Great War servicemen - side facing East

Richards - Stutting

East facing side

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


Matthew Richards 
35979 Gunner, 3a Reserve Brigade, Royal Field Artillery
born 1868 in Scotter 
son of Henry (a farmer from Scotterthorpe) and Ellen (nee Bayes of Willingham by Stow)
family lived on Sands Lane
served his blacksmith apprenticeship in Corringham 
there he met and married Sarah Jane Paulger on 1st December 1896 
lived and worked in Gainsborough as a blacksmith journeyman

enlisted 10th April 1899 as 34632 Gunner, Royal Field Artillery 
a Wesleyan
5 foot 6 and a half inches tall, 8 stone 13 lbs, dark brown eyes, black hair 
served in South Africa during the Boer War
moved his family to live at 14 Barrack Road, Leeds 
in 1900 had 3 fingers amputated due to:-
  ‘accident when not on duty...his right hand jammed between the gun and wheels going into action'
after this he became a shoeing smith
promoted to Corporal in 1903 
also served in India for 5 years and 9 months


wife Sarah died of pneumonia on 22nd June 1907 
daughter Frances Ellen lived at 71 Victoria Street, Batley with his sister
Dinah and her husband Herbert Coldwell 
after completing 12 years service he joined the 13th Reserve Battery

in 1911 working as a warehouse labourer and lodging with daughter Frances at 71 Victoria Street, Batley - the Coldwell's family home
re-enlisted into his old regiment on 25th September 1914 
discharged 29th July 1916 as a result of sickness and received Silver War Badge 203164
started to receive his war pension on 6th December 1916

worked as a blacksmith in Lincoln
lived at 95 Cannon Street, Lincoln with widow and munitions worker Helena Louise Howard
married her on 16th June 1917 at Lincoln Registry Office

brother of Joe (South face)

James sargent

taken at Leeds in 1919; photo from Margaret Rushby, his daughter


James Sargent  ('Jim')
1724 Driver, 3rd Battery, 2/1st North Midland Brigade, Royal Field Artillery
801364 Driver, 'B' Battery, 82nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery

born 4th June 1893 in Scotterthorpe
son of Henry (a farm labourer from Tetney) and Sarah (nee Bird of Ulceby)
mother died 10th January 1896 aged just 29

a Methodist
attended Scotter School
headmaster Charles Wakerley wanted him to continue his education and train to be a teacher
family circumstances meant he had to find work


aged 17 was employed at the Scotterthorpe farm of Elizabeth and the late George Proudley
before the Great War worked as a farm labourer at Graizelound near Haxey
met Dorothy ‘Dolly’ Jane Berry of Haxey

‘wanted to have an adventure’
against his father’s wishes, enlisted as a volunteer at Grimsby on 19th May 1915
described as 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 126 pounds
posted to Luton and Abbot’s Langley, Hertfordshire
served in St. Albans as a groom
sent to Ireland during the Rebellion of 1916

returned to High Wycombe as the groom of an officer’s horses
rode a white horse which he remembered with great affection 
highly regarded
the officer offered him a job after the war (he later regretted not taking up the offer) and gave him the following reference:-

‘Has been employed part of his time assisting the shoeing smiths. He is a splendid groom and takes great care of his horses and is sober and very painstaking in all he has been asked to do’

posted to the Base Depot in France on 28th November 1917
joined 82nd Brigade the following month
in battle went over a ridge with his pals and saw them all gunned down

on 24th August 1918 was one of 3 drivers of a horse drawn gun carriage which ran over a mine
one suffered 22 wounds and the other was shell shocked
James was uninjured and managed to round up the horses and get them and his fellow drivers back to base camp
as a result he was awarded the Military Medal on 13th October 1918 ‘for bravery in the field‘
gazetted 11th February 1919
his picture shows him wearing his Military Medal ribbon

returned to England on 7th June 1919
demobilized at Charlton on 11th July

went back to his old job on the Epworth farm
regularly travelled to see Dolly at Leeds where she was working
married her at Haxey Church on 5th June 1922
employed at Scunthorpe gas works on Doncaster Road 
stayed rith the company until retirement
bought a new house with a large garden on Buckingham Avenue in 1934
loved his garden and also had an allotment on Normanby Road
died 10th April 1983 aged 89 
cremated at Scunthorpe

mother buried in the churchyard and father in Scotter Cemetery
brother of John William (below)

J.W. SARGENT  ('Jack')

