ST MARY THE VIRGIN
War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Tony Cutt 2014
at Welford, St Mary the Virgin Church, West Street, Welford are two
memorials, one internal and the other external. The external memorial
is situated in the grounds of St Mary The Virgin Church and takes
the form of a foundation supporting a four-stepped, square, base directly
surmounted by a rectangular sectioned, rough-hewn, parallel-sided,
Latin cross with a bronze figure of Christ and the Crucifixion attached
to the front face of cross; on the front facing is the inscription
on three faces of the front, base, steps with the lowest step face
also bearing WW1 names, although two of these names are partially
obscured but just legible. A further angled tablet at the foot of
the lowest base step bears World War 2 inscription and four names.
All leterring is in th form of pinned, lead, lettering and numerals.
Inside the church is a further Roll of Honour that is freestanding,
framed and glazed. On both memorial are listed 30 names for World
War 1 and four for World War 2.
Copyright © Tony Cutt 2014
THEY DIED FOR THEIR COUNTRY
1914 - 1918
1939 - 1945
They shall grow not old as we that are left to grow old.
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
DIED FOR US
THEY DIED FOR THEIR COUNTRY 1914 -1919
- d. 24th May 1915, France & Flanders. Private7173, 2nd Btn
East Surrey Regiment. Awarded 1914/15 Star, British War Medal &
Victory Medal. Born in Welford, in 1911 lived on West End,Welford
with parents Joseph & Lavina and sister Dora b.1900. On the
1911 census Joseph is shown as a carpenter & joiner and Alfred
is shown as a carpenters apprecntice.
1890 – d. 16th January 1916, Belgium. Corporal 20049, 7th
Btn Northamptonshire Regiment. Awarded British War Medal & Victory
Medal. Born in Welford, in 1911 lived on High Street, Welford with
parents Joseph & Hannah. Joseph was a farm labourer from Yelvertoft.
John’s online army record shows that on joining he was a police
constable living on Hall Lane, Welford. An online will is available.
A photo of his headstone/plaque is available online.
– d. 24th August 1918, France & Flanders. Private 39908,
1/21st Btn East Surrey Regiment. Awarded British War Medal &
Victory Medal. William ~Sidney P Brooks was born in Welford, in
1911 he lived on High Street, Welford with grandmother, mother,
auntie, uncle and two siblings, Iris M Brooks b.1898. Raymond Brooks
b.1893 – d. 28th April 1915 France & Flanders. Private
13090, 1st Btn Northamptonshire Regiment. Awarded 1914/15 Star,
British War Medal & Victory Medal. Jack was born & lived
in Welford, his father was Welford PoliceSgt Thomas Burrows and
mother Frances Ellen Burrows. Jack had four siblings, Frances Burrows
b.1895. Tom Burrows b.1894. Mand Ellen Elizabeth Burrows b1893 &
George Glithera Brrows b.1900. Army record online, including copies
of letters from his father. An online will is available
b.1897 – d. 20th February 1917, France. Private G/61749, 23rd
Btn Royal Fusilers (London Regiment). Awarded British War Medal
& Victory Medal. Born in Welford, son of Joseph & Emma Ann
Margaret Buswell nee Stapleton, who lived in Back Street, Welford
in 1901 with Joseph’s mother Alice. Joseph William Buswell
had 3 siblings, George F Buswell b.1900. Albert Stapleton Buswell
b.1904. Joe Buswell b.1907. Joseph William Buswell is not listed
in either the 1901 or 1911 census. Between 1901 and 1904 the family
appear to have been in Godstone, Surrey because that is where Albert
Stapleton Buswell was born. In 1911 Joseph Buswell snr married Maud
Ellen Glover. In the 1911 census it shows Joseph snr along with
his mother Alice, new wife Maud Ellen Buswell and two sons Fred
Buswell (bel’d Georger Frderick Buswell) and Albert Stapleton
Buswell living on West Street, Welford.
b.1883 – d. 25th March 1918, the Somme,France. Private 27429,
2nd Btn Northamptonshire Regiment. Awarded British War Medal &
Victory Medal. Born in Welford, son of William & Elizabeth Butlin
of Back Street, Welford. William is shown as a tailor outfitter.
