Lest we forget - the men of Guarlford
A memorial board commemorating the men of Guarlford who fell in two World Wars was dedicated at the back of St Mary's church in 2008 by Revd Sue Irwin.
The board was largely due to the efforts of Charlie Williams BEM, who launched a fund raising drive by both giving a talk in the Village Hall about 'the old days' and starting the fund.
If you know the names of other men with a connection to Guarlford please let us know.
On the north wall of the church, near the British Legion Standard, is a plain wooden cross in memory of Second Lieutenant John Wathen Eyton-Lloyd of the 10th Squadron Royal Flying Corps, who died on 24th June 1917 in France, aged 22 years, and is buried in Choques Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais.
He was the grandson of the first Rector of Guarlford Revd John Bateman Wathen.
The basic construction of the cross and the rudimentary metal labels recording his details leads to the assumption that it may have been the original grave marker.
He was the youngest son of Dr Albert Eyton-Lloyd and Bertha Midwood Wathen, of 'Alanwood', Avenue Road, Great Malvern, previously of Rhyl, who are buried in Guarlford churchyard.
Herbert Little, Private 204245, 6 Bn Somerset Light Infantry died on 22nd August 1917 aged just 23 years.
He was the third son in the large family of John Little, a salmon fisherman, and Mary Ann Green of Clevelode, born 14th August 1894, Guarlford.
Thomas W Panting
Thomas William Panting, Driver 86463, Royal Field Artillery is buried in Guarlford churchyard. Educated at Guarlford National School, he was the son of 'waggoner' Thomas William (senior) and Ellen Panting of the Herriots, Clevelode.
He served in France and Egypt, but, at the age of twenty-one, after a painful illness, he died in the Military Hospital at Woolwich on the 10th May 1917.
His body was conveyed by train to Malvern, where, by kindness of the Wireless Depot of the Royal Engineers at Worcester, a military funeral was arranged. The coffin draped with the Union Jack was brought from the station to Guarlford Church on a gun carriage with a firing party in attendance. After the service, at the graveside, three volleys were fired and the Last Post sounded.
Phillip C Panting
Phillip Charles Panting, Private 39852, 2nd Bn The Wiltshire Regiment was Thomas’s younger brother. Born 1897, he was also educated at Guarlford School before going to work in Dudley. He was then conscripted as a Private into the Duke of Edinburgh’s Wiltshire Regiment. After only nine months service and only one month in France, he was killed in action on the 1st June 1918, at the age of twenty. He is remembered on the British Memorial at Soissons in France. The memorial stands in the main square of Soissons and commemorates nearly four thousand war dead from 1914 - 1918 who have no known graves.
Thomas and Philip were survived by a sister Myra, who died in 1923, and by their younger brother Joseph, who married Lily Edwards, as well as their mother Ellen and their grandmother who though blind knitted over a hundred pairs of socks for the troops in WWI.
Their cousin Reg Green became a Malvern Town Councillor and was Chairman of Malvern Urban District Council 1967 - 68.
Frank Scrivens, Lance Corporal 10385, 4th Bn The Worcestershire Regiment, was a regular soldier who had served in India and died of his wounds at Etaples, Pas-de-Calais, France on 1st May 1917, aged 31 years. He is buried in the Military Cemetery there.
One of another large family he was born at Poolbrook in 1886 the son of Thomas Scrivens, a gardener, and Mary Ann. He was the brother of Rosina who married into the Beard family and lived for a time at The Malthouse in Penny Lane, Guarlford.
John Henry Tandy
John Henry Tandy, Private 251965, The Essex Regiment was killed at Ypres on 28th May 1918. He was the son of William Tandy, Sexton of St Mary Guarlford, and Mary Ann, who had lived in Clevelode Lane.
James Joseph Walker
We have subsequently discovered that James A Walker was born James Joseph Walker at Malvern in 1897. At the time of the 1911 census he was living with his family at Barn Cottage, Guarlford, and his occupation was recorded as a 'waggoner's boy'.
We think Barn Cottage is the now derelict barn across the road from New House Farm cottages not far from the junction of the Guarlford Road and Chance Lane.
James Joseph Walker, Private 236092 1st Bn Herefordshire Regiment died on 17th April 1917 aged only 20 years. He is listed on the Jerusalem memorial, so he may have fought against Turkish forces in Palestine.
He was the son of farm labourer James Walker (senior) and Margaret Cunniffe, both born Staffordshire, and brother of Francis Michael Walker, who is listed in the CWGC database as his brother Frank of New Street, Upton upon Severn.
James (senior) also enlisted aged 52 years at Worcester on 19th December 1916. He was assigned to the Royal Engineers (Road Construction Company) Pioneer 227870. He was discharged in 1917 as medically unfit; his record shows that he had previously worked for the Medcalf family of New House Farm, Guarlford.
