Bringing Them Home

Using this page you can find out more information about the Lost Sons of Wymeswold.
The Lost Sons refers to the thirty men of Wymeswold who are remembered on the memorial plaques in the village.

Using the links below you will be able to view all the records that we (the Wolds Historical Organisation) have collected. View all soldiers here

If you know the surname of the soldier you can search that surname below:

Alternatively you can select a soldier name from the drop-down list below:

Most of these young men fell on the Western Front, in France and Belgium. One lies in Northern Italy. However, the Great War was the first truly global war, and three of them died on the Eastern Front – in Israel and Iraq.
One had emigrated to Australia, but joined up to fight, and died with the 14th Battalion, Austalian Imperial Force. Two more had been professional soldiers, serving in India, and fought with the Indian Division at Neuve Chapelle.
Some of the men were Wymeswold born and bred: others came to the village to work. They all left behind grieving widows, sisters, parents or children. They are all Sons of Wymeswold. Estaires Military and Communal Extension Cemetery, Northern France.
The resting place of James Collington and George Williams

Facts about the Lost Sons of Wymeswold

Youngest: Horace Giles, aged 18
Oldest: Frederick Robinson, aged 36
Average age: 27
Nearest to home: Frederick Robinson, buried in Loughborough
Furthest from home: Joseph Lamb and William Sissins, buried in Amara, Iraq
Ernest Hubbard died serving with the 14th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force (i.e. Australian Army)


9 died serving with the Leicestershire Regiment
5 died serving with the Sherwood Foresters
Other regiments, with numbers of Wymeswold men who died serving in their ranks

AIF (Australian Imperial Force): 1
Coldstream Guards: 2
Durham Light Infantry: 2
Essex regiment: 1
Grenadier Guards: 1
Kings Own Royal Lancashire Regiment: 1
Lancashire Fusiliers: 1
Northumberland Fusiliers: 2
Royal Dublin Fusiliers: 1
Royal Field Artillery: 1
South Nottinghamshire Hussars: 1
West Yorkshire Regiment: 2
Yorkshire Regiment: 1
Note: there is evidence that several of these men initially served in the Leicesters, but were later transferred to other regiments

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