Harry had four siblings, Carrie E Butlin b.1878. Elizabeth Butlin
b.1879. Alfred H Butlin b.1880. Sarah E Butlin b.1882. In his will
Harry left £142 2s 6d, to his father, shown as a grocer at
– d. 22nd October 1914, Belgium. Lance corporal 9699, 1st
Btn Leicestershire Regiment. Awarded 1914/15 Star, British War Medal
& Victory Medal. Frank was born in Welford and in 1901 lived
on High Street with his mother and 5 siblings, Albert Clay b.1889.
Lillian Clay b.1896. Maggie Clay b.1898. John Clay b.1899. George
Clay b.1901. By 1911 the family had moved to Great Bowden and Frank’s
occupation is shown as being a Type Founder.
1892 – d. 4th November 1917, Egyptian Theatre. Private 310880,
1/1st Warwickshire Yeomanry. Awarded British War Medal & Victory
Medal. Harry’s parents were Charles & Mary Cooper, Harry
and all his 5 siblings, Selina Cooper b.1880. Beatrice Mary Cooper
b.1884. Kate Jessica Cooper b.1886. Maud Cooper b.1888 and Mary
Winifred Cooper b.1895 were born at Pinley Abbey, Nr Rowington,
Warks. In 1901 the family were living in Little Billing but by 1911
they were living at Welford Lodge, where Harry’s father was
a farm foreman.
b 1894 – d. 9th May 1915, Belgium. Private 7180, 2nd Btn East
Surrey Regiment. Awarded 1914/15 Star, British War Medal & Victory
Medal. Arthur was born in Preston Bissett, Bucks, his parents were
Harry & Emma Coxhill, by 1911 the family were living at West
Street, Welford, Harry’s occupation is shown as labourer on
an estate and Arthur is a farm labourer. Arthur had four siblings,
Joseph Coxhill b.1892. Herbert Coxhill b.1896 (also shown on Welford
Memorial), Annie Elizabeth Coxhill b.1898 and William Coxhill b.
b. 1896 – d. 3rd May 1917, France. Lance Corporal 18423, 6th
Btn Northamptonshire Regiment. Awarded British War Medal & Victory
Medal. Herbert was born in Norton, Northanmptonshire, his parents
were Harry & Emma Coxhill, by 1911 the family were living at
West Street, Welford, Harry’s occupation is shown as labourer
on an estate and Herbert is an errand boy/grocers. Herbert had four
siblings, Joseph Coxhill b.1892. Arthur Henry Coxhill b.1894. Annie
Elizabeth b.1898 and William b.1903.
1889 – d.14th September 1914, France. Lieut, Grenadier Guards.
Frederick was born in Hong Kong whilst his father, Sir G.William
Des Voeux GMCG was Governor of the Colony. Awarded 1914/15 Star,
British War Medal & Victory Medal. Sir George and Lady Des Voeux
lived at 51 Eaton Square, Westminster, London by the time of WW1.
Frederick joined the royal Navy in 1905 and left in 1909 due to
ill health, he joined the Grenadier Guards in 1910. Frederick is
buried in Soupir Churchyard. A photo of him is shown online in De
Ruvigny’s Roll of honour 1014 -1924. Frederick left £7011.11s.5d
in his will to his mother dame Marion Denison Des Voeux widow. Frederick’s
sister was Emma Bettine Des Voeux, wife of Maj Guy Paget of Sulby
1895 – d. 27th March 1918, France. Second Lieutenant, 11th
Btn East Lancashire Regiment. Awarded British War Medal & Victory
Medal. In 1901 Sidney lived with his parents Henry & Annie Gardner
and 6 siblings, George Gardner b.1878. Henry Gardner b.1892. Frank
Gardner b.1893. John Gardner b.1892 Edgar Gardner b.1898 and Ida
Gardner b.1900, these incuded some who also served in WW1, Henry
is shown as a farmer and employer in 1911 and Sidney is shown as
a farmer, the family lived on West End, Welford. His estate shows
he left £96.5s.7d to his mother, Annie Gardner a widow.
b. 1899 – d. 16th April 1918, Belgium. Private 41720, 2/6th
Btn South Staffordshire Regiment. Awarded British War Medal &
Victory Medal. In 1901 Frank lived on High Street, Welford with
his parents John & Emma Grant and four siblings, Edith Emma
Grant b.1898. John Herbert Grant b.1901. Ernest Edward Grant b.1902
and Sarah Ellen Grant b.1903 . In 1911 Frank was still living on
High Street, Welford and still at school.
