Sunday, 10 July 2016

Redoubt Copse The planting of the Memorial Trees

 We are proud at last to post some of the photos realting to the Redoubt Copse in memory of the seventeen men and boys who never returned from the the Hohenzollern Redoubt battle at Loos en Gohelle on the 13th October 1915.

The Barton army cadets of the Army Cadet Force working hard at getting the stuck into the ground for the plantation of the oaks.  They should be rightly proud of their efforts and the appreciation from the people of Barton in taking time out of their schedules in undertaking the task.

                     The memorial plaque with the donating bodies shields and badges underneath.  The Barton Upon Humber Lions, The Rotary Club, the Civic Society and the Living Memorial Trust and individual Barton people and people with relatives were among the many generous doners.

    Adults were also ''enlisted''.  This is a very proud day for many people in the area, and thanks are due to everyone who bought this plan together.  More news will follow on the event, and the scheme behind the planting of the Oak trees.

Friday, 16 October 2015

13th Octobver 1915 One Hundred Years of History

For those who attended the memorial service in Barton, it was I am told a very fitting tribute and I cant wait to find out a bit more. 

Unfortunately for me, I was too ill to make the journey, not a well man at present, but rest assured I will be back to find out more about what went on.  From what I am told the spectacle of the cadets, boots shining, crowds gathered, and the battle standard of the fighting 5th must have been something to behold, and what a coup by Lawrence Robinson to get the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire up to the ceremony, well done Laurie, everyone knows what immense work you have put into the project.

People came from miles around and I may be misquoting here but upward of 300 people in presence.
More than everything, I feel, it was a chance for people to catch up, someone said that there were people there who they hadn't seen for FORTY YEARS! That is So well done to everyone who made this a special and fitting occasion. 

Reaching out to the town, it must also be noted here of the sterling work Laurie has done in performing his lectures, very skilfully it must be added, to the children of ''Council School''.
''Mister Robinson'' as the little 'uns know him, has kept himself very busy in this and other respects, including his work for Barton Living Memorial Trust. 

A lot has been said about the museum exhibition and this has been bought up at the 13th October ceremony.  A lot of hard work was put in by everyone on this and you all know who you are, and I have the feeling that it will rise again.  Either through embarrassment or political agenda/other the museum directors took it down, and without any real explanation.  It is ours, the people of Barton, we made it, it belongs to us, as does the museum incidentally, a gift to the people of Barton; I digress-we will surely find a new home for it. All it needs is a roof over it's head!

If anyone with a business has space to house it please get in touch! Look up the contact details on the blog.

In the meantime I am pleased to publish the following photos, which were of the ceremony for the plaques with the names added to Barton Cenotaph in July 2014.  Also some shots of the exhibition.

Click on the photos for full view!!

The main wall of the exhibition with photos of the Barton men resplendent.  The exhibition attracted hundreds of visitors and was put together with a lot of love and attention to detail.

The Army Chaplain for Lincolnshire giving the oration for the unveiling of the plaques in Baysgarth Museum

Some of the silk postcards postcards loaned by the people of Barton to Our Peoples Exhibition of The Great War.

Bartons unique Welcome Home Cards given to soldiers and sailors returning from Conflict, Home Service or general Foregin service suring the War to End All Wars.

                                                                       More Silks

The shell is a piece of trench art with the inscription From Fritz and Otto etched into it.  An entrenching tool is there next to it.

    German Coalscuttle helmet, shell noses wire pickets and entrenching tool shrapnel and vartious artifacts.

Crowds gathered and seated at the dedication ceremony 
Mrs Marjorie Ball reading an oration at the Memorial Service
LAST POST courtesy of the Salvation Army
Lawrence Robinson reading his oration
The plaques that were installed into the Memorial last year.  A result of 20 years research, and rightfully these names were added to the Barton Cenotaph.
Please if anyone has better photos than mine, which wouldn't take much doing, please forward them to me at 

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Robert Barker Dragoon Guards 1915 A letter.

