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