Grantham business offers to restore memorials to World War One heroes for free

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 town stonemason will restore two memorial stones to heroes of the First World War for free.

Simon Cole, of monumental masons GH Linnell in Castlegate, came forward after seeing the Journal story about local councillor Mike Cook who wanted to see the stones in Grantham Cemetery repaired.

They are memorials to Richard Wish Lupton, who lived in Castlegate, and Sgt H. W. Eglen. They were both killed in 1918 by a shell after the sergeant stayed with the wounded Lupton.

Coun Cook said he was very grateful to Linnells for the offer. Mr Cole said the stones will be levelled and cleaned up in the new year. He said: “We will give them some tender loving care and get them back to their former glory.”

The soldiers 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.

Mr 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.”