WW1 Roll of Honour - Edward Basil Langrish
Died 3rd October 1918, aged 19
Grévillers, Bapaume, Second Battle of the Somme, France
The Langrish family moved to Quorn in 1899, and later that year Edward Basil (known as Basil), the last of five children, was born. His parents, John and Ellen, first rented a cottage on High Street, before moving to Alma Terrace, a row of small cottages off Meeting Street. John was employed as a coachman, but Basil did not follow in his footsteps, and prior to the war, he worked at the local Co-op store on Station Road, where Bradley’s grocery shop is today. See Artefact 1822 for a photograph of the old Co-op.
A short army service
Basil was a Private in the Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, and died from wounds received on the battlefield, only two weeks after he arrived in France, and only about twelve months after he enlisted. He is buried in Grévillers British Cemetery, Pas de Calais.
Loss of two bellringers
As a member of St Bartholomew’s Church Bell Ringers Guild, the bell ringer’s minute book sadly records Basil’s death. By a strange coincidence, a fellow bell ringer, Albert Rennocks, also lost his life on the same day, although they were not serving in the same unit or in the same area.
A plaque in their memory still hangs in the ringing chamber of the bell tower, and reads:
“To the glory of God and in faithful memory of two members of the Bellringers Guild who fell in the Great War
Edward Basil Langrish at Grevillers
Albert Edward Rennocks near St Quentin
On the same day October 3rd 1918
1) A newspaper photograph of Basil Langrish.
2) The plaque in memory of Basil Langrish and Albert Rennocks that hangs in the ringing chamber of the bell tower.
3) Meeting Street, looking down with the forge on the left. Alma Terrace is on the right, at right angles to Meeting Street. Alma Terrace, on the right of the photograph, at right angles to Meeting Street. John and Ellen continued to live on Alma Terrace, in the house where they had brought up their children, until the 1950s. They were both in their 80s when they died.