1886 – d.25th April 1918, France & Flanders. Rifleman
Z/257, 2nd Btn Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consorts Own). Awarded
British War Medal & Victory Medal.Walter was born in Welford
and in 1901 lived on High Street,Welford with his parents William
& Hannah Griffin and two siblings, Hannah E Griffin b.1884 and
Margaret E Griffin b.1898. In 1901 Walter is shown as an errand
boy, port . By 1911 Walter was a ‘Second Horseman Domestic’
at Wheeler Lodge Stables.
1885 – d. 18th September 1918, France. Lance Corporal 202837,
6th Btn Northamptonshire Regiment. Awarded British War Medal &
Victory Medal. John’s parents were John Thomas Groom &
Katherine Groom nee Woodhouse, she was born in Welford and came
from a large Welford family, they married in 1884. In 1891 John
lived with his parents and 3 siblings at The Grand Union Inn, Crick,
By 1911 the family had moved to West Street, Welford, four of John’s
siblings are listed there, Arthur Groom b1887. Mary Jane Groom b.1888.
Albert Frank Groom b.1890. Ada Alice Groom b.1897 and Robert William
Groom b.1898. John may have moved to Coventry by 1912 and married
an Emily Osborne there.
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b. 1875 – d. 16th September 1916, The Somme,France. Captain,
Royal Medical Corps, attached to 1st Btn Kings Shropshire Light
Infantry. Awarded British War Medal, Victory Medal , Military
Cross & Distinguished Service Order Medal. The 1911 census
shows Thomas Lewis Ingram living in Welford with his wife Lillian
Loveday Emily Donnithorne, born in Limerick, Ireland. They had
married in South Kennsington, London in 1909.
Thomas Lewis Ingram, R.A.M.C., attached to the Shropshire Light
Infantry, who was returned as missing about a month ago (BRITISH
MEDICAL JOURNAL, September 30th), was killed on or about the night
of September 16th while searching for wounded in front of the
enemy wires. He was born in 1875 in Brighton, the eldest son of
Mr. Thomas Lewis Ingram, barrister, of the Middle Temple, and
educated at Cambridge, where he graduated M.A., and at the London
Hospital. He took the diplomas of M.R.C.S. and L.R.C.P.Lond. in
1903. After filling the posts of houseplhysician and assistant
house-surgeon at the Poplar Hospital, and senior house-surgeon
at the Westminster Hospital, he went into practice at Welford,
where he lived with where he was medical officer of the fifth
district of the Lutterworth Union, and of the Welford district
of the Market Harborough Union. He served with the Middlesex Yeomanry
in the South African war, gaining the medal with three clasps.
He took a temporary commission as lieutenant in the R.A.M.C. on
September 14th, 1914, was promoted to captain on completion of
one year's service, received the Military Cross on September 6th,
1915, and the D.S.O. on May 31st, 1916.
Ingram left an estate of £2462.14s.6d.
– d. 15th June 1915, France. Second Lieut, 3rd Btn Wiltshire
Regiment. Awarded 1914/15 Star, British War Medal & Victory
Medal. James was born in Surrey, son of Joseph Adolf Janasz &
Mary Spencer Janasz nee Gee (she was born at Elkington, Welford).
On James medal card, where there is an entry for his father requesting
his medal, an address of Salford House, Welford is given. James
left £42.11s.3d according to will and administrations.
JANASZ, JAMES GOERGE GEE, 2nd Lieut. 3rd (Reserve) Battn. Dorsetshire
Regt., attd 2nd Battn. Wiltshire Regt., only son of Jozef Janasz
of Boscombe, co Hants; b London, 4 Jan 1893; educ Sherborne (where
he was for several years in the O.T.C) and Corpus Christi College,
Oxford; gazetted 2nd Lieut. To Dorsets, 4th Nov. 1914; left for
France, 24 March, 1915, and was killed in action near Festubert,
15 June following, while leading his platoon in an attack on the
German trenches;His commanding officer, Lieut-Col. W.S.Brown,
wrote: “I must express to you our greatest admiration of
your son. He died gallantly leading his men against the enemy
and was hot through the head about 200yds in front of German trenches.
His Capt., who is the only officer not hit in the two leading
companies, could not say enough in his praise today”.
James father Joseph, who was born in Warsaz, Russian, Poland,
died in 1943 and left an estate of £30641. 0s. 10d which
was quite an amount in those day’s.
