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THE MEN OF BARROW-UPON-SOAR WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR KING AND COUNTRY

 THE GREAT WAR - WWI 1914-1918 (71) 

 WWII 1939-1945 (19)

 TOTAL OF 90 FALLEN MEN  

 LIST  A thru F

 

 
 
 
 

Please contact me if you are a family member or interested party with a photograph of any of the men named on the Barrow-upon-Soar War Memorial.
  I would be more than pleased to add it to this site in honour of our 'Barrow Boy's.'


  

AINSWORTH, JOHN 20286
Private - 2nd Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment
Killed on Thursday, 20th April 1916
Basra War Cemetery & Memorial, Nasiriyah, Iraq - Grave Ref: Panel 12 (Iraq)
Died of Wounds, Mesopotamia, Iraq - Son of John and Mary Ainsworth of Barrow-upon-Soar. Father was a labourer. John Ainsworth was born in Barrow-upon-Soar, Leicestershire. He was baptised on 2 January 1881, at Barrow-upon-Soar. He enlisted in Ilkeston, Derbyshire. His next of kin was living in Condor, Derbyshire, when news was received that he had died of his wounds in Mesopotamia. He served with the Leicestershire Regiment from his enlistment until the date of his death. Siblings: - Walter Dickinson, Mary Jane.
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, August 1916 - The Roll of Honour - Killed or Missing in Action - John Ainsworth.' 'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, November 1917 - Remembered - A Memorial Service - Was held on October 31st, 1917, for those who have made the great sacrifice for their country. Remembered was, Private John Ainsworth, Leicester Regiment, May 16th, 1916.'Listed in 'Soldiers Died in The Great War 1914-1919, Part 22, The Leicestershire Regiment' - Page 13'


 

 

ALMEY, NATHANIEL HARRY 14647737
Private - 2nd. Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Killed on Saturday 14th October, 1944 Aged 19
Overloon War Cemetery, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands - Grave Ref: Panel  III. D. 8.
Born 23 Feb. 1925, son of Nathaniel and Letta Emma (nee Ward) Almey of Barrow-upon-Soar, Leic. (Cross reference with Caunt. Widowed mother married Robert Caunt's father whose son also died in WWII) Father was a retired police sergeant. Nathaniel was born at Barrow-upon-Soar on 23 February 1925. He was baptised on 17 July 1917 at Barrow-upon-Soar. Siblings: - Brian Ward, Peter Derek, Jasper Leonard.    

  

  

 

 

 

 

ARCHER, HARRY  21283
Private - 9th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment
Was killed on Friday, 14th July, 1916
Thiepval Memorial, Near Albert, Somme, France - Grave Ref: Pier and Face 2C & 3A
Killed in Action, France & Flanders - Son of Henry and Elizabeth Archer of Barrow-upon-Soar. Father was a framework knitter. His father died by 1 July 1900. Harry was baptised 25 August 1889 at Barrow-upon-Soar. Siblings: - Laura, Eva.

'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, December 1915 - The Roll of Honour - Serving - Since the Roll of Honour was first published in the magazine, the following have enlisted in one or other in the King's Forces: Harry Archer.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, August 1916 - The Roll of Honour - Serving - Henry Archer.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, September 1916 - The Roll of Honour - Wounded or Missing - Private Henry Archer.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, March 1917 - The Roll of Honour - Killed in Action - Remembered - Private Harry Archer, 9th Leicesters, 14th July, 1916, only son. A simple laurel wreath was placed for each hero, tied with his regimental colours.' Listed in Soldiers Died in The Great War 1914-1919, Part 22, The Leicestershire Regiment, Page 62' 

 

 BASKERVILLE, RALPH HOPTON
Major -  Welsh Regiment, Glamorgan Yeomanry, Formerly, 1st (Royal) Dragoons
Was killed on Tuesday, 9th April, 1918 Aged 35
Ploegsteert Memorial, Berks Cemetery Extension,  Comines-Warneton, Haineton, Belgium  - Grave Ref: Panel 7
Killed in Action, France & Flanders - Son of Walter Baskerville of Clyro Court, Radnorshire. Master of The East Sussex Foxhounds.

'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, May 1918 - The War - Roll of Honour - Killed in Action - Official news has been received that Major R. H. Baskerville, Glamorgan Yeomanry, was killed in action, April 9th, 1918. We desire to express our deep sympathy with the relatives and friends in their great sorrow.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, September 1918 - Remembered - A Memorial Service - Was held for those who have made the Great Sacrifice for their country during the past twelve months was held on Saturday, September 28th, at 3 p.m. Named on The Roll of Honour: Major R. H. Baskerville, Glamorgan Yeomanry, April 9th, 1918.' 
 