Sadly Olaf Petersen is not listed on the roll of the fallen. Olaf, also known as Olave Charles Peterson, was born in Cardiff about 1895. He came to Malvern as a small boy, after his father Karl, a Danish seaman died, to live with his Aunt Eliza Taylor nee Davies and her husband John Taylor, a carter. They lived at The Old Elm Cottages at the junction of the Guarlford Road and Hall Green.
Olaf is recorded in the 1911 census as a grocer's errand boy. Later he worked for Mr Bullock of Mill Farm and joined the King's Shropshire Light Infantry (KSLI) at the outbreak of World War I. He was attached to headquarters as a Company Runner when he was killed by a shell on the morning of 5th September 1917, aged 22 years.
He was the battalion's only casualty that day.
Olaf was buried at Wulverghem - Lindenhoek Road Military Cemetery, which is in the Valley below Mesen (Messines in 1917).
The transcript of the letter sent to his Aunt Eliza Taylor nee Davies, copied to the Guarlford History Group by Mary, a relative, reads as follows:
Olaf started with the 6th battalion KSLI then moved to the 5th battalion. He may have been injured or sick, sent home then returned to 5th battalion. At the time of his death the 5th battalion was on the front line in the area of Wambeke which is 4 miles from Lindenhoek.
His death is recorded on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) website as,
O C Peterson
5th Battalion King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Died: 5 Sep 1917
Unfortunately the CWGC did not know either Olaf's age or who his parents were. In addition, sadly, no information about Olaf's links with the parish was forthcoming when the Guarlford History Group were making enquiries about War casualties to be commemorated on the new memorial board.
Dennis A Jackson
Dennis Alfred Jackson, Private 14529318, The Worcestershire Regiment, died from gunshot wounds on 12th August 1944, at the age of twenty, in No 4 Canadian General Hospital, Farnborough.
He was the son of William Henry Jackson and Sarah Ann Scarrott of Guarlford, born 1924.
His coffin was conveyed to Malvern and laid to rest in Guarlford churchyard. The funeral service was conducted by the Revd Newson and the Revd Townsend, Vicar at the Wyche, where the family was then living. At one time the Jackson family had lived in a cottage (since demolished) in Clevelode Lane next to The Homestead.
A plaque near the base of Dennis's Commonwealth War Grave headstone records the death of his brother John William Henry Jackson, who died 22nd February 2008 aged 86 years.
Their cousin Amy Neal tells her story of Growing up in Guarlford on another page. The 1911 census records their grandfather, a farm labourer, living with his family at Grove House cottages, in Chance Lane.
John G Woolley
John Gordon Woolley, Sergeant 754953, 78 Squadron, RAF Volunteer Reserve, was the son of the last headmaster of Guarlford National School. He was reported missing in June 1941, when his Lancaster aircraft went down in the North Sea. He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial in Surrey for airmen lost in the Second World War with no known grave.
He was aged 26 years, the son of schoolmaster Clarence William and Lucy Margerie Woolley, of Guarlford, Worcestershire.
David Henry Milward
Buried in Guarlford churchyard is Lawrence Sidney Milward, a teacher of mathematics at Malvern College, who lived at Stoberry, next to Lawnside school, in Albert Road. He was very likely a friend of the Rector of Guarlford, Rev Newson, who taught at Southlea School next door to Lawnside.
Lawrence's headstone also records the death of his son David in 1944. David Henry Milward, born Malvern 1907, Corporal 13006110 Royal Engineers, formerly a civil engineer, died on 28th April 1944 and is remembered on the war memorial in Great Malvern Priory and at the library.
Before the new memorial board was erected, a small faded type-written list on the wall near the organ was the only record of those who went to the Great War.
It is thought the list may be of people the congregation had been asked to pray for, as many of the men listed returned safely, although some did die, and others from the village died who were not on the list.
Above the list is a picture of a soldier in front of the Union Jack flag.
The two small images at the side bear the Latin inscription "Libera nos, domine" ("Deliver us, O Lord").
The list of names includes a former Rector of Guarlford, Hubert Jones, and another priest Harold Bell.
We have not found any connection between Harold Bell and Guarlford, but possibly he was Rev Harold Chalmer Bell (1873 - 1959) who became an Army Chaplain and may have been an aquaintance of the Rector.
We have looked for these men in the 1911 census, with mixed results. Below are details.
Some of these men were from the neighbouring parish of Hanley and some names appear on the Roll of the Fallen in Hanley Swan village Hall.
If you can either add to or correct this information, please let us know.
The England 1911 census records a George William Gough who was born at Old Elm, Barnards Green in 1894. Old Elm cottages once stood near the junction of the Guarlford Road with Hall Green.
