Mellish Road, Walsall

Photo:Mellish Road, Walsall. Methodist Archive and Research Centre (reference MA 8030 item 52)

Mellish Road, Walsall. Methodist Archive and Research Centre (reference MA 8030 item 52)

Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes, 2018

Roll of Honour

By Philip Thornborow

Ten years after the event it is probably not surprising that the Guild Secretary was unable to furnish all the details of some of the men. In the following list information found from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is enclosed in square brackets.

Lance Cpl. Alfred G. Tyler 1092 Household Cavalry

2nd Lieut. Wilfred Deakin 1st Bn. Worcestershire REgt.

Private Albert William Findlater 266520 Royal West [Kent] Regt.

Private Arthur Ernest Findlater 81045 Durham Light Infantry

[AB] Ernest Hardcastle [ZP/1253 Drake Bn. Royal Naval Division]

Harold Rushford

Christopher Russell

[Private] Rev. Henry H. Norton [50082] Royal Army Medical Corps 

Two individuals are of particular interest.

Albert Findlater did not die until 22nd July 1920, and is buried in Walsall. Although he survived the war, he was regarded both by his church and the Commonwealth war Graves Commission as a casualty.

Rev. Henry Hall Norton was the minister of the church from September 1914 to January 1915. He had only just finished training for the ministry and this was his first and only station. Although exempt he enlisted in the R.A.M.C. and died in Alexandria (Egypt) on 27 January 1916, of wounds sustained in the evacuation from Gallipoli, aged 27. A number of ministers who had also enlisted in the R.A.M.C. subsequently became chaplains to the forces. Norton is not listed in the record of chaplains, a digital version of which can be viewed at 

https://luna.manchester.ac.uk/luna/servlet/s/385g94

 He is listed on the war memorial at Headingley College, which may be seen here

http://www.mywesleyanmethodists.org.uk/page/rev_walter_charles_wilks-2?path=0p4p38p40p

This page was added by Philip Thornborow on 01/09/2018.