which consists of the villages of Crich, Fritchley and Whatstandwell.

Crich Roll of Honour

These are men in the parish of Crich who served their country in WW1

crich Roll of Honour



Alliston, 2nd Lieut. M Bell, Spr. Walter Greenhough, Sgt. Thos. Hopkinson, Pte. Geo Perry, Sgner. Geoffrey Street, Dvr. Fred V.
Allwood, Pte. Arth Berresford, Pte. J. H. Greenhough, Cpl. Fred Hughes, Tel. Jas Pierpoint, Pte. Robt. Street, Pte. J. Edwd.
Allwood, Dvr. Fred Berresford, Pte. Len Greenhough, Spr. Chas. Holmes, Pte. Chas. Porter, Pte. John Street, Pte. Percy
Allwood, Gnr. Albt. Barber, Pte. Robt. Greenhough, Spr. John Holmes, Pte. C. F. Poyser, Pte. Ralph Sulley, Pte. John
Anderson. L.Cpl. Albt Barton, Artificer A. Greenhough, Pte. Vernon Holmes, Pte. John Poyser, Rflman. Gilbert Swanwick, Dvr. Arth.
Anderson, Pte. Alfred. Cowlishaw 2nd Lieut. A.R. Greenhough, Spr. Jas Hollingsworth, Pte. S. Price, Rflman. Geo Swindell, Dvr. Fred.
Amatt, Pte. Ernest Curzon, Flight Lieut. J. Greenhough, Bomdr. J. Haynes, Pte. Roger Payne, Gnr. Joseph Swindell, Pte. Jas
Atkins, Pte. Gilbert Curzon, Sgt. Wm. T. Gaunt, Pte. W.   Platts, Pte. Harold Swindell, Pte. Wm.
Allsop, Pte. Thos Coleman, Cpl. Luke Goodall, Spr. Jas. Jarvis, 2nd Lieut. J.   Swindell, Pte. Saml.
Allen, Pte. Ernest Cook, L.Cpl. Wm. Goodall, Pte. Jas. (Sen)   Radford, Sgt. George Stocks, Pte. Fred.
  Cowlishaw, L.Cpl. Fred Gough, Gnr. John Kneebone, Tpr. Gerald Redfern, L.Cpl. J. Hbt. Stocks, Pte. Albt.
Bowmer, Lieut. V. M.C. Crowder, Bomr. A. F. Griffin, Gnr. Dennis Kneebone, Pte. John T. Russell, L.Cpl. C. H. M.M. Sadler, Pte. Arthur
Bowmer, Staff Sgt. E. Cauldwell, Sapr. H. D.C.M. Griffith, Std (RN) Leigh Knowles, R.M. Chas. Rollinson, L.Cpl. Jack Swift, Pte. J.
Barratt, Farrier Sgt. W Cauldwell, Pte. John Gretton, Pte. Ben Key, Pte. James Radford, Farrier H. Straw, Pte. Walter
Bramall, Sgt. J.B. Chambers, Pte. Chas. Greenwood, Pte. H.   Radford Sigr. (RN) A. Taylor, Pte. Bert.
Bond, L.Cpl., S. D. Chell, Pte. John Gregory, Pte. Ernest Lockey, Sgt.Ins Ern. M.M. Radford, Pte. Thos. M.M. Taylor, Pte. Fred
