Frank Septimus Andrew - stoke

CCCBR Rolls of Honour Details

Rank: Corporal

Service No: 11463

Date of Death: 30/11/1917

Age: 27

Regiment/Service: Royal Fusaliers, 9th Bn.

Panel Reference:  Panel 3 and Panel 4.

Memorial: CAMBRAI MEMORIAL

Additional Information:

Born 1890 and baptised 25/05/1890 at Isham. One of twelve children; ten surviving at the 1911 census. Son of James Andrew and Georgina Annie Andrew of Isham, Northants. In 1911 he was working as a grocer’s assistant. He rang his first peal, Plain Bob Minor, at Isham on 26/12/1907; this was the first peal by all the band except the conductor, Edward Chapman from Kettering. His first peal as Conductor was rung at Isham on 24/07/1910. Born: Isham, Northants. Enlisted: Coventry. Resided (1911 Census): Isham, but in 1913 he moved to the Coventry area.

Walter Bates - Chilvers Coton

CCCBR Rolls of Honour Details

Rank: Private

Service No: 17376

Date of Death: 30/07/1916

Age: 25

Regiment/Service: Royal Warwickshire Regiment 14th Bn.

Panel Reference:  Pier and Face 9 A 9 B and 10 B.

Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

Additional Information:

Son of John and Mary Bates, of 51, College St., Chilvers Coton, Nuneaton.

Born 1891 in Stockingford, Nuneaton. One of 7 siblings in 1891 census. 1911 Census: Address: 57 College Street, Chilvers Coton with brother Ernest 25. Occupation: Brickyard Labourer

Nuneaton, Warwickshire All Saints, Chilvers Coton
Monday, 1 August 2016 in 43m (13)
1259 Grandsire Caters
1 Janice Sheasby
2 Raymon Sheasby
3 Michael Chester (C)
4 Andrew Alldrick
5 Douglas Kempton
6 Joy Pluckrose
7 Ian Thompson  
8 Rodney Swallow
9 Jonathon Chester
10 Sam Trevor
Rung in memory of Private Walter Bates, a ringer at Chilvers Coton, who died on 30/07/1916, aged 25.
Royal Warwickshire Regiment 14th Bn. Service No. 17376.
Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, France, Pier and Face 9 A 9 B and 10 B.
Son of John and Mary Bates, of 51, College St., Chilvers Coton, Nuneaton.

William Charles Beacham - Allesley

WC Beacham
CCCBR Rolls of Honour Details

Rank: Private

Service No: 50545

Date of Death: 27/04/1918

Age:18

Regiment/Service: Royal Berkshire Regiment 2nd Bn.

Grave Reference: II. P. 14.

Cemetery: ADELAIDE CEMETERY, VILLERS-BRETONNEUX

William Charles Beacham was killed during the action at Villers-Bretonneux when the British 18th Divisions together with the 2nd and 3rd Australian Divisons recaptured the village that had been taken by the Germans on April 24th. William Charles was the son of William and Emma Beacham, of Raglan House, Allesley Old Road. He enlisted on the 13th January 1917 at Coventry, giving his occupation as Carpenter’s Apprentice. He was a member of the Allesley band of ringers and the Warwickshire Guild of Church Bell Ringers. Whilst undergoing training at Bury St Edmunds, William was awarded a wrist watch for being the smartest soldier of his group of 350 recruits. Sadly the watch was never recovered from the battlefield.

William Beacham’s name is recorded on the War Memorials in both All Saints Church, Allesley Village Hall and Bablake School. There is a tree dedicated to his memory in the Coventry War Memorial Park. His name also appears in ‘The Great War Memorial Book of Church BellRingers’ in St Paul’s Cathedral, London.

William Charles Beacham was baptised at Allesley 2nd July 1899 by W. Bree, Rector. In the 1901 Census he is recorded as living at Birmingham Road Allesley, aged 1 year. His father was William H. Beacham aged 34, carpenter and joiner who was born at Allesley. His mother Emma, aged 28, was born at Ludlow Shropshire. He had two siblings, Mabel aged 4 and Edith Maud aged 3. In the 1911 Census he is recorded as 11 years old with his older sister Edith, one younger sister Florence Louisa and two younger brothers, Jonathan Farmer and Horace Edward. Of the 11 children born to William and Emma Beacham only these five had survived to that date.

Amanda Slater

Nelson Ralph Griffin - Southam

CCCBR Rolls of Honour Details

Rank: Private

Service No: 7517

Date of Death: 08/01/1915

Age:28 Regiment/Service:Bedfordshire Regiment 1st Bn.

Panel Reference: Panel 31 and 33.

Memorial: YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL

Additional Information:
Husband of Mrs. Powell (formerly Griffin), of Mountfield Gardens, Southam, Rugby.

