West End soldiers to be remembered

Father Tom Davis.
Father Tom Davis.

In this week’s A-Z of the Great War, we reach the letter J.

John Nuttall of Springfield Street, James Carter, Harrison Bailey of Regent Road, Stanley Bates of Claremont Road, Harold Carter and Harry Riley of Albert Road, William Kershaw of Hampton Road, William Newell of Westminster Road and Thomas Parker of Gardner Road.

These were the names of brave men from the West End of Morecambe who died in the First World War.

They will be remembered in a special service marking the outbreak of World War One at St Barnabas Church, Regent Road, this Sunday, August 3, at 2pm.

Their names were discovered on a forgotten First World War memorial fixed to the wall of West End Primary School on Westminster Road.

This memorial was unveiled on Saturday, February 3, 1923, by the headteacher Mr Hodgkinson, who had fought himself in the war and had survived.

“It would seem this became neglected and forgotten with the erection on the Cenotaph,” said Father Tom Davis of St Barnabas.

“The memorial commemorates the boys of the school from the Morecambe and Sandylands area who fought and died.

“The youngest was just 16.”

A small exhibition regarding these men will be in church.

But West End Primary School will be working on this in greater detail in the autumn term to be unveiled in time for Remembrance Sunday.

The Mayor of Lancaster, Coun Susie Charles, will lay a wreath and David Morris MP will attend the service.

All are welcome.

This is one of many services being held across the UK to mark the 100th anniversary.