisa Dobson, resident Rand Road, Rand, Lincoln, Lincolnshire. No known grave. Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France. Panel 23 and 24.
HUBBARD George
Private 42534, 1st/6th Battalion [CWGC] or 2nd Battalion [SDGW], Durham Light Infantry. Died of wounds 8 April 1918. Aged 34. Husband of Eva Hubbard, Railway Cottage, Wragby, had lived at Barkwith. Born Hilborough, Norfolk, enlisted in Louth, resident Barkwith. Buried in Denain Communal Cemetery, Nord, France. Row A. Grave 57.
KEW Charles Joseph William or Charles Walter

either Charles Joseph William, Private 15196, 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in actionb 28 June 1916. Aged 27. Born Spilsby, Lincolnshire, resident Dunstan, Lincolnshire, enlisted Lincoln. Son of Joseph William Kew, of Dunston, Lincoln, and the late Mrs. Kew. IN the 1911 census he was aged 21, born Oynton All Saints, a Farm Labourer, son of Joseph William and Edith Annie Kew, resident Toynton All Saints, Spilsby, Lincolnshire. Buried in Albert Communal Cemetery Extension. Somme, France. Plot I. Row H. Grave 12.

or Charles Walter, Private 16214, 6th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died on service 23 October 1915 at Gallipoli. Born and resident Toynton All Saints, ennlisted Spilsby, Lincolnshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 14, born Hampole, Yorkshire, a Farm Labourer, son of Charles Robert and Gertrude Kew, resident Boston Road, Spilsby, Toynton All Saints, Lincolnshire. Buried in Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. Plot D. Grave 155.

SHARPE George William
Sapper 46139, 83rd Field Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 24 March 1918. Aged 24. Born and enlisted Wragby. Son of George Freeston Sharpe and Olive Sharpe of Wragby. In the 1901 census he was aged 7, born Wragby, son of George F and Olive Sharpe, resident South Road, Wragby, Horncastle, Lincolnshire. No known grave. Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France. Panel 10 to 13.
THORNTON Charles
Private 10536, 6th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died of wounds at Gallipoli 11 August 1915. Born 20 December 1895, and resident, North Luffenham, Rutland, enlisted 11 August 1915 at Lincoln. He was the son of Lewis Thornton. Charles had been a baker by trade and had been employed at Wragby in Lincolnshire, he was the first man from there to enlist after the declaration of war in August 1914. He embarked for Turkey in August 1915 and suffered a wound that he ultimately died from in the vicinity of Suvla Bay. No known grave. Commemorated on Helles Memorial, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Panel 45 to 47.
WILSON William
Private 22865, 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 23 October 1916.Born at Drilby, resident Skegness, enlisted at Wragby. Buried in Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France. Plot XXVIII. Row K. Grave 6.
Others who died in 1914-1918 but are not recorded on the War Memorial in Wragby
BLACKBURN, MM James
Lance Corporal 13421, 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 23 April 1917. Aged 29. Born at South Kelsey, resident of Wragby, enlisted in Louth. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). Commemorated on Langton by Wragby. No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium. Panel 35 to 37 and 162 to 162A.
BLANCHARD Harold Walter
Private 16033, 3rd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died on service in the United Kingdom 16 January 1916. Aged 29. Son of Charles and Mary Ann Blanchard; husband of Kate Blanchard. Born Wragby, enlisted Lincoln, resident Linwood. Buried in St. Thomas’ Churchyard, Legsby, Lincolnshire.
CLARK George
Corporal C/6178, 18th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Died of wounds 18 September 1917. Born Wragby, enlisted Derby. No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 115 to 119.
CLIFF John Willie

Private 29465, 9th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment formerly 118095, Training Reserve Battalion. Killed in action 25 May 1918. Born Wragby, enlisted Hull. No known grave. Commemorated on Soissons Memorial, Aisne, France.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918, Volume 5, page 33:

