Researching the names on the war memorial

St James Church in Taunton has been a place of Christian worship for centuries, fragments of the building date back to the 12th Century, and the building has changed and adapted with the fortunes of the town throughout its existence.  As the town grew in the 19th Century so the church expanded, and along with other churches in the town played a central part in community life.  With the outbreak of war in 1914, many young men in Taunton answered the call to join up, and through the following four years of The Great War no part of life in the town was left untouched.  Of those who did not return from the war, 102 are named on the war memorial in the church’s side chapel.

To mark one hundred years since the start of the war a group of volunteers from St James church researched the stories behind these names – who were they, what they did before the war, where did they serve, how were they connected to the church, when did they die, who did they leave behind, and so much more.

All these men had families and a future which never happened, and through this project we aim to remember them and the sacrifices that they made.

“To the glory of God and in ever grateful memory of the men of this parish who gave their lives in the Great War 1914-1918”

To mark the 100th anniversary of the war, St James Church with St James Church School held a special concert on 30th May 2015, with proceeds being donated to the Royal British Legion.

More information

For more information about Somerset and the Great War, including 100th Anniversary commemoration events, please visit the Somerset Remembers website (opens in new tab).

As well as researching the individual stories of the men listed on the church war memorial, we have discovered some general information relating to the church and the Great War:

Click on each name to read details

Adams AGrigg AESaunders FG
Adams ArthurGrinter TScoble H
Adams CJHarding LHSedgbeer EJ
Adams JHartnell ESimpkiss C
Adams WSHartnell SSmith HJ
Allin FGHawker FSpiller HG
Aplin DHuddy ESquires T
Bale WHuddy JSteed C
Barnes WJeffries SStocker FL
Barton SJones LStone CI
Batstone HRLetherby CStone TG
Batstone WEMarchant GSummerhayes H
Bazley JMarks PJTaylor HR
Board WMitchell RTempleman W
Bracher FJMundy CThorn F
Branchflower JMundy FCThorn FG
Budd EMurless HThorne EW
Coleman HJMussell SThorne HCW
Coleman WNewbery CFTotterdell WJ
Collier TDPalmer HTrebble EJ
Cording JPearce WEGTroake CJ
Cross AGPhillips WTucker GH
Crouch HJPhillips WJVan Trump H
Cruys WCPitman CCVanstone WJ
Currey JWPoole BVickery RC
Dade WPoole FWaiter A
David HJPoole REWaiter S
Doble CPring EWalker AG
Ford FGRapson FEWall Albert
Fuge FHReed HLWall Arthur
Gibbs ERendell ARWalling WC
Goss CLRendell WWWest E
Greedy WRichards CWhite RE
Greenslade CSansome FJWilliams EC
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