Bid to restore memorial stones to war heroes at Grantham Cemetery

The memorials to Richard Wish Lupton and Sgt H. W. Eglen in Grantham cemetery.

The memorials to Richard Wish Lupton and Sgt H. W. Eglen in Grantham cemetery.

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A councillor is hoping to contact members of the family of a Grantham war hero so memorial stones in the town cemetery can be returned to their original glory.

Coun Mike Cook wants to see the memorial stones of Richard Wish Lupton and Sgt H. W. Eglen in Grantham Cemetery restored. The men were killed in the First World War while fighting in France.

They died in Vendicies Au Bois on October 23, 1918, after being wounded in battle. Sgt Eglen remained with Lupton and was bandaging his wounds when a shell exploded nearby and they were both killed.

Lupton’s stone says he lived at 25 Castlegate in Grantham and was a member of the 1st East Yorks regiment. He was born on May 31, 1899. He was later buried at Romeries.

Sgt Eglen’s stone says he was from East Dereham. It says: “As a proof of his devotion to duty and humanity, paid the highest price at Vendicies au Bois, aged 25 years.”

Coun Cook says he needs the permission of the Lupton family to do do work on the stones, to straighten them and restore the surrounding area.

He said: “The memorials tell the story of each of these two men, which is quite incredible. I have been looking for any Luptons who might live in the area but I have not been able to find any members of the family. The memorials were brought to our notice a few years ago and we looked into it. The last Lupton we came across was a Richard Nicholas Lupton who lived in Castlegate but we think he may be deceased.”

If you are related to the Lupton family, call Coun Cook on 01476 570725.