The following letter was received from Marsh Lane regarding the death of Robert Barker of The Dragoon Guards. His brother William had been lost early in the war. This was relatively early on in the war, but letters like these were soon arriving into the country in their thousands by the day.  The letter is reproduced verbatim, with thanks to Laurence Robinson and the family who procured this letter for us. Fred Credland lived on Butts Road. I have a photo of Bob in the 1914 section. At present
21st May 1915
40 Marsh lane Barton upon Humber

Dear George and Cissy

You will no doubt have received the card from Jennie telling you the sad news that poor Bob Barker had fallen in action, but I thought that you would like to know a little more about it, his father received a letter from Bobs captain on Thursday morning so I went down to see him, the letter said that on the 13th of this month the royal dragoons had reinforced the tenths hussars when an high explosive shell fell at Bobs feet. He was killed instantly and a chap called corporal brown stayed behind with him and took all his personal belongings off him. The captain finished by speaking in the highest terms of poor bob and said that he died like a brave soldier fighting for king and country to the last.  He also said that he was the only officer left out of the whole lot so they must have been beat up very badly. I was having my breakfast
when Gertie came on her bike and told me about it, I went at once to Bobs home and his father was broken down with grief and it made me cry too when I read the letter, I had so looked forward to him coming home again. If I could do better and work all the day I could not help but think about him, what good times we had together and he bid me farewell on the new Holland pier that night when he went back to the front. He seemed so cheerful and so brave. My word, but it’s hard for the Barkers to have lost them both, I shall go to church on the Sunday morning as I think I ought to do. When he was here the last time he was saying that he had not seen his brother William since he enlisted, but they will have met again now, I feel sure, for I think god in his mercy would forgive him his sins and he was called at short notice, and I am certain he would meet his death as he met everything ( with a smile on his face) I have got a few photographs taken of him, the one he sent from India and I will send one as I know you would like one. Well I think this is all time I almost forgot to tell you can remember how the sunset when bobs was killed how it glowed, when I called you to the gate. I never had much faith in signs and omens but that night must have been a sign that bob had sent it seemed so queer. I will now draw to a close with saying that I do think that god in his redeeming can and will have mercy on poor bobs soul and then we shall meet him again in that land  where we shall be no more, for no braver and kinder that bob barker would be wished for. Jennie sends her best and along with my beliefs

Your loving brother Fred.


Monday, 8 June 2015


This was inevitable.  The interest has gone on  a lot and we have found ourselves staring into lots of old newspapers, and wondering about the outlying villages along the banks of the Humber and further in.
Here are some biopics etc  of other men from round and about the low villages, Barrow, Goxhill, Thornton Curtis, New Holland and the farms.  As these places are too small to warrant their own pages, and the fact that many of them came to Barton to train as territorials (thought New Holland lads would have most likely enlisted in Hull, I thought it only appropriate to include them as well-in fact it only seemed fair. 
There is a plethora of information on the War Memorials websites.  Nobody else has done it as far as I know except for the boys of the Roll of Honour lads who have done an amazing job. So please note, this section is incomplete. I appreciate your patience. Contributions are very welcome.

For further information on the Barton villages please refer to this website the link shown below.

March 1918 news clip

Fred Drury Carlile 
Private 20641 Lincolnshire Regt.
Died 23-3-1918

Fred Drury Carlile whose parents lived at college farm in Thornton was reported dead -he died on 23rd March 1918 gassed and wounded after being carried out by Clarvis, a friend from S. Ferriby.  It would seem that he was caught up on the 21st in the Spring Offensive.
It would appear that a brother C W Carlile had been killed earlier in the War.

Kenneth F Bean of Scawby ad been killed earlier in the war as an officer with the Royal Scots; his brother, Noel was so badly wounded that in April 1918 his parents were called to his bedside in France as he wasn't expected to live.  By the look of things he made it. 

Arthur Brumpton of Wootton Severely wounded March 1918 in German Offensive.
He was in the 21st Casualty Clearing station  (HDM) Arthur succumbed to his injuries a month later-his parents lived at Swallow Lane in Wootton.

Arthur Brumpton
2nd/5th Lincolnshire Regt  
Pte. 241369
Buried at Auxi Le Chateau  pas de Calais

After gassing and an operation Arthur Brumpton is slowly progressing.

