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

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