 

 

BILLING(s), ALBERT 26231
Private - 9th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment
Killed in action, France and Flanders on Monday 25th September, 1916 Aged 31
Thiepval Memorial, Near Albert, Somme, France - Grave Ref: Pier and Face 2C & 3A
Son of (Gregory died 22/11/34) and (Mary Ann Billing died 21/07/28?), 134, Forest View, Sileby Road, Barrow-upon-Soar, Leic. Mother and father rest in Plot B-1051, Barrow-upon-Soar Cemetery. Surname consistently recorded as Billings in church registers. Father was a labourer in the lime works. Brother of Private John Billing(s) who served with the 1/5 Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment, killed 1 July 1917.
Albert was baptised 25 August 1886 and received 1 April 1888 at 2 years old, Barrow-upon-Soar. Father of: Cyril, George, Alice, Annie. Siblings: -John (killed in WWI), Rebecca Elizabeth, Thomas, Mary Ann, Maud, Alice, Betsy, Julia, Charlotte.
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, August 1916 - The Roll of Honour - Serving - Albert Billing .'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, December 1915 - The Roll of Honour - Missing - Private Albert Billings has been reported missing since September 25th.' (Note spelling of surname)
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, March 1917 - The Roll of Honour - Killed in Action - Remembered - Private Albert Billings, Leicesters, 25th September, 1916. A simple laurel wreath was placed for each hero, tied with his regimental colours.' (Note spelling of surname)
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, August' 1917 - The War - The Roll of Honour - Killed in Action - Private Albert Billing, who was reported missing on September 25th, 1916, is now confirmed dead.'
Listed in 'Soldiers Died in The Great War 1914-1919, Part 22, The Leicestershire Regiment, Page 62'

 

BILLING(s), JOHN 242325
Private - 1st / 5th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment
Kidded in action, France and Flanders Sunday 1st July, 1917 Aged 38
Arras Memorial, Pas De Calais, Arras, France - Grave Ref: Bay 3 & 4
Son of (Gregory died 22/11/34?) and (Mary Ann Billing died 21/07/28?), 134, Forest View, Sileby Road, Barrow-upon-Soar, Leic. Mother and father rest in Plot B-1051, Barrow-upon-Soar Cemetery. Surname consistently recorded as Billings in church registers. Father was a labourer in the lime works. Brother of Private Albert Billing (s) who served with the 9th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment, killed 25 September 1916. John was baptised 2 March 1881 and received 1 April 1888 at 8 years old, Barrow-upon-Soar. Husband of Sarah (nee Platt) Billing, 14 Nottingham Road, Barrow-upon-Soar, Leic. Married 25 December 1906. Not married in church - probably a civil or Wesleyan chapel wedding. Father of: Cyril, George, Alice, Annie. Siblings: -Albert (killed in WWI), Rebecca Elizabeth, Thomas, Mary Ann, Maud, Alice, Betsy, Julia, Charlotte.
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, August 1916 - The Roll of Honour - Serving - John Billing.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, August' 1917 - The War - Roll of Honour - Killed in Action - Official news has been received that Private John Billing, of the Lincolnshire Regiment, was killed in action on July 1st, 1917. He leaves a wife and four children.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, November 1917 - Remembered - A Memorial Service - Was held on October 31st, 1917, for those who have made the great sacrifice for their country.
Remembered was, Private John Billing, 5th Leicesters Regiment,, July 1st, 1917.'

 

BOND, ARTHUR 21313
Private - 11th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment
Died of Wounds, France & Flanders on Thursday 25th January, 1917 Aged 32
Bethune Town Cemetery, Bethune, Pas De Calais, France - Grave Ref:  VI. A. 77. Son of Emma Bond, 14 Rawson Street, New Basford, Nottingham. He was a native of Leicester.
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, December 1915 - The Roll of Honour - Serving - Since the Roll of Honour was first published in the magazine, the following have enlisted in one or other in the King's Forces: Arthur Bond.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, August 1916 - The Roll of Honour - Serving - Arthur Bond.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, March 1917 - The Roll of Honour - Killed in Action - Remembered - Private Arthur Bond, Leicester Pioneers, 24th January, 1917, only son. A simple laurel wreath was placed for each hero, tied with his regimental colours.'
Listed in 'Soldiers Died in The Great War 1914-1919, Part 22, The Leicestershire Regiment, Page 67'

  

BOTT, JAMES 71297
Private - 15th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts. & Derby Regiment) Killed in action on Sunday 14th July, 1918
Abeele Aerodrome Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West Vlaanderen, Belgium - Grave Ref:  II. A. 4.
Son of Thomas 26/04/33 And Elizabeth 16/02/30 - Plot 90
Husband of              
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, August 1918 - The War - The Roll of Honour - Killed in Action - The sad news has been received that Private James Bott, of the Notts. And Derby Regiment, was killed in action on July 15th, 1918. We desire to express our deepest sympathy with his wife and parents and the members of his family.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, September 1918 - Remembered - A Memorial Service - Was held for those who have made the Great Sacrifice for their country during the past twelve months was held on Saturday, September 28th, at 3 p.m. Named on the Roll of Honour: Private James Bott, 15th Notts. & Derby Regiment, July 15th, 1918.'

