COLWALL WAR MEMORIAL

COLWALL WAR MEMORIAL

AT

THE CHURCH OF SAINT JAMES THE GREAT

OLD COLWALL


HISTORICAL BACKGROUND AND PHOTOGRAPHIC RECORD



The Colwall War Memorial is in the centre of a memorial garden to one side of the churchyard. It consists of a roofed Portland stone Calvary on an octagonal three-tier stepped base, each step being 6" high, on top of a rendered concrete foundation 8' x 8' square. The length of the steps being 24", 19" and 14.5" long respectively. The top step is surmounted by eight octagonal stone panels, each approximately 9" x 9" in size, on which the names of those who lost their lives in the Great War are engraved as follows:

In 1920 a meeting of Colwall Parochial Church council was held in The Parish Room. It was decided that the Ale House garden was to become the Memorial Garden in memory of those who died during the 1914-1918 War. Dr C Harris, (whose son, Noel Charles Harris, had died in Mesopotamia in that War) composed the music for the hymn "O Valiant Hearts", written by his friend John Arkwright of Hampton Castle. The cost of the Memorial in the first place was largely defrayed by the profits from the sale of Dr Harris's music, also from public subscription. On Sunday 12 December 1920 the memorial was unveiled.


Photographs of the eight panels, engraved with the names of those who lost their lives in WW 1:

PANEL 1
PANEL 1
PANEL 2
PANEL 2
PANEL 3
PANEL 3
PANEL 4
PANEL 4

PANEL 5

PANEL 5
PANEL 6
PANEL 6
PANEL 7
PANEL 7
PANEL 8
PANEL 8

Further panels, placed above the WW 1 panels, have the names of those who lost their lives in the second World War are engraved as follows:

PANEL 1
PANEL 1
PANEL 2
PANEL 2
PANEL 3
PANEL 3
PANEL 4
PANEL 4
PANEL 5
PANEL 5
PANEL 6
PANEL 6
PANEL 7
PANEL 7
PANEL 8
PANEL 8

Inside the Church of St James the Great are four memorial plaques grouped together on the North wall, [click on the image to enlarge]:

Charles Noel Harris

MEMORIAL TO HARRIS
William Innes

MEMORIAL TO INNES
Percy George Theodore Pedlingham

MEMORIAL TO PEDLINGHAM
John Victor Williams

MEMORIAL TO WILLIAMS

There are four official  Commonwealth War Graves in the churchyard [click on the image to enlarge]

Hector Edward Clarke [WW 1]

WAR GRAVE CLARKE
William George John Heath [WW 1]

WAR GRAVE HEATH
William Uniake Pery Powell [WW 1]

WAR GRAVE POWELL
James Norman Roberts [WW 2]

WAR GRAVE ROBERTS

Albert Thomas James [WW1] is commemorated on the headstone of his parents grave [click on the image to enlarge]

JAMES COMMEMORATED

Chris Hitchings [WW1] is commemorated at the foot of his parents grave [click on the image to enlarge]

C HITCHINGS COMMEMORATED

Albert William Robbins [WW1] is also commemorated in the churchyard [click on the image to enlarge]

ROBBINS COMMEMORATED

and lastly there is one further memorial in the vestry of The Church of the Good Shepherd, Upper Colwall [now closed].

Frank Henry Rawlings [WW1] [click on the image to enlarge]

MEMORIAL RAWLINGS


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The biographical research was undertaken by Jenny Harrison (WW1) and the late Nick Neve (WW2).
The historical research was undertaken by Nick Neve, who also took the photographs and coded the web-pages.
This project began in 2005 and was completed in July 2014.

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