We will Remember Them....

The Roll of the Fallen in two World Wars

Broughton Astley, Leicestershire

       Results of research into the names, the regiments, age at death, date of death, and place of burial or memorial of those from Broughton Astley who fell in two World Wars.

by The Reverend Antony Pritchett

Copyright © The Reverend Antony Pritchett, 2002

Contents:

Preface

Acknowledgements

The Search

The War Memorials in Broughton Astley

The list of the Fallen - 1st World War

First World War - age of death

First World War - Dates of death

First World War - Regiments

The list of the Fallen - 2nd World War

Second World War - age of death

Second World War - Dates of death

Second World War - Regiments

Preface

In 2000, I was invited to join friends on a visit to a War Cemetery in France. The great uncle of a member of our party had been killed in action on that very day, in 1917. His body had not been recovered so his name had been inscribed, along with many thousands more, onto a wall surrounding the cemetery which contained the headstones to comrades whose bodies had been recovered. A member of our party had obtained more information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s web-site about the soldier, and the battle in which he was killed, and so our thoughts and reflections were better informed. I was privileged to be invited to lead a short service to his memory.

DCP00778.JPG (48893 bytes) At each Remembrance Sunday service in Broughton Astley, those who can remember the Second World War are getting fewer, and I doubt that there is anyone now living in our community who can recall the First World War. The size of present-day Broughton Astley makes it difficult, too, to appreciate just how great was the loss suffered by the small community at that time.
Younger generations, though, do attend the Remembrance Sunday service in good numbers, and it seems to me to be important that some record is set down to say a little more about those men who died for their country and for our freedom, and whose names are read out each November.

DCP00776.JPG (43537 bytes)

This document has been interesting to research, but has also been a sad yet proud experience in reflecting on the lives of those men who perished in such conflicts, and often under appalling conditions. Parish records especially have been particularly poignant: in some instances men whose names follow each other’s in the baptism registers of the church are similarly listed on the war memorials. They would have gone to school together, and played together. I was shown a photograph of Broughton Astley’s football team, taken shortly before the First World War. It is possible to identify from that friends who would be killed in the conflict.

I hope that this will prove of interest, not only as a fuller record of the names inscribed onto the war memorials in Broughton Astley, but more particularly, that it will encourage people to look out old photographs, or even to visit a War Cemetery or a specific grave whilst on holiday.

Antony Pritchett

April 2002

Acknowledgements

I am most grateful to all who have helped as I researched this article. It is just not possible to name them all.

I do, though, wish to record my gratitude to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Without their permission to use the material contained on their excellent web-site, it would not have been possible to put this together.

I am grateful, too, to The Naval & Military Press Ltd who have given permission for me to use material contained on their ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War CD’.  This has been extremely useful in a number of cases.

The staff of the Leicestershire Records Office, Wigston Magna, have given valuable assistance, and I am grateful to Father Derek Turner, Rector, for his permission to use material from Dunton Bassett’s Parish records.

Special thanks must go to Andrew Parsons. Andrew’s knowledge of his native village of Broughton Astley has been helpful, and his willingness to loan material from his own research has, in some cases, been invaluable.

I am grateful, too, to John Bradley, who has read through the text; to the Reverend Canon Martin Hulbert for his inspiration and advice; and to Sarah Solly for proof-reading, and for her support, advice and encouragement.

The Search

Broughton Astley has two War Memorials: that on Frolesworth Road, and the Memorial Choir Screen in the Parish Church.  The names recorded on the two memorials are the same (by no means always the case). Both war memorials record surnames and initials, thus making it possible to go into the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s web-site and obtain a list of men of the same name who are recorded as having been killed on active service. The size of the job can be appreciated when it is realised that there are, for example, 168 records of men having the surname Ford, with the first initial ‘F’,  recorded on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s web-site as having died in the First World War.

Thankfully, the Frolesworth Road memorial lists the rank and regiment of each man.  It is possible, then, to identify more precisely the correct name from the list by linking this in with a man’s regiment.  In the case of F Jones, the war memorial says that he belonged to the 2/5th Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment at the time of his death. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s web-site had indicated that there were three F Jones who had belonged to the Leicestershire Regiment, but only one of the 2/5th Battalion, and the link to the name appearing on the war memorial in Broughton Astley was further confirmed in that he was the only one of the three with the rank of Private.

Not that the search is always quite so straightforward: even where a regiment had been given, for example, that might have changed, and it is by no means unusual to find a name incorrectly spelt. There are other problems, too: it is, for example, hard to see why some names that appear on Broughton Astley’s war memorials should do so, yet some other names – those who are known to have been born in the village – do not. (I have restricted this book to those whose names are recorded on the war memorials, with the sole exception of  Private GA Reynolds, whose name is not listed, but who is buried in the churchyard.) 

The book, ‘Soldiers died in the Great War 1914-1919’ Part 22, The Leicestershire Regiment, published in 1921, has been particularly helpful in gaining further information about a soldier’s name, his place of birth, and where he resided at the time he enlisted for military service. It has also recorded something of his army record and the circumstances of his death. Where this information is given, I have included it in this book. The information from ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War CD’, published by The Naval & Military Press Ltd, has been similarly helpful. Where this information differs from that given in the records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, I have noted this fact in the text.