 

 

 BROWN, BERTIE  235069
Private - 1st / 4th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment
Died of Wounds, France & Flanders Monday 12th November, 1917 Aged 21 Noeux-le-mines Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas De Calais, Bethune, France
Grave Ref:  III. A. 19.
Son of Frederick (died 31/08/38) and Annie (died 27/09/24) Brown, of 31, New Street, Barrow-upon-Soar, Leic. Mother and father rest in Barrow-upon-Soar Cemetery, Plot 874
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, August 1916 - The Roll of Honour - Serving - Bertie Brown .'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, December 1917 - The War - The Roll of Honour - Killed in Action - We regret to have to record the following casualty: Private Bertie Brown, Leicesters,  "died of wounds" on November, 12th, 1917.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, September 1918 - Remembered - A Memorial Service - Was held for those who have made the Great Sacrifice for their country during the past twelve months was held on Saturday, September 28th, at 3 p.m. Named on the Roll of Honour: Private Bertie Brown, 1st/4th Leicesters, November 12th, 1917.'
Listed in 'Soldiers Died in The Great War 1914-1919, Part 22, The Leicestershire Regiment, Page 24'

  

 BURT, HENRY 176142
Gunner - 17th Durham Fire Command, Royal Garrison Artillery
Died at West Hartlepool, County Durham on Sunday 19th January, 1919 Aged 25
Military Stone, Regimental Crest - 'Rest on The Lord'
Buried at Barrow-upon-Soar Cemetery, Leicestershire, England, UK Plot C-655 Rev. T. Stone, Vicar
Son of John and Ann Oliver, 10 Breadcroft Lane, Barrow-upon-Soar. Father was a labourer in the limn works. Henry was baptised 13 August 1893, Barrow-upon-Soar. Siblings: - Louisa, Eliza, Rose Emma, Joseph, Thomas.
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, February 1919 - The Roll of Honour - Died of Wounds  - We much regret to record the sad news that Gunner Henry Burt, of the Royal Garrison Artillery, who died in hospital at West Hartlepool, County Durham, and was buried at Barrow on Saturday, January 25th, 1919, with military honours, about 40 members of His Majesty's Forces attended the funeral. The Barrow Silver Prize Band played the "Death March' in 'Saul' on the way to the Cemetery, and a firing party from Leicester was present.'
Listed in 'The War Graves of The British Empire - The Great War - Cemeteries And Churchyards in The County of Leicestershire, Page 12' and The Register of Burials in The Burial Ground of Barrow-upon-Soar, Page 18, Entry 871

          

 CAUNT, ROBERT WILLIAM 938392
Corporal - Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died in Sri Lanka in hospital of  malaria on Friday 10th March, 1944 Aged 24
Trincomalee War Cemetery, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka (Ceylon) Grave Ref:  2. A. 3.
Born 10 May 1919, son of Robert (died 06/03/19 Plot-647) and Grace Caunt (Grace died 03/04/50 Plot-1261) of Barrow-upon-Soar, Leic. Father was an acetylene welder, widower at age 59, married Letta Almey nee Ward (widow aged 56 and mother of Nathaniel Henry Almey, 6 August 1951. Her son Nathaniel was killed 14 October 1944. (Cross reference with Almey)
Robert was baptised 15 June 1919, Barrow-upon-Soar. Husband of Florence Caunt, Barrow-upon-soar, Leic. He was a builder's draftsman in civilian life. After Robert died, his wife, Florence, and their daughter Rosemary, moved to the east coast of the United States. Florence returned to visit her father-in-law just before he died. Florence died in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Daughter Rosemary Ann Caunt Foote Tarte lives in Staunton, Virginia.  Jack Perkins was a good friend of Robert (Bob) when they both lived on Warner Street.
Listed on The Roll of Honour in the Humphrey Perkins School Library, Barrow-upon-Soar.

   

    

 

   

CHAPMAN, THOMAS 201423
Private - 1st/4th  Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment
Killed in Action on Friday 2nd November, 1917 Aged 22
Gaza War Cemetery, S.E of Tel Aviv,  Israel
Grave Ref:  XV. D. 11.
Remembered on family stone Barrow-upon-Soar Cemetery . Born at Barrow-upon-Soar. Son of William (d. 16/09/21, Plot 25?) and Elizabeth Chapman.(d. 24/08/19 PLOT-21?).
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, December 1915 - The Roll of Honour - Serving - Since the Roll of Honour was first published in the magazine, the following have enlisted in one or other in the King's Forces: Thomas Chapman.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, August 1916 - The Roll of Honour - Serving -Thomas Chapman.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, January 1918 - The War - The Roll of Honour - Killed in Action - It is our sad duty to record the following casualty: Private Thomas Chapman, 1/4th Northamptonshire Regiment, 'killed in action" November 2nd, 1917. Much sympathy is felt for the relatives and friends in their bereavement and sorrow.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, September 1918 - Remembered - A Memorial Service - Was held for those who have made the Great Sacrifice for their country during the past twelve months was held on Saturday, September 28th, at 3 p.m. Named on the Roll of Honour: Private Thomas Chapman, 1st/4th Northamptonshire Regiment, November 2nd, 1917.'
Note: 29 January 2006 - Memorial Death Plaque bought off Ebay by Ralph Wm. Bowles