Bowmer, L.Cpl., Saml. Clarke, Pte. John Green, Pte. H. Litchfield, L.Cpl. John Radford, Pte. John Taylor, Dvr. Maurice
Bowmer, Gnr (RN) A. Coleman, Dvr. Edwd. Gibbons, Pte. J. T. † Lynam, L.Cpl. Jack Radford, Pte. Austen Taylor, Pte. James
Bowmer, Pte. A. Coleman, Pte. Isaac Gration, Pte. G. F. Lister, L.Cpl. John Rawson, Pte. Hy. Taylor, Pte. Saml.
Bowmer, Sgnlr. Arth Coleman, Pte. Thos. Godrey, Pte. Fredk. Lawrence, Miner B. H. Rodgers. Dvr. Amos Taylor, Dvr. Wm.
Bowmer, Pte. John Coleman, Gnr. Wm. M.M. Goodall, Pte. Jos. Leafe, Pte. James Rodgers, Pte. George Taylor, Dvr. T. Walter
Bowmer, Pte. John Cooke, Pte. Duncan Heathcote, Sgt. Saml. Lee, Pte. Arthur M. M. Rodgers, Stoker Harry Taylor, Dvr. Saml.
Bowmer, Pte. Ernest Cooper, Pte. George Homer, Stoker P.O. Hy. Lee, Trp. J. Stanley Rodgers, A.B. Jas. Taylor, Pte. John A.
Bowmer, Pte. Alfred Cooper, Pte. Hbt. † Hartle, Cpl. Thos. Lee, Pte. Thos. S. Roe, Pte. John Thorpe, Gnr. Wilfred
Bowmer, Pte. Harry Cooper, Pte. Joseph Hartle, Lt. E. W. Lee, Pte. G. E. Roe, Stoker Wm. Tomlinson, Pte. A. B. N.
Bowmer, A.B. Hy. Cowlishaw, Dvr. Arth Hallam, L.Cpl. Wltr. Litchfield, Pte. Abe. Ross, Pte. Alex Townsend, Pte. Ezra
Bowmer, Pte. Ernest Cowlishaw Pte. Geo. Harrison, L.Cpl. Wm. Leafe, Pte. Thos. Roe, Pte. Archie Williams, Capt. James
Barratt, Pte. John Crowder, Dvr. Arth Haslam, L.Cpl. Geo Limb, Pte. Wm. Roe, Pte. Wm. Wilkinson, Sgt. David
Bown, Pte. Fred Curzon, Pte. Alfred Holmes, L.Cpl. Jas. Ludlam, L.Cpl. E. Roe, Pte. Thos Wetton, Cpl. Walker
Brann, Pte. P. W. Curzon, Pte. Frank Hitchcock, L.Cpl. Saml. Ludlam, Rflman. J. C. Radford, 3rd Air Mech F. Walker, L.Cpl. Percy T.
Brown, Pte. Arthur Curzon, Pte. Fred † Hall, L.Cpl. Frank A. Ludlam, Pte. Chas. Sargent, 2nd Lieut. Harry Williamson, L.Cpl. Arth.
Brown, Pte. D. D. Curzon, Pte. John W. Harris, Pte. Chas. Lynam, Dvr. Samuel Self, L.Cpl. Stephen Woolley, L.Cpl. Chas.
Brown, Pte. Fred Curzon, Pte. Samuel Harris, Pte. Sam. Mountney, 2nd Lieut. J. Seals, Bomdr. G. W. Wragg, L.Cpl. J. E.
Brown, Pte. W. Curzon, Pte. Walter Harrison, Pte. Arthur Macdonald, Lieut. Ian P. Seals, Gnr. Alfred Wragg, L.Cpl. John T.

