Wing Parish and The Great War 1914 – 1918

From David Seviour 19/11/2018

During my research for ‘A History of Wing Village and Its Setting 1066 – 2018’ I noted the Church memorial plaque related to the installation of its clock to commemorate those residents killed during this great and terrible war. I made mention of this in the book and specifically mentioned the Rector’s Wife, Mrs Taverner and the commemoration of their son, Arthur Fred Taverner, 2nd Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry, who died as a result of wounds received in the Battle of the Somme. Arthur Taverner stood in Wing for the grief within thousands of communities at the loss of their young men between 1914 and 1918.

It was only later, after the book had been printed, that in a two hour conversation with Dorothy Buckby, that we touched on this same subject and she lent me a commemorative book produced by the Rutland Record Society in 1919. Few copies perhaps survive, but it sets out a comprehensive listing of those Rutland residents who served in the Great War.

It reveals that in 1911, Wing’s population stood at 297, comprising 142 males and 155 females, in 72 families. 66 males joined HM Forces representing 46.4 % of the male population. 9 were killed, representing 13.6% of those joining and 6.3% of the male population. Significantly, it also states that 14 were disabled, 9.8% of the male population and 21.2% of those joining the forces. There is a comprehensive list of all those who served and of those who died.

This same book also reveals some of the faces of those boys and men from Wing and surrounding villages who died, 19 year old Arthur Taverner is in the centre, and other names, Bagley, Baines and MacGregor, appear in other parts of the Village History.

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David Seviour 19/11/2018

Lest We Forget

By Andrew Griffin, Uppingham.

It suddenly occurred to me that the wonderful displays in various shops and businesses around the town in support of Remembrance will not be seen again in our lifetimes and there ought to be a record. I have put together this little slideshow in an attempt to preserve it and to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom. Although I have not yet completed the Poppy Appeal count, I am convinced that the efforts by these businesses have substantially affected the amount of money raised for the Royal British Legion


As many of the Seniors in the village don’t use the internet they may not be aware of this event. If you have a senior neighbour please can you pass this message on? We always have a good celebration and the food is great.


12.30 for 1.00 IN THE VILLAGE HALL



Turkey and all the trimmings. or vegetarian option


Christmas Pudding. Clemantine Possett. Fresh fruit salad.

Please indicate your choice of dessert when you book

TO BOOK Contact Mary Rodgers tel: 01572 737475 or email

Or see Paul Brewer at the Thursday Coffee Mornings.

Any donations towards the cost would be welcome on the day.


Thanks to everyone who completed a questionnaire, to provide your views about the possible future priorities for our lovely village. About 50% of the questionnaires were returned.
The questionnaires have been analysed by an independent company and they have provided us with the results.
The N.P. steering group have arranged to hold 2 public feedback sessions. This is to enable residents to hear the feedback. It is also an opportunity to ask questions and to hear about the next step in the progress towards the final Neighbourhood Plan Document.

The first session will be held on SUNDAY 2nd DECEMBER at 3pm.  The next on  WEDNESDAY. 5th DECEMBER at 7 pm.

Any questions please contact Nicky Lyttleton, Chairman, or myself, Joanne Beaver, Vice Chairman., or any committee member.

Lest We Forget

If you look at the war Memorial Board for 1935-45, in Wing Church, you will notice that the Wing residents of the 1939-45 war period were very fortunate in that none lost their lives. Nevertheless, those villagers who served during that period are recorded and remembered with thanksgiving.

This year, 2018, is one during which the end of the 1914-18 war is being remembered and sacrifices honoured.

Few, if any, Wing residents of today will have personal memories of those particular people mentioned on the Memorial Board. However, all of us will have our own family memories of that period of British history.

Therefore you are invited to share and honour your family members who served and those who sacrificed their lives during the wars of 1914-8 and 1939-45.

You can do this by putting a poppy on the Wing ‘Memory Wall’ located in Wing Church for the November 11th Armistice Day Services.

If you live in Wing you have received an envelope with poppy with a label for you to write the name/s of a family member/s you wish to be remembered.

Please return the poppy in the envelope to the box in the church or village hall, to a member of the P.C.C. or to me. If you would like to make a donation, this will be forwarded to the Royal British Legion.

Thank you, Gloria Whight