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Vicar appeals for information on Golders Green servicemen who died in First World War

10:30 07 April 2014

Rev Rex Morton with the First World War memorial at Golders Green Parish Church. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Rev Rex Morton with the First World War memorial at Golders Green Parish Church. Picture: Polly Hancock.

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A vicar is appealing for information about 32 former churchgoers who died in battle during the First World War.

The Rev Rex Morton, vicar at Golders Green Parish Church, is urging relatives of the former parishioners, or anyone who may have information about them, to get in touch ahead of July 28 this year, which will mark 100 years since the outbreak of the war.

Two memorial plaques at the church, in West Heath Drive, believed to have been erected at some point in the 1920s, bear only the names of the 32 fallen servicemen but Mr Morton is anxious for more information.

“We would like to remember all the men – there may be one woman – on the 100th anniversary of when they fell in the Great War,” he said.

“We want to find out more about these people, as much information as we can, so that we can remember them more fully.

“The more information we have, the more fully we can honour their memory. All we have is a large list of names.”

Mr Morton will conduct a special Sunday memorial service to honour the former parishioners on July 27, the day before the 100th anniversary.

If he receives enough information about the 32 servicemen, he is also planning a week-long exhibition devoted to the group at the church this summer.

Mr Morton has not met any relatives of the men listed on his church’s plaques, but he is hopeful his appeal will reach some family members.

“There are people who have lived here for a long, long time,” he said. “There will be people further afield.

“If you have any information on these people, so that they can be remembered more fully, then get in touch so they become a person to us, not just a name.

“We would like to know where they lived, what they did before they went to war, where they died, we’d like a photograph of them.

“These were men who left our parish 100 years ago to go and fight and didn’t return. So they’re not just names; we want them to become more than that.”

To see a full list of the fallen Golders Green parishioners, visit www.gg-pc.co.uk or call the church on 020 8455 1873

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