Upper Cam and St. George's Church - Kathryn's history blog

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Upper Cam and St. George's Church


St. George's Church in Upper Cam is the older of the two Anglican churches in Cam. It doesn't have a war memorial of its own (it is located just down the road from the main village memorial) but does have individual memorial plaques to three soldiers, among the many dedications within the church.

(L-R) Edward Ashton Lister's memorial plaque, and a photo printed in the Dursley Gazette

Edward Ashton Lister was the grandson of Robert Ashton Lister, founder of the company RA Listers in Dursley. He died in training with the Royal Flying Corps in 1915, following a crash landing on a solo flight. I presume that he and his mother (his father died when he was young) were members of the church, hence why the plaque is here as he isn't listed among Cam men in the rolls of honour or memorial. He is also commemorated on the memorial gates in Dursley. Looking closely at his plaque, an etching of a biplane, the type that Lister was learning to fly, can be seen on the curved bottom section. (Research courtesy of Andy Barton: sources one and two)


Francis Bernard Roberts had attended Jesus College, Cambridge between 1901 and 1904, and had played cricket both for the university and for Gloucestershire. He was a captain in the 9th battalion Rifle Brigade who served in Belgium from late 1915. Unfortunately, very few records survive of Roberts and it appears that he moved to Cam in the years after 1911 as it is the Gledhills who are in residence at the Vicarage on the census. (Cambridge source)


Born in Cheltenham, Frank Reginald Gapper grew up at Vicarage Cottage in Cam with his parents and two siblings. His father worked as a gardener and it is likely that his employer, perhaps the vicar himself, paid for this plaque. Gapper seems to have volunteered early in the war, enlisting at Dursley and was likely to have done so before he turned eighteen. He died in the infamous Battle of Loos, noted for its disastrous use of gas and heavy casualties. On the 25th September, the day of Gapper's death, his battalion the 10th Glosters achieved their aims attacking from Vermelles towards Hulluch, to the north of Loos itself. Despite this tactical success, the war diary notes that many men were killed by heavy artillery fire from the Germans. Gapper was among the fallen, his body lost in battle. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial. (Photo source)


Also in the church is a roll of honour dedicated to all the men of Upper Cam who served in the First World War. It is located on the back wall of the nave. The shiny glass of its frame and the lighting of the church made a clear photo difficult so I have transcribed the names below. There is a similar one for Lower Cam in St. Bartholomew's. The main list on this roll was compiled in April 1917 and is organised by rank, It looks like it was written during the war and added to with the new recruits in June 1917. A few of the names have been underlined, but I don't know the connection between them. Others appear to have had their ranks changed since the original writing; another indication that it was written as the war progressed and their ranks changed in line with promotions.





Roll of Honour
Names of the men from this Parish on Active Service for their King and Country

NAVY
HERMAN Ashley E.
JACKSON William
HILL Ralph
KEEP Arthur N.
SMITH Percival SL
WATTS Ewart
WILKINS Herbert
WOOD Arthur G.
WORRAL Edward




ARMY
CHAMPION Major
HAGUE Major H.
HERMAN Capt. L.
CHANDLER Capt.
LISTER Capt. G.A.
LISTER Lieut. Robert
TROTMAN Lieut. Ewart
BALL Lieut. J.
BROWNING Sgt. Walter
MANSELL Sgt.
OLPIN Sgt. Arthur
PRAETER Sgt. W.H.
SMITH Sgt. Albert N.
SMITH Sgt. H.S.
THOMPSON Sgt. R.O.
WYATT Lieut. John
WYATT Sgt. Wilfred Harold
ALDER Lieut. Percy
AWDRY Sgt. John
AYRES Cpl. John B.
BEAMISH Cpl. Geo. T.
COX Sgt. Geo
EMBLEY Cpl. William Ja.
HUTCHINS Cpl. William
MORGAN Cpl. Martin
PAVITT Cpl. Lawrence
RIDLER Sgt. Geo
RIDLER Cpl. Harry
RIDLER Cpl. Thomas
SMITH Sgt. Frederick
SMITH Cpl. Waller
WATTS Cpl. Donald
WISE Sgt. Rex
WYATT Cpl. Dennis H.
ROBERTS Pte. Reginald A.
SMITH Pte. Charles
SMITH Pte. Edward
STEEL Pte. Lionel R.
SUTTON Pte. Archibald
TAYLOR Pte. Thomas J.V.
TROTMAN Pte. Ernest
THOMAS Pte. Edric
WAGER Pte. George
WAGER Pte. Herrick
WATTS Pte. Austin W.S.
WATTS Pte. Orris
WENDEN Pte. Clerihew
WOODWARD Pte. William J.
WOOLDRIDGE Pte. Cyril K.
WOOLDRIDGE Pte. Stanley O.
WORKMAN Pte. Reginald
WOOD Pte. Frank

JUNE 1917
ALLEN Pte. Arthur
BENNETT Pte. Francis
HIGGINS Pte. Harry
TOMALIN JONES Lieut. H.A.
GABB Pte. Thomas
BENNETT Pte. Arthur W.
DAVIS Pte. Reginald
HERMAN Pte. Andrew
LANGDOWN Pte. Tom
REEVES Pte. Alfred John
ROSE Pte. Stanley V.
TALBOYS Pte. Alfred
WORKMAN Pte. Stephen G.
RIDLER Pte. William
BRINDLE Pte. Ralph
MARTIN Pte. Herbert
CROSS Pte. Alec
PILSWORTH Pte. Norman
PRAETER Pte. Joseph
GAME Pte. Eric
MELLERUP Pte. Otto
COOPER Pte. Jack
BAYLIS [?] Cpl. F.E.
PRAETER Pte. Charles
HUSSLER [?] Pte. Charles
ARNOLD Pte. Leslie
LANGLETON Pte. Harry
SUGG Pte. Bert
WOOD Pte. William
BUNE Lieut. W.A.















DISCHARGED (wounds)
BELCHER Pte. Walter WAGER Pte. Herrick
PAVITT Cpl. Lawrence
ALLEN Pte. Arthur
Brethren, Pray for Us

Kathryn
PS. If you have any more information on the Cam war memorials or would like to know more about any of the soldiers please do get in touch.

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