St. MICHAEL’S CHURCH, WAR MEMORIAL.


All Information on this Page by Kind Permission

of

Mr Philip Morris 

 

“THEY WENT – THEY FELL”

1914

FRANK PRITCHARD

Place of birth, St. Michael’s, Shrewsbury: Enlisted Shrewsbury: Rank Pte. Service number: (9952) Regiment 1st Battalion, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, Date of death, 23rd October 1914, Age 20, Cause of death, Killed in Action, at the Battle of Armentieres.

(Wellington Journal and Shrewsbury News 14th August 1915)

Pte. Frank Pritchard, one of five soldier sons of Mr William Henry and Mary Ann Pritchard, of Old Bird in Hand, 41, St. Michael’s terrace, Shrewsbury, was killed at the Battle of Armentieres on 23 October last, he was 20 years of age, enlisting in May 1912, he was stationed in Ireland when war was declared and promptly accompanied his Regiment to France, when he met his death as related above.

Commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium, Panel 8

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1915

THOMAS ROSTER

 Place of birth, St.Chad’s, Shrewsbury: Enlisted Shrewsbury: Rank Pte. Service number: 6838, Regiment 2nd Battalion, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, Landed in France 5th February 1915: 24th February 1915, Age 44, Died of Wounds, received in the trenches on the (17th Feb) 24th February 1915, Age 44, Medal entitlement 1915 Star War & Victory Medals: Son of Mr. Michael and Mrs. Bridgett Roster, of Shrewsbury; husband of Mrs. Roster, of 4, Bulls Row, Ditherington.                                                                         

(Wellington Journal and Shrewsbury News February 1915)

In the lists of soldiers of the 3rd K.S.L.I., reported in the official lists this week as wounded, appears the name of Pte. Thomas Roster, 6838, ofShrewsbury, whose relatives, have since learned the sad news that he had died from his injuries; Pte Roster was employed in the goods department of theLondonand N.W. Railway atShrewsbury. On the outbreak he volunteered for active service and was accepted having previously served in the Boer War, obtaining both Kings and Queens medals, he was wounded on the 17 whilst serving with the Expeditionary Force, and died on the 24 in Boulogne hospital, he leaves a wife and four children who reside at 4 Bulls Row, Ditherington,  Shrewsbury.

Buried Wimereux Communal Cemetery,France,Grave Ref I.D. 13. A. With the grave stone laying flat on the ground due to sandy conditions.

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 Pte HARRY NIGHTINGALE        

Place of birth, Shrewsbury: Enlisted Shrewsbury: Rank Pte.  Service number: Special Reserve (6501) Regiment 2nd Battalion, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry, Landed in France, 21st December 1914: Killed in Action, in the trenches at St. Eloi, 2nd March 1915, Age 18, Medal entitlement 1915 Star, War & Victory Medals: Son of William Nightingale, of 32,Spring Gardens, Ditherington,Shrewsbury. Additional information,

(Wellington Journal and Shrewsbury News 15th May 1915)

Nightingale. In remembrance. Dear mother died May 13 1913. Also Harry killed in action, March 3. 1915. Jack and Nellie, Wem.

(Wellington Journal and Shrewsbury News 7th August 1915)

FIRST YEAR OF WAR LOCAL ROLL OF HONOUR

Nightingale. Private, H. 2nd K.S.L.I., Son of W. Nightingale, of Ditherington, Shrewsbury, March 3.

 Commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial  Belgium, Panel 47 to 49

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Pte THOMAS  CHANT                

Place of birth, Westbury, Shropshire: Enlisted Shrewsbury: Rank Pte. Service number: (10261) Regiment 1st Battalion, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, Killed in Action, Battle of Hooge, 9th August 1915, Age 19, Son of Mrs. Susan Chant, of 16,Crewe Street, St. Michael’s, Street. 

Additional information,  

(Wellington Journal and Shrewsbury News 1st April 1916)

Deep sympathy has been expressed with Mr and Mr’s Jones Chant, of 16 Crewe Street,Shrewsbury, on the death in action of their son Pte. Thomas Edward Jones Chant, Shropshire Light Infantry, he had enlisted 18 months previous to the war, and had taken part in some considerably some sever fighting. Before joining the army he was employed by Mr. Thomas Corbett, Perseverance Iron Works, Shrewsbury, a brother Pte George Jones Chant, K.S.L.I., enlisted in August 1914, he was wounded on September 25 but is now once more with his Regiment, before joining the army he was with the G.P.O., telegraphic dept., at Shrewsbury.  

 Commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium, Panel 47 & 49.

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Pte LEOPOLD EDWARD HIRONS     

Stone Breaker Placeof birth, Shrewsbury: Enlisted Welshpool, Montgomery: Rank Pte. Service number: (3643) Regiment 7 TH Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, Date of death, 10th August 1915, Age 25, Cause of death, Killed in Action, Theatre of operation, Gallipoli, Son of Mr. James Albert and Helena Wilhelmina Hirons, of 7, Lexden Terrace, Ditherington, Shrewsbury.

 Additional information.

(Wellington Journal & Shrewsbury News 18th September 1915)

Local Casualties: 7 th R.W.F. Missing Private L. E. Hirons, 3643

 Commemorated on the Helles Memorial Turkey, Panel 77 to 80.

