Private Charles Edward Woodward

Pte. Charles Edward Woodward

1st/5th Battalion C. Company Lincolnshire Regiment

Service no: 1200

Killed in action on 30th September 1915 age 20 years.

Buried at Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Parents: 1 of 5 children born to Parker and Mary Jane Woodward of ‘Rose Cottage’ Halton Fenside.

Prior to enlisting, the 1911 census shows Charles working as a plumber’s apprentice.

News of the death of Pte. Woodward was recorded in the Lincolnshire Chronicle, “he met his death whilst on duty in the trenches, the trench having been struck by shells and he was buried. He was recovered later, but only survived   about an hour.”

The article in the Chronicle was at odds with a letter from Captain Scorer to Charles’s parents, in which he states “I have to inform you of the death of your son, Pte. C. Woodward, on the evening of 30th September. Our trenches were blown up by a German mine and about 60 yards destroyed. Your son was buried in the debris; we dug him out alive, and hoped he would recover, as from outward appearances he did not appear to be injured; but he died later from shock”.

Pte. Woodward was the first in the village to lose his life.

Private George Rymer

Private George Rymer

3rd Battalion Sherwood Foresters,

Notts & Derby Regiment.

Service no: 117777

Served in Mesopotamia from March 1916.

Reported drowned on 19th August 1919, age 20 years.

Buried 25th August 1919 in a military grave at Anfield cemetery, Liverpool.

Only known next of kin:

Sister, Lizzie Rymer of Toynton St Peter.

Private John Richard Garner

Pte. John Richard Garner

6th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment.

Service no: 16803

Enlisted on 15th May 1915 aged 17 years.

His service career included theatres of war in Gallipoli, Egypt, and France.

In August 1917 he was hospitalised, and on 25th December 1917 was discharged being ‘unfit for further service’.

He died as a ‘result of service’ 15th February 1920, aged 22 years.  John is buried in Halton Holegate churchyard with a Commonwealth War Grave headstone.

His sister, Rose Annie, is also buried in the same plot.  She died on 1st September 1922, aged 22 years.