Monthly Archives: June 2016

AT 7.30am THE WHISTLES BLEW……

On this day, 100 years ago, 1st July 1916, the whistles blew at around 7.30 am and successive waves of troops went “over the top” from their trenches near the River Somme. Many of the  British troops had been civilians only 18 months ago.  They were “Kitchener’s men” and this was to be their first real experience of battle.

On that day alone there were 57,470 British casualties: 19,240 of those men lost their lives.

Two Deeping men fell in the first hours of 1st July:

poppy   poppy     Joseph Anstee of West Deeping

                                     Samuel Spratt of Deeping St James

              Both men were from the 2nd Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment.

On 3rd and 4th July three Market Deeping men, who had been close neighbours in Towngate and Halfleet, also lost their lives:

poppy    poppy      Walter Hare of Market Deeping

                                        Charles E Rudkin of Market Deeping

Both men fell on 3rd July and were serving in the 1st Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment .

poppy   Herbert Fisher of the 4th Lincolnshire Regiment fell on 4th July

THE BATTLES OF THE SOMME LASTED FOR 141 DAYS FROM 1ST JULY TO 18TH NOVEMBER AND 10 MORE LOCAL MEN WOULD LOSE THEIR LIVES:

poppy  Harry York on 1st August. 2nd South Staffordshire Regiment. Deeping St James

poppy Frederick Mayes on 11th August. 6th Northamptonshire Regiment. Deeping St James

poppy  Charles A Harrison on 12th August. 10th Sherwood Foresters Regiment. Market                            Deeping

poppy   Tom R Bee on 29th September. 9th South Staffordshire Regiment . Market Deeping

poppy  poppy   poppy   Alfred A Swift. 2nd Lincolnshire Regiment. Deeping St James

                                                     Samuel Wilson. 2nd Lincolnshire Regiment. Market Deeping

                                                     Walter Henfrey. 2nd Lincolnshire Regiment. Deeping St James

These 3 men fell on 23rd October

poppy     Arthur Moore on 3rd November. 7th Lincolnshire Regiment. Deeping St James

poppy     Nathaniel Smith on 14th November. 17th Northumberland Fusiliers. Deeping St                           James

poppy    William Pratt on 18th November – the last day of the battle.

                   8th Lincolnshire Regiment. Deeping St James

TEN  OF THESE MEN HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE AND ARE COMMEMORATED ON THE   THIEPVAL MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING OF THE SOMME.

THERE ARE 72,246 NAMES ON THE MEMORIAL.

(This material is based on research undertaken by the Deepings First World War Commemoration Group. Deepings Heritage was a member of that group)

The Deepings Roll of Honour can be viewed on our website:

https://deepingsheritage.wordpress.com

 THREE OF OUR MEN

Harry York 1883-1916 from Robin Gentle , Peggys son.

This photograph of Harry York of Deeping St James has only recently come into our collection. We were delighted to be given permission by the family to use it.

Death Penny for C E Rudkin

This bronze memorial plaque was the one sent to Charles Rudkin‘s family after the war – it became popularly known as the “Death Penny”. Charles was only 15 when he enlisted – an incorrect date of birth was given, so this made him one of the “boy soldiers” who slipped through the net. He was only 17 when he fell. The discovery of this plaque was made as a result of the weekend exhibition and we appreciate the help given by Charles’ family.

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Walter Hare fell on July 3rd and had enlisted on his 18th birthday. His brother served in the war and his twin sister, Florence, joined the WAACs and both survived. Our grateful thanks go their family who helped us in our quest to commemorate our Deeping men.

THE DEEPINGS WILL REMEMBER THEM 

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