On Saturday 19th July we hosted a memorial service for the 100 year anniversary of the out break of WWI.
We hosted guests from the 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment and the chaplain Fr Steven Forster from 15 North East Brigade. The church had been wonderfully decorated my Margaret Simms and her team of helpers, and a very fitting and sombre service took place as we remembered the great sacrifices that have been made for our freedoms.
After the service we held a faith supper, during which both soldiers and church family mixed and chatted as we shared the refreshments provided.
Many thanks to all who helped in so many ways to make this a wonderful time to pause, reflected and spend together.
St Cuthbert’s has a long standing history with the military and especially the Green Howard’s Regiment who recruited from this area. David Griffiths a member of St Cuthbert’s has been researching our historic links and discovered the details of two soldiers buried in our own church yard.
There are two world war one serving soldiers buried in the Church Yard of St Cuthbert’s Church, Marton, Middlesbrough.
Sergeant 33634 William Fred LAWE
Kings Own Yorkshire light Infantry
Died 3rd December 1916
Lawe was born in Panton, Wragley Lincolnshire and the 1911 census shows him at 29 years living in Horncastle Lincolnshire with his mother and sister.
Military records show he enlisted in the 1st Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment in 1898 aged 18 years. He was discharged in 1915 having been diagnosed with bronchitis. He was therefore a serving soldier at the beginning of the war in 1914 and after arriving in France in September 2014 would have been plunged straight into the Battle of Aisne, First Ypres, Givenchy. After being discharged the records show he rejoined in 1916 with the 1st Garrison Battalion Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. This battalion was formed in Newcastle February 1916 for home service. It is recorded he died at home with the possibility it was from illness although to date the exact cause has not been established.
Private 45705 George Everitt Taylor
3rd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards)
Died 23rd April 2017
Taylor was born in Coventry however the1911 census shows him to be 33years of age and living at 79 Kensington Road Middlesbrough with his wife and daughter. He was also a Secondary School Teacher at this time. Soldiers with service numbers close to his served with 6 Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment and began to get killed in Sept/Oct 1917. It is recorded Taylor died at home and is likely he died early in his training and would have been 39 years of age at the time of his death. The cause of his death has to date not been established.