Direct descendants of soldiers badly injured during the conflicts of WWI are being sought by St Paul’s, as the Cathedral prepares 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 and click on the link too.
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
More information here:https://www.stpauls.co.uk/history-collections/history/ww1/the-men-of-the-altar-frontal