They Also Served: G – L

In addition to those who paid the Supreme Sacrifice, the following are short biographies of other men and women of Ruskington who enlisted during World War 2 with surnames beginning ‘G’ to ‘L’.

Remembered on this page are:

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Corporal 528861 Joseph H. GARDNER:  Joseph and his wife, Cicely, were lodging at “Norgo”, Lincoln Road, Ruskington, in 1939, the home of the widowed Henrietta Ward. He was in the R.A.F., Armaments Section, based at Cranwell.

Joseph was born on 20 June 1916 and Cicely (née Preston) on 9 June 1918. They married in Holderness, Yorkshire, in the September quarter 1939.

Joseph was 50 when he died in the Holderness District in the September quarter 1966. Cicely died in Beverley, Yorkshire, in the March quarter 1998, aged 89.


Leading Aircraftman Horace Roberts GILES:  Horace was born on 31 August 1901 in Portsmouth, Hampshire, and in 1939 (Register) was living at ‘Trevelyan’, Westcliffe, Ruskington, with his wife, Evelyn I. (née Richardson). She was born on 28 August 1905 and they married in Wandsworth, London, in the December quarter 1927.  There is no record of them having any children.

Horace had previously served in the R.A.F. and on the outbreak of War he was mobilised from the Reserve to serve as a ‘Photographer’. He was the youngest son of Robert and Georgina Julia (née Roberts) and had six elder siblings, Maude Georgina, Robert T., Edith Rose, Herbert and John Vere. Robert died in 1926, aged 60, and Georgina in 1942, aged 80.

After the War Horace and Evelyn remained in Ruskington for the rest of their lives. Horace died at 13 Northfied House, on 4 October 1972, aged 71, and was cremated 2 days later. Evelyn had died, aged 59, in the March quarter 1965.


Sergeant (Later Flight Lieutenant) 563439 Edward Charles Henry HANKIN:  The 1939 Register shows that Edward was serving in the R.A.F. as a “Aircraft Rigger and Aero Engine Fitter (Grade 1)“. He was living with his wife, Margaret, and son, at ‘Zomba’, Lincoln, Road, Ruskington.

Edward was the son of Edward John and Emily (née Moody) Hankin. He was born at 9 Walberswick Street, Lambeth, London, on 23 June 1907 and Margaret (née Pearson) on 13 May 1909. He had an older sister, Elvina Emily Laura (1905-1993).

Nothing has been found of Edward’s career in the RAF, except that by the end of his career he had progressed to the rank of “Flight Lieutenant”.

Edward and Margaret were married in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, in the September quarter 1936. They had a son, Anthony, born in the December quarter 1938. (Anthony died on 22 February 2008 at Saint Leonards-On-Sea, East Sussex.) They were living on Anglesey (Ynys Môn), Wales, when Margaret died in February 1998, aged 88. Edward died on 6 April 2006 at Amlwch, Ynys Môn, aged 98. 


Private Claude Hallam HARDING:  Claude’s origins are somewhat confusing! According to the 1911 Census (RG 14/20461) he was born about November 1910 at 21 Standhill Road, Carlton, Nottingham, with the birth surname “HALLAM”. His parents were Arthur (Insurance salesman) and Emma. The surname ‘Harding’ seems to be Arthur’s mother’s maiden name! He had two older brothers, Wesley and Cyril.

In 1939 (Register) he was lodging with the Peatman family at ‘Rusticana’, Pinfold Lane, Ruskington, and working as a ‘Builder’s Joiner’. His date of birth is recorded aas 1 November 1910, which ties in with the 1911 Census – above.

The Sleaford Gazette” of 22 September 1944, published a long letter Claude had sent to his brother, Wesley (Chief Seed Analyst), his wife, Ellen, and daughter, Elaine, living at ‘Aber Glen’, Sleaford Road, Ruskington, whilst he was serving in the Middle East.

He said very little about where he was located, only bemoaning the state of the mountainous roads. and some of the films he had seen. He also congratulated his brother on promotion to Sergeant in the Home Guard.

Nothing else has been found for Claude after the War. He died in Surrey in the December quarter 1993, aged 83.


Sergeant (Later Pilot Officer) 364004 Herbert Bartlett HARRIES:  Herbert was born on 27 May 1907 in Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales, the second son of David Voyle and Bettie Sophia (née Hill) Harries. He had an elder brother, Reginald Voyle, and two younger siblings, Frederick Sampson and Molly L.

