Sunfields Methodist Church

Covering letter from Sunfield Methodist chapel. Methodist Archive and Research Centre (reference MA 8030 item 43)
Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes, 2018
Sunfield Methodist Church Roll of Honour page 1. Methodist Archive and Research Centre (reference MA 8030 item 41 side 1)
Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes, 2018
Sunfields Methodist Roll of Honour page 2. Methodist Archive and Research Centre (reference MA 8030 item 41 side 2)
Trustees for Methodist Purposes, 2018

This church was in Banchory Road, Blackheath and was replaced in 2009. There was no war memorial as the members are recorded as having contributed to the cost of a war memorial outside St. John’s Church in Blackheath. Apparently there is a roll of honour inside that church listing 134 names.

There are sixty names on this list sent, as we can see, at the end of 1929. As the names are very clear what follows is a list of those who died, as far as can be ascertained by comparing the typed list with information held by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on casualties from Blackheath. As nearly half the names on the Sunfields list appear to be of casualties – a remarkable percentage – we can safely assume that all the war dead from this chapel are accounted for.  These men appear to have been:

Pte. Herbert Andrews          6th Bn. East Kent Regt. (The Buffs) died 13 October 1915                                                                     aged 23

Pte. George Asquith             20th Bn. London Regt.  died 26 April 1915 aged 21

Pte. Archie Barrett                6th Bn. East Kent Regt. (The Buffs) died 13 September 1916                                                               aged 21

Cpl. Arthur Chappell              5th Bn. London Regt.  died 28 September 1917 aged 21

Pte. Albert Colbery                Honourable Artillery Company died 12 August 1916 aged 24

Pte. Thomas Devonshire    4th Bn. London Regt. died 26 October 1917 aged 25

Pte. James Durbridge          15th Bn. London Regt. died 14 November 1916 aged 19

Sapper Mark Eldered           Royal Engineers died 20 July 1917 aged 21

Pte. Arthur Fincham             1/20th Bn. London Regt.  died 20 October 1915

2nd Lieut. Norman Fowler 1st Bn. Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regt. died 23 April 1917                                                               aged 20

Pte. William Fraser               12th (Reserve) Bn. Canadian Infantry Bn. died 3 March 1916                                                                  aged 35

Rifleman Arthur Galley        5th Bn. King’s Royal Rifle Corps  died 5 June 1917 aged 19

Bugler Ethelbert Garton     5th Bn. London Regt.  died 9 March 1915 aged 20

Pte. Percy Gomer                  16th Bn. Worcestershire Regt. died 30 October 1918 aged 24

Capt. Frederick Griffiths     20th Bn. London Regt. died 1 September 1918 aged 23

Pte. William Hamer                4th Bn. London Regt. died 9 April 1918 aged 19

Pte. George Hesketh             1/20th Bn. London Regt.  died 20 October 1915 aged 19

Gunner William Hipsey         Royal Field Artillery died 1 October 1916 aged 21

Lieut. John Jones                      Royal Field Artillery died 21 February 1916 aged 45

Gunner George Lines             Royal Garrison Artillery died 3 September 1917 aged 37

Pte. Thomas Lines                  20th Bn. London Regt. died 17 September 1916

Rifleman William Murton     3rd Bn.  Rifle Brigade died 20 January 1918 aged 25

Lieut. John H. Pickersgill       1/6th Bn. Cheshire Regt. died 28 August 1918 aged 27

Rifleman Samuel Pilbrow     9th Bn. Rifle Brigade died 24 March 1918 aged 20

Rifleman Alfred Salter-Gibson    16th Bn. London Regt. died 14 April 1917 aged 21

Rifleman Alfred Walder         1/9th Bn. London Regt. died 26 January 1917 aged 22

Pte. Charles York                      1/20th Bn. London Regt.  died 10 January 1916 aged 20

Pte. Harold York                        7th Bn. London Regt.  died 25 February 1917 aged 18

Herbert Andrews, Thomas Devonshire and Basil Johnson can also be linked to the church in that members of their families are recorded as having contributed to the Million Guinea Fund.

Additional source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

 

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