Transcribed by Malcolm J. Farmer
The Evesham Journal Roll of Honour 1914-
The September 19th 1914 issue of the weekly Evesham Journal carried the following item:
FOR KING & COUNTRY
ROLL OF HONOUR
This week we publish the first instalment of the list of officers, non-
Lists were published weekly at first, then less frequently as the numbers of recruits dwindled, till publication lapsed in July 1915. As a result of “Lord Derby’s Scheme”, numbers then revived and two more lists appeared in the November. Although the term Roll of Honour is increasingly associated with those who died, the Journal uses the original sense of a list of people whose deeds or achievements are honoured -
The names of men who had recently enlisted were shown with the regiment which they joined initially; in quite a few cases they were transferred to other units before they saw active service. The Royal Flying Corps (part of the Army) does have half a dozen entries -
A few entries referred to casualties, or mentioned previous service. For example, an entry in the very first listing reads,
[Chipping] Campden -
Chief E.R.A. B.H.Neve H.M.S. Pathfinder (Medical Corps) Killed in action North Sea 5th September. Had served in S. Africa.
Except in Russia, in the Great War, women were non-
Nurse Gertrude Holbech Base Hospital No. 2
Some annotations referred to the current status of the serviceman, such as “away at the front”. Where social standing merited it, family relationships were noted: “(all sons of the Rev. W. Pearce, rector of Kington)”. Occasionally, an interim total of those who had joined up was given: “over 39 men have now gone from Ilmington” (issue of March 13th 1915).
Detail in the entries varies somewhat as this was down to the local Journal correspondent who had supplied the information. Some were more meticulous than others -
Corpl. W.F. Cotterell The Fish, Broadway
The Fish Inn, now a private house, stood outside Broadway at the top of Fish Hill, on the present A44 road.
The transcriptions, made between about 1999 and 2003, are probably about 85% complete -
Names in his initial transcription of an original weekly list were not added to his sorted lists until that individual transcription was complete and names had been checked. In consequence, names appearing in some weekly lists are not indexed. However, all weekly lists incorporated into the indexes were, and are, asterisked to prevent confusion. It should be borne in mind that an unchecked list (that is, one not asterisked) may well contain errors.
Other web pages by the late Malcolm Farmer (1953-
Unfortunately, by the time of Malcolm’s death the pages had disappeared, though happily some are preserved by the Internet Archive Wayback Machine and linked to below. Note however that many of the links on the Memorials index page are invalid; Memorials Wb-
It is intended in time to republish/relocate much of his material to make it readily available to researchers. My own reproduction of the Roll of Honour transcription is a first step, and a small tribute to an enthusiast who generously made available the results of his work for others to share.
SJB, Dec. 2014.
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