They Also Served: G – L

Those Who Also Served (Surnames G to L):

The following are short biographies of the men of Ruskington who enlisted during the Great War with surnames beginning ‘G’ to ‘L’.

Remembered on this page are:

  • Lance Sergeant 231885 Joseph GARRATT
  • Private Albert GARWELL
  • Private 54371 William GLENN
  • Private 9938 James Harold GRIST
  • Staff Sergeant S3/026815 Percy Ernest GRIST
  • Corporal 3330 Arthur HAGUE
  • Trooper 27** Sydney HAGUE
  • Corporal 16475 William Henry HEADLAND
  • Sapper William Falla HUDSON
  • Private 568 Walter JOYCE
  • Company Sergeant Major 59500 Tom JACKSON, D.C.M
  • Lance Corporal 2960 Charles Herbert KIRTON
  • Private Fred Sinclair LILLEY

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Garratt JLance Sergeant 231885 Joseph GARRATT – was born at High Street, Metheringham, Lincolnshire, (1891 Census RG 12/2588) 31 August 1885.

He was the only child of William (Farmer) and Jane (née Pattinson) Garratt of ‘Westcliffe’, Ruskington. William died in February 1929 and Jane in October 1946. They are buried together in Grave 31, Old South Border, Ruskington Cemetery.

Joseph was educated at ‘Barton School’, Barton Lane, Wisbech, [see below] where he was a boarder (1901 Census RG 13/1555) before returning to Ruskington to take up a partnership with his father, “Assisting on Farm” (1911 Census RG 14/19618).

Barton School c. 1901

Barton School c. 1901

Westcliff Farm, Ruskington

Westcliff Farm, Ruskington







Joseph enlisted in the 2/1st Lincolnshire Yeomanry on 23 November 1914 and did his training at Lincoln.

The Battalion was attached to the 2/1st North Midland Mounted Brigade, and bearing in mind where he lived, Joseph would have been in ‘C’ Squadron: Lincoln (Sleaford, Gainsborough, Market Rasen, Wragby).

In July 1915 he was stationed at Sprowston, near Norwich. The 2/1 Lincs Yeomanry did not, however, serve abroad during the War and this could be why he sought a transfer to see action overseas.

Another Ruskington man, Lt. William Morley, initially enlisted in the 2/1 Lincolnshire Yeomanry. He was reported missing and therefore presumed dead on 24 March 1918.

button_read-more-blue … about the 2/1st Battalion on William’s page on this site.

war_badgeJoseph transferred into the Corps of Hussars and finally into the 1/1st Dorset Yeomanry (Queen’s Own), from which he was discharged on 17 March 1919 under King’s Regulation 392 (xvia) –  “Surplus to military requirements (having suffered impairment since entry into the service)“.

Joseph was granted the Silver War Badge, No. B.337465, but without his Service Papers it is not, at present, possible to say where and when he received his wounds.

button_read-more-blue … about the Silver War Badge and Kings Certificate of Discharge.

The Queen’s Own had landed in Gallipoli in August 1915, but Joseph’s Medal Index Card shows he was not with them then. The Battalion withdrew to Egypt in December 1915, and spent of the rest of the War in the Middle East, ending the War in Palestine.

It seems that Joseph died in Grantham in the December quarter 1964, aged 78. No record can be found of him marrying and the 1939 Return shows that he had retired to live with his widowed mother, Jane, at ‘Greenhill’, Barrowby Road, Grantham.


Garwell APrivate Albert GARWELL – was born on 18 September 1895, the son of William Cheavin (Platelayer on Railway) and Elizabeth (née Barber) Garwell. They had ten children, Elizabeth, William, Rose Helen, Herbert, Fanny, Frederick, Arthur, Albert Edward, Ernest (see below), Albert and George. (Census Returns).

In February 1901 Elizabeth died and was buried in Grave A 218, Ruskington Cemetery. Her newborn son, George, died at the same time, aged 5 days (Grave C 110) and no doubt the two deaths were related. [Another son of the family, Arthur Edward, had died in March 1893, aged 18 months – Grave C 72.]

[N.B.  L/Cpl. Ernest Garwell, was killed in action on 8 July 1915 serving with the Yorkshire Light Infantry. He and brother Frederick had moved to Royston, Barnsley, in the early 1900s.]

