As Corby joins the nation this weekend in honouring the country’s brave soldiers on Remembrance Sunday, Corby Borough Council will also be marking the 100th anniversary of local soldiers who lost their life fighting in WWI.
John T Henry (Harry) Waters
John Waters (commonly known as Harry) was born at Kirby Hall in 1895. His father was Thomas Waters, originally from Oasby, Lincolnshire, and his mother was mary Ann Waters (nee Garfield) from Water Newton.
In 1901 the family were living at Kirby Hall and some time after 1911, relocated to Rutland, residing at Tickencote Lodge.
According to the information available, Harry enlisted on 13th January 1915 and served as a Private (17024) in the 7th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. At some stage he transferred to the 1st Battalion.
Harry arrived in France in November 1915, he was wounded twice and suffered from ‘frost bitten feet’. It is clear from records he was involved in heavy fighting throughout his time at the Front. Private Harry Waters was killed in action on 10th November 1917 during the Third Battle of Ypres, he was 22 years old.
Private Waters is buried at Tyne Cot Cemetery and remembered on the Gretton War Memorial.
George Thomas Chapman
George was born in Gretton in 1887. His father was Henry Chapman of Gretton, his mother Sarah Ann Chapman.
George volunteered for military service on 24th November 1915 enlisting in Kettering and was a Private with the 4th Battalion (Reserve) Northamptonshire Regiment. He was in the Reserves until he was mobilised for military service on 2nd March 1917.
George was transferred to the 6th Battalion when arriving in France in May 1917. Private Chapman arrived at the front on 20th June 1917. It is recorded that Private Chapman died of wounds on 11th November 1917. The wounds probably resulted from his participation in the Third Battle of Ypres. His body was never identified.
Private Chapman is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial and the Gretton War Memorial.
William Claypole was born in Cottingham in 1888. His father was John Claypole, his mother Mary Ann Claypole (nee Tansley). The family lived on Corby Road in 1891 and by 1901 were living in Blind Lane. William later lived in Church Street, Cottingham with his wife Mary Claypole (nee Atkins).
William served as a Private (20553) in the 6th (Service) Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. The Battalion mobilised and landed in France on 26th July 1915. The Battalion was to serve on the Western Front for the duration of the War.
Private William Claypole died of wounds on 15th November 1917. His wounds may have been inflicted during the Battle of Passchendaele. Private William Claypole is buried in the Dozinghem Military Cemetery and commemorated on the Cottingham/Middleton War Memorial.
Further information on all 3 local WWI soldiers will be presented on the Cube Helpdesk on the anniversary of their death. All further information regarding the WWI commemorations can be found on Corby Borough Council’s website, www.corby.gov.uk/home/leisure-culture/first-world-war-centenary-1914-1918.