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Extracts from the Manor Court Baptist Church Magazines Issued During WW1

NNWFHS was recently allowed to borrow and transcribe a book containing the Monthly Magazines produced by the Nuneaton Manor Court Baptist Church during World War One. Below you will find all the extracts that refer to members of the church who were in some way involved in and/or affected by The Great War. They give an insightful view of the horrofic conditions and terrible suffering faced by the men at the front.

This page may also be read in conjuction with our War Memorial Page which contains transcriptions of each man named on the War Memorial situated inside the church.

There are also references to other people that Family Members/Historians may find useful

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Manor Court Baptist Church WW1 Memorial Window Stained Glass Inscribed Panel

Below you will find a collapsable series of articles featuring the extracts from January 1915 to May 1915. Use the down and up arrows to navigate to each month. We will be adding more over the next few weeks.



January 1915


The sad havoc that war is making is being more and more realised, as homes that we know are called upon to suffer and pass through the valley of the shadow of death.  In many of the homes of the people who worship with us there is sorrow and dread uncertainty. With such a large number on the continent and in the home land we could not expect to come through this crisis without loss and those who have been called upon to sustain loss are bearing their sorrows without murmur or complaint.

Three whose names have appeared on our roll of honour are with us no more.  Last month we recorded that Private Albert Knight, of the Royal Warks aged 22 years, had been killed in the battle of Aisne.  This month we have to record the death of his brother Private Ernest Reginald Knight age 20.  He died from wounds received in the battle of Ypres on Nov 1st and is buried in Ypres cemetery.  Our sympathies go out to Mrs Knight who has lost two sons. May grace be given her in this her time of heartache and anxiety.  Her husband Serg. Knight, is in the homeland, and she has two other sons in the forces and a daughter in Red Cross work. Mrs Knight is a member of our Sisterhood, and the Sisterhood have again sent to her a letter of sympathy.


There are many of our old scholars on the battlefield, and one of the heroes who as died for his country is Rifleman Arthur George Blunt of No 41 Stanley Road aged 19 years.  Blunt went to France on September 21st and had been in the fighting line for a period of seven weeks when he met his death. Deceased was formerly a scholar in our school and was known as a bright lad.  When the news if his death was received a resolution of sympathy was passed at the morning session of the school.  Mrs Blunt is a member of the Sisterhood, and a letter of sympathy was sent from the society.  Two uncles of the deceased are also at the front, one being a Sergt Major and the other a sergeant.  We extend our sympathies to the sorrowing family, and hope that they may find the consolations of the gospel very precious to them in this their hour of need.


As we stated last month another old scholar Pte W Beasley is a prisoner of war in Germany. We have seen a letter which he has sent home.  He is at Gottenberg and his friends have been able to communicate with him. [We believe he survived the war]

We regret to say there is still no further news of Pte. A[rthur] Johnson of the 6th Dragoon Guards. He has been reported as “missing” for some weeks and though every effort has been made to secure definite information nothing can be had.  One cannot tell what may have been the lot of Pte. Johnson and our hearts go out in sympathy to the anxious and sorrowing hearts of his friend and relatives.

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December 1915

1916 [There were some months with no relevant articles]

January 1916


We have been more than gladdened by the liberal response that was made to the appeal for funds to send a Christmas parcel to each of the men whose names appear on our Roll of Honour.  When appeals crowd upon us one is almost afraid of adding to the number, but the worthiness of the object made us bold, and by faith we compassed the walls of Jericho.  Endeavourers were greatly encouraged with the response with which their appeals were met. And we have been more than delighted at the heartiness and thoroughness with which the Endeavourers have carried out this work.  It was no easy work securing the addresses of over 100 men, and the packing up of the parcels.  What a joyful company of young people assembled on the night the parcels were packed up.  We extend our grateful thanks to all who contributed to this fund, and to the Endeavourers for the ready and willing way with which they carried out their duties.  Over 100 parcels were dispatched, and each parcel contained “the soldiers and sailors companion wallet,” cigarettes or tobacco, sweets and chocolates, and a signed letter from the Pastor.  On the morning of the day on which the parcels were packed, a friend visited the Pastor, and said he desired to put in each parcel a threepenny packet of chocolate.  With abounding gratitude we accepted the offer, and we again rejoice in the spirit of generosity which prompted this friend to make the offer.  We would gladly mention his name if we could, but the friend desires to remain anonymous.


