Lower Cam and St. Bartholomew's Memorial - Kathryn's history blog

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Lower Cam and St. Bartholomew's Memorial

War Memorial

The Lower Cam war memorial was organised mainly by St. Bartholomew's Church, at the same time as the Parish Council was planning the village's main memorial. It was originally located in front of the church before being moved in 2011 to its present location next to the Tesco roundabout. Sadly, the memorial hasn't been maintained and much of the writing on it is now difficult or impossible to read. The names that can be read on it match the ones on the Hopton Road memorial.
(L-R) The memorial on the bank by the roundabout, and the state of the engraving.

I think, although I cannot be sure, that in the transportation of the memorial, it may have been put back together the wrong way round. The dedication to all the First World War soldiers, usually on the front of a memorial, is facing the hedge but the crucifix is facing the opposite way, looking towards the roundabout. This is the side which says '1939-1945' at the top and a list of names below, which would have been added twenty years after the memorial was first unveiled. I have done my best to transcribe the side facing the hedge (pictured above, right):

To the Glory of God 
And in the Thankful
Memory of the Men
Of This Parish who
Gave their Lives in
The Great War of
1914 - 1918
Leonard Hill
Frank J. Coopey
Frederick Reeves
Gilbert Lydiard
Edgar Keep

Military Graves

At St. Bartholomew's Church itself there are the graves of three Cam servicemen who were buried in their home town. All three of these - Charles Coopey, Archibald Thornhill, and Richard Worthington - are listed on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's database, but only one of them (Coopey) has the official white Portland stone headstone. These were provided at no cost to the families and in other cases of home burials the soldiers have both their military grave as well as the family one, so I'm not sure why Thornhill and Worthington don't: it may just have been a decision made by their families.

    
(L-R) Richard Fitzpatrick Worthington's grave inscription; his family grave; a photo of Worthington in uniform

Worthington's memorial is on the side of the family grave and includes the epitaph "faithful unto death" which is a biblical quote from Revelation 2:10. He was privately educated at Tonbridge School before reading classics at Emmanuel College, Cambridge where he excelled at sports: namely athletics and cricket. A brief biography can be found on the school website, although this wrongly claims that he died in France. The Glosters website more accurately says that he died following treatment for wounds at Birmingham University Hospital. His Glosters lapel badges can be seen in the photo; he was a captain of the 5th Battalion Glosters which was the local territorial force for Dursley.

(L-R) Archibald Thornhill's family grave looking overgrown, and his inscription

Thornhill was one of the early members of the RAF. Developed from the Royal Flying Corps in early 1918, the Royal Air Force was one of the biggest developments to British military in the First World War. A resident of Edney Cottage, Cam, the earliest record of Thornhill's service is as a cadet in the RFC in October 1917. From his service record, it can't be determined whether was actually a pilot, although this is possible, especially as it doesn't appear that he was in the engineering departments. He continued his service after the Armistice, until his death in 1919.



Charles Coopey was the brother of Frank, who was also killed in the war and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France. Charles died one day before the Armistice was signed, aged only 18. For his body to have been buried in Cam, it is likely that he died of either wounds or sickness.

Roll of Honour


Shiny glass and church lighting don't make for good photos

Inside the church is a roll of honour, complete with the 177 names of the Lower Cam men who served in the military in the First World War. It can be found to the right of the main door as you walk in, but is in a difficult position to read closely. Below is a transcription. The middle column (middle two on the original) is a list of those who died, all of whom appear on the Cam war memorial on Hopton Road. There is a similar one for Upper Cam in St. George's Church.

Lower Cam Roll of Honour
"Brethren Pray for Us" - 1 Thessalonians 5:25
Rev. G.A. PIPER CF
Percy W. ALDER
Thomas ALDER
Arthur ALLEN
George ALLEN
James ALLEN
Reginald J. ALLEN
Tom ALLEN
John Beaconsfield AYRES
Albert H. BALL
Hubert BALL
Herbert BALLINGER
Ernest LEONARD
Arthur BENNETT
Frank BENNETT
James W. BERRY
Oscar BIDDELL (RIP)
Reginald C. BIDDELL
Reginald C. BIDDELL
Ernest F. BIDDELL
Thomas S. BOLTON
Percy BRAZINGTON
Charlie BROTHERS
William R. BROTHERS
Harry COOPEY
Maurice CORNOCK
William J. CORNOCK
Ernest John COX
Tom CURTIS
Giles DENNING
Frank DERRETT
Charles ELLIOTT
Joseph EVANS
Charles W. FISHER
Edgar G. FISHER
Ernest FRENCH
John GABB

