The following is a brief review of the War Memorial situated in the Parish Church of St Martin, NORTH OWERSBY. Personal data is drawn from The Commonwealth War Graves Commission and from ‘ Soldiers Died in The Great War 1914 – 1919 ‘ Vol 15.
The Memorial comprises a carved wooden screen erected facing east on the north side of the nave some 3’ 6″ above the floor. A brass plate 9 ” by 12 ” thereon bears an embossed red cross above black letters which state:
TO THE GREATER GLORY OF GOD
GRATEFULL MEMORY OF
WILLIAM BAXTER BEN LYONS
CHARLES BEDFORD JOHN WILLIAM NORTH
HERBERT DONCASTER HARRY SCOTT
OF THIS PARISH WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE
IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918
‘ THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE ‘
William BAXTER enlisted at Grimsby into Lincolnshire Regiment but by the time of his death on the 6th September 1917,aged 21, he had transferred into the newly formed Tank Corps where he held the number 75401 and the rank of Private. He was the husband of Elsie Baxter, whose address was given as Westcliffe on Sea. He is buried in the Menin Road South Military Cemetery.
Charles BEDFORD served as Private 13629 in the 6th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment and was killed at Gallipoli on the 9th August 1915 aged 28.He was the son of Mrs. M J Bedford of North Gulham Farm in the parish and having no known grave is commemorated on the Helles Memorial in the Dardenelles, Turkey.
HERBERT WILLIAM DONCASTER
Herbert William DONCASTER was the son of the late John and of Sarah Doncaster and was killed in action in France on 20th April 1917 serving as Private 13545 with ‘C’ Company,8th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment..His name also appears on the War Memorial in the adjacent parish of Thornton le Moor and in France he is commemorated on the Arras War Memorial.
Ben LYON was born at Faldingworth, enlisting at Wragby as Private 10882 in the 7th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. He died on the 12th October 1917 and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
JOHN WILLIAM NORTH
John William NORTH, a native of Harpswell, enlisted at Market Rasen as Private 25610 in the Prince of Wales (North Staffordshire) Regiment. He was killed in action on the 21st March 1918 and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial.
Harry SCOTT has not been further identified.