TINTINHULL WAR MEMORIAL
War 1 - Detailed information
and Copyright © Transcribed Geoff Eisenhauer 2014
researched Martin Edwards
memorial stands in the grounds of St Margarets Church, Church Street,
Tintinhull, Somerset. It takes the form of a stone market cross with
cross lantern surmounting a tapering, octagonal, stone column; the column
stands on a square-set plinth, which surmounts a two-stepped octagonal
stone base. There are 14 names listed for World War 1 only. Note that
LUCAS is on the memorial but not listed in the newspaper.
from Western Chronicle - Friday 4 February 1921, page 5:
MEMORIAL CROSS TO TINTINHULL’S 13 SONS.
UNVEILING AND DEDICATION.
Dean of Wells and Disappointments of Peace
A beautifully designed cross has been erected
in the St. Margaret’s Churchyard, Tintinhull, in grateful memory
of the 13 men from the parish who surrendered their lives in the Great
War. The cross, which was set up by the parishioners at a cost of £500,
consists of an octagonal base and mounted column, at the top of which
are carved representations of the Crucifixion, with the figures of St.
Mary and St. John, St. Mary and the Holy Child, St. George (patron saint
of England), and St. Margaret (patron saint of Tintinhull Church). The
cross is built of Doulting stone, of which the fine Wells Cathedral
is built, and the design is by the well-known architect, Mr. Comper,
The inscription on the base of the cross is as follows; "Remember
the men of Tintinhull who gave their lives for us in the Great War,
The cross is considered to be one of the finest in Somerset, and the
village has set a worthy example to the towns and villages whose memorials
to those who paid the price of victory and freedom are still in the
realm of the unaccomplished.
The unveiling and dedication of the memorial cross took place on Saturday
afternoon. Comparatively few of the large gathering of parishioners
who desired to take part in the service in the church, previous to the
unveiling, could obtain seating accommodation and every available standing
space was used. Shortly before the appointed hour, two o’clock,
about 50 returned soldiers and sailors of the parish filed into the
church in charge of Lieut.-Col. F. N. Quantock Shuldham, Norton Manor,
who was in uniform, and occupied seats on the left hand side of the
aisle on the opposite side seats having been allotted to the relatives
of those who died in the war.
The service was conducted by Dr. Armitage Robinson (Dean of Wells),
assisted by the Rev. J. T. Horsford, M.A. (vicar), who read the prayers.
The singing was led by the full choir, wearing their surplices, and
Psalms cx. and xxiii. were chanted. The lesson, Philipplans ii., 5—11,
was read by the Vicar, and prior to proceeding to the cross Dr, Robinson
gave a very impressive address.
The Dean said they were met together to dedicate the token of their
redemption through sacrifice in honour of the men of Tintlnhull who
gave their lives in the war. Their memorials had taken them a long time
to raise, and perhaps it was better for them that they had, because
they were able to look back the more on what had happened since the
Armistice. He supposed that nearly all of them felt a certain disillusionment,
if not disappointment. During the war they spoke to each other often
about the New England that was to be after the war; how they would be
all drawn together, because they had been so drawn together during the
war; how full of force and earnestness they would be, and what a much
better people they would be. Their hopes were high, but had they been
realised? In some directions, perhaps, they had, but on the whole the
tendency, at any rate, of everyone to-day was to say that they had been
greatly disappointed in the results. He wondered what the men who had
been out and come back thought. He wondered what the men who, having
looked upon them from the invisible world, and seen so much more than
they saw of each other, would have to say to them to-day. If one should
speak in their name, what could he say for them? On one thing he was
certain —they would not chide them, even if they deserved to be
spoken severely to for their lack of earnestness and perhaps their slackness
altogether. In the war things had to be done with every exactness, but
now things were only half done. In many directions they had not quite
got back to their old ordinary standard of doing things. Some of their
ideals had even dropped—they did not do things quite so well and
take quite so much pride in doing the bit of work, whatever it might
be, as well as before the war. There was no doubt that this was a grave
reason for anxiety—not merely that not so much work was done,
but the work done was not so well done, and that was very important.