April march 18

1918 Pte William Tong of Barrow wdd brother C Tong killed a month prior

Sgt Tom Jarvis of Goxhill wounded in knee Canadian hospital

Tom Jackson one of the Lincolns company that did not fall back during great retreat now reported wounded and prisoner in Germany as is Phil Cork S Ferriby.

Captain Rolf Rudolph Elwes Coldstream Guards since start of conflict has been wounded and gassed-became a RC chaplain at 65 years old 6mths pow. and was a founder and director of universal motors ltd

Pte Arthur Stamp son of Mr Mrs W Stamp Royal Oak Goxhill missing since 21.3.18

Phil Cork is wounded and a prisoner in Germany commd
home and Sgt Tom Jackson POW both are of S.Ferriby.

Private Garnet Atkins (sic) of Goxhill.

Lieutenant Benjamin Hutchinson MC 11th Battn. east Yorkshire Regt. lost his life on 3rd May 1917. His name is inscribed on the Arras Memorial having no known resting place.

                                     A missing notice for Walter Turner who was not to return from the War.

                                  C H Thompson of Barrow upon Humber.

As an example of crossed lines and confusion, the newspapers have wrongly identified Charles Thompson of Barrow. The rest of the detail is correct.  Charles is buried at Cabaret Rouge Cemetery.

Ernest Jackson of Ferriby, killed in a naval accident in home waters.  Also here is Corporal J Harrison of Barton, West Yorkshire Regiment.

                                                         Sgt John Harrison of New Holland

                                                Frederick Clayton was lost on the Hohenzollern Redoubt.

Leonard Franklin Sherwoods reported as missing in March 1918 son of Robert Franklin New Holland

Both Leonard and his brother Bernard appear on the New Holland War Memorial but neither are listed with the CWGC.

Arthur Stamp Royal Oak Goxhill s of Mr & Mrs W Stamp

Pte George Richardson of Elsham wounded and in hospital.

END article

Lt Henry Sharpley of Kesteven killed in action son of Hy Sharpley of Limber and rel to J Sharpley JP of Boswell.  He appears on the Ulceby War Memorial and his name is above the door of Providence House Barton. His family gave the house to the people of Barton as a memorial to him.

Sgt F Baker Worlaby gunshot wounds and trench foot in hospital light trench mortar

Lewis G Walker Worlaby not heard of for 6 weeks and family would like information from any comrade to furnish them with details of his whereabouts.  Apparently Lewis made it back to England.

The following casualty lists are undated but provide a little insight into what the families dreaded reading in the press.

This selection is from 25th April 1918, when the British army was being scattered badly, totally run ragged and scores of people were dead and missing. It includes the entry for Charles Franklin.  The casualty lists appeared every day during the war.

Alf Butler Royal Engineers of South Ferriby is seriously injured.

Sgt E Baker Worlaby wounds and trench foot at Boulogne.

L/Cpl Arthur Walters New Holland missing wince March 23rd. 

Pte Jim Parkinson Lincolns reported missing from New Holland one of four sons at the front.

Arthur Walters son of Mrs B Walters stretcher bearer missing since

R W Isaac Elsham you will recall he was severely wounded during the shelling of the Mercia has been missing since. 

note: Corporal 51392  (204627) (formerly 55036 Lance Corporal)  Lincs. Yeomanry) Reginald W. Isaac was captured at Wytschaete Termonde? during the German offensive in March 1918 and was a prisoner at Dulmen POW camp. 
He had been aboard the Mercian with the Lincolnshire Yeomanry when she was torpedoed by a submarine in September 1915
It should be borne in mind that among this list were 3 Barton men, and many from Louth, Crowle and various villages dotted about North Lincs.

William Tong of the Lincolns of Barrow has died of wounds. Son Mr and Mrs Charles Tong of Barrow, this is the second son to make supreme sacrifice.

Late in 1916 Fred Benson of Ferriby was bought before JP Hopper for overstaying his leave.