Born in March 1886, Farnborough, Warwickshire

Father Thomas Griffin, mother Mary Ann Marshall

Married Mabel Alice Duckett from Southam 10 Sept 1910 at Southam

1911 Census. Address: Wood St., Southam. Age 25.

Occupation: Life Assurance Agent

Ralph Griffin of Southam was the grandfather of Alan Griffin the Leamington historian whose excellent book “Lest We Forget” is currently available. (email the author).  Alan is a son of Southam and his parents kept the mill in the town. Reference is made to Ralph Griffin in the tower & on the war memorial at Southam Church.

Died at Wulverghem, 8th January, 1915, aged 28years. Former regular soldier, rejoined his old regiment, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshires. Shot through the head by a sniper. Ringer and former captain of Southam Utd. Football team, once won a prize at the Mop for singing a song with a greasy pig under his arm.

Southam, Warks, St JAmes
Tuesday 11th November 2014
1273 Grandsire Triples
1 Jenny Thorne
2 Anita Sherriff
3 William Jones
4 Terence Hill
5 Iain Hill
6 John Keddie
7 John Thorne (C)
8 Michael Hill
Rung half-muffled on Armistice Day
Remembering particularly two members of the 
St James, Southam company of ringers who
made the supreme sacrifice.

Reginald William Hancock - Chilvers Coton

CCCBR Rolls of Honour Details

Rank: Sapper

Service No: 42146

Date of Death: 25/06/1918

Age: 22

Regiment/Service:R oyal Engineers "Z" Special Coy.

Grave Reference: LXVI. F. 16.

Cemetery: ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY

Additional Information:
Son of Frederick and Ada Alice Hancock, of 17, Coventry Rd., Chilvers Coton, Nuneaton. Native of Nuneaton.

 

Thomas Harris - Chilvers Coton

CCCBR Rolls of Honour Details

Rank: Private

Service No: 29242

Date of Death: 07/06/1918

Age: 21

Regiment/Service: King's Shropshire Light Infantry 1st/4th Bn.

Memorial: SOISSONS MEMORIAL

Additional Information:
Son of Prudence Harris, of 61, Deacon St., Nuneaton, and the late Thomas Harris.

Born 1897 Chilvers Coton, Nuneaton

Father Thomas Harris Coal Miner:

Mother Prudence Parsons from Foleshill

1911 Census. Age 14. Occupation: Coal Miner. Address: 187, College St., Chilvers Coton. 4 siblings

 

Patrick Edward Lionel Radcliffe Holmes - Tysoe

CCCBR Rolls of Honour Details

Rank: Private

Service No: 6/184B

Date of Death: 25/04/1915

Regiment/Service:Canterbury Regiment, N.Z.E.F.

Panel Reference: 74.

Memorial: LONE PINE MEMORIAL

From research by Amanda Slater

Patrick Edward Lionel Radcliffe Holmes

Born: 1880 Snitterfield, Warwickshire.

Father: Henry F. Holmes. Curate of Snitterfield (1881)

Mother: Edith D. Holmes

Sisters: Edith S., Muriel S., Gertrude E. M. Brother: Clement E.R.

Listed as Edward L. R. on 1881 and 1891 Censuses

Name: Holmes, Patrick E. L. Also known as: Holmes, Patrick E. L. R. ; Holmes, Patrick Edward Lionel Radcliff. ; Holmes, Patrick L. R.

From details in the 1881 Census it seems possible that the Holmes family were an army family - they certainly had moved around the world:-

Henry F. Holmes, 33, Liverpool. Curate of Snitterfield
Edith D. Holmes, 36, India.
Edith L. Holmes 10, Marylebone
Gertrude E. M. Holmes, 7, Canada
Clement E. K. Holmes, 5, Canada
Muriel S. Holmes, 3, Canada
Edward L. R. Holmes, 1, Snitterfield
Charlotte Ballams, 21, Passenham Berkshire, Governess – Private
Ellen Harold, 21, Long Itchington, Cook (Domestic Servant)
Phoebe E. Kiddle, 16, Cobham, Surrey, Housemaid (Domestic Servant)

They were still at same address in 1891 when (P) Edward L. R. is 11 and his father is a ‘Clerk in Holy Orders’

In 1901 he is known as Lionel Holmes, aged 21. Occupation: 2nd Lieut. of Munster Fusiliers. He is a visitor at St John’s Street, Chichester. Household of Reginald and Emma Humphrey.

Edward Lionel Radcliff Holme aged 27 married Mary Macauly Swan aged 43 at St. Paul’s Dorking, Surrey on 4th October 1905. His father’s name is given as Frank Holme and her father is Joseph William Hill.

In 1911 he is Lionel Radcliffe Holmes and back in Snitterfield aged 32. Occupation: Clergyman. With wife Mary M. Radcliff Holmes aged 51 from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Living in house of Edmund King a ‘boarding house keeper’ He has been married for 5 years and has no children.

In 1914 he is in Darwin N.T. Australia as Patrick Edward Lionel Radcliffe Holmes working in the railway workshop (no mention of a wife) – when he leaves for England via Singapore on 22 August. Enlisted 5 December 1914. The Canterbury Infantry Regiment. British Section New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Missing in action 25 April 1915.

