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Thrapston War Memorial Research Group

"In the Springtime of their Lives"

Photographs and biographical extracts from the book (J to L)
Private Arthur William JEFFERY
February 1898 - November 2 1917

Born in Thrapston in 1898, the oldest son of Arthur John and Mary Elizabeth Jeffery. He was a great grandson of Mrs. Jarvis, of Thrapston who, at the time of his death, was in her 100th year and quite a local celebrity. He enlisted with the Northamptonshire Regiment, 1/4th Battalion, Service Number 200963 on March 26 1915 in Thrapston. He left for Egypt on November 9 1915. He was killed in action on November 2 1917. He was buried at the Gaza War Cemetery, Israel.

Private George JOHNSON
November 16 1896 - March 21 1918

Born in Thrapston in 1896, the oldest son of Frederick William and Mary Hannah Johnson. George worked for Mr. Nicholls, a butcher, after leaving school. He also took ambulance certificates at local classes. He enlisted in 1915 with the Royal Army Medical Corps, Service Number 60835 in Thrapston, and trained in Aldershot. He was part of the 8th Field Ambulance and served in Egypt and France. He was originally posted as "missing believed killed" in France near Arras on March 21 1918. Confirmation came later that he had died. George is recorded on the Arras Memorial, France. His name is also recorded on his brother's gravestone in Oundle Road Cemetery, Thrapston.

Private Frederick William JOHNSON
1899 - January 5 1921

Born in 1899 in Thrapston, the second son of Frederick and Hannah Johnson. He enlisted on May 17 1916 in Northampton aged 16 years, initially in the Royal Field Artillery, Service Number 147049 before transferring to the Tank Corps, serving in the 44th Battalion, Service Number 111391. He was awarded a War Pension of £2.00 a week on September 30 1919. By August 1920, he was confined to bed. He did not make any improvement and died at the family home in Grove Road of pulmonary tuberculosis on January 5 1921. He was buried in Thrapston Cemetery, Oundle Road.

Private George Alfred LANGLEY
1895 - October 25 1916

Born in 1895, the fourth child of Charles and Rosetta Langley of Denford. After leaving school, George worked at the Smith and Grace Ironworks, Thrapston. He enlisted with the 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment, Service Number 12847, in Northampton. After a period of training, he went to France on April 15 1916 and was killed on October 25 1916. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France. George does not appear on the Memorial in Thrapston Parish Church, but is included on the Smith and Grace Roll of Honour and is also named on the Denford Memorial.

2nd Lieutenant Gerald LENTON
1883 - July 27 1917

Born in Christchurch, Hampshire at the end of 1883, the fourth son of Henry and Lucy Lenton. Between 1887 and 1891, the family moved to Thrapston, where Mr. Lenton was the Primary School headmaster. He enlisted in the Honourable Artillery Company as a Private, Service Number 2780, before being commissioned to the Bedfordshire Regiment by the beginning of 1917. He joined the 2nd Battalion on February 18 1917 at Arras Trenches, Agny, France, being part of "B" Company. On July 26 1917, when the battalion was in the front lines at Zillebeke, just south of Ypres, he was wounded on a raid and died the next day. He is buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium. Gerald is not mentioned on any of the Thrapston Rolls of Honour, but is named on the Hunstanton War Memorial and the War Memorial in St. Edmunds Church, Hunstanton.

Private Charles LOAKES
1882 - December 4 1918

Born in 1882 in Great Addington, the second son of Joseph Chapman and Elizabeth Loakes. He lived in Woodford until 1915, when he moved to Midland Road with his family. They had three children. He set up the business W. and C. Loakes, Builders and Contractors, with his brother William. He enlisted on February 1 1917, joining the Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment, Service Number T/205423. He arrived in France on June 1 1917. He was wounded in the arm in March 1918. He contracted influenza and died on December 4 1918. He is buried in Valenciennes (St. Roch) Communal Cemetery, France.

Private William James LOARING
1889 - August 4 1917

Born in Thrapston, the son of Edwin J. & Maria Loaring. He was sent to the East End of London to train in the clothier/ outfitter trade at Spencer, Turner & Boldero, Lissom Grove, where he was at the outbreak of War in 1914. He enlisted at Epsom, Surrey into the Royal Fusiliers, Service Number 50074, becoming a member of the 13th Battalion. He was killed on August 4 1917 during an evening relief east of Messines, Belgium. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres. As his family were members of Thrapston Baptist Church, his name is included on their church Roll of Honour.

Private Alfred Shrives LOVEDAY
1898 - March 21 1918

Born in Thrapston in 1898, the oldest son of Harry and Emily Loveday. He joined the Royal West Surrey (Queen's) Regiment, 8th Battalion, Service Number G/23748, at the beginning of the war, in Kettering. He was killed in action on March 21 1918 but was initially posted as being "missing", presumption of death being received by his family in August 1919. He is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, France.