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The following is a brief review of the memorial to the fallen of the Great War at Riby, Lincolnshire. Personal details of the twelve men commemorated thereon are drawn from the records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) and ' Soldiers Died in The Great War 1914 - 1919 ' Volume 15.

                                      

RIBY

St Edmond's Church

 

The memorial is in the form of a granite column situated just to the right of the main entrance inside the Churchyard. An urn surmounts the column. Inscribed on the column are the words

                           

THE

RIBY         PEOPLE

GIVE PRAISE TO OUR

GOD OF VICTORIES

AND ERECT THIS

MONUMENT IN MEMORY

OF THEIR DEAR ONES

WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES

IN THE

GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918

 

THESE DIED FOR US

 

 

Pte     JOHN J BELL              Seaforth Highlands           Sep 1915

 

Capt   EDWARD BUCKLEY  York & Lancasters             Sep 1917

 

Sec Lt ROY BUCKLEY           Manchesters                     Jan 1917

 

Sergt   ALFRED COX             Lincolns                             July 1916

 

Pte       FRED GOODHAND   Australians                        Apr  1917

 

Pte       WALTER LEE            Lincolns                              Sep 1918

 

Pte WILLIAM H LEE               Lincolns                              Apr 1917

 

L/Cpl CHARLES H PATTINSON   Lincolns                       Sep 1916

 

Pte     BENJAMIN  SMITH     Lincolns                                July 1916

 

Pte     CHARLES W WEBSTER    Duke of Wellingtons      May 1917

 

Gunner FRED WEBSTER      RGA                                       Sep 1917

 

Pte FRED WILSON                Lincolns                                Apr 1917

 

      

John J BELL served as Private S/7456 in the 8th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders. He was killed in action in France on the 25th September 1915 and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial in the Pas de Calais.

 

Edward BUCKLEY, the son of J R Buckley of Riby ,was killed on the 30th September 1917 whilst serving as a Captain in the 2nd Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment. He is buried in the Loos British Cemetery, Pas de Calais.

 

2nd Lieutenant Roy BUCKLEY was killed on the 9th January 1917 serving with the 4th Battalion Manchester Regiment and is buried in the Varennes Military Cemetery on the Somme.

 

Alfred COX, Sergeant 683 in the 10th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment ( The Grimsby Chums),was killed on the First Day of the Somme, July 1st 1916.He was the son of Charles and Betsy Cox of Stallingborough and was 22 years of age at the time of his death. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, The Somme.

 

Fred GOODHAND, the son of Henry and the late Elizabeth Goodhand of Riby enlisted on the 6th April 1916 as Private 6270 in the 16th Battalion, Australian Infantry. He was killed in action in France aged 32 on the 11th April 1917 and is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.

 

Walter LEE served as Private 240682 in the 1/5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment and was killed aged 21 on the 15th September 1918.He was the son of Henry and Betsy Ann Lee of Sturton Yard, Baumber, Horncastle and is buried in the Roisel Communal Cemetery, the Somme.

 

William H LEE, brother of the above, was killed on the 12th April 1917 aged 24 whilst serving as Private 11/1565 with the 8th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment. He is buried in the Bailleul Road East Cemetery in the Pas de Calais.

 

Charles H PATTINSON was killed in action on the 20th September 1916 whilst serving as Lance Corporal 21675 with X Company of the 2nd Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment. Then aged 25 he was the son of John and Lavina Pattinson of Annersely Street, Grimsby and the husband of E Pattinson of the Laurels, Riby.He is buried in Vermelles British Cemetery.

 

Benjamin SMITH is recorded as a member of the Lincolnshire Regiment who was killed in July 1916.Four members of the Regiment with this name are recorded in ' Soldiers Died ' Vol 15 but none died in July 1916 and none appear on the CWGC data base.

 

Charles W WEBSTER, the son of Alfred and Anna Maria Webster and the husband of Annie Ann Webster of Beelsby, served as Private 241743 in the 2/5th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. He was killed on the 3rd May 1917 aged 30 and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais.

 

Fred WEBSTER was killed on the 24th September 1917 in India whilst serving as Gunner 89188 with the 79th Company, Royal Garrison Artillery. He was then aged 22 and was the son of Alfred and Annie Webster of Clixby Top, Grasby, Lincs.He is commemorated on the Kirkee 1914 -1918 Memorial, in India.

 

Fred WILSON was killed on the 23rd April 1917 whilst serving as Private 22774 with the 7th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais.

 

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