Good news, I have heard from the Council and they are going to arrange to clean the memorial (as much as can be done) and do some general maintenance. The trees overhanging the Memorial are not council trees but belong to Sheepbridge Business Centre. I have contacted them and they are happy to cut back some of the overhanging branches etc. Hopefully all this will be done in good time for 11th November. I will keep you posted.
We remember the following men who died in August between 1914-1918 and are commemorated on Old Whittington and the Brushes War Memorial.
J W Shawcroft 8th August 1918
John Short 8th August 1916
Albert Hewitt 10th August 1916
T WM S Pendleton 10th August 1917
Vincent Cooke 13th August 1916
(Vincents story can be read at https://oldwhittingtonops.com/cooke-vincent/ )
J Vaughn 16th August 1917
John Newey 17th August 1917
Perhaps some day the sun will shine again,
And I shall see that still the skies are blue,
And feel once more I do not live in vain,
Although bereft of You.
Perhaps the golden meadows at my feet
Will make the sunny hours of spring seem gay,
And I shall find the white May-blossoms sweet,
Though You have passed away.
Perhaps the summer woods will shimmer bright,
And crimson roses once again be fair,
And autumn harvest fields a rich delight,
Although You are not there.
Perhaps some day I shall not shrink in pain
To see the passing of the dying year,
And listen to Christmas songs again,
Although You cannot hear.
But though kind Time may many joys renew,
There is one greatest joy I shall not know
Again, because my heart for loss of You
Was broken, long ago.
Perhaps By Vera Brittain (taken from http://www.theweek.co.uk/…/twelve-great-first-world-war-poe…)
Ernest died on 29th July 1915 aged 22. He is buried in Old Whittington Churchyard so I thought I ought to nip up and take a photograph of his grave.
I found a piece in the Sheffield Daily Telegraph 13th June 1922 detailing the unveiling of the War Memorial, the transcript is below.
Captain Victor Robinson, MC unveiled the Sheepbridge and Brushes War Memorial, which is a bronze tablet affixed to the wall of The Brushes Council School. The tablet contains the name of the soldiers from the Old Whittington parish who made the supreme sacrifice. The Rev. E. A. Crompton (Rector of Whittington) dedicated the memorial.
When The Brushes school was demolished the plaque was saved and is now situated close to where the old school was on the old Sheffield road (B6057).
We remember two men from Whittington who died on 3rd July 1916.
George Bates who came from Church Street Old Whittington and is buried in Montauban Cemetery France.
Fred Lilliman who came from Station Lane Old Whittington and is buried in Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension. He was 27. I have already completed my research on Fred and you can read it here https://oldwhittingtonops.com/lilliman-fred/
Both men were serving with the 9th Battalion Scottish Rifles and they are both remembered on Old Whittington and The Brushes War Memorials.
We remember especially today the following two men who died on July 1st 1916 and who are remembered on Old Whittington and The Brushes War memorials.
Robert Bunting, he was 21 years old and came from Cavendish Square Sheepbridge.
Clarence Hewitt, he was 22 years old and came from Whittington Hill.