John William COLLINGTON

Bill Collington – no relation to John – was another Wymeswold man who had joined the regular Army in peacetime. His first term of enlistment ran out in 1908, but he continued his service with the Leicestershire Regiment until 1913. He was of course on the Reserve List in 1914, and was mobilised on August 5th, the day after war was declared. Having served two years on the Western Front, he was sent to England in August 1916, probably to train new recruits. Now a Lance Serjeant, he was recalled in 1918, as the Army started to run out of experienced NCOs. In March 1918, the 1st Leicesters  were helping to hold the Vaulx-Morchies line to the east of Bapaume. On the 21st, the great German offensive was launched, and the Leicesters, together with elements of the Norfolks, Sherwood Foresters, and South Lancashires were desperately trying to hold the line. He died just south of Lagnicourt and was buried by the Germans. However, in the subsequent fighting, his grave was lost and he is remembered on the Arras Memorial and on his family’s headstone at home.

Bill is remembered in Wymeswold Cemetery
Bill Collington