War Memorial

St Andrews

Photo by Barnes collection

Butterwick War Memorial

BUTTERWICK WAR MEMORIAL
(St Andrew’s’ Churchyard, Butterwick)


The Parochial War Memorial is a red granite obelisk.  It bears the following inscription and names:

  • Erected by the inhabitants of Butterwick to the Glory of God and in memory of the men from this village who gave their lives in the Great War (1914-1918).

  • It was unveiled by Major O B Giles on October 9th 1920, and dedicated by the Vicar.

(The above is taken from 'Freiston with Butterwick  -  A compilation by The Rev J R Trotter, published in 1936)

At a meeting of the parishioners held in August 1919, it was decided to give to every demobilised soldier and those still serving, who were Butterwick men, a solid silver cigarette case, with the name and inscription engraved thereon,  also, to every demobilised soldier living in the village, a dinner, at which the presentations will be made.

To commemorate those who fell in the war a polished Aberdeen granite      monument, in the form of an Obelisk, which will have a suitable inscription with names engraved thereon, is being erected in the churchyard.  A circular, stating the objects and estimate of the entire cost, £334, was sent to each householder.  The response is very gratifying.  It was reported at the meeting of the Committee on Monday night, that the sum of £320, including £63 balance from the peace celebrations had been received or promised in sums varying from 1s to £10, leaving only as further sum of £14 to be raised.

(The above was published in the Boston Guardian, 13th December 1919)

The War Memorial stands near the gate at the entrance to St Andrew's Church.  In August 1995 the Boston Preservation Trust award a Civic Pride Award to Butterwick for the best maintained War Memorial.  The original certificate is proudly hung in Butterwick Village Hall.

This research covers official war records, the 1911 census and details from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website, together with material from numerous websites.  The spelling of the names, dates and addresses often varies therefore; the authenticity can sometimes be questioned.

This has been compiled by Andy Mayes, Judy Crowe, Jean Warth, Sandra Millership and Joan Barnes and any further information or corrections would be most welcome.

The names are read out at St Andrew’s Church at their Remembrance Service each year.

World War I

PTE Frederick Ackrill

PTE Alfred Frederick Beebe

PTE Frederick Key Boothby

PTE Charles Henry Burchnall

PTE John William Barnet

PTE John Rowland Edwards

AB Arthur Gosling

Dr Albert Edward Grocock

PTE Alfred Henry Leggett

PTE Frederick Walter Leggett

PTE Percy John Marshall

PTE John William Martin

PTE Walter Martin (incorrect surname should be Marten)

CPL Richard Upsall Phillips

PTE Walter Pearson

PTE Walter Presgrave (War Memorial shows an 's' at the end - incorrect)

PTESidney Presgrave (War Memorial shows an 's' at the end - incorrect)

PTE Walter Taylor

PTE Frederick Walkley

Frederick Ackrill – Regimental Number 12845 – Born in 1895 at Butterwick son of Titus and Mary.  Frederick (Titus) was a pupil of Butterwick Old Boys School and is commemorated on the memorial in Butterwick School.  In 1911 he was a Farm Worker and lived near the Church in Butterwick.  He was a Private in the 6th Battalion of Lincolnshire Regiment.  Killed in action (Gallipoli) on 1st October 1915 aged 20 years and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial in Turkey.

Alfred Frederick Beebe – Regimental Number 200043 – Born in 1891 at Butterwick son of Alfred and Ann.  Alfred was a pupil of Butterwick Old Boys School and is commemorated on the memorial in Butterwick School.  In 1911 he was a Grocer & Draper at Martin.  He was a Private in the 4th Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment.  Died of wounds (France & Flanders) on the 16th April 1918 aged 27 years and is buried at the Mendinghem Military Cemetery in Belguim  (X A 4)

Frederick Key Boothby – Regimental  Number 11152 – Born in 1895 in Butterwick son of Martin Key and Elizabeth Boothby (Watery Lane).  (Only mother’s name was entered in the Baptism Register.)  Baptised at Freiston Church on 1st December 1895.  (possibly illegitimate - Elizabeth didn't marry Martin Key until 13 years after Frederick was born).  A number of brothers and sisters are recorded.

Fred was a pupil of Butterwick Old Boys School and is commemorated on the memorial in Butterwick School.  In 1911 he was a Waggoner on Mr Skiptons Farm, Heckington Fen, prior to enlisting in September 1911. 

