The following is a brief review of the various memorials to the dead of two World Wars found in the parish Church of All Saints, TEALBY. Personal date is drawn from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) and from ‘Soldiers Died in The Great War 1914 – 1919 ‘ Vol 15.
A carved marble plaque set into the west side of the nave on the left of the entrance some 160cm off the floor. The plaque is 60cm x 80 cm and contains heraldic devices depicting a lion, a shield with coat of arms and a further device with an arm, a sword and a wreath. In black ornate and prominently seraphed capitals is inscribed:
IN EVER LOVING MEMORY OF
RALPH EUSTACE LOVETT
TENNYSON D’EYNCOURT MBE
CAPTAIN COLDSTREAM GUARDS
DIED OF WOUNDS 1945 AGED 40
YOUNGEST SON OF EDWARD AND RUTH
OF BAYONS MANOR
R.E.L. Tennyson – D’Eyncourt is recorded by the CWGC as being the son of Edmund Charles and Charlotte Ruth Tennyson – D’Eyncourt of Kensington, London. He was killed on the 20th February 1945 whilst serving as Captain 99189 in the 4th Battalion Coldstream Guards and is buried in the Reichswald Forrest War Cemetery in Germany.
In a glazed wooden frame on the north east corner of the nave next to the tower entrance and under three British Legion Standards ,is displayed an illuminated print 55cm x 46 cm bearing the inscription:
IN EVER GRATEFULL MEMORY OF
JOHN E BAGLEY
JOHN R MUMBY
ARTHUR E HEATON
WILLIAM J RANYELL
HORACE M W GOY
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR
Thomas HEATON was born in Tealby and enlisted at Ludlow in Shropshire into the 6th Battalion, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. He was killed in action on the 25th September 1915 whilst serving as Cpl 12435 and at the time of his death he was recorded as being resident in Market Rasen. He is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium.
JOHN E BAGLEY
John E BAGLEY was born at Market Rasen and enlisted in Grimsby into the 3/5th Lincolnshire Regiment as Private 3281. At the time of his death in action on the 13th October 1915 his residence was given as East Ravendale. He is buried in the Loos Memorial Cemetery.
ARTHUR E HEATON
Arthur E HEATON served as Private 14406 with the 2nd Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment and was killed in action on the 10th November 1916.He is buried in the A.I.F Burial Ground, Fleurs, on the Somme.
WILLIAM JOHN RAYNELL
William Johnson RANYELL was born at Scotter, the son of Kate V Taylor, formerly Ranyell, of Trinity Lane, Louth and John Ranyell and enlisted into the 2nd Battalion Sherwood Forresters ( Notts and Derby Regiment) as Private 46823.He was killed on the 10th October 1916 and is buried in the Bernafay Wood British Cemetery, the Somme.
Harold CHAMBERS was the son of William and Emma Chambers of Claxby who initially served with the 14th Territorial Reserve Battalion, later transfering to the 25th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers (The Tyneside Irish) with whom he was serving as Private 35889 on the 14th October 1917 when he was killed in action. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
George WEST was born at Thornton le Moor and whilst a resident of Tealby. He enlisted into the 6th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment as Private 19119.He was killed in action on the Somme on the 3rd July 1916.He is buried in the Gordon Dump Cemetery, on the Somme.
JOHN ROBERT MUMBY
John Robert MUMBY, a native of Stow Park but was living at Tealby when he enlisted at Gainsborough as Private 13812 in the 2nd Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment. He was killed in action on the 20th September 1916.
Fred WEST was born in Tealby, the son of Joe West of Caistor Road and enlisted at Lincoln as Private 15082 Coldstream Guards. Aged 27, he was killed on the 6th October 1916 and is buried in the Grove Town Cemetery on the Somme.
David TODD has not been further identified.
Horace M.W.GOY M.M.
Horace M.W.GOY M.M. had originally served in the Labour Corps as Private 584088. He transferred to the Royal Engineers and as Lance Corporal 80390 he died on the 28th November 1918 aged 24 from the effects of his wounds. He is buried in the churchyard at Tealby.
Adjacent to this display is a large glazed frame containing an illuminated scroll with an insert portrait of a soldier in uniform and inscribed ‘ J Bagley 3rd/5th Lincolns ‘.
By the front door of the church stands a stone plaque engraved in black seraphed capitals
IN UNDYING MEMORY OF
JOHN EDMUND CAMERON THOMPSON
LIEUTENANT ROYAL NAVY AND PILOT FLEET AIR ARM
KILLED ON DUTY ON 18TH JUNE 1945 AGED 22
YOUNGER SON OF SIR THOMAS THOMPSON Bart
and MILLICENT, SECOND DAUGHTER OF EDMUND TENNYSON D’EYNCOURT ESQ
J.E.C.THOMPSON D.S.C. was killed on the 18th June 1945 whilst serving on HMS Merganser. He is commemorated on the memorial to the dead of the Fleet Air Arm at Lee on Solent, Hampshire.
Wooden plate bearing brass plaque 40 cm x 23 cm bearing black inscription
IN MEMORY OF
2ND LIEUTENANT NORTHERN RHODESIA REGIMENT
KILLED IN ACTION 16TH NOVEMBER 1943
AGED 33 YRS
Maurice FISHER, the son of George W Fisher and Edith Fisher of Grimsby was serving as Lieutenant 297287 with the Northern Rhodesia Regiment when he was killed, aged 33, during the advance into Italian Somaliland and Ethiopia on the 16th November 1943.He is buried in the Nairobi War Cemetery, Kenya.