World War One: Mayfield remembers.

3rd August 2014: a service of commemoration was conducted by our Vicar, the Reverend Ray Owen. Within the church was an exhibition of memorabilia and information about what the Great War meant to Mayfield. Poignant and thought-provoking displays were contributed by old and young including work by children from the village school. During the service, a simple but moving ceremony took place. One by one, 28 lighted candles, one for each of the men of Mayfield who fought and died, were placed on the altar by a relative or by a parishioner. The names of those men who lived here one hundred years ago, marched away and did not return are:

James Beresford

Arthur Birch

Timothy Blood

James Bradley

Frederick Crocker

Herbert Davies

George Hackett

Joseph Harrison

Harold J Hartill

Joseph Hudson

William T Hudson

Wilfred Jones

Leonard Lownds

Harry Leach

Albert Mellor

Frederick J Millward

Albert H Moreton

George Moss

William Moss

William Oakes

John Parker

William Smith

Arthur Stone

Thomas Swindell

John L Thompson

J Russell Wardle

John Willshaw

Joseph Willshaw

“My body to the earth, my heart to England, my soul to God”

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Painstaking research by Mrs Pat Poyser and by Pat Smith resulted in this display of information about the 28 Mayfield men who gave their lives in the Great War.

 

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A relative of brothers John and Joseph Willshaw studies the displays of information about them – and their medals.

We welcome visitors to our village

This picture below shows Felicity Taylor and Geraldine Holland discussing with our researchers (Pat and Pat) their grandfather Leonard Lownds, a Mayfield man who lost his life in the First World War. The sisters had traveled here from Middlesex and Buckinghamshire. They have since written:

I would like to add my sincere thanks to you all for making our visit to Mayfield such an interesting and enjoyable one and for making us feel so welcome.  It was so very kind of you to prepare such detailed information for us and it was a delight to hear that you actually knew members of the family, Mabel, and Nora.

Our dear mum, who passed away some years ago now, spoke with such love and affection for her father and it was wonderful for us to have been able to visit beautiful Mayfield.