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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

In Flanders Fields…..Levi Allsopp

ALLSOPP, Levi Charles

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18


Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: 200914 – Formerly 3648, Northamptonshire Regiment
Regiment/Service: Durham Light Infantry – 1st/5th Battalion
Died: 23/04/1917 – Killed in action, aged 26
Cemetery: Wancourt British Cemetery – Grave: IV. D. 32.
War Office Notifcation to: Son of Mr. L. J. Allsopp, of “Sunnyside,” Kettering Road, Geddington,  Northants.

Personal Information

With both parents and all their children born in Geddington the Allsopp family were well known in the community. Levi Snr married Emma Maria (nee Dobson) of Geddington and earned his living as a lime burner. By the time war on the Western Front was active Levi Jnr was one of four brothers serving his country. It was on 4th May 1917 that news came that Levi had been seriously injured, though later in June it was reported that Levi, now a Lance Corporal with the Durham Light Infantry, was killed in action on 23rd April 1917. He had joined the Northamptonshire Regiment in December 1914 and was promoted to Sergeant two years later.

1891 Census: Malting Lane, Geddington
Levi John Allsopp (father); aged 31; lime burner; b. Geddington
Emma M Allsopp (mother); aged 30; b. Geddington
Eva M Allsopp (sister); aged 8; b. Geddington
David J Allsopp (brother); aged 5; b. Geddington
Alfred W Allsopp (brother); aged 2; b. Geddington
Levi C Allsopp; Aged 4 months; b. Geddington

Wancourt British Cemetery

Wancourt British Cemetary

1901 Census: Malting Lane, Geddington
Levi Allsopp (father); aged 41; lime quarryman
Emma Allsopp (mother); aged 40
David Allsopp (brother); aged 15; carpenters apprentice
Alfred Allsopp (brother); aged 12
Levi Allsopp; Aged 10
Wilfred Allsopp (brother); aged 8; b. Geddington
George Allsopp (brother); aged 4; b. Geddington

1911 Census: Woodford Lodge, Thrapston
Levi Charles Allsopp; aged 20; domestic chauffeur


In Flanders Fields – Arthur Allett

Geddington Roll of Honour       1914-18

ALLETT, Arthur

Rank: Private
Service No: 13048
Regiment/Service: Lincolnshire Regiment – 6th Battalion
Died: 15/08/1915, aged 32 (death associated with Gallipoli)
Cemetery: Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery – grave: J. 103.
Memorial Inscription: Thy will be done
War Office Notification: Son of William Allett; husband of Kitty Bell (formerly Allett), of 49, Silverton Rd, Coventry. Born at Geddington, Kettering.

Personal Information

Parents: William & Elizabeth Allett nee Crane
Born:  1879, Uppingham,  (Great Easton, Leicestershire)

It was September 1915 before news of Arthur’s death reached the community he grew up in. Unlike many others Arthur was a married man and had moved to Newark on his marriage, hence his posting with the Lincolnshire Regiment. His parents however, were still living in West Street, Geddington. Arthur was one of the first to enlist in August 1914 and at 36 one of the oldest to be accepted. He left with his regiment for the Dardanelles on 1st July 1915 and he died in Alexandria Hospital on 15th August from enteric fever. A memorial service was held in November 1915 for him and others from the village who had lost their lives.

1881 Census: Travelling van at Burton’s Farm, Great Easton
William Allett (father); aged 32; miller; b. Brook, Rutland
Elizabeth Allett (mother); aged 29; b. Cottingham
Arthur Allett; aged 2; b. Great Easton

1891 Census: Gold Gate, Great Easton
William Allett (father); aged 42; miller
Elizabeth Allett (mother); aged 39
Arthur Allett; aged 12
Annie Louise Allett (sister); aged 8; b. Great Easton
Mary Lizzie Allett (sister); aged 4; b. Great Easton

1901 Census: West Street, Geddington
William Allett (father); aged 52; corn miller
Elizabeth Allett (mother); aged 49
Arthur Allett; aged 22; railway engine cleaner
Lizzie M Allett (sister); aged 14

1911 Census: West Street, Geddington
William Allett (father); aged 62; farm labourer – married 34 years
Elizabeth Allett (mother); aged 59; 7 children – 3 living
Arthur Allett; aged 32; ironstone labourer
Lizzie Allett (sister); aged 24

Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery


In Flanders Fields… Percy Ager

Percy AGER

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18


Rank: Private
Service No: 31296
Regiment/Service: Northamptonshire Regiment – 5th Battalion
Died: 12/05/1917 – Killed in action, aged 23
Memorial: Arras Memorial, France – Bay 7

Percy’s parents were Thomas & Charlotte Ager (nee Slow/Slough). He was born in 1892 in Geddington and was baptised on 26 March 1893, in St Mary Magdalene, Geddington

He was born into a farming family. Of the 10 children born to his parents he was one of only 3 to survive to adulthood.

Mr & Mrs T Ager were informed that their son, Pte Percy Ager, of the Northants Regiment, was killed by a shell when returning to billets on 11th May. He was 25 years old and had served his country since October 1914.

1901 Census: Bridge Street, Geddington (next to Club House)
Thomas Ager (father); aged 54; general farm labourer; b. Little Oakley
Charlotte Ager (mother); aged 46; b. Geddington
Thomas H Ager (brother); aged 20; shoe hand finisher; b. Geddington
Percy J Ager; aged 8; b. Geddington

1911 Census: West Street, Geddington
Thomas Ager (father); aged 65; farm labourer – married 24 years
Charlotte Ager (mother); Aged 55; 10 children – 3 living
Percy Ager; aged 18; farm labourer

Image of the Arras Memorial

The Arras Memorial

In Flanders Fields…

11th October 2018-11th November  2018    

Geddington Roll of Honour

August 1914 : The following public service notice was issued by the Foreign Office  at 12:15am

‘Owing to the summary rejection by the German Government of the request made by his Majesty’s Government for assurances that the neutrality of Belgium would be respected, His Majesty’s Ambassador in Berlin has received his passports, and His Majesty’s Government has declared to the German Government that a state of war exists between Great Britain and Germany as from 11pm on August 4th’

By 1918 the country yearned for peace.  Since August 1914 men had marched from towns and villages to join pals battalions, flying squadrons and naval deployments in a patriotic flush against the Kaiser’s ambitions to control Europe. So much blood, so much bravery, so much death; after nearly five years of turbulence and destruction the world would never be the same again.

Geddington War Memorial with poppy wreaths

Geddington men chose to go to the war zones to ‘do their bit’; in most cases singularly unprepared for what lay ahead; some came home but carried the impact of the war horrors they experienced with them, for the rest of their lives; some did not return and remained ever youthful in the memories of their friends and families.

No-one was untouched by the events of those years between 1914 and 1918.

Over the next few weeks leading up to Armistice Day, Geddington Community Website will pay its own small tribute to those men whose names are listed on the war memorial in their memory, and in memory of those who died later of their wounds and those who gave years of their young lives to the war effort, their families and the community of Geddington. For those for whom we have photographs we will use them; for  those who fell on the field of battle the Commonwealth War Graves memorial will be included.

We will remember them.

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