 

 

CLARK(E), ALFRED (HALFORD) 21029
Private - 1st/5th Battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) West Yorks
Killed in action on Sunday 12th August, 1917 Aged 26
Coxyde Military Cemetery, Koksijide, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium - Grave Ref:  II. G. 10.
ALFRED CLARKE, also spelled Clark - his first name is Halford. Son of Thomas and Mary A. (nee Halford) Clarke, New Street, Barrow-upon-Soar, Leic.
Niece, Joyce Sutton, widow of Private Fred G. Walelin (WWII), lives at  Grays Court, Barrow-upon-Soar. Joyce says that her aunt Mary placed the first wreath at the new War Memorial on the day of its dedication. Photo's   of his sisters,  Mary and Martha. I believe 

Martha is Joyce Sutton's mother. They called Mary, Pat.
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, August 1916 - The Roll of Honour - Serving - Alfred Clarke.' (Note spelling of surname)
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, September 1917 - The War - Roll of Honour - Killed in Action - Official news has been received that Private Alfred Clarke, West Riding Regiment, was killed in action on August 12th, 1917.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, November 1917 - Remembered - A Memorial Service - Was held on October 31st, 1917, for those who have made the great sacrifice for their country. Remembered was, Private Alfred Clarke, 8th West Riding Regiment, August 12th, 1917.'  (Photo - Mary/Pat and Martha Clarke - sisters of Alfred Clarke)

 

 

ALARK, WILFRID, WILFRED or is this JAMES WILLIAM (?)
Seaman - Royal Naval Division 1919 Aged 19 

Details of this man are still being researched
Family plot in Barrow-upon-Soar Cemetery remembers son, James William Clark. Could this man be W. Clark on the memorial?
W. CLARK - Son of Samuel and Mary Matilda Clark of Barrow-upon-Soar. Siblings: James Samuel, Florence May, Gertrude Agnes, Samuel Edward, Matilda Sarah. (Difficulty in locating Wilfred/Wilfrid Clark)
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, December 1915 - The Roll of Honour - Serving - Since the Roll of Honour was first published in the magazine, the following have enlisted in one or other in the King's Forces: Wilfrid Clarke.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, August 1916 - The Roll of Honour - Serving - Wilfrid Clarke.' (Note spelling of surname)

 

 

CLARKE, JABEZ T/275674
Driver - 147th Bridge Co., Royal Army Service Corps.
Died in Barrow-upon-Soar Sunday 20th February, 1944 Aged 31
Military Stone, Regimental Crest 'He Died That We Might Live'
Buried 24 February 1944 in Barrow-upon-Soar Cemetery, Leicestershire, England Plot C-962  Rev. W. H. Dew
Son of Alfred Clarke of Barrow-upon-Soar. Father and son worked in the boot and shoe manufacturing trade.
Husband of Phyllis Gertrude Clarke of Barrow-upon-Soar., married 25 March 1933. (Still Living?)
Listed in '1939-1945 The War Dead of The Commonwealth - Cemeteries and Churchyards in Leicestershire and Rutland, Page 2'  and The Register of Burials in The Burial Ground of Barrow-upon-soar, Page 38, Entry 41 and Page 51.

 

        

 

 COOK, WILFRED 60332
Private - Rifleman 8th West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wale's Own)Killed in action Saturday 20th July, 1918 Aged 19
Marfaux British Cemetery, Marfaux, France - Grave Ref:  X. J. 8.
Remembered on Family Stone, Barrow-upon-Soar Cemetery
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, August 1916 - The Roll of Honour - Serving - Wilfrid Cook.' (Note spelling of given name)
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, September 1918 - The War - The Roll of Honour - Killed in Action - Official news has been received that Private Wilfred Cook, West Yorkshire Regiment,  was killed in action on July 20th, 1918.' (Note spelling of surname)
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, September 1918 - Remembered - A Memorial Service - Was held for those who have made the Great Sacrifice for their country during the past twelve months was held on Saturday, September 28th, at 3 p.m. Named on the Roll of Honour: Private Wilfred Cooke, 8th West Yorkshire Regiment, 20th July, 1918.'

 

 

 COX, HERBERT WILLIAM 37914   Private - 10th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment
Killed in action on Wednesday 14th August, 1918 aged 34
Ploegsteert Memorial, Berks Cemetery Extension,  Comines-Warneton, Haineton, Belgium  - Grave Ref: Panel 4
Son of John Charles (died 11/04/22) and Loveday (died 21/04/21) Cox. Mother and father rest in Plot-312 Barrow-upon-Soar Cemetery, Leic. Father was a labourer in the lime works. Herbert was baptised 3 May 1885 at Barrow-upon-Soar. Siblings: - Bertha, Ethel, Mary, Sarah, Jane, Sarah Evelyn, Elizabeth.
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, November 1917 - The Roll of Honour - Wounded - Private Herbert Cox has been reported as wounded by enemy fire.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, September 1918 - The War - The Roll of Honour - Killed in Action - Official news has been received that Private Herbert William Cox, East Yorkshire Regiment,  was killed in action on 14th August , 1918.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, September 1918 - Remembered - A Memorial Service - Was held for those who have made the Great Sacrifice for their country during the past twelve months was held on Saturday, September 28th, at 3 p.m. Named on the Roll of Honour: Private Herbert William Cox, 10th East Yorkshire Regiment, 14th August, 1918.'