Baptism, marriage and, in some cases, burial registers of Broughton Astley’s Parish Church have been especially helpful in building up a fuller picture, as have the parish records for Dunton Bassett. The registers from both parishes are kept at the Leicestershire Records Office, Wigston Magna. 

It is tempting in an article such as this, (and where records of the time are not always as accurate as one would like), to list possibilities almost as though they were facts. This I have not done. If I think that something is likely, but am unable to definitely show it to be so from the evidence I have, then I indicate this in the text. Some things, too, have simply remained a mystery. I have been unable to find information on HR Palphramand, for example.

An article such as this will never be complete. More information comes to light all the time. All that can be done at this stage, some eighty-five years or so after those horrific events of the First World War, is to record the facts as known.

The War Memorials in Broughton Astley

DCP00790.JPG (64854 bytes)

As indicated above, there are two war memorials in Broughton Astley. Kelly’s Directory of 1925 says that: ‘A memorial stone was erected near the church in 1921 to the thirty-three men connected with the parish who fell in the Great War, 1914-1918’. The thirty-three names recorded are set out on three panels, each with eleven names. The names of the six men from the village who died during the Second World War were subsequently added. A panel at the front approach of the memorial reads:

Erected by the Parishioners

of Broughton Astley

In memory of the men

who gave their lives in the 

Great War 1914-1918

Let those who come

after see to it

that their names be

not forgotten.

The War Memorial Screen in the Parish Church also lists the names of thirty-three men killed in the First World War, and six in the Second World War. The surnames and initials follow the same order as on the Frolesworth Road memorial, although on the church memorial, W Ford’s name follows in alphabetical sequence (on the Frolesworth Road memorial, his is inexplicably the last name to be recorded). The War Memorial Screen was dedicated in 1922. A text from St John’s Gospel, chapter fifteen, verse thirteen, reads: 

                        Greater love hath no man than this,

                        that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Besides these two memorials, and the one in the Parish Church to the memory of Sergeant Alfred Baum (see below), there is also a small brass plaque on the wall of the chancel sanctuary, in the church, to the memory of Sarah Jane Burdett. The plaque records that the six brass candlesticks behind the high altar were given to her memory, and that Sarah Burdett died when the ship, the ‘SS Athenia’, was sunk by enemy action on 3rd September, 1939. The sinking of the SS Athenia was the first incident of the U-boat war, and occurred only hours after the declaration of hostilities between Britain and Germany.

The List of the Fallen

First World War 1914-1918

Rifleman Douglas Thomas Bailey

B/200024

10th Battalion Rifle Brigade

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records say that he was the son of Thomas and Sarah Ann Bailey, of Sutton Lane, Broughton Astley.

Information provided by the Naval & Military Press Ltd indicates that Rifleman Bailey formerly belonged to the 12th Leicestershire Regiment, service number 12/26794.

Date of death: Monday 19th February, 1917, aged 20.

His name is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 16 B and 16 C

Sapper Francis Charles Bartlett

228th Field Company, Royal Engineers

It has not proved possible to find information about Sapper Bartlett from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Fourteen members of the Royal Engineers with this surname are listed by them as having died in the First World War, and the nearest record they have is of a Sapper FA Bartlett, of the 63rd Field Company, Royal Engineers, who died on Tuesday 19th October, 1915.

However, information provided by the Naval & Military Press Ltd does record information about FC Bartlett. Their records say that he was born in Dunton Bassett, but resided in Broughton Astley at the time he enlisted for military service in Leicester, and that he saw action in France and Flanders and was killed in action. 

Dunton Bassett Parish Church records show that a Francis Charles  Bartlett was baptised on 28th February, 1886, and that his parents were Edward Bartlett, a labourer, and Elizabeth.

Broughton Astley’s Parish Church records indicate that Francis Charles Bartlett, (from Dunton Bassett, and son of Edward Bartlett, a labourer), was married to Violet Elizabeth Flint on 10th May, 1913. Francis was aged 27 at the time of his marriage.

FC Bartlett’s name, and confirmation that he served with the Royal Engineers, appears also on the war memorial in Dunton Bassett.

Date of death: Monday 25th March, 1918. (His age, from the information from Dunton Bassett’s baptism registers, must have been 32 years of age.)

Private George Edward Barwell

25613

‘B’ Company 9th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records say that he was the son of Mr and Mrs T Barwell, of Broughton Astley.

Records of the Leicestershire Regiment indicate that Private Barwell was born in Hullesthorpe [sic], and resided at Cosby at the time he enlisted for military service at Leicester. He saw action in France and Flanders, and was killed in action.

Date of death: Thursday 3rd May, 1917, aged 20.

His name is recorded on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Memorial Reference: Bay 5

Private Arthur Blockley

14494

9th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment

No further information is recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The Leicestershire Regiment records note that Private Blockley was born in Broughton Astley, and resided there at the time he enlisted for military service in Leicester. He served in France and Flanders, and was killed in action.

Private Blockley was, apparently, a son of Amos Blockley, and so brother to Henry (see page 10).

Date of death: Saturday 14th April, 1917.

He is buried in the St Leger British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

Grave Reference: D. 7.

Private George Percy Blockley

11933

8th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records say that he was the son of Thomas W and Eliza Blockley, of Broughton Astley.

