Elmfield College War Memorial
David Redhead is researching the names on the Elmfield College memorial. He has been able to confirm that the magnificent clock still standing outside the headmaster’s study at Ashville College is indeed the war memorial that was unveiled at Elmfield College back in November 1921, as described in these extracts from the Primitive Methodist Leader. (Elmfield College, York, later merged with Ashville College, Harrogate).
Elmfield College War Memorial Unveiling
The spacious dining hall, of Elmfield College, York, was filled on Saturday afternoon by a gathering of Old Boys, present students, the head master and staff, many parents and friends, among whom were the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of York, to witness the unveiling by Sir Dyson Mallinson of a war memorial to the memory of the masters and old boys who made the supreme sacrifice in the Great War.
The memorial is a magnificent clock with Westminster chimes. It stands about nine feet high. Wood carving round the face shows at the top the College motto, “Labor Omnia Vincit” and below appear the lines, ” At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.”
On the long front brass are inscribed the names of the fallen: J. N. Allison, C. K. Atkinson, R. Bannister, H. Blythe, J. B. Breed, H. L. Brock, R. M. Carr, C. J. Chipchase, C. Chippendale, M. H. Fell, W. S. Featherby, G. F. Holden, W. C. M. Hodson, J. W. Jopling, E. Ladlay, T. P. Mather, C. A. Maynard, B. E. McBeath, A. Morris, T. W. Normandale, E. M. Petler, G. Price, P. Raworth, J. F. Redhead, C. C. Roberts, N. Shepherd, S. Smith, J. R. Spence, W. Spencer, A. E. Trafford, J. D. Vaughan, A. I. C. Whiteley, H. Whittaker, A. Winch, R. Woolfenden and P. B. Wrigley.
The intensely impressive service was opened by the singing of that choice hymn, ” Father of All, to Thee with Loving Hearts We Pray.” Prayer was offered by Rev. J. E. Crabtree, Vicar of Kirkby Wharfe, and selected portions of Scripture were read by Rev N. M. Cuthbert. With emotion difficult to control the heed master, Mr. S. R. Slack, B.A., read the Roll of Honour, and paid a touching tribute to the fallen. Equally tender were the words of Sir Dyson Mallinson. The hymn, ” For All Thy Saints who from their Labours Rest,” and the Benediction by Rev. J. Reavley, brought to a close a ceremony which will live long in the memory of those present.
The unveiling of the war memorial at Elmfield College brought together an unusually large number of Old Elmfieldians from far and near. At a meeting held in the evening a strong desire was expressed that the Old Boys’ Association should- be restored to its pre-war state of activity. To that end efforts are being made to obtain a complete and up-to-date list of names and addresses of Old Elmfieldians. The headmaster referred to the many changes in addresses that have occurred during or since the war. The members of the Association will be obliged if all Old Elmfieldians (or friends) will forward their names and present addresses as early as possible to Mr. F. W. Parrott, Elmfield College, York. It is hoped that early in the New Year reunions will be held in the various centres of the O.B.A.
Primitive Methodist Leader 17th November 1921, page 732
Primitive Methodist Leader 15th December 1921, page 799
David adds: ‘By the way I am becoming very worried about Elmfield College admissions policy in the lead up to WW1. Christopher John Chipchase shows up on the war memorial and the 1911 Census return for the college shows him in attendance aged 12. Meanwhile his father, back in Darlington, was completing his census return on which he gives his occupation as “Licenced Victualler”!!!!!! I discovered what remains
of his War Service Records – just two pages but the second clearly states
he was a “P Methodist”!!!
The various Elmfield/Ashville war memorials do not do full credit to the fallen as they include at least one MC and two MMs.’
Edgar Ladlay was the son of John William Ladlay who was a Primitive Methodist Circuit Steward in Leeds at the time of the Great War. Edgar was killed in action at Gallipoli on 2nd May 1915.