Project to restore Caythorpe church and remember brave war heroes

Pupils at Caythorpe and Frieston Village School with their 'Passports of Remembrance'.
Pupils at Caythorpe and Frieston Village School with their 'Passports of Remembrance'.
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The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is not only helping to restore Caythorpe’s magnificent Grade I listed church, but is also supporting research into First and Second World War servicemen from the area who lost their lives.

Remedial work has started at St Vincent’s Church, allowing local people to look forward to necessary and welcome improvements to the fabric of the building.

St Vincent's Church in Caythorpe is undergoing restoration.

St Vincent's Church in Caythorpe is undergoing restoration.

In addition, work has been undertaken by local parishioners and historical researchers to explore the lives of every serviceman who was connected to the area and who died during the First and Second World Wars.

Researcher Rosemary Foster said: “Little is still known about the lives of some of those who served in the First World War, and if anyone thinks they may have a family or other known connection with any of these servicemen, and could provide more information to inform our research, this would be most welcomed by the team. This work will ensure all those who live locally and who visit the church in years to come will truly remember those heroic young men who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country with their lives.”

The information gathered will be available in booklet form in the church after the remedial works are completed. A celebration tea is being held at Caythorpe Village Hall on November 7, from 3 to 5pm. It is free of charge and the research about each of the 28 servicemen will be on display.

Part of the HLF grant is helping to bring the history of these individuals to life for the younger generation. During history lessons at Caythorpe Primary School, pupils are completing a ‘Passport of Remembrance’ for each soldier, to be taken to the war memorial each November 11.

“This work will ensure everyone truly remembers those heroic men”

* Special thanks go to the HLF, local parishioners and researchers, including Roger Kingscott, Alison La-Vine, Rosemary Foster, Janet Avison, Richard Johnson, Sally Kelway, Joy Lucas and Susan Woodhouse.

* If you have details on the following WWI servicemen, email fosterfrieston@btinternet.com

Robert Sidney Anderson,

Arthur Parr,

Albert Victor Bates,

Thomas Richmond,

Alfred Edward Bird,

Jasper Francis Royds,

Alexander Carr,

George Speed,

Alfred Charles,

Joseph Covell,

Henry Cooper,

Walter Crowley,

Henry Fisher,

Robert Handley,

John Richard Lound,

Thomas Lound,

Charles William Waudby,

George Wells (South),

David Wetherill,

Walter Wetherill,

Thomas Green,

John Thomas Hempsall,

Walter Edward Lound.