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In Flanders Fields…..William Johnson

James William JOHNSON

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Picture of William Johnson

William Johnson

Rank: Private
Service No: SPT/5330
Regiment/Service: Royal Fusiliers – 10th Battalion
Died: 13/04/1917 – Died of wounds, aged 24
Cemetery: Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, France – Grave: III. G. 6.
War Office Information: Son of Mary Jane Clipston, of Star Lane, Geddington, Kettering, Northants.

Personal Information

William’s mother had 4 sons by her first husband before marrying Herbert Clipston. William was the oldest, born in 1893 and baptised in St Mary Magdalene on 24th June 1894.              His mother later lived in Star Lane, now known as Malting Lane.

All four sons served in the army during the war.

William’s record seems to show that he joined the Essex regiment on a short service enlistment in 1914. Following that he was in the 22nd Battalion, London Regiment and was at the Western Front in France by September 1916. He was killed in action on 13th April of the following year. His three brothers survived but were all wounded.

He was engaged to Miss A. Goode.

1911 Census: Queen Street, Weekley Terrace, Geddington
Herbert R Clipston (stepfather); Aged 40; bricklayer – married 10 years; b. Geddington
Mary Jane Clipston (mother); Aged 40 – 11 children, 8 living; b. Geddington
James W Johnson; Aged 18; shoe trade; b. Geddington
Ernest Arthur Johnson (brother); Aged 15; farm boy; b. Geddington
Horace John Johnson (brother); Aged 15; farm boy; b. Geddington
George Edward Johnson (brother); Aged 13; farm boy; b. Geddington
Sarah Elizabeth Clipston (stepsister); Aged 9; b. Geddington
Beatrice Annie Clipston (stepsister); Aged 7; b. Geddington
Edith Ethel Clipston (stepsister); Aged 2; b. Geddington

In Flanders Fields…..George Hipwell

George Ashton HIPWELL

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18


Rank: Private
Service No: O/6099
Regiment/Service: Army Ordnance Corps
Died: 23/04/1917, of illness, aged 28
Cemetery: Geddington (St. Mary Magdalene) Churchyard – Grave: In the North-West part. Ref: A85
Memorial Inscription: In sweet rememberance of GEORGE ASHTON HIPWELL A.O.C. who passed away at Chiseldon Camp (Wilts.), April 23rd 1917 aged 28 years. ‘Love is immortal.’
War Office Information: Husband of Grace C. Hipwell, of “Redcliffe,” Geddington.

Personal Information

The Hipwells had lived in Geddington for generations. Malting Lane was once known as ‘Hipwell’s Jitty’. They were brewers, shopkeepers, woodsmen, churchwardens and football players.  The middle name of Ashton came from George’s maternal grandmother.

John Ashton Hipwell, George’s father, was born in Geddington and married twice. His second wife was George’s mother, Louisa Ann Hipwell (nee Townsend). George himself was born in 1889 and was baptised in the parish church of the village on 5th August 1889.

25 years later on 10th September 1914, just after the declaration of war, George would be married there to Grace Charlotte Freeman, a teacher of music, and Frank Toseland would be a witness to the marriage.

Less than 3 years later his funeral was held there and he was buried in his home churchyard.

According to his Military History Sheet he served 1 year and 28 days.

George had 3 sisters. He played football and cricket for the village teams.

Agnes Mary Hipwell 1880-1975; m. Edgar F Sewter in 1907
Florence Jane Hipwell 1883-1965; m. Percy R Derry in 1912
Gertrude Helen Hipwell 1884-1982; m. Thomas Rawson in 1916

Picture of George Hopewell's Grave

George Hipwell grave in Geddington

1891 Census: Stamford Road, Geddington
Ashton Hipwell (father); Aged 43; carpenter & joiner; b. Geddington
Louisa Hipwell (mother); Aged 38; b. Blundson, Wiltshire
Agnes Mary Hipwell (sister); Aged 10; b. Netwon Mill
Florence Jane Hipwell (sister); Aged 8; b. Geddington
Gertrud Hettie Hipwell (sister); Aged 6; b. Geddington
George Ashton Hipwell; Aged 1; b. Geddington

1901 Census: Kettering Road, Geddington
John Ashton Hipwell (father); Aged 52; carpenter; Widowed
Agnes Mary Hipwell (sister); Aged 20; school mistress at C.E School
Gertrude Ellen Hipwell (sister); Aged 16; dressmaker
George Ashton Hipwell; Aged 10
John Townsend Hipwell (brother); Aged 9; b. Geddington
Hannah Hinton (housekeeper); Aged 51; b. Fyfield Essex

