Hemel Hempstead Methodist Church
Marlowes Methodist Church War Memorial
Marlowes Methodist Church was one of the five churches that merged in 2006 to form Hemel Hempstead Methodist Church. The Marlowes Methodist Church building was built in 1890 and used regularly from then until 2006 and then again as the main Hemel Hempstead Methodist Church building from May 2012 until it finally closed in March 2014. It was sold and subsequently demolished in the summer of 2014. Hemel Hempstead Methodist Church will be worshipping in a new building on the site of the former Bourne Methodist Church from 2015. See our website www.hhmc.org.uk for our latest news.
The war memorial was removed from the building before demolition and passed to the local British Legion. The war memorial is unusual in that it names those who returned safely as well as those who died.
The wording on the War memorial is:
IN HONOUR OF THE MEN WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918. NAMED BELOW.
S. HOAR F. MEAD. F.BRINKLOW. H.ARNOTT. A. READ. A. FOWLER.
H. CUTLER. L. HOWE
AND TO COMMEMORATE THE SAFE RETURN OF:-
REV. T. TIPLADY.C.F. W.JEFFERY. J. LAMB. R. HUMAN. A. GRACE.
F. BREED. M. HOAR. W. JAMIESON. C. DELL. S.HUMAN. B. POTTEN.
L. BREED. C. HOAR. W. BRINKLOW. S. DEAN. P. CURNEY. E. POTTEN.
A. CARTER. H. HOAR. H. BRINKLOW. F. DEAN. F.COLLIER. W. POTTEN.
A. SMITH. A. HOAR. J.STEPHENS. W. DEAN. P. HAYES. E. KITSON.
N. BATE. R. HOAR. A. CROXFORD. L. DEAN. P. ELKINS. A. PALMER.
A local history enthusiast provided the following information about those who died:
H ARNOTT – Herbert
Corporal 18255 7th Bedfordshire Regiment
Killed in action 27th September 1916 Flanders France
F BRINKLOW – Charles Frederick
of 16 Sunnyhill Road, Hammerfield, Boxmoor
Private G/35021 2nd Royal Fusiliers
Killed in action 13th November 1916 Flanders France
A CUTLER – Alfred
Private 41248 2nd Essex Regiment
Killed in action 17th October 1917 Flanders France
Formerly served with 31485 Suffolk Regiment
H CUTLER– Herbert Charles (Nephew of A Cutler above)
Private G/68776 1/22 London Regiment (The Queens)
Killed in action 30th August 1918
A FOWLER – Alfred
Private 201972 7th Northamptonshire Regiment
Died of wounds 8th June 1917 Flanders France
S HOAR – Sidney
Private DM2/149136 Army Services Corps
Killed in action 16th July 1916 Flanders France
L HOWE – Lewis Arthur
Private 41675 12th Suffolk Regiment
Killed in action 24th November 1917
Formerly served as 401212 Essex Regiment (Note the “E” of his name is missing in some records – Lewis Arthur How)
F MEAD – Frank
Private 21854 1st Bedfordshire Regiment
Died of wounds 3rd November 1917 Flanders France
A READ – Albert
General 115638 Toyal Garrison Artillery
Died of wounds 15th May 1917 Flanders France