Horace LintottRegiment: D company, 1st Reserve Battalion, The Royal Engineers
Service No: 204360
Date & place of birth: 7 June 1881 in Stedham
Date & place of death:
26 or 27 April 1917 in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, aged 35

Family background

In the early 1900s two Lintott brothers, Frank and Alfred, operated Stedham sawmills, when saw-pits were operated manually with cross-cut saws. They were English and foreign timber merchants, with the telegram address of “Lintott Stedham”, and made gates, wattles, sheep troughs, cattle cribs, ladders and wheelbarrows, as well as fencing of all kinds.

By the 1891 census Alfred Lintott and his wife Sarah nee Redman had four children Alfred, Lewis, Rose and Horace (aged 9) and were living in The Alley, Stedham. Their fifth child William was born in 1895.

Horace Lintott married Ethel Charlotte Ison from Shiplow, Cambridgeshire in 1902. They had six children: Alfred Horace, Leonard Frank Ison, Beryl Sarah Annie, Frederick John Ison, Ethel Kathleen Mary and Vera Marie Rose.

By 1909 Horace had become landlord of the New (later the Gnu) Inn in Stedham. He and his brother William were also part of the family business at Stedham Sawmills.

Military service

Horace Lintott enlisted in the Royal Engineers in Horsham on 19 October 1916. “You are hereby warned that you will be required to join for service with the Colours” says the Army Notice Paper. He was 35 years 3 months, height 5ft 7ins, chest 43” and became Sapper no. 204360 in D company, 1st Reserve Battalion, The Royal Engineers.

Death & commemoration

Within 6 months, on 18 April 1917, Horace was operated on at Chatham Hospital for appendicitis and transferred to the VAD Rust Hall Hospital in Tunbridge Wells, where he suffered intestinal pain. He had a further operation on 25 April. His wife was notified by wire, and she travelled from Stedham to Kent, and was with him when he died of heart failure on 26 or 27 April 1917 aged 35.

Horace is buried in St James Churchyard, Stedham and commemorated on the Stedham war memorial.

Subsequent family history

Horace’s widow Ethel was awarded a widow’s pension of 33s 9p a week for herself and the six children. She subsequently married Horace’s younger brother William, who took over the running of the public house. Ethel and William had one son, Dennis, who served in WW2, and died some eight years ago. Dennis’ widow Peggy, now 96, is still living in the family home in Stedham.

Ethel died in 1961 and William in 1986, both buried in Stedham.

Horace’s grandson Eddie Horace Lintott provided the photo above and also has Horace’s metal war plaque “Horace Lintott – he died for freedom and honour”.

Midhurst U3A WW1 War Memorial Project