According to his military record George worked for the fishmongers 'Woodyatts' in Abbey Road, and joined the Territorial reserve of the Worcestershire Regiment in 1911. He survived the Great War and was demobbed in 1919.
He may have worked for fishmonger Thomas Woodyatt of Glenhome, Como Road, born Great Malvern about 1861. Earlier Thomas, who was a member of the 'cab proporietor' family, had been a tobacconist.
In 1911 Harry Lane (junior), an apprentice carpenter, born Guarlford about 1893 was also living with his parents at Old Elm. He was the son of Harry Lane, a postman, and Mary.
On 14th February 1910 Harry enlisted at Great Malvern in the Territorial reserve with 2nd South Midland Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. He was then an apprentice carpenter in the employ of Messrs Cox and Painter Ltd; Cox and Painter was a large department store, later Warwick House on Belle Vue Terrace.
Harry Lane Sergeant 830062 RFA was injured by a gunshot wound to the abdomen in 1916 and was finally discharged as physically unfit on 21st October 1917.
In 1911, Harry's brother George Lane, born about 1896 in Malvern was an apprentice boat builder. Nothing further known.
This is likely Sir Ronald Berwick Hungerford Lechmere (1886 - 1965) 5th Baronet of Rydd Court, a member of the Lechmere family of Hanley Castle, who fought and was wounded in WWI. There is a memorial to him in St Mary's, Hanley Castle.
The 'Roll of the Fallen' in Hanley Swan Village hall sadly records his uncle:
Nicholas George Berwick Lechmere
(not recorded at Guarlford)
Nicholas George Berwick Lechmere, born 1881, Lieutenant 2nd Bn Scots Guards, died in France on 17 October 1915, aged 34 years. He was the youngest son of Sir Edmund Anthony Harley Lechmere, 3rd Baronet, MP for Worcestershire, and Lady Lechmere of Rhydd Court who offered part of their house for use as a Red Cross hospital.
Westminster School records:
The 1911 census records a Charles Robbins born Malvern about 1890. He was a Private 2nd Bn The Worcestershire Regiment, in India. Nothing further known.
Several members of the Beard family served in the Great War, and more about the family can be found in the Guarlford history books.
Archibald Gatfield, son of Harvey and Emma, born Guarlford about 1891 is recorded in the 1901 census living with his family at the Sewage Farm in Mill Lane. In the 1911 census he is recorded as a machinist (motor engineer).
He married Flora and enlisted 5th December 1914 at Birmingham giving his trade as mechanic, chauffeur. He served with the Kings Liverpool Regiment before being transferred to the Army Service Corps. He survived the Great War.
His brother Harvey born 1874 was a career soldier spending most of his time in the north of England; married in Westmoreland and had children in Lancashire.
His brother William born 1878 was a postman in 1911.
The three brothers had a cousin, another Harvey Gatfield, born 1880, who trained as a policeman in Birmingham, later coming to live in Upton on Severn.
Possibly this was Charles Arthur Freer Fowke, born Aberdeen about 1893. He was the son of Rev Charles Rowland Fowke who in 1911 was living at St Giles, Malvern Wells; he became a Captain in the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry and survived the war.
Percival Edgar Banford, was born Guarlford about 1895. He was the son of Josiah Banford, a postman, and Maria Hill. In 1911 he was employed at a stationer's shop. Later he became Private 240277, 8th Bn the Worcestershire Regiment; he survived the Great War and married Florence Amy Bridges in 1919.
Walter Thomas Banford
Sadly, Percy's younger brother William Thomas Banford Private 41426, 3rd Bn the Worcestershire Regiment, born 1899, Hanley Castle died of wounds in Belgium on 3rd August 1917, aged only 18 years.
He is not recorded at St Mary but is remembered on the Great Malvern Priory war memorial.
This may be Gilbert William Woodward, born about 1888, Hanley Castle, son of a farm labourer. He became Corporal 1878 the Worcester Yeomanry, later a Lieutenant in the Machine Gun Corps. He survived the Great War.
James and George Price
James and George Price may have been the brothers who lived at Vine Cottage at the end of Chance Lane. Their sister Florence Price became a school teacher and married Victor Bradshaw of Guarlford Court. Florence was the mother of village historian Joan Bradshaw.
Their father Francis is recorded in the 1901 census as a caretaker at a bank. So far, we have been unable to trace Thomas Price.
Possibly he was Leslie George Percival born Birmingham about 1896, who was a nephew of James Somer, farmer of Blackmore End, Hanley Swan.
The 1911 census records that John Philip Clingo, a married Colour Sergeant in the Coldstream Guards, was living with his parents and siblings at the sewage farm in Mill Lane. He was born Norfolk about 1882.