 

   

CRESSWELL, FRANK
2nd Lieutenant - 1st/ 9th  Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment
Was killed in Arras, France and Flanders on Thursday 18th May, 1916 Aged 21
Hannescamps New Military Cemetery, Hannescamps, Pas De Calais, France  - Grave Ref:  E. I.
Son of Dr. Frances (died 22/10/20)and Emily Christiana (died 11/12/29) Cresswell of Barrow-upon-Soar, Leic. Mother and father rest in Plot A-86 & 87, Barrow-upon-Soar Cemetery, next to Rev. and Mrs. Stone.
Enlisted in the 4th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment in August, 1914. Gazetted to Commission Feb., 1915. Born at Winchmore Hill, Middlesex. Lt. Cresswell's family were prominent members of Holy Trinity Church and commemorated their sons life through their generous contributions in his name. A book has been written about his family.
The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, November 1914 - 'The Roll of Honour - Serving - Listed among those serving in the different branches of His Majesty's Forces, and who have relatives and friends, and in most cases, parents in Barrow. Serving with the 4th Leicestershire Battalion - Lance Corporal Frank Cresswell.'
The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, March 1915 - 'The Roll of Honour - We offer our hearty congratulations, on their promotion, to the following: Lance-Corporal Frank Cresswell to be 2nd Lieut., in the 9th Leicesters.'
The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, November 1915 - 'The Roll of Honour - The following is listed as 'Wounded in Action : Lieut. F. Cresswell .'
The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, January 1916 - 'In Memoriam - The sad news was received a few days since that 2nd Lieutenant Frank Cresswell, the only son of Dr. and Mrs. Cresswell, was killed in action on May 18th in France. His death affords another glorious instance of the way in which our brave soldiers are giving their lives for their King and country. 2nd Lieutenant Cresswell was educated at Loughborough Grammar School, were he displayed exceptional ability at the rifle range, and he was proceeding to Oxford at the outbreak of the war. He joined the 4th Leicesters as a private, and on February 15th, 1915, he was gazetted to the 9th Battalion as 2nd Lieutenant. On May 5th he came of age, and only recently he had been home for six days' leave.
The Colonel of his regiment, in writing to his parents, says: "He was out with a wiring party in front of the trench when one of his men was hit by machine-gun fire. Your son and, two men started to drag the man in, and whilst doing so, your son was hit, and died shortly afterwards. He was such a clever, keen boy, and always ready to do any job, and was always without fear. I feel his loss very much. If he had lived, I am sure he would have done well"

The following are one or two extracts from a letter from his captain;"It was a terrible blow to us all, and both officers and men feel his loss immensely. Your son only came to my company two days before he was killed, but I can say that his courage was wonderful, and that he was afraid of nothing. He was buried in the village during a good deal of shelling. Your son was very especially remembered in the celebration this morning, and you can be sure that you and your family have our most earnest prayers and deepest sympathy."
The sad event has caused much sorrow in the village, and we ad our deepest sympathy with Dr. and Mrs. Cresswell in their great sorrow and bereavement.
We thank God for such a bright example of self-sacrifice, and may it be an inspiration to others at all times to do their duty.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, August 1916 - The Roll of Honour - Remembered - 2nd Lieut. Frank Cresswell, May 21st, 1916.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, March 1917 - The Roll of Honour -Remembered - 2nd Lieut. Frank Cresswell, 4th Leicesters, May 21st, 1916, only son. A simple laurel wreath was placed for each hero, tied with his regimental colours.'
Listed in 'History of Holy Trinity Church, Page 38, 41, 43' , and a book 'The Cresswell's of Winchmore Hill - A Gifted Victorian Family' by Peter Hodge

 

DARBY, ARTHUR LAWRENCE (DICK) 14511060
Private - Pioneer Corps
Died at The General Hospital, Loughborough, Leic. on Saturday 13th July, 1946 Aged 32
Barrow-upon-Soar Cemetery, Leicestershire, England, UK buried in family Plot B -1430 on 17 July 1946. Rev. W. H. Dew
Listed in the Barrow Burial Records - Page 40, Entry 193 & Page 51
ARTHUR LAWRENCE DARBY - (Spelled Laurence in church records)  
Born on 18 May 1914, son of Ambrose (died 18/01/73) and Alice Gertrude (died 22/02/68) Darby of Barrow-upon-Soar.
Husband of Lois Henrietta (nee Walters) Darby, married on 24 December 1938. Jabez Clarke was a witness at the wedding. (Jabez Clarke was killed 20 February 1944)
Father of Shirley Ann who lioves in Australia. Arthur was baptised 28 June 1914 at Barrow-upon-Soar. Siblings: - Ernest, Phylis May, Norah, Iris, Ellen.
Dick died as a result of a tragic motorbike accident at the corner of High and Church Street while home on leave. Ironically, he crashed into the wall directly beneath where the WWI War Shrine was mounted. The War Shrine was removed to be replaced by the War Memorial which now stands in Industry Square. Both father and son were employed as shoe hands.
Listed in '1939-1945 The War Dead of The Commonwealth - Cemeteries and Churchyards in Leicestershire and Rutland, Page 2' and The Register of Burials in The Burial Ground of Barrow-upon-Soar, Page 40, Entry 193 And Page 51. 