Records of the Leicestershire Regiment confirm that Private Blockley was born in Broughton Astley, and resided there at the time he enlisted for military service in Leicester. He saw action in France and Flanders, and was killed in action.

Parish records show that he was baptised on 10th November, 1889. His father, Thomas William Blockley, is described as a labourer.

The headstone to his parents, in the Frolesworth Road Cemetery, records:

In

loving memory of

Thomas William Blockley

died July 30 1945 aged 82

and his beloved wife

Eliza

died November 22 1945 aged 80

also their daughter

Florence Ellen

died August 14 1943

and their son

George Percy

killed in action in France July 1916

 

Rest in Peace

Date of death: Saturday 15th July, 1916, aged 26.

His name is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 2 C and 3 A

Sergeant Henry Blockley

15130

9th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records say that he was the son of Amos Blockley, of Sutton Lane, Broughton Astley. He was their second son to be killed in the Great War (see the entry for Arthur, page 8).

Records of the Leicestershire Regiment indicate that Sergeant Blockley was born in Broughton Astley, and resided there at the time he enlisted for military service in Leicester. He saw action in France and Flanders, and died of wounds.

Date of death: Sunday 6th August, 1916, aged 23.

He is buried in the Faubourg d’Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Pas de Calais, France.

Grave Reference: I. F. 4.

Corporal Shirley Box

8063

2nd Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records say that he was the son of Emmanuel and Lizzie Box, of Sutton Lane, Broughton Astley.

Records of the Leicestershire Regiment indicate that he was born in Broughton Astley, and resided there at the time he enlisted for military service in Leicester. He saw action in France and Flanders, and died of wounds.

Parish records show that he was baptised in St Mary’s Church on 9th June, 1889. His father, Emmanuel, is described as a labourer.

Date of death: Friday 26th February, 1915, aged 26.

He is buried in the Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

Grave Reference: III. C. 70.

Private Joseph Reginald Buxton

17327

1st/5th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment

No further information is recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves  Commission. The Leicestershire Regiment records note that Private Buxton was born in Primethorpe, and resided there at the time he enlisted for military service in Lutterworth. He served in France and Flanders, and was killed in action.

Parish records show that he was baptised in St Mary’s Church on 17th December, 1893. His parents are noted as living in Thorpe, and his father was a butcher.

The headstone to his parents, in the churchyard of St Mary’s Church, records:

 

In

loving memory

of

Joseph Buxton,

died April 24th 1931,

aged 70 years.

Annie Eliza,

wife of the above

died July 6th 1935

aged 75 years.

Also

Joseph Reginald,

son of the above

killed in action Sept. 24th 1918,

aged 24 years,

buried at

Cerisy Gailley Cemetery.

 

In the midst of life

we are in death

 

Private Rowland Chamberlain

15127

1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment

 

No further information is recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves  Commission. The Leicestershire Regiment records note that Private Chamberlain was born in Thurlaston, but resided in Broughton Astley at the time he enlisted for military service in Leicester. He served in France and Flanders, and was killed in action.

 

Records of the Leicestershire Regiment give Private Chamberlain’s service number as 15129.

 

Date of death: Thursday 26th April, 1917.

His name is recorded at Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Memorial Reference: Panel 42 to 44

 

Private John William Ellis

67524

22nd Battalion, Durham Light Infantry

 

No further information is recorded. (Out of 27 possibilities for Ellis JW on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission records, only one entry was recorded as belonging to the 22nd Durham Light Infantry, as indicated on Broughton Astley’s war memorial.)

 

John William Ellis, son of  Benjamin Thomas Ellis, a carter, and Lucy Ellis, of Broughton Astley, is recorded as being baptised in St Mary’s Church on 31st October, 1897, and there is a possibility that he may be Private JW Ellis, whose death is recorded here.

 

Information provided by the Naval & Military Press Ltd indicates that Private Ellis was born in Broughton Astley and resided there at the time he enlisted for military service in Glen Parva. He served in France and Flanders, and was killed in action.

 

Date of death: Friday 6th July, 1917.

He is buried in  the Belgian Battery Corner Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Grave Reference: I. A. 15.

 

Private Frederick Evans

242297

2nd/5th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment

 

No further information is recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves  Commission. The Leicestershire Regiment records note that Private Evans was born in Leicester, but resided in Broughton Astley at the time he enlisted for military service in Glen Parva. He served in France and Flanders, and was killed in action.

 

Date of death: Monday 9th April, 1917.

He is buried in the Roisel Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.

Grave Reference: II. G. 2.

 

Private Percy John Follows

25785

9th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment

 

No further information is recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves  Commission. The Leicestershire Regiment records note that Private Follows was born in Kettering, Northamptonshire, but resided in Broughton Astley at the time he enlisted for military service in Glen Parva. He served in France and Flanders, and was killed in action.

 

Date of death: Monday 25th September, 1916.

His name is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 2 C and 3 A

 

Able Seaman Alfred Ford

J/10526

HMS Lynx, Royal Navy

 

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records indicate that he was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Ford, of Dunton Houses, Broughton Astley, and that he was a native of Dunton Bassett.

 

Able Seaman Ford’s name also appears on the war memorial at Dunton Bassett, with confirmation that he served on HMS Lynx.

 

Date of death: Monday 9th August, 1915, aged 21.

