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World War 1 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Gill Cannell & Andrew Dishman 2016

The memorial is to be found on the wall inside St. Mary the Virgin Church, Rectory Way, Wappenham. It takes the form of a wall mounted, brass, memorial plaque that is mounted on wooden backboard. The lettering is black, with a depiction of cross within the crown at the top centre of the plaque; there is also a decorative border and laurel garlands in relief, either side of the names. There are 10 names in total for World War 1 whih are listed with their rank and regiment.

Please note: The names here have been sorted into alphabetical order for ease of research and reading

Photographs copyright © Gill Cannell & Andrew Dishman 2016

To the Glorious Memory
Of the Men of Wappenham
Who laid down their lives
In the War

Pro Patria Their Name Liveth for Evermore

Private, 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Born 15 August 1894 son of Evans Thomas Chapman admitted to Wappenham School 1902.
DUNKLEY Richard Henry
Lance Corporal 204105, 6th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Killed in action 23 March 1918. Aged 25. Enlisted Norrthampton, resident Towcester. Son of Henry and Charlotte Dunkley, of Wappenham, Towcester, Northants. Formerly 1019, Northamptonshire Yeomanry. Buried in UNICORN CEMETERY, VENDHUILE, Aisne, France. Plot IV. Row G. Grave 10.
HAMP Walter George
[Transcribed as Walter J] Private 9900, 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 6 August 1916. Aged 24. Born Preston Capes, Northamptonshire, enlisted Northampton. Son of Levi Hamp, of 23, Overstone, Northampton, and the late Jane Hamp. Born 6 September 1892, admitted to Wappenham School 1903, son of Levi Hamp. Baptised 13 November 1892 in Gayton, Northamptonshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 18, son of Levi and Jane Hamp, a Farm Labourer, born Preston Capes, Newfield, resident Astwell Cottages, Brackley, Astwell with Falcutt, Northamptonshire. Buried in QUARRY CEMETERY, MONTAUBAN, Somme, France. Plot III. Row F. Grave 4.
LAWRENCE William [Edward]
Private G/22576, 7th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action 12 October 1917. Aged 21. Born and resident Wappenham, enlisted Northampton. Son of Mary Emma Lawrence, of Pittams Cottage, Wappenham, Towcester, Northants, and the late William Fowler Laurence. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 17.
LESTER Frederick
Private 4766, 7th Dragoon Guards (Princess Royal's). Died of wounds 5 April 1918. Aged 26. Born and resident Wappenham, enlisted Northampton. Son of Annie Lester, of Wappenham, Towcester, Northants. Buried in ABBEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot III. Row D. Grave 30.
Gunner 212000, "C" Battery, 50th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died 5 February 1920. In the 1911 census he was the grandson of Sarah Needle, aged 13, born Towcester, resident Perrys Lane, Wappenham, Towcester, Northamptonshire. In the 1901 census he was aged 3, grandson of John and Susan Needle, son of Mary Ann Needle (unmarried), born Towcester, resident The Street, Perrys Lane, Wappenham, Towcester, Northamptonshire. Buried in COLOGNE SOUTHERN CEMETERY, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot VI. Row B. Grave 16.
Driver, Army Service Corps
Private, Royal Fusiliers.

possibly Frederic William SECKINGTON served as Lamnce Corporal 73368, 10th Battalion, Sherwwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 22 April 1918. Aged 23. Born Duston, Northants, enlisted Northampton. Son of Mr. W. G. Seckington, of 88, Harlestone Rd., St. James, Northampton. Formerly 32054, Northamptonshire Regiment. No kinown grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 52 and 54.

Extract from England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1919:

SECKINGTON Frederic William of 88 Harlestone-road Northampton died 22 April 1918 in France Administration (with Will) London 21 March to William George Seckington shoemaker's foreman. Effects £245 16s 8d.

There was a Fred Seckington in the 1891 census he was aged 12, grandson of Daniel and Charlotte Seckington, working on farm, born Renishaw, Derbyshire, resident Radmore, Wappenham, Towcester, Northamptonshire.

There was a Fred Seckington baptised 3 August 1879 at Helmdon, Northants, son of Joseph and Mary Seckington.

SHARPE James William aka Jim
Private P.W.6007, 18th Battalion [memorial states 14th], Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 17 August 1916. Born and resident Wappenham, enlisted Northampton. Formerly G/28848, Royal Fusiliers.
WHITEHEAD William [Alfred]
Private 13214, 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 15 September 1915. Aged 24. Born Wappenham, enlisted Northampton. Son of William and Sarah Elizabeth Whitehead, of Wappenham, Towcester, Northants. Buried in POINT 110 OLD MILITARY CEMETERY, FRICOURT, Somme, France. Plot/Row/Section F. Grave 8.
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