Remembrance – Abraham Warn

Today we remember Langtoft man, Abraham Warn who lost his life 101 years ago today.
Abraham was born in Langtoft in 1877, 6th child born to William Warn, a cottager with his 2nd wife Martha Coddington.

Abraham’s father passed away before 1901, where Abraham can be found living with his mother in Langtoft. He worked as a farm labourer in Langtoft before enlisting in the army with the Prince of Wales’ own West Yorkshire Regiment.

Abraham was serving with the 2nd/5th Battalion Yorkshire when the battalion was mobilised for war in January 1917.

Private Abraham Warn, 202055, 2nd/5th Bn, Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own, who died on 17 February 1917.Age 37
Son of Martha Warn, of Gray’s Cottage, Langtoft, Peterborough, and the late William Warn. Remembered with honour, Thiepval Memorial.

Abraham is one of the 8 men commemorated on the Langtoft village memorial.

Remembrance – John Thomas Haines

Today we remember the 100th anniversary of the death of John Tom Haines, commemorated on the Bourne Memorial and also on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing of the Somme.

John Thomas Haines was born in Spalding in 1883.
The son of John William Haines and possibly the step son of Suzannah Jane Blood.

By 1901 he was living in Bourne and in 1911 can be found in Dyke.

John enlisted in on the 8th February 1917 in Bourne and served in the 7th Battalion (Alexandra Prince of Wales Own) Yorkshire Regiment, and also the 13th Battalion, although “Soldiers died in the Great War” lists him as Yorkshire Hussars.

He was killed on 8th February 1917, aged 34. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

Remembrance – William Stanley Lynn

Today we remember the centenary of the sad death of William Stanley Lynn of Edenham, who died on the 2nd February 1918, after serving with the 8th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment.

William was born in the spring of 1896 in Edenham to Thomas Lynn, a blacksmith, originally from Newton on Trent and his wife Mary Bates of Aslackby.
Thomas and Mary were married in 1894. Mary already had a son, Ernest Tom Bates, who was born in 1885.
Thomas and Mary probably started their married life in Aslackby where their first Daughter Kate was born in 1892. Their second child, a son named Joe Gibson Lynn, was born in Sibsey in 1895. the family eventually settled in Edenham and their final three sons were all born here.
William Stanley Lynn, 1896, Edwin Harry Lynn, 1897 and Thomas Walter Lynn, 1899.

In 1901 the family were living on back Lane in Edenham, Thomas having his own blacksmith’s business. By 1911 William has found employment as a farm labourer, the family still living in Edenham.

On the 2nd September 1914 William enlisted into the Army in Bourne and joined the 8th Battalion Lincolnshire regiment. After his initial training he was posted to France on the 10th September 1915 as the first posting for the 8th Battalion. The Battalion first saw action in the battle of Arras being stationed in Bois Hugo at the start of the attack.
The battalion also saw action in the Battle of the Somme and were present at the battles of Albert, Bazentin Ridge, Flers-Courcelette, Morval, The Capture of Gueudecourt, Transloy Ridge, and then onto the Battle of the Ancre.

1917 saw the Battalion in action in the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line and were fighting in the battles around Arras before in July being moved to Ypres in preparation for the Battle of Passchendaele.

On the 13th July 1917, William Lynn reported to the medical officer with a complaining of shortwindedness, sharp pain over the left chest and a cough. He was sent to the 50th Field Ambulance and then on to the 55th Casualty Clearing Station. Thence the 55th General Hospital in Boulogne. After being shipped home he was admitted to Springburn Woodside General Hospital in Glasgow on the 27th July 1917. He was diagnosed has having contracted Tuberculosis of the Lungs and was eventually discharged from hospital on the 6th August.
William was subsequently confirmed for discharge from the army on 29th August 1917 as being medically unfit.

William eventually succumbed to the aftereffects of T.B on the 2nd February 1918 aged 21.

  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
  • In memory of Private William Stanley Lynn, 11891, 8th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment who died on 2 February 1918 Age 21
    Son of Thomas Lynn of Edenham, Lincolnshire
    Remembered with honour, Edenham (St. Michael and All Saints) Churchyard