Private 27835 Arthur Rusling, a horseman of Wootton Wold, who fell in action with the 2nd Lincolns; his name is inscribed on the Thiepval memorial on the Somme. He lost his life on 27th Feb.1917. As seen he was called up in 1916. His name is not on Wootton War Memorial.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Ernest Bilton Shucksmith 655 East Yorkshire Regiment

Ernest was enlisted into the East Yorkshire Regiment 13th Battalion as number 655 in the 13th Battalion. This was the same battalion that included a lot of Barton men, some of whom were killed on 13th November 1916 at the battle of the Ancre.
William Ernest Hare was among the numbers of Walter Parker, Joel Boyd, Freeman Wright, and latterly Harry Todd died of injuries in January 1917 who were in the 12 and 13th Battalions that saw action on the last battle front of the 1916 Somme campaign.  The story of the 13th at Ancre is told in the 1916 chapter, if you would be so kind as click on the link!

Ernest appears to have been born 3rd April 1881, in Wootton, some sources say 1878, so he possibly lied about his age when attesting. He was living in Eastfield Road after a spell at Burnham cum Thornton, and his occupation was groom and garthman-before going into gardening.
He was married to Mary Ellen (Wallis) at Sculcoates, in 1907.

He is pictured here with his wife and three girls.  Many thanks for the use of photo and information from Mr.Paul Shucksmith.

If more information is available please do not hesitate to contact me at the usual email

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Adamson Family New Holland

The Adamson family of New Holland.  John Henry was killed at the redoubt on 13th October 1915 with the 5th Lincolns.   He was training to be a blacksmith.  George at the far right was in the Lincolns. James was in the navy as can be seen. Their address was 12 Malvern Terrace New Holand.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

New Barton Photos

The children at home were encouraged to knit balaclavas and gloves for the lads at the front.  The question is how a wealthy Empire was unable to sustain the needs of its troops!  A lot of these would have been boldly displayed in houses around the town.  By the end of 1915 there were a number of fatherless children in the town.  As we can see, this one belonged to May Haddock. 
This wasa photo that turned up recently via Mrs. Chris Ellis formerly of Barton.  The caption on the back reads a group of Barton soldiers.  I am assuming this is later in the War, perhaps toward late 1915 or 1916, as the uniforms look well worn, after so many NCOs were lost at Loos/ The rough sashes indicate some sort of parade party.  I have a suspicion that one is Lance Corporal Mellor, who was injured and invalided out later on in the war, L Cpl Bacon may be another but I will try and verify this hopefully in short time.
This photo came along with the top one but I have a feeling a lot of these might be Scunthorpe men or 2nd/5th Battalion given their age.  They were actually sent out in the middle of the war and suffered casualties in the conflict.
Many thanks to Chris Ellis for letting me use these photos.

Remembrance Day-Names Added to The War Memorial-Special Thanks.

I thought that now would be the best opportunity to thank, on this 100th anniversary year of the Great War, all the people who donated toward the insertion of the new stones with the names of Barton men who were previously not included on the Cenotaph.  So here they are, without your help this would not have been possible.

In no order of donations-


















There are some people who wished to remain anonymous and thanks in no great measure to them.

Remembrance Day

The turnout was nothing short of spectacular.  I'm sure the same will be said of next year.

There are a number of videos on You tube and photos batting about on various websites.   There was a great number of veterans present also. The ceremony at St. Mary's church was very good. though the service was not as well attended.  A few people remarked that it was the biggest turn out in years at the cenotaph w3ith young and old alike in scores. The parade by the cadets and the Sally Army was well disciplined, represented-and good to see.  All in all, I think the First World War and Second World War heroes of Barton's hearts would have swelled to know that we are still very strong attendees.

The placing of the two new stones in the memorial were the culmination of a personal ambitions of a number of people-The Barton Living Memorial Trust to get recognition for those whose names were, by accident, omitted from the original stonework.

The inauguration of the Barton Cenotaph memorial stones, with in the background the popular display that was cut short for a number of reasons.  hopefully it will return in some shape or form, I have confidence that it will.

          Laurie with some of the museum staff and Councillors on the day of the inauguration.

 If anyone wishes to post copies of photos on here, just email me at the usual address.

All the very best for Christmas and the new year.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Mr George Lawson of South Ferriby

George W Lawson was another soldier that cropped up recently, in postings and conversations on Facebook. He enlisted in the East Yorkshire Regiment. .