He thought some of them would wish to chide themselves, and possibly
some of their neighbours, for that as they looked into it, but he was
sure those who looked upon it from the other world, even though they
saw these things, would say, “Well, if we had come back we should
probably have been like them, we should have been weary—a little
exhausted, perhaps, finding it hard to come back to the old things after
the life, the new life, that we have been living.” They would
not chide them, he was sure, but with larger, other eyes than theirs,
would make allowances for them all, but would say, “Don't let
our England drop from its high ideals. We died for it—we hardly
knew what we were doing, but we did die for it, as our forefathers died
in the days long ago: for the country of freedom, high moral standards,
and true religion.” They would speak to them with words of encouragement.
The v would not want in any way to chide or hustle them for their carelessness
or offences, hut would cheer them on. Why should they, in particular,
chose the cross as the symbol which they should raise in their memory?
First of all the cross was the great sign of obedience. They had obeyed
the call of King and country, even unto death. Probably it came in rather
the vague sense, ”I’ve got to go,” but In reality
they were obeying the voice of duty and the voice of God. That was one
reason why the cross was so proper a symbol for them to erect in their
memory. Still more, the cross was the sign of sacrifice for others.
'They gave their lives on their behalf. Probably they did not exactly
think that about it at the time. You yourselves (the preacher said,
turning to the returned soldiers and sailors)— “you know
those thoughts were not very much in your minds at the time, but as
you look back upon it you were, you were literally risking your lives
for us here at home. You did it as l say, because something within you,
all your manhood, was saying, ‘You must do it’; but it was
that same spirit which is manifested in the sacrifice of the cross,
and we honour it as such. We may thank God as we think of those who
have laid down their lives.”
The clergy, choir, and congregation then left the church and proceeded
to the cross, which was unveiled by Lieut-Col. Quantock Shuldham, The
Dean then dedicated the cross and the hymn, “When I survey the
wondrous cioss," was sung. The “Last Post” was then
sounded by Bugler A. Chant (Martock), and the Blessing was pronounced
by the Dean. Beautiful floral tributes were placed at the foot of the
cross, and these included one front the Working Men’s Institute:
and one from the employees of Messrs. B. & E. Southcombe's factory.
Amongst those present were the Rev. Dr. S. J. M. Price, Messrs. G. Manley
and T. S. Howsell (churchwardens), and the following members of the
Parish Council: Mr. Estcourt Southcombe (chairman), and Messrs. W. Pearce,
L. Hallett, H. James and the Clerk (Mr. E. Boycott).
from Western Chronicle - Friday 11 February 1921, page 11:
TO FALLEN COMRADES.—Itshould have been stated in our
last week’s report of the memorial cross unveiling in St. Margaret’s
Churchyard, that a wreath was also placed at the foot of the cross by
the ex-Service men of the parish. They also placed a wreath on each
of the graves of three ex-Service men interred in the churchyard. On
the same occasion a wreath was placed by a comrade over a tablet in
the church erected in memory of one of the parishioners who fell the
South African War.
from Western Chronicle - Friday 17 February 1922, page 3:
have just to hand the war memorial balance sheet, which shows that the
total subscriptions amounted to £968 8s. 6d., and that after £580
17s. had been expended on the memorial cross the balance of £887
10s. was expended in the purchase of a War Savings Certificate for £500
for the cot in the Yeovil Hospital, purchased in February, 1919. This
War Savings Certificate has now been handed over to Mr. J. Whitmash
Mayo (secretary and treasurer of the Yeovil Hospital). The list of subscribers
to the war memorial fund can be seen on application to the Hon. Treasurer.