1911 Census: Kettering Road, Geddington
Ashton Hipwell (father); Aged 60; estate carpenter
Helen Hipwell (sister); Aged 26; housekeeper
George Hipwell; Aged 21; clerk for boot & shoe manufacturer
John Hipwell (brother); Aged 19; tailor

In Flanders Fields…Harry Higgs

Harry James HIGGS

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Menin Gate Memorial

Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres


Rank: Private
Service No: 9142
Regiment/Service: Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry – 2nd Battalion
Died: 12/11/1914, in the First Battle of Ypres, aged 19
Memorial: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium – Panel: 37 and 39.
War Office Information: Son of George and Eliza Higgs, of Grange Road, Geddington, Kettering, Northants.

Personal Information

One of four sons of parents George & Eliza Higgs to serve in the war, Harry’s story is best told through a newspaper report of the time. He had served for 5 years in the Regimental Band before going to France with the Expeditionary Force in August 1914

1901 Census: West Street, Geddington
George Higgs (father); Aged 34; domestic gardener; b. Hambleden, Bucks
Eliza Higgs (mother); Aged 35; b. Stepney, Middx.
Edwin D Higgs (brother); Aged 10; b. Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Olive E C Higgs (sister); Aged 9; b. Tunbridge Wells
George Higgs (brother); Aged 7; b. Spitalfields, London
Harry J Higgs; Aged 6; b. Addington, Bucks
Stephen E Higgs (brother); Aged 4; b. Hambleden, Bucks
Rose E Higgs (sister); Aged 1; b. Geddington

Press Information: Joan Higgs of Pipers Close, Kettering, got in touch to tell us [local paper] about her brother-in-law Harry, who died aged just 19 at Ypres.
“Harry Higgs, born in 1895, was accepted into the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry in 1910 to train as a bandsman.
He completed his training at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, near Twickenham.
He lived with his family in Geddington which, in the early 20th century, was a small community and everyone was known to each other.
His sisters have told me that he caused quite a stir in the village when he came home on leave, looking very smart in his dress uniform.
The girls were all after him, telling each other that Harry Higgs was home.
When war was declared, being in the regular army and trained, he was immediately sent to France.
His parents received a letter from him in October 1914 to say that he was quite well.
Less than a month later he was killed at Ypres, aged 19.
As he has no known grave, his name is inscribed on the Menin Gate at Ypres. He was the first casualty of the war in Geddington.
Harry was the fourth child of George and Eliza Higgs. His three older brothers also served throughout the war. George was a prisoner of war for four years. Stephen died at the age of 24 as a result of the war and the elder brother, Edwin, survived unscathed.
Perhaps a very unpretentious story, no record of great valour, but so typical of all the lovely young men of that time, with the promise of a bright succesful future. Just slaughtered.
I have been to see his name on the Menin Gate, it made me very sad, but also very proud.”

Original source unknown.

In Flanders Fields….Robert Hector

Thomas Robert HECTOR

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Zantvoorde British Cemetery

Zantvoorde British Cemetery

Rank: Private
Service No: 65901 – Formerly 32423, Northants Regiment
Regiment/Service: Royal Fusiliers 13th Battalion
Died: 04/10/1917 – Killed in action, aged 22
Cemetery: Zantvoorde British Cemetery, Belgium – Grave: III. D. 16.

Personal Information

Thomas Robert was the only son of parents Thomas & Harriet Hector (nee Slough)
He was born in 1895 in Geddington and baptised on 25 August  1895 at St Mary Magdalene in Geddington.

He was employed on the Midland Railway prior to enlisting.

He enlisted in January 1917 and reached the Western Front in June 1917. He was killed in action in October 1917. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory medal.