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Pte GORDON WALKER    

Nationality:  United Kingdom. Regiment: Montgomeryshire Yeomanry. Rank: Private, Service No: 3119. Unit Text: 3rd/1st.  Date of Death: 14/09/1915. Age: 21. Son of William and Catherine Walker, of Wrekin House, 15, Wrekin Terrace, St. Michael’s St., Shrewsbury.

Additional information: 

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Near North boundary.
Cemetery: KILDARE (ST. BRIDGET) CATHEDRAL CEMETERY.

Gravestone:
3119 Private G. C. Walker. Montgomeryshire Yeomanry. 14TH September 1915. Age 21.

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L/CPL FRANK ROGERS                RWF       KIA        F/F          25/09/1915                         4 Haughmond Terrace, Ditherington, Shrewsbury

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Pte WILLIAM HARRIS                  KSLI       KIA        F/F            25/09/1915                       1 Bodkin Row, Spring Gardens, Ditherington, Shrewsbury

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 Pte THOMAS NIGHTINGALE               KSLI       KIA        F/F          10/11/1915             8 Long Row, Ditherington, Shrewsbury

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Pte SAMUEL TAYLOR                         

Place of birth, 14 St. Michael’s, Shrewsbury: Enlisted Shrewsbury: Rank Pte. Service number: (6724)  Regiment 1ST Battalion, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, Date of death, 26th December 1915, Age 19. Cause of death, Killed in Action, in the Trenches in the La-Brique sector. Son of Mr. M. Taylor, of 17, Spring Gardens, Ditherington, Shrewsbury.

Additional information,

(Wellington Journal and Shrewsbury News 15th January 1916)

Local Casualties: 6724, Pte. S. A. Taylor, 1 Shropshire Light Infantry, Killed in Action.

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1916

 Pte FRANK COOPER                           

Place of birth, Stokesay, Craven Arms, Shropshire: Enlisted Shrewsbury: Rank Pte, Service number: (12928) Regiment 6th Battalion, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, Date of death, 13th February 1916, Age 19, Cause of death, Killed in Action, killed in Artillery attack on Canal Bank Pilkem Ridge. Son of Albert Edward and Mary Ann Cooper, of 20, Primrose Terrace, St. Michael’s Street, Shrewsbury.

Additional information

(Wellington and Journal and Shrewsbury News 24th February 1917)

Pte. Frank Poole, 33265, Liverpool Regt, has been missing since October 8 last year, any comrades who can give news are asked to write to his wife at 3 Britannia Place, Castle Forgate, Shrewsbury.

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Pte ARCHIBALD McCALL               

Place of birth, Lochmaben, Dumfries: Enlisted Dalmelington, Ayr: Rank Pte. Service number: (7596) Regiment 7th Battalions, King’s Own Scottish Borderers, Date of death, 14th March 1916, Aged 40, Cause of death, Killed in Action, Husband of Nellie McCall, (formerly Gears) of 68, St. Michael’s Street, Shrewsbury.

Additional information,

The following information is taken from the medal index card of Pte. Archibald McCall, K.O.S.B., went to France, on the 12 May 1915, with the 6TH K.O.S.B. Rank has Sgt. then reduced to the Rank of Pte. and posted to the 7TH K.O.S.B. where he was killed in action on the 14 March 1916, at the bottom right hand side is written the following, (Charged with holding illegal correspondence with the enemy)

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Pte ALBERT FOX                            

Place of birth, Blymyhill, Staffordshire: Enlisted Shrewsbury: Rank Pte. Service number: (17904) Regiment 3rd Depot Battalion, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry, Date of death, 8th April 1916, Age 23, Cause of death, Died from an accident in training, at Prees Heath Camp, Shropshire, Theatre of operation, Home, Son of Charles and Lucy Fox, of 10, Wingfield Gardens, Ditherington, Shrewsbury.

Additional information,

(Wellington Journal and Shrewsbury News 22nd April 1916)

Shrewsbury Soldiers death, the sad death has occurred in a training camp at Prees-Heath, of Pte Albert Fox, Son of Mr. Charles Fox, Of 10, Wingfield Gardens, Shrewsbury, previous to enlistment he was employed as a porter in the parcels office at Shrewsbury Railway station, the interment took place in Shrewsbury Cemetery, full Military honours being procured by troops of the Shropshire Regt, From the barracks at Copthorne.

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SGT PERCY HATFIELD                         

Place of birth, St. Mary’s Shrewsbury: Enlisted Shrewsbury: Rank Sgt. Service number: (13018) Regiment Battalion or unit, “D” Coy, 7th Battalion, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry, Landed in France 28th September 1915: Killed in Action, Artillery fire (U trenches) at St. Eloi sector, 13th June 1916, Age 33. Medal entitlement 1915 Star, War & Victory Medals: Cause of death, Son of Mr. R. Hatfield of 2, Smithfield Road, Shrewsbury; husband of Mrs. Hatfield, of 12, Wrekin Terrace, Castleforgate, Shrewsbury.

