Grantham Journal caricature: Alwyn Sentance from Ropsley

Caricature of Alwyn Sentance, by Terry Shelbourne.
Caricature of Alwyn Sentance, by Terry Shelbourne.

If you have any questions about the First World War, Alwyn Sentance would be a good person to ask.

The 62-year-old has devoted his life to researching and remembering the Great War, and in particular those who went off to fight from his life-long home of Ropsley.

After discovering that nine names of villagers who were killed in either the First orSecond World War were missing from the Ropsley memorial, he and his eldest brother Malcolm decided that the family should raise money for an additional memorial.

This was placed next to the original on the village green in a special ceremony in 2009, with a roll of honour at St Peter’s Church.

Every year, Alwyn is at the forefront of organising Ropsley’s remembrance service, with last year’s centenary of the start of WWI marked with suitable significance.

Yet Alwyn would like to see remembrance services take place throughout the year as well as in November, with an idea to mark the anniversaries of the deaths in the months that they occurred, with plans to hold the first such service in June.

Alwyn and Malcolm have also visited key sites in Europe to attend memorials, with their most recent trip to pay their respects taking them to Ypres in Belgium.

Their dedicated research, which has consisted of many hours spent in Lincolnshire’s archives and going through back copies of the Journal, has also led them to write a book on the subject, entitled ‘Ropsley Heroes’.

Alwyn fits this all in alongside his day job, working for BGB in Grantham, and before that was employed by American Can.

A parish councillor in Ropsley for more than three decades, Alwyn lives on Grantham Road in the village with his partner Ann.