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November 8th, 2018 in Notice Board by admin

“Over 30 nations declared war between 1914 and 1918. Over 65 million men volunteered or were

conscripted to fight in mass citizen armies and an estimated 16 million soldiers and civilians were left

dead and countless others physically and psychologically wounded.” (IWM.org.uk)

There were 41 men from South Kilworth who enlisted during WW1. The population of the village was

much lower than it is now with the 1911 census recorded 275 people living here.

The 10 men who were killed are listed on the plaque in the church porch. They were

Leonard Cheney who was killed at the battle of Paschendale in November 2017 while serving

with the Royal Garrison Artillery aged 18

Jack (John) Hackett who was wounded in France and then drowned when the troop ship

Cameronia was torpedoed on the way to India in 1917, aged 34

Jack (John) Harris was missing in 1916, then reported a POW and died in 1918, aged 42

Jack (John) S Marlow who was killed at the second Battle of Ypres in 1916 whilst serving in the

trench mortar battery of the Leicestershire Regiment.

Willie (John William) Pickering who was killed at the Battle of Jutland whilst serving on HMS


Harry Smart who was killed in France during the final advance in September 1918 while serbing

with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment.

Ted (Edward J) Stephens who was killed during the Battle of the Somme in July 1916 while

serving in the trench mortar battery of the Leicestershire Regiment.

Ted (Samuel Edward) Tanser who died from wounds in July 1918 serving in France in the

Leicestershire Regiment, aged 19.

Tom Tanser who was killed in Salonika while serving with the Suffolk Regiment, aged 27

Will (William Hope) Thomas who was killed during the retreat in March 1918 while serving in

the trench mortar battery of the Leicestershire Regiment, aged 21.


The additional details above are mainly from the research and notes of WG Coates. He also provided the

names of the 30 men who served and survived WW1. They were B Biggs, G Biggs, S Biggs, J Bonser, E

Buck, WG Coates, RA Coates, G Colver, P Curtis, T Garner, W Goodman, T Goodman, G Groundle,

J Harris, E Haynes, A Holcoop, GA Hook, Ed Marlow, H Marlow, W Marlow, E Mawby, W Morley, E

Parrot, O Peabody, AE Satchell, A Tanser, F Tanser, AL Thomas, F Tomlin, Fred Tomlin.

There is a display in the church on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November where more information

is available on some of these soldiers.

The national average for number of men killed / number enlisted was 1 in 8. Of the 41 men from South

Kilworth 10 were killed. Almost double the national average. Others were injured and became prisoners

of war.

The church clock and the pulpit are memorials to the fallen but it would be good, 100 years later, if

we could remember all 41 of the soldiers who represented our village. There is a web site linked to

IWM (Imperial War Museum) where individuals can be remembered and also soldiers linked together

as communities. The minimum amount of information needed to do this is the name and a service

number. If anyone has the service number of any of these men then could they please share this

information with Natalie Keaney email N.L.Keaney@gmail.com or myself at

southkilworthnews@btinternet.com Names and service numbers were recorded on the edge of medals

and all who were involved in WW1 would have had at least one medal.

Should you want to look at this web site or add the details of relatives the address is www.



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