His name is recorded on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire, Great Britain.

Memorial Reference: 7.

 

Private Stephen Ford

15692

7th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment

 

No further information is recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves  Commission. The Leicestershire Regiment records note that Private Ford was born in Dunton Bassett, but resided in Broughton Astley at the time he enlisted for military service in Leicester. He served in France and Flanders, and was killed in action.

 

Private Ford’s name also appears on the war memorial at Dunton Bassett, with confirmation that he served with the Leicestershire Regiment.

 

Date of death: Friday 14th July, 1916.

His name is recorded at the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 2 C and 3 A

 

Private Thomas Ford

40927

1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment.

 

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records indicate that he was the son of Mrs Elizabeth Ford, of Broughton Astley, and that he was born at Dunton Bassett. (This might suggest that Able Seaman Albert Ford was his brother. As Private Stephen Ford is also recorded as coming from Dunton Bassett, could he have been yet another brother?)

 

The records of the Leicestershire Regiment confirm Private Thomas Ford’s place of birth, but note that he resided in Broughton Astley at the time he enlisted for military service in Glen Parva. He served in France and Flanders, and was killed in action.

 

On both the Frolesworth Road and Parish Church War Memorials, Private T Ford’s entry comes before that for Private S Ford.

 

Private Ford’s name also appears on the war memorial at Dunton Bassett, with confirmation that he served with the Leicestershire Regiment.

 

Date of death: Thursday 6th December, 1917, aged 20.

He is buried in the Ribecourt British Cemetery, Nord, France.

Grave Reference: Sp. Mem. B. 4.

 

Sapper William Alfred Ford

146207

74th Field Company, Royal Engineers

 

No further information is recorded. Here is a good example of the difficulty of finding the correct person. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s records list 22 members of the Royal Engineers with the surname of Ford who died in the First World War. Only Sapper Ford’s first initial is given on Broughton Astley’s war memorials which, whilst narrowing the search down to just four possibilities, does not make it so easy to confidently identify the correct person. However, as only two of these four records give the rank of Sapper, and as one of these (Sapper WH Ford) is recorded as having parents from Tunbridge Wells, in Kent, (which makes it seem less likely, though by no means improbable, that he should be remembered on Broughton Astley’s war memorials), through a simple process of elimination the most likely person here would seem to be Sapper WA Ford, and details of his date of death and burial are given below. It will be appreciated that this is by no means the most satisfactory way of identifying precisely the person whose name is recorded on Broughton Astley’s war memorials.

 

Incidentally, and inexplicably, on the Frolesworth Road war memorial, Sapper Ford’s name is recorded as the very last entry of those who died in the Great War. His name does not, therefore, follow the general alphabetical order, as it does on the war memorial in the parish church.

 

Date of death: Thursday 14th December, 1916.

He is buried in the Martinpuich British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

Grave Reference: C. 4.

 

Private Robert James Fretter

26060

6th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment

 

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records say that he was the son of George and MA Fretter, of Broughton Astley; and husband of Sarah Jane Dann (formerly Fretter), of Station Road, Broughton Astley.

 

Parish records show that he was baptised in St Mary’s Church on 9th September, 1894, to George and Mary Ann Fretter, and that they resided in Thorpe. His father was employed as a framework knitter.

 

Information provided by the Naval & Military Press Ltd indicates that Private Fretter had formerly belonged to the Leicestershire Regiment, service number 31456.

 

Date of death: Wednesday 22nd August, 1917, aged 22.

His name is recorded at the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Memorial Reference: Panel 35 to 37 and 162 to 162A

 

Private Clarence George Fretter

292195

10th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment

 

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records say that he was the son of William and Ellen Fretter; husband of Mildred Fretter, of Station Road, Broughton Astley; and that he was born at Broughton Astley.

Parish records show that he was baptised in St Mary’s Church on 2nd September, 1892. His parents resided in Thorpe, and his father was a framework knitter. The records also confirm that Private Fretter married Mildred Hubbard on 22nd May, 1915. Private Fretter’s occupation at the time of his marriage was recorded as a framework knitter.

 

Information provided by the Naval & Military Press Ltd indicates that Private Fretter was born in Broughton Astley and enlisted for military service in Leicester. He saw action in France and Flanders.

 

Tragically, Private Fretter’s son, Victor Clarence Fretter, was killed in the Second World War (see page 32).

 

Date of death: Sunday 3rd November, 1918, aged 24.

He is buried in the Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery, Poland.

Grave Reference: IV. B. 7.

 

Private H Fretter

67005

1st Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)

 

No further information is recorded. (Out of 2 possibilities, only one was recorded as belonging to the Notts and Derby Regiment, as indicated on Broughton Astley’s war memorial.)

 

On the War Memorial in the Parish Church, H Fretter’s name is listed before that of CG Fretter.

 

Horace George Fretter, son of George and Mary Ann, of Thorpe, is recorded as being baptised in St Mary’s Church on 1st May, 1892, and there is a possibility that he may be Private H Fretter, whose death is recorded here. (In which case, he would be brother to Private Robert James Fretter, whose details are recorded above.)

 

Date of death: Friday 23rd March, 1917.

He is buried in the St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France.

Grave Reference: O. VIII. M. 10.