Brown, Pte. Cyril

Curzon, Gnr. Wm. Harrison, Pte. Ernest Mason, Sgt. Chas. Seals, Pte. Victor J. Wright, Dvr. S.
Brown, Pte. G. Conquest, Gnr. Wm. Harrison, L.Cpl. Hbt Mercer, Cpl. Hbt. Sayles, Tpr. Percy Wass, Pte. Frank
Brown, Pte. Tom Chell, Trooper Norman Harrison, Gnr. Robt. Minkley, Cpl. Horace Sellors, Dvr. G. D. Wass, Pte. Robert
Beresford, Pte. Fred   Harrison, Pte. Sydney Mellors, L.Cpl. Wltr. Self, Dvr. Joseph Wass, Spr. Ernest
Bunting, Gnr. Geo Dawes, Pte Hy. Harrison, L.Cpl. A. W. Mellors, Spr. Geo. Self, Pte. Chas. Wain, Dvr. Chas.
Bunting, Pte. Douglas Dawes, Gnr. Jas. H. Hay, Dvr. Alfred Mellors, Pte. John Sheldon, Gnr. Joseph Walker, Dvr. John T.
Bunting, Gnr. Thos Dawes, Pte. W. Hartle, Pte. Chas. McLarty, L.Cpl. Hector Sheldon, Dvr. Wm. Whitehead, Dvr. Fred
Bunting, Pte. Walter Dawes, Pte. Joseph Hartshorne, Pte. Isaac Martin, Pte. A. B. Smith, Gnr. J. Hy. Williamson, Gnr. Geo.
Bunting, Pte. Willby Dawes, Pte. John Hartshorne, Gnr. John Martin, Pte. Chas. Smith, Pte. Arth. Wilson, Rifleman Geo.
Booker, Pte. Geo Dawes, Pte. Josiah Hartshorne, Pte. Jos. Martin, Pte. John Smith, Pte. Geo. C. Wilson, Stoker Jim
Burr, Pte.Wm. E. Donaldson, Pte. Alex Hartshorne, Pte. Thos. Martin, Cpl. H,W. M.M. Smith, Tpr. Fredk. J. Woodland, Sigr. (R.N.) E.
Butler, Pte. Jas Donaldson, Pte. John Hartshorne, Bugler W. Mason, Pte. Wm. Smith, Pte. Geo. P. Wragg, Pte. Fred
Byard, Pte. Jas Drake, Pte. Wm. Hartshorne, Pte. Wm. Mason, Dvr. Arthur Smith, Dvr. Jas. A. Wragg, Pte. George
Byard, Dvr. J.W. Drury, Pte. Chris. Hartshorne, Pte. W. Mason, Pte. James Smith, Pte. John T. Wragg, Dvr. John

Byard, Pte. Arthur

Dyson, L.Cpl. Sydney N Haslam, Pte. George Massy, L.Cpl. Hugh Smith, Pte. Norman Wragg, Dvr. Saml.
Bainbridge, Pte. Albt. Dixon, Gnr. Ernest Haslam, Pte. Harold Murphy, Pte. James Smith, Pte. Saml. H. Wragg, Gnr. Luke
Bates, Pte Fred De Ridder, J. Haslam, 3rd Writer, Jas. Mee, Dvr. Maurice Smith, Gnr. Sam. Walters, Air Mech. J. W.
Barber 2nd Airman J.   Haslam, Pte. John Mee, Pte. Clement Smith, Spr. Hy. V. Woolley, Pte. John I.
Bollington, Pte. Alf Else, Capt. Wm. E Haslam, Spr. Wilfred Maes, Frank Smith, Pte. Hbt. Wilkinson, Pte. Dan
Bollington, Dvr. Geo England, 2nd Lieut. J. H. Haslam, Pte. Roy   Smith, Fred Wood, Pte. John T.
Bollington, Pte. W. H. England, Pte. Wm. Henson, 2nd Stkr. N. Needham, Pte. Jim Smith, Gnr. L. H. Wyles, Cadet George
Bollington, Pte. E. Earnshaw, Gnr. Chas. Henson, Pte. Frank Nowell, Pioneer Ernt. Smith, Pte. Hbt. Whawell. Pte. James
Bollington, Pte. Herbert Else, Pte. Chas. G. Henson, Pte. Geo. Newton, Pte. Norman Smith, Pte. Thos M.M. Yates, Pte. George
Bollington, Pte. Stev. Else, Dvr. John W. Heappey, Pte. Andrew   Shipston, Pte. Geo. Yates, Pte. John
Bollington, Pte. John Else, Seaman Gnr. F. Heappey, Spr. Jesse Parkin, Cpl. Frank Shipston, Pte. Thos.  
Bollington, Pte. Neln. Eperson, Pte. Edwin Heappey, Pte. Lot Perry, L.Cpl. Maurice Sims, Pte. Hbt. Booth, Pte. Cyril
Booth, Trooper Fredk. Else, Gnr. Guy Victor Heappey, Pte. E. Parkin, Sgt. H. J. Snow, Pte. Oscar Withers, Lce.Cpl. Geo.
Bower, Pte. Oswald Few, Sgt. Arthur Housely, Pte. Wm. Parkin, Spr. Geo. N. Stanley, Spr. J. R. Watts, Pte. Geo. E.
Buckley, Dvr. Fred Fern, Dvr. Fred Houseley, Pte, G. N. Patilla, Spr. Geo Stanley, Pte. Percy Barber, Cpl. Wm
Barratt, Gnr. Jesse Fox, Pte. Wm. Heathcote, Pte. J.W. Patilla, Pte. Fred Storer, Tpr. Hiram Woolley, Pte. W.
Bingham, Pte. J. Fox, Cyclist F. Hinds, Gnr. Hy. G. Peach, Pte. Bryan F. Storer, Tpr. Matt.  
Bingham, Dvr. Jas Fritchley, Pte. J. K. Hodgkins, Pte. Matt. Perry, Gnr. Arthur Storer, Pioneer, Chas.  
Bates, Gnr. Hy. Frost, Cpl. William Howitt, Spr. Geo Perry, Pte. Charles Stewardson, Gnr. (RN) R.  
Beardow, Spr. Sam Flint, Tpr. J. B. Hopkinson, Pte. Thos. Perry, Pte. George Stevenson, Pte. Robt.  
  Flint, Pte. Stanley        