Additional information,

(Wellington Journal and Shrewsbury News 24th June 1916)

Deep regret is felt by a large circle of friends and acquaintances in Shrewsbury at the receipt of the news of the death in action of Sgt. Percy Hatfield, Shropshire Light Infantry, who was the son of Mr. R. Hatfield, of 2 Smithfield Road, and who’s widow and six children reside at 12 Wrekin terrace Castleforgate, he was 33 years of age and patriotically answered his country call shortly after the outbreak of war, going to the front in September 1915. previously to enlistment he was employed on the London and North Western Railway, and both in civil and military life he was greatly esteemed, the Chaplain to the battalion in a letter of condolence to the widow say’s: “Your husband was hit by a fragment of shell and died shortly afterwards, he was held in very high esteem and has a sign of their respect to him and sympathy with you all, the Quarter Master Sergeants and some of his old pals were present at his funeral I shall miss him for he was always ready to help cheer up other people, please except our sympathy with you and the children who have lost a good father”.

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Gunner RICHARD JONES         

Place of birth, Shrewsbury: Enlisted Shrewsbury: Rank Gunner. Service number: (438) Regiment 1/1st Shropshire Battery, R.H.A. Royal Horse Artillery, Cause of death accident, 4th July 1916, Age 21, Son of John Thomas and Elizabeth Jones, of 39, St. Michael’s Street, Shrewsbury.

Additional information

(The East Suffolk Gazette, 11th July 1916)

SOLDIERS VIOLENT DEATH AT BECCLES

An inquest was held at the Police Court, on Thursday afternoon, before Mr. L. H. Vulliamy, Suffolk County Coroner, concerning the death of Gunner Richard Edward Jones, of the Shropshire R.H.A., aged 21, which took place at the Red Cross Hospital on Tuesday night, as the result of an accident. Mr. A. R. Block was elected Foreman of the jury.—Major Mowet, R.A.M.C., and the Officer Commanding the Shropshire unit, were present at the inquiry. William H. Jones, of Shrewsbury, a driver in the Shropshire R.H.A., and brother of the deceased said he last saw him alive at 3.15 on Tuesday, the 4th inst. He was all right then, and suffered from no physical defect. Henry Hampson, a gunner in the Shropshire R.H.A., said on Tuesday, at about 4.30, he was in company with the deceased, who was in charge of a horse and cart. They were proceeding to Beccles, and when leaving Worlingham Park the wheel of the cart struck the gatepost. The horse then began to gallop down the road. The deceased tried to pull it up, but could not, and witness then took hold of the reins; they both pulled, but were unable to stop the horse. Witness missed the deceased from the cart, but did not know if he fell or jumped out. Witness managed to pull the horse the up in Blyburgate-street, Beccles. It went about a mile before it could be pulled up. Deceased had not driven this particular horse before. It went all right when he drove back to camp. Daniel Croll, a Lance-Corp. in the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry, said he was standing in the camp meadow at Worlingham, close to the road, when he saw a horse and cart belonging to the Shropshire R.H.A., containing two soldiers coming down the road at a very fast pace. He had no doubt the horse had bolted. Both the soldiers were pulling at the reins, and one of them fell out of the back of the cart on to the road. Witness ran to him and found there were a number of soldiers there. He then ran back for the doctor. Deceased had got over the seat and to rear of the cart, having left hold of the reins, and the tailboard seemed to give way, so that he fell on to the road, face forward. Witness was about fifty yards away.—Hampson, recalled, said the tailboard of the cart was the same height as the sides. It was secured by iron pins; but one of the pins was missing. The tailboard was missing when witness stopped the horse.—Major Mowat, R.A.M.C., stationed at Beccles, said he saw the deceased at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, at the Hospital. He was semi-conscious and suffering from a fracture at the base of the skull. He became deeply unconscious, and died at 10.45 the same evening. The fracture was undoubtedly caused by the fall on to the road.—The Coroner having briefly summed up, the jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death,” and expressed their sympathy with the relatives of the deceased, in which expression the Coroner joined.

The Officer commanding the Shropshire’s expressed on behalf of all ranks of the unit their sincere sympathy with the relatives of the deceased. The funeral took place on Friday afternoon, with full military honours, a gun carriage being used to convey the body for interment in the cemetery. The first portion of the service was held at the parish church, the Rev. W. S. Andrew officiating. All the Officers, N.C.O.s and men of the Battery were present. Beautiful floral tributes were sent as an expression of the great and general sympathy which the young soldier’s sad death had evoked.

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Pte JOHN JONES                          

Place of birth, Crewe Street, St. Michael’s, Shrewsbury: Enlisted Shrewsbury: Rank Pte. Service number: (17943) Regiment 7th Battalion, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. Landed in France 27th October 1915: Died of Wounds, received in the Battles of the Somme 12th July 1916, Age 34, Medal entitlement 1915 Star War & Victory Medals: Husband of Mrs. Jones, of 10, Robin Hood Terrace, Crewe Street, Shrewsbury.

Additional information,

(Wellington Journal and Shrewsbury News 12th August 1916)

Much sorrow is felt in Shrewsbury, at the death in action on July 12 of Pte. John Jones, aged 34 K.S.L.I., whose home is at 10 Robin Hood Terrace, Crewe Street, Shrewsbury, where his widow and six children reside, Pte. Jones joined the colours in May 1915, and has been at the front nearly 12 months, before the war he did a good trade in the town has a fish hawker.

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Pte ALFRED CLIFT                         

Place of birth, Shrewsbury: Enlisted Shrewsbury: Rank Pte. Service number: (19832) Regiment 7th Battalion, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, Date of death, 14th July 1916, Age 25, Cause of death, Killed in Action, Bazentine Ridge, Son of Alfred and Harriet Louisa Clift; 23, Primrose Terrace, St. Michael’s Street, Shrewsbury.