 

Private John Edgar Garner

10313

6th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment

 

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records say that he was the son of Stephen and Jane Garner, of The Hall Cottage, Broughton Astley.

 

The Leicestershire Regiment records confirm that Private John Garner was born in Broughton Astley, and that he resided there at the time he enlisted for military service in Leicester. He served in France and Flanders, and died of his wounds.

 

Parish records show that he was baptised in St Mary’s Church on Easter Day, 17th April, 1892. His father was employed as a labourer.

 

On both the Frolesworth Road and Parish Church War Memorials, John Edgar’s name does not follow the more usual alphabetic sequence, but follows that of his brother, perhaps because Joseph Leonard was the eldest of the two.

 

The headstone to his parents, in the churchyard of St Mary’s Church, records:

In

loving memory

of

Ernest Samuel,

born July 27th 1878,

died July 23rd 1894.

Joseph Leonard,

born October 8th 1886,

reported killed in action in France,

March 21st 1918.

John Edgar,

born March 10th 1892,

died of wounds Rouen April 24th 1918

sons of Stephen and Jane Garner

 

And with the morn those angel faces smile

which we have loved long since, and lost awhile

Date of death: Wednesday 24th April, 1918, aged 26.

He is buried in the St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France.

Grave Reference: P. IX. N. 8A.

 

Private Joseph Leonard Garner

42616

2nd/6th Battalion, Manchester Regiment

 

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records say that he was the son of Stephen and Mercy Jane Garner, of Hull [sic] Cottage, Broughton Astley. Stephen and Jane Garner thus lost two sons in the Great War.

 

Parish records show that Joseph was baptised in St Mary’s Church on 14th November, 1886. His father was employed as a labourer.

 

For details of the headstone in St Mary’s churchyard that records Joseph’s name, see the entry given for Private John Edgar Garner (opposite). It is interesting to note that the headstone says that Joseph was reported as having been killed in action in France on 21st March, 1918, but the records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission say that he died on 28th March, 1918.

 

The records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission also note that, whilst Private Joseph Garner belonged at the time of his death to the 2nd/6th Battalion, Manchester Regiment, he was formerly of the Leicestershire Regiment.

 

Information provided by the Naval & Military Press Ltd indicates that Private Garner was born in Broughton Astley and enlisted for military action in Leicester. He saw action in France and Flanders and was killed in action.

 

Date of death: Thursday 28th March, 1918, (but see above), aged 32.

He is buried in the Assevillers New British Cemetery, Somme, France.

Grave Reference: II. D. 5.

 

Private Herbert G Haines

17175

1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment

 

No further information is recorded. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission have 238 records for the surname Haines who died in the First World War. Of these, four are recorded as belonging to the Leicestershire Regiment, and only one – Herbert – for the 1st Battalion. Their records note that Private Haines was the son of Henry Robert Haines, of 53, Mayfield Road, Dalston, London; and husband of Jane Haines, of 70, Shepherdess Walk, City Road, London. Is this the HG Haines, whose name is listed on the war memorials in Broughton Astley?

 

The Leicestershire Regiment records confirm that Private Herbert Haines of the 1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment, was born in Islington, Middlesex, enlisted for military service in Finsbury Barracks, Middlesex, served in France and Flanders, and was killed in action.

 

Date of death: Friday 15th September, 1916.

He is buried in the Belgian Battery Corner Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Grave Reference: I. A. 15.

 

Private Oliver John Marritt

67117

17th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)

 

Private Marritt is buried in St Mary’s Churchyard. His headstone reads:

In loving memory

of

P.T. Oliver John

(17th Sherwood Foresters)

son of W.H. & A.J. Marritt

died of wounds at Old Hastings

Hospital Sept 30th 1917

aged 30 years

 

Thy will be done

The Burial Register for 1917, entry no. 216, records:

Oliver J Marritt

Buried Oct 4

Age 30

 

A note in the margin says: ‘Died of wounds received in action in Flanders in the Great War. Military Funeral’.

 

HR Palphramand

8th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment

 

Here is a great mystery. There is no record of anyone of this surname listed as belonging to the 8th Battalion, nor to any other battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission record only two names – GH Palphramand, and RH Palphramand – but both belonged to the South African Infantry. Only the latter man’s name might fit, and only then by reversing his initials. The information is too sparse and too confused to make a more positive identification at this stage.

 

Private William Phipps

22898

8th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment

 

No further information is recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves  Commission. The Leicestershire Regiment records note that Private Phipps was born in Croft, but resided in Broughton Astley at the time he enlisted for military service in Leicester. He served in France and Flanders, and was killed in action.

 

The Frolesworth Road war memorial records Private Phipps’ battalion as the 10th. Records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and those of the Leicestershire Regiment indicate that, at the time of his death, Private Phipps belonged to the 8th Battalion.

 

Date of death: Thursday 3rd May, 1917.

His name is recorded at the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Memorial Reference: Bay 5

 

Private James Percy Reynolds

20295

2nd Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment

 

No further information is recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves  Commission. The Leicestershire Regiment records note that Private Reynolds was born in Fleckney, but resided in Broughton Astley at the time he enlisted for military service in Leicester. He died of wounds.

