Thanks to a very generous grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we can restore the “at risk” spire of our beautiful building and explore the rich heritage of our church and its community.

War Memorials

The First World War memorial plaque is on the north wall of the north aisle to the left of the North entrance of St. John’s church. This was the first war to touch almost everyone in Britain with one in seven young men under 25 years killed. Worksop was no exception, and the memorial commemorates 147 men from families of the Parish who died.

The plaque was made of brass on an oak panel and was installed to mark the jubilee of the church in 1919 and the ending of the war.

It was hoped the ‘Great War’ would be the ‘war to end all wars’ but sadly this was not to be and just 21 years later Europe and indeed the world was fighting the Second World War. Perhaps not surprising therefore that there could be men from two generations of one family that lost their lives in succeeding wars. The story of one such family of father and son, Tom and George Foulds, is told in this section – link below. The fact that both men died at the age of 30 adds to the poignancy.

Thanks to a very generous grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we can restore the “at risk” spire of our beautiful building and explore the rich heritage of our church and its community.
Thanks to a very generous grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we can restore the “at risk” spire of our beautiful building and explore the rich heritage of our church and its community.

A further 60 men are remembered on the Second World War memorial plaque on the same north wall of the church. They are arranged by the force they served in – Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force.

The wars affected everyone in Worksop, young and old, rich and poor. The occupations of the fallen soldiers reflected working life in the town – miners, Railways workers, local factories and businesses, Police, Postal service and more are listed among the records.

As part of our Spire heritage project, we are joining with family members to research the people commemorated. As well as Tom and George Foulds, we have added a section here on Thomas Gabbitas killed in the First World War.

Information about all the names on both war memorials can be found online at the Nottinghamshire Roll of Honour. The link is here:

Roll of Honour | Nottinghamshire County Council

Details including locations of the miliary cemeteries, usually in lands where the men fell far away from Worksop, can be found on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.

Link here – https://cwgc.org

The men listed in the church memorials are also commemorated on the Worksop Cenotaph in Memorial Avenue, opposite the former town Library. Many names are also included in the Priory Church memorial.

Thanks to a very generous grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we can restore the “at risk” spire of our beautiful building and explore the rich heritage of our church and its community.

