William Parkin Hague

lincolnshire regimental badgePrivate 27704, 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment, killed in action, 28th August 1918, aged 21.

Born at Crowle in 1897, William Parkin was the eldest son of William David Parkin and Mary Jane Hague (nee Adshead). His father was from Eastoft and mother from Blyton near Gainsborough. The family lived at Windsor where his father was a peat cutter on the Moors. In 1911 William Jnr, then aged 13, was described as being a farm labourer although shortly afterwards he left farm work to become an assistant in the grocery department of Messrs Potts and Brunyee.

William enlisted in the Lincolnshire Regiment at Crowle in late 1916 and probably went out to France in 1917. According to the Crowle Advertiser he saw a great deal of action there and was wounded twice.

In August 1918 William was with the 1st Lincoln’s on the Somme when Allied counter-attack, the Second Battle of the Somme began. For their inital objective they were ordered to attack the German positions north east of Beaucourt sur ‘l Ancre, situated approximately midway between Albert and Bapaume, push the enemy troops back across the River Ancre and capture the bridges there. Once these had been secured they were then to push north towards Bapaume in an offensive which became known as the Second Battle of Bapaume.

The bridges across the Ancre were secured with great success on the first day 21st August. The following two days the 1st Lincoln’s helped consolidate their position on the River Ancre and on the 24th August pushed on as the Germans retreated back to the Hindenburg Line. Their objectives near Les Sars were secured by 12.30pm on 24th August and a hostile counter-attack repulsed during the night of 25th/26th August. From then until 31st August the 1st Battalion stayed in Les Sars away from the fighting, reorganising and training as the advanced moved further north.

Between 21st and 26th August the 1st Lincolnshire’s lost 35 men killed, 171 wounded and 20 missing. It is likely William Parkin Hague was one of those missing in the advance from the Ancre to Les Sars before 26th August. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial.

William is commemorated on the plaque to former members of the congregation and Sunday School in Crowle Methodist Church.