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The following is a brief review of the six men of the village of Rothwell, Lincolnshire whose names are inscribed on the memorial to the fallen of the Great War 1914 - 1918..Personal data has been drawn from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) and ' Soldiers Died in The Great War 1914 - 1919'  Vol 15.

ROTHWELL

St Mary's Church

 

The memorial consists of a stone plinth surmounted by an octagonal column bearing a tablet on which is incised a   representation of the crucifixion. It is situated inside the churchyard adjacent to the footpath. On the plinth are inscribed the words

 

REMEMBER IN THE LORD

THESE WHO WENT OUT FROM US

AND GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR

THE WORLD'S FREEDOM IN THE

GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918

 

 

Pte Joseph A ATKIN                  Nov 15   1915

Pte Alfred BERRIDGE                 Oct 1      1916

Pte David CLARK                       July 1      1916

Capt Francis W McAULEY         May 21   1916

Pte William NEAVE                     Nov 1      1916

Pte Hubert STORER                    May 4     1918

 

Joseph Arthur ATKIN served as Private 16506 in the 3rd Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment and died in the United kingdom on the 25th November 1915 at the age of 18.He was the son of Florence Atkin of Whitegate Hill, Caistor and is buried at Rothwell.

 

Alfred BERRIDGE was killed on the First day of The Somme, July 1st 1916, whilst serving as Private 8023 in the 1/6 Northumberland Fusiliers. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

 

David CLARK was born in Caistor, Lincolnshire the son of Charles and Maria Clark, later of Rothwell. He was killed in action aged 20 whilst serving as Private 14843 in 'D' Company of the 7th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment and is buried in the Gordon Dump Cemetery at Ouvillers, La Boiselle, France.

 

Francis McAULEY is recorded by the CWGC as McAULAY, the son of Samuel and Maud Mary McAulay of Aylesby, near  Grimsby. As a Captain in ' B ' Battery of the 230th Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery he was killed on 21st May 1916 and is buried in the Fonquevllers Military Cemetery in the Pas de Calais.

 

William NEAVE was born at Audleby near Caistor and enlisted into the 2nd Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment as Private 23595.He was killed in action on the 16th November 1916 and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

 

Hubert STORER served as Rifleman S/3200 in the 12th Battalion, The Rifle Brigade and was killed, aged 27,on the 24th March 1918.He was the son of Emily Grace Dawson, formerly  Storer, of Cherry Willingham and of the late Henry Storer.

 

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