         George pictured here with his wife and baby, date unknown but probably pre war or around 1914.

Carrying a few extra pounds here, comfort eating? This is unusual because a lot of men went the other way, the war sucked the life out of them. Perhaps the military life built him up! He may have been getting better food in the Sergeants mess. 

By 1915 or roundabouts here, he was obtained two wound stripes and has become Lance Sergeant.
The badge on his sleeve is LG for Lewis Gunner.

It looks as thought George was Acting Sgt 15283 which fits in with what is shown here but I shall delve further into this.  More information should be forthcoming shortly.

Many thanks go to Mrs. Valerie Mercer for use of these photos.

John Henry Adamson New Holland

John Henry Adamson was a soldier in the 1st/5th Barton Company Lincolnshire Regiment.  as such his local training depot would have been Butts Road. 
He liver at 12 Malvern Terrace with his family.
Also pictured here is brother James-in naval uniform, and he enlisted in 1909.
Standing far left is George Adamson, who also enlisted in the Lincolns. He took a bullet in the shoulder but survived. John of course sadly lost his life on that terrible day, 13th October 1915, at the Hohenzollern Redoubt at Loos. He was an apprentice blacksmith.  The assumption is that this building is 12 Malvern Terrace.

Many thanks go to Mr. Peter Watts and the Adamson family.  (His grandmother is second right, standing next to George)

Monday, 25 August 2014


Glover Welton was not in his own in being reported as dead among the missing lists of the Great War.  In this long forgotten news excerpt much excitement must have been generated when the ex Artillery Gunner a regular or reserve from 1914 was declared to be fit and well and more to the point alive. His own sisters had told all and sundry that he was dead or missing and a few thousand miles from where he was, at Kut in 1917.  

The old Barton adage, ''What they don't know they make up'' springs to mind. 

It would however have been far simpler for his family and all the strife they may have gone through if he had continued writing home.  I originally put him down in the 1918 section as missing with George Dewey which is what the parish magazine reported, by now, scandalous for it's inaccuracies.

His name appears on the st Mary's scroll. My thanks go to Ian Turner for this information. Glover actually passed away in the 1940s. His sisters had no idea that he was married. Many people had written to him after his ''rising from the grave'' with hope of information for loved ones.

For many soldiers the war brought an opportunity to dissappear.  Many soldiers are buried under pseudonyms.  The reasons for this are manifold  and actually include a number of former cirminals (not from Barton it must be said) and even murderers who had been released under a scheme in 1916. 

Joseph Osgerby Shellshock, The Cenotaph and a Formidable Mother

The following information was provided by a member of the Osgerby family.

The Osgerbys come from Barton and I saw your post about the entry of Gunner Joseph Osgerby (18th March 1918) on the Barton War Memorial.

His mother was Alice Osgerby neƩ Green (24.2.1863 - 17.8.1927) and Dad was Thomas who was 50 at the time of the 1911 census and living at 4 Chad's lane, Barton.
Thomas and Alice, his parents were Wesleyan Methodists who attended the Waterside Road Chapel so it is possible that he is buried in Barton.

Joseph was one of 16 children and initially worked for Hoppers as a cycle polisher before enlisting.  Many of his brothers enlisted too.

Joseph himself, enlisted in 1911 aged 21 and served with the 113 Heavy Battery Royal Garrison Artillery RGA earning British War Medal, Victory medal, and 1914 Star with Mons Rosette (Rosette given to those who served from August through December in the Western Front 1914) He was wounded in 1915 and sent home for treatement.

By September 1915 he had avsconded from care, and was marked down as a deserter, having absconded from the care of the Military Hospital ha was attending as an outpatient.