 

Parish records show that Private Reynolds married Annie Maria Chapman in St Mary’s Church, Broughton Astley, on 11th July, 1915. He was aged 27 at the time of his marriage, and the entry for his occupation was described as a framework knitter, but adds that he was now in the King’s army. Private Reynolds’ father, Benjamin, was employed as a labourer.

 

Date of death: Saturday 8th April, 1916. (His age, from the information on the marriage registers, must therefore have been about 28).

His name is recorded on the Basra Memorial, Iraq.

Memorial Reference: Panel 12

 

Private George Adnitt Reynolds

36799

Depot, Leicestershire Regiment,

formerly 5th Battalion

 

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records say that Private Reynolds was the son of Joseph and Violetta Reynolds, of Sutton Lane, Broughton Astley.

 

The Leicestershire Regiment records indicate that Private Reynolds was born in Leire, that he enlisted for military service in Leicester, and that he died at home. No further details are given of his war service.

 

Private Reynolds presents something of a mystery. Although buried in St Mary’s Churchyard, in a grave cared for by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, his name does not appear on either the Frolesworth Road war memorial, nor on that in the Parish Church.

 

(Private Marritt was also buried in the churchyard, but in a private grave, yet his name is recorded on both memorials. Incidentally, of the six men killed in the Second World War, four were buried in Broughton Astley, and all six names are recorded on the Frolesworth Road and Parish Church war memorials.)

 

The details of Private Reynolds, as recorded on the headstone in the churchyard, appear as follows:

 

36799 Private

G.A. Reynolds

Leicestershire Regiment

7th June 1917 age 22

 

Peace perfect peace

 

The Burial Register of the church for 1917, entry no. 213, records:

 

George Adnitt Reynolds – Resided in Broughton Astley.

Died in Military Hospital

Buried 11 June

22 yrs

 

A note in the margin simply states ‘Military Funeral’.

 

Leading Seaman Charles Eric Scarborough

SS Beatrice

Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve

 

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records say that he was the son of Thomas and Miriam Scarborough, of The Vinery, Cosby, and that he was a native of Sapcote.

 

Leading Seaman Scarborough’s name also appears on the war memorial at Sapcote, with confirmation that he served on HMS Beatrice.

 

Date of death: Friday 20th July, 1917, aged 19.

His name is recorded on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon, Great Britain.

Memorial Reference:  24

 

Private RE Stringer

166123

14th Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun Corps

 

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records suggest that Private Stringer was the son of Edward Lewin Stringer and Alice Lilian Stringer, of The Elms, Marlbrook, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire.

 

This is corroborated by parish records which, whilst making no reference to RE Stringer, do show that Edward Dexter Stringer was baptised in St Mary’s Church on 25th September, 1898. The important evidence here is that Edward’s parents are named as Edward Lewyn and Alice Lillian Arabella [?] Stringer, resident in Thorpe. Mr Stringer was named as an inn-keeper. Perhaps Private Stringer was an older son?

 

Date of death: Saturday 28th April, 1917, aged 20.

He is buried in Orchard Dump Cemetery, Arleux-en-Gohelle, Pas de Calais, France.

Grave Reference: III. J. 26.

 

Sapper William Thomas Tite

198th Quarrying Coy, Royal Engineers

 

On both the Frolesworth Road and Parish Church war memorials, Sapper Tite’s initials are ‘TW’, but the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s records indicate that they should have been ‘WT’. Their records note that Sapper Tite was the husband of Ethel Elizabeth Tite, of Sutton-in-the-Elms, Broughton Astley.

 

Parish records confirm that William Thomas Tite, a quarryman by profession, and aged 28 years, married Ethel Elizabeth Cockerill at St Mary’s Church on 1st June, 1914. His father, William Henry Tite, was employed as a labourer.

 

Date of death: 26th September, 1917, aged 30.

He is buried in Les Baraques Military Cemetery, Sangatte, Pas de Calais, France.

Grave Reference: I. A. 11.

 

Private Frederick Wapples

43437

9th Battalion, Essex Regiment

 

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records say that he was the son of Mr T Wapples, of Broughton Astley.

 

Information provided by the Naval & Military Press Ltd indicates that Private Wapples was born in Broughton Astley and that he resided there at the time he enlisted for military service in Leicester. He saw action in France and Flanders and was killed in action. Their records say that he had formerly belonged to the Leicestershire Regiment, service number 22002.

 

Date of death: Wednesday 18th October, 1916, aged 25.

His name is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 10 D

 

Private Thomas Henry Wapples

22001

6th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment

 

No further information is recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves  Commission. The Leicestershire Regiment records note that Private Wapples was born in Broughton Astley, and resided there at the time he enlisted for military service in Leicester. He served in France and Flanders, and was killed in action.

 

Parish records confirm that he was baptised in St Mary’s Church on 18th July, 1886. His parents, Tom and Euilua [?] lived at Thorpe, and his father was employed as a labourer.

 

On the two war memorials, only Private Wapples’ first initial is given.

 

Date of death: Monday 17th July, 1916. (His age, from the information from the baptism registers, must have been 30 years of age.)

His name is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 2 C and 3 A

 

Private Ernest Henry Cooke White

R/936 or 11936

8th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment

 

On both war memorials, Private White’s name appears as EH Cooke White. In all records, including those of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, those of the Leicestershire Regiment, and baptism registers, ‘Cooke’ appears only as his third forename.

