The two adjacent villages of Garthorpe and Fockerby, one of which is in Lincolnshire and the other in Yorkshire, sent fourty-seven men to the front during the Great War. Which must have been a high proportion of the eligble men in the area. The villages do not have a permanent war memorial but there is in St Mary’s Church a brass memorial plaque to four local men who lost their lives in the conflict. Originally situated in the Primitive Methodist Chapel, the plaque was transferred to St Mary’s Church when this closed.
Alongside the memorial plaque is the original Roll of Honour recording the names of the fourty seven local men who enlisted and the names of four men who lost their lives are recorded on this too. It is however a different four names!
- Joseph Anthony Gilleard
- George Walter Platts Gilleard
- James Oswald Harrison
- George Ibbotson Laister
- Robert John Smith
A further four men with connections to Garthorpe and Fockerby lost their lives in the War and are not remembered on the Roll of Honour.