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Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Whitwell -
- SS Mary & Rhadegund Church Chancel Memorials -

Location

In SS Mary & Rhadegund Church, Whitwell, Isle of Wight, PO38 2QQ
 

 
IWM War Memorials Archive Record

Link : War Memorials Archive Reference 21881  Capt N E Howell
Link : War Memorials Archive Reference 21883  Lt G S Morse
Link : War Memorials Archive Reference 21880  Capt B Ussher
Link : War Memorials Archive Reference 21882  Capt S Ussher
Link : War Memorials Archive Reference 21879  Lt F R Elderton

 
Historic England Listing Status

SS Mary & Rhadegund Church is Grade II Listed. Since the Memorial plaques form part of the fittings of the Church, it is assumed they are covered by the Listing.
 
Description

Four brass plaques are attached to the chancel base. A further plaque is mounted behind the pulpit.

See the account of the dedication ceremony on 1 November 1917 (below) for further details of those named.

See also SS Mary & Rhadegund War Memorial for more details of others commemorated.
Memorial

Whitwell SS Mary & Rhadegund Church N E Howell memorial
 
Whitwell SS Mary & Rhadegund Church G S Morse memorial
 
Whitwell SS Mary & Rhadegund Church B Ussher memorial
 
Whitwell SS Mary & Rhadegund Church S Ussher memorial
 
Whitwell SS Mary & Rhadegund Church F R Elderton memorial
 
Inscription


CAPT NORMAN ELLIOTT HOWELL, 82ND PUNJABIS
KILLED IN MESOPOTAMIA 7TH JAN 1916


 

LT GURTH STEPHEN MORSE, RFA 34TH BATTY 38TH BDE 6TH DIVN
DIED AT BAILLEUL OF WOUNDS RECEIVED IN ACTION 9TH DECR 1914


 

CAPT BEVERLEY USSHER, LEINSTER REGT
KILLED AT GALLIPOLI 12TH JUNE 1915


 

CAPT STEPHEN USSHER, 129TH DCO BALUCHIS
KILLED AT GIVENCHY 16TH DECR 1914


 

LT FOTHERGILL REX ELDERTON
R WARWICKSHIRE REGT
KILLED AT LOOS
25 SEPTEMR 1915


 

Further Information
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NORMAN ELLIOTT HOWELL

CWGC record ...
GURTH STEPHEN MORSE

From The Times 1 January 1915 :
Second Lieutenant Gurth Stephen Morse, who died on December 9 of wounds received on December 4, was the third and youngest son of Mr and Mrs Amyas Morse, of The Bourne, Bourne End, Bucks. He was educated at Ashampstead, Eastbourne, and Clifton College, and obtained his commission in the R.F.A. in August 1913.

Commemorated also at :

Wooburn Green War Memorial, Buckinghamshire
Wooburn St Paul's Church War Memorial, Buckinghamshire. There is also a window in commemoration of him at the Church.

The links above take you to the entries for these Memorials at the Buckinghamshire Remembers... website at http://buckinghamshireremembers.org.uk/.

CWGC record ...
BEVERLEY USSHER CWGC record ...
From The Times 26 June 1915 :
Captain Beverley Ussher, Leinster Regiment, son of the Rev R Ussher, vicar of Westbury, Bucks who has been killed at the Dardanelles, was educated at St Edward's School, Oxford, and Wadham College, Oxford. He joined his regiment at Barbados, West Indies, in 1900, and served in Jamaica and St Lucia. He served through the South African War (medal with clasp). Subsequently he served in India for two years, and then at Devonport and Ireland. For the last two years he had been an instructor at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He left for the Dardanelles as Staff Captain on the Staff of General Doran last May. In 1906 he married Ethel, daughter of Canon J Martin, of Durham, and leaves a widow and two children. His brother, Captain Stephen Ussher, 129th Duke of Connaught's Own Baluchis, was killed in France on December 16 last.

Biographical information

STEPHEN USSHER CWGC record ...
From The Times 22 December 1914 :
Captain Stephen Ussher, 129th Duke of Connaught's Own Baluchis, son of the Rev R Ussher, vicar of Westbury, Bucks, fell on December 16. He was born in 1882, and was appointed second lieutenant unattached in 1902. Two years later he joined the Indian Army, and was promoted captain in 1911.

Biographical information
FOTHERGILL REX ELDERTON CWGC record ...
From the Times 4 October 1915 :
Lieutenant Fothergill Rex Elderton, 2nd Royal Warwickshire Regiment, who was killed in France, was the only son of Mr and Mrs Charles R Elderton, of Pendoylon, Epsom. He was educated at Epsom College, and was in some engineering works in Switzerland when war was declared. he returned home and was gazetted to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. At Christmas he went out to the front and took part in the actions at Neuve Chapelle, La Bassee, and Festubert. He was promoted lieutenant in February and was on the waiting list for the Royal Flying Corps to which he expected to be gazetted this month. A good all-round athlete, he won the hurdles and was second in the high jump at the international sports in Zurich about a fortnight before war broke out. He was 23 years old.