 

No further information is recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves  Commission. The Leicestershire Regiment records note that Private White was born in Broughton Astley, and resided there at the time he enlisted for military service in Leicester. He served in France and Flanders, and died from wounds.

 

Parish records confirm that he was baptised in St Mary’s Church on 12th June, 1887. His parents, George and Ann White, lived at Thorpe, and his father was employed as a labourer.

 

Date of death:  Saturday 23rd September, 1916.

He is buried in the Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-l’Abbe, Somme, France.

Grave Reference: IV. H. 24.

 

Lance Corporal AS Wood

29408

1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards

 

No further information is recorded.

 

Date of death: Saturday 30th March, 1918.

He is buried in Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Ficheux, Pas de Calais, France.

Grave Reference: VI. E. 28.

 

First World War 1914-1918 - Age at Death

Leading Seaman Charles Eric Scarborough         19 years

Rifleman Douglas Thomas Bailey                       20 years

Private George Edward Barwell                         20 years

Private Thomas Ford                                         20 years

Private RE Stringer                                           20 years

Able Seaman Alfred Ford                                  21 years

Private Robert James Fretter                             22 years

Private George Adnitt Reynolds             22 years

Sergeant Henry Blockley                                               23 years

Private Joseph Reginald Buxton             24 years

Private Clarence George Fretter                         24 years

Private Frederick Wapples                                 25 years

Private George Percy Blockley                          26 years

Corporal Shirley Box                                         26 years

Private John Edgar Garner                                 26 years

Private James Percy Reynolds                           28 years*

Private Ernest Henry Cooke White                     29 years*

Private Oliver John Marritt                                 30 years

Sapper William Thomas Tite                              30 years

Private Thomas Henry Wapples                         30 years*

Private Joseph Leonard Garner                          32 years

 

*information derived from parish records

 

Age Unknown

 

Sapper Francis Charles Bartlett 

Private Arthur Blockley

Private Rowland Chamberlain

Private John William Ellis

Private Frederick Evans

Private Percy John Follows

Private Stephen Ford

Sapper William Alfred Ford

Private H Fretter

Private Herbert G Haines

HR Palphramand

Private William Phipps

Lance Corporal AS Wood

Dates of Death

26.02.1915                    Corporal Shirley Box

09.08.1915                    Able Seaman Alfred Ford

08.04.1916                    Private James Percy Reynolds

14.07.1916                    Private Stephen Ford

15.07.1916                    Private George Percy Blockley

17.07.1916                    Private Thomas Henry Wapples

06.08.1916                    Sergeant Henry Blockley

15.09.1916                    Private Herbert G Haines

23.09.1916                    Private Ernest Henry Cooke White

25.09.1916                    Private Percy John Follows

18.10.1916                    Private Frederick Wapples

14.12.1916                    Sapper William Alfred Ford

19.02.1917                    Rifleman Douglas Thomas Bailey

23.03.1917                    Private H Fretter

09.04.1917                    Private Frederick Evans

14.04.1917                    Private Arthur Blockley

26.04.1917                    Private Rowland Chamberlain

28.04.1917                    Private RE Stringer

03.05.1917                    Private George Edward Barwell

03.05.1917                    Private William Phipps

07.06.1917                    Private George Adnitt Reynolds

06.07.1917                    Private John William Ellis

20.07.1917                    Leading Seaman Charles Eric Scarborough

22.08.1917                    Private Robert James Fretter

26.09.1917                    Sapper William Thomas Tite

30.09.1917                    Private Oliver John Marritt

06.12.1917                    Private Thomas Ford

25.03.1918                    Sapper Francis Charles Bartlett

28.03.1918                    Private Joseph Leonard Garner

30.03.1918                    Lance Corporal AS Wood

24.04.1918                    Private John Edgar Garner

24.09.1918                    Private Joseph Reginald Buxton

03.11.1918                    Private Clarence George Fretter

 

Date of Death Unknown

 

HR Palphramand

Regiments

Canadian Machine Gun Corps

Private RE Stringer 166123

 

Cheshire Regiment

Private Clarence George Fretter 292195

 

Durham Light Infantry

Private John William Ellis 67524

 

Essex Regiment

Private Frederick Wapples 43437

 

Grenadier Guards

Lance Corporal AS Wood 29408

 

Leicestershire Regiment

Private George Edward Barwell 25613

Private Arthur Blockley 14494

Private George Percy Blockley 11933

Sergeant Henry Blockley 15130

Corporal Shirley Box 8063

Private Joseph Reginald Buxton 17327

Private Rowland Chamberlain 15127

Private Frederick Evans 242297

Private Percy John Follows 25785

Private Stephen Ford 15692

Private Thomas Ford 40927

Private John Edgar Garner 10313

Private Herbert G Haines 17175

HR Palphramond

Private William Phipps 22898

Private James Percy Reynolds 20295

Private George Adnitt Reynolds 36799

Private Thomas Henry Wapples 22001

Private Ernest Henry Cooke White R/936 or 11936

 

Lincolnshire Regiment

Private Robert James Fretter 26060

 

Manchester Regiment

Private Joseph Leonard Garner 42616

 

Rifle Brigade

Rifleman Douglas Thomas Bailey B/200024

 

Royal Engineers

Sapper Francis Charles Bartlett

Sapper William Alfred Ford 146207

Sapper William Thomas Tite

 

Royal Navy

Able Seaman Alfred Ford J/10526

Leading Seaman Charles Eric Scarborough

 

Sherwood Foresters

Private H Fretter 67005

Private Oliver John Marritt 67117

The List of the Fallen

Second World War 1939-1945

Sergeant Alfred James Baum

581137

49 Squadron, Royal Air Force

Parish records state that Sergeant Baum was baptised in St Mary’s Church on 31st March, 1912. His parents were James and Kate Alice Baum, and his father was employed as a miller and coal merchant.