     

DENNIS, GEORGE ARTHUR 35112
Private - 91st Battalion, Machine Gun Corps.
Killed in action, France and Flanders on Friday 1st September, 1916
Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France - Grave Ref:  XXII. E. 7.
Son of George and Fanny Dennis, Barrow-upon-Soar, Leic. He was born in Barrow-upon-Soar and baptised 5 October 1884 at the age of 2 years old. He enlisted in Loughborough, Leic. George had formerly served as, Number 21466, in The Leicestershire Regiment. His father was a labourer in the lime works. Siblings: - Frederick, Alice, Eliza Ann, William, Walter, Harry, Agnes.
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, December 1915 - The Roll of Honour -Serving  - Since the Roll of Honour was first published in the magazine, the following have enlisted in one or other in the King's Forces: George Dennis.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, August 1916 - The Roll of Honour - Serving - George Dennis.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, October 1916 - The War - The Roll of Honour - Killed in Action  - Another sad loss has to be recorded. Private George A. Dennis, of the Machine Gun Corps, was killed in action on September 1st, 1916. In a letter to his parents the captain speaks of him as one of his best gunners. We express our sincere sympathy with his family in their great loss and sorrow.'
The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, March 1917 - The Roll of Honour -Remembered -Private George Arthur Dennis, Leicesters, 1st September, 1916. A simple laurel wreath was placed for each hero, tied with his regimental colours.'   Listed in 'Soldiers Died in The Great War 1914-1919, Volume 75, Page 45, Column 1: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) & Tanks'

 

DILKS, JAMES ARTHUR 17028
Private - 1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment
Killed on Friday 15th September, 1916 Aged 31
Thiepval Memorial, Near Albert, Somme, France - Grave Ref: Pier and Face 2C & 3A
Son of Joseph and Mary (Martha) Jane Dilks of 3, Cotes Road, Barrow-upon-Soar, Leic. Father was a platelayer. James was baptised 25 August 1884, received 1 July 1888, at Barrow-upon-Soar. Siblings: - John Mathews, Frances, Mary Ann.
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, August 1916 - The Roll of Honour - Serving - James Arthur Dilks.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, November 1916 - The Roll of Honour - Missing - Private James Arthur Dilkes.'
Listed in 'Soldiers Died in The Great War 1914 - 1919, Part 22, The Leicestershire Regiment, Page 5'

 


