This village and parish is situated about five miles north of Bourne, just west of the A15 trunk road. Aslackby parish lies to the north and Rippingale parish to the east. The parish covers just under 1,100 acres.
A small creek runs past the north side of the village, enventually joining the River Glen near Bourne. If you are planning a visit:
Michael Peck provides us with: "There are two memorials, one covering both WW1 and WW2 while the second (a window) is for WW1 only - and this appears to be missing one name (Hill) which appears on the roll. There is an associated plaque with the window, this shows some names and so is included. The window shows ranks and arms of service, the roll merely shows ranks and names. Names recorded are:"
Pte Bertie Evlyn RUDKIN
Pte Ernest Henry RUDKIN
Pte John Thomas WYER
Pte Richard CHRISTIAN
Pte Christopher HILL. 1939 - 1945.
Major John HOLDERNESS
Regarding Private HILL: Quoting Rebecca CONDON: "...the name was forgotten originally and added later when the mistake was realised."
Pvte Bertie Evlyn RUDKIN Lincs Regiment
Pvte Ernest Henry RUDKIN Royal Berkshire Regiment
Pvte John Thomas WYER Kings Own Royal Lancashire Regiment
Pvte Richard CHRISTIAN Labour Corps
Associated Plaque - The memorial window at the east end of the chancel was designed and executed by Messrs Burlinson and Grylls Window Artists, London. It was unveiled by W Dyson Esq of Bulby Hall and dedicated by Rev Canon W W Layng Rector of Rippingale and Rural Dean of the Deanery on 24th October 1920. John Smithson Barstow MA Rector, Henry Burbank, Thomas Wyer Churchwardens
The name "Kirkby" is common in the Midlands. The village name is from the Old Scandinavian kirkju+by, meaning "village with a church". "Underwood" has been added to differentiate it from the other Kirkby villages and hamlets in Lincolnshire. [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]
This place was an ancient parish in Lincoln county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
The parish was in the ancient Aveland Wapentake in the South Kesteven district in the parts of Kesteven.
You can contact contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed or funded to help you with family history searches. The site does have a good nostalgia piece.