THE MEN OF
GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WAR
44496, 20th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry formerly 212752, Royal
Field Artillery. Died of wounds 23 March 1918. Born Taunton, Somerset,
resident Tintinhull, Martock, Somerset, enlisted Yeovil. Buried
in DERNANCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot
III. Row J. Grave 53.
295470, 12th (West Somerset Yeomanry) Battalion, Prince Albert's
(Somerset Light Infantry) formerly 1861, West Somerset Yeomanry.
Killed in action during the Second Battles of Bapaume, Somme 2 September
1918. Aged 28. Born Baltonsborough, Somerset, enlisted Taunton.
Nephew of Miss M. Brown, of Baltonsborough, near Glastonbury, Somerset.
Buried in PERONNE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot
III. Row D. Grave 24.
14884, 7th Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry).
Killed in action 30 November 1917. Born Tintinhull, Yeovil, enlisted
Yeovil. In the 1911 census he was aged 14, born Tintinhull, Somerset,
wokring on a farm, employed as help for Ellen James Cred Pinney,
a widow, resident Tintinhull Martock, Somerset, Pinney. No known
grave. Commemorated on CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL, Nord, France.
Panel 4 and 5.
Corporal 15339, 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died 29 March 1918.
Aged 31. Nephew of Martha Ann Hodge, of Tintinhull, Martock, Somerset.
Buried in WIMEREUX COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot
VIII. Row D. Grave 19A.
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1st Class K/35362, H.M.S. "Liverpool," Royal Navy. Died
in the United Kingdom 23 March 1920. Aged 31. Born 1 September 1888.
Husband of Gertrude Violet Lucas. In the 1911 census he was aged
22, born Tintinhull, Somerset, a Domesric groom, married to Gertrude
with one son, resident Bearley, Tintinhull, Martock, Somerset. Buried
in TINTINHULL (ST. MARGARET) CHURCHYARD, Somerset. East Plot/Row/Section/Area
4. Grave 1.
34490, 58th Company, Labour Corps formerly 38346, 19th Battalion,
Cheshire Regiment. Killed in action 28 March 1918. Born Tintinhull,
Somerset, resident Fleur-De-Lis, Monmouthshire, enlisted Bargoed,
Monmouthshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 27, born Tintinhull,
Somerset, a Collier miner, unmarried, resident 4, Trelyn Lane, Fleurdelis,
Bedwellty, Monmouthshire. Buried in DUHALLOW A.D.S. CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen,
Belgium. Plot iV. Row D. Grave 29.
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2nd Class J/92477, H.M.S. "Impregnable," Royal Navy. Died
from disease 27 October 1918. Aged 17. Born 17 October 1901 in Martock,
Somerset. Son of James Matthews, of Bowden Cottages, Yeovil Road,
Tintinhull, Yeovil. In the 1911 census he was aged 9, born tintinhull,
Somerset, at school, son of James and Mary Ann Matthews, resident
Tintinhull, Martock ,Somerset. Buried in in South part, near War
Memorial, of TINTINHULL (ST. MARGARET) CHURCHYARD, Somerset.
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the 1911 census he was aged 17, born Tintinhull, Somerset, a Glover,
son Joseph and Emma Jane Read, resident Tintinhull, Martock, Somerset,.
22561, 6th Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry).
Killed in action 22 August 1916. Born Martock, Somerset, resident
Tintinhull, Somerset, enlisted Yeovil. In the 1911 census he was
aged 18, born Martock, Somerset, a Glove cutter. son of Thomas and
Elizabeth Tavener, resident Tintinhull, Martock, Somerset,. No known
grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and
Face 2 A.
32186, 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 31 October
1918. Born Woodstock, Devon, enlisted Yeovil. Awarded the Military
Medal (M.M.). In the 1911 census he was aged 23, born Woodstock,
Oxfordshire, a Glove leather dresser, married to Mary Whitlock,
resident Tintinhull Martock, Somerset. Buried in VALENCIENNES (ST.
ROCH) COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot II. Row F. Grave 8.
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