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November 2018 - Lest We Forget

The facts for Osbaldwick and Murton are stark. Out of a population of 410 adults in 1914, 67 men answered the call to arms in the First World War. Of these 7 did not return, they were all local lads from this Parish and district, some received medals.

Private Francis Robert Boynton, Murton, served with the Durham Light Infantry and died with the allied Fifth Army when it was driven back across former Somme battlefields on 25th March 1918.

Private George Henry Brown, Cottage Farm Osbaldwick, served with the King’s Liverpool Regiment, died in the last few days of the war in Archangel, Russia on 6th November 1918.

Gunner George Hare, Murton ,served with A Battery Royal Field Artillery, died 3rd November 1917 and is buried in a cemetery in Boulogne used by the hospital there.

Private Andrew Charles McLaren, Osbaldwick, was married and served with the A Company London Regiment Artists’ Rifles, died 30th October 1917 in the Battle of Passchendaele, Flanders, Belgium.

Second Lieutenant Eustace McLaren, Osbaldwick, served with the York and Lancaster Regiment, died 22nd November 1917 in the British Third Army attack at Cambrai, France.

Private Leonard Ringrose, Osbaldwick served with the Prince of Wales’s Own West Yorkshire Regiment, died 14th September 1916 in the largest battle of the western front, Somme, France.

Air Mechanic 2nd Class Ronald Ringrose, Osbaldwick served with the Royal Flying Corps, died serving with the
newly formed RAF 202nd Squadron in West Flanders, Belgium.

As the memorial plaque in St Thomas’s Church, says:

“Grant them eternal rest O Lord,
and may light perpetual shine upon them.”

Julian Gray, PCC Member


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