Flag to be raised in Corby for First World War soldier killed on Boxing Day 100 years ago

A flag will be raised outside of the Corby Cube, in James Ashworth VC Square, on Saturday, December 26
A flag will be raised outside of the Corby Cube, in James Ashworth VC Square, on Saturday, December 26

A Gretton soldier who was killed on Boxing Day 1915 is to be commemorated by Corby Council.

Sgt Joseph Wymant, who was born in 1876 to David and Mary Wymant, was a professional solider who had first enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery.

He was part of the British force that was besieged by Turkish troops in the town of Kut (in modern day Iraq).

The British force under General Townsend had retreated to Kut after the Battle of Ctesiphon.

Turkish attacks on Kut were ferocious and the British forces struggled with dwindling supplies, particularly of ammunition and fresh water.

It is recorded that Sgt Wymant died of wounds following one of these attacks by the Turks on December 26, 1915.

Sgt Wymant is commemorated on the Gretton War Memorial and at the Kut War Cemetery.

A flag will be raised outside of the Corby Cube, in James Ashworth VC Square, on Saturday, December 26, to mark his sacrifice.

Further background on Sgt Wymant and information on all local soldiers can be found on Corby Council’s website as part of its First World War commemorations.