The Villages and WWI, 1914-1918
On the 4 August 1914 Britain entrered into the First World War. At least one million British and Empire service personnel were killed in the four years that followed along with tens of thousands of British civilians. Across Europe and, indeed the world, the number who died runs into many millions – a total that is impossible to calculate accurately.
Men from Alvingham and North Cockerington took part in the war and the names of those who served on the western front and did not return are recorded on the memorial in St Mary’s.
SYDNEY ARNOLD WRIGHT, 3 July 1916, aged 19
SAMUEL HAND, 18 September 1916, aged 37
GEORGE BLADES, 21 March 1918, aged 23
There was a massive effort on the home front also – in mines and factories and notably in Lincolnshire on the land – where food production ensured that Britain was able to beat the German blockade.