Army Details

Rank: Private

Service Number: 6/184B

Next of Kin: Mrs M S Thelwall - Sister ; Bampton Vicarage Devon Mr Clement E R Holmes - Brother ; 39 Cavendish Vale Sherwood Nottingham Miss M Holmes - Sister ; Badsley West Evesham Worcester England

Occupation: Civil Engineer

Date of Enlistment: 05 December 1914.

Age at Enlistment: 32

Unit: Canterbury Infantry

Regiment Service: British Section New Zealand Expeditionary Force

Date of Death: 25 April 1915.

Place of Death: Gallipoli Peninsula (Turkey)

Memorials: Darwin Cenotaph.
Memorials: Lone Pine Memorial (Turkey)

Service History: Formerly of the Munster Fusiliers.

Missing in action on 25th April 1915. Declared "Believed killed" in 1916.

Biographical notes: Northern Territory Times and Gazette (Darwin, NT: 1873-1927), Thursday 19 March 1914, page 7

Pat Holmes 9.8 versus A. C. Douglas 11.2. These men exhibited a most marked disparity in height and weight. Douglas had the advantage of his weight and strength, Holmes in height (over six feet) and reach (but, as a result of recent sickness was weak), though evidently the more scientific boxer. The fight was not lacking in interest, and neither man had much the best of it. An unfortunate misunderstanding occurred about the number of rounds to be fought. On rising from their corners for the third time it was announced as the last round, and, at its conclusion Holmes declined to fight on, and, the referee said there was nothing left for him to do but to award the fight to Douglas. Upon the timekeeper endorsing the three round duration, the referee awarded the fight to Holmes, but said that, owing to the mistake and misunderstanding, both men would receive a medal. Each of the men are said to be anxious to meet each other in the ring again, and, in the event of another tournament being arranged for another interesting encounter is assured.

Northern Territory Times and Gazette (Darwin, NT: 1873-1927), Thursday 20 August 1914, page 14

Farewell to Lieut. Pat Holmes. An enthusiastic gathering assembled at the Hotel Victoria on Saturday evening last, the 15th. instant, to bid farewell to Lieut. P. L. R.(familiarly known as "Pat") Holmes, formerly of the Munster Fusiliers, who has volunteered for active service, and is leaving Darwin by the first steamer for England, via Singapore. Captain J. B. O’Sullivan, who has had 23 years service in the Australian field and garrison artillery and light horse, and 18 months active service in South Africa, and who shares with Lieut. Holmes the distinction of being the first to volunteer from the Northern Territory for active service, occupied the chair, the guest of the evening being seated on his right. Mr. James Cain presided at the piano. The proceedings commenced with the usual loyal toast of "The King," the next toast being that of "Lieut. Holmes," which was proposed by the Chairman in a characteristic speech, prompted evidently. by a commendable desire to say what was essential, and nothing more. He said that he was pleased to have the honor of proposing the toast, but he was sorry that they were losing Lieut. Holmes, for in him they were losing a white man, who had not the slightest sign of a yellow streak in him. Lieut. Holmes, though in the "D" division of the Imperial Army, had not waited to be called upon,, and had not only volunteered, but was starting for the front. The toast was supported by Messrs. Cleary, Bert Croft, Walter" Catt "(formerly of the Imperial Army) Morgan A. Marrinan, Stovell (a veteran of the American-Spanish War), and J. J. Supple, and R. Butters, formerly of "The Scots Greys”. The chief toast of the evening was most enthusiastically honored by the singing of "For he’s a jolly good fellow.” The Chairman also took advantage of the opportunity to present Lieut. Holmes with a couple of the best tobacco pipes procurable in Darwin, as a mark of the esteem in which their guest was held by his mates at the 2½ mile railway workshops. Lieut. Holmes did not respond till the close of the evening. The toast "Australia" was proposed by Mr. Cleary, duly honored with the singing of the song "Australia." This toast was responded to by Mr. Myles Aloysius Kelly. The toast of "The Press" was proposed by Mr. Stover, and responded to by Mr. Fred Thompson on behalf of "The Northern Territory Times". Lieut. Holmes responded in a heartfelt manner to the toast of his health, eulogising the characteristics of the Australian people and the many friendships he had formed, amongst them. He referred to the menace which Germany had been for years to the peace of Europe, and the stern though costly necessity of endeavouring to teach the Teutons a salutary lesson. He thanked his shop-mates at the 2½ miles railway workshops for the .pipes they had presented him with. One of them he had broken in already, and it was alright. While smoking the pipes he would cherish the fond memories of those who had presented him with them, and the many friendships he had formed in the Northern Territory. Mr. Bert Croft proposed the toast of "Our Kids; the Australian Cadets, "Which was enthusiastically honored. During the evening songs were sung by Messrs. Catt, Leetch and the Chairman. The proceedings were kept going in an informal but cheerful and enthusiastic manner for a good time after the Chairman and others had left the room. The s.s. "Changsha" left Hong Kong on 14th. Inst and is due to arrive at Darwin about 24th.

"Adventurous roving natures Northern Territory volunteers of 1914."/ by Paul A Rosenzweig Sabretache, June 2006.