1892 – d. 11th January 1919 Egypt theatre. Gunner 192809,
Royal Garrison Artillery (anti aircraft sec). Awarded British War
Medal & Victory Medal. In 1911, John lived with his parents
Harry & Rosannah Eliza Johnson and sibling Cyril W L Johnson
b.1909 on West Street, Welford. John later married Amy Butlin, High
Street, Welford and according to his army record they had a daughter
Phyllis Johnson b 14th January 1917.
1893 – d. 6th April 1916, Belgium. Lance Corporal 15364, 7th
Btn Northamptonshire Regiment. Awarded British War Medal & Victory
Medal. Thomas was born in Thrussington, Leics and by 1901 was living
on High Street, Welford with his parents Andrew & Emma Johnson
and three siblings, Joseph F Meadows b.1891. Mary G Meadows b.1895
and Dorothy F Meadows b.1900. By 1911 the family still lived in
Welford but Thomas is shown as being in service in Middx.
1897 – d. 9th August 1918, France & Flanders. Private
203965, 6th Btn Queens Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Awarded British
War Medal & Victory Medal. Frederick or Fredrick on some records,
was born in Welford and lived with his parents James & Annie
Middleton and by 1911 he was a farm labourer at the age of 14 years
and had three siblings, Francis Middleton b1899, William Middleton
b.1901 and Edward Middleton b.1904. Fredericks father and grandfather
had been born in and generations born in Welford may go back even
b. 1891 – d. 8th July 1916, France & Flanders. Private
22979, 2nd Btn Northamptonshire Regiment. Awarded British War Medal
& Victory Medal. George was born in Welford, a son of John &
Sarah Page. The family lived on Back Street, Welford where George
had five siblings John W Page b.1888. Laura F Page b.1889. Charles
E Page b.1893. Ethel M Page b.1895 and Arthur Page b.1896.
b. 1892 – d. 15th April 1918, France & Flanders. Lance
Corporal 36161, 9th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers. Awarded British
War Medal, Victory Medal & Military Medal. Herbert, also known
as Jack, was born in Welford, the son of Thomas & Louisa Page,
in 1911 they lived on High Street, Welford with Herbert’s
three siblings, Edith Page b.1893. Ernest Page b.1895 and Gwendoline
Page b.1900. Herbert’s father was a ‘journeyman butcher’.
There is a suggestion that Herbert is buried in Welford old Churchyard,
plot B3A near to West Street boundary.
b. 1886 – d. 30th April 1917, France. Private 205192, 16th
Btn Middlesex Regiment. Awarded British War Medal & Victory
Medal. William was born in Welford, the son of James & Mary
Ellen Swingler, in 1911 the family lived on West End, Welford with
William’s three other siblings, Mary Ellen Swingler b.1902.
Edith Florence Swingler b.1903 and John Swingler b1905. In 1916
he married Charlotte Maria Howe and they lived at 101 Grosvenor
Road, Rugby. William was a postman before the war, he enlisted 18th
March 1916 and served with the expeditionary force in France and
Flanders. He died at Casualty Clearing Station number 8 from wounds
he received in action.
1885 – d. 20th July 1916, France. Captian, 20th Btn Royal
Fusiliers. Awarded British War Medal & Victory Medal. Edward
was born in Kettering, the son of solicitor Edward Paul Toller and
his wife Annie Toller. They are all part of an extensive family
spreading to all parts of the UK and beyond. The Northcote part
of his name has featured in many of the family going back many years.
In 1901 Edward was at a boarding school in Kettering, his education
continued at Rugby. By 1911 he is shown as a solicitor and boarding
with a family in Stanwix, Cumbria. Edward had four siblings and
one of his sister’s was Isabel Nora Toller who married the
Rev’d Francis Cyprian Woodhouse MA, of Welford Vicarage. Edward
would have at least been a visitor to the Vicarage and may have
lived there or elsewhere in the village for a while. Edward left
an estate of £204.14s.5d.
b. 1879 – d. 4th May 1917, at Sea. Private 39067, RASC &
7th (Blythswood) Btn (Territorial) Highland Light Infantry. Awarded
British War Medal & Victory Medal.Frederick was born in Syston,Leicestershire
a son of Arthut & Jane Toseland, nee Seaton, they were married
in 1874 in the Brixworth, Northamptonshire District. Frederick had
5 siblings, Emma b.1875 North Kilworth. Obed Charles b.1877 Naseby.
