Asterby and Goulceby Men Who Came Home

Research of the Horncastle News and South Lindsey Advertiser archives 1914 – 1919 has identified 6 Asterby/Goulceby servicemen who survived WW1



Two casualty references found. He is mentioned in the casualty lists published in the Horncastle News on 11/11/1916 and then again 06/10/1917  (they do not indicate the nature of his injuries)


Leaf Heaton ( actual name was Leaf Heaton True)

His parents Risdale Heaton True and Annie Stapleton married at Asterby Church 18th May 1886

Leaf Heaton True was born at Ranby in November 1893. He died in 1969 (death registered at Louth)

Prior to his war service he was a farm waggoner.




Private Frank WRIGHT


Extract from Horncastle News - 08/07/16


'Asterby Man Wounded


News has been received by Mr Jabez Wright that his son Frank who is 'somewhere in France' has been wounded. He, with another, were stretcher bearing, when the Germans opened machine guns on them, Wright being wounded in the elbow, his companion receiving a bulletthrough the body. Both are in hospital'.


Horncastle News - 14/09/1918


'Pte F Wright Wounded


Mr Jabez Wright, Asterby, has received word that his youngest son, Pte Frank Wright, has again been seriously wounded. It is only a few weeks since he returned to France, having been for some time in hospital suffering from wounds in the knee. Pte Wright is a stretcher bearer, and while bringing in a wounded comrade he received seven machine gun bullet wounds in both legs. He is now in hospital in Scotland'


So the newspaper reports suggest that he was wounded 3 times - in the elbow, in the knee and then in both legs


 Private Robert GRIFFIN


brother of Moses Griffin ( who died of exposure 29/11/1915)

6th battalion Lincolnshire Regiment.


Horncastle News 08/01/1916    

 ''… Private Robert Griffin of the same regiment, was also at the Dardenelles, and is now in hospital in Malta suffering from Rheumatism and bronchitis, but is making a good recovery....''





Private Harold CLAYTON


Horncastle News 28/08/1915


''Our Photograph is of Harold Clayton 3rd Lincolns, RFA and son of Mr C Clayton of Asterby who now lies in No 1 Canadian General Hospital at the Base, France suffering from shrapnel wounds in the shoulder''


Harold Clayton was born 25/09/1883 in Wellingore, Lincoln

He joined up when he was 18, on 14/11/1911 for 4 years. He was an apprentice joiner.

His service medical states that he was 5' 4'' tall with a chest measurement of 34''.


He was demobbed 13/02/1919 and gave his home address as Asterby.




Trooper Thomas FLINTOFT


Born 11/01/1890 in Goulceby. Worked on his father's farm in Goulceby

Enlisted 10/11/1914: Lincs Yeomanry 409 Agricultural Regiment


He was initially assigned to ''home service because of eyesight'' but was later sent overseas



''Among the local men who departed with the Lincolnshire Yeomanry are:-

Trooper T Flintoff of Goulceby''


Casualty Form dated 10/12/1917 ( illegible )

Demobbed 20/01/1919


He died in Bardney in 1976