Other Great War servicemen

More men have been found, associated with Scotter, who served in and survived the Great War but are not listed on the War Memorial.

Although the next man appears to be listed on the South facing side it is believed another error of initials was made when the monument was re-furbished in the 1980s:- 
 
J.F. LOUGHTON

Joseph Frederick T. Loughton

born 16th June 1899 at Messingham
son of David (a bricklayer) and Bertha Annie (nee Stocks, both from Messingham)
family emigrated to the United States of America in 1906 

lived on Joseph Campau Street in Detroit, Messingham where the family had a business
became an apprentice mason to his father

drafted into the American Army on 12th September 1918
described as medium height, slender build, gray eyes and brown hair

married Viola Estelle Remley of Colorado
might have has a son named Robert E.
probably lived at 822 North Hudson Avenue in Los Angeles, California
died 3rd March 1977 aged 77 at Los Angeles

 

The Australian National Archives give details of a man born in Scotter who served in their armed forces:-

Mounted troops

photo found in his belongings

GEORGE BLACKBURN HEWSON

2161 Private, 7th Light French Mortar Battery
transferred to 4th Battalion

born 7th April 1869 in Scotter
son of Joseph and Abigail (nee Blackburn)
when he was a boy his mother moved with her children to Low Burnham near Haxey
 
over a 3 year period served in the South Africa Light Horse, the Kane Rifles and the Johannesburg Mounted Police
 

became a flour miller

enlisted in Liverpool, New South Wales on 5th December 1916 claiming to be 43 years old
described as 5' 7" tall, of fair complexion with blue eyes and fair hair
embarked from Melbourne in May 1917 and arrived at Plymouth two months later 
sent back to Australia in March 1918 and discharged due to ill health
became 85707 Private, Special Service, Australian Imperial Force in May 1919 
set sail from Sydney for London on the 'Willochra' arriving in July
returned to Australia a month later and discharged on 6th September 1919

His death from a brain haemorrhage on 29th December 1922 was the subject of a murder trial:-

The ‘Sydney Morning Herald’ of 1st January 1923 reported:

Before Mr. Walter Scott, P.M., yesterday morning, John Edward Young was committed for trial at the Central Criminal Court in Sydney on March 19 on a charge arising out of the death of George Hewson at Temora on December 29. Evidence was given that Hewson in falling struck his head against a telegraph post, and died a few minutes later.

The ‘Brisbane Courier’ of 27th March 1923 under the headline ‘Temora tragedy - charge of murder’

John Edward Young (35) was charged in the Central Criminal Court, Darlinghurst, to-day, before Mr. Justice Gordon and a jury, with having murdered George Hewson, at Temora on December 29. The Crown Prosecutor stated that Hewson was employed at the Empire Hotel, Temora. Young had also been employed there, but had been given notice. He met Hewson coming out of the shop, and struck him. Hewson fell, and died a few minutes later. When arrested Young said, "He was after my job." William Davis, a contractor, said that he saw Hewson, in falling, hit his head against a post. As he lay on the ground blood came from his mouth. The defence was that Hewson was drunk when he met accused, who, from the dock, stated that he did not at any time strike Hewson. Accused was acquitted and discharged.

 

These men worked in Scotter:-

JOSPEH CYRIL CLAYTON 

30987 Private, 3rd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment 
30987 Private, 'A' Company, 8th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment 

born July 1893 at Kirmington
son of John (a woodman from West Rasen) and Mary Jane (nee Phillips of Horkstow, nr South
  Ferriby)
became a policeman
 
enlisted 29th November 1916 
described as 5 feet 10 inches tall
injured in active service and moved to the War Hospital, Stoke-on-Trent
transferred to the 8th Battalion on 23rd April 1917
posted to the Depot on 27th December 1917
discharged due to sickness 14th May 1918 and assessed as being '80% disabled'
received Silver War Badge 364130 as no longer medically fit for active service

went home to Briggate Lodge, Kirmington
spent some time at Grafton House, Brocklesby Park Road, Lincoln probably to recuperate
received a war pension

may have died in 1936 aged 42 in the Grimsby registration district
 

BENJAMIN SMITH

2987 Lance Corporal, Military Mounted Police
37858 Private, 10th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment
308818 Private, ‘B’ Company, 3rd Light Tank Battery, Tank Corps

born at Wyberton around 15th December 1892
son of George (a farmer/fishmonger from Frampton) & Susannah (of Fosdyke)

