Great War servicemen - side facing West

Holland - Lees

West facing side

The following people are listed on the side facing West. Great care has been taken to identify them but, since 90 years have passed, it is likely mistakes have been made.

Charles holland

photo from Ruby Horsfall, his daughter

G. HOLLAND   (incorrectly listed)

Charlie Holland  ('Wag')
202340 Private, West Yorkshire Regiment
65305 Corporal, 3rd Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

born June 1892 in Scotter 
son of Charles (a farm labourer from Scotter) and Sarah (nee Foster of Walkerith) 

worked as a farm labourer 
enlistied 25th February 1916 - two weeks after his only brother William had died of wounds in France

in 1916 invalided to Reading War Hospital with a wounded thigh 
injured when he rejoined the fighting
hospitalised in 1918 with a severe shell wound to the stomach
discharged 30th June 1919 as a result of wounds and received Silver War Badge B316441

worked in a brickyard
married Gladys Wilson (in service at the 'White Swan') from the parish of All Saints, Gainsborough in January 1921
became ill with complications from his stomach injury
within a week died at the County Hospital, Lincoln on 23rd October 1931 aged 39
buried in Scotter Cemetery next to his parents

brother of William (main face)


James Hudson

born 27th August 1899 at Ashby
son of William (an ironstone miner from Scotton) and Mary Ann (nee Osborne of Eye, Northamptonshire)

family lived at Mill Road, Ashby
his mother died in 1902 when he was an infant

in 1910 his aunt Edith Hudson married George Clark (a farmer's son from Scotter)
the next year saw James living with them in Scotter
cousing of James ('Jim'), Sydney ('Sid'/'Sam') and Arthur ('Art'/'Goggan') who all played in Scotter Brass Band for many years

[Frank Abey (of North Willingham near Ludford) moved to Scotter and marryied Charlotte Foster on 1st May 1908 at St. Peter's Church]
in 1920 
in 1920 James probably married Frank's 17 year old sister Emma in the Caistor registration district
daughter Elsie became Miss Scunthorpe Carnival Queen in 1937
Elsie married Petty Officer Harold Ross R.N. of Brumby in 1946

died in 1976 in the Scunthorpe registration district


Cyril James Hunt 
187870 Sapper, Royal Engineers

born 1892 at Ingham 
son of William (a police constable from Branston near Lincoln) and Mary Elizabeth ('Lizzie'; nee Jackson of Fulbeck)
spent some of his early life at Waltham

enlisted in 1916

married Elizabeth Jackson (sister of William Storm (main face) and George (below)) on 7th May 1919 at St. Peter's Church

1930 Kelly's Directory lists him as a Scotter ironmonger with a blacksmiths premises in Susworth
took over Ted Everatt's premises on Gainsborough Road
moved to live at 'Fairmount', 271 Messingham Road, Bottesford
worked for Apex Garage in Scunthorpe as a civil engineer's blacksmith

died at home on 8th October 1958 aged 65 
funeral service held at St. Paul's Church
interred at Bottesford Cemetery


George Jackson  
41416 Serjeant, Durham Light Infantry
632879 Sergeant, Labour Corps

born in Scotter 
son of George (a farm labourer from Messingham) and Hannah (nee Storm of Scotter)
baptised 22nd July 1884 at St. Peter's Church

married Beatrice Maud Jones on 29th July 1912 at St. Peter's Church
Beatrice was from Sheffield and after her father died came to live in Scotter with her mother Hannah Jones (nee Jackson) who had been born here
the couple probably did not have had children

died 29th July 1954 aged 70 
the ‘Lincolnshiree Star’ recorded:- 
   ‘A service in St. Paul’s Church, Ashby, preceded the internment in Brumby Cemetery on Saturday of Mr. George Jackson aged 70 of 55 Messingham Road…’

gravestone reads 'Resting where no shadows fall'

parents buried in Scotter Cemetery
twin brother of William Storm (main face)


William jollansphoto from Alastair Jollans, his grandson


William Jollans  ('Will')
Chaplain 4th Class, Royal Army Chaplain's Department
Reverend, Royal Army Chaplain's Department 
rank of Captain
awarded the Military Cross

born 1887 at Donnington-on-Baine, near Louth
son of William (a policeman from Northorpe) and Sarah (nee Grundy of Horncastle)

worked as a farm boy after leaving school

became pastor of the United Methodist Church 'where his genial disposition and his kindly interest in the welfare of the villagers generally gained for him wide esteem and popularity'

brother Sydney killed on 9th May 1915 (web link below) and remembered on the Kirton-in-Lindsey War Memorial

married Rachel Baron of Great Harwood, near Blackburn on 18th July 1916
that year he also enlisted into the Army
sent to France in January 1917
involved in the battle of Ypres
in early March 1918 he was 'home from the Western front on a well earned leave''
officiated at the funeral of Richard Percival Eminson (main face)
a few days later returned to the front and attached to 9th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers

On 10th April 1918, Will Jollans sent a letter home to his wife which began:-

'We are in the midst of a great battle and just at present while the situation is good it doesn't look as though either the doctor or myself are going to get away - although it is highly probable that we shall. However! By the time you get this, I may be a prisoner in Germany. If so, please don't worry about me as I shall write to you immediately they will allow me. Mark you this is quite the worst side of looking at the thing - tomorrow we may be safe out of it. But we can't leave the wounded to themselves and at present they can't evacuate them and our only means of escape is to leave them and make a dash for the river and swim it. The latter would be the way of a coward and while I value my liberty I can't entertain it...'

his wife received it with a covering note from Headquarters which reported he was missing and that the person who brought back the letter 'did not see your husband taken prisoner'

For his actions in this battle he was awarded the Military Cross.