As a regular soldier who had enlisted before the war Joseph would have been aware unless he was deeply affected by his injuries that desertion on the Western Front carried the death penalty whereas desertion in the UK was an imprisonable offence.  Other members of the family who returned wounded and who were tormented by their experiences for many years after.
Among the Osgerby military papers is a complaint from a woman in South Ferriby that he was the father of her child, and had left her without benefit.  This however would appear to be a mistake, and it was another Joseph Osgerby who was responsible! As we have seen there were three Joseph Osgerbys around the same age-another two older-the family were not too imaginative when naming their offspring.
It was likely that  he was suffering from what we would now describe as PTSD and that seems to have been the reason why he deserted in the UK in 1915 after he recovered from his wounds.
(He was actually absconded from attendance of military hospital as an outpatient.
In keeping with the parish records it does seem he died of wounds in Catterick 1918.
As we have learned the parish records are notorious for rumour and half truth. There was no second Joseph Osgerby in the CWGC Soldiers Died records to back this up.  
The story goes that when the war memorial was first unveiled his mother Alice made a very vigorous and vocal protest and confronted Revd. Varah and the other civic dignitaries insisting that Joseph's name should be added to the list of the fallen. She was by all accounts a formidable woman! And so it was that Josephs name appeared.  We can only guess at the conversation, but it may have been local knowledge that Joseph had deserted-who knows!

The reason that the trail went cold was definitely because Joseph re-enlisted under his mother's maiden name of Green. He had absconded from attendance of a military hospital after he had been wounded during the heavy campaigns of 1914. In those days before photo passes and the majority of people not holding passports, a fake pass and identity could be easily conjured.

At the time, Hipswell Camp in Catterick was a base for The Royal Artillery and The Royal Tank Corps so assuming that he re-enlisted into The Royal Garrison Artillery rather than another unit then there may be a record of him. Unfortunately quite a lot of WWI records were destroyed by fire during the Blitz so it may prove to be a dead end.

15972 Gunner George Green of The Royal Garrison Artillery died of wounds  in 1918 and the parent listings of Tom and Alice confirm that Green/Osgerby are the same man.



The other Joseph Osgerby (another relative) listed on the memorial is 2400230 LCpl J Osgerby of the Lincolnshire Regiment who was KIA on 19th February 1918 and is buried at Mory Abbey near Arras.

 The grave of Gunner Joseph Osgerby aka Gunner George Green.
The records show the final information on our missing soldier as;
Gunner  Service No:111448
          Date of Death:
          Age:25 (thus born in 1893 or thereabouts and misleading regarding his age
Royal Field Artillery attd. Command Depot Tank Corps
Grave Reference:27. 2.
Additional Information: Son of Thomas and Alice Osgerby, of 8, Marine Parade, Spyvee St., Witham, Hull.

Many thanks to the CWGC for use of this information.

At the time Hipswell was a large Military hospital and also the base for the Tank Corps and the Artillery; Gunner George Green was attached to the command depot while he tried to recover from,and succumbed to his wounds.


Joseph Osgerby the Younger, (a cousin and the son of Charles and Matha).Joseph was in the 2nd/5th Lincolns and is buried at Mory abbey on the Somme. 

 The grave of Tom Osgerby, brother of Joseph the elder who is butied at the Huts Cemetery, near to Ypres. Joseph the elder had lost his father and his brother Tom in 1917. He was in 190Battery RHA which as we have seen had a run of Barton men including Clifford Anderson and harry Wilkinson.

My gratitude goes out to a member of the extended family of the Osgerbys for this information.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Another Barton Soldier not listed- Pte G H Hewson

After a recent email I came across the following soldier.  Although he is not a First World War casualty but he is of interest as he died or was killed on or around 1st March 1919. Private George Anthony Hewson lived at 11 Brigg Road, Barton.
His service number was 18966 and he was married to Ruth.  He had lived in Bonby in 1913. He was 29 years old at the time of his death and is buried at Brookwood in Surrey.
Brookwood was used for many casualties of the Irish war from 1919 to 1921 and there was a website that gave a full timeline into the Irish War but this is off air. Whether he was a casualty of the war in Ireland (The Lncolns were certainly there) I do not yet know. I shall be doing some more research to find out more about George.,%20GEORGE%20ANTHONY

Saturday, 29 March 2014


Herbert Beacroft of the Royal Engineers. 

Herbert was originally enlisted on October 25th 1916 into the 2nd/4th KOYLI (Kings Own Yorks Light Infantry) Private 9613  and later Private 359486. 

