The Clacton-on-Sea Wesleyan Circuit consisted of eight chapels, and the returns for three of them were sent in together.
Trinity, Clacton-on-Sea, was the largest, with 406 seats (according to the 1940 returns). The nine men who fell were
Pte. Harold Haile Last 1012 1st Bn, Honourable Artillery Company
Sgt L.R. Last PS/462 Public Schools Bn. (16th Bn. Middlesex Regt.)
brother of the above
L/Corp Percy Drake 24284 5th Bn. Essex Regt (or 2/5th Gloucestershire Regt.)
L/Corp Horace Finer 1372 22nd Bn. Royal Fusiliers
Sgt. Wesley Wright SE/8169 Army Veterinary Corps
Rifleman Gordon Gregg 2087 12th County of London Rangers
L/Corp. Victor Buxton 8427 Army Veterinary Corps
Pte. Percy Sully 27100 12th Bn. Essex Regt.
Pte John Harry Dennis Baker 22426 6th Bn. Dorsetshire Regt
The reason the entry for Private Baker is much fuller in the original than the others is that the Guild Secretary was his widow.
Great Clacton lost twelve men from a chapel which could seat 120, but this included a man already listed under Trinity. Horace Finer’s name illustrates one of the issues encountered in remembrance: that different communities can wish to remember the same person. The name alone is not always sufficient to make a firm identification of the casualty
Pte. David Clark 14976 7th Bn. South Staffordshire Regt
Pte. Ernest Beere 251113 5th Bn. Essex Regt.
Corp. Reginald James Clark 18819 Royal Engineers
Pte. Stanley Everson 8780 1st Bn. King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regt.)
Horace Finer (details under Trinity)
Pte. John Henry Polson 172408 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles
Pte. Stanley John Revett 34085 9th Bn. Essex Regt.
Pte. George L. Ward 17195 7th Bn. Leicestershire Regt.
L/Cpl. Owen Byford A/205247 7th Bn. King’s Royal Rifle Corps
Pte. William Sterry 14652 10th Bn. Essex Regt.
Rush Green lost twenty from a chapel designed to seat 150. Frederick and Arthur Roper were brothers who served in the same battalion and died on the same day. The name alone is not always sufficient to make a firm identification of the casualty
Pte. George Butcher 270188 Hertfordshire Regt.
Albert Buxton Clark
Rifleman Alfred John Wallace Fenn A/200873 12th Bn. King’s Royal Rifle Corps
Pte. William George Fenn 32136 1st Bn. Essex Regt.
Pte. Harry Garnham 3/3565 9th Bn. Essex Regt.
Pte. William George Kettle L/11363 4th Bn. Middlesex Regt.
Joseph Benjamin Kettle
Pte. Frederick Roper 8868 1st Bn. Essex Regt.
L/Cpl. Arthur Roper 9359 1st Bn. Essex Regt
Pte. Frederick James Pryke 10716 9th Bn. Essex Regt.
L/Sgt. Robert Cook 1716 1/13th Bn. London Regt.
Pte. Arthur Scotney 251122 5th Bn. Essex Regt.
John Handley Wildon
George William Bates
Fred Charles Townsend
Additional source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission