Air Raid Wardens: H to L

ARP BadgeThe 1939 Register identifies a number of Ruskington residents who volunteered to serve in this capacity.

The following have surnames beginning ‘H‘ to ‘L‘:

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HAGUE, Thomas H.: The 1939 Register shows Thomas living with Sidney and Gertrude Bates, on Church Street, Ruskington. He was born on 7 February 1920 and working as an “Apprentice Bricklayer”.

It seems likely that his parents were Arthur and Gertrude Ellen E. (née Pacey) Hague, who married in the June quarter 1919, probably in All Saints’ Church, as Gertrude lived with her parents, William Henry and Emma Eliza, on Post Office Street, Ruskington (now Church Street).

Apart from this, nothing further has been found about Thomas after he volunteered as an A.R.P. Warden.


HANWELL, John:  In 1939 John was Headteacher of Ruskington C. of E. School, living  at ‘School House, High Street, Ruskington (right), with his wife Una Susie (née Joyce) and their two children, Ian (born March quarter 1935) and Elizabeth (b. March quarter 1937).

John was born on 20 October 1904, in Sheffield. He and Una had married in the June quarter 1933, in All Saints’ Church, Ruskington. Una had been Assistant Teacher, prior to John arriving to take up his post. She was born in the village on 18 November 1906.

The couple remained in Ruskington for the remainder of their lives. Una found a coin of Constantine I in the garden of 2 Hillside Estate, now in Lincoln Museum.

John was a Lay Reader at the Church and was honoured by a stained-glass window in the Chancel after his death – unveiled in 1991 (Glass by Celtic Studios of Swansea, designed by H.R.Thomas.).

John died at ‘Beckside’, 14 Chapel Street, Ruskington, on 12 March 1990, aged 85, and his cremated remains were interred in the Grave of Una’s parents, Walter and Elizabeth Joyce, (West Border Plot 57) in Ruskington’s Sleaford Road Cemetery.  The remains of his wife, Una, were interred with him after her death on 20 November 2004, aged 97.


HOLBROOK, Alexander William:  and  HOLBROOK, Dorothy Evelyn: were living at ‘Rosedale’, Rectory Road, Ruskington, in 1939, when both volunteered for A.R.P. Service, Alexander as a Warden and Dorothy to work in the H.Q. on ‘Phone Duty’. Alexander was employed as a “Bank Cashier”.

Alexander was born on 7 July 1904 in Lenton, Nottinghamshire, the son of William Ernest and Lilian. He had two older sisters, Lilian Mary and Gladys Muriel, and a younger sister, Margaret Eileen. Dorothy was born in Nottingham on 30 October 1906. Her parents were Charles Samuel and Alice Mary, and she had an older sister, Gladys Mary. Her father enlisted in the Royal Engineers (Spr. 137265 Postal Section) on 11 November 1915.

William and Dorothy married at St. Mary’s Church, Nottingham, on 29 September 1934. The Marriage Certificate records William as a ‘Bank Official’. Presumably, in the next five years, he secured a transfer and moved to live in the village. There is no record of them having any children.

William died in Grantham, Lincolnshire (possibly the Hospital) in the September quarter 1983, aged 79. Dorothy was living at 97 Rectory Road when she died on 31 May 1987, aged 80.


HOSSACK, Arthur James: Arthur was born in Ruskington on 23 January 1904 the son of Frederick and Kate (née Wilkins) and he had a younger sister, Edith Kathleen (born 3 July 1908).

In the September quarter 1932 Arthur married Phyllis Short, born at 5 Legbourne Road, Louth, Lincolnshire, on 1 April 1911. In 1939 they were living at ‘Luda’, Sleaford Road, Ruskington, with their son, John F. (born June quarter 1934). Arthur was employed as a ‘Public Works Contractor’ in addition to his A.R.P. duties for ‘Kesteven C.C.’. Phyllis was also volunteering as a V.A.D. Nurse.

….. about Phyllis

The couple remained in Ruskington for the rest of their lives. Arthur died on 29 June 1962, aged 58, and is buried in Grave NB.11, Ruskington Cemetery. His wife, Phyllis, was buried with him after her death on 12 July 2001, aged 90.


INGALL, Frederick Denniss: was living at West Road, Ruskington, with his wife, Lilian, and family, when he volunteered as an A.R.P. Warden and First Aider in 1940. His full-time employment was ‘Motor and Electrical Engineer’.

He was born on 29 March 1902 at Jepson’s Lane, Grimoldby, Lincolnshire, the son of William (Market Gardener) and Marjorie (née Denniss) Ingall. Frederick had an older brother, William Elson, and three younger siblings, Jennis May, Robert Clifford and Francis Arthur. Another child died in infancy.

In the December quarter 1928 Frederick married Lilian Baggley in the Spilsby District, Lincolnshire. She was born on 14 February 1908 in Alford, Lincolnshire. Their oldest daughter, Poppy Eugene, was born 11 November 1928, followed by Winifred (b. December qtr. 1930), Gordon Denniss (b. 15 May 1932), Cynthia (b. March qtr. 1934) and Kenneth Frederick (b. 26 February 1937).

