Queen Street Congregational Church. Great War Memorial.

Queen Street Congregational Church

Picture taken from the book "Queen Street Congregational Church, Wolverhampton: the Story of a Hundred Years 1809-1909" by Henry Arthur May.
The memorial was erected in the vestibule at the main entrance to the church.
The memorial is a panel of Carrara marble, surrounded by alabaster, on a background of dark panelling.
The memorial covers a space 10' by 7'. The panel is called 'He is Risen' created by Mr. R.J.Emerson. The panel has two female figures, an angel and a mourner.
The inscription on the bronze panel below reads:
'To our glorious dead 1914.1918'

Queen Street Congregational Church

GEORGE NORMAN ADAMS Captain
6th Bn South Staffordshire Regiment
Died at Home 20/10/1918
Grave Reference:7500.
WOLVERHAMPTON BOROUGH CEMETERY

WILLIAM BAILEY Corporal 9010
1st Bn South Staffordshire Regiment
Killed in Action 07/11/1914 Age: 21
Son of Harry Bailey of Calf HeathShareshill, Wolverhampton.
Panel 35 and 37
YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL

GEOFFREY HENSHALL BOSTOCK Private 7450
20th Bn Royal Fusiliers
Died of Wounds 20/01/1917 Age:20
Son of W. H. and Annie B. Bostock of "The Woodlands," Avenue Rd. Wolverhampton.
Grave Reference: II. B. 21.
ABBEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

JOSEPH CADDICK Private 31873
8th Bn South Staffordshire Regiment
Killed in Action 23/04/1917 Age:28
Son of Elisha and Mary Ann Caddick of 645 Parkfield Rd. Wolverhampton.
Bay 6
ARRAS MEMORIAL

REGINALD CRADDOCK Second Lieutenant
5th Bn North Staffordshire Regiment
Reginald was born in 1888 in Wolverhampton, one of the eight children of George and Lucy Craddock of 45, Park Rd., Wolverhampton. His younger brother Victor (see below) also died. The other siblings were Percy, Richard, Albert, George Henry, Matilda and Florence
Killed in Action 21/03/1918
Bay 7 and 8
ARRAS MEMORIAL

VICTOR CRADDOCK Second Lieutenant
5th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment
Victor was born in 1894 in Wolverhampton one of the eight children of George and Lucy Craddock of 45, Park Rd., Wolverhampton. His older brother Reginald (see above) was also killed The other siblings were Percy, Richard, Albert, George Henry, Matilda and Florence.
Died of Wounds 11/10/1918 aged 24
Grave Reference V. O. 6.
BELLICOURT BRITISH CEMETERY.

Gerald W. Davies

On the memorial is recorded a name Lilly Dicks, this is the information I have been able to find-
Ellen Gertrude Lilly Dicks was born in 1873 in Tettenhall Wolverhampton. Daughter of Alfred and Hannah Dicks. She had two older siblings Roseda and Alice and three younger siblings Albert, Daisy and Frank.
In the 1911 census, she is recorded as single aged 36 and living with her parents at St Catherines Finchfield. In the first quarter of 1916 she married Thomas Howard.
The only reason I can find for her name being on the memorial is she volunteered during the War.
The Red Cross records indicate that she served with the VAD - Voluntary Aid Detachment from 12th January 1915 – 20th September 1915. Her record card records her home address as 8 St Katherines (sic) Finchfield Wolverhampton. I have been unable to find the date of her death.

THOMAS ARTHUR DICKINSON  Second Lieutenant
1/6th South Staffordshire Regiment
Son of Thomas William and Sarah Elizabeth Dickinson of Palmer's Cross Tettenhall.
Killed in action 1 July 1916 aged 22.
Pier and Face 7 B.
Thiepval Memorial France.

