Asterby and Goulceby Remembers

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ASTERBY and GOULCEBY REMEMBERS THOSE WITH LOCAL CONNECTIONS WHO SERVED IN WORLD WAR 1

SOURCES OF INFORMATION

Much of the information gathered is derived from a search through all copies of The Horncastle News and South Lindsey Advertiser from 1914 to 1919 (now just called the Horncastle News). The Parish Council is indebted to the Horncastle Civic Society for access to their newspaper archives.

Other sources include:

  • Lincolnshire Memorials
  • Lincstothepast.com
  • Relevant Census records
  • WW1 military records
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • History of the 10th battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment

The information is not necessarily complete and whilst every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy, there may be occasions when the original information is not quite accurate or is incomplete. For example, sometimes the information from the Horncastle News didn’t quite match military records.

If anyone has any suggested amendments or further names or details to add please contact Jenny Oates – j.oates@pobroadband.co.uk

6 SERVICEMEN WITH AN ASTERBY/GOULCEBY CONNECTION WERE KILLED IN WW1

Private Bertram Harrison BLADES

Private Blades was killed at the Somme 04/02/1917 aged 24

MEMORIAL: Thiepval Memorial – this is a memorial to 72,000 missing soldiers

Private Blades was born in Horncastle. His mother died when he was 11 and he was brought up by his grandparents who lived at Ranyards Corner, Asterby

EXTRACT from HORNCASTLE NEWS AND SOUTH LINDSEY ADVERTISER 10/03/1917

'' Asterby Lad Killed''

'' He was a member of the Louth Territorials and was called up at the beginning of the war, his time having expired on 29/05/1916. He entered again and for some months served in Ireland, after which he went to France with the Royal Lancasters in which regiment he met his death. He was brought up with his grandmother in Asterby - lane and was 24 years of age''.

Private Moses GRIFFIN

Private 6th Bn. Lincolnshire Regiment. 

He died 29/11/1915 in the Gallipolli peninsula which is now in modern Turkey (also known as the Dardenelles) aged 29. He is buried at Azmak Cemetery , Sulva in Turkey. 

Private Griffin was born in Goulceby September 1886 and baptised in Asterby Church on 22 May 1887.

He was farm labourer in Hemingby and later a waggoner. He enlisted at Baumber

At the time of his death, his parents Moses and Mary Ann Griffin, were living at Roughton, Woodhall Spa, ( hence his inclusion on the war memorial at Roughton).

Memorials: Hemingby St Margaret's, Lincolnshire Regiment Roll of Honour, Roughton, St Margaret.

EXTRACT from HORNCASTLE NEWS AND SOUTH LINDSEY ADVERTISER 08/01/1916

'' DEATH FROM EXPOSURE''

''We regret to record that Private Moses Griffin of the 6th battalion Lincolnshire Regiment died from exposure at the Dardenelles on November 30th. Deceased who was 29, was the son of Mrs Griffin of Roughton and prior to the war was waggoner to Mr G Elsey of Baumber and resided with Mr C Graves at that village ...........''

the article also mentions     ''......his brother Private Robert Griffin, of the same regiment, was also at the Dardenelles, and is now in hospital in Malta suffering from Rheumatism and bronchitis, but is making a good recovery

Private Albert Edward HOLLAND

Private of 10th Bn. Lincolnshire Regiment.  Killed in Action, 24th March 1918 in France aged 19. 

Commemorated on panel 3 and 4 of the Arras memorial (no known grave).

He was the son of Henry and Mary Elizabeth Holland, of Hainton House, Eastgate, Louth, Lincs. Born in Lincoln, enlisted at Louth and resident at Goulceby.  

Private Holland was born in Lincoln in 1898. In the 1911 census, he was a 12 year old schoolboy living on Halls Hill Goulceby with his parents, and sister and brother.

Memorials: The Lincolnshire Regiment Roll of Honour and Grimsby St James Church 10th Bn.

William SMITH

Limited information found

Private of 7th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died of Wounds on 16/17/ February 1916 and buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, 2. B. 41. West-Vlaanderen,Belgium. Aged Not Known.

Born at Goulceby, enlisted at Louth and resident in North Elkington.

Lincolnshire Memorials: Lincolnshire Regiment Roll of Honour, Louth Methodist, and Tathwell War Memorial,

Cannot trace William Smith other than in military records. Can find no relevant birth or census records.

Albert Ernest Wade CLAYTON

Engineman in Royal Naval Reserve on H.M. Trawler "Ina Williams." Missing presumed killed on 30th May 1917 aged 37 

The Navy trawler Ina Williams hit a mine and sunk off Bull Rock Light Berehaven (off the south west coast of Ireland

He was the eldest child of Christopher and Sarah Clayton, school master and mistress at Asterby School

EXTRACT from HORNCASTLE NEWS AND SOUTH LINDSEY ADVERTISER 16/06/1917

'' We regret to learn that Chief Engineer Albert Clayton of the R.N.R. and eldest son of of Mr CC Clayton, late school master of Asterby is missing believed drowned.

He was chief engineer of a patrol boat stationed at -------------, and a few days ago while out on duty the vessel struck a mine and sank, only 4 of those on board being saved. He was reported missing on June 8th. He was 37 years of age and leaves a wife but no family''

Lincolnshire Memorials: Grimsby St James and Grimsby St James Kalendar. (The Kalendar is a Book of Remembrance).

Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent

Lance Corporal Percy STUBBS

Lance Corporal of 10th Bn. Lincolnshire Regiment.  Killed in Action 1st July 1916 in France and commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Panel 1.C.  Aged 24.

He died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Private Stubbs was born in Saltfleet but lived for a time in Asterby with his grandmother Eliza Heaton. He later worked as a hairdresser in Louth

EXTRACT from HORNCASTLE NEWS AND SOUTH LINDSEY ADVERTISER 22/07/1916

'' Mrs Stubbs of Asterby has learned that her only son, Private Percy Stubbs of the ''chums'' battalion, 10th Lincolns, was killed in France on 01/07/1916 ''

Son of Mrs. Eliza Stubbs, of "Edenholme," Victoria Rd., Mablethorpe, Lincs.  Other next of kin reference is 'Mrs Stubbs of Asterby

Lincolnshire Memorials – Grimsby St James 10th Bn.

Lincolnshire Regiment Roll of Honour, Mablethorpe and Mablethorpe War Memorial Plaque at the Parish Church of St. Mary's