Direct descendants of soldiers badly injured during the conflicts of WWI were being sought by St Paul’s, as the Cathedral prepared to display a unique piece of embroidery crafted by more than 100 recovering men.
Months of research by the Cathedral’s Collections Department has revealed 133 names of men from the UK, Canada, Australia and South Africa, who worked to create an elaborate altar frontal, used for many years after the War at the high altar.
The following soldiers were at Netley and made a contribution to the tapestry. If you are related to any of the men, please let me know.
Sadly, the page for the Tapestry information doesn't exist anymore on the St. Paul's Cathedral website.
L/Cpl A rthur John BELL Military Foot Police
Pte. Cormick Mc CHORD Sutherland Regiment
Pte. Edward Lawrence CLAY R.A.S.C.
Gunner Samuel CLEWES R.F.A.
Pte. Frederick E. DAVIS Somerset Light Infantry
Pte. Albert Gilbert MacDERMOTT Hampshire Regiment
Pte. William GLASSBY York and Lancaster Regiment
Cpl. W. HIGGINS 4th City of London Regiment
Pte. Leonard J.COLLINGS 7th Buffs Regiment (East Kent) Welsh Hospital
Spr. William Alfred MATTHEWS Royal Engineers
Pte. William Augustus NEWARK 1/20th London Regiment
Sgt Charles Howard REYNOLDS 2nd Bedfordshire Regiment
Cpl John Levi ROSE 2/4th Dorset Regiment Red Cross Hospital
Pte. J. RUSSELL
Pte. Harold George SADLER 20th Battalion Canadians
Pte. SLACK Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment
Pte. John SMALLEY Tank Corps. Red Cross Hospital
Gunner C. J. STONE 298 Brigade R.F.A. Red Cross Hospital
Pte. Herbert James TILSED 58 Battalion Machine Gun Corps. Welsh Hospital
L/Cpl. Thomas Henry TUCKEY Inland Water Transport Royal Engineers
Below is a video from Youtube showing the highlights from the Sung Eucharist to Commemorate the Hundredth Anniversary of the Outbreak of World War I held at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on Sunday 3rd August 2014.
Sermon given by the Revd Canon Michael Hampel - Precentor of St Paul's Cathedral.