Further information and a photo can be found on this website : http://www.epsomandewellhistoryexplorer.org.uk/WarMemorialsSurnamesE.html#EldertonFR


ISLE OF WIGHT MERCURY

Friday, October 26, 1917 Page 2

Next Thursday, November 1st, at 3.30, the oak screen which has been placed in Whitwell Church to the memory of local and other soldiers who have fallen in the war will be dedicated. The Rev. Hon. Ivo Fiennes, Rector of Yaverland, will preach. We understand that the stone statue of Joan of Arc, which has been given in memory of the Entente Cordiale, will be unveiled at the same time.


ISLE OF WIGHT MERCURY

Friday, November 2, 1917 Page 3

Dedicating War Memorials at Whitwell.

Yesterday (All Saints' Day), a large congregation attended the Church of St. Mary and St. Rhadegund, Whitwell, when several memorials to those who have fallen in the war were impressively dedicated. The new rood chancel screen with its tracery and carved cresting forms an exceedingly beautiful enrichment to the Church. It is provided as a memorial to Whitwell men who have fallen in the war, whose names will subsequently be placed on a tablet. The screen is in memory of: Ronald McDougall, George Chick, Percy Reed (*), Wm. Alfred Roach (**), Alfred Attrill, William Trowbridge, Francis Russell, and Jim Wheeler. The Calvary, which surmounts it, is a memorial to Lieut. J.S. Hearn, son of Mr. Hearn, formerly of Niton Farm, but now of Wroxall. The cost of this exquisitely designed and executed group has been defrayed by Lieut. Hearn's relatives and friends. The five figures of saints on the screen itself are separate memorials to others who have fallen, among them being Captain Stephen Usher and Captain Beverley Usher, sons of the Rev. Richard Usher, Vicar of Westbury, Brackley, and formerly Priest-in-Charge of St. Margaret's and St. Alban's Churches, Upper Ventnor. The five saints are as follows: St. Martin, of Tours, in memory of Lieutenant Elderton, of the Warwicks, who was formerly stationed at Ventnor, given by Miss Maddock, Vinicombe, Ventnor; St. Oswald, of Northumbria, in memory of Captain Howell, given by his cousin, Miss Malcolm Kerr; St. Rhadegund, in memory of Captain Beverley Usher, and St. Edmund, in memory of Captain Stephen Usher, both given by Miss Maddock; St. George of England, in memory of Lieut. Gurth Morse, given by Miss Maddock, his aunt. The gates to the chancel are of the gift of Mrs. Burnham, in memory of her husband. The screen to St. Mary's chancel, which is not yet completed, is a separate memorial not connected with the war. The statue of Joan of Arc, which stands between the two screens, commemorates the Grand Alliance of French and British fighting together in the great war. It is the gift of Miss Maddock. The interior of the Church has been completely transformed by these beautiful objects. – The clergy present at the dedicatory service were the Rev. J.C. Orr (Vicar), Rev. B.H.P. Smith (St. Alban's, Ventnor), and the Hon. Rev. Ivo Fiennes (Rector of Yaverland). The service was conducted by the Vicar, who subsequently dedicated the various memorials. After the statue of Joan of Arc had been dedicated, a hymn was sung, the following being the first verse: -
Hail! Patroness of France endued
With more than female fortitude,
Who by enduring torture sore
Pourtayest that which Jesus bore.
An appropriate sermon was afterwards delivered by the Hon. Rev. Ivo Fiennes, and the impressive proceedings closed with a procession with incense. A good number of Ventnor people attended the ceremony. Mr. Percy Stone was the architect for the screen. Mr. Nicholls carved the figures, and Mr. Gawthorpe was responsible for the brass.


ISLE OF WIGHT MERCURY

Friday, November 9, 1917 Page 1

The beauties of the pretty church at Whitwell have been greatly enhanced by the new screen and other embellishments which were dedicated last week. The screen is a work of art, alike in its design and execution. The cost - about £230 - has been defrayed by relatives of those to whom the screen is a memorial. The money for the Lady Chapel Screen, which is to be a private memorial, is in hand, and the work will be begun at once. It is intended to add new stalls for the Clergy and Choir.


(*) Percy Reed (Read) is not named on the Whitwell Memorials. He is commemorated at :

Newport Borough War Memorial
St Paul's Church, Barton, War Memorial
Biographical Information

(**) William Alfred Roach is commemorated on the Whitwell Parish War Memorial, but not on the Church Memorial.
Biographical Information  

Acknowledgements

Janet Griffin for newspaper and additional website research

Peter and June Underwood of the Buckinghamshire Remembers... website at http://buckinghamshireremembers.org.uk/.


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Page last updated : 5 February 2015 (Buckinghamshire Remembers... references)




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