The Census of 1901 (RG 13/3048) widowed William is living in one of the Priory Cottages, Ruskington, with children, Rose, Frederick and Albert. About six months later – December quarter 1901 – William re-married, Eliza Elizabeth Marrows. He died in October 1923 and was buried in Grave B 191.

The photograph identifies William’s son with just the initial ‘A’, but as elder brother, Arthur, died, aged 2, in March 1892 [Grave C 64] ‘The Lincolnshire Chronicle’ must have been referring to the younger son, Albert.

‘The Lincolnshire Chronicle’ also states “He [Albert] emigrated to Canada some years ago. “, and that when War was declared he enlisted in the Canadian Army and in July 1915 was said to be in the Philippines Islands. Maybe their father re-marrying so soon after their mother’s death served to break up the family.

Unfortunately, no trace can be found of Albert Garwell on the Register of Canadian Soldiers. However, Albert was in England in the December quarter 1919 when he married Annie Parrish in the Dewsbury District, Yorkshire. The 1939 Return shows them living at 18 Lincoln Flats, Skegness, Lincolnshire.  No record can be found of any children.

Albert died, aged 88, at Spilsby, in the September quarter 1983.  Annie died two years later, also at Spilsby.


Private 54371 William GLENN – was born on 4 September 1894, probably at Nottingham. The 1911 Census (Class RG 14 Piece 19681) shows him living at Clay Fields Farm, Ruskington, Occupation: “Helping on Farm”. The full Census entry shows William living with his father: Joseph Glenn, aged 41, (Farmer); mother: Eliza Glenn, aged 40, and two younger brothers Joseph, aged 15, (Farm hand) and Henry, aged 5.

The 1901 Census (Class RG 13 Piece 3047 Folio 151 Page 8) shows the family living at Main Street, Dorrington. However, William is listed as William LUNN, the Nephew of Joseph, NOT his son. In the December quarter 1891 Joseph (Snr.) [born September quarter 1869] had married Eliza Lunn [born in the March quarter 1871], in Newark, Notts.

As William was born after Joseph and Eliza married it is almost certain that he was the son of one of her siblings, but as yet his natural parentage has yet to be determined. Certainly in all his subsequent records, Service Papers, etc. he names Joseph as his father.

Just before her marriage Eliza was living with her widowed father at 29 Ger Street, Newark. Joseph meanwhile was lodging at 25 Ger Street, working as a ‘Maltster’s Labourer’. He died in Ruskington on 30 September 1936 (buried on 5th October) and Eliza died on 3rd August 1947 (buried on 6th).  Joseph and Eliza Glenn are buried side by side in New Plot, Section D, Graves 56 and 57, Ruskington Cemetery.

The 1939 Returns show that William, still single, was living with his widowed mother, Eliza, on Fen Road, Ruskington, working as a ‘Boot and Shoe Repairer’.

Joseph and Eliza's Grave, which also contains William's Remains

Joseph and Eliza’s Grave, which also contains William’s Remains

N.B. Parish burial records show that William Glenn (possibly after Cremation) is interred with his father/uncle in Grave D.56.

He died aged 94, on 7 February 1989 (buried on 18th). Probate Records show that he was living at Bonner House, Sleaford, when he died and left assets: “Not exceeding £70,000”.

war_badgePrivate 54371 William Glenn enlisted in the Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derbys Regiment) on 11 December 1915 at Sleaford, and was discharged on 29 January 1919 aged 24, “.. being no longer fit for War Service”.

In total he served 3 years 50 days with the Colours. He was wounded in action and was awarded the ‘Silver War Badge’ No. B.102,386.

When he enlisted William stood just 5 ft. 1½ ins. [1.56 m.] tall and weighed 7 st. 6 lbs. [47.2 kgs.] and was initially posted to the 19th (Reserve) Battalion – in view of his height, a ‘Bantam’ Battalion. Before seeing active service he was posted to the 10th Battalion.

The 10th (Service) Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters were formed at Derby in September 1914 as part of K2 (Kitchener’s 2nd New Army) and came under orders of 51st Brigade in 17th (Northern) Division. They moved to Wool and on to West Lulworth in October 1914, returning to Wool in December. They moved to Winchester in June 1915.

The Battalion landed at Boulogne on 14 July 1915 to join the B.E.F. William was ‘posted for duty’ on 25 June 1916 and ‘mobilised’ the next day. He joined his Battalion in the field on 15 June 1917. William was wounded at Langemark on 18 November 1917, receiving a “Gun Shot Wound to Right Leg – the site of the wound was about 3 ins. above the knee.

