Today we remember Charlie Sharp of Rippingale who was killed in action 100 years ago this day in 1918.
Charles Sulman Sharp was born on 17th January 1889 in Witcham, Cambridgeshire, England to Sarah Maria Sharp also born in Witcham.
Charlie originally lived with his grandparents in Witcham but by 1911 had moved to Waverley near Stamford. At this time he was working as a wheelwright and living with the Dalton family as a boarder.
On 17th October 1917 Charlie married Rippingale woman, Maud Hill in Spalding.
Although his army records have not been found, Charles made the rank of Lance Corporal indicating that he may have served for a long period before his death in 1918.
Charlie Sharpe died during the final month of the Great War and the location of his grave would indicate that we would have been wounded somewhere in the Ypres Salient and then taken back to Duhallows Advanced dressing station on the outskirts of Ypres.
His wife Maud lost not only her Husband but also her two brothers, Arthur and George Hill during the war. She later remarked.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission remember Charlie Sharp with the following entry;
In Memory of Lance Corporal Charlie Sharp, 140972, 63rd Field Company, Royal Engineers who died on 20 October 1918 Age 29
Husband of M Cunnington (formerly Sharp) of 89 Station Road, Langley Mill, Derbyshire. Born Rippingale, Lincs.
Remembered with Honour, Duhallow A.D.S. Cemetery.
Charlie is also remembered on the Rippingale memorial.
Today, 24th September, we remember Frederick Daff Pollard who was killed in action 100 years ago this day in 1917 fighting for King and Country during the 3rd Battle of Ypres, commonly know as the Battle of Passchendaele.
Fred was born in Rippingale in 1891 to George Daff and Sarah Jane Pollard.
He joined the 9th Battalion (Prince of Wales Own) West Yorkshire Regiment and attained the rank of Lance Corporal.
Fred is remembered on the Tyne Cot and Rippingale memorials.
Our second act of remembrance for today is for a Rippingale man who also appears on the Dowsby Memorial.
In memory of Private Arthur Palmer Hill, 11898, 8th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment who died on 31st July 1917.
Remembered with honour, Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Rippingale Memorial and Dowsby Memorial.
Today, 25th September, we remember George Hill who was killed in action 100 years ago today in 1916.
Rippingale born George and his brother Arthur, both signed up to fight for King and Country, unfortunately, along with their brother in law, Charlie Sharpe, none were to make it home at the end of the war.
George, a Wagoner working in Rippingale, signed up in Bourne on the 30th September 1914, first serving with the 10th battalion and then later with the 1st battalion Lincolnshire regiment. George was killed during the on going actions for the Battle of the Somme on the 25th September 1916.
George Hill is buried in Guards Cemetery, Lesboeufs, France and also commemorated on the Rippingale Memorial.
A short history of George’s military career can be found on the Rippingale pages on the Jamie and Sue website.
Photo courtesy of Jim Latham