Sarah b.1881 Barkby,Leics. Annie b.1883 Barkby. Ellen b.1885 Barkby.
Charlotte b.1889 Barkby. In 1877 Frederick’s father was a
blacksmith and was declared bankrupt, by 1881 he was again working
as a blacksmith in Barkby, Frederick’s father died in 1900.
By 1901 Jane and her children had moved to the Shoulder of Mutton
Public House, High Street, Welford and Frederick had started work
at Wheeler Lodge near Welford as a domestic groom, living in the
stable yard. By 1911 Jane Toseland still ran the Shoulder of Mutton
public House and died in 1916, the pub continued to be run by two
of her daughters. By 1909 Frederick was working as a gardner at
the Long Grove Asylum, London and later at Horton Asylum, London.
On the 5th of September 1909 he married Mary Day, 25yrs, at Emmanuel
Church Maida Hill, Marylebone and lived nearby. There is no record
of any children and Mary died in 1918. The soldiers died CD states
that Frederick enlisted at Aldershot and the ‘London County
Council Record of War Service’ book states he served from
1915-1917. He was in the ‘Hired Transport Ship’ Transylvania
travelling from Alexandria,Egypt to Salonika, fully laden with troops
and escorted by Japanese war ships, a German submarine attacked
off Cape Vado, just south of Savona Italy and the boat sank, around
two and a half thousand men were saved but 400 died, Fredericks
body was never recovered but he is listed on the Savona memorial
to the missing. Frederick is also listed on the Epsom Memorial and
the Horton Mental Hospital Memorial. -
1887 – d. 5th November 1918, France. Private 75383, 12th Btn
Manchester Regiment. Walter enlisted at Market Harborough. Awarded
British War Medal & Victory Medal. Walter was born in Yardley
Hastings, Northants, a son of David & Ellen Underwood. He had
six siblings, Arthur Underwood b.1878. Ada Underwood b.1882. Frederick
Underwood b.1884. Lizzie Underwood b.1890. Florece Underwood b.1897
and Ellen Underwood b.1900. Walter’s army record does not
survive but more than one army service related source gives his
place of residency as Scaldwell, Northants. Accoring to Walters
daughter Florence Ringrose nee Underwood b. Abt 1913, her mother
was Mary, known as Polly, and the family moved to Welford, where
she had seven other siblings Reginald, Richard, Douglas, Ken, Gladys,
Dorothy and Freda, though Walter was not father to all of these.
Florence remained in Welford till she married. There is a photo
of Walter provided by his daughter and Walter is listed on the Yardley
Hastings war memorial and a ‘driver’ Walter Underwood
is listed on the war memorial plaque inside Scaldwell Church.
1887 – d. 27th September 1916, France. Private 9018, 1st Btn
Northamptonshire Regiment. Awarded British War Medal & Victory
Medal. Frederick was born in Welford, a son of Thomas and Hannah
Warren, the family lived on Back street, Welford with Fredericks
four siblings, William A Warren b.1879. John W Warren b.1880. Elizabeth
Warren b.1894 and Thomas G Warren b.1898. Frederick’s father
is shown as an Army Pensioner in later census.. Frederick is listed
in the 1911 census as being in the 2nd Btn Northamptonshire Regiment
stationed at Malta.
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– d. 9th December 1914, Hove,Sussex. Private 14480, 2nd Btn
Grenadier Guards. Ernest is buried at Hove Old Cemetery. Records
state he died at home, that may be literally as he married a local
woman. Awarded British War Medal & Victory Medal. Although Ernest
White is listed as such in several places, including Welford memorial,
he was registered at birth as John Ernest White and used that name
more frequently. Ernest was born in Welford as was his mother and
siblings, his parents were John and Emma White nee Buswell and his
two siblings were Emma E White b1893 and Kate White b.1895, in 1891
the family lived on Back Street, Welford. By 1901 the family had
moved to Wilbarston, Northants and by 1911 Ernest had joined the
2nd Btn Grenadier Guards and was stationed at Blenheim Barracks,
Aldershot. In the second quarter of 1914, John Ernest White married
Violet Annie Barden at Steyning, Sussex. The is some evidence that
went to Australia afterwards and died at the age of 86 years in
N.S.W. In the last quarter of 1914 the 2nd Btn were involved in
the fighting of the first battle of Ypres and it is most likely
here that Ernest was wounded, he was taken back to England and died
of his wounds in Hove Sussex, which is where he is buried.
