After the cessation of hostilities in 1918, many local committees were formed with the sole purpose of raising funds for the erection of a memorial. Tetford was no exception. I have been unable to establish when such a committee for Tetford’s memorial came into being, but one certainly was by August 1919. The local paper, The Horncastle News, carried in its 8th August 1919 edition a report that “a most successful concert was held on Thursday last in the Schoolroom” at Tetford. The proceeds went to the local War Memorial Fund. The main driving force behind this committee was one Mrs. E.A. Maughan relative, by marriage, of Pte. Maughan named on the memorial.
Clearly all went well, as the memorial was erected by, it is believed, the local bricklayer of the day, William Campling. Although I have been unable to trace any Newspaper report to verify the fact, the memorial is believed to have been unveiled and dedicated in early 1921. Certainly, on the 23rd April 1921 the local Parish Council was first approached to “take over the management and upkeep” of the memorial. This is confirmed by the minutes of the meeting convened by the Parish Council on that date. However, due to the fact there was no one from the War Memorial Committee present at that meeting, it was proposed and agreed those matters be left in abeyance at that time.
It was not until a meeting of the 27th January 1948 that the Parish Council again discussed the proposal of taking over the responsibilities of the memorial. At this time, it is clear that the once War Memorial Committee was now an official Trust. The last two surviving trustees made the latest approach to the Council. Finally, at a meeting held on the 12th July 1948, the Tetford Parish Council formally resolved to take over the responsibilities of the memorial trust. The balance standing to the credit of the trust bank account, held at Lloyds Bank Horncastle, was transferred to the Council’s general account. The sum involved was £6.00.
One of the first tasks undertaken by the Council was to seek tenders for the cost of inscribing a name to be added to the memorial. This was most certainly the name of Pte. Martin, the request for this coming from his parents. Pte. Martin fell in the Second World War and as such I have not included his details in this site. The estimate received from Leakes Masonry Louth was accepted and they duly carried out the work. In addition, they also erected a wooden fence and rail at the memorial.
1950 saw the Parish Council approach the County Council for approval to impose a penny rate on the villagers, such rate to be used for the upkeep of the memorial. This was duly approved and was still in existence in 1968 when a villager reminded the Parish Council of this fact. At that time, the memorial was in need of urgent repair work which was ironically carried out by Jack Campling, son of William Campling, the original builder of the memorial, for the grand estimated cost of £3.00 – £5.00.
The Parish Council continue to this day to be responsible for the maintenance of the memorial, it only just recently having approved repair work to the steps and rail leading up to it.
The Memorial inscription reads:
To the Glory of God
and in Loving Memory of
Those who Gave their Lives
in the Great European War
Greater Love hath no Man than this
That a Man Lay down his Life for his Friend
Pte. C. Whiting Pte. W.C.Maughan
Pte. W. Gant Pte. E.F. Brown
Pte. G. H. Hannath Pte. R. Trolley
Str. E.J.W. Clarke Pte. F. Phillips
Pte. H.O. Westerby Pte. C.L.E. Sentance
Pte. R. Knaggs Cpl. G. Brooker
Pte. E. Lancaster Pte. W.R. Trevor
Stk. G.W.H. Sentance L/Cpl. W. Welberry
Pte. J. Ladley Ss. W. Phillips
Pte. W. Lancaster