"The first Territorian to depart for war service was Pat Holmes, a worker at Darwin's 2 1/2-mile railway workshops. A veteran of service with the Munster Fusiliers, Holmes could not bear waiting to be called upon for service and instead chose to voluntarily leave Darwin by the first steamer to join his old regiment. He received an enthusiastic farewell on 15 August 1914 at the Hotel Victoria in Darwin. Led by his boss Julian O'Sullivan, the Locomotive Superintendent, who stated that they were losing a man, "who had not the slightest sign of a yellow streak in him". Holmes received two tobacco pipes, the best procurable in Darwin, as a mark of esteem from his railway shop-mates. He remarked that, "While smoking the pipes, he would cherish the fond memories of those who had presented him with them, and the many friendships he had formed in the Northern Territory" (14). Holmes sailed from Darwin on SS Mataram on 22 August for England, via Singapore.” “...Lieutenant Pat Holmes had been killed at Gallipoli, but this was not known in Darwin until July 1916 (60), so his name was not recorded on the Roll of Honour produced for a memorial service which was held in Darwin on 25 April 1916."

Stated in NTTG and by the Administrator to be P L R Holmes; listed on the Darwin cenotaph as P E L Holmes. Not recorded as a fatality under either name by AWM, CWGC or NAA."</p4 

Tysoe, Warwickshire Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sunday, 26 April 2015 (12)
1260 Grandsire Doubles
1 Richard Lewis-Skeath
2 John Gwynne
3 Sue Marshall
4 Lucy Gwynne
5 Graham Nabb (C)
6 Nick Gunn
In memory of Private Patrick Edward Lionel Radcliffe Holmes who died in Gallipoli on 25th April 1915, aged 35.
Rev'd Holmes was vicar and bell ringer at St Mary's Church, Tysoe in 1910

Australian & New Zealand Association
Spitalfields, Greater London Christ Church
Saturday, 25 April 2015 in 3h12 (17)
5120 Gallipoli Surprise Major
Composed by D F Morrison (no. 6274, reversed)
1 Yvonne R John
2 James A Smith (C)
3 Hannah M Campbell
4 Michael C Bryant
5 Caroline J Champion
6 Gwen Rogers
7 Philip Rogers
8 Alan Regin
100th peal: 1. First blows in method by all except 2.
Specially arranged to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli landings in the First World War.
Commemorating the Fallen in that action, among them the Rev. Pte Patrick Edward Lionel Radcliffe Holmes of the Canterbury Infantry Regiment, British Section, New Zealand Expeditionary Force; the only bellringer known to have died on this first day of the landings.

Robert Weston Jesson DCM - Rugby

CCCBR Rolls of Honour Details

Rank: Corporal

Service No: 251

Date of Death: 20/01/1916

Age: 21

Regiment/Service :Royal Field Artillery 5th Warwick Bty. 4th South Midland Bde.

Awards: D C M

Grave Reference: I. N. 19.

Cemetery: HEBUTERNE MILITARY CEMETERY

Additional Information:
Son of James and Sarah Jane Barratt Jesson, of Spring House, East Langton, Market Harborough, Leicestershire.

From research by Amanda Slater:

ROBERT WESTON JESSON DCM, Corporal 251, 5th Warwick Bty. 4th South Midland Bde., Royal Field Artillery who died on Thursday 20 January 1916 . Age 21 . Son of James and Sarah Jane Barratt Jesson, of Spring House, East Langton, Market Harborough, Leicestershire. HEBUTERNE MILITARY CEMETERY Pas de Calais, France 1N19

He was born Jan 1895 at East Langton, Market Harborough, Leicestershire In the 1901 and 1911 Censuses he is living in East Langton, Leicestershire with his parents and siblings. In 1911 he is aged 16 – at school – living with his with parents James 52 (butcher and grazier), Sarah Jane Barrett Jesson 56, and his siblings Thomas 27 (working on land), Mary Elizabeth 21, William Hedley 20 (assistant butcher), Alfred Neal 18 (school), Margaret Ellen 15 and also Annie Maude 27 (his cousin)

He enlisted with the Royal Field Artillery in Rugby at the age of 18, on 19th June 1913. He gave his address as 130, Bath Street, Rugby and his occupation as a ‘Wireman’.

He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal on the 14th January 1916. He learned of his award only the day before he was shot and killed by a sniper.

Citation of the Distinguished Conduct Medal.

251 Corporal R W Jesson, 1/4th South Midland (Howitzer) BDE., R.F.A., T.F. (LG 11 Mar. 1916). For conspicuous gallantry and good work in laying and maintaining telephone wires, often under heavy fire.

He was also awarded the Allied Victory Medal 1914 - 19, the British War Medal 1914 - 18 and the Star Medal 1914 - 15.

His death is recorded in Frank West’s Diary 1915 – 1916 4th South Midland (Howitzer) Brigade. https://sites.google.com/site/4thsouthmidlandbrigade/Home/frank-west-s-diary-1915-1916

January 1916
Saturday 1st. Went over to Flying Ground at Marieux to see their practice range.