In the June quarter 1935 Herbert married Olive Sparkes, in Cardiff. She was born on 4 June 1908. The 1939 Register shows them living at “Greenfields”, Lincoln Road, Ruskington, with Emily Smart. Herbert was a Sergeant, based at the R.A.F. College, Cranwell.

With effect from 20 June 1940 Herbert was Commissioned as a (Temporary) Pilot Officer, for the duration of the War (London Gazette, 9 July 1940, p. 4178)

It seems that after the War Herbert and Olive returned to Cardiff where Olive died in July 1989, aged. Herbert died, aged 91, in February 1999, also in Cardiff.


Flight Lieutenant 21206 Frederick Charles HAYWARD:  Frederick was born on 26 February 1907 at 22 Sholebroke Mount, Leeds. He was the eldest child of George Frederick (Draper’s Assistant) and Alice (née Oldroyd) Hayward and had a younger sister, Phyllis.

In 1939 (Register) he was living with his wife, Norah, on High Street, Ruskington. Norah’s maiden name is not known as their marriage record has not been found. He was serving in the RAF as an “Account Officer“.

Frederick and Norah were living at 5 The Avenue, Roundhay, Leeds, when he died, aged 43, on 3 December 1950 at The Hospital, Westminster. Probate Records show he left £6990 9s 5d [£6990.47 – equivalent to about £300,000 today (2024)] to Norah. She died at 15 Turnpike, Oakley, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, on 16 November 1974, aged 66.


Warrant Officer Harold Stanley HAYWOOD, MiD:The Sleaford Gazette” of 14 May 1945 reported that:

Warrant Officer H. S. Haywood, R.A.F., is on three weeks’ leave from the Middle East, where he has been stationed for three years in Egypt and the Sudan. Prior to the war he did service abroad in Palestine, Egypt and Malta, having been in the R.A.F. for 23 years. During his last services abroad he was Mentioned in Despatches for distinguished service.

This was Harold Stanley Haywood, born on 27 May 1906 in Oakham, Rutland. His father, John William, was a “Professional Cricketer“, who played for Leicestershire between 1901 and 1903, and his mother was Edith Emma.

Harold married Sarah Fanny (Nellie) Rushby in the march quarter 1927 at Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. He had been in the RAF since about 1922. Sarah was born in Ruskington on 17 May 1905, the daughter of Henry Chambers (Farmer) and Susannah. In 1939 (Register) she had returned to live at her parents’ home on Sleaford Road. She was designated as an “Evacuee“.

Their daughter, Yvonne Edith, was born on 10 May 1934, followed by 2 sons, John in the December quarter 1939 and Malcolm in the June quarter 1946.

After the War Harold and Sarah returned to live in Ruskington. Harold died, aged 83, in October 1989 and Sarah, aged 87, on 15 July 1992. They were buried together in Graves E.228, Ruskington Cemetery.


Aircraftman John Harvey HEADLAND: The 1939 Register shows him living with his parents at Station Road, Ruskington, and serving in the R.A.F. as a Batman at RAF Cranwell.

John served in World War 1 as Private 202899 Harvey HEADLANDCLICK his name to read more about his life and service.


Corporal Arthur Edwin HOBBINS:  “The Sleaford Gazette” of 14 May 1945 reported:

Cpl. A. Hobbins, of the Pioneer Corps, attached to the 51st Division, returned to duty on Wednesday after a well earned 10 days’ leave. Cpl. Hobbins, who joined the Army when he was 16. has seen service in 20 different countries.

Arthur had married Edna May Picker in the December quarter 1938, probably in All Saints’ Church, Ruskington, and they set up home on the High Street. Their daughter, Barbara, was born in the June quarter 1939.

The family stayed in Ruskington and Arthur was living at 42 Cornwall Way, when he died on 13 October 1967, aged 63. Edna died on Christmas Eve 1977 at the same address. She was 65 years old, having been born on 26 May 1912. They are buried in adjacent Graves E.62 and E.63, Ruskington Cemetery.


Aircraftmen 641750 Vernon HOBSON: The 1939 Register shows Vernon and his wife, Anne Elizabeth, were living on Sleaford Road, Ruskington, the home of the Bailey family. Vernon was serving in the R.A.F.

Vernon was born on 16 September 1912, in Sheffield, Yorkshire, the son or Ernest and Alice (née Bower) and had an elder brother, Horace. He married in Anne Elizabeth Ward, born on 7 March 1910, in the September quarter 1933 at Wortley, Yorkshire. In 1936 they were living at Acorn Hill, Penistone, Yorkshire. They had 3 children two daughters and a son (not named here for privacy).

