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James William Plowright

Biography of Gunner James William Plowright (149699)
50th Div, Ammunition, Royal Field Artillery
Died 2 October 1918

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James William Plowright

Date of birth:

Place of Birth:
Aslackby, Lincolnshire

Date of Birth registration:
Oct – Dec 1896

Place of Birth Registration:
Bourne, Lincolnshire, England

labourer on farm

No marriage for James has been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.


Father’s Name:
John William Plowright

Father’s DOB:
Father’s Place of Birth:
Langtoft, Lincolnshire, England

Father’s Occupation:
Carpenter on farm

Mother’s Name:
Sarah Elizabeth Christian

Mother’s DOB:
Mothers POB:
Scopwick, Lincolnshire, England

Mother’s Occupation:

Their Marriage:
19 February 1893 Scopwick, Lincolnshire
Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)
Emma Plowright Christian, 1891, Scopwick
James William Plowright, 1893, Scopwick
Ernest Plowright, 1895, Aslackby
James William Plowright, 1896, Aslackby
Florence A Plowright, 1902, Aslackby
Edith Plowright, 1903, Aslackby
John Robert Plowright, 1907, Aslackby
Dorothy Plowright, 1916, Aslackby

1901 Census:
james is living with his parents in Aslackby

1911 Census:
James is living with his parents in Aslackby.

Relatives in services:
James’s’s brother Ernest Plowright also fought and were killed in WW1. Ernest can be found on our page dedicated to the Aslackby War Memorial.

Newspaper Mentions:
Grantham Journal Saturday 16 December 1918
The sad news has reached Aslackby that Private Ernest Plowright was killed on Nov 4th and Gnr Herbert Gubbings on Nov 6th. Much sympathy is felt with their bereaved parents. Plowright was sleeping in a barn with his mates and he went outside at 11pm to attend to the horses. At that moment he was struck by shell and fatally wounded. His older brother, William has been missing for seven months and it is thought that he is a prisoner. Gubbins had been home on leave and was in the best of health and spirits on his return to France and his parents who live at Graby were expecting him home again shortly. It is understood that he was in the trenches when he received mortal wound from a shell.

Attestation Papers:
Not found

WW1 Soldier’s Records:
Not found

Soldier’s Died In The Great War:
These records show that Gunner James William Plowright, 149699, Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery was killed in action on 2nd October 1918 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

Pension Records:
Not yet available

Medal Card Index:
James’s medal card index states that he was eligible for the following medals:-
The British Medal
The Victory Medal


Aslackby, plaque in St James’ Church

Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
In memory of Gunner J W Plowright (149699) 50th Div, Ammunition, Royal Field Artillery who died on 2 October 1918
Remembered with honour Glageon Communal Cemetery Extension

More information:

Military Service Timeline

This is ongoing research and will be posted when completed.