We’ve been to Little Casterton and are confused. Underneath the brass plaque with the names of four villagers who died in the First World War is a second plaque. This was originally in Toll Bar Church before it was closed. It has some names already remembered on Little and Great Casterton war memorials. But some other names as well, raising some questions. Who were Samuel Loan and Harry Loane (different spellings of Loan-e)? Why is Henry Munford spelt Mumford? Why is James William Addison listed as Henry W Addison? Please tell us if you can throw any light on the matter. And while you’re at it, who was Arthur Edward Read on the smaller Little Casterton plaque? We can find no record of him either and would like to tell his story too.
I think I might have found A E Read. From the The Grantham Journal, 16 January 1915:Little Casterton – Killed in Battle.”The Rutland Churchman” magazine contains the following:- “We greatly regret to hear of the death of Mr A E Read, who had rejoined his old regiment on the outbreak of war. The official statement said – “No. 8865 Private A Read, 2nd Batt. Worcester Regiment, was killed in action at Vermeuil, on the River Aisne, on September 16th. His body was interred in the Bois de Boules, a wood on the western slopes of the Beaulne Spur. The spot is marked by a wooden cross.” Mr Read had many friends in this village, and the deepest sympathy will be felt for all who mourn for him.”
By cbrandal on Monday 5th January ’15 at 5:13pm