William, I do not know the circumstances of your death, nor why your remains were not recovered from the field of battle, but, as a former Lincolns soldier myself, I can still salute you as the brave soldier you undoubtedly were, who died in the service of his country and who has no known grave. Most of your comrades commemorated here were not present to respond when the roll was called after the local fighting, which took place at various times between the Spring of 1916 when the main battle was at its height, and August 1918, when the advance to victory began. You and they were therefore commemorated on the Arras Memorial with 606 other members of our regiment.  Sadly, you were involved in at least one of the several Battles of Arras, and possibly more than one, and died in this fighting. I can but quote the memorial hymn again, “All you had hoped for, all you had you gave to save mankind – yourself you scorned to save.” I trust you were also commemorated on your home town war memorial.  But you are also remembered every year at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance, when the parade is at the attention while the Queen’s Colour and the National Standard are dipped in salute as the Last Post is sounded. I offer my sympathy to your widow and other relatives who mourned your sacrifice. Rest in Peace. Harry.

Henry Harrison