The names remembered

First World War Memorial

WILLIAM ADLINGTON.HAROLD GLADWIN.HAROLD PRESSWOOD.
HENRY ANDERSON.EDWIN GODFREY.HARRY PRIDMORE.
THOMAS ARKWRIGHT.GEORGE GODFREY.FRANK PROCTOR.
JAMES A. ARNOLD.HORACE GOLLICK.JAMES RADCLIFFE.
EDWARD ARTHUR.HERBERT GOODACRE.JOHN W. RICHARDSON.
JOHN W. BAINES.LOUIS GOOLD.FRED ROBINSON.
EDGAR BARTHOLOMEW.ALBERT GRANT.HAROLD ROWLAND.
OLIVER G. BARTROP.HUBERT GRAY.WILLIAM SANDERS.
RICHARD BEAL.FRED HAGUE.THOMAS SALMON.
THOMAS BEALL.WALTER HAIGH.ARTHUR SCOTT.
ALBERT BEARD.WALTER P. HALLAM.GEORGE SEAMAN.
FREDERICK BENN.DOUGLAS S. HARDCASTLE.RICHARD SEYMOUR.
FRANK BETTERIDGE.HAROLD HARRINGTON.ALBERT SHAW.
HAROLD BETTISON.JOHN HARRIS.WILFRED H. SHILLITO.
HERBERT BEVINGTON.WALTER HAZELHURST.WILLIAM SIMPSON.
PERCIVAL C. BIFFIN.JOHN HEAPS.JAMES A. SLATTER.
WILLIAM BINGHAM.ALBERT W. HEWITT.FRED SMITH.
GEORGE H. BLOW.LEONARD HEWITT.HERBERT J. SMITH.
TOM BOLTON.ALBERT E. HUTCHINSON.WILLIAM E. SMITH.
ARTHUR H. BREWSTER.WILLIAM E. JACKSON.WILLIAM H. SMITH.
ALFRED E. BRIDGENS.GEORGE JEFFREY.F.W. DARE SORBY, D.C.M.
HARRY BROOKS.ARTHUR JOHNSON.ALFRED SPENCER.
ALFRED BROWN.SAM KAY.ERNEST SPENCER.
JOHN F. BURKETT.CHARLES E. KNIGHT.WILLIAM STANILAND.
GEORGE CHARLESWORTH.HARRY KNOWLES.REGINALD T. STAPLEY.
HORACE COE.TOM LANE.JAMES STARKEY.
ALFRED E. COLLIER.FRED W. LUCAS.TOM STORER.
CHARLES W. CONNELL.WILLIAM MARKS.FRANK STRAW.
PERCY CONNELL.FRED MARSDEN.HERBERT E. SWIFT.
HAROLD C. DAFFEN.WILLIAM MARSDEN, M.M.WILLIAM S. TEBBITT.
WILLIAM T. DAVISON.ROBERT MARTIN.THOMAS TOURNEY.
MATTHEW DRAKE.GEORGE MOAKES.HORACE TURNER.
JOHN DUCKMANTON.CHARLES MOORE.JOHN A. UNDERWOOD.
CECIL DUKES.JAMES E. MOORE.THOMAS A. VICKERS.
JOHN L. EASON.CHARLES A. NAYLOR.HAROLD WAITE.
PERCY EDESON.DENNIS L. NAYLOR.JAMES H. WAINSCOAT.
JOHN EDWARDS.WALTER E. NEWELL.FRED J. WARD.
ROBERT H. EDWARDS.GEORGE W. NIXON.HERBERT WARD.
JIM ELLIS.JOHN G. ORD.SAMUEL WARD.
GEORGE W. FLETCHER.WENSLEY S. OTTER.JOHN WEBSTER.
WILLIAM FORES.GEORGE PARKER.ALBERT WHARTON.
GEORGE FOREMAN.WILLIAM H. PASHLEY.GEORGE WILKINSON.
ARTHUR FOTHERINGHAM.FRED PELLS.FRED WILSON.
TOM FOULDS.GEORGE A. PENNINGTON.WILLIAM WILSON.
LEONARD FRENCH.ALFRED PETTINGER.JOSEPH E. WISTOW.
ARCHIBALD E. FROGGATT.HORACE G. PINCHIN.SAMUEL WOODCOCK.
THOMAS GABBITAS.HARRY PINCHIN.HERBERT W. WRIGHT.
JACK GARSIDE.ALBERT PINKNEY.ALBERT E. WYNN.
 EDWARD POWELL. 
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Second World War Roll of Honour 1939 – 1945

ROYAL NAVY
WILLIAM COPLEYJACK SCOTT
REGINALD JOHN HEWITTTHOMAS BOARDMAN
JOHN EDWARD MERRILLJ. EDWARD ORMSTON
LEONARD NELSONJ. RONALD WILLOUGHBY MERCHANT NAVY
ARMY
CHARLES CLARENCE ANDERSONJOHN KELBURNE LAWSON
WILLIAM HENRY BARLOWBERNARD MARSH
FREDERICK BARRKENNETH MARSHALL
DENNIS JARVIS BLOWERHENRY ARTHUR MASLIN
LESLIE BRIGGSCOLIN BERNARD MOORE
HORACE BROWNROLAND WILLIAM MOORE
PETER GEOFFREY BURTONHENRY SIMPSON OTTER
FREDERICK CHARNOCKJOHN WILLIAM PATERSON
FREDERICK CLARKALBERT SHAW
CHARLES HENRY COCKSCYRIL STORER
GEORGE ROBERT COOKJONATHAN EDWARD THOMPSON
GEORGE FOULDSROBERT LESLIE THORPE
DONALD GOODALLALBERT EDWARD TRUEMAN
GEORGE HARDLEYTHOMAS VERNON
HENRY HUDSONGEORGE LESLIE WESTON
HARRY CUTHBERT JAMESSTANLEY CECIL ASHLEY
JOHN JEFFORDARTHUR CORDALL
EDWIN KNOWLESFREDERICK HUME
JAMES WILLIAM KNOWLES 
ROYAL AIR FORCE
JACK BLADESERIC NORMAN SINGLETON
DOUGLAS HAIG COLLARDJOHN DANIEL TURNER
JOHN AUBREY HAYESRICHARD WARD
TOM HERRINGTONJOHN ALBERT WEBB
DEREK MORRISALAN WOOLLEY
TOM PORTERBERNARD COTTRELL
BENJAMIN REDFERNMAURICE HUTCHINSON
HERBERT GERVASE SEATON 
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HE WHO BELIEVES IN ME SHALL LIVE, EVEN THOUGH HE DIES.”
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