John William Sargent
15036 Private, Lincolnshire Regiment 
68348 Acting Lance Corporal, 164 'P' Company, Royal Defence Corps

born 20th February 1889 in Scotterthorpe
son of Henry (a farm labourer from Tetney) and Sarah (nee Bird of Ulceby)
mother died in January 1896 aged just 29

became a collier
enlisted at Gainsborough on 15th January 1915 
sent to Lincoln camp; moved to Swanick in February and Whittington in April
arrived in the Balkans on 22nd September 1915 
suffered a gun shot wound to the left wrist on 17th September 1916
hospitalised until 27th January 1917 
medical report stated:-
  '...considerable loss (of) grip, unable to clench fist tightly... limited movement joints' 
discharged 21st June 1918 as a result of wounds and received Silver War Badge 429813
described as just over 5 feet 5 inches tall weighing 145 pounds

in the early 1920's continued to be medically assessed at Workington, Cumbria 
received a war pension

married Elizabeth A. ('Cissy') Graham at Flimby near Maryport, Cumbria 
later moved with his damily to live at Collingham near Wetherby
died in 1968 aged 78

father buried in Scotter Cemetery
brother of James (above)

Herbert john scupholme

Photo from Sylvia Anderson, his niece


Herbert John Scupholme 
147900 Driver, Royal Field Artillery

born 6th May 1896 in Scotter
son of Thomas Chessman (a farmer from Scotter) and Lizzie (nee Stokes of Frodingham)
played football for Scotter
married Dorothy Picksley on 13th October 1920 at St. Peter's Church

became a blacksmith for a time

for many years worked as the caretaker of Scotter school 
lived at 6 Franklin Road, Scotter


died on 2nd March 1974 aged 77 
parents buried in Scotter Cemetery 
brother of Thomas (below)


Thomas scupholme

Photo from Sylvia Anderson, his daughter

Thomas Scupholme 
45594 Private, Lancashire Fusiliers

born 27th April 1898 in Scotter
son of Thomas Chessman (a farmer from Scotter) and Lizzie (nee Stokes of Frodingham)
attended Scotter school 

went to Sheffield to work at Brown Bayleys steelworks where he was affectionately known as 'Farmer' due to his healthy appearance
lied about his age to enlist in that city in 1915

played football for Scotter United
married Blanche Ermentrude Guilliatt on 26th December 1922
was a Co-op deliveryman then learnt from his Uncle Sidney in Essex and became a nurseryman and florist

Observer in the Royal Observer Corps in World War Two
owned 'Noraville Nursery' on Messingham Road

died 26th December 1962 aged 64
buried alongside his wife in Scotter Cemetery; his parents are close by
brother of Herbert John (above)

1920-21 football team

photo from Horace Arrand - Scotter football team (1920-21 season) ; Bert sat extreme right


Herbert Clarence Skinner  ('Bert')
66168 Private, 'F' Company, 3rd Battalion
King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

born 26th April 1896 in Scotter
son of Thomas (a farmer from Scotter) and Mary Elizabeth (nee Hicks of Lincoln)

played football for Scotter


married Agnes Maud King at the Primitive Methodist Chapel on 23rd July 1924
member of Scotter cricket club
pall bearer at the funeral of Fred Butler (West face) in 1939
a Scotter ARP Warden in World War Two 
became a lorry driver 
drove cattle wagons for Ernest Bird 
keen supporter of Scotter Brass Band; regularly attended rehearsals at the Village Institute 
in later life lived at Dudley Road, Brigg 
played for Brigg Bowls Club

died 9th October 1973 aged 77 
parents buried in the churchyard

James Richard Sleddon  ('Jim')
50601 Private, 'D' Company, 12th (Service) Battalion (Pioneers), Sherwood Foresters
50601 Private, 1/5th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters
695202 Private, 18th Company, Labour Corps

born 13th August 1880 at Althorpe; birth registered at Tranmere 
son of James Alexander (a mariner from Tranmere) and Ann Rebecca (nee Popplewell of Althorpe)

1891 census listed him as visiting the Sharp family at Crowle 
in 1901 he was a blast furnace man, lodging at The Screeds, Ashby
his mother and siblings lived at Toxteth, Liverpool where she died in 1902
became a farm labourer
worked at Bunkers Hill, Haxey, West Butterwick and Blyton
came to Scotter and lived at The Green