He was born in Scawby in 1876 the son of Mark and Rebecca; his siblings were Emily and Ernest E Beacroft, and Harry Daubney who may have been adopted. Herbert was married on 31st January 1897 in the Primitive Methodist Chapel to Helen Gouldthorpe with whom by the time of war he had had six children with Edith 11-05 Ethel Dec 8th 1910 Vera Feb 23-1912 Lionel? (illeg) Herbert and Ernest born in 1900.The family lived at Clifford's Avenue 6 Pasture Road. 

Men of this category were called up a little later in he drafts, though he could consider himself a little hard done to considering his age to be called up. 
Men had been invited to put their names down into what was called the group scheme. The group scheme declared that you had offered your services and in the unlikely scenario, that you were called up you would be obliged to go into the military. There were points systems.  If you were married you got knocked down the list, if you had children you got knocked further down the list-in theory. So he was called up rather quickly, and by late 1916 after the bloody disasters on the Somme, just about no-one was exempt. 

Herbert worked at the Farmer's Co. (ACC Chemical Works etc) and had not done military service previously. He was attested at Lincoln. He had also done some time at the brickyards. 

His medical notes picture him as 5.ft 7in.,131lb, (9 odd stone) of good physique. 

As he was in a 2nd line company, initially he would in theory have been in the rear lines mostly. Herbert remained on home duty until 14-1-17 when he was sent out with the Expeditionary Force, to France.
He transferred to the Royal Engineers on 26-2-17 as a Sapper 359486 in the 252 Tunnelling Company. This tunnelling was actually fraught with danger. The mine shafts were dug out in silence under the enemy lines so that ammonal could be planted and the enemy blown sky high.  However the Germans were doing the same, and the chance of a meet in the middle was high enough, the risk of tunnels falling in and a counter mining incident all too common. He would have been 42 years old by then. It is plausible that his experience with chemicals was an asset to the work involved. 

Upon leaving the army he was still eligible for call up despite his age and army trade and he would have been compelled to go to Newark to re-enlist. 

So Herbert made it through the war. But as he was leaving, Ernest aged 18 was going to guard the Rhine in a Youth Battalion.

He had listed into the 53rd Youth Battalion Sherwood Foresters and had gone overseas  in September 1918. He had been home from the Watch on The Rhine, returning and drowning six days later while swimming at Cologne.  He is buried in the same cemetery, Cologne Southern as Alfred Taylor Woodcock of Barton. 
He had been back from leave at home for 6 days when he met his end. 
Interestingly Ernest had a deformity of his femur, which was due to an old fracture and possible disease. 

Ernest was one of the names missing until recently from the Barton Cenotaph and one of the first that I identified as missing through the Parish Magazines that the Late Hugh Varah let me study. according to family the omission broke his mother's heart.

Now thankfully this has been put right.

Despite the rigours of war, Herbert passed away in 1936 at the age of 60 not long after his wife Helen who predeceased him in December 1935. Hebert was buried in August 1936 his address then being Whitecross Street.


Many thanks to the Beacroft family for the loan of this photo

Friday, 28 March 2014


Elijah Foster was born in 1893.  He was the son of William and Ann (nee Baker)  and were living at 1892 census at Dinsdale's Brickyard at Pasture Road, Barton.
William was foreman of the yard by 1901. Elijah being the 4th son of 7 siblings, the other sons, George Bemrose, , Arthur, and John  the two daughters being Ethel and and Maud.

Elijah was married to his wife Mabel (nee Simpson S.Killingholme) for 60 years, she preceding him in 1974. The family lived at Windmill Pond House, midway between Barrow Haven and New Holland from 1920 until 1950s, they then moved to ''Allistair'' Ferry Road, Barrow Haven for the rest of their days.

Elijah enlisted into the Leicester Regiment most likely though not definitely as a volunteer with the Regimental number 45953.

Not much is known about Elijah's service.  He was posted as missing in 1918, after the Great German offensive, near to Vaucelette Farm in the North Somme area.

