It is now 1916 and I am Mrs Elizabeth Warhurst of 48 Langdale Road, Victoria Park, Manchester.
Mr Warhurst and I have lived there for several years with our sons. Mr Warhurst works in the print department of a shipping warehouse.
Our son Harry was a clerk in an office when he was called up. He went to war with the Black Watch, the Royal Highlanders and we were so proud of him. 2144 Private Harry Warhurst. He fought in the Battle of the Somme but he never came back. He died on 9th August 1915 aged 24 years and he is buried in Becourt cemetery.
Then young Harold our second went. He’d left school at 14 and worked as clerk in a cotton mill. He joined the Royal Scots. 18180 ‘B’ Company 15th Batallion, Royal Scots.
We got the terrible news that he was killed in action on 1st July 1916 he was only 19 years old. He is remembered on the Thiepval memorial but we don’t know where his body lies.
Mr Warhurst and I came to this church. Mr Warhurst was on the Church Council and he took the plate around in worship. We were not alone at church in losing sons. Mrs Womersley who came to church lost sons too.
We saved up money and we gave a stained glass window in memory of my two sons and you can see them etched in the glass. It’s a lovely window and I hope it will always be there to help everyone remember how terrible the war was.
I look at the window and think of my lost sons. God bless them.
This is the third in our series of posts on St Chrysostom’s People from our recent celebration in church. The posts reproduce the texts said at the celebration.
We have produced a book giving the stories of over 50 different people connected in some way with the church. Copies, £4.50, are available from Church.