1263694, 102 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 3
December 1942. Aged 30. Son of Frank and Winifred Jessie Brown;
husband of Frances Eileen Brown, of Welford, Northamptonshire. Buried
in Florennes Communal Cemetery, Namur, Belgium. Row 1, Grave 3.
of Signals C/JX 126287, H.M.S. Calypso, Royal Navy. Died 12 June
1940. Aged 29. Son of Arthur and Kathleen McAlister, of Welford.
No known grave. Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Panel
36, Column 3.
78264, 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment).
Died 27 April 1943. Aged 23. Son of Maj. Philip Robin Lydall Savill
and Ida Logan Savill, of Welford, Northamptonshire. Buriedm in Massicault
War Cemetery, Tunisia. Plot II. Row D. Grave 13.
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ON MEMORIAL BUT WITH WELGFORD CONNECTION
HALL IS NOT LISTED ON THE WELFORD MEMORIAL BUT IS SHOWN ON A WW1
WELFORD CALENDAR AND ON THE FORCES WAR RECORDS WEB SITE AS BEING
1892 – d. 27th September 1917, France & Flanders. Private
15993, 7th Btn Northamptonshire Regiment. Awarded 1914/15 Star,
British War Medal & Victory Medal. Harry was born in Stewkley,
Buckinghamshire, the son of Clara Hall. In 1901 he lived there
with his grandparents and unlces. Harry’s name is included
on the war memorial at Great Brickhill, Bucks. Harry’s circumstances
in Welford are not known at this time but he is listed in the
book by Captain Guy Paget of Sulby Hall, ‘History of the
Raising of the 7th Service Btn , Northamptonshire Regiment’,
Guy Paget was involved in raising men from Northamptonshire for
the Btn, so it is possible Harry worked for him at Sulby Hall.
DOUGLAS HAMMOND, DOES NOT APPEAR ON WELFORD MEMORIAL. HE WAS A
RESIDENT OF WELFORD BY 1911 AND APPEARS ON THE 1911 CENSUS AND
ON THE WW1 WELFORD CALENDAR, AT THAT TIME HIS MOTHER AND BROTHERS
LIVED AT ROSE HILL COTTAGE, WELFORD. HIS ELDER BROTHER ARTHUR
ORMSBY HAMMOND IS SHOWN AS A NEWSAGENT. BY 1915 CLAUDE’S
FATHER HAD DIED AND HIS MOTHER HAD MOVED TO LEAMINGTON SPA.
1897 – died 24th August 1915, France & Flanders. Private
9026, 4th Dragoon Guards (Royal Irish). Awarded 1914/15 Star,
British War Medal & Victory Medal. Claude was born in Radyr,
Glamorgan, in 1901 Claude lived in London with his parents, Arthur
W & Mary Edith Hammond and brothers, Arthur O Hammond b1893
and Stanley F Hammond b.1898. By 1911 it appears the father had
died and the family moved to Welford. Before WW1 Claude’s
mother had moved to Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.
HARRY WILFRED WILKINSON IS NOT LISTED ON THE WELFORD MEMORIAL,
BUT IS LISTED ON A WW1 WELFORD CALENDAR, FORCES WAR RECORDS WEB
SITE AND ANCESTRY WEB SITE AS BEING A RESIDENT OF SIBBERTOFT.
– d. 6th February 1917, France& Flanders. Private 16019,
7th Btn Northamptonshire Regiment. Harry was born in Caynham,
Shropshire, in 1901 he lived in Yarpole, Herefordshire with his
parents, William Richard Wilkinson & Jane Curritte Wilkinson
and six siblings, Edith M Wilkinson b.1884. Richard John Wilkinson
b.1886. Alice J Wilkinson b.1888. Geoffrey Joseph Wilkinson b.1893.
Cecil Allen Wilkinson b.1896 and William Ernest Wilkinson b.1899.
In 1911 all the family, except Harry were still in Yarpole. Harry
was a boarder at 78 New Cottages, Grinshill, Shawbury, Shropshire,
where his employment is given as a ‘woodman’. At this
time no exact address in Sibbertoft is known for Harry or why
he was there, what is known is that he joined the 7th Btn of the
Northants Regiment at the outset, this is known because his name
is listed in the book by Guy Paget of Sulby Hall, ‘History
of the Raising of the 7th (Service) Battalion Northamptonshire
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