ST Hilda's Parish Church, Abbey Road, Warley, will be commemorating the men of the parish who died in the First World War at a service on August 10, and we are trying to contact any relatives.
The church memorial board has the names of 44 men. At the time of the Great War, however, St Hilda's Church was a just Mission Church within the parish of Christ Church, Quinton. It served a 'district' and was not a separate parish.
The church was in Rathbone Road, an ideal position to serve the houses recently built between Bearwood and Warley Woods.
Most of the men commemorated on the board come from this area. The remainder of Warley was still rural, with scattered farms and small communities under the pastoral care of Quinton Parish Church. A new parish of St Hilda's was established in 1940 to cover more of Warley, and a new church was built on the present site in Abbey Road. Nine soldiers from this part of Warley are among those commemorated on the Quinton memorial board, and there are others whose names are not on either board.
We need Bugle readers' help to trace the families and descendants of these men.
The names on the St Hilda's board are: Alfred Banton, Percy Barker, Austin Barnes, Arthur Bates, George Bates, William Best, Thomas Clay, Robert Clarke, Charles Corke, Thomas Davies, Albert Deakin, Albert Docker, Arthur Eade, Albert Edge, Edward Edwards, Reginald Elton, William Farley, Sydney Freeman, Ernest Hawksworth, William Hill, Walter Hockaday, Frank Hughes, Thomas Ireland, Joseph James, Gilbert Johnson, Robert Jones, Joseph McLaughlin, Albert Maspero, Wm (Jack) Meredith, Norman Milward, William Mounce, H Nettleingham, Howard Partridge, Sydney Perry, Frank Pitman, Arthur Round, John Royal, Wilfred Silvester, Alfred Smith, Frank Smith, Victor Tay, Charles Turner, Gilbert Webb, James Woodward.
The names of men connected with the current St Hilda's parish on the Quinton memorial board are: Harry Lewis Baugh, Frank Beck, Harry Dutton, Leonard George Lees, Albert Rymer, John Thompson, Leonard Weaver, Arthur Woodhouse and Joseph Woodhouse.
Other Warley men are: Howard Betts, Wilfred Blundell, Albert Checkland, Frederick Cadby, Samuel Dearn, George Fulkner, Harry Cecil Gaskill, Robert Coley Gee, William Gough, Thomas Jones, Frederick Moss, John Pitt, George Powell, William Joseph Riley, Charles Henry Shervington, John Tonks, and Albert Edward Wood. If you can help please contact:
Dr Terry Daniels, Chair of Langley Local
History Society, 0121-558-9100.
Or Rev Paul Hinton, 0121 429 1384.