War Memorial File



2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment.

Service number; 23532.

Died on March 4th 1917.

Aged 30 years.


Thiepval Memorial,
Pier and Face 11. A. and 11. D.


Died March 4th 1917, aged 30 years.

Son of James and Elizabeth Warr, of Ailesworth, Peterborough.

Report copied from The Peterborough Standard, dated March 24th 1917.

PTE. WILLIAM WARR, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. James Warr, Ailesworth, was killed in action on March 4th. The sad news was received by Mr. and Mrs. Warr in a letter from one of the officers, who spoke very highly of Pte. Warr’s character and soldier-like abilities. He was 30 years of age. Another son of Mr. and Mrs. Warr, viz. Trooper Horace Warr, Royal Bucks Hussars, has been invalided home.

Copied from The Church Magazine, March 1917:

Pte. William Edward Warr, 2nd Northants Regiment, was killed in Action doing his duty bravely. He left home, where he could ill be spared, anxious to take part in the Great War. He is much missed in his home and by many friends. One of his Officers has written highly of him, and expresses much sympathy with his family. The only other son was most anxious from the first to enlist, but was rejected several times on account of his health. He was at last accepted; but has now been discharged as not being strong enough for service in the Army.
A memorial service was held on Sunday evening, March 18th, conducted by the Rector, which was attended by a large number of sympathising and sorrowing friends. The special hymns and, lessons, and prayers were full of comfort and hope. The text of the sermon was, “Now I know in part but then shall I know even as also I am known.”

There is a memorial stone in Castor churchyard with the following inscription:

William Edward Warr
Eldest son of James and Elizabeth Warr
Killed in action in France
March 4th 1917.
Aged 30 years.