FEILDEN, OSWALD HENRY
Captain - 2nd/ 5th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment
Killed in action, France and Flanders on Saturday 29th September, 1917 aged 30
Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium - Grave Ref:  VI. F. 34.
Son of Lt. Col. Robert and Emily Jane Feilden, of Lane End, Hartney, Spilsby, Lincolnshire. Late of Borth, Cardiganshire.
The oak lectern in Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-upon-Soar, was given in memory of Capt. Feilden. The inscription on the top surface of the lectern, reads, 'In Loving Memory of Oswald Henry Feilden, Capt. Leicestershire Regiment Who Fell in France 29 September 1917 Aged 30' Check With The Quorn Chapter of The Royal British Legion - is He Listed on Their Memorial?
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, November 1914 - The Roll of Honour -Serving - Listed among those serving in the different branches of His Majesty's Forces, and who have relatives and friends, and in most cases, parents in Barrow. Serving with the Leicestershire Battalion, is Lieutenant Oswald Feilden.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar - May 1915 - The Church Lads Brigade - 'Captain and Adjutant O. H. Feilden, of the 5th Leicestershire Regiment, the late Action-Captain of the Barrow Company of the Church Lad's Brigade, presented a Good Conduct Medal and First-Class Bar; to Corporal C. Lovett, First-Class Bars; Sergt.-Instructor F. Lovett, Sergt. W. Hull. After the presentation a few encouraging words were addressed to the lads by Capt. Feilden.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, September 1915 - The Church Lads Brigade - An informal inspection took place by Capt. And Adjutant O. Feilden, of the 2/5th Leicester Regiment, the late Captain of the Company, who expressed himself as delighted with the enterprise of the lads and their smart turn-out, and congratulated them on having such a satisfactory and comfortable quarters.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, January 1917 - The Church Lads Brigade - Captain Feilden, formerly commanding the Barrow unit, and now serving with the 5th Leicesters, attended a presentation to Battalion Sergt.-Major F. Lovett, now serving with the 4th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment, for his zealous work for the Brigade and having wished him every happiness on his forthcoming wedding in a few days time.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, November 1917 - The War - The Roll of Honour - Killed in Action - It is with great regret we record that Captain Oswald H. Feilden "died of wounds" in France, on September 29th. He went to France in the spring of this year and for some time acted as Adjutant of his battalion. A brother officer writes that though he had been unwell he insisted on accompanying the battalion when it went up for the attack on the 26th; that, though severely wounded by a shell that fell almost on him, he insisted on walking back to the dressing station, and that his only anxiety on his way back was that the reserve ammunition should be carried forward promptly. Capt. Feilden was one of the Sidesmen of the Church, a member of the Church of England Men's Society, and for several years had been Captain of The Church Lads Brigade Company, in which he took a real and deep interest. We mourn his loss, but we thank God for the bright example of noble devotion to duty which he has left behind, and we offer to his mother and relatives our deepest sympathy.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, November 1917 - Remembered - A Memorial Service - Was held on October 31st, 1917, for those who have made the great sacrifice for their country. Remembered was, Private Bernard Waring, 5th Leicesters, September 29th, 1917.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, St. Peter's, Mountsorrel, November 1917 - The War - The Roll of Honour - Killed in Action - Captain Feilden, The very sad news was received that the Captain had been very severely wounded in action in France, and that he died in hospital on October 4th . Our heartfelt sympathy is given to Mrs. Feilden, whose second son has also been severely wounded. Memorial Services were held in St. Peter's on Sunday, October 14th, and at Barrow on All Saint's Eve, October 31st. (Note that the date of death is given incorrectly in St. Peter's notice of death)
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, St. Peter's, Mountsorrel, December 1917 - The War Shrine -Remembered - The Roll of Honour - Killed in Action - The name of Captain O. Feilden, is to appear on the War Shrine that will be unveiled in Mountsorrel by the Bishop of Peterborough on Tuesday, December 4th.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, January 1921 - Holy Trinity Church - War Memorial to Captain Feilden - A Lectern has been given by Mrs. Feilden in memory of her son. It is of oak and has been beautifully carved by Mr. J. Hinde, from the design of Mr. W. D. Caröe, with the inscription: "In loving memory of Oswald Henry Feilden, Captn., Leicestershire Regiment, who fell in France, 29th Sept., 1917. Aged 30."

  

FELLOWS, RICHARD WOODHOUSE
Lieutenant - 14th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Killed in action on Friday 15th September, 1916 Aged 29
Guards' Cemetery, Lesboeufs, Somme, France - Grave Ref:  III. R. 2.
Son of George and Emma M. Fellows, of 15, Eaton Gardens, Hove, West Sussex
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, November 1914 - 'The Roll of Honour - Serving - Listed among those serving in the different branches of His Majesty's Forces, and who have relatives and friends, and in most cases, parents in Barrow. Now serving with the University & Public Schools Corps. - Richard Woodhouse Fellows.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, March 1915 - 'The Roll of Honour -Promotion - We offer our hearty congratulations, on their promotion, to the following: Private, Richard Woodhouse Fellows, to be 2nd Lieut., in the 14th Battalion Sherwood Foresters.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, August 1916 - The Roll of Honour - Serving -Lieut. Richard Woodhouse Fellows.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, September 1916 - The Roll of Honour - Killed in Action  - We much regret to record the sad news that Lieutenant Richard Woodhouse Fellows was killed in action on September 15th. In 1914 he joined the 1st Public School Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers, obtaining a commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the Sherwood Foresters in 1915. In February, 1916, he proceeded to the Front, and was gazetted Lieutenant on May 19th, 1916. Much sympathy is felt for Mr. and Mrs. Fellows, and their family in their great sorrow.'
The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, March 1917 - The Roll of Honour - Remembered - Lieut. Richard Woodhouse Fellows, Sherwood Foresters, 15th September, 1916. A simple laurel wreath was placed for each hero, tied with his regimental colours.'

  

FERRIN, HARRY 240460
Private - 1st/5th  Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment
Killed in France and Flanders on Tuesday 6th August, 1918 Aged 23
Loos Memorial, Loos-en-Gohelle, Pas De Calais, France - Grave Ref: Panel 42 & 44
Son of James Ambrose and Ruth Ferrin, of 125, Nottingham Road, Barrow-upon-Soar, Leic.

 Father, Private James Ambrose Ferrin, 709th Labour Battalion, Royal Engineers - Labour Corps., was killed 15 February 1918. Two days later, his brother, Private William Ferrin, 2nd/ 6th   Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment, was killed 17 February 1918.

