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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


In Flanders Fields…..Bertram Chapman

Bertram Isaac CHAPMAN

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Picture of Bertram Chapman

Bertram Chapman

Rank: Private
Service No: 15071
Regiment/Service: Essex Regiment – “A” Company. 1 11th Battalion
Died: 29/09/1915 – Died of wounds – aged 23
Cemetery: Lapugnoy Military Cemetery – Grave: I. D 49A.
Memorial Inscription: ‘O true brave heart, God bless thee.’
War Office Information: Son of Isaac and Sarah Elizabeth Chapman, of Church Gate, Geddington, Kettering, Northants.

Personal Information

Parents: Isaac and Sarah Chapman
Born: 1892 in Newton
Baptised: 29 May 1892, at St Faith’s Church Newton

Bertram was the younger son of Sarah and Isaac and as an older child moved with his parents and older brother Francis from Newton to a property described at the time as a ‘brewhouse’  on the corner of what is now Wood Street and Grafton Road. This became the family shop and only closed permanently in 1989. Bertram’s father and mother provided everything from fresh vegetables to home raised pork for the village. Postmen, forestry workers and estate beaters would call there regularly. Bertram would have been well known in this community.

Bertram however did not follow in his father’s footsteps and instead went to work at the Co-operative Clothing Factory in Kettering.

News from the Western Front was often painfully slow in getting through to families and it was only in October 1915 that the family heard that Bertram had been injured fighting with the 11th Essex Regiment alongside 3 other Geddington men. In fact it was nearly a month after his death that the family were told that he had died of wounds sustained in action on 26th September 1915. His death is recorded as 29th September 1915. He was 23 years old and had served for just over a year.

Census 1901: West Street, Geddington (2 doors from Church Hill)
Isaac Chapman (father); Aged 47; grocer & beer retailer; b. Newton
Sarah Chapman (mother); Aged 45; home & business duties; b. Rushton
Francis L Chapman (brother); Aged 11; b. Newton
Bertram J Chapman; Aged 9; b. Newton

Census 1911: Wood Street, Geddington
Isaac Chapman (father); Aged 55; grocer & general dealer – married 22 years
Sarah Elizabeth Chapman (mother); Aged 53; home duties & assisting in business –  2 living children
Francis Levi Chapman (brother); Aged 21; cabinet maker
Bertram Isaac Chapman; Aged 19; tailor’s cutter


In Flanders Fields….Albert Butler

Albert Thomas BUTLER

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Meaulte Military Cemetery

Meaulte Military Cemetery

Rank: Private
Service No: 14452
Regiment/Service: Northamptonshire Regiment 6th Battalion
Died: 29/12/1915 – Killed in action
Cemetery: Meaulte Military Cemetery – Grave: A. 27.

Personal Information

According to the 1911 census Albert was born in Birmingham. His sister, Amy, was 11 years older than him and by 1911 he was living with her and her husband Frank Dainty and his young nephew, Raymond, in West Street in Geddington.

At 14 years old Albert was already earning his living as a painter and carpenter. When war broke out he chose to enlist immediately and is registered as a Private in the 6th Battalion, Northants Regiment from 7th September 1914. He was just 17 years old.

His sister Amy, as his next of kin, was informed that he was killed instantly on 29th December 1915 when a German shell burst in his trench.

In Flanders Fields…Arthur Berridge


Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Le Touret Memorial

Le Touret Memorial


Rank: Private
Service No: 16091
Regiment/Service: Northamptonshire Regiment – 2nd Battalion
Enlisted: 28 Sep 1914
Died: 04/01/1915 – Killed in action, aged 24
Memorial: Le Touret Memorial, France – Panel: 28 to 30.
War Office Notification to: Son of Elizabeth Abbott (formerly Berridge) of Wood Road, Geddington, Kettering, Northants, and the late George Berridge.

Personal Information

Arthur’s parents were George and Elizabeth Berridge, though by the time Arthur enlisted his widowed mother had remarried and become Mrs Abbott. Arthur Berridge took up Kitchener’s well recognised invitation ‘Your Country Needs You’ and enlisted with several other young men from Geddington in September 1914 and left for France after 6 weeks basic training. By December he was fighting on the Western Front. He was 23 when he died but was, according to Melvyn Hopkins in his book ‘Geddington at War‘ , reputedly the best shot in the 3rd Battalion.

1891 Census: Twywell
George Berridge (father); aged 36; b. Huntingdon
Elizabeth Berridge (mother); aged 28; b. St Ives, Hunts
Harry Berridge (brother); aged 6; b. Tichmarsh
Florence Berridge (sister); aged 4; b. Tichmarsh
Herbert Berridge (brother); aged 2; b. Tichmarsh
Arthur Berridge; aged 9 months; b. Twywell

1901 Census: Model Row, Twywell
George Berridge (father); aged 46; general labourer
Elizabeth Berridge (mother); aged 38; dressmaker
Herbert Berridge (brother); aged 12; Ordinary farm labourer
Arthur Berridge; aged 10
Bertha Berridge (sister); aged 8; b. Twywell
Samuel Berridge (brother); aged 6; b. Twywell
Gertrude Berridge (sister); aged 4; b. Twywell
Dorothy Berridge (sister); aged 2; b. Twywell
Daisy Berridge (sister); aged 3 months; b. Twywell

1911 Census: Wood Street, Geddington
Elizabeth Abbott (mother) widow: aged 45; 11 children (9 living); b. St Ives, Hunts
Arthur Berridge; aged 20; ironstone labourer; b. Twywell
Samuel Berridge (brother); aged 16; ironstone labourer; b. Twywell
Dorothy Berridge (sister); aged 12: b. Twywell

In Flanders Fields…Wilfred Allsopp


Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Picture of Wilfred Allsopp

Wilfred Allsopp

Rank: Private
Service No: 1975
Regiment/Service: Yorkshire Regiment 4th Battalion
Died: 21/08/1915, aged c 22
Cemetery: La Chapelle D’armentieres Communal Cemetery – Grave: H. 2.

Personal Information

Wilfred was the younger brother of Levi whose name is also listed on the war memorial. His death was the first from the family to be reported in 1915. Wilfred had grown up in Geddington and, like many others, earned his living from the countryside. His job as underkeeper on the estate would have been a position of trust.

1901 Census: Malting Lane, Geddington
Levi Allsopp (father), aged 41, lime quarryman, b. Geddington
Emma Allsopp (mother), aged 40, b. Geddington
David Allsopp (brother), aged 15, carpenter’s apprentice, b. Geddington
Alfred Allsopp (brother), aged 12, b. Geddington
Levi Allsopp (brother), aged 10, b. Geddington
Wilfred Allsopp, aged 8, b. Geddington
George Allsopp (brother), aged 4, b. Geddington
Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 1446; Folio: 124; Page: 16.

1911 Census: Sunnyside, Kettering Road, Geddington
Levi Allsopp (father), aged 51, married 28 years, limestone labourer
Emma Allsopp (mother), aged 50, 7 children, 1 died
David Allsopp (brother), aged 25, ironstone labourer
Wilfred Allsopp, aged 18, under-keeper
George Allsopp (brother), aged 14, school helper
Bertha Allsopp (sister), aged 8, b. Geddington

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