After the Great War he emigrated to Canada with his wife and children.
John's younger brother, Walter James Clingo, Sergeant 1803, B Company 1st Bn, South Wales Borderers, previously Coldstream Guards, sadly died in France on 27th September 1915 at the battle of Loos, aged 31 years.
He is remembered on the Ettington war memorial (his mother's village).
We found a Howard John Munn born Bromyard about 1894 whose father Richard Henry Munn, a farm labourer, died at Hanley Castle.
Howard John Munn, Lance Coporal 14966, 2 Bn the Worcestershire Regiment was killed in action in France on 21st May 1917 aged 23 years.
He is remembered on the Arras memorial and on the memorial in Hanley Swan Village and Memorial hall (see photo of Hanley memorial below).
The 1911 census records a George Bruton aged 15 years living with his parents Walter, a basket maker, and Rosetta, at Clevelode.
Frederick Edward Bruton
In searching for George we came across a casualty with the same surname in Barnards Green.
Frederick Edward (or Edwin) Bruton, Private
George and Edward Jackson
Several members of the Jackson family served in the Great War, and more about them can be found in the Guarlford history books.
Francis Bateman Private 27063, was born at Birlingham near Defford about 1895. He was the son of Charles and Dinah Bateman. The 1911 census records his father as waggoner on a farm at Guarlford. Frank enlisted at Malvern on 14th September 1914, and was transferred from the Worcestershire Regiment into the Machine Gun Corps. He suffered illnesses in hospital but survived the Great War; his home address was given on his service record as Grove Cottages, Guarlford, Malvern.
While searching for William Saunders, we came across Leonard William Saunders, Sapper 471720, 497th Field Company, Royal Engineers who died of wounds Belgium 11th July 1917, aged 29 years. He was born at Malvern 1888, the son of bricklayer Charles Saunders and Theresa Eleanor; he was the husband of Elizabeth.
Harold George Saunders
Harold George Saunders, Leonard William's younger brother, Private 240609, 8 Bn the Worcestershire Regiment died on 27th August 1917 aged 23 years.
He was born Malvern about 1894 and in 1911 he was living with his parents at Rockville Villa, North Malvern; his occupation then was a nursery gardener.
The boys' father Charles Saunders who was born Hanley Castle died in 1918 aged 55 years, so within just a few months Theresa lost both two sons and a husband.
The 1891 census records Edward Williams born about 1880 Great Malvern, the son of cab driver William and Elizabeth Williams of Pickersleigh Road. He enlisted in 1898 at Malvern, and joined the Liverpool Regiment. He served in South Africa and India. Called up again, Edward Williams Rifleman 6172, 1st Bn the Liverpool Regiment was killed in action in France on 11th November 1914.
The 1911 census records William Probert, a farm labourer, born Coddington Herefordshire about 1897 living at the Herriots, Guarlford. Nothing further known.
Herbert Major, born Long Buckby Northamtonshire, Private 203511 10 Bn, the Worcestershire Regiment, died of wounds in France on 15th April 1918 aged 28 years. He was the eldest s
Herbert's brother Percy George Major, Driver 113584, A Battery 93rd Brigade Royal Field Artillery had earlier been killed on 23rd July 1916 aged only 18 years.
In 1911 William George Arthur Nicholls, born about 1895 in Worcester, was a baker living with his parents George Henry, a master baker, and Emily Agnes Nicholls in Guarlford. He married and survived the Great War.
In 1911, Albert Lane, born about 1900 in Malvern was living with his parents at Old Elm, Barnards Green, Guarlford. He was the son of Harry Lane, a postman, and the brother of Harry and George who are mentioned above.
The 1901 census records a George Muncaster Graham living at the old half timbered house opposite the junction of Chance Lane with the Guarlford Road with his grandmother Hannah Woodland. Her daughter Annie married lodger William Shinn. Nothing further is known about George.
The 1901 census records a Leonard Hill born about 1895 Great Malvern, son of Emma Hill, laundress, of Barnards Green, Guarlford. In 1911 he was a bricklayer, boarding in Wolverhampton. Nothing further known.
The 1911 census records a James Attwood, farm labourer, born Guarlford about 1890, living with his parents Charles, a farm labourer, and Annie at Guarlford.
Brother of James born Guarlford about 1893.
The 1911 census records a George Willis, hay cutter, born Guarlford about 1889, living at Sherrards Green with his widowed mother Elizabeth, and brothers Albert, John and William, and sisters Louisa and Edith. Nothing further known.
More information about Malvern WWI casualties can be found on the Malvern Remembers website which has been revamped and now has a search facility.
Based upon research by Don Hill, Angus and Rosemary McCulloch
Last updated 27th October 2018