A small cemetery was opened on the west end of the village, near the present A15 motorway, in 1900. It was opened as an extension of the parish churchyard, but burials were arranged through the Burial Board of the Parish Council.
Rippingale is both a village and a parish about 100 miles north of London, just over four miles north of Bourne and about a mile east of the A15 trunk road. Dowsby parish lies to the north, Dunsby parish to the south. The South Forty Foot Drain forms the eastern border. The parish covers about 3,540 acres.
There are no Commonwealth War Graves listed for the churchyard in the CWGC database.
Michael PECK tells us:
The War Memorials at Rippingale (St Andrew) have now been recorded. There are 4, but 3 are virtually identical except that on one the ranks of all the dead are recorded as Private and this is known to be wrong so should be ignored. The 4th memorial is to an individual. Their are no numbers or arms of service recorded. Names recorded are (all relate to WW1 except A. E. Sandall which is WW2):
Frederick Daff POLLARD
John William SANDALL
WW2 - A. E. SANDALL
Michael continues: Individual - In loving memory of Alfred Wilson Cooper Ensign in HMs 86th Regiment. He died in Gibralter on the 21st of October 1866 in the 21st year of his age.
The name Rippingale is from the Old English Hrepa+inga+halh, for "nook of the family of Hrepa", appearing in 806 as Repingale and also in the 1086 Domesday Book as Repinghale. [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991].
The name is often misspelled as "Rippingdale" in old records. Even the FreeCen site lists it with the "-dale" ending.