He was a Private in the 8th Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment.  Frederick was reported missing prior to being found dead by a burial party from the 3rd Infantry Brigade, near Loos.  He was reported as being killed in Action (France & Flanders) on the 26th September 1915 aged 20 years and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial in France (Panels 31/34)

Charles Henry Burchnall – Regimental Number 1366 – Born in 1894 in Whichford, Warks son of Henry Walter and Elizabeth (Ann) later of Freiston.  Charles was a pupil of Butterwick Old Boys School and is commemorated on the memorial in Butterwick School.  In 1911 he was an Ironmonger’s Apprentice at Butterwick.  He was a Corporal in the 4th Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment.  Killed in Action (France & Flanders) on the 14th July 1915 aged 21 years and is buried at the Larch Wood (Railway Cutting) Cemetery in Belgium  (I B 6)

John William Barnett – Regimental Number 41505 – Born in 1894 at New Leake won of John and Sarah.  Husband of Mary Barnett of Butterwick.  In 1911 he was a Farm Labourer at Leverton Marsh.  He was a Private in the 2nd Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment.  Killed in Action (France & Flanders) on the 16th August 1917 aged 22 years and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium (Panel 35/37 162/162A

John Roland Edwards – Regimental Number 241384 – Born in 1894 at Butterwick son of Stephen and Clarissa (nee Graves).  John was the youngest of 14 children.  He was a pupil of Butterwick Old Boys School and is commemorated on the memorial in Butterwick School.  In 1911 he was a Horseman on a Farm at Sea End, Butterwick. 

He was a Private in the 5th Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment.  Killed in Action (France & Flanders) on the 11th April 1917 aged 22 years and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France  (Pier & Face 1C)

Arthur Gosling – Regimental Number 8094 DA – Born on 18th November 1879 at Butterwick son of Stephen and Charlotte (nee Dove).  Arthur was a pupil of Butterwick Old Boys School and is commemorated on the memorial in Butterwick School. 

In 1901 he was a servant (groom/domestic) at 1 Fields Lane End, Leverton Lodge.

In 1911 he was living at 3 Jubilee Terrace, Skirbeck with his cousin (Alfred or Alice Marshall) and worked as a Bricklayer’s Labourer in Church Lane, Butterwick. 

He was a Deck Hand in the Royal Naval Reserve on HM Paddle Minesweeper Brighton Queen.  Arthur was reported missing (believed bead) after being blown up by a mine at sea off Dunkirk on the 6th October 1915 aged 36 years and is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial in Kent, England (14).  His death was reported to his mother Charlotte at Church Road, Butterwick.

Albert Edward Grocock – Regimental Number 203867 – Born in Walcot in 1876 son of William Edward and Annie.  In 1911 he was married to Elizabeth, and was a Labourer residing in High Street, Billingborough.  He was a Private in the 2nd/4th Battalion of the East Yorkshire Regiment.  Died at home on the 15th December 1918 aged 42 and is commemorated at the Manchester Southern Cemetery.

• The authenticity is questioned, no mention of Butterwick or as a Doctor

Alfred Henry Leggett – Regimental Number 12443 – Born at Freiston in 1897 son of George and Elizabeth.  Alfred was a pupil of Butterwick Old Boys School and is commemorated on the memorial in Butterwick School.  In 1911 he was a Farm Labourer at Sea End, Butterwick.  He was a Private in the 8th Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment.  Killed in Action (France & Flanders) on the 26th September 1915 aged 18 years and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial in France
(Panels 31/34)

Frederick Walter Leggett – Regimental Number 4042 – Born at Freiston in 1895 son of George and Elizabeth; was baptised at Freiston Church on the 13th October 1895.  Frederick was a pupil of Butterwick Old Boys School and is commemorated on the memorial in Butterwick School.  In 1911 he was a Farm Labourer at Sea End, Butterwick.  He was a Private in the 4th Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment.  Died of Asthma and Bronchitis at Bolton Park Camp Hospital, near Grantham on the 9th December 1915 aged 20 years and is buried at St Andrew’s Churchyard, Butterwick.