Albert ANDREWS
Tom GABB
Charles J. GASTON
Harry GASTON
Herbert GASTON
Pierce GASTON
Burland HADLEY
Frederick Hopton HADLEY
Joseph W HAYWARD
Albert HILL
Arthur HILL
Charles D. HILL
Clement HILL
Clifford HILL
Colin R. HILL
Granville HILL
Pierce HILL
William J. HILL
Albert G. HOBBS
Leslie HODDER
Guy HOLLOWAY
Sidney J. HORNE
Arthur IRELAND
Ivor Lloyd JAMES
Ernest JARVIS
Edwin V. JENNER
Frank JOBBINS
Ingram J. KEMPSHALL
Arthur KENDAL
Harry KEEP
Ivor KEEP
Arthur Ralph LACEY
George F. LEWIS
Edward R. LONG


"Greater love hath no man than this" - John 15:13


Killed In Action


Edgar BUTCHER
Handel WORKMAN
James REEVES
Frederick REEVES
Gilbert LYDIARD
Victor ADLER
Edgar KEEP
Ivor FRENCH
Elijah G. WOODWARD
Richard Fitzpatrick WORTHINGTON
Gregory ALLEN
Frederick GREENWAY
William Cecil BUTCHER
William IRELAND
Frederick MEDCROFT
Archibald THORNHILL
Oscar BIDDELL

William Henry WHITFIELD
Frank Thomas COOPEY
Reginald TERRY
Alec Leonard TAYLOR
Walter BROWNING
Leonard  HILL
Thomas Oswald WORKMAN
Arthur KEEP
Alfred SMITH
John DAY
Leo SPARROW
Cyril BRIDGES
Gilbert MORGAN
Percival Edward SMITH
Charles COOPEY
Charles John GILES
Frank SMITH



"Make Them To Be Numbered With Thy Saints in Glory Everlasting"
-Te Deum / A Song of the Church
Thomas LOVE
William LYDIARD
Benjamin MILLER
Cecil MALPASS
Gordon H. MALPASS
Herbert MALPASS
Ivor Ewart MALPASS
Percival MALPASS
Percival T.W. MALPASS
Reginald MALPASS
Stephen MALPASS
Victor MALPASS
George MARTIN
Francis W. MASON
Martin MORGAN
Victor MUNDY
Edward G. NEALE
John NICHOLLS
Charles F. POWELL
Herbert G. ROBINSON
Thomas ROBINSON
Charles SAVAGE
Edgar SAVAGE
Herbert G. SAVAGE
John A. SIBLEY
George SIMS
Edward JOHN SMART
Edward J. SMART (Jun)
O'Decimus SMART
Arthur SMITH
Cecil SMITH
Charles F. SMITH
F. Montague SMITH
George W. SMITH
Harold G. SMITH

Frank SMITH (RIP)
Albert H SPARROW
Frederick SPARROW
Lionel SPARROW
Leonard J. STEEL
Lionel R. STEEL
Jack SPENCER STIFF
Jim SUGDEN
Charles SUMMERS
James SUMMERS
Charles SYMONDS
Edward SYMONDS
James SYMONDS
Thomas SYMONDS
Henry THOMAS
Alfred THORNHILL
Ernest THORNHILL
Morris THORNHILL
Wallace THORNHILL
Fred TIPPER
Charles TOCKNELL
George TOCKNELL
James VAISEY
Herbert H. VAISEY
Raymond VAISEY
Frederick WALKLEY
Thomas WHITE
John WHITING
Charles WHITMORE
Gerald WHITTARD
William G. WILKINS
John WORKMAN
Lloyd WORKMAN
Percy WORKMAN
Charles R. WORTHINGTON

Kathryn

PS. If you would like to know more about any of the above soldiers please don't hesitate to get in contact, or if you have any further knowledge on the memorials in Cam.

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