VIDEO: Six men and one boy added to Northampton war memorial

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The names of seven people who were killed in France have been attached to a village memorial after a ceremony in a Northampton churchyard.

Villagers and local scouts stood outside St George’s Church in Wootton today to hear the names called out of soldiers who had lived in the area but died abroad in the First World War.

Scouts, Beavers and villagers gather at Wootton's refurbished war memorial in St George's Church yard

Scouts, Beavers and villagers gather at Wootton's refurbished war memorial in St George's Church yard

For the first time, the roll of honour contained the names of new seven people from the Wootton area, two of them teenagers, who went to fight in Europe and never came back.

They were: Victor Adams, aged 21, Christopher Bazeley, aged 19, Albert Bellchambers, aged 26, Walter Coe, aged 23, Harry Gore, aged 17, Sidney Lane. aged 26 and Cecil Thomson, aged 29.

John Page, whose research for a book on the men listed on the Wootton War Memorial led to the discovery of the new names, said the additions were a significant act.

He said: “If you imagine how the population of Wootton in 1914 was only a few hundred peopel, to lose that number of young men would have been a massive blow.

They are the heroes of Wootton.

John Page, who researched the soldiers

“We know of 30 who came back but these new names are only some of those who didn’t.

“Almost everyone in Wootton would have known at least one of them.”

Today saw the memorial, which was built from granite in 1920, rededicated following restoration work, which cost about £1,500, a sum raised by private donations plus amounts given by Preston Hedges Primary School, a masonic charity and the Red Lion pub.

The work included an additional stone plaque with the new names.

Michael Maynard, the stonemason who restored the meorial, said: “Suddenly the amount of war memorial work has shot up because of the 100th anniversary of the war.

“Since last year, I’ve done Cogenhoe, Hackleton, Little Adlington and Lavendon.

“It’s a great honour to be asked because these things have pride of place in a village. I feel very lucky to have been the one to inscribe those men’s names.

“The work took an awful lot of elbow grease but when you read what they went through, it was nothing; a real pleasure.”

Harry Gore aged 17

The youngest of the seven additional names, Harry Gore was born in Wootton in the winter of 1899 to parents John and Mary.

He had four sisters, two older and two younger, and they all lived for a time in Connaught Street, Kettering and that was where they were when Harry went off to school in London in 1911.

On August 19, 1915, Harry enlisted in the Kings Royal Rifle Corps and was posted to France on May 2, 1916.

Just over eight weeks later, he became one of the first servicemen to be killed in action in trenches near Ploegsteert Wood. He was 17-years-old.

Mary was sent both his Victory and British War medals.

He lies buried in Grave Number I.C.6 in Hainault, Belgium, which is situated opposite the Ploegsteert Memorial.