Additional information,

(Wellington Journal and Shrewsbury News 22nd December 1917)

Pte. Alfred Clift, (25) K.S.L.I., killed in action, was the Son of Mr’s Harriet Louisa Clift, of Primrose terrace, St. Michael’s street, Shrewsbury, and the Nephew of Councillor Clift, he had been five months in the army, but was only six weeks at the front before he fell, he was a painter by trade.

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Pte RICHARD GEORGE DOWLEY      

Place of birth, St. Mary’s, Shrewsbury: Enlisted Shrewsbury: Rank Pte. Service number: (16551) Regiment 7TH Battalion, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, Other units, Formerly 9th K.S.L.I. Date of death, 19th July 1916, Age 25, Cause of death, Died of Wounds, from the Battle of Bazentin Ridge, France. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Dowley, of 4, Ercall Place, Spring Gardens, Ditherington, Shrewsbury.

Additional information,

(Wellington Journal and Shrewsbury News 22nd January 1916)

Several months before his death, Shrewsbury Police court an absentee Pte. Richard George Dowley, (25) of the 9 Battalion K.S.L.I., was charged with being absentee from his Regt, Detective Sergeant Turner, said:- “That on Saturday afternoon, he received information that the defendant was an absentee, and the same day he arrested the absentee at his home 4, Ercall Place, Spring Gardens”. Dowley had had six days leave and had been absentee from the 11th the defendant was remanded to await a military escort.

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CPL FREDERICK CHURMS                 

 Place of birth, Shrewsbury: Enlisted Shrewsbury: Rank Cpl. Service number: (16331) Regiment 7th Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. Landed in France 8th April 1915:  Killed in Action, (Lonely Trench) Battle of Montauban, Somme, 18th August 1916, Aged 20. Medal entitlement 1915 Star, War & Victory Medals:  Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Churms, of 2, Robin Hood Terrace, Crewe Street.

 

 Additional information,

 

(Wellington Journal and Shrewsbury News 7th October 1916)

 

Cpl. Frederick Henry Churms, (20) K.S.L.I., killed in action on August 18 was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Churms, of 2 Robin Hood Terrace, Crewe street, Shrewsbury, and sincere sympathy is felt with the bereaved parents especially in the view of the fact that Cpl. Churms, was the main support of the home, in consequence of the farther being disabled  from partial blindness, Cpl. Churms, enlisted in December 1914, and went to the front in April 1915, he was gassed and invalided home in June 1915, but went back the following November, remaining in the firing line until March 1916,  when he was admitted to hospital suffering from injury brought on by bomb throwing, he however recovered sufficiently to rejoin his regiment last August and fell in the Great advance. Previous to enlisting he was employed at the Shrewsbury School. The Claredon hotel and more recently was head boots at the George hotel Litchfield. A comrade writing home to the parents say’s: “Harry was one of the best”.                                                                                                  

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Pioneer CHARLES COTTERILL                 

 Place of birth, Shrewsbury: Enlisted Shrewsbury: Rank Pioneer. Service number: 42107, Regiment 14th Signal Coy, Royal Engineers, Date of death, 18th August 1916, Age 23 Cause of death, Killed in Action, Battle of the Somme. Resident 6, Ercall Place, Spring Gardens, Ditherington, Shrewsbury.

 

Additional information,

 

(Wellington Journal and Shrewsbury News 23rd September 1916)

 

Local Casualties: killed, Royal Engineers, 42107, Pioneer C. H. Cotterill, Withington.

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L/CPL JIM BERROW            

 Place of birth, Shrewsbury: Enlisted Shrewsbury: Rank L/Cpl. Service number: (160693) Regiment 1st Battalion, Cheshire Regt, Other units, formerly 2751, Shropshire Yeomanry, Killed in Action, (missing) Battles of the Somme, 5th September 1916, Age 18, Medal entitlement War & Victory Medals: Son of James and Annie Berrow, of Forgate House, Castleforgate, Shrewsbury.

Additional information,

 

(Wellington Journal and Shrewsbury News 20th May 1917)

 

Yeomanry previously reported missing now presumed killed, 160693, L/Cpl. Jim Berrow, of Shrewsbury, attached Cheshire Regt.

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Pte JOHN BAKER                                  

Place of birth, Shrewsbury: Enlisted Shrewsbury: Rank Pte. Service number: (10182) Regiment 1st Battalion Kings Shropshire Light Infantry, Date of death, 18th September 1916, Age 22, Cause of death, Killed in Action, in the attack on the (Quadrilateral) Battle of Flers-Courcelette. Son of Joseph Robert and Bessie Baker, of 32, Wingfield Gardens, Ditherington, Shrewsbury.

Additional information,

(Wellington Journal & Shrewsbury News)

Pte. John Baker, son of Robert Baker, of Burlton, Jack his son fell in Action on September 18th 1916, aged 22. Was for a short time in the Shropshire Volunteer Artillery Corps, and enlisted in the K.S.L.I., in Feb 1913.

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Pte JOHN TURNER                              

Place of birth, St. Michael’s, Shrewsbury: Enlisted Shrewsbury: Rank Pte. Service number: (18001) Regiment 1st Battalion, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry, Killed in Action, on the Quadrilateral, Somme, 18th September1916, Age 32, Son of Mr. and Mrs. George Turner, of Prospect Place, Crewe Street, Shrewsbury; husband of Lucy Minnie Turner, of 28, St. Michael’s Street, Shrewsbury.

