Haconby Memorial – WW2

After a question raised on an email, tonight we have been looking at WW2. On the Haconby memorial we find E Sharman, son of Richard and Mary Sharman of Haakon Nurseries in Haconby. Haakon Nurseries (Haakon House) are the rose gardens on Haconby crossroads.

Investigating E Sharman we find out that he was Pilot Officer Edward Sharman, a navigator on a Vickers Wellington MK2, W5355, that was lost without trace with all crew on a night raid to Le Havre on 11th February 1942.

The aircraft of 12 Squadron took off from RAF Binbrook on the night of Wednesday 11th February, for a mission that was planned for the 12th. The crew of W5355, code PH, on that night were:-

Pilot Officer Norman Nelson Powell, aged 24, J/5226. RCAF, Pilot.
Pilot Officer Edward Sharman, aged 20, 108145. RAF Volunteer Reserve, Navigator
Sergeant John Walter Ashton, 1379656. RAF Volunteer Reserve, Pilot.
Sergeant George Henry Bonner, age 32, 959560. RAF Volunteer Reserve, Air Gunner.
Sergeant David Thomas Smith, age 22, 944264. RAF Volunteer Reserve, Wireless Operator.
Sergeant Robert Charles Wentworth-Hyde, 930250. RAF Volunteer Reserve, Air Gunner.

Pilot Officer Edward Sharman is remembered on the Haconby St Andrew war memorial. He is also remembered on Wickenby Register Roll of Honour, Great Gonnerby St Sebastian war memorial, Great Gonnerby Memorial Hall, The Runnymede Memorial (Panel 71) and at the International Bomber Command Centre Panel 95.

Remembrance – George Edward Hunt

Remembrance – George Edward Hunt

Today we remember George Edward Hunt, another of our villagers who never returned from The Great War.

George was Born in Stainfield in 1895 and was the son of farm labourer James Hunt and his wife Mary Stokes.

George joined the 5th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers a battalion that arrived in Le Havre in March 1917.

George was killed in action on the 9th October 1917 during the third phase of the third battle of Ypres (Passchendaele).

In Memory of Private George Edward Hunt, 39301, 3rd/5th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers who died on 9 October 1917 Age 23.
Son of James and Mary Hunt, of Stainfield, Bourne, Lincs.
Remembered at the Tyne Cot Memorial
Panel Ref: Panel 54 to 60 and 163A

George is also remembered on the Haconby War Memorial.


Remembrance – Edmund Wyer

Remembrance – Edmund Wyer

Today, 4th October, we remembered Haconby man Edmund Wyer who was killed on this day 100 years ago in 1917.

Edmund was the son of William and Sarah Ann Wyer of Haconby and was one of their 10 children.

Edmund was a farm labourer before war broke out he was one of nine men from our parishes that had enlisted in Kitchener’s Army before October 1914.

Edmund joined the 8th Battalion Lincolnshire regiment and embarked from Folkestone in September 1915. Following leave back to the UK in January 1917, Edmund was wounded in april 1917. Rejoining his battalion in May 1917, that year saw Edmund take part in the 3rd battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) where he was subsequently killed in action on the 4th October.

The story of Edmund’s family during the war is a very sad one with seven cousins all being killed in action, including Edmund’s two brothers.

In Memory of Private Edmund Wyer, 10912, 8th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment who died on 4 October 1917.
Remembered with Honour Tyne Cot Memorial
Panel Ref: 35 to 37 and 162 to 162A

Edmund and his two brothers are also remembered on the Haconby memorial.

Remembrance – Thomas Wakefield

Remembrance – Thomas Wakefield

Today we have three commemorations.

For our first we remember Lance Corporal Thomas Wakefield, 15486, 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards who was killed in action 100 years ago on 31st July 1917 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders, serving with his Battalion the first day of the battle of Passchendaele.

Born and brought up in Haconby by his publican parents.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
In Memory of Lance Corporal Thomas Wakefield, 15486, 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards who died on 31 July 1917.
Remembered with Honour Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial and Hacconby Memorial
Panel Ref: Panel 11