1901 Census: Malting Lane, Geddington
Thomas Hector (father); Aged 36; wood labourer; b. Stanion
Harriet Hector (mother); Aged 34; b. Geddington
Emma Elizabeth Hector (sister); Aged 11; b. Geddington
Beatrice Ellen Hector (sister); Aged 10; b. Geddington
Ada Annie Hector (sister); Aged 8; b. Geddington
Thomas Robert; Aged 6; b. Geddington

1911 Census: Chaple [sic] Lane, Geddington
Thomas Hector (father): Aged 47; woodman – married 22 years
Harriet Hector (mother); Aged 44 – 4 children all living
Emma Elizabeth Hector (sister); Aged 21; kitchen maid
Beatrice Ellen Hector (sister); Aged 20; shop assistant
Thomas Robert Hector; Aged 16; groom & gardener

In Flanders Fields…. George Hannan

George Giles HANNAN

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Brandhoek New Military Cemetery

Brandhoek New Military Cemetery

Rank: Second Lieutenant
Service No.: 1297
Regiment/Service: Suffolk Regiment 8th Battalion                                  (previously  Northamptonshire Yeomanry)
Died: 17/08/1917 – Died of wounds, aged 20
Cemetery: Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No.3, Belgium – Grave: I. A. 21.
War Office Information: Son of Alfred George and Rosetta Hannan, of Kettering, Northants. From 1914 to 1916 served with “B” Squadron, Northants Yeomanry.

Personal Information

The family, George’s parents, Alfred George & Rosetta Hannan (nee Wilkins), George himself, his brother and sisters lived at Horton House on Stamford Road, though George himself had been born in Suffolk in 1896. When war broke out he was a schoolboy at Wellingborough Grammar School but left early to enlist. Initially he joined the Northants Yeomanry but then undertook training to gain a commission. He later joined the Suffolk Regiment and was promoted to Second Lieutenant.

He was reported as having died in an Australian Clearing Station from wounds sustained to the chest and face while he was a member of a carrying party perhaps bringing supplies to the front line.

1901 Census: Top End, Grendon
Alfred G Hannan (father); Aged 36; schoolmaster; b. Northampton
Rosetta H Hannan (mother); Aged 32; b. Eastbourne, Sussex
Winifred E Hannan (sister); Aged 10; b. Weybridge, Surrey
Alfred C Hannan (brother); Aged 5; b. Dalham
George G Hannan; Aged 4; b. Dalham

1911 Census: Headlands Avenue, Kettering
Alfred George Hannan (father); Aged 46; class teacher; married 20 years
Rosetta Hannan (mother); Aged 43; 8 children, 6 living
George Giles Hannan; Aged 14; school
Elsa Mary Hannan (sister); Aged 4; b. Kettering
Roland James Hannan (brother); Aged 2; b. Kettering
Greta Margaret Hannan (sister); Aged 1; b. Kettering


In Flanders Fields…Cecil Darker

Cecil George DARKER

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Picture of Cecil Darker

Cecil Darker

Rank: Private
Service No: 203547
Regiment/Service: Bedfordshire Regiment – 7th Battalion
Died: 10/08/1917 – Killed in action – aged 19
Memorial: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium – Panel: 31 and 33.
War Office Information: Son of William J. and Sarah Ann Darker, of 22, Grafton Road, Geddington, Kettering.

Personal Information

Little is recorded of the family’s life in Geddington and they do not appear on the 1901 census so it is presumed that they came to the village after that date. Cecil’s parents William Thomas & Sarah Ann Darker had, however, already lost one child and when their only child, Cecil enlisted in March 1917 they must have understood the dangers he faced. He went to France in May 1917 and was killed in action on 10th August 1917.

Melvyn Hopkins in his book ‘Geddington at War’ describes him ‘as a well respected lad, being an earnest worker in connection with the local branch of C.E.M.S. ‘ He was a member of the local band of bellringers and was employed at the local Storefield Iron Works as were many of his friends. Some of those friends helped ring a muffled peal at the church in Geddington in his memory in September 1917.

After his death his father was awarded £2 2s 9d  (about £2.10p) in January 1918 as the War Gratuity his son was owed, followed by a further payment of £3 in November 1919. It must have been a bittersweet payment for his son’s life.’

1911 Census: Grafton Road, Geddington
William Thomas Darker (father); Aged 40; waggoner to estate forester; b. Desborough
Sarah Ann Darker (mother); Aged 39 – married 15 years, 2 children, 1 living
Cecil George Darker; Aged 13; helping shepherd on farm; b. Leicester

In Flanders Fields…. Bertram Dainty

John Bertram ‘Bertie’ DAINTY

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Picture of Bertie Dainty

Bertie Dainty

Rank: Private
Service No: 49827 formerly 15129 11/Essex Regiment
Regiment/Service: Lincolnshire Regiment – 2nd Battalion
Died: 19/10/1918, aged 19
Cemetery: Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, France – Grave: VIII. C. 18.
War Office Information: Son of Mr. J. T. Dainty, of Red House, Geddington, Kettering.