Additional information,

(Wellington Journal and Shrewsbury News 28th October 1916)

Pte, John Herbert Turner, (32) K.S.L.I., killed in action on the 18 September, was the twin son of Mr. and Mrs. George Turner, of 6 Prospect Place, Crewe Street, Shrewsbury, and the husband of Mrs. Lucy Minnie Turner, of 28 St. Michael’s St., Shrewsbury, With whom deep sympathy if felt in their bereavement, before enlistment in May 1915, he was employed as agent for Pear Insurance Company, three other brothers are also at the front, Pte. Turner leaves a widow and two children.

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Pte ANDREW  PRITCHARD                

Place of birth, Castle Forgate, Shrewsbury: Enlisted Shrewsbury: Rank Pte. Service number: (12210) Regiment 5th Battalion, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. Died of Wounds, whilst in the trenches in “G” Sector, 17th October1916, Age 29. Next of kin or last known address; husband of Mrs. Pritchard, of 41, St. Michael’s Street; Son of Mr. William Henry and Mrs. Mary Ann Pritchard; Old Bird in Hand, St. Michael’s Terrace, St. Michael’s Street. One of three brothers lost in the Great War.

He recieved the Victory medal, British medal and the 1914/15 Star

Buried at Faubourg D’Amiens cemetary, Arras, France

He was wounded whilst on a recon mission with two officers at Arras in 1916. He was probably hit with a German mortar and died a few weeks later from his wounds. He had only been in France a couple of weeks

The above information in Italics came via a great-great niece of the Pritchard brothers

Additional information,

(Wellington Journal and Shrewsbury News 9th October1915)

The soldier son of Mr. Pritchard of Old Bird in Hand, 41 St. Michael’s terrace, Shrewsbury, Pte Andrew Pritchard, enlisted soon after the outbreak of war in Earl Kitcheners Army, he was drafted to France in May 1915, since when he has seen considerable active Service, he was wounded on 29 July and is now in hospital, he is 29 and married.

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Pte FRANK POOLE          

Place of birth, Shrewsbury: Enlisted Shrewsbury: Rank Pte. Service number: (33265) Regiment 18TH Battalion, King’s Liverpool Regt, Other units, formerly 18313, K.S.L.I. Date of death, 18th October 1916, Age 36. Cause of death, Missing, Killed in Action, Battles of the Somme. Husband of Mrs. Poole, 3, Britannia Place, Castleforgate, Shrewsbury.

Additional information,

(Wellington and Journal and Shrewsbury News 24th February 1917)

Pte. Frank Poole, 33265, Liverpool Regt, has been missing since October 8 last year, any comrades who can give news are asked to write to his wife at 3 Britannia Place, Castle Forgate, Shrewsbury.

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Pte JOSEPH JAMES                            

Place of birth, Lythwood, near Shrewsbury: Enlisted Shrewsbury: Rank Pte. Service number: (14315) Regiment Battalion 7th Battalion, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, Landed in France 28th July 1915: Killed in Action (missing) at the battle of Ancre, Serre, 13th November 1916, Age 25, Medal entitlement 1915 Star, War & Victory Medals: Son of Mr. and Mrs. John James, of 8, School Terrace, Ditherington. One of two brothers lost in the Great War.

Additional information,

(Wellington Journal and Shrewsbury News 6th January 1917)

Pte. Joseph James, (25) K.S.L.I., Son of Mr. and Mrs. John James, of 8 School terrace, Ditherington, Shrewsbury, has been missing since November 13 he joined the K.S.L.I., in September, and has been in France 14 Months, any information from his comrades would be thankfully received by his anxious parents.

(Wellington Journal and Shrewsbury News 21st July 1917)

Pte. Joseph James, K.S.L.I., previously reported missing on November 13 1916, is now officially reported presumed to have been killed in action on that date, he was the fifth son of Mr. and Mr’s John James, of 8 School terrace, Ditherington, Shrewsbury, to whom is tendered much sympathy, two other brothers are with the British army in Egypt.

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1917

 Pte  RICHARD  BISHOP  

Rank Private, Service Number 7277, 2nd Bn., King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. Died at home of heart failure 05/02/1917. Age 35. Son of the late Richard and Mary Bishop, of 14, Spring Gardens, Ditherington; husband of Frances Cheshire (formerly Bishop), of 35, Sulton Rd., Spring Gardens, Ditherington, Shrewsbury.

Buried Shrewsbury Cemetery

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 Pte  THOMAS  ARROWSMITH            KSLI       DOW      F/F          02/04/1917             Ditherington, Shrewsbury

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Gunner  WILLIAM CLIFT                RHA       KIA        F/F          09/04/1917             Holmleigh, St. Michael’s St. Shrewsbury

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 Sgt  ALFRED HANCOX            KSLI         KIA       F/F         20/04/1917                             45 St. Michael’s St, Shrewsbury

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Pte  PERCY PRICE                  KSLI       KIA        F/F                  19/06/1917                          28 Spring Cottages, Ditherington, Shrewsbury

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 Pte JOHN JONES               RWSR       KIA        F/F                23/06/1917                      Heckfield Place, St. Michael’s St., Shrewsbury

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 Pte FREDERICK DEAKIN          KSLI        KIA            F/F            07/07/1917                    52 Wingfield Gardens, Ditherington, Shrewsbury

