War Memorial

Scotter war memorial


On a November Sunday in 1918 the flag on St. Peter's Church was flown at half mast.  That afternoon a muffled peal was rung in honour of the village lads whose lives had been lost serving their King and Country.

Like many other communities residents collected money to commission a permanent monument.
 
Scotter War Memorial was designed by Kenneth Eyre, built of Portland stone by Herbert Dorrington of Gainsborough and is situated on The Green in the centre of the village.

It was unveiled by Major Molson M.P. on 15th May 1921.  Reverend John Blew took the service and Scotter Brass Band, under the baton of Alfred Harsley, accompanied the singing. 
 
The northern face lists thirteen villagers who sacrificed their lives in the Great War while the other three sides show the names of eighty men who served in and survived the conflict.  After the Second World War eight more names were added to the northern face to commemorate the Scotter men who had died for their King and Country.

These pages are dedicated to their memory, men of Susworth and others with a connection to the parish of Scotter who have been largely forgotten.
 

In the autumn of 1983 the monument was refurbished by R. Wallace and Son of West Butterwick. Unfortunately mistakes were made when trying to read the names for re-engraving.  The three errors on the North face were corrected in 2007 but there are still more on the other sides.

The Parish Council aims to conserve this important monument to a very highest standard and thanks Richard Barwell of Hemswell Contracting Limited for his generosity in regularly maintaining the plinth at no cost to the community.

 

Recent additions:- 
   Sister Emma Morris; a forgotten heroine
  
Casualties 
   report of Herbert Luther Eminson's death in the Bootle Times

   pictures of Walter Sleight's grave and details on events prior to his death
   pictures of Sidney Johnson & Laister Cook's names on the Thiepval Monument
   pictures of the graves of William Jackson and Robert Eminson
   a picture of Fred Fountain's name at the Vis-en-Artois Memorial
   a picture of Albert Picksley's name at the Pozieres Memorial 
   pictures of the graves of Frederick Wray and Charley Sergeant 
   pictures of the graves of Thomas Barker and Albert Pyecroft
   Billy Fitchett's father produced a memorial card
 
  a clearer picture of Francis John Foster
   the attacks which cost the lives of Henry and Fred Fountain
   

                              
 
Great War servicemen
   more information about Matthew Richards
  
a picture of Elijah Walker and more information about him
   Albert L. Beckett changed his surname to Richardson
   a picture of Reginald Harrison-Osborne
Other Great War Servicemen
  Walter Scutt of Susworth also served (picture included) 
 
the death of George Hewson resulted in a murder trial 
  a picture of George Hewson's regiment
                      
                
If you can add to our knowledge on ANY of the men on these War Memorial pages then please email scotterwm@live.co.uk
 
Lest we forget