beresford69 Posted 20 October , 2013 Share Posted 20 October , 2013 Yesterday my local vicar told me about this stone memorial plaque. He unearthed if from the bottom of a compost heap in his back garden about twenty years ago and it’s propped up at the war memorial in the church in Summerstown, south-west London. It commemorates three Sunday School teachers who were killed whilst serving in 1st/23rd Battalion, The London Regiment. Apparently it was originally in a neighbouring church hall building, demolished in the seventies, which was where they taught their classes. Somehow in the move, it got neglected and literally buried. We are hoping to get it cleaned up and remounted in time for the centenary and as a starting point would like to find out something about the circumstances of the threesome’s service and deaths. All died in different battles and have no known grave. I’ve noticed that some members have access to the 1st/23rd Battalion War Diaries and obviously this would be a good way of getting the bigger picture at a certain time. I would be very grateful if anyone could share the relevant sections with me. William Mace (2104) died on 26th May 1915 and is remembered on the Le Touret Memorial. James Crozier (2171) died on 1st October 1915 and is on the Loos Memorial. Albert Gibson was killed on 9th December 1917 (703615) and is remembered on the Arras Memorial. The first two lived in neighbouring streets and I wonder if their service numbers being so similar is a sign that they joined-up together? Thank you very much. Geoff Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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