Frederick died in Ruskington in April 1970, aged 68, and was buried on the 6th in Grave E.127, Ruskington Cemetery. His widow, Lilian, was buried next to him on 26 October 1972, in Grave E.126, after her death earlier in the month, aged 64. [The cremated remains of their eldest daughter, Poppy, was interred with them after she died on 6 August 2002.] 


JACKSON, John William Edlin: John was living on Lincoln Road, Ruskington, with his wife Catherine, and daughter, also Catherine, when he volunteered as an Air Raid Warden in 1940. His full-time employment was ‘Schoolmaster Head Elementary’.

John was born on 16 September 1904 in Basford, Nottinghamshire, the son of John William (Domestic Gardener) and Lucy (née Mears) Jackson. In the December quarter 1929 he married Catherine Payling, in the Bingham District, Nottinghamshire. She was born on 19 December 1902, in Aslockton, Nottinghamshire, Their daughter, Catherine, was born on 10 October 1933.

John moved to become Head Teacher at the Duke of Bedford School, Thorney, Cambridgeshire, from its opening in September 1940 until December 1965 and was still working as a “School Headmaster” when named in his father’s Will, after his death on 26 Oct0ber 1963. 

John died on 1 November 1984, aged 80, at 18 Green Walk, Market Deeping, Lincolnshire. His wife, Catherine, had pre-deceased him when she died in the June quarter 1982, aged 77, at the same address.


KIRTON, Annie M.  and KIRTON, Clifford:  were the children of  Bernard (Tailor and Outfitter) and Florence Eliza (née Gibson) Kirton, of Church Street, Ruskington. Annie was born on 5 April 1918 and her brother, Clifford, on 6 May 1919. He was employed assisting in his father’s shop, when they both volunteered as Air Raid Wardens. They had another brother, John William (b. 17 May 1921).

Their father,  Bernard, also volunteered in the Civil Defence force as a ‘Special Constable’.      During WW1 Air MC(1) 26064 Bernard Kirton enlisted in the Royal Navy on 4 January 1917 and was discharged on 31 March 1918. [CLICK his name to read more about Bernard’s early and family lives.]

Annie married Charles Leslie Cole in the March quarter 1951, probably at All Saints’ Church, Ruskington. When Charles died on 5 February 1979 they were living at 6 Colton, Street, Brigg, Lincolnshire. No other information has been found about Annie.

Clifford married Irene Dorothy Kitcherside in the Bury St. Edmunds District, Suffolk, in the September quarter 1945. Their daughter, Diana Kitcherside-Kirton, was born on 30 May 1945 – she died at 20 London Road, Sleaford, on 29 December 2006. . They also had a son (name not included for privacy)

Clifford died on 30 June 2001 and was cremated on 9 July. He is commemorated on the kerb stones of his parents’ grave in Ruskington Cemetery (Grave  D.302.).


LILLEY, Fred Sinclair:  When the Second World War began in 1939 Fred was a 63 year old  ‘Blacksmith (Heavy work)’, living with his wife, Eleanor, on Manor Street, Ruskington. Nevertheless, he volunteered as an A.R.P. Warden.

In WW1 Fred joined the Army Service Corps as a “Farrier“. Details of his early life and service can be seen on this site – go to: Private Fred Sinclair Lilley.

LINTON, Leonard:  was born on 26 March 1910 and in 1939 was living on Church Street, Ruskington, with his wife, Molly. He was working for the L.N.E.R. as a ‘Motor Driver’ and also volunteered as on of the Company’s A.R.P.s.

When the 1911 Census was taken Leonard was 1 year old and living at Jubilee Street, Ruskington, the home of George Alfred and Martha Couling and their two children, Agnes Mary (aged 14) and  Francis Frederick (aged 10). Leonard was described as a “Nurse child“, born in Ruskington.

A family history site names his birth mother as 21 year old “Lilian Maud Linton“, born 17 August 1889, working a a “Servant” to the Mantle family at 24 Mecklenberg Street, Leicester. On 1 January 1919 Lilian  (left) married Percy Edward Mawby, a soldier serving with the R.A.M.C. A daughter, Cynthia Mary, was born on 26 August 1925 in Northampton.  Lilian died in the December quarter 1980, aged 91, in the Worthing, Sussex, area.

In the September quarter Leonard married Molly Howsam (born 23 December 1913) in Horncastle, Lincolnshire. They had three children, Benjamin, born in Ruskington, 30 June 1942, but died, aged 8, on 20 August 1950, Kenneth, died as a baby of a few weeks on 27 August 1944, and a daughter (not named for privacy).

Molly died on 17 December 2007, a week before her 94th birthday. Leonard died, on 28 December 2008, aged 98. They both spent their final days in Manor Care Home, Fen Road, East Kirkby. 

The photo of Leonard in later life – left – is from a family history site, as are the others on this page.