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The following is a brief review of the War Memorial to the fallen of the Second World War situated in the Parish Church of St Mary's, CLAXBY. Personal data is drawn from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC).

 

Parish Church of St Mary's

CLAXBY

 

The memorial comprises a cream marble tablet erected adjacent to the pulpit on the South side of the nave. It stands some 48 ''off the floor and measures approximately 36 " by 20 ".At the top of the tablet is a cross surrounded by a wreath with a scroll (no inscription) underneath. It bears the following words

 

1939 - 1945

 

IN HONOURED MEMORY OF

CLAXBY BOYS

 

ALBERT      ARLISS

ALAN      BRISTOW

ROY     WILSON

 

WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN

THE SECOND WORLD WAR

AND

IN GRATITUDE FOR THE

SAFE RETURN OF THESE WHO

SERVED IN HIS MAJESTY'S FORCES

 

 

D R BRISTOW                 E ROACH

J S BRISTOW                  J ROBINSON WAAF

G BYCROFT                    C SAUNBY

W DALTON                    J B SHARP

H FIELDSEND                 G SLATER

C T HEWSON                 M E H SMITH  ATS

S L HEWSON WAAF       N SURFLEET

L R OGG                          M A WRESELL  ATS

 

 Albert Ernest ARLISS was the husband of Lena Irene Arliss and served as Lance Corporal 4975381 in the Sherwood Forresters.    He was killed in action on the 25th April 1943 aged 23 years and is buried in the Medjez-el-Bab War Cemetery in Tunisisa.

 

Alan Edwin BRISTOW served as Private 14568000 in A Company of the 6th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment and was the son of William Charles and Elisabeth Ellen Bristow of Claxby. He was killed in action aged 19 on the 10th January 1941 and lies buried in the Cassino War Cemetery in Italy.

 

Roy WILSON. This man has not been identified although two men bearing this name were killed whilst serving with the 6th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment.

 

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