Rolls of honour
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 who died on 26 April 1915 aged 22
Sgt L.R. Last PS/462 Public Schools Bn. (16th Bn. Middlesex Regt.) brother of the above who died 1 July 1916 aged 20
L/Corp Percy Drake 24284 5th Bn. Essex Regt (or 2/5th Gloucesters) died 2 February 1917 aged 23
L/Corp Horace Finer 1372 22nd Bn. Royal Fusiliers died 27 April 1917 aged 34
Sgt. Wesley Wright SE/8169 Army Veterinary Corps died 7 July 1917 aged 36
Rifleman Gordon Gregg 2087 12th County of London Rangers died 4 May 1915 aged 21
L/Corp. Victor Buxton 8427 Army Veterinary Corps died 28 Sept 1916 aged 25
Pte. Percy Sully 27100 12th Bn. Essex Regt. died 17 July 1917 aged 22
Pte John Harry Dennis Baker 22426 6th Bn. Dorsetshire Regt died 30 March 1918 aged 33
The reason the entry for Private Baker is much fuller in the original than the others is that the Guild Secretary was his widow.
The returns for Great Clacton and Rush Green, being typed, can stand alone.
Horace Finer’s name illustrates one of the issues encountered in remembrance: that different communities can wish to remember the same person. Including Horace Finer, Great Clacton lost twelve men from a chapel which could seat 120, whilst Rush Green lost twenty from a chapel designed to seat 150. Where it is possible to compare the numbers of Wesleyan chapel goers who died and returned, it appears that 15% died, making this Circuit typical.
Additional source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission