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.