Monday, December 16, 2013


One of the Rolls of Honour on the Brigg Monument war memorial showing the names of those who died in the service of their country. 

When Brigg Town Council holds its monthly meeting tonight (Monday,  December 16) history will be a running theme.
Town councillors are to consider suggestions brought forward by teacher David Waite,  of Sir John Nelthorpe School, to mark the centenary of the start of World War One, which broke out in 1914.
It is possible the Town Council will set up a working group to progress the organisation of  events within Brigg next year.
Mr Waite has been leading a group of pupils at the school  in researching Brigg soldiers' involvement in the so-called Great War. Some of their stories feature in the current edition of the Brigg Matters newsletter and were mentioned in despatches by Brigg Blog quite recently.
Also at tonight's meeting  the Town Council will be considering Percy Grainger, the renowned late 19th/early 20th century composer who has strong links with our town and the early years of the Music Festival. He recorded the folk song Brigg Fair which Frederic Delius later made  famous through his classical rhapsody.
The Town Council's Volume I of the Percy Grainger Thesis (which refers to his visit to Brigg)  appears to have been mislaid.  However, steps are under way to try and secure a replacement.
As always at monthly meetings of the Town Council, a slot has been set aside for Public Question Time. This allows any interested townsfolk to go along and raise matters directly with their elected representatives.
The meeting in the Angel Suite starts at 7.30pm. Even if you don't intend to ask questions, you are welcome to turn up and listen to the discussions. If you are attending, use the rear access to the Angel complex, adjoining the car park, and enter through the door in the Rotunda - the conservatory-like building. 
One of the most informative sections of Brigg Town Council meetings is the monthly report from our  North Lincolnshire ward councillors. They are Couns Rob Waltham, Carl Sherwood and Nigel Sherwood, who all hold key Cabinet positions within the unitary authority that governs the district from Killingholme (in the east) to Haxey (in the west) and from Redbourne (down south) to Barton on Humber and Alkborough (up north).


Ken Harrison said...

David Waite's SJN's History Group is doing an excellent job, but I hope that the Brigg Town Council's 'working group' includes members from the wider community, and not predominantly 'non-veteran' councillors.

Unknown said...

J. Elliott on the memorial is Joseph Elliott, he and brother Robert both died in WW1 although Robert had moved to Thorne, so I don't think is listed in Brigg, both are also remembered on their parents headstone in Brigg Cemetery here, their father Joseph was the chimney sweep as was his father... another Joseph listed in Brigg in 1856

Ken Harrison said...

@ F TFHA - Yes, Joseph Elliot was killed on 4th July, 1915.....and an Elliot R. is also inscribed on the memorial. One of the Elliots was the husband of Eliza of Thorne, Yorks.

It may be worth noting that there are various mistakes in the inscriptions - 'C's and 'G's, for example, appear to be confusing interchangeable.
For instance, Pte AINCER - KIA 27-10-17 should read AINGER and Pte COATES should read GOATES.
Meanwhile, Pte Rushmoor, W(illiam) was actually in the Royal Navy and his rank should read Able Seaman (AB)