Humberston War Souvenir

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Reference WMO/269215


Saint Peters Church Humberston

95 Church Ave

Humberston Grimsby

DN36 4HR


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Status: Lost/missing
Type: Freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Other
  • 10th Century Wars
About the memorial: The second part of the WW1 memorial consisted of a book recording the war work of parishioners. This was to contain about 38 portraits of those who had served in Army & Navy. Copies of this book were to be preserved in Parish Church and the Wesleyan Chapel which is in Humberston Avenue, opposite St. Peter’s church. The book was called “The Humberston War Souvenir” complied by the vicar of Humberston Rev. F. J. Lane. It was published by Richardsons, Printers, Ltd, 87a to 103a, Victoria Street, Grimsby in 1919 Inside the first page was the following:- A Souvenir of the GREAT WORLD-WAR from 1914 to 1919, as it concerns the parish of Humberston in the county of Lincoln. There was also a picture of the memorial at Humberston as it was in 1919. From enquiries that I have made in Humberston, there was a copy of this book kept on the altar of the parish Church. In fact there is a black and white photograph taken in 1948, which shows the book in place on the altar. However, it seems to have gone “missing”. However there is a copy of the book in Grimsby Central Library, Local Studies section under reference H804-940.467. The book is quite small, about the size of an exercise book measuring 230mm by 140mm. It contains pen portraits and photographs of the 8 men who were killed in the war, and then photographs and written descriptions of those who went to war and survived. There is also information of how the war affected the lives of the people of Humberston, the effect of the bombing raids there, and it also lists other servicemen who were killed or injured, who were not resident within Humberston, but had worked for Humberston employers. The book also describes and pictures the war memorial in Humberston, and describes the events in the village leading up to its placement in the churchyard. I have used this book when compiling reports of the fallen in the First World War. (John Readman)
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