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 Sgt  JEFFREY HEATH    CHESHIRE REGT     KIA        F/F           21/07/1917                11 Primrose terrace, St. Michael’s St, Shrewsbury

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 Pte EDWARD WILCOX     LANCASHIRE/FUSIL    KIA   F/F          10/08/1917                2 Cross Row, Ditherington, Shrewsbury

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Pte ALFRED FLYNN      WARWICKSHIRE        KIA        F/F          10/09/1917                  1 Bulls terrace, Ditherington, Shrewsbury

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R/Man ERNEST DRAYCOTT       RIFLE BRIGADE    KIA     F/F    10/10/1917                    6 Gladstone terrace, Ditherington, Shrewsbury

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Pte JAMES WYNESS        WARWICKSHIRE         KIA        F/F           24/10/1917             3 Haughmond terrace, Ditherington, Shrewsbury

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Cpl ALFRED HARRIS              

Rank Corporal, Service Number S4/090621, “A” Coy, Army Service Corps. Died at home 28/10/1917. Age 45. 21 Crewe St, St. Michael’s St.,Shrewsbury. Son of Philip and Eliza Harris husband of Mary Ann Harris, of 27, Coal Wharf Square, Castlefields, Shrewsbury.

Buried Shrewsbury Cemetery

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Sgt CLEMENT CLIFT                  RFA          DOW      F/F          29/10/1917             Holmleigh, St. Michael’s St, Shrewsbury

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Pte JOHN GURNEY                  RNVR             DOW           F/F               29/10/1917             2 Garden Place, Comet Bridge, Ditherington

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Pte ARTHUR JONES                   KSLI            KIA          F/F                  31/10/1917             3 Crewe St., St. Michael’s St, Shrewsbury

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L/Cpl THOMAS JARVIS          RWF             KIA          F/F                     28/11/1917             8 Coleham Row, Shrewsbury

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Pte ERNEST JAMES              RWF               KIA           Egypt                 30/11/1917             8 School terrace, Ditherington, Shrewsbury

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1918

 Cqms HARRY WILDE                  KSLI            KIA            F/F                          06/03/1918             34 Wood St., Shrewsbury

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Pte JOHN TOMKINSON          KSLI          KIA        F/F          24/03/1918                      102 St. Michael’s St. Shrewsbury

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Pte ALFRED CLIFT            LEINSTER REGT  KIA        F/F          27/03/1918             Holmeleigh, St. Michael’s St. Shrewsbury

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Gunner EDGAR HUSSEY          RFA               KIA             F/F            31/03/1918             56 St. Michael’s St. Shrewsbury

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Driver JOHN DRAYCOTT               RFA           KIA          F/F              09/04/1918              6 Gladstone terrace, Ditherington, Shrewsbury

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Pte ERNEST REILLY                KORLR             KIA             F/F          10/04/1918             20 Spring Cottages, Ditherington, Shrewsbury

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Pte WILLIAM GRIMSHAW       ESSEX REGT        KIA       F/F          26/04/1918             1 Crewe St., St. Michael’s, Shrewsbury

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L/Cpl WILLIAM POWELL   ROYAL ENGINEERS   KIA      F/F       27/05/1918             80 Bridge Inn Spring Gardens, Ditherington

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Pte CHARLES HARRIS      EAST/LANCASHIRE     KIA       F/F       18/07/1918             21 Crewe St. St. Michael’s, Shrewsbury

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Pte WILLIAM MATTHEWS    SOUTH STAFFS     DIED      Home  29/07/1918             Unknown

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Sapper WALLACE TAYLOR   ROYAL ENGs   DIED    Egypt    03/08/1918                   14 St. Michael’s terrace, St. Michael’s, Shrewsbury

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Sgt FRANK CARTWRIGHT     LANCAS/FUSIL  KIA   F/F   25/08/1918                           21 New Park Rd. Castlefields, Shrewsbury

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Lieut WILLIAM BARNETT          RFC        DIED        Home       05/09/1918                       6 Sentinel Gardens, Long Row, Ditherington, Shrewsbury

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Pte WALLACE STOCKS      WELSH REGT    KIA    F/F    07/09/1918                                9 Cross Row, Ditherington, Shrewsbury

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Pte THOMAS GWILT              KSLI                       KIA        F/F          24/09/1918             10 Spring Gardens, Ditherington, Shrewsbury

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Sapper GEORGE FARMER        ROYAL ENGs    DIED    F/F               28/09/1918             1 Lawleys Passage, St. Michael’s St.,Shrewsbury

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Driver GILBERT FEWTRELL           RFA             KIA          F/F          08/10/1918             4 Crewe St. St. Michael’s, Shrewsbury           

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Pte ARTHUR JUKES     YORKSHIRE REGT      DOW     Germany      19/10/1918       Ditherington, Shrewsbury

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PERCY ALFRED THOMAS MALE

 Joined the K.S.L.I 26/5/15 his address was 10 Meadow Terrace Crewe St, (In the official files his home address is listed as 44 St Michaels Street Shrewsbury). He was later transferred to the Sherwood Forrester’s (Nott’s and Derby) 31/3/18 as a signalman. He was wounded on the 20/10/1918.   Died 30/10/1918 (12 days before the Armistice) age 19

 The regimental reports states that the company were held up in the advance by machine gun fire. There is on specific mention of Percy in that report.