What is known at the time the 6th 7th 8th and 9th battalions of the Leciesters were present and a composite battalion of 1st Lincolns, 12th and 13th Northumberland Fusiliers, 4th South Africans made a valiant stand against overwhelming forces of Germans on March 21st at Epehy.

Vaucelette Farm, which is still there, is just a couple of kilometres to the North of Epehy, in the Northern Somme region.

Elijah had been out on reconnaissance as a scout/sniper with a couple of pals only to come back a while later to find their regiment had been wiped out and that the German front line was now advanced beyond them.  They now had to make their way through enemy territory, which was increasing at a huge rate for three months, and back to the relative safety of the British lines, with possibly a lot of explaining to do., after which he was shipped home.  Mrs Foster was pregnant at the time, and when the child was born Mabel named her Vaucelette.

They had 7 children together; 5 daughters Ivy Evelyn 1914-2011, Ruth Maud 1916-1920, Vaucelette 1918-2002, Sylvia May 1923-2005, and Eva Winifred 1931-2002 and 2 sons Thomas 1920-1971 and Kenneth 1922-1995. 

Most of the dead from the action appear to be remembered on the Pozieres Memorial and the large majority have no known place of burial.
Elijah passed away in 1983 at 90 years of age. 

Elijah's medal index card.

The card shows that Elijah was entitled to the British War and Victory medal.  There is a note which says at the top 24-5-16 which could allude to his entry into the army, despite it being in the wrong slot. Another date shows 7-6-16 which could account for his overseas service. 

Much gratitude to Elijah's family for the information. 

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

MORE BARTON SOLDIERS-Photos from Relatives

Elijah Foster was the fourth son of William Foster who was married to of Eccles Brickyard.  He enlisted into the 4th Battalion the Leicetershire Regiment which meant he was in the same brigade, the 138th, as the Barton Company.  His regimental number was 45953. Elijah. was a tile maker by profession.  He was born in 1893 and lived to the ripe old age of 90, passing on in 1983. He has his own chapter elsewhere in the blog.

Many thanks to the family of Elijah Foster for the photo and information 


Thomas served his time in the Royal Field Artillery. He was born around 1892.
Likely his horsemanship would serve him in the Artillery, as he was enlisted as a driver. As you can see in the photo he has the bandolier and lanyard of a driver. 
The boots are also particular to the horse driver, with the heavy flap on the front. 
The photo was taken by Bertram Parker.
Thomas went out to France with the Royal Field Artillery Driver 85604 on 1st August 1915 as a driver. This qualified him for the medal trio, 1915 star.This is an early date, and indicates previous service, (reserve)  Territorial, or an emergency where they needed horsemen quickly. 
Thomas lived himself at Poor Farm which has strong connections to the Bluecoat charity. He was the son of John and Mary Newmarch, and had a big family as was typical for a farm, with brothers, George, Joseph, John, Thomas, and sisters, Alice and Mary (L) ranging in ages from 22 to 6 in the '01 census.

Many thanks to the family of Thomas Newmarch for the photo shown here

Private Alfred Turgoose Barton Company 3230 and 360086 Lincolnshire Regiment 1892-1956   He was in the first batch that went out on 1st March 1915 and he was wounded at the Hohenzollern Redoubt.  Many thanks to Alfred's family for this photo.

Sergeant Jack Gouldthorpe probably West Yorkshire Regiment.  No further info at present. This is a Bertram Parker photo.  

Herbert Gouldthorpe of the Private 4495 and 202072 West Yorkshire Regiment.
He qualified for BWM and Victory Medal, hence putting him in the war after 1915. 
Notice the ammunition pouches this appears to be 1908 issue.  The camp is most likely in the UK. 

Many thanks to the families of Jack and Herbert for these wonderful photos.

Herbert Beacroft of the Royal Engineers.Many thanks to the Beacroft family for the loan of this photo

Charles Danson in what appears to be an Australian contingent.  I shall do some further investigation into this man very soon.

Many thanks to the Danson family for the loan of this photograph


William Robinson of the Staffordshire Regiment (North Staffordshire possibly)  He was as the legend shows, a prisoner of war for a long time. 

If you have any further information on the Barton men, village men, or Barton at war in general please contact 

Sean at 

or Laurie,  at