World War 2 Casualties


The following 12 men from the village of Ruskington, Lincolnshire, gave their lives in the Second World War.

Their names do not appear on the War Memorial in Buxton Cemetery but are shown on the Memorial Plaques in the Garden of Remembrance and in the Children’s Chapel, All Saints Church, Ruskington.

[N.B. Service Records are not generally available for World War 2 casualties – only to direct family members. In the cases of the men named below periods of Service have been inferred from the respective Battalion histories of combat.]

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. However, many names were redacted after the men were called up for War Service.

CLICK on the name below to go to each man’s page in this site that details a little of his home life before the War and the subsequent Military Service:

CUNNINGTON, Roy, Trooper, 14353712, Royal Armoured Corps (4th Queens Own Hussars). Killed in Action: 3 January 1945, aged 31.

HEADLAND, Beresford Neville, Private, 4809709, 6th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment, Killed in action 22 April 1943, aged 23.

HOSSACK, Ronald Alfred, Able Seaman, C/JX334800, Royal Navy, S.S. Goolistan. Killed in action 23 November 1942, aged 24.

LOUTH, Leslie Thomas, Gunner, 940705, 122 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died as a Prisoner of War 28 November 1943, aged 25.

MARRIOTT, Bertie, Private , 4967751, 1/5th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment). Died as a Prisoner of War 24 August 1945, aged 39.

MARRIOTT, Reuben Woods, Trooper 7881873, Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps. in North Africa. Killed in Action on 24 November 1941, aged 29.

MARSHALL, Oswald Peter, Pilot Officer 147956, 78 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Killed in action 16 July 1943, aged 23.

PICKER, Thomas Edward, Fusilier, 6981423, 6th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Killed in action 16 April 1943, aged 26.

PICKWORTH, Arthur, Private, 14510527, 2/5th Battalion, The Queen’s Royal Regiment (West Surrey). Killed in action 2 September 1944, aged 37.

SANDALL, Cyril Joseph, Gunner, 1130846, 51 Battery, 69 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Killed in action 31 July 1944, aged 24.

WEBSTER, John Henry (Jock), No record on CWGC Database or Birth Register

WILCOX, Robert, Corporal, 4801307, 6th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 13 September 1943, aged 26.

In addition, Gunner 892469 Ernest John TILSTON, though not on the Ruskington Memorial, is buried in Ruskington Cemetery.

Also not on the Ruskington Memorials, but connected to the Village by marriage, is  Flight Sergeant 520333 Charles Thomas RUDMAN, Squadron 10 OTU, Royal Air Force, Coastal Command. Killed in Action 12 July 1943, aged 26.


They shall grow not old