Appeal for information about local First World War heroes

REMEMBERING THEM -- the war memorial at Sherwood Street Methodist Church in Huthwaite.
REMEMBERING THEM -- the war memorial at Sherwood Street Methodist Church in Huthwaite.

An appeal has been issued for information about First World War heroes, whose names feature on a memorial at a church in Huthwaite.

Sutton historian Lynne Weston has been asked to write a book about the 21 local soldiers who served in various regiments during the Great War.

“I have found out quite a bit of information, but I am sure there are relatives out there who may have photographs and documents which would bring these men to life, so to speak,” says Lynne, who can be contacted at lynneweston68@aol.com.

The memorial is located at Sherwood Street Methodist Church. The 21 men are:

Benjamin William Adams (Sherwood Forester), William Adlington (Yorks and Lancs), Arthur George Baker (Sherwood Forester), Samuel Bowler (Sherwood Forester), John William Brooks (Lancs), Harry Burton (Canadian Infantry), John Cline (East Yorkshire), John Sheppard Ellis (Royal Marines Light Infantry), DeLacy Campbell Evans (East Yorkshire), Thomas Henry Evans (Sherwood forester), William Farnsworth (Coldstream Guard), Aaron Gannon (Sherwood Forester), James Arthur Godber (Sherwood Forester), John Thomas Goodall (Royal Marines Light Infantry), Joseph Hadfield (Essex), John Hallam (Essex), John Hardy (Grenadier Guard), Charles Henry Moakes (Horse and Field Artillery), Robert Slack (South Lancs), George Henry Starkey (Lincs) and Andrew Weston (King’s Royal Rifle Corps).

Lynne has also been asked by the regimental historian of the Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derbyshire) if anyone might have a photograph of another brave soldier, John Savage, who lost his life on 16th May 2015.

Savage, who hailed from the Sutton area, won the Distinguished Conduct Medal for conspicuous gallantry just three days earlier and on many previous occasions.

On the day of his death, at Le Touquet in France, he voluntarily went down a mine, full of gas, several times to rescue men suffering from gas poison. In the end, he was overpowered by the fumes.