Officers shewn in RED

N.C.O.s shewn in BLUE

Fallen in Action

Died of Wounds

Died in Hospital


NB The abbreviations used on the original chart are idiosyncratic and variable!

Pte. Private

Spr. Sapper

Gnr. Gunner

Tpr. Trooper

Dvr. Driver

Sgnlr. Signaller

Bomdr. Bombadier

Tel. Telegrapher

Stkr. Stoker

A.B. Able Seaman


BOWMER, Vernon

Photo: Kathleen Bowmer (née Haynes)
Vernon Bowmer

SUPPLEMENT to the LONDON GAZETTE 26 January 1917Temp. 2nd Lt. Vernon Bowmer, Notts. & Derby. B.
For conspicuous gallantry in action. He led his platoon with great dash and showed marked initiative and ability. He organised bombing parties and accounted for a large number of Germans.
He onced played for Chesterfield Town Football Club – from the Chesterfield FC Official WebsiteLieutenant Vernon Bowmer, of Crich, played once for the Town side. He served with the 16th Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters. He survived the shooting war but was badly wounded, and died in a military hospital at Bath on October 9th, 1919. He won the Military Cross in 1917 for conspicuous gallantry in action, having organised bombing parties that, according to his citation, "accounted for a large number of Germans."Vernon was the son of John Bowmer and Mary Ann Hartstone; he married Dorothy Phillipa Perrett in 1918.

He was the youngest of five brothers: Alfred, Arthur, Ernest, John James and Vernon. They were born at Park Head before moving to "The White House" just above the Cross.

His brother Alfred also played football for Chesterfield, having transferred from Alfreton Town F.C.

MARTIN, Herbert Wilfred Cpl

He enlisted in the Army Service Corp in September 1914 and was later transferred to the North Staffordshire Regiment (Reg. No. 48762).
Whilst serving with the 8th Battalion in France he was awarded the Military Medal in August 1918 (London Gazette 30872 published 26 August 1918).
He was born in Crich in January 1894, the son of Frederick Martin and Mary Ann Taylor, and was a member of the Boys Brigade and Crich Church Choir in his youth. He was a miner at Wingfield Manor Colliery for most of his working life.
He married Alice Clarke at Crich in January 1915, lived in Crich all his life and died there in November 1965 aged 71.

