Briggswath and Sleights

Note attached to Whitby, Wesley Hall, Roll of Honour. Methodist Archive and Research Centre (reference MA 8030 item 126)
Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes, 2018

This list was pinned to the back of the Roll of Honour for Wesley Hall, Whitby. The initial assumption was that the two pieces of paper were related, but this was proved to be incorrect by the discovery in November 2018 of the full Roll of Honour from Wesley Hall. The Imperial War Museum have a record of the war memorial in Brunswick Methodist Church for the Whitby Circuit, which includes these ten names (and the two from Wesley Hall). Evidence from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and Lives of the First World War suggests that this list is from Briggswath and Sleights Wesleyan Chapel. If anyone has further information it will be gratefully received. Note that this church listed a nurse who served in Sleights for the entire conflict, but died of pneumonia.

Those who died were:

Nurse Margery Anderson                Voluntary Aid Detachment

Corpl. Godfrey E. Anderson             Seaforth Highlanders

Private. Ernest Bell                               Middlesex Regt.

Private Norman Coughton Binns  South Wales Borders

Corpl. John William Flintoft              Durham Light Infantry

Gunner Edward Eden Hall                 Royal Garrison Artillery

Private William L. Jefferson             York and Lancaster Regt.

Private Edwin Johnson                       2nd Bn. Yorkshire Regt.

Private Harry Thomas                        Australian Imperial Forces

Captain Harry Thompson                  Master of S.S. “Northumbria”

Norman Binns was the son of the Rev. James Taylor Binns who was born in Whitby, superannuated there in 1915, and who was buried in Sleights.

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