The following is a brief review of the War Memorial in the CHURCH of St. JOHN’S, CROXTON.
Personal data is drawn from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and from ‘ Soldiers Died in The Great War 1914 – 1919 ‘ Vol 15.
The memorial is in the form of a white marble tablet some 24 ” by 18 ” itself backed by a slightly larger dark wooden board erected on the north wall of the nave. The tablet is ornate, topped by a frieze and the carved words PRO PATRIA. In black capitals, with initial letters in red, it bears the inscription:
WILLIAM C BESWICK
GEORGE E KEAL
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 – 1918
THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE
WILLIAM CLOWES BESWICK
William Clowes Beswick was born at Croxton and enlisted at Grimsby into the 10th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment ( The Grimsby Chums) as Private 1138.He was killed in action on the 1st July 1916 (The First Day of The Somme),having no known grave he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. At the time of his death he was recorded as living in Cresswell, Nottinghamshire.
George Keal was the son of Arthur and Emma Keal of Kirmington. He was born at Kirmington and had enlisted at Brigg into the 8th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment in which he was serving as Lance Corporal 12285.He was killed in action on the 26th September 1915 aged 27 and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.