LOCKEY, Ernest Hanson

He was awarded the Military Medal (Gazette 30715 published 31 May 1918). He served with the Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment (Reg, No. 201104). In the citation he is recorded as 2nd Lieutenant Ernest Lockey, whereas on the Roll of Honour he is down as Sergeant. He was commissioned on the 28 May 1918.Interestingly his address on the medal card is – The Royal Albert Orphanage, Worcester

PATILLA, Frederick

He was aged forty-three when he enlisted, serving as a Pioneer in the Royal Engineers (Reg. No. 21642). From his service record it appears that he was involved in road construction and repair. He served in France and Belgium between 1917 and 1919 before being hospitalized with influenza. This seemed to have triggered acute rheumatism, caused by his previous mining work at Shirland pit. This resulted in a slightly early discharge on medical grounds. His service record was good. Medals – Victory and British.Frederick was a short man, only five foot two inches tall, the son of William Patilla and Mary Fletcher of Brackenfield. He was married to Sarah Saunders and they lived on Lindway Lane between Brackenfield, Crich and Wessington.


His records show that he belonged to the South Wales, Boarders, Army Service Corp (Reg, No, 44334) then the RASC. Medals – Victory and British. George was a stone worker, the son of George Patilla and Maria Brown of Wheatcroft. He was married to Ethel May Keeton and they lived in Wheatcroft. He died in October 1942 aged sixty. During the war he was wounded and this was recorded in the local paper –

Crich casualties in WW1

STREET, Frederick Vernon

On his Repatriation Application after the war he asked to be repatriated to Buenos Aires, Argentina with the comment under "Grounds on which claim is based" as: "To return home where a situation awaits me. Came to England to join up voluntarily in 1914." He arrived at Liverpool aboard the SS Amazon from Buenos Aires, on the 29th November 1914, to join the war effort. The passenger list records him as an engine driver – and he was a driver during WW1 (although absent from roll call a number of times!) and left the war a 2nd Corporal, and returned to Argentina in 1919.Frederick was the son of JOSHUA STREET & AGNES (nee HAIL), born 1885.

Thank you to everyone who has sent in the above details.

crich war memorial 1

War memorial by the church gates



War memorial 2

Front face

W. Else
Vernon Bowmer M.C.
2nd Lieut.
H. Sargent
L. Coleman
T. Hartle
Lce. Cpls.
G. Haslam
J. Lynam
A. Williamson
J.T. Wragg
J. Gough
J.W. Byard
F. Buckley
J. Bingham
A. Rodgers
W. Taylor
C. Wain
G. Mellors
War memorial 3


North facing

J. Rodgers
Lce. Cpl.
A. Anderson
E. Amatt
G Atkins
P.W. Brann
E.E. Burr
J. Barber
J. Bowmer
F. Bown
J.H. Berresford
W. Bunting
T. Brown
C. Chambers
D. Cooke
A. Curzon
J.W. Curzon
W. Curzon
J. Dawes
J. Donaldson
C. Drury
W. Frost
W. Greenhough
W.L. Croft
War memorial 4


South facing

E Gregory
J.T. Gibbons
G.F. Gration
C. Harris
C. Hartle
C. Holmes
C. Holmes
J.T. Kneebone
T. Leafe
H. McLarty
J. Mellors
J. Murphy
J. Mason
G. Perry
J. Roe
A. Ross
G. P. Smith
G. Shipston
R. Stevenson
T. Smith M.M.
F. Wragg
S.H. Smith
L. Cpl.
F.A. Hall
War memorial 5

Rear face

There are other war memorials – Wesley Chapel and Smith's Graveyard
photo of Wesleyan war memorial

This memorial is inside the Wesleyan Chapel, Crich




photo of war memorial in Smiths graveyard

Memorial in Smith's Graveyard, Wingfield Park


1914 – 1918



1939 – 1945


See also the memorial plaque inside the Church.



Help Needed

If any of your family are on the Roll of Honour, or who are on the gate plaques, please let us have a few words about them so that they are "more than a name". It is hoped to produce a brief biography of these Crich men who served, and in some cases died, for their Country.

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