At the time William stated that he received his wound: “whilst entering the trenches”. He amplified this later, stating: “Whilst relieving the front line trenches I was caught in a barrage and received shrapnel wounds in the right leg.

The Battalion War Diary for the day William was wounded reads:

The Battn. Moved out of BRIDGE CAMP to relieve the 7/Yorks. Regt. on the front line Y.7.a. – Y.14.b. at 9.15 a.m.

Relief of the front line was completed by midnight. The Battn. was somewhat heavily shelled en route to the front and lost – killed 4 Other Ranks. Wounded – 14. During the 3 days in the front line the situation was normal.

William was treated initially at the 42nd Casualty Clearing Station at Aubigny before being moved to the 8th Stationery Hospital, Wimereux. He was evacuated to Grange Street Hospital, Manchester, then on to the Victoria Hospital, Stretford, finishing in the Grangethorpe Orthopaedic Hospital, Rusholme. In total William spent 409 days in Hospital. Medical assessment stated a 50% disability for at least 12 months.

jane-glenn-portraitRe: Jane Glenn: Jane was William’s cousin. During 1917, after her father bought her a Diary, she kept an account of life in the village, including news of William’s wounding and subsequent treatment.

Sadly, Jane did not survive to see her cousin return. She died on 12 December 1918 in the Influenza epidemic of that year and is buried in Ruskington Cemetery, Old Plot, Grave A. 296. jane-glenn-diary-cover-comp

Sources: ‘The Diary of Jane Glenn’, Transcribed and Introduced by Derrick Wood, Re-printed by Richard Kay, Sleaford, 1996, [ISBN 0902662473] is available from a limited number of sources.


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Private 9938 James Harold GRIST – was born on 22 August 1889, the younger son of James Hubbard (Joiner) and Selina (née Radd) Grist, He had an older brother, Percy Ernest (see below), and in 1891 (Census RG 12/2577) was living on Post Office Street, Ruskington.

Ten years later (1901 Census RG 13/) the family had moved to Manor Street, Ruskington, but a year later, in June 1902, Selina died and was buried in Grave A 238, Ruskington Cemetery. The 1911 Census (RG 14/19618) shows father and younger son at the same address, but Percy had moved on and does appear on the Census.

James enlisted in the 6th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment, as an Army Butcher, in August 1914. The 6th (Service) Battalion had been formed at Leicester in August 1914 as part of K1 (Kitchener’s First New Army)and attached as Army Troops to 9th (Scottish) Division. In April 1915 it transferred to 110th Brigade, 37th Division. James was trained at Aldershot and was posted to France, with his Battalion, on 29 July 1915.

Without his Service Papers it is not possible to state where and when James saw action, but his Battalion fought in some of the major Battles of the Great War, including The Battle of Morval in which the Division captured Geudecourt.

In 1917 they were in action during The German retreat to the Hindenburg Line, the Arras offensive, the Third Battles of Ypres and The Cambrai Operations. In 1918 they fought on The Somme then moved north and were in action during the Battles of the Lys, the Battle of the Aisne, The Somme, the Battles of the Hindenburg Line and the Final Advance in Picardy.

On 1 June 1919 James was returned to the “Z Reserve“, authorised by an Army Order of 3 December 1918. In case Germany did not adhere to the Armistice, soldiers who were being demobilised, particularly those who had agreed to serve “for the duration“, were at first posted to Class Z. They returned to civilian life but with an obligation to return if called upon. The Z Reserve was abolished on 31 March 1920.

After he was finally discharged from the Army, James married Florence Annie Purnell, a neighbour on Manor Street, Ruskington, in the March quarter 1920. They had seven children, James, John, Rita, Emmeline, Cynthia, Ralph and Harold.

The 1939 Returns show that the family were living at Rectory Lane, St Neots, Cambridgeshire, and James was employed as a ‘Butcher – Journeyman’. He died in the March quarter 1970, at Hounslow, Middlesex, aged 80. Florence died, aged 84, in the March quarter 1984.


Grist PStaff Sergeant S3/026815 Percy Ernest GRIST – was born in the December quarter 1888, the elder son of James Hubbard (Joiner) and Selina (née Radd) Grist, He had a younger brother, James Harold (see above), and in 1891 (Census RG 12/2577) was living on Post Office Street.