enlisted on 31st May 1916 at Lincoln
next of kin was his sister, Beatrice Anne Cheesman of Old Brumby Road near Scunthorpe
joined the Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment)
arrived in France on 26th September 1916
wounded in action with a gun shot wound to the face on 20th October
sent to Wimereux Hospital and then home to Northern Command Depot at Ripon
returned to France on 15th July 1917
hurt his ankle on 31st July while ration carrying in the trenches
suffered with osteoarthritis of the right knee
returned via Boulogne on 15th November and admitted to Horton Manor Hospital at Epsom
went back to Ripon in January 1918 and posted to 8th (Reserve) Battalion at Sunderland
again sent overseas on 31st March 1918
demobilized and transferred to Class ‘Z’ Army Reserve on 6th March 1919

re-enlisted on 28th May 1919 and joined the Labour Corps at Pontefract
volunteered to work on grave exhumations
was one of 8000 volunteers sent overseas that managed to re-inter some 200,000 soldiers

enjoyed Christmas leave in the U.K.
discharged on 28th April 1920 ‘character very good’
described as Church of England, 5 foot 6 inches tall, fresh complexion, blue eyes and light brown hair, ‘top of left ear missing’

letters sent to Scotter were returned to the Army with ‘whereabouts unknown’
he was living at Temple’s lodging house, 70 Marshgate, Doncaster near the railway station

died in 1971 aged 91 in the Doncaster registration district

the smith family

back: George, Walter, Frederick and Harry  front: Bessie, Thomas, Fanny and Frances

photo from Peter Smith, son of Frederick


Walter Smith
133688 Gunner, 21 Company, Royal Garrison Artillery 
7004 Private, 12 & 717 Companies, Labour Corps

born 9th May 1895 in Scotter
son of Thomas (a farmer's rabbit catcher from Kirton-in-Lindsey) and Fanny (nee Massey of Willingham)
baptised on 3rd July 1909 at St. Peter's Church
family lived at River View 

became a grocer working at Butler's shop on the corner of Hobb Lane and High Street

enlisted 10th December 1915 at Gainsborough 
called up on 29th December 1916 and sent to South Camp, 4 Depot at Ripon
described as 5 feet 9 and a half inches tall
arrived in France on 13th March 1917
transferred to 12th Labour Corps on14th May 1917
joined 717th Company on 30th March 1918
posted back to the Royal Garrison Artillery on 7th June

returned to England for two and a half weeks on 15th June 
married Mary Ball on 28th June at St. Peter’s Church

the Gainsborough News of 5th July 1918 reported:-
  'A very pretty and interesting wedding took place in the Parish Church on Friday afternoon, when Miss Mary Ball was united in the bands of Holy Matrimony with Gunner Walter Smith, R.G.A., home on furlough from France. 
  The bride was given away by her brother Mr Harold Ball, and was attended by her sister Miss Eva Ball, and Miss Frances Smith, sister of the bridegroom, as bridesmaids, while the groomsman was his brother, Mr Fred Smith.  The Rector, the Rev. J. Blew, was the officiating minister, and the organist, Miss Dorothy Streets, played appropriate music while the large congregation of guests and well wishers assembled, and Mendelssohn's Wedding March while the register was being signed. 
  The girls of the C.E School, looking sweetly pretty in white dresses and hair ribbons, and carrying baskets of flowers, lined the path from the Church, and scattered flowers in the path of the happy pair, while the bells rang out a joyous peel.

  The bride, the eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Richard Ball, of Saxby, has held the post of assistant mistress in the C.E. school for five years, and during that time has not only won the the respect and esteem of the scholars, but also of their parents and the villagers generally.
  The bridegroom is the second son of Mr Tom Smith, of River View, and before joining up was an assistant with Messrs. Butler and Son, Manchester House.  He has had about fifteen months service in France, and it was only a stroke of luck that saved him from being taken prisoner during the first Hun onslaught of March 21st.
  Gunner Smith returned to France on Monday evening, and Mrs Smith will carry on her duties in the school until her husband returns to civil life...'

returned to France and stayed overseas until 9th October 1919 
demobilized on 22nd October 1919

suffered with the after effects of trench life
worked as a driver for Lidgett's Bakery
lived at 'Zaydene', Mount Street (now 20 Messingham Road)
did not have children 
member of Scotter cricket club
pall bearer at the funeral of Fred Butler (West face) in 1939

part of Scotter Observer Corps in World War Two
succumbed to a paralyis which quickly weakened and overtook him
died 21st August 1943 aged 48
buried alongside his wife in Scotter Cemetery
parents buried in the churchyard