It was not long after the parcels had been despatched before letters of thanks reached the Pastor. At the time of writing almost every post brought its contribution of letters.  They all tell one story – that of thankfulness for being remembered by those at home.  Almost in each letter there is special mention of the pocket book and wallet, which appears to have been especially appreciated.  Here is a typical reference from a soldier;

“I was extremely pleased with the contents of the parcel. The wallet is great.  The soldiers and sailors companion is absolutely the book I have been looking for for months now. I was only thinking the other day that the book you sent me last Christmas was looking old and a trifle worn out. That book has served me well, but this wallet will be of even more use. I should imagine the Endeavourers have had a busy time packing and dispatching the parcels. Good old Endeavourers.”

Here is another letter typical of the last;

“May I take this opportunity of thanking you for your letter of help and cheer; also the School and Church for their kindness in sending such a fine present. It does one good to have the knowledge that those at home are thinking and praying for us, and I am sure my thoughts are often at Manor Court. We are now under orders for the front, and I am pleased to say I am quite prepared for whatsoever awaits me.”

Brave lads all of them! We honour their memory! We are glad these gifts have put cheer and spirit into their hearts.  It may not seem much to us, but when you are away from home with life uncertain, what remembrances and letters must mean to them.  God bless and keep them.  For the sake of these brave men and lads let us be true and faithful in our services and work at home.


Many of the letters we receive are sad reading.  They bring home the horror and the tragedy of this cruel war.  Sometimes we are apt to forget the individual sorrow in the mass, but true it is to-day, aye, perhaps, truer-each heart knows its own sorrow.  Here are extracts from two letters received, which tell in their own language the painful story of war.  This is from Quarter-master Sergt.Moore of the Royal Warwicks, now in a military hospital.

“It was with great pleasure I received your most useful present.  I suppose you have seen the book you sent to me last Christmas.  The Germans made rather a mess of it. I shall have been in hospital eight months by Christmas. And I don`t know when they will let me out.  I shall be disabled for life, but I must be thankful that I am still alive.”

Private Walter Hayler, of the Grenadier Guards in his letter states;

“I know you will be very sorry to hear that I had an operation on my birthday, December 2nd, on my arm, but it was not successful.  I have lost the use, also the feeling of it.  I will now be a cripple for life. I shall be a patient in this hospital for some months. I was wounded in the fighting around Loos and Hill 70 on September 26th.  I was also wounded at Neuve Chappelle, and sent home to England.”

Comrades we grip your hands across space. May we be worthy of what you have braved and suffered for us. May your future be brighter than the prospects now appear.

February 1916
March 1916
May 1916
August 1916
October 1916
November 1916

Selected Articles from Wolvey & Attleborough Baptist Churches

Wolvey August 1915


On Wednesday, June 30th, a wedding of local interest took place at the Baptist Church, the contracting parties were Miss Gertrude Cox and Mr Walter Moore of Wolvey. The bride who was very neatly attired was given away by her father, Mr William Cox.  The bridesmaids were Miss Ida Brown and Miss J Furborough.  The best man was Mr J Cox. After the ceremony the party and numerous friends of bride and bridegroom resorted to the bride`s home, where a most happy and enjoyable time was spent.  The presents were many and valuable.  Mr & Mrs Moore have the good wishes of their many friends that their future days will be full of every temporal and spiritual blessing.

Wolvey September 1915
Attleborough September 1915
Wolvey March 1916
Wolvey April 1916

The transcriptions were carried out by Sandra Horsley with the kind permission of Trevor Bailey of Manor Court Baptist Church. © Manor Court Baptist Church and NNWFHS.

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