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The War Memorials of Ruskington

Memorial 2 compWelcome to this website which commemorates the men and women of the village of Ruskington, Lincolnshire, who made the Supreme Sacrifice during the two World Wars of the 20th Century.

The site also seeks to recognise those who also served in those conflicts, but were able to return to their families when hostilities came to an end.

Through this site you will be able to read not only of their war service but also a little about the families and homes from which they came.

In keeping with most communities across the land, Ruskington was not slow to acknowledge the sacrifices made by its young men in The Great War.

On Sunday, 21 March 1920 a Latin cross about 9 feet (2.75 m.) high of white Portland stone was erected at the entrance to the village Cemetery, just beyond the Lych gate. The Memorial was dedicated by Mr George Colborne Bartlett after being unveiled by Lord Winchilsea.

After the Second World War, however, NOT in keeping with other locations, the 12 men who died in that conflict were not added to the Village Memorial. Instead a new chapel, known as the ‘Children’s Chapel’, was added to the Parish Church of All Saints, and a Memorial Plaque erected inside. Separate Memorial Plaques were later unveiled in two of the village’s Methodist Churches.

Also after the Second World War a site near the centre of the village was cleared and redeveloped to form a ‘Garden of Remembrance’, which is where the village’s annual Service of Remembrance takes place at 11.00 a.m. on Remembrance Sunday – the nearest Sunday to Armistice Day, 11th November.

Names of all of village war dead are listed on plaques on the gates and inside the Garden [picture left shows the name plaque attached to the entrance gate].

In addition to War Memorial Cross in the Cemetery, Ruskington has four other Memorials and each has its own page in this site.

C L I C K on the name below to go to the relevant page for each of Ruskington’s five Memorials:

This site commemorates the sacrifice of the 30 local men who made this Supreme Sacrifice during World War 1 and the 11 men who were killed or dies of their wounds during World War 2.

The site also acknowledges the part played by the many others who “did their bit“. Details of the service of these men can be found under: “They also Served” on the Menu Bar above.

[Research is continuing and the site will be revised as more information comes to hand. Already a number of men with associations with the village, who made the Supreme Sacrifice during World War 1, but who are not on the Village Memorials, have been found and their details added to the site. Anyone with any further information and / or corrections, should let us know via the ‘ Contact Us ‘ form on the Menu Bar.]

Personal and Service details of those men who gave their lives can be accessed via the “World War 1 Casualties” link (under ‘World War 1’ in the above menu). Similarly, under the same heading is a link to “They Also Served“.

Eleven local men gave their lives in World War 2. Less information is available for these men, as Service Records are accessible only to surviving family members. No Census details have been made available after 1921, although some additional information has recently become available from The 1939 Register, which provides a snapshot of the civilian population of England and Wales just after the outbreak of the Second World War.

Plans for the preparation of a National Register which would be put into operation only in the event of war were announced by the Registrar-General (Sir Slyvanus Vivian) on Wednesday, 16 August 1939. The Register would include all members of the population and an Identity Card issued to each individual.

The initial compilation of the Register had been planned on Census lines, and the executive arrangements made to serve a dual purpose, (i) the compilation of a National Register if an emergency arises, or, if no emergency arises, (ii) the taking of the 1941 Census. [We now know, of course, that the 1941 Census was not taken.]

Limited details of their service can be accessed via the World War 2  link on the Menu above.



  • Lincolnshire Chronicle, 27th March 1920.
  • The Sleaford Gazette and Journal, 18 August 1939