Ten years later (1901 Census RG 13/) the family had moved to Manor Street, Ruskington, but a year later, in June 1902, Selina died and was buried in Grave A 238, Ruskington Cemetery. The 1911 Census (RG 14/19618) shows father and younger son at the same address, but Percy had moved on and does appear on the Census.

However, in the December quarter 1911 Percy married Mary E, Beet in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire and they had two children, Mary and Gladys.

Percy enlisted in the (Royal) Army Service Corps at the start of the War in August 1914, and was promoted to Sergeant in January 1915. He was posted to the Dardanelles where he was wounded by shrapnel in the legs. The local press reported that in July 1915 he was: “… at present in England, recovering from his wounds.” However, the Medal Index Card states he was posted to France on 1 June 1915.

meritorious_service_medal_msmAt some stage later in the War Percy was posted to East Africa and on 29 August 1918 he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal: “.. in recognition of valuable services rendered with the Forces in East Africa during the present War. ” (London Gazette, 29 August 1918)

As this is only awarded after 21 years continuous service, it is likely that Percy was a serving soldier or reservist at the time War broke out.

On 14 April 1927 Percy and his family emigrated to Canada, sailing, 3rd Class, on the ‘Montrose‘, from Liverpool to Quebec, where they arrived on 22 April. Percy’s occupation at the time was a ‘Butcher’ and their address on leaving was at Barrowby, near Grantham.

Percy died in 1971, aged 83, and is buried at Elnora, Red Deer Census Division, Alberta, Canada.


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Corporal 3330 Arthur HAGUE – was born in the June quarter 1899, at Westcliffe Road, Ruskington, the eldest son of Thomas (Farmer) and Mary (née Gresswell) Hague (1901 Census RG 13/3048).

He had two younger brothers, Thomas Sidney (see below) and John Gresswell, and two younger sisters, Mary Florence and June (1911 Census RG 14/19618). [Twin boys, Cecil and Harold, had also been born to the family in June 1904. Both died, Cecil aged 10 days and Harold a week later. They are buried side by side in Plot C, Graves 130 1nd 131, Ruskington Cemetery. A sister, 2 year old Florence, died in November 1907 and lies near her brothers in Grave 147.]

In 1911 11 year-old Arthur was living with his 79 year-old widowed grandmother, Ann Hague, no doubt to take care of her, e.g. he completed the Census Form on her behalf.

Despite his age (15) Arthur attested on 16 November 1914 on a 4 year Territorial Force engagement (or for Duration of the War) with the 1/4th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. He gave his age as 15 years 7 months. However, his Medical Form shows a ‘Declared Age’ of 19 years. At that time he stood 5 ft. 8 ins. [1.73 m] tall and weighed 9 st. 5 lbs. [59.4 kgs.].

The Battalion landed at Le Havre on 1 March 1915, as part of 138th Brigade, 46th (North Midland) Division. Arthur’s Medal Index Card states that he joined his Battalion in France on 25 June 1915 and remained there until 15 January 1917, when he returned to England.

The next entry on Arthur’s Service Papers reads: “Granted Farm Furlough 23-1-1917” – for a month, presumably to help his farmer father back home. This was twice extended for a further month, before, on 16 October 1917, Arthur was transferred back to his 1/4th Battalion.

On 10 November 1917 Arthur was transferred to the West Yorkshire Regiment, and re-numbered 204276, before being posted to the 3rd Battalion. He joined the Battalion on 12 February 1918 and returned to France on 1 October 1918 with the 2nd Battalion. He was promoted to Acting Corporal on 1 November 1918 and a month later confirmed as a Corporal.

Arthur was disembodied to the 2/4th Lincs. Regiment on demobilisation, on 25 February 1919, and returned to his family home at Mill House Farm, Ruskington. By 1921 he had moved to Post Office Street, no doubt after his marriage to Gertrude Ellen Pacey in the June quarter 1919. They had three sons, Thomas in 1920 and twins, George and John two years later, in January 1922. Like his own twin brothers, Arthur’s twins only survived 5 and 6 days and are buried together in the village Cemetery, Grave C, 185.

Arthur died in October 1932, aged just 33 years. He is also buried in Plot D, Grave 19, Ruskington Cemetery Extension.  His wife, Gertrude, re-married Sidney Bates in the September quarter 1938. She died in the December quarter 1965 in Basford District, Nottingham.


