This Roll of honour from the First World War was on the wall at the front of the right hand aisle of the old Church. It is now in storage. Only the men named on the centre panel died in the war. Here is a bit of information gleaned from 'Ancestry.co.uk' about some of the people on the Plaque.
He was born in 1898 and lived at 28, Mill Road, Marlpool.
He served in the East Kent Regiment (the Buffs), becoming a lance corporal. Whilst serving in France he was shot in the thigh and discharged in 1918 with a weekly pension of 11 shillings.
He married and had 3 children, one of whom, Ken, was for a long time the organist in the old church building. His grandchildren and great grandchildren still come to this church of which Alfred was a long standing deacon He was very proud to be made a life deacon at the age of 70.
There are 5 of the Shelbourne family who are listed as serving in the Great War. All of them were cousins, living on Holbrook St., Prospect Road and Gillot Street. Their fathers were all brothers originally from Fulbeck, Lincolnshire.
Thomas Shelbourne had three sons at the front - Gilbert, Bernard and Sydney
John William Shelbourne’s son was Albert.
George’s son was Arthur William Shelbourne.
There are several Brown boys on the list. Horace and Staley lived at 21 East Street,
Luther Lewis Brown rose from the ranks to become an SSM and originally lived on Holbrook Street
Harold Brown lived at 36 Mill Road
Alan Brown lived at 10, Claramount Road.
It is interesting to note that the Browns and Shelbournes were also cousins, several of the families intermarrying.
Isaac Pounder lived at 93, Holbrook Street in 1911. He was 21 when he joined up and served in the Yorkshire Regiment when he had moved to 113 Loscoe Road.
His service record shows him in Italy, Genoa and Marseilles but his injury, a broken tibia, was not caused by gunshot wounds but by playing in a inter company football match!!!
Archie lived on Mill Road and Ilkeston Road. He served in France from 1914, earning the 1914 Star. He was in the Army Service Corps, being a lorry driver and at one point was transferred to the signals corps.
Most of the men were miners by trade, some young enough to be pony drivers as was William Cant.
Of the others serving I know that Frank Brentnall lived at 2, Gillott Street
Allan Booth may have lived at Cotmanhay
William George Cant lived at 25, Chapel Street.
Paul and Joseph Broughton were brothers who lived at 1, Weston Street
William Boam lived on Prospect Road and was 15 when war began in 1914
Walter Sharley lived at 41a Ilkeston Road, Marlpool.
He was killed in action on March 17th 1916 in France. He was a rifleman in the 10th Battalion of the Kings Royal Rifle Corps. His service records didn’t survive.
Levi Brown was born in Marlpool in 1890 and died of his wounds on 29th May 1917 (France and Flanders). He enlisted in the Sherwood Foresters but was transferred to the 4th Battalion, Lincolnshire regiment.
His grave is in Etaples Cemetery, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France.
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