GEORGE HIDENS Staff Serjeant 421010
1st/3rd North Midland Field Amb Royal Army Medical Corps
Killed in Action 24/04/1917
Grave Reference 2. B. 12.
CANADIAN CEMETERY NO.2, NEUVILLE-ST. VAAST

ALBERT LEE Private 3120
1st/6th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment
Son of Enoch and Amy Clive Lee, of Wolverhampton. The 1911 census records that he was employed as a Assistant Engineer Attendant
Died of Wounds 03/09/1915 aged 23
Grave Reference II. A. 3.
VLAMERTINGHE MILITARY CEMETERY

CHARLES STEWART NORTHALL, Corporal 3461
1/6th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment
Killed in Action 13th October 1915.
Panel 73 to 76.
Loos Memorial, France.

George Reynolds

EDGAR RUTTER, Corporal 9435
2nd Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment
Son of Joseph and Emily Ann Rutter of 3 Salisbury St. Wolverhampton
Died of Wounds 2/12/1917 aged 21.
Grave Reference IV. C. 19.
ROCQUIGNY-EQUANCOURT ROAD BRITISH CEMETERY, MANANCOURT. SOMME, FRANCE.

ALBERT FIELDHOUSE, Private 10422
4th Bn. Worcestershire Regiment
Killed in Action 6/5/1915.
Grave Reference XI. C. 20.
REDOUBT CEMETERY, HELLES, GALLIPOLI.

LESLIE GARDNER SHAW, Second Lieutenant
5th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment
Son of John Perks Shaw and Eliza Shaw of "West Bank", Richmond Rd. Wolverhampton. He attended Wolverhampton Grammar School.
Arrived in France 5/3/1915 as a Private, Commissioned 30/8/1915.
Killed in Action 13/10/1915 aged 25.
Panel 73 to 76.
LOOS MEMORIAL

GILBERT HENRY SHELTON, Leading Seaman London Z/1221
Hawke Bn. R.N. Div. Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Son of Jarvis and Helen H. Shelton, of "St. Clether," 44 Park Rd. Wolverhampton.
Killed in Action 13/11/1916
Pier and Face 1 A.
THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, SOMME, FRANCE.

JOHN PARRY THORNE Lieutenant
1st/5th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment
Arrived in France 5/3/1915 as a Private, Commissioned 14/10/1915
Killed in Action 1/7/1916
Pier and Face 7 B.
THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, SOMME, FRANCE.

ALEXANDER GORDON VEITCH Lieutenant
Royal Field Artillery
Born in Rochdale area in 1888, the son of Robert and Helen Veitch. In 1891 the family was at 44 Falingfold Rochdale, in 1901  at 64 Eastbourne Street, Everton and in 1911 at 64 Lower Hastings Street, Leicester. On this the 1911 census Gordon as he was known was a maths and science student. The link with Queen Street Congregational Church must have been that his father was a congregational minister. Gordon married Eleanor Beatrice Harvey in Yorkshire in Spring 1916 and their daughter Muriel was born early 1917 (Information kindly provided by Susan Martin).
Killed in Action 23/04/1917
Grave Reference IX. K. 1.
ORCHARD DUMP CEMETERY, ARLEUX-EN-GOHELLE.

Ernest C.White

WOODS GEORGE THOMAS Private 48184
25th (Tyneside Irish) Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers
George was born in Coseley in 1889 one of the nine surviving children of George and Fanny Woods. His birth was registered as Wood, and as Wood he is listed on the 1911 census by his father.  In the 1919 Congregational Church roll of honour printed in the yearly manual his name is given as Whoods and his mother is also listed in the church manuals as Whoods.  By 1901 the family had moved to Bilston where they were living 40 Thompson Street, and George (father) was a forge labourer. In 1911 the family was living in 168 Wellington Road, Bilston and father George was a blast furnace labourer. George Thomas was a draper's assistant as was his older sister Sarah Jane. His older brother William, also living at home was a grocer's assistant.
Died of Wounds 25/04/1917 aged 28.
Grave Reference IV. C. 32.
BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY
He is also has a monument in St Phillips Churchyard Wolverhampton ‘Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of life’. His mother was by 1917 a widow and living in nearby Lea Road. (Information kindly provided by Susan Martin)
There is a photo on the internet  http://billiongraves.com/pages/record/George-L-Whoods/7640582

William Wright

Information taken from Express & Star,Thursday 17th January 1924.