CLIFF, JOHN WILLIE, Private, No. 29465, 9th (Service) Battn. The Loyal North Lancashire Regt., s. of William Cliff, of No. 6, Hampden Terrace, Seaton Street, Hull, by his wife, Mary, dau. of Samuel Sewell, of Gaddlethorpe ; b. Wrawby, co. Lincoln, 22 Oct. 1899; educ. Fountain Road Board School, Hull ; was employed as a Grocer ; enlisted 25 Oct. 1917 ; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from 28 April, 1918; was reported missing after the fighting at Chateau Thierry 27 May following, and later reported killed in action on that date. The Report of the 9th Loyal North Lancashire Regt., dated 25-31 May, 1915, stated : " Our reports show that the 7th Loyal North Lancashires took part in the desperate fighting in Flanders during the month of April, 1918, the result of which was that the German effort to reach the Channel ports was frustrated. Shortly afterwards they were sent with other British troops to the French line between Soissons and Rheims. It was apparently thought that our regiments would he able to recuperate on this quieter portion of the front, and the fresh French divisions were needed elsewhere. This calculation proved wrong, for on 27 May the Crown Prince's Army launched a tremendous attack on the Chemin des Dames, in the confident expectation of this time reaching Paris. On the right, the tenacity of our troops saved Rheims, but on the left both French and British were overwhelmed, and the Germans drove right through to the River Marne. For a while Paris was in imminent danger, and was actually within range of bombardment, but the timely arrival of American troops at Chateau Thierry finally checked the German advance. The 9th Loyal North Lancashires suffered very heavily in killed, wounded and prisoners, and, owing to the ground remaining for some time in enemy occupation, it was impossible to get accurate information about the casualties. We have little information about the stages of the retreat, but hear of them near Berry-au-Bac, at Romain, and between Maizy on the River Aisne, and Fismes. One report says : ' We were at Maizy ; we were taken prisoners and were treated at our own casualty clearing station, which was in German hands." At a place called Muscourt, near Romain, the Germans were driving us back very fast and came over the ground.' All the reports agree in recording the severity of the machine-gun fire, and the fact that ninny casualties were caused by aeroplanes." Unm.

DAFTER Thomas Edward
Private 33513, 1/1st Bucks Battalion, Oxfordfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry formerly 32854, Hampshire Regiment. Killed in action 16 August 1917. Aged 20. (Aged 18 in Memory Book). Son of Mrs. Annie Dafter, of 90 Portland Street, Lincoln. Enlisted in Lincoln, born in Wragby. Commemorated on Lincoln City Memorial. No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
EAST Ernest

Private 13820, 6th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died of wounds 9 October 1917. Born Wragby, enlisted Louth, resident Donington on Bain. Admitted to No 34 Casualty Clearing Station 2 July 1916 with wounds to the abdomen, transferred 5 July 1916. Buried in Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XII. Row J. Grave 2.

