The Utkinton War Memorial, more commonly known as ‘The Shrine’ contains the names of eight men from Utkinton who died in two World Wars. However, there are also men who had connections to Cotebrook who went and didn’t come back – they are remembered here too.
‘The Utkinton Boys’
36013 Private John Craven
10th Battalion Cheshire Regiment Buried at Mon Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport, France.24/10/1916 (Thiepval, France)
31617 Private Alec Stoneley.
7th Battalion Prince of Wales Volunteers (South Lancashire) 11/6/1917 Buried at Hazebrouckj Communal Cemetery
31609 Private Edward Rutter.
8th Battalion Prince of Wales Volunteers (South Lancashire)13/06/1917 Commemorated with honour on Panel 37 of the Menin Gate memorial to the missing, Ypres, Belgium
118011 Gunner John Warburton.
232nd Brigade Royal Field Artillery.14/09/1917 Buried at Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Flanders, Belgium
49597 Private Arnold Joseph Craven Johnson.
5th Battalion-Pioneers, C-Company, 9th Platoon, South Wales Borderers. 30/5/1918 Chambrecy Military Cemetery
41583 Gunner William Craven.
D-Battery, 168 Brigade Royal Field Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery Buried in Bouchoir New Military Cemetery, Somme, France.11/8/1918
101630 Private Arthur HORACE Harold Hassall
17th Squadron Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry).15/10/1918 Alexandria, Egypt Buried at Haifa War Cemetery.
D/J 74068 Able Seaman Walter Page.
8/6/1940 North Atlantic/North Sea, HMS Glorious, sunk in action
The Boys from Cotebrook:
24226 Private James Cook
15th Cheshire Regiment, 20/8/1917, Flanders
86764 Sapper Thomas Wilding
Royal Engineers, Salonika 16/4/1918, buried in Macedonia