Personal Information

John Thomas & Hilda Dainty were part of a large family of Daintys who lived in and around Geddington. According to Monica Rayne in her book ‘Geddington as it was’ in 1881 there were 24 Daintys in the village.  When their son was born in 1899 he was, as was tradition then, given his father’s name but with so many Johns and Thomases ‘Bertie’ inevitably became the new baby’s nickname. By 1910 the family had moved to the Red House, the last dwelling on the old Stamford Turnpike Road.

Bertie’s story is remarkable. Private Dainty joined the army in September 1914 as Kitchener’s call to arms came through. He was only 15 and lied about his age to enable him to enlist. After 12 months training with 11th Essex regiment he was drafted to France in September 1915 and in 8 months of active service fought at the Battle of Loos.

He was discharged as under age in April 1916 but rejoined in October 1917 with the 2nd Lincolns

In October 1918 came the news that he was a prisoner of war, having been reported missing since June of that year. His whereabouts were not clear but it was believed he was in Germany. His parents continued to make enquiries and finally in the spring of 1919 his parents were informed that he had died the previous October while a prisoner of war, having been captured on 27th May 1918 near Beri au Bac.

He died in hospital at Charleville of bronchitis and likely malnutrition.

1901 Census: 1, Grainger Row, Kettering
John Dainty (father); Aged 24; shoe maker; b. Geddington
Hilda Dainty (mother): Aged 22; Kettering
John B Dainty; Aged 1; b. Kettering
Florence Dainty (sister); Aged 2 months; b. Kettering

1911 Census: West Street, Geddington
John Thomas Dainty (father); Aged 34; carrier general – married 12 years
Hilda Dainty (mother); Aged 32; b. Wellingborough
Bertie Dainty; Aged 11
Maud Dainty (sister); Aged 9; b. Kettering
Nellie Dainty (sister); Aged 7; b. Kettering
Olive Dainty (sister); Aged 5; b. Geddington
Alexander Dainty (brother); Aged 2; b. Geddington


In Flanders Fields……Harold Crick

Harold Ernest CRICK

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Picture of Harold Crick

Harold Crick

Rank: Private
Service No: 268502 – Formerly 1503
Regiment/Service: Royal Warwickshire Regiment – 1st/7th Battalion
Enlisted: Hunts Cyclist Battalion 1 Nov 1915
Died: 16/06/1918 – Killed in action, aged 23
Cemetery: Cavalletto British Cemetery, Italy (unusual for British dead) – Plot 1. Row F. Grave 6
Memorial Inscription: ‘Loved too much in life to be forgotten in death. R.I.P.’
War Office Information: Son of Ernest W. and Emma Crick, of Geddington, nr. Kettering, Northants.

Personal Information

Harold lived with his parents Ernest William & Emma Crick in Carver’s Lane, Geddington . He was their only son. Born in 1895 and baptised in June 1895,  he was a popular figure around the village, a keen sportsman and occasional organist at Great Oakley Church. Like others in the village he worked at Kettering Co-operative Clothing Factory.  He went to enlist at the end of October 1915 with Frank Mason and Frank Crick. To do so they journeyed to Huntingdon to join the Hunt’s Cyclist Battalion. He served first in France and then Italy . He was reported to have been killed by a shell on 16th June 1918.

1901 Census: Carvers Lane, Geddington
Ernest Willie Crick (father); Aged 27; shoemaker; b. Geddington
Emma Crick (mother); Aged 26; b. Broughton
Harold Ernest Crick; Aged 5; b. Geddington

1911 Census: Grange Road, Carvers Lane, Geddington
Ernest W Crick (father); Aged 37; insurance agent – married 16 years
Emma Crick (mother); Aged 36 – 1 child
Harold E Crick; Aged 15; tailor’s presser
Evelyn E Crick (cousin); Aged 2; b. Geddington


In Flanders Fields……Thomas Cooper

Thomas William COOPER

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Bancourt British Cemetery

Bancourt British Cemetery

Rank: Private
Service No: 15064
Regiment/Service: Essex Regiment – 11th Battalion
Died: 15/10/1916 – Killed in action, probably in the Battle of Flers-Courcelette on the Somme, aged 36
Cemetery: Bancourt British Cemetery – Grave: VIII. D. 1.
Memorial Inscription: ‘In ever loving memory of a dear husband and father, from his wife and children.’
War Office Information: Son of John and Rebecca Cooper; husband of Mary Elizabeth Cooper, of Geddington, Kettering. Native of Geddington.