Sunday 2nd. Put out a dummy section where we used to have guns.

Mon 3rd. Went over to 5th battery pits in the plain, and hated bitterly.

Tuesday 4th. Stayed in to nurse a rubbed leg.

Wed 5th. Rode over to Bus [sic] to get Arnold a commission. Arranged about getting new 4.5 guns.

Thurs 6th. Drew new guns, complete with sights, having fought hard to get these, even to refusing the new guns without

Fri 7th. Went and saw the new guns. poured in the afternoon so that Corps Bombardment was postponed.

Saturday 8th. Had a little bombardment both near Fonquevillers and opposite La Louviere, the heavies helping.

Sunday 9th January. Went and saw all the harness and suggested cleaning it as a whole and not just if the driver likes.

Mon 10th. Inspected and encouraged gun drill with the new toy. Not so bad considering.

Tuesday 11th. Got the other new guns in

Wed 12th. Fired them with fair success

Thurs 13th. Had a bombardment with 5th battery, getting gunfire 15 secs.

Fri 14th. Went over to Marieux to hear a lecture about the Administration at Loos Battle went down trenches with a sapper to arrange about building observation station.

Saturday 15th examined Ger [?German] country for back wire. A very clear day so I saw a lot.

Sunday 16th January. Watched Anderson [Willie Anderson] and Withers shooting at Bois Rossignol and La Louviere.

Mon 17th. Went over to army HQ to hear Budworth on the artillery at Loos

Tues 18th..General Nicholson to an observation station to watch 5”[?] shoot at Gommecourt Wood.

Wednesday 19th. Disturbed during the night by Minniewerfer firing at Warwicks.

Thurs 20th. Corporal Jesson shot in the head while walking in the village and buried.

 

Jesson Robert Weston of East Langton Leicestershire corporal South Midland Howitzer Brigade died 20 January 1916 in action in France. Administration Leicester 10 May to James Jesson farmer. Effects £150 1s.

Robert Jesson DCM Robert Jesson Ringing World Obituary 
Robert Jesson DCM in uniform Robert Jesson DCM
possibly on a home visit
 The notice of his death
in The Ringing World.
(Click to enlarge)
 Roibert Jesson's Headstone  Daily Sketch Memorial 
 Robert Jesson's headstone The announcement of Robert Jesson's
death in The Daily Sketch 
Robert Jesson's memorial stone in
Church Langton church 
(Photographs collected by Alan Regin and used with thanks to him)

 

Coventry Diocesan Guild
Rugby, Warwickshire St Andrew
Sunday, 17 January 2016 in 2h 59m (25 cwt)
5040 Stedman Triples
Composed by F H Dexter (No. 2)
1 Michael J Dew
2 Christopher J Idle
3 S Clarke Walters
4 Christine F Homer
5 Anthony E Gillias
6 Desmond L Jones
7 William R Haynes (C)
8 Catherine Jamieson
Rung to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Cpl. Robert Weston Jesson DCM ,
a ringer at this tower, who was killed in action at the Western Front on 20th January 1916.

Rugby, Warwickshire St Andrew
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 in 0:49 (24)
1264 Plain Bob Major
1 Ann Jackson
2 Diana Butcher
3 John Slack
4 John Goddard
5 Julian G Edgson
6 Christine F Homer (C)
7 Desmond L Jones
8 S Clarke Walters
Rung on the 100th anniversary of the death of Robert W. Jesson DCM,
the only member of the Rugby band to be killed in action during World War 1.

George Henry Kettle - Allesley

Harry Kettle Peal Board
George Henry Kettle The memorial peal board
in Allesley Ringing Room
(Click to enlarge)

 

CCCBR Rolls of Honour Details

Rank: Private

Service No: 34988

Date of Death: 28/11/1917

Age: 34

Regiment/Service: Royal Berkshire Regiment 5th Bn.

Grave Reference: XXX. N. 2A. C

emetery:ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY

Additional Information:
Son of C. and L. M. Kettle; husband of Susan Ellen Kettle, of Rectory Cottage, Allesley, Coventry, Warwickshire.

George Henry (Harry) Kettle’s name is recorded on the War Memorials in both All Saints Church, Allesley Village Hall and on a Peal Board in All Saints Belfry. His name also appears in ‘The Great War Memorial Book of Church Bell-Ringers’ in St Paul’s Cathedral, London.

George Henry Kettle was baptised on the 12th November 1882 at Solihull, the son of Charles Joseph Kettle, a gamekeeper from Berkswell and his wife Laura Maria. By the age of 17 he was living in Church Lane, Allesley and working as a gardener. In 1909 he married Susan Ellen Crumpton from Stourbridge, Worcestershire and in the 1911 Census they are recorded as living in Allesley. They had a son Ralph Henry, born in 1914.

In 1917, at the time of Harry’s death, his wife Susan was living in Rectory Cottage, Allesley.

Harry Kettle was head gardener to Archdeacon Bree, the Rector of Allesley. He was also Ringing Master of the Allesley band of ringers. In addition he served two years as Hon. Sec. of the Warwickshire Guild of Bell Ringers.

