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Irby-on-Humber War Memorial

Irby-Upon-Humber War Memorial 

There is a Memorial Cross in the corner of the Churchyard of St Andrew’s Church which was unveiled on 21st September 1919.


“In loving memory of 4 Irby boys. Richard Dyas, Robert Plaskitt, the brothers George and Robert Lusby, who made the supreme sacrifice in the Great European War 1914-1919. Erected by the parishioners of Irby.”


RICHARD DYAS served as a Private, 47915, Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment), 9th Battalion in France and Flanders. He was killed in action on 10th November, 1917, age 29 and is buried at the Loos British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France, Grave XX.C.24. He was the son of William and Mary Ann Dyas, of Irby-on-Humber, Grimsby.
Richard enlisted at Grimsby, living at that time at Irby.
There is a book rest in Irby Church in his memory.
The 1901 Census shows the family living in Thoresway where his father was a farm foreman.


GEORGE LUSBY served as a Private, 9702, in the Lincolnshire Regiment, 1st Battalion in France and Flanders. He was killed in action on 21st September 1915, age 22, and is buried at the Brandhoek Military Cemetery, Leper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Grave I E 11.
He was the son of David and Lucy Lusby, of Irby, Grimsby.
George was born at Riby and enlisted at Grimsby.
The 1901 Census shows the family living in Irby village with his father, David, working as a shepherd.


ROBERT LUSBY'S actual name appears to have been Walter Lusby and he served as a Private in the South Staffordshire Regiment, 2nd/5th Battalion, in France and Flanders. He died of wounds on 28th September 1917, age 23, and is buried at the Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Grave V11.A.34.
He was the son of David and Lucy Lusby of Irby, Grimsby and was born at Riby.
Robert enlisted at Scunthorpe, living at that time at Kirton-in-Lindsey.
The 1901 Census shows the family living in Irby village with his father, David, working as a shepherd.


ROBERT JAMES PLASKITT served as a Private, G/17290, in the Royal Sussex Regiment, 11th Battalion, as part of the British Expeditionary Force.
He was killed in action on 25th September 1917 and is buried at the Hooge Crater Cemetery, Leper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Grave V111.K.8.
Robert enlisted at Grimsby.
The 1901 Census for Irby shows James Robert, age 15, son of Edmund and Betsy Maria Plaskitt, working as a farm servant. His father was a cottager.