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Can you take a photo of the plaque and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org ? It would be great if we could add it to this page.
i can now confirm that John Bendall Oliver had 1 child named John Vernon Oliver who was born 23rd March 1906 in Treyford,Sussex.John Bendall Oliver wife Alice Oliver(formerly Vernon) mother lived inTreyford,Sussex. John Vernon Oliver is listed on the 1911 census listed as Jack Oliver living in Sussex with Alices mother.
LILLIE William Presumably Bill Lillie, erstwhile of Mary Fletcher Memorial Church and the Tabernacle, both in Leyton, in the late 1960s. Could not have died in 1901 (12 years before his birth)… presumably should say 2001.
I will contact Brian and ask him if I can give you his email address. Editor
Details and photos of the Methodist church in Romiley are delightful…please can I contact Brian Thornley, the author and organist on behalf of STNA? Thanks
I am looking up history of the Wesleyan Sunday School, Brunswick Mews. I would love to know about it as it is a recovery village for drug and alcohol. It has some beautiful features, I believe some were shops in Brunswick Mews. It still has beautiful coloured glass and lovely verandas. I would appreciate any information about its history. It is situated in William Street, Stockton on Tees and the back door leads into Brunswick Street.
This is a nostalgic tale. it creates in the mind the value that people attach to the lives of others. Am currently an administrator at Adastra school in Choma. As a school we are trying to document the history of this great school since much has been lost over the years. In view of this, I would like to hear the routing (Routine?-Ed) of Adastra in the days of Nozipho Mtshede and David.
Four Oaks, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel is a stone built structure situated in a prominent position on rising ground at the junction of Four Oaks Road and Lichfield Road. In 1940 the chapel seated 340 and there was schoolroom and eight other rooms. A modern extension has been added at the back of the building. The section visible from the road has been built in masonry to blend in with the older building but the opposite end has a very modern appearance. Sources Methodist Church Buildings: Statistical returns including seating accommodation as at July 1st 1940, No173 25 inch OS for Warwickshire sheet IV 11, 1901-2. 1913-4. Site visit 7.8.2019
The correct wording on the Memorial Plaque reads:
THIS ORGAN IS ERECTED TO THE GLORY OF GOD, AND IN EVER GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THOSE WHOSE NAMES ARE RECORDED BELOW, WHO VALIANTLY GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918
Bishop, Albert E Bishop, George Burgess, Horace R Burgess, John E Goodman, Harold Goodsell, H Allen Goodsell, Sydney J Link, Horace B Parsons, Percy W Taunt, Arthur F Taunt, Herbert J Wiles, Frank
GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS.
(1) Lance Corporal ALBERT EDWARD BISHOP served with 3rd Dragoon Guards (Prince of Wales Own) and died aged 18 on 6 July 1916, having married earlier that year. He is buried at Corbie Communal Cemetery France and had lived in High Street Tenterden.
(2) Sergeant GEORGE BISHOP served with 1st Battalion Buffs (East Kent Regiment) and died aged 32 on 2 October 1917, having married the previous year. He is buried at Loos British Cemetery France and had lived at Six Fields, Tenterden.
(3) Private JOHN ERNEST BURGESS served with 1st/5th Buffs (Royal West Kent Regiment). He was younger brother of Horace and died unmarried aged 20 at Gallipoli on 21 August 1915. His name is recorded on the Helles Memorial. He had lived at Pickhill Smallhythe Road Tenterden.
(4) Lance Corporal HORACE RICHARD BURGESS, elder brother of John, served with 1st Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry and died aged 24 on 19 August 1917 in the Isle of Wight having married earlier that year and shortly after the birth of a daughter. He is buried in St. Mary The Virgin Churchyard at Brading in the Isle of Wight but had been resident in Tenterden.
(5) Lance Sergeant HAROLD JAMES GOODMAN served with 15th Battalion Durham Light Infantry and died aged 26 on 10 April 1917, having married in Norwich 3 years earlier. He is buried in Cojeul British Cemetery, St. Martin-sur-Cojeul in France. He had a 17 months old daughter and his parents had lived in Gas Lane Tenterden.
(6) Private HENRY ALLAN GOODSELL served with the Machine Gun Corps and died unmarried aged 20 on 9 November 1918 two days before the Armistice. He is buried at Terlincthun British Cemetery in France. He lived in Fosten Green Biddenden and is named also on the War Memorial there. His brother Sidney John had also been killed during the Great War.
(7) Lance Corporal SIDNEY JOHN GOODSELL, brother of Henry Allan, served with the Machine Gun Corps and died unmarried aged 20 on 7 June 1917. He has no known grave but is commemorated also on both the Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium and the Biddenden War Memorial, having lived at Fosten Green Biddenden.