On December 14th 1912 a Peal of Grandsire Doubles, the first ever Peal by a local band of ringers, was rung on the six bells of All Saints Allesley. It was the first Peal for all the ringers except for the conductor, Harry Kettle. It was his first Peal as conductor.

This was the third Peal that Harry rang at Allesley - he had only rung his first ever Peal the previous May. So the rapid progress of his ringing and conducting expertise represents a remarkable achievement. He rang seven peals in total at Allesley, the last being in May 1914.

Following his death a Peal was rung in his memory at Allesley by members of the Warwickshire Guild. This took place on December 15th 1917. The bells were half-muffled as a token of respect and esteem. Several of the ringers had taken part in the “local first” Peal in 1912. An engraved and gilded glass memorial peal board commemorating this event was erected in All Saints’ Belfry.  

Amanda Slater

Coventry Diocesan Guild
Allesley, West Midlands All Saints
Tuesday, 28 November 2017 in 2h 44m (12)
5100 Kettle Alliance Major
Composed by M Maughan

1 Geoffrey W Randall
2 Annie Hall
3 Raymon A Sheasby
4 Michael Chester
5 John W G Gwynne
6 Mark W Sayers
7 Simon P Rogers (C)
8 Andrew F Alldrick
Rung, by past and present officers of the Guild, in memory of Private George Henry (Harry) Kettle, 
a ringer at Allesley. Died 28/11/1917 age 35. Royal Berkshire Regiment 5th Bn. Service No.34988. 
Commemorated at Etaples Military Cemetery, France, Grave XXX N 2A. 
He worked as a gardener for the Rector of Allesley before enlisting
and was the Honorary Secretary of the Warwickshire Guild.

First peal in the method.
Kettle A Major b -3-4-5-6.34-34.18.56.34.7

Bernard George Lee - Southam

CCCBR Rolls of Honour Details

Rank: Captain

Date of Death: 22/03/1918

Age: 24

Regiment/Service: Royal Field Artillery "D" Bty. 180th Bde.

Grave Reference: II. E. 7.

Cemetery: ROYE NEW BRITISH CEMETERY

Additional Information:
Born at Knowle, Warwick. Son of Thomas and Emma Eliza Lee, of 55, Rother St., Stratford-on-Avon.

Born 20 August 1893 Knowle

Father Thomas Lee. Police Inspector from Lincolnshire:

Mother Emma Eliza .... from London

1911 Census. Address: the Police Station, Southam. Aged 17. Occupation: Chemist Assistant.

Lee, Bernard George of Southam Warwickshire a Lieutenant in the 180th Brigade R.F.A. died 22 March 1918 at No 34 Clearing Station France.

Administration Birmingham, 21 September to Thomas Lee Superintendant of Police, effects £328 11s 2d.

Son of former Southam police inspector. Served with D Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Suffered gunshot wounds to the face, and died on 22nd March 1918 at St. Emilie, aged 23 years. He was a choir member and bellringer, and was assistant chemist at the Southam Cement Works.

Southam, Warks, St JAmes
Tuesday 11th November 2014
1273 Grandsire Triples
1 Jenny Thorne
2 Anita Sherriff
3 William Jones
4 Terence Hill
5 Iain Hill
6 John Keddie
7 John Thorne (C)
8 Michael Hill
Rung half-muffled on Armistice Day
Remembering particularly two members of the 
St James, Southam company of ringers who
made the supreme sacrifice.

Duncan Nicholl - Berkswell

CCCBR Rolls of Honour Details

Rank: Company Quartermaster Serjeant

Service No :2851

Date of Death:16/12/1916

Age: 35

Regiment/Service: Royal Warwickshire Regiment 2nd/7th

Grave Reference: VIII. D. 26.

Cemetery:WARLOY-BAILLON COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

Additional Information: 
Son of John William and Eleanor Nicholl, of Berkswell.

Berkswell Remembers WW1 ringer

Monday, 4th August 2014 marked the centenary of the start of the First World War when Great Britain declared war on Germany in response to them invading Belgium. Amongst the many that lost their lives was a Berkswell Bellringer by the name of Duncan Nicholl.

Born in 1881, Duncan was the son of John William and Eleanor Nicholl and lived at The School House in Berkswell. His father was Head Teacher at the school. After attending Berkswell School, Duncan moved to King Henry VIII School in Coventry before joining the London and Midland Bank. In 1912 he became engaged to local girl, Harrietta Louise Downes, who despite having very poor eyesight, went on to graduate with a BA and to set up a private school on the Berkswell Estate. The school closed following her retirement at the age of 78!! She died in 1962. After her death, Duncan Nicholl’s photograph was found in a locket she always wore.

Grave of Duncan Nicholl

The 2nd/7th Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment was formed in Coventry in October 1914 as a second line battalion. Duncan Nicholl joined this battalion and landed in France on 21st May 1916. He was engaged on the northern front of the Somme and died of his injuries at a base hospital on 16th December 1916. Company Quartermaster Sergeant Duncan Nicholl is buried at the Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension with 1,000 others. See photograph.

