World Wars 1 and 2


WW1 – Recruiting Meeting 18/9/1914

Bucks Free Press 18/09/14 (p.5)

On Tuesday night, a well-attended meeting was held at the Parish Room. Sir Philip F. Rose, Bart. presided, and stirring addresses were  delivered by Colonel Somerville and Capt. Shields, urging the young men to come forward and gain honour by giving their services to their King and country. Between the addresses, Mr Matthews, organist of Tylers Green Church, played the National Anthems of Belgium, France and Russia, during which all the audience stood, and at the close of each gave hearty cheers for the soldiers of those countries.

A vote of thanks to the speakers was proposed by the Vicar, who said that up to the present time there were 40 soldiers, Regulars, Reservists and Recruits from the parish of Tylers Green and 10 from Penn but the list was not complete and would doubtless be added to.

After Colonel Somerville had replied the meeting concluded with the singing of the National Anthem, and those present dispersed to the strains of “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary”. Several recruits gave in their names after the meeting, and it is hoped that many more will do so shortly.


The names of those from Tylers Green serving with the Colours are: – P. Vivian Rose, Arthur John Bates, Robert Saunders, Ernest Long, William Rose, J.Emmerson, Archie Spicer, Frank Randall, Edward Plumridge, Frank White, Alfred White, James Mortemore, Herbert Mortemore, Arthur Mortemore, Edward Mortemore, Christopher Jarvis, Charles Jarvis, Henry Johnson, Alfred Trendall, Robert Wigram, Frank Beale, Harold Lewis, Fred Lewis, Oliver Wheeler, Sidney Fountain, George Dover, Rupert Woodbridge, William Randall, Harry Dutton, Peter Dalziel, Geoffrey Bartlett, William Hazell, Ernest Johnson, Edward Southam, Stanley Spicer, Daniel Hazell, Albert Hazell, Frank Hazell, Frank Rogers, Sidney Rogers, William Howell and Thomas Rose.

Those from Penn parish are: – Arthur Perfect, Fred Busby, Alfred Simmonds, Harry Church, John Fryer, Gerald Atkins, Norman Atkins, Frank Allen, George Allen and Charles Bates.

The names underlined are those who did not return from the war, along with many others named on Tylers Green and Penn War Memorials.

LORD ROBERTS’ DEATH. — The official news last Sunday, which the Vicar reads to the congregation every Sunday morning, before service, conveyed the sad intelligence of the death of our greatest soldier, and cast a gloom over the whole service. At the conclusion, the “Dead March” was played in his honour, the Choir and congregation all standing, and the flags of Great Britain and her Allies, which are flown daily in the Churchyard, were lowered to half-mast.


The Vicar having written to His Majesty telling him that in one family in Tylers Green parish there were four brothers, James, Herbert, Edward and Arthur, sons of James Mortemore; that in another, Daniel, Frank and Albert, sons of William and Phoebe Hazell; and that in a third Alfred, Frank and Thomas, sons of Thomas White, were all serving with the colours, a letter has been sent to each of the parents, of which the following is a copy:-

Privy Purse Office, Buckingham Palace,

7th November 1914.

Sir. – I have the honour to inform you that the King has heard with much interest that you have at present four sons in the Army.

I am commanded to express to you the King’s congratulations, and to assure you that His Majesty much appreciates the spirit of patriotism which prompted this example, in one family, of loyalty and devotion to their Sovereign and Empire.

I have the honour to be, Sir, your obedient servant, I. E. G. Ponsonby, Keeper of the Privy Purse.

Mr James Mortemore.

Such recognition of patriotic service makes one and all feel very proud, and ought to stimulate further recruiting.

Maude Smith’s WW1 Diary – 1914.  Thanks to Jon Walters and Ron Saunders.