(8) Private HORACE BURT LINK served with 6th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment and died aged 32 on 4 October 1917, a month before his 33rd birthday. He had a boy and a girl born in 1907 and 1909. He is buried in Tyne Cott Cemetery Zonnebeke in Belgium. He was born in Bethersden but lived at Silver Hill Tenterden.
(9) Private PERCY WILLIAM PARSONS served with 14th Battalion Australian Imperial Force and was wounded in action by shrapnel in France on 28 August 1916 resulting in amputation of the right leg. He was discharged to Australia where he died of pneumonia aged 28 on 15 November 1918 in Melbourne. He had lived in Rolvenden but his mother lived with her sister at High Street Tenterden
(10) Private ARTHUR FRANK TAUNT, brother of Herbert James Taunt, served with 14th King’s Hussars and died unmarried aged 27 on 26 October 1914. He has no known grave but is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial Ypres, having lived at Station Road Tenterden.
(11) Private HERBERT JAMES TAUNT served with the Queen’s Own West Kent Yeomanry and died unmarried aged 20 on 31 August 1916. He has no known grave but is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France having lived at Station Road Tenterden.
(12) Sapper FRANK WILES served with the Canadian 1st Army Troops Company and died unmarried aged 34 on 19 March 1919 and is buried at Seaford Cemetery. His name is recorded on the Virtual War Memorial Index Canada and the Book of Remembrance in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower Ottawa. He was born in Tenterden and lived in Butchers Lane.
Horace R Burgess should be added as one of the fallen named on the Plaque.
Details of the twelve who gave their lives have now been traced noted above.
I have arranged for a Rededication Service at 3pm on Wednesday 13th November 2019 along the lines of the Original Dedication with the organist of Canterbury Cathedral to play.
Ref. — Pte. Tom Robson 2436 9th Bn Australian Imperial Forces
His service record can be found at https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=8033850 Which indicates he was JOHN THOMAS ROBSON Son of Joseph B. and Margaret Jane Robson, of Favor Lees, Wolsingham, Durham, England.
Missing/Killed In Action, France, 23 July 1916
Commonwealth War Graves Commission indicate no known grave — Commemorated at VILLERS-BRETONNEUX MEMORIAL, Somme, France
Hope this helps.
I used to go to these harvest festivals as a young boy and remember them very well. My grandparents were regular attendees at the chapel and my parents were married there.
Please can you add the references numerically cited in the article
I belonged to the Notts and derby district mayc club 617 Mansfield in 70s/ 80s the club performed with others in our district twice in Albert hall..such special memories of some excellent mayc London weekends..but in the last few day the district has lost a very special man called cliff board..to the notts/derby district he was Mr mayc. his smile and laughter would light up every place he visited…he will be so fondly remembered…
Thank you, Richard Moody, for providing that information, which is a reminder that all the Rolls of Honour were written ten years after the Armistice, and that unintentional errors could be made. I understand that John Thomas Moody was only 19 when he died, a week after the fighting stopped.
Thank you for pointing that out! We have now corrected the spelling.
Does anyone remember going to the Albert hall and seeing the Sunderland mayc do the lampton worm and seeing Anthony valentine and polly james
I think you will find that it is Headingley.
Best wishes though – just sent a Handsworth picture to my friend that includes her Dad.
No not this year. If you would like a copy of the record on CD I can still supply if you send your postal address. (EMAIL email@example.com AND WE WILL FORWARD MESSAGE TO DAVID)
Was the 1958 weekend when the choir sang The Dam Busters ? I’m afraid neither my husband nor I can remember anymore detail but we would have been 15 at the time and highly likely to have been there. We remember accommodating other clubs and also I think Cliff Richard attended one of the Albert Hall “shows”? Just wondering if 1958 was the year.
Thanks very much for putting this on this website. My parents are mentioned in Bill’s memories of the Bahamas, and I am sure my mother, Jean Bamfield, will enjoy reading this. It’s so good to capture the memories and thoughts of a person.
My wife and I worshiped at Eastbrook Hall for 24 years from 1963, our daughter was brought there,many happy years,we still keep in touch with members and all getting older.We retired and came to live in Bridlington. It is good to read reports about Eastbrook of happy memories.
Very interesting. Love the photos. Has any research been done on the names when the stones were laid i.e.R.H.Williams Mrs Moss of Boscundle House Mrs Box of St.Austell
As a Littlewood [Kevin] i remember it so well. Myra Littlewood was my aunty and Pamela Bassindale still is
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