The following is a brief review of the War Memorial erected in the village of KIRKBY cum OSGODBY. Personal data is drawn from The Commonwealth War Graves Commission and from ‘ Soldiers Died in The Great War 1914 -1919 ‘ Vol 15.
In the form of a Celtic Cross the granite Memorial is situated on the south side of the main road through the village some 100 yards east of the junction with Lincoln Lane. It is set back upon a grass bank and is enclosed by wrought iron railings. On the plinth are inscribed the words
AND IN HONOURED MEMORY
OF THE MEN
OF KIRKBY cum OSGODBY
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN
THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918
East side, in black letters affixed to the plinth:
World War 1939 -45
A W CRAWFORD
J F CREASEY
1914 – 1918
EDMUND JOHN BROUGHTON CODD
Edmund John Broughton CODD was born in the village the son of Wilson and Sarah Jane Codd. He served as Sergeant 19195 in the 2nd Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment and was killed in action in France on the 23rd October 1916 aged 20.He is buried in the Bancourt British Cemetery in the Pas de Calais.
John CODD, a brother of the above, died of wounds on the 6th July 1918 aged 18 whilst serving as Private 95727 in the 5th Battalion Durham Light Infantry. He is buried in the local parish churchyard of St Andrew’s.
Herman EATON was born at Osgodby, the son of George and Alice Eaton and enlisted at Grimsby into the 6th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment as Private 13548. He was killed, aged 23 ,on the 9th August 1915 at Gallipoli and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Turkey.
John RHODES was the son of John Rhodes of Osgodby although he had been born in Northamptonshire. He enlisted at Scunthorpe and served as Private 11033 in the 6th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment. He died of wounds received at Gallipolli, aged 30, on the 18th September 1915 and is buried in the Pieta Military Cemetery in Malta.
JOSEPH WILLIAM SMITH
Joseph William SMITH was the son of William Lee Smith and Lucy Ann Smith Tetney Lane, Holton le Clay. He died, aged 20,on the 27th October 1916 having served as Stoker 1st Class SS/117420 on board HMS Nubian and is buried in the churchyard at St Andrew’s, Kirkby cum Osgodby.
Fred SHARP served as Private 4400 in the 4th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment and died on the 17th December 1916 aged 22.He is buried in the Canwick Road Cemetery, Lincoln.
A.ATKINSON, S.COX , H.WEST and H.WILKINSON have not been further identified.
ARTHUR WILLIAM CRAWFORD
Arthur William CRAWFORD was the son of Arthur Henry and Alice Crawford of Osgodby and served as Corporal 1901946 in the Royal Engineers. He was killed in Burma, aged 24,on the 6th March 1944 and is buried in the Taukyan War Cemetery in Myanmar (Burma).
JOHN FREDERICK CREASEY
John Frederick CREASEY, son of John and Elizabeth Creasey of Osgodby was killed on the 6th March 1943 aged 24 whilst serving as Private 4804451 with the 6th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment. He is buried in the Tabarkas Ras Rasel War Cemetery in Tunisia.