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

Location

In SS Mary & Rhadegund Church, Whitwell, Isle of Wight, PO38 2QQ
 
See map on www.streetmap.co.uk
 
IWM War Memorials Archive Record

Link : War Memorials Archive Reference 21877  Calvary
Link : War Memorials Archive Reference 21878  Chancel
 
Historic England Listing Status

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

Calvary cross, chancel screen and plaque naming Great War casualties. See account of dedication on 1 November 1917 for details of the work undertaken.

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

Whitwell SS Mary & Rhadegund Church War memorial
 
Whitwell SS Mary & Rhadegund Church War memorial Chancel Screen
 
Inscription


TO THE GLORY OF GOD & IN MEMORY OF THOSE
WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1919

THE CALVARY IN MEMORY OF JOHN STANLEY HEARN, LT, SUFFOLK
REGT., KILLED GELDECOURT 12 OCT 1916, A SERVER AT THE ALTAR

THE CHANCEL SCREEN IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF WHITWELL
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names as given below
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MAY THEY REST IN PEACE


 

Further Information
NameCWGC LinksOther links
 
ALFRED H ATTRILL, CORP, I W RIFLES, KILLED GAZA 19 AP 1917 CWGC record ... Biographical information
GEORGE CHICK, I W RIFLES, KILLED GALLIPOLI 18 SEP 1915 CWGC record ... Biographical information
Buried at 7th Field Ambulance Cemetery, Gallipoli
LAWRENCE G DEPTFORD, HAMPS R., KILLED KATRAN 13 NOV 1917 CWGC record ... Biographical information
HARRY L HATCHER, HAMPS REGT, DIED AT PARKHURST 19 MAR 1915 CWGC record ... Buried at SS Mary & Rhadegund Churchyard
RONALD MCDOUGALL, LT, THE BUFFS, KILLED LILLE 20 OCT 1914 CWGC record ... McDougall memorial window in St Lawrence's Church
Biographical information
CYRIL G PETCHEY, HAMPS REGT, DIED OF WOUNDS CAIRO 11 MAY 1918 CWGC record ... Biographical information
CHOIR SERVER THURISTER CAPTAIN OF THE RINGERS
FRANCIS RUSSELL, HAMPS R., KILLED PASSCHENDAELE 10 AUG 1917 CWGC record ... Biographical information
WALTER SHEATH, I W RIFLES, DIED AT WHITWELL 3 JUL 1919 CWGC record ... Biographical information
Buried at Whitwell New Burial Ground
HILTON SNOW, I W RIFLES, KILLED KANTARA 4 NOV 1918 CWGC record ... Biographical information
WILLIAM H TROWBRIDGE, I W RIFLES, KILLED GAZA 19 AP 1917 CWGC record ...
JAMES WHEELER, LCE CORP, HAMPS R., KILLED YPRES 1 AUG 1917 CWGC record ... Biographical information
John Stanley HearnCWGC record ... Biographical information

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
 
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