Private William Wynne Lincolnshire Regiment

Written by Karen Day
First Published


William Wynne died on the 13th of October 1915,.

Yet to find William's specific connection to our parish we know he was born at Neap House, Gunness and his place of residence on his army details was listed as Normanby - by - Spital. We are still looking for further information. Any would be gratefully received, please Email FTAO Karen., however, below is William's story so far.

Lincolnshire Regiment cap badge
Lincolnshire Regiment cap badge.
© IWM (INS 5552)

1901 finds the 6 year old William living in Gunhouse Lane where he was born in 1894. Gunness and Neap House were part of the Civil Parish of Crosby.

His Father, James, was a farm foreman and together with William's Mother Mary Ann he had 6 other siblings living in the house at that time. They ranged in age from 10 to 3 months and all were born in Gunhouse Lane. Their names were John, Edith, William, Herbert, Gertrude, Dennis and Arthur.

By 1911 the family were still living at Neap House with further additions to the family of Lewis, Mary and Harold. By that time aged 16 William had left home and we find him working as a Horseman on a farm at Appleby living in the same household as the farm foreman, a Mr Walter Peake.

Joining Up

Wounded British troops in Vermelles.
© IWM (Q 29006)

William enlisted into the 1st/5th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment at Grimsby. The Battalion HQ was The Drill Hall, Grimsby. His medal qualifying date is 1st March 1915 and his award The Victory Medal, The British Empire medal and The 1915 Star, otherwise know as the Pip, Squeak and Wilfred after the popular comic strip characters of the day.

The 5th Bn. was a volunteer territorial battalion raised specifically from the North of Lincolnshire with the 4th Bn. being raised from South of Lincoln. A further source of information regarding this battalion can be found in A History of The 5th Battalion The Lincolnshire Regiment by Colonel T. E. Sandall, C.M.G., T.D. (late Commanding the Battalion). It can easily by found online too, it is not copyrighted and within the public domain.

The battle for The Hohenzollern Redoubt on 13th October 1915 was a day in which the 5th Bn. received a devastating loss of life. So much so that it struggled to produce enough men to form just one company for a visit by HM The King later that month.

The casualties were extremely heavy. Of the 23 officers who went into action, 11 were killed and 11 wounded, of whom one subsequently died of wounds. 285 other ranks were reported killed or missing, and 175 wounded.

On the evening of October 15th, the remnant of the Battalion under Captain Madge, left the trenches, where they had rested for 24 hours, and proceeded to Vermelles, whence they were conveyed by bus back to their old billets at Hesdigneul.

The attack on the Hohenzollern Redoubt was a feat of arms of which the Battalion will be ever proud, but the enormous number of casualties practically destroyed it for the time being as a fighting unit. The survivors for a short period were shaken and depressed and all organization was destroyed, but the task of rebuilding the Battalion on its old lines and traditions was begun at once, and carried through ultimately with entire success.

Colonel T. E. SANDALL,
C.M.G., T.D.

The 21 year old William Wynn was one of the 285 missing from that day, his name is commemorated on the Loos Memorial - Panel 31 to 34.

The Royal Anglian & Royal Lincolnshire Regimental Association, Lincoln Branch, for more detailed information about the Hohenzollern Redoubt and the unveiling and Dedication Service of the 46th (North Midland) Division (TF) Memorial. Friday 13th October 2006.

Record Details for William Wynne

First Names:William
Death Date:
Family Info:Son of James and Mary Ann Wynne.
Service Number:2687
Service:British Army
Regiment:Lincolnshire Regiment
Battalion:1st/5th Battalion
Commemorated:Loos Memorial - Panel 31 to 34. Map
Place of Death:The battle of The Hohenzollern Redoubt


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  1. UK Census 1901 & 1911
  2. British Army Medal Rolls
  3. A History of the 5th Battalion the Lincolnshire Regiment by Colonel T. E. Sandall, CMG, TD

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