Trooper 27** (Thomas) Sidney HAGUE – “was the youngest son of Thomas Hague, Dorrington Road, Ruskington. He was employed by Mr P. Brown of Dorrington. Sydney enlisted in the 3/1st Lincolnshire Yeomanry in July 1915 and was trained in Lincoln.”

N.B. This short report appeared in ‘The Lincolnshire Chronicle’ [27 November 1915] with no photo or further details. Thomas (Farmer) and Mary (née Gresswell) Hague did have a son, Thomas Sidney, but he was not born until 2 August 1900, so would have only been 15 years old when the above was reported, and only 14 when he is said to have enlisted. He had an older brother, Arthur (see above), and also a younger brother, John Gresswell, and two younger sisters, Mary Florence and June (1911 Census RG 14/19618)

However, in view of the youth of his brother, Arthur (see above) it is not impossible that this is the Sidney referred to in the newspaper article. However, at present no Military Service Record can be found for him. Bearing in mind where he lived Sydney would undoubtedly have joined “C” Squadron which covered the Sleaford area.

The 3/1st Lincolnshire Yeomanry were formed in 1915 as a “third line” (training, draft-supplying reserve for the 1/1st and 2/1st). In 1916 it affiliated to 12th Reserve Cavalry Regiment at Aldershot, and early in 1917 was absorbed into 1st Reserve Cavalry Regiment at the Curragh.

button_read-more-blue  Another Ruskington man who was died whilst in action was Pt. Frederick William Start, also of the Lincolnshire Yeomanry. His Service history tells us more about the period in action of this Regiment.

In the March quarter 1954 “Thomas S. Hague” married Hilda Parker in Blackpool, Lancashire. [It has yet to be confirmed that this is the same man. However, his younger brother, John Gresswell, died in Blackpool in 1985 – so there is some link.] If this is our man, born 2 August 1900, he was living at 6 Stirling Road, Blackpool, Lancs. in 1939, working as a ‘Lorry or Coach Driver’.

Thomas Sidney died in The Lady Park Nursing Home, Bingley, West Yorkshire on New Year’s Day 1993, aged 92.


Headland WCorporal 16475 William Henry HEADLAND – was born on 6 January 1892. (Baptised 7 February), the third son of William (Sawyer) and Ann (née Fletcher) Headland. He had 6 older siblings, John, Thomas, Harriett, Ellen, Jessie Robert, Rose Mary and Elizabeth Ann, and 4 younger siblings, Gertie, Florrie, Arthur and Alice.

In the June quarter 1900 William’s mother, Ann, died, and his father remarried Mary Jane Jackson (?) soon after. The 1901 (Census RG 13/3048) the family was living on High Street North, Ruskington. William’s father and step-mother had moved to Station Road, Ruskington, by 1911 (Census RG 14/19618).

William had, however, left the family home and was boarding with the Clark family (Farmers) employed as a ‘Waggoner‘. (Census RG 14/19618) In the June quarter 1918 William married Margaret Longthorn Bower. They appear to have moved to the Manchester area and had two children, Dorothy and Frank.

William enlisted in the 3rd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment, in March 1915. He completed his training at Grimsby and the local press reported that he: “ … is expecting to be sent on active service very shortly. “

His Service Number shows that he transferred to the R.F.C. on 19 April 1915. His Medal Index Card shows that he was posted to France on 4 October 1915. William was later to transfer to the Royal Air Force (No. 126718), which came into being on 1 April 1918 when the Royal Flying Corps merged with the Royal Naval Air Service.

The 1939 Returns show that at that time William was employed as a ‘Canteen Assistant’ at Thoresby Park Refreshment Canteen, Southwell, Nottinghamshire. William died in the December quarter 1949 in Lincoln.


Hudson WSapper William Falla HUDSON – was born on 12 June 1896, the eldest son of Robert Eyre (Draper and Grocer) and Martha Marion (née Falla) Hudson. He had a younger brother, James Myler, and the family lived on High Street North, Ruskington (1901 Census RG 13/3048). Their family and address were unchanged 10 year later (1911 Census RG 14/19618).

Before enlisting William was an apprentice draper in Grantham. From their father’s Will in 1952, it seems that the two brothers maintained the family grocery business in later life.

Robert died in June 1952, aged 85, whilst Martha lived until she was 98, dying in June 1966. They are buried in adjacent Graves 49 and 51, New Plot, West Border, Ruskington Cemetery.

