The Great War – Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget          The Great War

The Great War as it came to be known commenced 100 years ago today. In the grounds of St. Barnabas Church there is a War Memorial to those killed in action [KIA] in this first Global War. There are 200 names inscribed on the memorial stone.

The media today, 4th August 2014, has many programs about the day England declared war on Germany. I am always drawn to the point where it may have been averted. This was ‘IF’ the driver of the royal car carrying Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary and his wife Sophie hadn’t taken a different route to that originally planned, the assassinationby a Yugoslav nationalist in Sarajevo may not have occurred. Maybe the war despite the resurgence of imperialism may not have happened and millions of lives would not have been lost in the slaughter of that conflict and the many wars thereafter.

Research into the War Memorial names is ongoing and any information would be greatly appreciated. We do not have a single image of any of the casualties. The above is an image taken of the war memorial today. Maybe Southfields residents could drop by and spend just a few moments in quiet contemplation.

Inside the church on the wood paneled wall up by the church organ, you will find a name carved into the woodwork. A Rhodes, who was a young, Chorister. Perhaps he could be forgiven this small act of vandalism for a few years later he was killed in action on 13th November 1916, aged 20.

Local Historian Neil Robson in his book about Southfields, ‘Roomy Villas’  he tells the story of Second Lieutenant James Pulleyn of the Royal Flying Corps who was shot down. He lived with his family at 85 Elsenham Street.

Other names of those killed in the conflict who lived on the Grid are inscribed, there may be more information as research continues.

Boy Telegrapher, William Roberts, aged 17, KIA 1916, H.M.S Queen Mary, 103 Heythorpe Street,

Sergeant Robert Chaney, 35a Astonville Street, KIA 1917. Awarded Military Medal and Bar.

Sergeant Frederick Crowe, 22a Astonville Street, KIA 1916

Rifleman Henry Bint, 150 Trentham Street, KIA 1917

Private Frederick Wiseman, 100 Trentham Street, KIA 1916

Private Alfred Ames and Lance Corporal Charles Ames, brothers, of 155 Elborough Street, both KIA 1917,

Sergeant Reginald Bailey, 25 Elborough Street, KIA 1916

Gunner Phillip Butcher, 178 Engadine Street, KIA October 1918

Lieutenant James Barrow, 12 Engadine Street, KIA 1916

Lance Corporal Robert Dolding, 9 Clonmore Street, KIA 1917

Second Lieutenant Edward Weller, 114 Clonmore Street,

Awarded Military Cross, KIA 1918

Corporal Edward Lenzt, 106 Heythorpe Street, KIA 1916

Private Walter Bailey, 121 Elsenham Street, KIA 1917

Sergeant John Dixon, 202 Elsenham Street, KIA 1917

Private George Cobbett, 77 Lavenham Road, KIA 1918

Rifleman Arthur Worster, 90 Lavenham Road, KIA 1916

Private Herbert Cansick, 112 Brookward Road KIA 1918

Rifleman George Dearling, 16 Brookwood Road, KIA 1918

Private William Watts, 87 Replingham Road, KIA 1918

Private William Fleet, 258 Merton Road, KIA 1916

Corporal Cecil Manville, 356 Merton Road, KIA 1914

Peter Stechman

4th August 2014

Remembrance Day Service 2013 – St Barnabas – Lest we forget

Lest We Forget 

The Southfields 2013 Remembrance Service took place at St Barnabas Church on Sunday 10th November at 10:30am. Shortly before 11am the congregation went into the grounds for a short service led by Rev. Ian Tattum who read out the names of some of those killed in 1917. There followed the 2 minute silence by the War Memorial in memory to those killed in action [KIA] in the First World War and the 200 names inscribed in the memorial stone. The last post was also sounded.

Research by Pat Sheerin and Stech has found that many casualties were from Grid streets and roads. A few of those are listed below, one taken from every street or road name, there are many more. Do you live in that house, street or road, if yes, just take a few moments to think of that person who stepped out of your front door to go to war and never returned.

Boy Telegrapher,  William Roberts, aged 17,       KIA 1916, H.M.S Queen Mary, 103 Heythorpe Street,

Sergeant Robert Chaney, 35a Astonville Street, KIA 1917. Awarded Military Medal and Bar.

Sergeant Frederick Crowe, 22a Astonville Street, KIA 1916

Rifleman Henry Bint, 150 Trentham Street, KIA 1917

Private Frederick Wiseman, 100 Trentham Street, KIA 1916

Private Alfred Ames and Lance Corporal Charles Ames, brothers,of 155 Elborough Street, both KIA 1917,

Sergeant Reginald Bailey, 25 Elborough Street, KIA 1916

Gunner Phillip Butcher, 178 Engadine Street, KIA October 1918

Lieutenant James Barrow, 12 Engadine  Street , KIA 1916 

Lance Corporal Robert Dolding, 9 Clonmore Street, KIA 1917

2nd Lieutenant Edward Weller, 114 Clonmore Street,

Awarded Military Cross, KIA 1918 

Corporal Edward Lenzt, 106 Heythorpe Street, KIA 1916

Private Walter Bailey, 121 Elsenham Street, KIA 1917

Sergeant John Dixon, 202 Elsenham Street,

Private George Cobbett, 77 Lavenham Road, KIA 1918

Rifleman Arthur Worster, 90 Lavenham Road, KIA 1916

 Private Herbert Cansick, 112 Brookward Road KIA 1918

Rifleman George Dearling, 16 Brookwood Road,  KIA 1918

 Private William Watts, 87 Replingham Road, KIA 1918

 Private William Fleet, 258 Merton Road, KIA 1916

Corporal Cecil Manville, 356 Merton Road, KIA 1914   

The Great War as it is also called officially commenced on 28th July 1914 and less than a month later on 26th August 1914, 17-year-old Private Arthur Reeve of 17 Burr Road was killed in action.

The last recorded name Private G.F Verge, listed as KIA was on 11th November 1918, Armistice Day but Harold Strange of 96 Ravensbury Road, was killed on 7th November 1918 just four days before hostilities ceased.

We will remember them.

The research into the War Memorial names is ongoing by Pat Sheerin and myself. Any information would be greatly appreciated. If you attend Services at St. Barnabas, you can find a wall tablet to Arthur Rhodes, a Chorister and Server at the Church, killed in action 13th November 1916, aged 20 years.

Also you could buy a copy of ‘Roomy Villas’ at The Golden Treasury Bookshop, Replingham Road and read about Southfields history and of Lieutenant James Pulleyn of the Royal flying Corps who was shot down. He lived with his family at 85 Elsenham Street.

Research continues into the names listed on the war memorial and it is planned to publish these in time for the centenary of the Great War.

Peter Stechman

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Christmas services for all.

The Nativity Service will be at 4pm on Christmas Eve; as usual with familiar carols and a dramatic re-telling of the story of Christmas. As in previous years half of any collection will be donated to the Childrens’ Society.

Midnight Mass will be at 11.30 pm and our Christmas morning service will be at 10.30.