Your help needed to trace fallen heroes

Wayne Taylor and St Peters Church warden Marion Wright
Wayne Taylor and St Peters Church warden Marion Wright

A veteran needs help tracing fallen servicemen whose names appear on a roll of honour, as part of a project to pay tribute to Fairfield’s war heroes.

Wayne Taylor, of Fairfield, is one of the people leading the project to get the community its own war memorial and has been researching the names of the fallen servicemen who appear on a remembrance plaque in St Peter’s Church.

Once his research is complete, he wishes to make it into a remembrance book to be kept in the church for the community to see, however needs help in tracing a few of the men named.

He said: “There are a few names that aren’t on any war website or casualty site.”

Of the names he has been able to trace, Wayne, who served in the Navy for 23 years, has come across some interesting stories. One of the men was William Ernest Croft, a leading seaman on HMS Avenger.

“That’s a big thing to me because HMS Avenger was my first ship,” Wayne said.

The ship was attacked by Italian bombers while in the Mediterranean and he died of his wounds on November 15, 1942, aged 25.

The project to get Fairfield a war memorial is gathering pace, with several businesses and local people offering their time and materials to help put it in place. At the moment a designer, architect and stonemason are needed for the project.

Anyone who can offer their help, or has information on the men listed below, is asked to email or

Alternatively they can attend St Peter’s Church tomorrow (Thursday) or next Thursday, September 19 between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.

World War One

James L Barratt

George W Blackwell

John Blackwell

John E Burges

Arthur Burgess

Percy Clark

Charles Francis

John Johnson

William Millward

Tom Mosley

Reginald Pascoe

Arthur Phillips

John Rawlinson

John M Robinson

Francis G Spencer

John Stenson

Samuel Street

Percy Street

World War Two

John Brown

John Davies

Willian Hancock

Leslie Handley

Richard Hoyle

William Johnson

William Kaye

Albert Porter

Roy Porter

William Walker

Cyril Wellbourne

Cons Club Memorial

J Lewis