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


  • Name: James William Plowright
  • Date of birth: 1896
  • Place of Birth: Aslackby, Lincolnshire, England
  • Date of Birth Registration: October – December 1896
  • Place of Birth Registration: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England


  • Name: John William Plowright
  • DOB: 1868
  • Place of Birth: Langtoft, Lincolnshire, England
  • Occupation: Carpenter on farm


  • Name: Sarah Elizabeth Christian
  • DOB: 1872
  • Place Of Birth: Scopwick, Lincolnshire, England
  • Marriage: 19 February 1893 Scopwick, Lincolnshire, England

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: James is living with his parents in Aslackby, Lincolnshire.
  • 1911: James is living with his parents in Aslackby, Lincolnshire.

Relatives in services

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


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

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.

Military Records

Attestation Papers

  • None 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

  • None found


  • The British Medal
    The Victory Medal


  • UK:
  • 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

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

Military Service Timeline

  • Enlisted in Lincoln


  • This is ongoing research and will be posted when completed


  • WW1 Soldier’s Records (
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • British Newspaper Archive.

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