Little is known of Duncan’s bellringing achievements at Berkswell, but In memory of his life and the many that lost their lives, the Berkswell Bellringers wished to mark the centenary of the start of WW1 by ringing the bells on Monday 4th August. All the ringers who could attend gathered and rang the bells before 6 of the band attempted a quarter peal of Plain Bob Doubles. After 960 changes on a very warm evening, a lapse in concentration from the heat brought the attempt to an end.

Tower Captain, Stephen Patrick remarked afterwards, “I think the band did extraordinarily well considering this is the first time they have rung together for this length of time and without any outside help. Since we started our ringers on the ITTS training scheme in 2012, it has been a goal to achieve a quarter peal rung only by our Sunday Service band. We may not be there yet, but we are very close to achieving this. There will be another attempt before long. I am quite sure Duncan would have appreciated our efforts this evening”.

 Berkswell Band

The Berkswell Ringers: Left to Right: Julia; Cathy; Angela; Sue; Gordon (holding a tribute to CQS Duncan Nicholl by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission); Steve T; Matthew; & Brenda. Also present: Stephen Patrick; & Peter Bennion.

Acknowledgements: Jill Bailey, Philip Hope, Shelagh Hubbard and Brenda Murray for their contributions to the background of Company Quartermaster Sergeant Duncan Nicholl and his fiancé; and to Alan Regin from the Central Council of Church Bellringers for use of his photograph of CQS Duncan Nicholl’s grave..

Steven Tibbetts, Berkswell Training Co-ordinator  

 

Coventry Diocesan Guild
Berkswell, West Midlands St John the Baptist
Saturday, 26 November 2016 in 3h03 (16)
5040 Surprise Minor (7m)
One extent each: London, Durham, Bourne, Westminster, Surfleet, Norwich, Cambridge.
1 Michael Chester
2 Nicola J Turner
3 Colin M Turner
4 Andrew F Alldrick
5 Adam R Crocker
6 Robert J Crocker (C)
Rung in memory of Company Quartermaster Sergeant Duncan Nicholl, Berkswell, Warwickshire.
Died 16/12/1916 age 35. Royal Warwickshire Regiment 2nd/7th Service No.2851.
Commemorated at Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension, France.

Thomas Cyril Perry - Chilvers Coton

CCCBR Rolls of Honour Details

Rank: Private

Service No: 13535

Date of Death: 15/05/1916

Regiment/Service:C ameronians (Scottish Rifles) 10th Bn.

Panel Reference: Panel 57 to 59.

Memorial: LOOS MEMORIAL

Born 1895 Kidderminster.

Father William Edward Perry: Mother Emma Jane ....

1911 Census. Address: 2, Coventry Road, Chilvers Coton. 3 brothers, 1 sister. Occupation: Printers Apprentice.

Nuneaton, Warwickshire All Saints, Chilvers Coton
Wednesday, 4 May 2016 in 43m (13)
1280 Cambridge Surprise Major
1 Ian Thompson
2 Geoffrey Pratt
3 Jean Liggins
4 Douglas Kempton
5 Joy Pluckrose
6 Sam Trevor
7 Michael Chester (C)
8 Andrew Alldrick
Rung to the memory of Private Thomas Cyril Perry of 10th Battalion Cameronians (Scottish Rifles),
ringer at this tower, who died in France 15 May 1916 and is commemorated on Loos Memorial.

Charles Joseph Reason - Allesley

C J Reason

CCCBR Rolls of Honour Details

Rank: Lance CorporalC J Reason Gravestone

Service No: 5451

Date of Death: 30/07/1916

Age: 23

Regiment/Service: Royal Warwickshire Regiment 10th Bn.

Grave Reference: XVI. C. 29.

Cemetery: CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL

Additional Information:
Son of Charles and Frances Louisa Reason, of Tysoe, Kineton, Warwickshire.

Charles Joseph Reason died of wounds during the Battle of the Somme. He was the son of Charles and Frances Louisa Reason, of Tysoe, Kineton, Warwickshire. He was a member of the Allesley band of ringers and the Warwickshire Guild of Church Bell Ringers.

Charles Reason’s name is recorded on the War Memorials in both All Saints Church and Allesley Village Hall. His name also appears in ‘The Great War Memorial Book of Church Bell-Ringers’ in St Paul’s Cathedral, London.

Charles Joseph Reason was baptised on the 10th September 1893 at Tysoe Warwickshire. In the 1911 Census he is aged 17 and described as a coal porter living in Tysoe with his parents (his father Charles was from Sheldon Birmingham and was a Vaccination Officer for the Board of Governors). He had at least six siblings.

It appears that he subsequently moved to Allesley. When he enlisted in September 1914 his occupation was given as "Gardener to the Ven. Archdeacon Bree of Allesley" It may therefore be reasonable to speculate that Charles’ bell ringing was, at the least, encouraged by Allesley’s Ringing Master of the time, George Henry Kettle, alongside whom he worked as a Rectory gardener. It is indeed possible that ‘Harry’ Kettle (who himself was killed in 1917) had in fact taught him to ring.

