Barrow on Soar Primitive Methodist Church roll of honour

Barrow upon Soar Primitive Methodist Church Roll of Honour
Philip Thornborow

Barrow on Soar Primitive Methodist Church, North Street, Barrow on Soar, appear to have designed their own roll of honour on which to commemorate those from the church who served in both Great Wars. Note that despite being post Union, they had a clear sense of their identity. The roll is no longer on public display, so it appears unknown to those who have researched the fallen of Barrow on Soar.

The church was renovated in 2020, with a new entrance area which provides an opportunity to showcase what is within. In November 2021 the Roll of Honour was put on display and a wreath was laid on 5th November as part of the University of Leicester’s Poppy Pilgrimage.

The text at the bottom is Stanza 8 of Alfred Tennyson Ode on the Death of the Duke of Wellington

“Not once or twice in our rough island story, The path of duty was the way to glory.”

Those men whose names are starred did not return. Their names are in bold type in this transcription.


1914-1918       45 served, of whom 11 died

David Lewin Whitehouse

Thomas Stark

Thomas Shelton

Alfred Clark

Charlie Roberts

Albert Burton

John Billings

Albert Billings

Albert Harries

George W. Harries

Arthur Reeves

William Reeves

Bernard Waring

James Waring

George Lewin

Henry Lewin

Earnest Lewin

Frank Haynes

Harry West

Marshall Foster

Frank Towe

John Dilks

William Dilks

Earnest Dilks

Thomas Dilks

Arthur Dilks

George Dilks

Lawrence Ferrin

James Ferrin

William Ferrin

Harry Ferrin

Bertram Brown

Harry Jacques

Albert Hardy

William Merriman

Ben Merriman

George Taylor

Thomas Litherland

John Litherland

Charlie Waterfield

George Morrell

Alfred Capell

Wilfred Newby

Albert Thornton

Joseph Ferrin


1939-1945       31 served

Wallace Reeves

Edwin Jordan

Harold Mitchell

Stanley Clarke

Reginald North

Arthur Stark

Kenneth Bassford

Harry Hoyes

Joseph Whiteman

Fred Whiteman

Sydney Whiteman

Roland Whiteman

Cyril Hands

Arthur Hands

Edward Hands

Gordon Riley

Ronald Teasdale

Arthur Bullard

William Ferrin

Fred Lewin

Denis Hickling

Maurice Parr

Albert Hull

Gordon Cocks

Royston Mitchell

Sydney Shelton

Henry Strong

George Witham

Harry Mitchell

Herbert Mitchell

Sydney James

Further details of the First World War casualties may be found here Barrow upon Soar war memorial

This page, however, is the only acknowledgement that these eleven men, of the seventy-one from the village who died, were associated with Primitive Methodism.

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  • As the link appears to be not working at present, further details follow. The Roll of Honour appears to have been compiled in the order of the men’s enlistment.

    David Lewin Whitehouse Lance Corporal 2nd Royal Scots died 26 August 1914 aged 19. son of Annie Wakeling (nee Lewin)

    Alfred Clark Private 1/5th Duke of Wellington’s Regiment died 12 August 1917 aged 26. Of New Street.

    John Billings Private 1/5th Lincolns died 1 July 1917 aged 38. Of 14, Nottingham Road

    Albert Billings Private 9th Leicesters died 25 September 1916 aged 31. Brother of John. Of 134, Sileby Road

    Bernard Waring Private 2nd Leicesters died 11 March 1917 aged 19 son of James and Catherine

    Frank Towe Private, 1st Leicesters died 4 June 1915 aged 33. Of 7, Cotes Road

    Arthur Dilks Private 1st Leicesters died 15 September 1916 aged 31

    James Ferrin Private Labour Corps died 15 February 1918 aged 47

    William Ferrin Private 2/6th South Staffs died 17 February 1918 aged 19. Of 125, North Street and son of James

    Harry Ferrin Private 1/5th Leicesters died 6 August 1918 aged 23. Of 125, North Street and son of James

    Bertram Brown No further information as yet.

    By Philip Thornborow (09/11/2020)

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