Lest We Forget
The Southfields Remembrance Service took place at St Barnabas Church on Sunday 11th November at 10:30am for the 2 minutes silence at 11am. This was in the grounds of St Barnabas Church, corner of Merton Road and Lavenham Road by the War Memorial to those killed in action [KIA] in the First World War and 200 names are inscribed in the memorial stone.
Research by Pat Sheerin and me 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.
Here is an image of Troops marching up Garrett Lane past St. Micheal’s Church. I wonder if any of the following were amongst them who didn’t make it safely back to Blighty? Like ……..
Sergeant Robert Chaney, 35a Astonville Street, KIA 1917. Awarded Military Medal and Bar
Rifleman Henry Bint, 150 Trentham Street, KIA 1917
Private Alfred Ames and Lance Corporal Charles Ames, brothers,of 155 Elborough Street, both KIA 1917,
Gunner Phillip Butcher, 178 Engadine Street, KIA October 1918
Lance Corporal Robert Dolding, 9 Clonmore Street, KIA 1917
Corporal Edward Lenzt, 106 Heythorpe Street, KIA 1916
Private Walter Bailey, 121 Elsenham Street, KIA 1917
Private George Cobbett, 77 Lavenham Road, KIA 1918
Private Herbert Cansick, 112 Brookward Road KIA 1918
Private William Watts, 87 Replingham Road, KIA 1918
Private William Fleet, 258 Merton Road, KIA 1916
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.