Amanda Slater

Tysoe, Warwickshire Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Saturday, 30 July 2016 in 45m (12)
1260 Grandsire Doubles
1 Catherine Kimmins
2 Amanda Slater
3 David Rake
4 Ian Thompson
5 Michael Chester (C)
6 David Bell

Allesley, West Midlands All Saints
Sunday, 31 July 2016 in 44m (12)
1280 Cambridge Surprise Major
1 Stephen Patrick
2 Joy Pluckrose
3 Douglas Kempton
4 Amanda Slater
5 Jim Currin
6 Ian Thompson
7 Julie Tarling
8 Michael Chester (C)

Both quarters were rung in memory of Lance Corporal Charles Joseph Reason, of Allesley, Warwickshire. Died 30/07/1916 age 22 or possibly 23. Royal Warwickshire Regiment 10th Bn. Service No. 5451. Commemorated at Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, France, Grave XVI. C. 29. Son of Charles and Frances Louisa Reason, of Tysoe, Kineton, Warwickshire. He was raised in Tysoe, later moving to Allesley to be a gardener for the Rector.

Coventry Diocesan Guild
Allesley, West Midlands All Saints
Monday, 22 August 2016 in 2h 39m (12)
5024 Rutland Surprise Major
Composed by D W Beard
 1Peter J F Quinn
2 Geoffrey W Randall
3 Paul M Mason
4 Michael Chester
5 Raymon A Sheasby
6 Andrew D Hodgson
7 Simon P Rogers
8 Andrew F Alldrick (C)
 Completes standard eight - 6 600th together - 2 & 7
Rung in memory of Lance Corporal Charles Joseph Reason, of Allesley, Warwickshire. Died 30/07/1916 age 22 or possibly 23. Royal Warwickshire Regiment 10th Bn, service No. 5451. Commemorated at Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, France, Grave XVI. C. 29. Son of Charles and Frances Louisa Reason, of Tysoe, Kineton, Warwickshire. He was raised in Tysoe, later moving to Allesley to be a gardener for the Rector.

Alfred Walter Steeley - Chilvers Coton

CCCBR Rolls of Honour Details

Rank: Serjeant

Service No: C/291

Date of Death: 23/04/1917

Regiment/Service King's Royal Rifle Corps 16th Bn.

Panel Reference: Bay 7.

Memorial: ARRAS MEMORIAL

Born 1892 Fillongley

Parents Walter and Edith Steeley.

Married Florence May Moreton in January 1917 in Nuneaton

Age at enlistment 22

Trade. Overlooker (? Factory)

Signed up at 10 Tennant Street, Attleborough, Nuneaton, on 19th September 1914. CLB Battn. Kings Royal Rifle Corps 

Nuneaton, Warwickshire All Saints, Chilvers Coton
Monday, 3 April 2017 in 44m (13)
1259 Grandsire Caters
1 Geoffrey Pratt
2 Andrew Alldrick
3 Michael Chester (C)
4 Ian Thompson
5 Joy Pluckrose
6 Julie Tarling
7 Gerald Trevor
8 Rodney Swallow
9 Jonathon Chester
10 Douglas Kempton
Rung in memory of Serjeant Alfred Walter Steeley, Chilvers Coton, Warwickshire. Died 23/04/1917 age 24. King's Royal Rifle Corps 16th Bn. Service No.C/291.
Commemorated at Arras Memorial, France, Bay 7.
Born 3rd quarter 1892. The eldest of 7 children of Walter G Steeley and Edith F Steeley of Nuneaton. Husband of Florence M Steeley (nee Moreton) who he married in early 1917. Born: Fillongley Warwicks.
Enlisted: Nuneaton.
Resided (1911 census): 108 Attleborough Road, Nuneaton.

Thomas Charles Wright - Chilvers Coton

CCCBR Rolls of Honour Details

Rank: Private

Service No: 18857

Date of Death: 25/09/1916

Age: 19

Regiment/Service: Leicestershire Regiment 9th Bn.

Panel Reference: Pier and Face 2 C and 3 A.

Memorial:THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

Additional Information:
Son of William Edward and Ellen Wright, of 27, Stewart St., Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Born in Nuneaton in 1897.

Nuneaton, Warwickshire All Saints, Chilvers Coton
Monday, 3 October 2016 in 49m (14)
1344 Plain Bob Major
1 Joy Pluckrose
2 Douglas Kempton
3 Jean Liggins
4 Rodney Swallow
5 Gerald Trevor
6 Geoffrey Pratt
7 John Gwynne
8Jonathon Chester (C)
Rung in memory of Private Thomas Charles Wright, Chilvers Coton, Warwickshire.
Died 25/09/1916 age 19. Leicestershire Regiment 9th Bn. Service No. 18857.
Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, France, Pier and Face 2 C and 3 A.
Son of William Edward and Ellen Wright, of 27, Stewart Street, Nuneaton, Warwickshire.
First on 8 as conducctor.