St.Matthew's C.of E. Church, Bootle


Names on Memorial
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  Hugh StanleyALLISON
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  William ABROWN
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  John HenryDOODSON
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  David CruickshanksGARVIE
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  James ThomasGIBB
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  John WilliamGREGG
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  Owen TudorHUGHES
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  John ArthurJONES
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  William HerbertMAY
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  Edward StanleyMEAKIN
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  Thomas LloydMORGAN
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  Thomas HerbertNEWBOULD
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  David HenryPARRY
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  Norman FrankROBERTS
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  John GilesSTAINTON
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  Mark AitchisonTARN
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  Edward HaroldTAYLOR
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The creation of the Memorial

     A delightful concert in aid of the St.Matthew's War Memorial Fund was given by "The Amethysts" (Blundellsands), in the Parochial Hall, on Monday evening. There was a very good audience, who were fully appreciative of the tasteful and varied programme which was submitted.
     The dances by the Misses Robertson were excellent, and fully merited the encores and hearty rounds of applause they received for their exertions. The monologues by Mr. Dufton, both serious and humorous, were well received, especially "The 11-69." Other applauded numbers were "What the Colonel told the Adjutant," "Quarrelling," "Thuthie," "The Umpteen Bandit," "The Indian Rag," "Sing, Joyous Bird," "Invitation," "Lightly Lightly," "Signora," "Down Vauxhall Way," "Fairy Dreams," "Down on the Farm," and "Anywhere in the World."
     The Vicar (Rev. C.A. McCormick, M.A.), in proposing a vote of thanks to "The Amethysts," remarked that they had given concerts to the wounded boys for between two and three years. Mrs. Evans, responding on behalf of the artistes, remarked that they were pleased that their entertainment had been so well received, this being their last performance.
     The National Anthem brought the proceedings to a close.

WALTON TIMES Friday 23rd January 1920

     On Thursday evening, at St.Matthew's Parochial Hall, a miscellaneous concert was given by Mr. and Mrs. J. Warbrick and friends on behalf of the War Memorial Fund. There was an excellent attendance. 
     The proceedings were opened with a pianoforte and violin solo, charmingly executed by Miss Nellie and Mr. H. Griffin; whilst a pleasing duet given by Miss Eva Smith and Miss May Stubbs, met with due recognition. A sailor's hornpipe, cleverly danced by Miss Hilda Jones and Miss Phyllis Walker, set everyone's feet a-twinkling, and Master Leslie Jones' pianoforte solo disclosed marked instrumental ability, despite the fact that the little fellow was unable to reach the pedals. "The Discontented Gipsy," a musical sketch, was excellently staged and beautifully dressed, and Mrs. Warbrick is to be heartily congratulated upon her playlet as well as upon the fabrication of the picturesque costumes worn by the various performers. The characters were admirably sustained by the following young people: - The Discontented Gipsy, Miss E. Smith; Gipsy Queen, Miss E. Warbrick; the stranger, Miss L. Davidson; old man, Master A. Warbrick; Gipsies, Misses May Stubbs, Lillie Davidson, Margorie Davidson, Phyllis Walker, Hilda Jones, Madoline Hughes, Evelyn Griffin, Masters Sidney Warbrick and John Smith; pianist, Miss Daisy Elder. The Tambourine Dance was a conspicuous feature of the programme.

     Miss Nellie and Mr. H. Griffin opened the second half of the programme with another delightfully executed pianoforte and violin solo; whilst Madame Evelyn Williams' rich soprano voice was heard to advantage in a well-chosen number. Mr.Tulloch showed himself to be a baritone of no mean ability, and his contribution was warmly appreciated. Messrs. Sandon and Mack rendered a ragtime item to perfection, and the subsequent dance was rythmical and well-balanced. Mrs. Walmsley and Miss Gormley sang their duet with marked effect and feeling, and Mr. Chas. Thomas' song also afforded much pleasure to his hearers, revealing, as it did, a well-controlled baritone voice. Mr. Harry Taylor proved that he was a thoroughly versatile entertainer, being gifted alike in song and dance.

     The Vicar voiced the thanks of the assembly to those who had so considerably contributed to the success of the undertaking, which would appreciably augment the fund. The singing of a verse of the National Anthem terminated the proceedings.

WALTON TIMES Friday 23rd April 1920



     It will be a keen disappointment to members of the congregation and their friends to learn that the dedication of the War Memorial Chapel, and the Roll of Honour Tablet, has had to be cancelled in consequence of a regrettable accident which has befallen the most essential part of the tablet.
     The dedicatory service was to have been conducted by Archdeacon Spooner on Thursday, the 10th instant, but owing to the mishap alluded to this arrangement, as well as that relating to the visit of Rev. W. Harry Roberts, M.A., had to be cancelled for the present.

WALTON TIMES Friday 4th March 1921



     The memorial to the members of St.Matthew's congregation who gave their lives in the Great War takes the form of a bronze tablet mounted on a base of Kirkby stone. A side chapel has also been fitted, the furnishings of which have been given by members of the congregation in memory of their fallen relatives.
     The dedication service has been fixed for Thursday next, May 12th, at 8 o'clock, when the Archdeacon of Liverpool will dedicate the tablet and chapel. The Rev. W. Harry Roberts, former vicar of the parish, will also be present and will give an address.