Arthur cook snowden

Photo by Steve Snowden, his grandson


Arthur Cook Snowden
48793 Sapper, 91st Field Company, Royal Engineers

born 1895 in Scotter
son of Adam (a coal dealer from Westwoodside) and Ann (Anna; nee Cook of Scotter)

family lived on West Street
served as an apprentice and became a shoeing smith

enlisted 8th September 1914 at Gainsborough, claiming to be 20 years old, and sent to Lincoln
described as 5 foot 6 inches tall, weighing 130 pounds, blue eyes, brown hair, Church of England
classed ‘proficient blacksmith’ with pay of a shilling a day
arrived in France on 10th July 1915

early in 1916 the ‘Gainsborough News’ reported he was:-
   'home on furlough from the trenches in France and was involved in heavy fighting'
admitted to hospital on 23rd April 1916 and rejoined his unit 2 weeks later
in October daily rate increased by 4 pence to a ‘skilled rate of engineer pay’
wounded at duty on 22nd August 1917
on 22nd September the ‘Lincolnshire Chronicle’ stated:-
   ‘Sapper Arthur Snowden is having a few days leave from France. He volunteered as soon as the war began in August 1914 (being at the time apprenticed to a blacksmith)…. and has been through much of the fighting. This is his second leave since he went to France in the spring of 1915. He has been gassed once and wounded once.’ 
two weeks later the ‘Gainsborough News’ also reported his wounding

on 9th November 1918, 2 days before the Armistice, again admitted to hospital
joined the 59th Field Company on 29th March 1919 and demobilized on 22nd May

became a blacksmith and farrier
in 1921 married his sister-in-law Maud Rodgers (sister of Thomas; South face)

died from pneumonia at Mattersey on 15th October 1929 aged 34
buried in Scotter churchyard as is his father 
his mother and his wife buried in Scotter Cemetery

brother of Frank (below)
brother of Harris (below)
brother of Walter (below)

Frank and florrie

Frank & Florrie; photo from Steve Snowden his great nephew


Frank Snowden 
20985 Private, 3rd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment
54972 Private, 25th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
169992 Acting Corporal, 7 H.S., Labour Corps

born 3rd March 1893 in Scotter
son of Adam (a coal dealer from Westwoodside) and Ann (Anna; nee Cook of Scotter)

became a groomsman
best man at brother Walter's wedding

enlisted 12th December 1915 at Kirton-in-Lindsey
called up into the Lincolnshires on 5th February 1916
described as 5 feet 5 inches tall
transferred to the Durham Light Infantry on 25th November 1916 and to the Labour Corps on 28th April 1917
made Acting Corporal on 11th May 1918

married Florence Jane Cockerill ('Florrie') on 21st July 1917 at Scarborough Registry Office
set up home at 16 Dean Road, Scarborough
while he was in the Army their son Frank Edward was born
demobilized on 9th October 1919 and transferred to Class 'Z' Army Reserve
address given as 33 Castlegate, Malton

died 1962 aged 68 in the Ryedale registration district
father buried in the churchyard and mother in Scotter Cemetery

brother of Arthur Cook (above)
brother of Harris (below)
brother of Walter (below)

The snowden family

The Snowden's in 1905 with Harris standing far right; photo from Steve Snowden, his great nephew


Harris Snowden
311307 Private,  'C' Company, 23rd Battalion, Tank Corps 

born 20th September 1883 in Scotter

son of Adam (a coal dealer from Westwoodside) and Ann (Anna; nee Cook of Scotter)
family lived on West Street

as a young man worked as a domestic servant at the West Street farm of William Fox

became a baker
in 1911 living at Darlington in the home of Joseph James Hutchinson (a tailor) and his wife Isabella Mary (nee Saunderson)
married her younger sister Elizabeth Ada Saunderson at Darlington in 1913
son Arthur born in 1915
lived at 38 Rydal Road, Bank Top, Darlington

enlisted on 11th December 1915 in the town
described as Wesleyan, 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 134 pounds
called up on 24th August 1918 and posted to the depot at Wareham
sent to Bovington Camp in Dorset 
at Ripon given 28 days furlough on 27th January 1919 with demobilization to follow
transferred to Class ‘Z’ Army Reserve

died in 1956 aged 73 in the Darlington registration district
father buried in the churchyard and mother in Scotter Cemetery

brother of Arthur Cook (above)
brother of Frank (above)
brother of Walter (below)

Walter and annie snowden

Walter and Annie; photo from Steve Snowden, his great nephew


Walter Snowden
52930 Private, Machine Gun Corps
64234 Private, Lincolnshire Regiment
543249 Private, Labour Corps

born 11th February 1888 in Scotter
son of Adam (a coal dealer from Westwoodside) and Ann (Anna; nee Cook of Scotter)

driver for Lidgett & Son, Scotter bakers and confectioners
married Annie Elizabeth Foster of Messingham in 1915

enlisted 12th December 1915 at Kirton-in-Lindsey
wounded on 2nd December 1917 and blinded in one eye
possibly recommended for the Military Medal

died in 1975 aged 88 in the Doncater registration district
father buried in the churchyard and mother in Scotter Cemetery
brother of Arthur Cook (above)
brother of Frank (above)
brother of Harris (above)


