William Henry Lockwood

northumberland fusiliers badgeLance Corporal, 34518, 1st Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers, died of wounds, 18th April 1917, aged 32

Born at Owston Ferry in 1885, William was the son of William Henry and Mary Lockwood (nee Barnes). His father was a farmer in Owston Ferry and his mother was from East Butterwick.

William was a farm labourer when in January 1911 he married Annie Broderick, the sister of Albert Broderick, at West Butterwick. On census day that year they lived on Thorne Levels but had moved to Crowle by the time William enlisted and lived in Coronation Terrace, North Street. Their only child Mary, was born in 1916.

William attested for the army at Crowle, post 1915. Following his training he was allocated to the Northumberland Fusiliers and posted to the 1st Battalion. Among the original members of the British Expeditionary Force the 1st Northumberland’s had served in many of the subsequent major actions. In 1917 they were at Arras and between 9th and 14th April took part in the First Battle of the Scarpe, including the capture Monchy le Preux and the Wancourt Ridge.

In these two actions the 1st Northumberland Fusiliers suffered 33 men killed, 119 wounded and 55 missing. William Lockwood was among the wounded and he was evacuated for treatment to a hospital in Etaples. Situated close to Boulogne, Etaples was one of the main bases for the British Army in France and Belgium and it was the first place many new recruits would see on arrival in France.

Consequently there were also a number of Base and Red Cross Hospitals situated at Etaples and it was in one of these that William Lockwood died of his wounds, on the 18th April 1917. He is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery.

William is also commemorated on both Thorne War Memorial and Owston Ferry War Memorial. At Owston Ferry he is remembered alongside younger brother Bertie.