 

A memorial stone in St Mary’s Church records:

 

In loving memory of

Sgt. Alfred James Baum

R.A.F.

killed in action over

Westphalia August 12th 1940

Aged 28 years

According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Sergeant Baum’s date of death is given as Sunday 11th August, 1940.

He is buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.

Grave Reference: 30. B. 7.

Driver William Bosworth

2017177

Royal Engineers

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records say that he was son of John and Lily Bosworth, of Broughton Astley.

Parish records confirm that Driver Bosworth was baptised in St Mary’s Church on 3rd May, 1920. His father was employed as a carter.

On the Frolesworth Road war memorial, Driver Bosworth’s name does not appear in the more usual alphabetical sequence.

He is buried in Broughton Astley Cemetery, Frolesworth Road, in a grave cared for by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Grave Reference: Grave 64.

His details, as recorded on the headstone, appear as follows:

2017177 Driver

W. Bosworth

Royal Engineers

25th August 1940 Age 20

 

Out of a world of sorrow

Into a haven of rest.

Able Seaman James Edgar Dainty

C/JX 154894

HMS Farouk, Royal Navy

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records say that he was son of Howard Norton Dainty and Ida Dainty, of Broughton Astley.

Date of death: Saturday 13th June, 1942, aged 21.

His name is recorded on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent, Great Britain.

Memorial Reference: 53, 3.

Sergeant Victor Clarence Fretter

751381

Wireless Operator/Air Gunner

220 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records say that he was son of Clarence and Mildred Fretter, of Broughton Astley, and husband of Joan Fretter, of Countesthorpe.

Parish records confirm that he was baptised in St Mary’s Church on 9th February, 1919. His father’s employment is given as a framework knitter. Tragically, however, Private Clarence Fretter had died only days before the Armistice came into effect (see page 16). Mildred Fretter, then, lost both a husband and a son in the two World Wars.

Sergeant Fretter is buried in Broughton Astley Cemetery, Frolesworth Road, in a grave cared for by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Grave Reference: Grave 82.

His details, as recorded on the headstone, appear as follows:

751381 Sergeant

V.C. Fretter

Wireless Operator/Air Gunner

Royal Air Force

10th August 1942 Age 23

 

How bright

these glorious spirits shine:
whence all their white array?

Private Arthur William Groocock

5052610

7th Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records say that he was husband of Beryl M Groocock, of Broughton Astley.

Date of death: Monday 28th April, 1941, aged 24.

He is buried in Broughton Astley Cemetery, Frolesworth Road.

Grave Reference: Grave 37.

His details, as recorded on the headstone, appear as follows:

In loving memory of

my dearly beloved husband

PTE Arthur William Groocock

North Staffordshire Regiment

who was accidentally killed

April 28th 1941

Age 24 years

 

Peace Perfect Peace

Driver Frederick George Horton

T/211357

Royal Army Service Corps

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records say that he was son of Norman and Alice Horton, of Broughton Astley.

Date of death: Tuesday 10th December, 1940, aged 30.

He is buried in the graveyard of Sutton-in-the-Elms Baptist Chapel, in a grave cared for by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

His details, as recorded on the headstone, appear as follows:

T/211357 Driver

F.G. Horton

Royal Army Service Corps

10th December 1940  Age 30

Skies may be sunny

Skies may be grey

Someone is loving and caring

each day

Second World War 1939-1945 - Age at Death

Driver William Bosworth                                   20 years

Able Seaman James Edgar Dainty                      21 years

Sergeant Victor Clarence Fretter                        23 years

Private Arthur William Groocock                        24 years

Sergeant Alfred James Baum                             28 years

Driver Frederick George Horton             30 years

Dates of Death

11.08.1940                    Sergeant Alfred James Baum

25.08.1940                    Driver William Bosworth

10.12.1940                    Driver Frederick George Horton

28.04.1941                    Private Arthur William Groocock

13.06.1942                    Able Seaman James Edgar Dainty

10.08.1942                    Sergeant Victor Clarence Fretter

Regiments

North Staffordshire Regiment

Private Arthur William Groocock 5052610

Royal Air Force

Sergeant Alfred James Baum 581137

Sergeant Victor Clarence Fretter 751381

Royal Army Service Corps

Driver Frederick George Horton T/211357

Royal Engineers

Driver William Bosworth 2017177

Royal Navy

Able Seaman James Edgar Dainty C/JX 154894

 

They shall not grow old as we 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......

On Remembrance Sunday, after gathering around the War Memorial, the various organisations lay wreaths
DCP00787.JPG (41172 bytes)

DCP00788.JPG (40304 bytes)

The last post being played at 11:00am

Home