William joined The Red Cross Society in March 1915 and was reported to be serving in Netley Hospital. The Royal Victoria Hospital, or Netley Hospital was a large military hospital in Netley, near Southampton, Hampshire.

Netley Military Hospital

Netley Military Hospital

During World War I, a large Red Cross hutted hospital was built at the back of the site, which expanded Netley Hospital to accommodate around 2,500 beds.

Many of the staff was Red Cross volunteers, as most of the regular staff was overseas. Some 50,000 patients were treated at Netley during the war.

After the War William returned to live a work in the village and in the June quarter 1934 he married Maggie Cock. The 1939 Returns show that at that time William was running a Grocery store on Ruskington High Street and that he and Maggie had a son, John, born  2 March 1935.  He was also “Special Constable 3861”, Lincolnshire Constabulary.

William died in the June quarter 1984, aged 87, but is not interred in the village. Maggie, his wife, died on 6 August, the following year.


Jackson TCompany Sergeant Major 59500 Tom JACKSON, D.C.M. was born on 18 November 1889, the son of Charles William Jackson, Relieving Officer. When he enlisted in Canada in 1914 Tom gave his occupation as ‘Baker and Confectioner’. At that time he stood 5 ft. 6 ins [1.68 m.] tall, had brown eyes, light brown hair and a ‘dark‘ complexion. He gave his religion as Church of England.

Tom was in Canada when War was declared and joined ‘E’ Company, 21st (Eastern Ontario) Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade, 2nd Canadian Division, on 4 November 1914.

He had previous military experience with the 59th Storemont & Glengarry Regiment. On 4 December 1914 Tom was promoted to Corporal, but on 9 February he was admitted to Kingston (Ontario) Hospital with infected skin. Five days later he was healed and discharged to duty.

On 1 May 1915 Tom was promoted again, appointed to rank of Lance Sergeant with pay. Tom left Canada with his Battalion on the RMS Metagama from Montreal, Quebec, on 6 May and arrived in England on 15 May 1915, disembarking at Devonport and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent, where it finished its training.

After being promoted to Lance Sergeant on 17 May, Tom was promoted to Sergeant on 7 September, a week before the Battalion left for France from Folkestone for Boulogne on 15 September 1915 on board the steamer St. Seiriol.

jackson_t_DCMDuring the War Tom’s Battalion earned 21 Battle Honours, and Tom himself was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal on 22 October 1917:

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in an attack against the enemy trenches“.

[The full citation from The London Gazette is shown on the left.]



On 12 November 1917 Tom was wounded in left ankle (foot almost amputated by shrapnel) and admitted to No 9 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance). He was transferred to No 3 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) where his left leg was amputated just above the ankle. On 5 February 1918 a further amputation took place just below the knee. Obviously, he was invalided home to Canada on 6 June 1918.

Tom married on 13 May 1919 and died on 5 September 1937, aged 47. He is buried in Prospect Cemetery, Toronto, Ontario.

button_read-more-blue … about Tom’s War Service



Private 568 Walter JOYCEJoyce Wwas probably born on 2 October 1894, the only son of Walter (Butcher and Farmer) and Elizabeth (née Baldock) Joyce of High Street, Ruskington. He had a younger sister, Elizabeth. (1901 Census RG 13/3048)

Ten years later (1911 Census RG 14/19618) the family had moved to ‘The Limes’, Ruskington, and Walter, Jnr. was employed by Messrs. C. Sharpe and Co.’s Seed Warehouse, Sleaford, as a ‘Clerk – Seedsman’s Office’. Another sister, Una Susie, had been added to the family. Walter was living at the same address in 1939, with his widowed mother, Elizabeth, and employed as a ‘Grazier and Farmer’.

He probably died in Grantham in February 1985, aged 90. Parents Walter Snr. and Elizabeth are buried side-by-side in the New Plot, West Border, of Ruskington Cemetery, in Graves 45 and 47. Walter died in September 1936 and Elizabeth in January 1951.

Walter enlisted in the Grimsby Chums Battalion (10th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment) on 14 September 1914 and trained at Grimsby. In November 1915 he was stationed at Andover, Hampshire. His Medal Index Card shows he did not join the BEF in France until after the end of 1915, as he was not eligible for the 1914-15 Star Medal. His Service Papers do exist but are extremely difficult to read, being in very poor condition.