No further details have been found about Vernon’s War Service. He died in Sheffield in the September quarter 1983, aged 71. His widow, Anne, died in Pembrokeshire, Wales, in the June quarter 2005, aged 95.  


Leading Aircraftman (Corporal) Douglas HODSON:  “The Sleaford Gazette” of 1 May 1942 published a photo of Leading Aircraftman Douglas Hodson, serving with the R.A.F. in the Middle East. Whilst  in Tunisia and again at Cairo he met another local lad, Corporal Jack Newton.

He was pictured reading a copy of the paper, sent to him by his friends at home. “Douglas, who, all will agree, looks well and happy, joined up in April 1940.

The Sleaford Gazette” of 19 December 1944 gave more information of Douglas’s service when he came home on leave: “Corporal Douglas Hodson, R.A.F., youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hodson, Rectory Road, is home on leave after serving four years abroad attached to the 8th Army.

He has seen service in the Middle East and in Italy and was fortunate during his service in North Africa and Italy in being stationed at the same aerodrome as his brother, George Hodson, who is also in the R.A.F. He also had the pleasure, when abroad, of meeting several of his pals from Ruskington. Douglas is looking very fit and well and hoping to enjoy a well earned leave.

He was the youngest son, born 20 January 1919, of Fred and Ada (née Tory) Hodson, 2 Rectory Road, Ruskington, and had an elder brother, George, (see below). Douglas married Marion Doreen Cockin on 5 July 1945 at All Saints’ Church, and they later had three children.

The Sleaford Gazette” (7 July) reported the wedding as: “The marriage took place on Wednesday at the Parish Church between Miss Marion Doreen Cockin, elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Cockin. “Eben House” Station Road, and Corporal Douglas Hodson, younger son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hodson, Rectory Road.

Douglas died in the March quarter 2004, in Lincoln, aged 85. Marion, who was born on 16 March 1922, died in February 2006, aged 83.


Corporal George HODSON: The Sleaford Gazette” of 6 August 1943 published:   Cpl. George Hodson, of the R.A.F., who went overseas in November last year, had just sat down to tea on Saturday, July 17th, when his brother, Cpl. Douglas Hodson (see above), walked in. Douglas has been overseas three years, and the two brothers had not seen each other since March, 1940. Douglas stayed the night and went back to his base on the Sunday evening.

The brothers went for a swim together and no doubt they would have a lot to say to each other about the folk at home. They are the only sons of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hodson, Rectory Road, Ruskington. Douglas, the youngest son, is not married, but George is, and has a fine baby boy, five months old, whom he has not yet seen.

George was born on 6 June 1916, the eldest son of Fred and Ada (née Tory) Hodson, 2 Rectory Road, Ruskington, and had an younger brother, Douglas, (see above). In 1939 (Register) he was living at No 3 Council House, Dunston, Lincolnshire, serving as a Batman in the R.A.F. This was the home of Frances Sawin, also a Batman, and his wife, Doreen.

In the June quarter 1940 George married Nellie May Smith. Their son, George, referred to in the article above, was born, probably in Ruskington about February 1943. Nothing further has been found about George War Service nor what happened to him and his family after the War.


Leading Aircraftman 512525 Joseph Leslie HUNTER:   The 1939 Register shows Joseph and his wife, Ida May (née Hosking), living at ‘High Hazel’, Westcliffe Road, Ruskington.  He was serving in the R.A.F. Hospital, probably at RAF Cranwell.

He was born on 16 August 1908 in Stanley, Durham, the son of Robert (Bricklayer) and Minetta (née Scott). He had an elder brother, Thomas Henry, a younger sister, Ethel May, and a younger brother, John, who died, aged 1, in January 1914.

Joseph’s wife, Ida, was born on 18 November 1911. They had 4 daughters, the first, Mary Rose, died as a baby in December 1940, then came Margaret and Christine, and another, not named here for privacy.

Joseph and Ida were living at 6 Cedar Avenue, Sleaford, when he died at RAF Cranwell on 3 June 1965, aged 56. His widow, Ida, died on 24 November 1991, aged 80. They are buried together in Grave GG.303, Sleaford Cemetery. Their daughter, Christine Roberta Aldous, who died on 11 May 1986, is buried with them.