Personal Information

Thomas’ parents were John & Rebecca Cooper (nee Butler). John had been born in Geddington, grew up there and raised his family there. Thomas, born in 1880, was his first  son. Thomas was baptised in St Mary Magdalene on 26th September 1880. Thomas’ sisters went into service at Boughton House and then on to service at Sandringham for Queen Alexandra . Four of his sisters then went on to Oslo to serve the Queen of Norway.

Thomas married Mary Elizabeth Browning in 1905 and set up home for his new family on Grafton Road. He was employed at the ironstone works and was an Officer of the local Court of Forresters.  He joined the regiment on 13th September 1915 and had been on active service since February 1916. A report reached his family in June 1916  that he had been hit in the back by an aerial torpedo on 21st May and injured. His death later that year left his widow and four young children at home in Geddington.

1881 Census: ‘near Cross’, Geddington
John Cooper (father), Aged 26; sawyer; b. Geddington
Rebecca Cooper (mother); Aged 22; b. Harrowden Parva
Bertha E Cooper (sister); Aged 2; b. Geddington
Thomas W Cooper; Aged 8 months; b. Geddington

1891 Census: Bridge Street, Geddington
John Cooper (father); Aged 36; stationery engine driver
Rebecca Cooper (mother); Aged 32
Thomas W Cooper; Aged 10
Ada A Cooper (sister); Aged 8; b. Geddington
Maria Elizabeth Cooper (sister); Aged 5; b. Geddington
Agnes M Cooper (sister); Aged 1; b. Geddington

1901 Census: Bridge Street, Geddington
John Cooper (father); Aged 46; portable engine driver
Rebekah Cooper; Aged 42
Thomas W Cooper, Aged 20; waggon repair, Midland Railway
Agnes M Cooper (sister); Aged 11
Hilda R Cooper (sister); Aged 1; b. Geddington
James Mapley (lodger); Aged 28; shoe riveter; b. Newport Pagnall

1911 Census: Grafton Road, Geddington
Thomas Cooper; Aged 30; ironstone labourer – married 5 years
Mary Cooper (wife); Aged 25; 3 living children; b. Weldon
John Cooper (son); Aged 4; b. Kettering
Olive Cooper (daughter); Aged 3; b. Kettering
Elsie Cooper (daughter); Aged 4 months; b. Geddington


In Flanders Fields…..Fred Clipstone

Frederick ‘Fred’ CLIPSTONE

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Service No: 6200
Regiment/Service: London Regiment (London Scottish) 14th Battalion
Died: 01/07/1916 (on the first day of the Battle of the Somme), aged 23
Cemetery: Gommecourt British Cemetery No.2, Hebuterne – Grave: II. D. 6.
War Office Information: Son of John Clipstone, of Great Oakley, Kettering, Northants.

Personal Information

Frederick’s parents, John & Julia Clipstone (nee Thompson), had moved to Kettering by 1901 but Fred was born in Geddington in 1893 and was baptised in the church there on 30th April. His baptism is listed in the church records below that of Percy Ager who also lost his life in the Great War.

The Clipstone families sent many of the sons, brothers and cousins to fight on the Western Front. Another Frederick (Charles) Clipstone also went to enlist.

1901 Census: 19, Digby Street, Kettering
John Clipstone (father); Aged 52; shoe stockman; b. Geddington
Julia Clipstone (mother); Aged 40;b. Great Oakley
William H Clipstone (brother): Aged 17; shoe clerk; b. Geddington
Edith E Clipstone (sister); Aged 15; shoe fitter; b. Geddington
Ethel R Clipstone (sister); Aged 13; shoe table hand; b. Geddington
John G Clipstone (brother); Aged 11; b. Geddington
Frederick Clipstone; Aged 8; b. Geddington                                                                                                   Harriett W Clipstone (sister); Aged 6; b. Kettering

1911 Census: 19, Digby Street, Kettering
John Clipstone (father); Aged 62; caretaker at boot factory
Julia Clipstone (mother); Aged 50
Frederick Clipstone; Aged 18; florist & seedman assistant
Harriet Clipstone (sister); Aged 16; table girl in boot factory
William Thompson (grandfather); Aged 88; retired carpenter; b. Geddington


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