 Son of Fred and Annie Male.  He was the brother of Charlie Reg and Vera Male. His mother believed he had survived the war but she was informed of his death after the armistice.

Based on the dates he was 16 when he joined for the “kings shilling”. The picture below shows him wearing the cap badge of the K.S.L.I

He is buried at Wevelgem 10 miles east of YpresBelgium.

Picture and details forwarded to me by Russell Blower. His Grandmother was Vera Male, Sister to Percy Male, after seeing my plea for information in the Shropshire Star Newspaper.

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Pte GEORGE ROBERTS           KSLI              DOW       Germany         23/10/1918               13 St. Michael’s terrace, St. Michael’s, Shrewsbury

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Lieut JAMES DAVIES        CHESHIRE REGT       KIA        F/F          26/10/1918             28 Primrose terrace, St. Michael’s St. Shrewsbury

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Rifleman HAROLD PRITCHARD              

Rank Rifleman. Service no-43861.  2nd Battallion, Kings Royal Rifle corps. Died 29th October 1918  Aged 20. He enlisted in Shrewsbury.  He was also in the Cheshire regiment (service no-316030) before joining the Kings Royal Rifle corps. He was also the son of William Henry and Mary Ann Pritchard of 41 St. Michael’s terrace, St Michaels, Shrewsbury. Harold was  one of three brothers killed in the war. 

He is buried at Le Rejet-De-Beaulieu communal cemetary, France.

The above information came via a great-great niece of the Pritchard brothers

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Pte ALLAN CARTWRIGHT                          

 Service Number 3269. Rank Private.  3rd/4th Bn., King’s Shropshire Light Infantry transf. to Labour Corps. Died at home  20/11/1918.  Age 22. 7 Beaumont Terrace, Johns St., Castlefields, Shrewsbury.

Buried Shrewsbury Cemetery

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1919

Pte ARTHUR WAINWRIGHT          

Service 17787,  Rank Private. 5th Bn., King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. Died at home 29/05/1919. Age 22. Son of Mrs. Sarah Ann Wainwright, of 5, Bulls Terrace, Ditherington, Shrewsbury.

Buried Shrewsbury Cemetery

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Below are two pictures of the memorial, one as the memorial looks today and another taken at its unveiling in 1921.

The memorial as it looks now

The memorial at its 1921 unveiling

Above pictures courtesy of Philip Morris. 

It is 90 years since the unveiling of this memorial in 1921. Standing in the grounds of the old St Michael’s Church, it still reminds us of the terrible cost in lives that wars cause, the sacrifices those that are named here made to help make the world a better freer place for future generations that follow. Never to forget those loved ones families and friends left to grieve at their loss.

It is hard to believe how many men were killed between 1914 and 1919 who lived within such a short distance of each other, some families loosing three of their sons on the Western Front. One family lost 3 sons and a nephew.

This memorial is in memory of the 72 men, all members of this very close community, who lived in an area along a road less than a mile in length. The memorial was bought for and erected by the community so that their names would live on forever a reminder of the ultimate sacrifice they made to make the world a safer place to live.

Shown below are pictures taken at a service to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the unveiling of this memorial. The service was attended by Col Thewles Vice Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire, Sir Charles Soame President RBL as well as officers from RAF Shawbury, Fire Service and Army Cadet Force along with many members of the RBL with standards.

This memorial has stood the test of time and will continue to be the place to remember them, for a long time to come.

 

A special place, for those sons, who never returned home.

 

 BELOW IS WHAT THE SHREWSBURY CHRONICLE WROTE

 

THE SHREWSBURY CHRONICLE FRIDAY 29TH JULY 1921.

                              “THEY WENT—THEY FELL”

                                 St. Michael’s War Memorial unveiled.

St. Michael’s War Memorial, erected in the churchyard in memory of the 72 boys of the parish who gave their lives in the war, was unveiled by Brig. General A. H. O. Lloyd, in the presence of a large congregation on Sunday afternoon. Erected at a cost of about £260 on a triangular piece of ground facing the roadway, the memorial is a beautiful example of the sculptor’s art. Executed throughout in white Hollington stone, it rises from a square base to a height of about 12 feet. Built upon the base is an oblong block of stone of considerable depth, upon each panel of which is inscribed in black lettering the names of the fallen. On the upper ledge of the front panel is sculptured a soldiers rifle resting horizontally upon a steel helmet, and rising above the block of stone is a column with a full figure of our saviour on the cross in the centre. Angels cut in stone overlook the Crucifix on either side, and on the centre of the front panel of the column is an inscription in black lettering, “To the glory of God and in memory of those connected with this parish who made the supreme sacrifice in the Great War, 1914-1919, friends and neighbours have caused this to be erected.”

A STRAIGHT TALK FROM THE PULPIT

 Prior to the unveiling a commemoration service was held in the Church, which was filled almost to overflowing. The clergymen officiating were Archdeacon H. E. S. Lanbart, the Vicar of St. Michael’s (the Rev. W. B. Mac Nab), and the Rev. J. G. F. Holmes. It was a beautifully simple and impressive service, many of the congregation being deeply moved.