Sergeant 362458 George Frederick Jarvis JAMES: The 1939 Register shows James and his wife, Nora, living on High Street, Ruskington. He was in the R.A.F. (Signal Squadron), based in the Electrical and Wireless School, Cranwell.

George was born on 7 November 1905, in Plymouth, Devon, the son of Frederick William Jarvis and Elizabeth (née Tarr) James. He had 9 older siblings, Annie, Alfred, John, Lewis, Percival, Louise, Elsie and Jessie, and two younger, Arthur and Herbert.

In the December quarter 1933 George married Nora Winifred Seale, in Bath, Somerset, where she was born on 8 May 1909. Their time in the village was short and were soon transferred to RAF Cosford.

George died after accidentally discharging his revolver while serving at RAF Cosford. on 24 September 1940, aged 34. He was given a Military Funeral in Row 12. Grave 4. at Donington (St. Cuthbert) Church, Albrighton, Shropshire. His widow, Nora, died at 27 Bloomfield Park, Bath, on 6 May 1988, two days before her 79th birthday.


Sergeant 370582 Charles Gordon KIMBREY, MiD:  (Later Wing Commander)   The 1939 Register shows Charles and his wife, Elsie Amy (née Patten), living at ‘Westfield’, Lincoln Road, Ruskington. He was in the R.A.F., based in the Electrical and Wireless School, Cranwell.

Charles was born on 29 July 1907 at New Southgate, Middlesex, the son of Tom (Asylum Attendant) and Gertrude Elizabeth (née Gilbert) Kimbrey. He had two older sisters, Edith Constance and Edna Winifred, an elder brother, Leonard Gilbert, and two younger siblings, Thomas Melville and Gertrude Mary.

Charles and Elsie married in Edmonton, Essex, in the September quarter 1932. She was born on 28 December 1906 in Whitechapel, London. Their daughter, Joan, was born in Ruskington in the March quarter 1937.

Charles served in RAF Signals Command in Imphal and Rangoon and was twice Mentioned in DespatchesHe was a member of the Burma Star Association.

After the War Charles and Elsie lived at ‘The Ranch House’, North Chideock, Bridport, Devon. They died within a few months of each other in 2001 – Elsie on New Year’s day and Charles in July.


Wing Commander Herbert E. KING:   The 1939 Register shows Wing Commander King living at ‘Manor House’, Manor Street, Ruskington, the peace time home of Farmer, John Elkington and his family. He was serving in the R.A.F., attached to the Electrical and Wireless School, Cranwell.

The Register shows that Herbert was born on 6 December 1896 and that he was married, but his wife was not with him. Despite his senior rank little has been found about either his family or service lives.

The British Air Force Lists shows a “Herbert E. King” being appointed “Flying Officer” in 27 Squadron, Indian Group, on 25 April 1919 and on 28 January 1921 posted to Indian Group, Aircraft Depôt, India.


Sergeant 363171 James Hillary LODGE:  The 1939 Register shows James and his wife, Patricia Vivienne Robertson (née Stroud) living at “Trellow Dene”, Rectory Road, Ruskington. He was in the R.A.F., based in the Electrical and Wireless School, Cranwell.

James was born on 1 December 1906 in Clonmany, Donegal, Ireland, and Patricia on 9 September 1918 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. They married in Westminster, London, in the December quarter 1938.

James enlisted in the RAF on 19 September 1922. He served until 15 October 1930, so presumably was recalled or rejoined on the outbreak of War.

James died, aged 69, in the September quarter 1976, in Harlow, Essex. Patricia remarried Arthur Patrick Murphy in the September quarter 1949 in Kensington, London, so she and James must have divorced before then. She died in August 2004, in Chichester, Sussex, aged 85.  


Sergeant Norman Thomas LUCE:  Norman was born on 27 October 1903 and in 1939 he was living with his wife, Hilda Clara (born 8 March 1903) and their son, George Edward (b. 16 August 1927), in the home of Arthur (Farm worker) and Alice Smith, on Silver Street, Ruskington. Norman was serving in the R.A.F. as an Instrument Maker.

Norman was born in Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire, the son of Thomas (Divisional Carpenter, H.M. Coastguard) and Susan (née Churchward) and had a younger brother, Ralph John Lakeman. He married Hilda Clara Chappell in the December quarter 1934 in Thanet, Kent. She came from Leicester.

Hilda died in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 1 February 1978, aged 74, and was cremated 5 days later. Norman was also 74 when he died in the December quarter 2001 in the North Dorset District.