Gazetted on 13th September 1918 the citation reads-

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He went up with the motor ambulance cars under heavy shell and machine-gun fire, and assisted in dressing and carrying the wounded. Throughout the day he was of the greatest assistance to the R.A.M.C., whilst his cheerful courage under fire was most praiseworthy.’

in France when the Armistice was declared

didn't continue as a minister; instead went into business and remained a local preacher
children Margaret ('Peggy; born 1917), Christine (1921), William ('Bill'; 1924-2007) and Lewis (1925)
still lived here in the 1930's; his telephone number was Scotter 6

moved to Great Harwood and by 1935 to Birmingham
had a variety of jobs and for a time he and his wife ran a business supplying cotton goods to hospitals
became a Special Constable

retired in the 1960s to Prizet, Kendal, Westmorland 
loved children and remembered as being great fun as a grandfather 
a cheerful and optimistic family man

died in 1965 aged 78 at Kendal

Harry king

photo from Tony King


Harry Hemshall King
341465 Private, 'B' Company, 36th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers
393618 Private, 363rd, 364th & 619th Reserve Employment Companies, Labour Corps
393618 Private, 496th Agricultural Company, Labour Corps

born 7th April 1899 in Scotter
son of Walter (a road foreman from Aisby) and Demaris (nee Holland of Scotter)

family lived on Gainsborough Road

on his 15th birthday he had a serious accident:-
'driving a horse and cart when the horse shied and threw the unfortunate lad under the wheel, which passed over his body...'

worked for John Butler, Carrot and Potato Grower and Merchant of Scotter (‘introducer of the famous “King Edward Potato“)

called up for service and enlisted at Scunthorpe on 21st May 1917
described as 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 117 pounds, ‘poor chest‘, Church of England
based at Ramsgate, Kent

in June 1917 reported he was 'home on sick leave after being in khaki only five weeks, three of which have been spent in hospital. When he offered himself for medical examination... he was passed A, and on being called up he was passed C'

posted to the Labour Corps at Plymouth on 24th September 1917 and sent to Woodford
transferred to the 496th Agricultural Company on 2nd April 1918
moved to No. 1 Dispersal Unit at Harrowby Camp, Grantham
27th January 1919 granted 28 days furlough; formerly discharged on 24th February

married Gertrude May Arrand (sister of William and Walter; West face) on 4th July 1923
first child born at Scotter then moved to North Kelsey where he had a fish and chip shop
became a motor engineer and had a garage and then worked for Boots Civil Engineers
lived at Kirton-in-Lindsey
helped put in the Scotter sewerage system around 1950
died on 4th July 1967, his 44th wedding annivesary, while on holiday with his family at Newquay
cremated at Scunthorpe
parents buried in Scotter Cemetery
brother of George Rowland (main face)

Albert lees

photo from Pam Collington, his great granddaughter


Albert Lees 
Driver, Army Service Corps 

born 25th December 1882 at Scotton
son of Mary Frances (nee Skinner of Scunthorpe)
mother moved from Scunthorpe after the death of her husband Robert (a foreman of iron mines from Dukenfield, Cheshire)

went to Gringley-on-the-Hill and became a waggoner on a farm

half brother Private Robert Skinner Lees, Coldstream Guards died in 1901 aged 23; death registered at Westminster

married Annie ('Ann') Moore of Sturton-le-Steeple in 1902 probably at Gainsborough
children were Mary Eva (born 1903), Robert Skinner (1905), George Albert (1907), Ivy Maisie (1915), Edna G. (1919) and Henry G. (1920)
lived at 1 Ebenezer Place, Morton
Ann worked in a Gainsborough munitions factory during the Great War

first went to Bristol while in the Army
looked after horses

Albert and Ann divorced and in the following years they both remarried
probably married Susan E. Grice at Bristol in 1923
placed daughter Mary at Red Maids' School, Bristol
lived at Horfield near Bristol
son D/J 106862 Able Seaman George Albert Lees killed aboard H.M.S. Diamond on 27th April 1941 (web link below)
  ship was a destroyer sunk by German dive bomber aircraft during the evacuation of Greece 

remembered as ‘a nice gentleman'
died in 1951 aged 68
buried with his wife in the grounds of Canford Crematorium at Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol
mother buried in Scotter churchyard
half brother of Fred (South face)