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The following is a brief review of the four men commemorated on the Grasby memorial to the fallen of the Great War of 1914 - 1918.Personal details are drawn from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) and the reference ' Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 - 1919  Vol 15.'

                                       

GRASBY

All Saints Church

 

A white marble tablet affixed to the southern wall to the right of the main entrance on entry, the inscription in black lettering with red initial letters:

 

IN LOVING MEMORY OF

THE MEN OF GRASBY WHO FELL

IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918

 

HARRY E WESTCOTT             Aged 25

EDWARD L WESTCOTT          Aged 22

ARTHUR F WESTCOTT           Aged 20

HERBERT J FOSTER               Aged  20

 

Harry E Westcott should in fact be Elton Harry WESCOTT, one of three unmarried brothers to fall during the conflict, the sons of Elton Edward Wescott and his wife Leah of Grasby. Elton was serving as Corporal 9828 in the 6th Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment when he was killed in action on the 15th August 1915 at Gallipolli. He is commemorated on the Alexandria Military and War Memorial in Egypt. Whilst the tablet gives his age as 25 the CWGC gives this as 23.

 

Edward Lawrence WESCOTT died of wounds on the 11th May 1917 in France whilst serving as Sergeant 9580 of the 8th Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment. He had apparently been a member of the 1st Battalion and had gone to France as a member of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in August of 1914 and could therefore have been a regular soldier. He is commemorated on the Etaples War Memorial.

 

Arthur Frank WESCOTT died on the 13th November 1918,a scant two days after the signing of The Armistice, whilst serving as Corporal 99056 in A Battery of the 152nd Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery. The CWGC records state he was buried in the churchyard at Grasby, he presumably having died at home of his wounds.

 

Herbert John FOSTER appears in the CWGC records as John Herbert Foster, the son of James and Hannah Foster of Front Street, Grasby where he was born. He enlisted for service at nearby Caistor and was killed in action in France on the 11th April 1917 as Lance Corporal 241195 of the 2/5th Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment. He is commemorated on the Thiepval War Memorial.

                  

 

The Church also holds a small glazed frame containing a handwritten ' Roll of Honour ' detailing the 27 men from the parish who served in the conflict. as follows:

 

GRASBY

All Saints Church

                

 

Hand written in a glazed wooden A4 frame displayed on the southern wall of the nave.

   

' ROLL of HONOUR '

 

Holy Father in Thy Mercy Hear our Anxious Prayers

Keep Our Loved Ones, Now Far Absent

'Neath Thy Care.

 

 

Edward WESTCOTT                           1st Bn Lincs Rgt  DoW     May 1917

FRED KING2nd Bn Lincs Rgt               Wounded twice discharged.

JOHN WILLIAM HORNSEY                 4th Dragoon Guards  PoW

CHARLES FOSTER                           5th (Service )Bn Lincs Rgt

HARRY WESTCOTT                          6th (Service) Bn Lincs Rgt D of W August 1915

JESSE TAYLOR                                7th (Service) Bn Lincs Rgt Wounded

WILLIAM PEARSON                          9th (Service) Bn Lincs Rgt Wounded Discharged

WILLIAM FRANKISH                         11th (Service ) Bn Lincs Rgt att. East Yorkshire Rgt, Wounded

CHARLES HENRY FROW                 13th (Service) Bn Lincs Rgt Wounded

THOMAS ERNEST HARRISON           6th Bn Lincs Rgt Wounded

ARTHUR  WESTCOTT                       Royal Field Artillery -Died in Hospital

HERBERT FOSTER                          2/5th Lincs Rgt - Missing, dead

ARTHUR FRANKISH                        Royal Canadian Garrison Artillery

HENRY SPARROW                         Lincs.  Rgt - Wounded

JOHN MASON                                 11th Lincs

JOHN WILLIAM TURNER                 2/5th Bn Lincs Rgt

PERCY MILSON                              Royal Garrison Artillery

ALBERT HORNSEY                         Royal Garrison Artillery, Wounded

WILLIAM HORNSEY                        Royal Field Artillery

JIM MASON                                   13th Bn Royal Liverpool Rgt Wounded

CHARLES CHRISTOPHER HORNSEY 1st Machine Gun Transport

GEORGE THOMAS TUPLIN            Lincs Rgt Labour Company

SIDNEY ORGANER SUMNER         Royal Engineers

CHARLES EDWARD BOCOCK       3d Bn Lincs Rgt - Wounded

WALTER THOMAS ASHLEY          Durham Light Infantry - Wounded

W.HAROLD COUPLAND               Motor Transport, Army Service Corps, Wounded, PoW

EDWARD BARROW                      Royal Air Force

                                                  For King and Country'

 

 

 

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