Joseph Stokes  ('Joe')
12079 Private, 3rd/8th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment
born 26th March 1891 at Manchester 
grandson of William (an agricultural foreman from Caldecote, Cambridgeshire) and Harriett (nee Pogson of Nettleham) 
cousin of Thomas and Herbert Scupholme (see above)

in 1901 was living with his grandparents at Grayingham
grandparents moved to lived at West Street, Scotter 
joined the Oddfellows Society 
worked for 5 years as an iron driller for the Yorkshire Engineering Company of Sheffield

enlisted 2nd September 1914 at Sheffield 
described as 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighing 114 pounds, Church of England
had a fresh complexion, hazel eyes and black hair

joined the 8th Battalion 
disembarked in France on 27th August 1915
early in 1916 ‘home on furlough from the trenches in France and was involved in heavy fighting’
suffered a gunshot wound to his right shoulder on 1st July 1916 at the Battle of the Somme 
returned to England later that week
hospitalised in Bristol; later moved to a Gloucester convalescent home with:- 
 'little use of the right arm and hand but there is every hope of a complete recovery in course of time' 
posted to the 3rd Battalion at Alnwick on 8th June 1917 and discharged 2nd August 1917
received Silver War Badge 133519 as no longer medically fit for active service 
address was 11 Main Road, Handsworth, Sheffield

lived and married at Sheffield
died in 1987 aged 96
grandparents buried in Scotter churchyard

Charles stutting

Photo from Chrissie Stutting, his daughter-in-law


Charles Stutting  ('Charlie')
6595 Private, 1/6th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment
242575 Private, 1/5th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment
born 15th July 1889 in Scotter
son of John (a general dealer from Scotter) and Sarah Ann (nee Tuxford of Brigg) 
played cricket and football for Scotter

enlisted 25th February 1916 at Gainsborough
described as 5 feet 3 inches tall

called up as 5042 Private, 3/5th Battalion on 4th April and in June transferred to the 1/6ths
sent overseas on 15th August
suffered a gunshot wound to the arm
on 5th February 1917 wounded by a rifle bullet to the right thigh and hospitalised in France

returned to Depot in June
sent back to France on 9th September 1917 and posted to 1/5ths later that month
served almost 3 months as an unpaid Lance Corporal
arrived back in the United Kingdom on 10th November 1918, the day before Armistice 
discharged from service on 13th June 1919 at the Red Cross General Hospital, Bellahouston, Glasgow
next month an examination assessed his ‘degree of disablement’ as 60%
due to wounds received the Silver War Badge B227079 as no longer medically fit for active service

married Ida Florence Lockwood (nee Vickers; his sister-in-law) in 1924
helped run Scotter United

in the late 1920's moved to Scunthorpe 
worked at Appleby Frodingham steelworks
lived at 55 Dale Street but never really settled and missed 'the village life'
a member of the Liberal Club 
regularly bicycled to Scotter to watch his son Ronald (Ron) play cricket & football for the village
went blind in the last years of his life which affected him greatly

died from a heart attack on 27th November 1965 aged 76 
buried at Brumby Cemetery
parents buried in the churchyard
brother of Ernest (below)


Ernest stutting

Wearing 'hospital blues'


Ernest Stutting  ('Binkie')
S4/161731 Private, Army Service Corps
59368 Private, Northumberland Fusiliers
63220 King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
born 25th September 1896 in Scotter
son of John (a draper from Scotter) and Sarah Ann (nee Tuxford of Brigg)
enlisted by 1915
wounded and hospitalised in France during 1917 
wounded in fighting on the Western front in 1918 and removed to a hospital in England 
ended the war with a hole in his shoulder and an injury to the back of his head
played football for Scotter United
a kind and generous man
married Evelina Vickers ('Evelyn') in 1920 
set up their first home on South Street (now High Street)

worked at Scunthorpe steelworks and then became a storekeeper for Caffin's
moved with his job to places that included Hessle, Havant, Leigh-on-Sea, Ilford and Ruislip 
finally moved to live at 15 Reedman Road, Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire
enjoyed a small flutter on horse racing and keen on all sports
died suddenly on 9th April 1958 aged 61
cremated at Wilford, Nottingham
parents buried in the churchyard 
brother of Charles (above)