The Friends of Gainsborough Cemeteries and Chapel is a small charity run by volunteers. Contact: Susan Edlington
The Friends of Gainsborough Cemeteries and Chapel held a ceremony on 1st July to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.
87 local men who were killed during the 141 days of the battle.
Our ceremony was very well attended - there were relatives of Gainsborough area soldiers who were killed and wounded on the Somme. There were representatives from West Lindsey Council and the Town Council, Gainsborough Royal British Legion, and there were readings from pupils from Queen Elizabeth High School and The Gainsborough Academy. The Last Post was played by Captain Phil Naylor, Lincolnshire Army Cadets.
The ceremony was held at the graveside of Lance Corporal Ernest Charles Freebury. His grave has recently been accepted as a war grave by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He fought at the Somme and survived the battle but was wounded on 30th July just after his battalion had moved further north. After being wounded he was brought back to England and was discharged in 1917 due to his injuries and tuberculosis and he died from TB in 1918. The ceremony was attended by his great nephew, Stuart Credland.
Lance Corporal Freebury's headstone was restored with funds provided to the "Friends" by the Lincolnshire Co-op "Community Champions" scheme.