 

in 1911 worked as a blacksmith apprentice and lived at the home of William Atkin (a shoeing and general smith) at Spalding Road, Wyberton

became a police constable, moved to Scotter and lived on High Street

enlisted on 10th December 1915 at Gainsborough
described as Wesleyan, 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 158 pounds
called up as a Lance Corporal in the Mounted Military Police on 1st February 1916
sailed from Southampton to Rouen on 21st June
as a result of Army discipline transferred to the Gloucester’s on 6th January 1917
returned to England and joined the Tank Corps at Wareham on 8th February 1918
appointed 2nd Class Mechanic on 23rd April
sent to France on 2nd May
demobilized on 7th February 1919 and posted to Class ‘Z’ Army Reserve
address given as Rose Cottage, Kirton-in-Holland

may have died in 1951 aged 58 in the Scunthorpe registration districe


HARRY SMITH

born abour 1889 at Clarborough near Retford 
became a wheelwright and joiner

married Caroline Betsy Taylor on 4th January 1911 at St. Peter’s Church
set up home in Scotter
part of the British Expeditionary Force when son Joseph Eric christened on 1st December 1918
son Harry Edwin began the haulage company Smiths of Scotter

interred 27th July 1961
buried alongside his wife in Scotter Cemetery

 

The next 2 men were born and raised in Scotter:-

JOSEPH CHESWICK 
13418 Corporal, Army Veterinary Corps

born 1869 in Scotter 
son of Joseph (a horse breaker from Scotton) and Louisa (nee Woodhouse of Kirton-in-Lindsey)
orphaned when he was 12 years old
children dispersed with George, the youngest, being placed in Gainsborough Union Workhouse

became a stableman and groom
married Annie Elizabeth Gibbons in 1894 in the Newmarket district 
set up home at 27 Lowther Street, Newmarket 
father of at least 10 children 
moved to work at Chantilly, France

disembarked in France on 5th December 1915

worked in the horse racing industry
lived at Church Cottages, Blewbury, Berkshire 
died aged 82 and buried on 17th May 1952 at Blewbury Cemetery

mother buried in the churchyard
brother of William Edward (see other Great War casualties)

 



Beatrice and amos sleight

Beatrice and Amos. Photo from Linda Hempsall, granddaughter of his son Stanley

AMOS SLEIGHT  (pronounced 'Slight')
 
G/25666 Private, 3rd Battalion,
The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment

born 21st November 1886 in Scotter
son of William Day (an agricultural labourer from Kirton-in-Lindsey) and Mary (nee Green of Scotter)
 
older brothers and sisters were Mary Jane (died 1898), Frederick, Emily, Herbert (died 1916) and Walter (killed 1918).
 
family lived at Scotterwood Lodge then Cote Houses
after his mother died in 1899, lived at West Street with Walter and their father
the 2 brothers moved to Lincoln where older brother Herbert was living
married Beatrice Bennett in 1907
children William Ernest (Ernie; born 1909), Gladys, Stanley (1912), Christine (1914), Beatrice May (1916) and Madge
became a canteen waiter and family lived at 54 Westcliffe Street, Lincoln 
  
enlisted 11th December 1915
suffered gun shot wounds to the chest and left arm on 1st October 1918
admitted to Dundee War Hospital from 11th October 1918 to 6th February 1919
assessed as having 20% loss of mobility to his arm
discharged 17th April 1919
received Silver War Badge B184253 as no longer medically fit for active service

worked for the Electricity Board and involved with converting houses from gas to electricity
in his 60's was reading meters for his employer 
died 19th April 1963 aged 76 
buried in Newport Cemetery, Lincoln 
mother buried in Scotter Cemetery
 
brother of Walter (main face).
uncle of Frederick Wray (other Great War casualties)

 

This man worked in Scotter:-

JOHN HODSON

15904 Private, 6th & 8th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment 
648025 Private, 409th Agricultural Company, Labour Corps

born February 1887 at Teversal, Nottinghamshire 
son of Henry (an agricultural labourer from Scothern) and Jane (nee Horne of Market Rasen)
family moved to Carburton Nottinghamshire and then Wildsworth 
 
in 1901 worked as a yardman on the Pycock farm at Kirton Road, Scotter
married Emma Harpham at East Stockwith on 19th May 1909
became a waggoner 

enlisted on 17th March 1915 at Gainsborough 
gave address as Red Hill, Blyton Carr 
described as 5 feet 6 and a half inches tall
posted overseas to the 8th Battalion on 15th July 1916 
injured and removed to Lewisham Military Hospital 
granted a furlough from 11th March to 21st May 1918
after this reported to Command Depot, 8th Lincolnshires
transferred to Labour Corps on 20th September 1918

older brother Joseph killed; remembered on the Wildsworth War Memorial