A soldier from Gretton is the next to be commemorated by Corby Council as part of the council’s marking of the centenary of the First World War.
A flag will be raised outside the Corby Cube to commemorate the life of Robert Henry Boon and mark his contribution to our country on November 13, the anniversary of his death.
Robert was born in Gretton in 1889 to Joseph and Eliza Boon.
It is recorded that he served as a Private (14082) in the 7th (Service) Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment.
He enlisted in Kettering on September 7, 1914. The battalion was formed in Northampton in that month.
This was the battalion which included the former rugby player Edgar Mobbs, who was eventually to serve as the Battalion’s Lieutenant Colonel.
The Grantham Journal on November 27, 1915, records the details released regarding Private Boon’s death:
Pte. R. H. Boon, 7th Northants
Another Gretton soldier has unfortunately been killed at the Western front. Mr. Jos. Boon, The Nook, Gretton, has received a letter, dated November 14th, from the Officer Commanding “B” Company 7th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment, as follows: “I am extremely sorry to have to write to tell you of the death of your son, R. Boon, of my Company.
“He died yesterday, a few hours after he was shot when directing some stretcher-bearers to the dressing station.
“If you have lost a noble son, we have lost one of the very best soldiers of our Company.
“He was always cheerful and willing to help anyone, and it was while helping others that he gave up his own life.
“I offer you my very deepest sympathy in your sorrow, which must, however, be mitigated by the knowledge that he died a noble death in this noblest cause.
“He was to be buried today in a military cemetery in which we have now a place for out 7th Battalion.”
Private Robert Henry Boon is commemorated on Gretton War Memorial and buried at the Voormezeele Enclosure No.3.
Further background on Private Robery Henry Boon and information on all local soldiers can be found on Corby Council’s website as part of the First World War commemorations.