Percy John Marshall – Regimental Number 26954 – Born at Butterwick in 1892 son of John Walter and Eleanor.  Percy was a pupil of Butterwick Old Boys School and is commemorated on the memorial in Butterwick School.  In 1911 he was a Farmer’s son at Sea End, Butterwick.  He was a Private in the 6th Battalion of Prince Albert’s Somerset Light Infantry.  Killed in Action (France & Flanders) on the 23rd August 1917 aged 25 years and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium (Panels 41/43 163A)

John William Martin – Born 3rd July 1988 in Lincolnshire and in 1891 the census shows him living with parents John and Sarah Martin (Farmers) at Holbeach Road, Holbeach.  The only information found has been a US WW1 Draft Registration Card, aged 28 working as a Toolmaker for Barber Coleman of Rockford, Illinois and his residence was stated to be 210 Incourt, Rockford, Illinois.  He was described as Caucasian, Tall, Slender build with Blue eyes and Brown hair.

Walter Marten (Martin - shown on War Memorial, incorrect) – Regimental Number 42104 - Born in Butterwick in 1883 son of George and Elizabeth and was married to Ada Elizabeth (nee Bailey).  In 1911 he was a Finance Clerk and resided at 15 Balcaskie Road, Eltham.  He was a Rifleman in the 8th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles.  Killed in Action (France & Flanders) on the 7th June 1917 aged 34 years and is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in France (Panel 40)

Richard Upsall Phillips – Regimental Number 149239 – Born in 1880 at Friskney son of James and Maria (nee Upsall).  Richard was a pupil of Butterwick Old Boys School and is commemorated on the memorial in Butterwick School. 

The 1891 census shows the family living at Brand End, Butterwick and in 1901 Richard is a boarder with the Smith family at 31 Boston Road, Sleaford as a Grocers assistant.

In 1911 he was living back home as a Domestic Groom in Brand End Road, Butterwick. 

He enlisted in Clapham was a Gunner in the Royal Field Artillery.  Died of Wounds (France & Flanders) on the 11th June 1917 aged 36 years and is buried in the Hop Store Cemetery in Belgium (Plot 1, Row A, Grace 61).

Walter Pearson – Regimental Number 273052 – Son of Mrs A Saunby of Butterwick.  Walter was a pupil of Butterwick Old Boys School and is commemorated on the memorial in Butterwick School.  He was a Private in the 1/8th Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry.  Died of Wounds (France & Flanders) on the 24th July 1918 aged 37 years and is buried in St Erme Communal Cemetery  Extension in France (A3).

Walter Presgrave – Regimental Number 204997 – Born in 1889 at Benington son of Henry and Louisa and married to Alice (nee Gosling).  In 1911 he was a Drayman of Mount Bridge, Skirbeck.  He enlisted in Sheffield and was a Private in the 2nd Battalion of the York and Lancaster Regiment.  Killed in Action on the 21st March 1918 aged 29 years and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial in France (Bay 8).

Sydney (Sidney) Presgrave – Regimental Number 241708 – Born in Benington in 1894 son of Henry and Louisa (later Elsom of 3 Mount Bridge, Skirbeck, Boston).  In 1911 he was an Agricultural Labourer at Weston Marsh, Spalding.  He was a Private in the 1st/5th Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment and died of wounds on 26th June 1917 aged 23 years and is buried at the Loos British Cemetery in France  (XIX, D, 12)

Walter Taylor – Regimental Number 70946 – Born in 1884 at Butterwick on of Francis and Elizabeth and was married to Elizabeth (nee Searby).  Walter was a pupil of Butterwick Old Boys School and is commemorated on the memorial in Butterwick School.  In 1911 he was a Horseman on a Farm and lived near the Church in Butterwick.  He was a Private in the 9th Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters of the Notts and Derby Regiment.  Died of wounds (France & Flanders) on the 4th May 1917 and is buried in the Grevillers British Cemetery in France (III, D, 14)

Frederick Walkley – Regimental Number14892 – Born in 1897 in Grimsby son of John and Alice (17 Lime Street, Grimsby).  Frederick was a pupil of Butterwick Old Boys School and is commemorated on the memorial in Butterwick School.  In 1911 he was a Farm Worker at Butterwick.  He was a Private in the 3rd Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment.  Died at home on the 31st January 1915 aged 17 years and is buried at St Andrew’s Churchyard, Butterwick.

 

(updated May 2017)