After silent prayer and the hymn “O valiant hearts” the Archdeacon delivered an address from the pulpit. They were met that day, he said, to do tremendous honour to the memory of the lads of St. Michael’s parish who died in the war. They must not leave it at that. They must realise that there was an example left to them by the sacrifice of those men which it was necessary and incumbent upon them as Englishmen to try their utmost to carry out. He wanted to speak to them quite straight from the pulpit. It was his duty to preach, and things could be spoken by the minister from the pulpit which they were not likely to hear elsewhere. After the war they had a year in which the prophets of the country, the great divines and the great leaders of thought were content to let things down rather lightly because they realised as true and wise leaders that after the tremendous strain of war it was not good for people to be urged to great activity, nor that they should be reproached for their moral failure because the whole country was too tired and worn out. There came what was described as the reaction after the war. He was sure they would agree with him that this period of reaction had now gone on long enough. They could no longer excuse things merely under the heading of reaction, and it was time they summoned to their aid the same great spirit of Christ to enable them to do those things which they were unaccustomed to do in the years during the war. It was high time the country braced itself up again to make England the England that it should be. One effect of the war was to make a great many people dishonourable. From the most unexpected quarters they heard of little petty thefts. It was their duty at this moment to see to it that the high traditions of this country for honesty were upheld, and that all trades and professions should be once again labelled with the white light of honour. Continuing the Archdeacon pleaded for grater sobriety and for more self-control in the family life of the nation. Wives should think less of themselves and more of their husbands and children, and so make their homes happier than they had been in the last year or so. Again, people should be more truthful. Let there be straightforward and honourable dealing between men. If a man lost by selling bad goods let him lose.  Let them have truth but not bad stuff labelled as good stuff. Employers and employed in this country before the war lamented from the bottom of their hearts that there were a certain number of parasites in the country against whom they held up the finger of scorn and said they were the idle rich. He wanted to ask them a straight question from the pulpit. What were they aiming at? Did they think that the happiest kind of life imaginable was the life where they had plenty of money and nothing to do? If so, he asked them not to say another word against a person who was idle rich. Their lives were given to them by Almighty God not for them to become idle rich, but that they might use the whole of the noble powers God gave them to labour, and labour for the good of themselves, for the good of their country and for the good of their homes.

THE UNVEILING CEREMONY         

 “Jesus lives no longer now ” was sung whilst the congregation, proceeded by the cross bearer, choir and clergy, moved out of the church to the be flagged memorial, around which was assembled a great number of onlookers. The Mayor ofShrewsbury, Ald. R. E. Jones, and Mr. G. Butler Lloyd, M. P., and Mrs. Lloyd, were amongst those present. At the invitation of the Vicar and in the hush of a solemn stillness Brig. General Lloyd released the Union Jack from the memorial, the Archdeacon afterwards dedicating it. The “Last Post,” followed after a short interval by the “Reveille,” was sounded by military buglers, the assemblage then joining in the singing of the hymn “When I survey the wondrous Cross.” An address was given by General Lloyd, who at the outset read the names of the fallen as follows:      

J. F. Gurney, W. R. Barnett, J. P. Davies, H. Wilde, A. A. Hancox, P. Hatfield, F. H. Churms, T. A. Arrowsmith, F. Pritchard, A. Pritchard, R. J. Bishop, T. Chant, F. Poole, A. Clift, F. Cooper, F. E. Deakin, R. G. Dowley, A. Fox, A. Flynn, S. Gwilt, J. Grimshaw, W. Harris, A. James, J. Jones (N0 17943) J. Jones, H. Nightingale, T. Nightingale, C. H. Price, G. Roberts, T. Roster, S. A. Taylor, J. Tomkinson, A. Wainwright, A. Jones, J. Jarrett, J. Baker, J. H. Turner, F. M. Rogers, T. Jarvis, L. Hirons, E. James, W. L. Stocks, E. S. Price, J. Heath, j. Berrow, C. Clift, W. Clift, G. Fewtrell, R. E. Jones, A. Cartwright, P. J. Draycott, E. J. Hussey, A. Harris, W. A. Matthews, P. A. T. Male, A. McCall, W. Walker, E. C. Wilcox, F. Cartwright, E. J. Reilly, A. Clift, E. Draycott, W. H. Powell, G. E. Farmer, C. H. Cotterill, W. Taylor, C. Harris, A. T. Jukes, J. T. W. Wyness, G. C. Walker, H. Pritchard, G. Harris.

General Lloyd said he was sure St. Michael’s would be proud of its memorial. A soldier’s death was the finest of all deaths, and he was sure that would be a great consolation to the bereaved. These men joined from a sense of duty and gave their lives. He hoped the memorial would be an example to their children and their children’s children. The ceremony was brought to a close with the singing of the hymn. “O God our help,” and the National Anthem.

A few minutes after the end of the service the base of the memorial was covered with wreaths from relatives and friends of the fallen, one being a beautiful wreath of laurels from the War Memorial Committee. We are asked to state that a sum of about £25 is still required to defray the cost of the memorial, round which on iron railing has yet to be erected.   

I will be placing more about the people named on this memorial and as much about the lives they led as soon as I can find the information out. If you have any information about this memorial or any history regarding the 72 who are named on it who died in the Great War, then please contact Philip Morris through me at the e-mail address at the bottom of this page. Thank you, more to follow soon.

Please look at your war memorial within Shropshire, see if it is recorded with the authorities, find out more about the names on it etc. If you need to know more about it contact Philip Morris, through me please on my e-mail:

 tonydurnell@ymail.com  

Thank you.

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      Sorry for delay in replying but time has flown past trying and finally saving my old regiment the 1st The Queens Dragoon Guards.
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