WALTON TIMES Friday 6th May 1921

     The dedication service of the memorial to the members of St.Matthew's congregation who gave their lives in the Great War took place yesterday (Thursday) evening. The memorial takes the form of a tablet mounted on Kirkby stone and a side chapel was also dedicated to the memory of the fallen by the Ven. Archdeacon Spooner. The Rev. W. Harry Roberts unveiled the memorial tablet and afterwards gave an address.
     A full report will appear in our next issue.

WALTON TIMES Friday 13th May 1921



     The days of the war are fading more and more into a memory, but before they are banished like an ugly dream there remains one duty - the final honour to those who by their death placed themselves above all honour.
"These laid the world away: poured out the red
Sweet wine of youth; gave up the years to be
Of work and joy, and that unhoped serene
That men call age; and those who would have been
Their sons, they gave - their immortality."
     We can make no repayment worthy of their sacrifice; we can only dedicate our memorials to them in all humbleness and thanksgiving that such men should be.
     So it was, silently and solemnly, that the congregation of St.Matthew's, amongst them being Coun. J.H. Johnston (Mayor of Bootle), filed into church on Thursday night of last week to pay their final respects to the most glorious dead by the dedication of a memorial tablet and side chapel to those of their sons and husbands and brothers that fell in the Great War.
     After the singing of a hymn the service opened with introductory prayers, followed by the Lord's Prayer and Collect for All Saints' Day. The choir then sang the anthem "Blest are the departed," and as the glorious music swelled and throbbed one could not help thinking of that last splendid cry of Rupert Brooke's before he died:-
"We have found safety with all things undying -
The winds, and morning, tears of men and mirth,
The deep night, and birds singing, and clouds flying,
And sleep, and freedom, and the autumnal earth.
We have built a house that is not for Time's throwing;
We have gained a peace unshaken by pain for ever."
     Such men as these, our soldiers, are not dead - will never die; it is merely that "They rest from their labours and their works follow them."
     The lesson, which was read by the Rev. S.J. Marston, was taken from the Book of Wisdom iii, 1-9, and was followed by that splendid modern hymn, "The Supreme Sacrifice," during the singing of which the choir marched in procession to the west door where the Rev. W. Harry Roberts (former Vicar of the parish) unveiled the Roll of Honour, which was dedicated by the Ven. Archdeacon Spooner:- "In the faith of Jesus Christ we dedicate this Tablet to the glory of God in memory of the men of this Parish and Congregation who fell in the Great War; in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen."
     The choir then proceeded along the north aisle to the Memorial Chapel which was also dedicated by the Archdeacon to the memory of the fallen:- "In the faith of Jesus Christ we dedicate this Chapel of St.George to the glory of God in gratitude to those who served and in memory of those of this Congregation who fell in the Great War; in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen."
     A great silence followed the dedication service until it was at last broken by the shrill notes of a bugle sounding the Last Post. As the final notes fell and died away into the silences a great stir seemed to pass over the congregation as though each man and woman rose inwardly to salute the passing dead, and then fell another silence broken only by the quiet sobbing of women, sorrowing but proud.
     The address was given by the Rev. W. Harry Roberts (formerly Vicar of the parish), who based his remarks upon the 14th chapter of St.John, verses 1 and 2 - "Let not your heart be troubled, ... In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." Mr. Roberts said he would like to remind those who had lost their dearest that they were not lost for ever; they must think of the joy of the re-union. "Let not your heart be troubled, for I go to prepare a place for you." That was the thought they should have with them always. He believed that these dear ones they had lost were doing more for them now than would ever have been possible if they had lived. They were preparing the place. Before their death they had protected us from shot and shell, and all the horrors of poison gas, and he felt sure that they were protecting us now. We must believe in God and all would be well.
     The names upon the Roll of Honour are as follows:-
Tom Alderson,
Hugh Stanley Allison,
Wm. Allison,
Wm. A. Brown,
John Dawson,
Gordon Dempsey,
Hugh Dempsey,
John Henry Doodson,
John Ellison,
David C. Garvie,
James T. Gibbs,
Edwin Gidney,
Geo. Gregg,
John Wm. Gregg,
Harry Harper,
James Harper,
R.H. Harrison,
Owen Tudor Hughes,
John Jameson,
John Arthur Jones,
John Lee,
Robert Lee,
Frank Le Breton, M.M.,
Malcolm Maclachlan,
Peter Maclachlan,
Wm. Herbert May,
Ed. Stanley Meaken,
Frank Meaken,
Harold Miller, M.M.,
Thomas Lloyd Morgan,
Thomas Herbert Newbould,
David H. Parry,
Wm. Pinketh,
Leonard Proctor,
Thomas Reid,
Norman Frank Roberts,
John Robertson,
John Giles Stainlor,
Charles Steane,
Mark A. Tarn,
Ed. Harold Taylor,
C.A. Upjohn,
Robert Williams,
David Wren,
John Wren.
They are written on a bronze tablet mounted on a base of Kirkby Stone, made to withstand the hand of time.
     The clergymen present at the service were the Ven. Archdeacon Spooner, Rev. C.A. McCormick, Canon Dickson, and Revs. W.H. Roberts, J.C.G. Mercer, W.L.M. Protheroe, S.J. Marston, S.H. Breeze, and J.W. Taylor.

WALTON TIMES Friday 20th May 1921