Another Ruskington man, Private 1431 John Thomas (Jack) REAST, enlisted in the 10th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment at Gainsborough on 6 April 1915. On 12 May 1917 Jack Died of Wounds and is buried in Étaples Cemetery.

button_read-more-blue … more about the 10th Battalion’s War History on Jack’s page.


Kirton CLance Corporal 2960 Charles Herbert KIRTONCharles was born on 22 August 1892, the son of John Thomas (Tailor) and Mary Elizabeth (née Wainer) Kirton. He had six older brothers and sisters, Thomas, Rebecca Annie, Hugh, Bernard and John E.,  twin younger brothers, Frederick and Wainer (killed in action 21 October 1916), and two more younger brothers, Frank and John.

In 1901 (Census RG 13/3048) they were living on Silver Street, Ruskington, Lincolnshire.  In 1911 (Census RG 14/19618) the family were at the same address, however, Wainer was employed as a “Seedsman (shop Assistant)”, before moving to Derby (same trade) prior to enlistment.

‘The Lincolnshire Chronicle’ [27 November 1915] reported that Charles and his brother, L/Cpl. Wainer Kirton, had enlisted together in the 2/4th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment, in October 1914.


Silver War Badge

Charles’ Medal Index Card shows that this was, in fact, 14 October 1914.  His Medal Index Card also shows, however, that he was discharged on 9 October 1916, under King’s Regulation 392 (xvi) – no longer fit for War Service – in this case due to ‘Sickness‘. He was awarded the Silver War Badge, No. 18800.

button_read-more-blue … more about the Silver War Badge

button_read-more-blue … about Charles’ possible Service History on his brother, Wainer’s, page.

At some time during his short period with the Colours, in the March quarter 1915, Charles married Lucy Lintin, in Lincoln, and the following year their daughter, Eileen, was born. A son, Donald Wainer, followed in 1918.

In 1939 Charles and Lucy were living at 31 North Parade, Sleaford and he was employed as ‘Head of Department – Seedsman’. Charles was living at 95 Grantham Road, Sleaford, when he died on 5 May 1979, aged 86. His wife, Lucy, was 82 when she died on 21 January 1970.


Lilley F SPrivate Fred Sinclair LILLEY‘The Lincolnshire Chronicle’ [27 November 1915] reported that Fred was “… the son-in-law of S. Parkes of Manor Street, Ruskington.” and that:

He enlisted in the Army Service Corps as a ‘Farrier’ in March 1915. He was trained at Woolwich before being posted to Latham Park, Ormskirk, Lancashire.

Fred was born on 31 July 1876  at Sea View Terrace, Wainfleet, Lincolnshire, the second son of Walter John (Plumber) and Catherine Lilley. He had an older brother, also Walter John, and 8 younger siblings, Ada, Evelyn, Dennis, Alfred, Esther, Thomas, Arthur and Raymond.

By 1891 (Census RG 12/2604) the family had moved to Roman Bank, Skegness Lincolnshire, and were still there in 1901. However, Fred had married Eleanor Jane Parkes in the September quarter 1900, probably in Ruskington. She was the daughter of William (Cottager) and Susanna Parkes of Church Lane, Ruskington. By 1911, however, William, now widowed, had moved to Manor Street, Ruskington, as reported in ‘The Lincolnshire Chronicle’ .

The 1901 Census (RG 13/3039) shows that the newly married Fred and Eleanor were living at Star Cross, Holbeach, Lincolnshire, where Fred was employed as a ‘Journeyman Blacksmith‘. By the time of the 1911 Census (RG 14/) Fred and Eleanor had two daughters, Dorothy and Mary, and were still living at ‘The Ferns’, Star Cross, Holbeach.

In view of his peace time occupation, it is not surprising that Fred joined the Army Service Corps as a “Farrier“. However, no reference can be found for him on the Medal Rolls which suggests he did not serve abroad.

In 1939 the limited Census Returns of that year show that Fred and Eleanor were living on Manor Street, Ruskington, and he was still employed as a ‘Blacksmith (Heavy Work)’.

He was also serving the War effort as an Air Raid Patrol Warden.

ARP Badge

ARP Badge

It seems that Fred and Eleanor remained in Ruskington until they died, Eleanor, aged 82, in March 1964, and Fred, aged 89, February 1966. They are buried side-by-side in Graves 357 and 358, Plot D, Ruskington Cemetery Extension. As the photo above shows they have no grave marker or headstone.