EVERTON Fred
Private 40384, 4th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment formerly 26202, South Staffordshire Regiment. Killed in action 23 April 1917. Born Langton, enlisted Lincoln, resident Wragby. Commemorated on on East Barkwith and Langton by Wragby War Memorials. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 6.
HARDWICK Alan
Gunner 54417, 24th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 7 May 1917. Aged 31. Son of Judith Hardwick, of 115, Monk’s Road, Lincoln and the late Charles Hardwick. Native of Wragby, enlisted in Woolwich. Buried in Achiet-Le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row K. Grave 13.
HUMBERSTONE Samuel
Private 12467, 7th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died 25 March 1918. Born and enlisted in Wragby. Commemorated in St. Andrew’s Church, Stainfield. Buried in Senlis Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Plot I. Row C. Grave 10.
MALTBY, MM George Edward
Lance Corporal 201935, 5/6th Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) formerly 23483, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died 24 October 1918. Aged 21 Son of Elizabeth and the late John Charles Maltby, of Market Rasen. Born at Wragby, enlisted in Lincoln. Commemorated on Hannah Memorial Church, Lincoln City, Market Rasen, St. Thomas’s Church and Wesleyan Church, Market Rasen. No known grave. Commemorated on Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 6.
PRENTICE John Henry
Company Quartermaster Sergeant 19093, 9th (Service) Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiement. Died of wounds 8 October 1915. Born Wragby, enlisted Dewsbury, resident Carlton-le-Willows, Notts. Son of John Henry and Ann Prentice, of 82 Station Road, Carlton, Notts. Attested 3 September 1914 at Dewsbury, aged 23 years 160 days, born Wragby, originally as 9/19093, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, resident Gt. Yarmouth, a Signalman by trade, single, transferred to York and Lancaster Regiment 26 September 1914, finally promoted to Sergeant 22 February 1915, Company Quartermaster Sergeant 29 July 1915. Buried in Erquinghem-Lys Churchyard Extension, Nord, France. Plot I. Row E. Grave 10.
TRIVETT Frederick
[TRIVET on SDGW] Colour Sergeant TR6/8628, 13th Battalion, Training Reserve formerly 12012, 11th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment). Died on service in United Kingdom 26 September 1916. Born Wragby, enlisted Nottingham. Buried in Rugeley Cemetery, Staffordshire. Plot/Row/Section/Area II. Grave 404.
WARD John
Private 201555, 1st/4th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died on service 1 May 1918. Born and enlisted Lincoln, resident Wragby. Buried in Les Baraques Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row C. Grave 5A.
WILLERTON Riley
Private 10009, 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 29 November 1917 Born Wragby, enlisted Lincoln, resident Willingham-by-Stow. Son of Thomas and Eliza Willerton, of Willingham-by-Stow, Gainsboro', Lincolnshire. Attested 9 November 1914 at Lincoln, aged 21 years 193 days, a Waggoner by trade, unmarried, height 5 feet 5½ inches, weight 156 lbs, chest 39 inches, fresh complexion, brown eyes, brown hair, religious denomination Church of England. With various battalions until being finally transferred to 2nd Battalion 1 March 1916. No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 35 to 37.
WOOD Edmund Francis
Corporal 9951, 18th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 23 April 1917. Aged 29. Born in Wragby, enlisted in Manchester, resident of Spilsby. Brother of Mrs. P. Laming, of Boston Rd., Spilsby, Lincs. Commemorated on Spilsby, Spilsby Edward VI Grammar School and Spilsby St. James. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.
1939 - 1945
BUTTON Joseph Kenneth
Gunner 979013, 4 Survey Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died whilst a prisoner of War of the Italians between 26 October and 14 November 1942. Aged 29. Son of Frederick Robinson Button and Mary Lilian Button of Scunthorpe. Born Waddingham, Lincolnshire, resident in Wragley (sic), Lincoln. Also commemorated on Brigg Grammar School and Scunthorpe Memorials. No known grave. Commemorated on Alamein Memorial, Egypt. Column 34.
COOK Beatrice May
Royal Air Force, NAAFI. Died 15 January 1943. Aged 47. Worked for the NAAFI. Daughter of John and Jane Cook of Lincoln Road, Wragby. Died at St. Mary’s Street, Lincoln when an incendiary bomb struck the bus she was sitting on. Recorded by Lincoln County Borough.
DIXON Leonard Alfred
Trooper 14401210, “C” Squadron, Inns of Court Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps Killed in action 6 June 1944. Aged 19. Born Lincoln, resident Lincolnshire. Son of Mr and Mrs C Dixon, Wragby. Buried in Bayeux War Cemetery, Calvados, France. Plot Xv. Row B. Grave 25.
WEIGHTMAN, DFC John Bentley
Squadron Leader (Pilot) 43255, 582 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 20 July 1944. Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross (D.F.C.) Married with a 3 year old daughter in 1944. Buried in Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery, Hautot-Sur-Mer, Seine Maritime, France. Row O. Grave 4.

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