Siblings: - William, Ruth Elizabeth, Margaret Mary, Sarah Maria, Norah Annie.
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, November 1914 - 'The Roll of Honour - Serving - Listed among those serving in the different branches of His Majesty's Forces, and who have relatives and friends, and in most cases, parents in Barrow. Now serving with the 5th Leicestershire Battalion - Harry Ferrin.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, August 1916 - The Roll of Honour - Serving - Harry Ferrin.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, April 1918 - The Roll of Honour - Wounded - Private Harry Ferrin, Leicesters, has been reported as wounded.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, December 1918 - The War -Those Killed in Action -The Greatest of All Sacrifices -A Tribute to the Ferrin Family - Much sympathy is felt for Mrs. Ferrin in the sad news which has been received that her son Harry, who was reported a prisoner of war, was killed in action, August 6th, 1918. This case is perhaps the saddest we have had, as the following record of Mrs. Ferrin's family will testify: - Private James Ambrose Ferrin, (husband), 709th Labour Battalion, killed in action, February 15th, 1918. - *Lance-Corporal Laurence Ferrin, 2nd/6th South Staffords, prisoner of war. - Bombardier Joseph Ferrin, Royal Garrison Artillery, gassed. - Private Harry Ferrin, (son) 1st/5th Leicesters, Killed in action, August 6th, 1918. - Private William Ferrin, (son) 2nd/6th South Staffords, killed in action, February 17th, 1918.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, September 1918 - The War - A Prisoner of War - Official news has been received that Private Harry Ferrin, 1/5 Leicesters, is a prisoner of war and being held in Germany.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, January 1919 - *Prisoner of War Returned Home - It was noted that Lance-Corporal Laurence Ferrin, 'Prisoner of War', was returned home.'
Listed in 'Soldiers Died in The Great War 1914 - 1919, Part 22, The Leicestershire Regiment, Page 32'
Contacted Ruth Lockwood, 71a, North Street, Barrow-upon-Soar, (620857) She is related to Harry, James Ambrose And William Ferrin.

 


FERRIN, JAMES AMBROSE 123593 Private - 709th Labour Battalion,
Royal Engineers - Labour Corps
KIlled in France and Flanders on Friday 15th February, 1918
Ham British Cemetery, Ham, Muille-Villette, Somme, France - Grave Ref: Panel   I. D. 9. Husband of Ruth.

One of his two Son's Private William Ferrin, 2nd/6th Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment, was killed 17 February 1918, two days after he was killed. His second son, Private Harry Ferrin, 1st/5th  Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment, was killed six months later on  6 August 1918.

The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, December 1915 - The Roll of Honour -Serving  - Since the Roll of Honour was first published in the magazine, the following have enlisted in one or other in the King's Forces: James Ferrin.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, August 1916 - The Roll of Honour - Serving - James Ferrin.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, March 1918 - The War -The Roll of Honour - Killed in Action - It is with very great regret we have to record the following casualty: Pioneer William Ferrin, Labour Battalion, was killed by a bomb explosion on February 17th, 1918. In a letter to his wife, his Commanding Officer writes: "I had known your husband for over two years, and knew him for a true man, who, though over military age, served his King and Country, and was a true husband and father."   (Note the date of death)  Mrs. Ferrin, lost both husband and son in one day, and has now one son a prisoner in Germany, and two sons serving in France.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, September 1918 - Remembered - A Memorial Service - Was held for those who have made the Great Sacrifice for their country during the past twelve months was held on Saturday, September 28th, at 3 p.m. Named on the Roll of Honour: Private James Ambrose Ferrin, 709th Labour Battalion, February 15th, 1918.'

 

 FERRIN, WILLIAM 42283
Private - 2nd/6th   Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment
Killed in action, France and Flanders on Sunday 17th February, 1918
Aged 19 25
Achiet-le-grand Communal Cemetery Extension, Achiet-le-grand, Pas De Calais, France - Grave Ref:  II. F. 3.
Born Oct. 1898, son of James Ambrose (died 09/06/76 Plot-1424?) And Ruth (died 18/01/39 Plot-751) Ferrin, of 125, North Street, Barrow-upon-Soar, Leic.

Father, Private James Ambrose Ferrin, 709th Labour Battalion, Royal Engineers - Labour Corps., was killed 15 February 1918, two days before William was killed. His brother, Private Harry Ferrin, 1st/5th  Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment, was killed six months later on 6 August 1918.

Siblings: - William, Ruth Elizabeth, Margaret Mary, Sarah Maria, Norah Annie.
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, March 1918 - The War - Roll of Honour - Killed in Action - It is our sad duty to record the following casualty: Private William Ferrin, 2/6 Staffordshire Regiment, died on February 17th, 1918, from the effects of being gassed. He was the son of Private James Ambrose Ferrin. Our deepest sympathy is felt for Mrs. Ferrin, who has lost both husband and son in one day, and has now one son a prisoner in Germany, and two sons serving in France.'
'The East Akeley Deanery Parish Magazine, Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-on-Soar, September 1918 - Remembered - A Memorial Service - Was held for those who have made the Great Sacrifice for their country during the past twelve months was held on Saturday, September 28th, at 3 p.m. Named on the Roll of Honour: Private William Ferrin, 2nd/6th Staffordshire Regiment, February 17th, 1918.'

 

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