war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper

St Columba

The Congregational Church in the High Street was opened in 1904 and became the United Reformed Church in 1972.  The memorial was inside the church and was a brass plate on a wood base, with words bordered by leaves. It was unveiled on 6 May 1921 by Rev F P Basden, a former minister of the church.

In Grateful Memory
of the Men Connected
with This Church
who Fell in the Great War

E D Addley
S Barnard
W T Beer
S Claw
C King
E Richards
O G Tunnell
S Allen
J T Bayley
P R Caspall
W Hinchcliffe
R H Newman
S F Scutt
J H Wyborn
E Pain (Langdon)


There was a further brass plate:

Sacred to the memory of Cpl Percy Robert Caspall, 222nd Brigade RFA (T) who died at Deolali, India, May 29 1919 age 25 years. Erected by his comrades 





The church was no longer used and undergoing extensive alterations to become dwellings. Sadly, in September 2007, the week before the new accommodation was to be launched, the building was almost destroyed by fire.







The beautiful wooden roof of the church, which had been preserved during the renovations, was completely destroyed by the fire.









The memorial was taken to the Beacon Church when St Columba and the Tower Hamlets Wesleyan Mission amalgamated in  2003.  Thirteen of the men are also commemorated on Dover Town Memorial; the exceptions are W Hinchcliffe and E Pain .

W Hinchcliffe is probably William Edward Hinchcliffe, a serjeant in the Buffs. He died at sea on 27 November 1917, aged 30. He is commemorated on the Hollybrook Memorial at Southampton. Born in Dartford, he was the son of Edward Hinchcliffe and his wife Elizabeth Susannah, née Richer. Mr Hinchcliffe, of 26 Balfour Road, was for over nine years an engineer for Dover Harbour Board. He died on 3 April 1915 and is buried at Buckland; his little grandson, Harold, killed at the age of three on 20 July 1911 in a motor accident in the London Road, lies at rest there also.

E Pain is Edward Steady Pain, G/2875, a Private in the Buffs. He died on 26 September 1915 and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, panel 15 to 19.

with  thanks to Tony Belsey
picture of the memorial with thanks to Jean Marsh

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