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Bewdley Town Council

Search for relatives of WW1 couple

By Bewdley Town Council Bewdley Town Council

Monday, 22 October 2018


Bewdley Town Council Contributor


A Bewdley church is trying to trace relatives of the only couple married there during the First World War.  As part of their preparations to commemorate the centenary of the end of the war, Bewdley Methodist Church has found that only one wedding took place there between 1914 and 1918.


One hundred years on, they are hoping to find relatives of William James Cross and Lily Phillips who were married in the church on November 8 1916.  William (27) was a sergeant in the Army Service Corps and described as a chartered accountant, while Lily (29) was a school teacher.


“We would love to know what happened to them and to include their story and any family photographs in our special event marking the centenary of the Armistice under the heading Lest We Forget”, says church spokesman Mike Dernie.


“On Saturday 10 November from 10.30am to 4.00pm we will be having displays of poppies that are being knitted and crafted by our members and at 2.30pm a special Music in the Chapel concert with poems and songs from World War 1 – with lots of audience participation.  These events are free but we will be inviting donations for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal”.


On Remembrance Sunday itself the church will have a special service at 10.30am.


Anyone with information about William Cross and Lily Phillips is asked to contact Mike on 07977 063380 or via info@bewdleymethodists.org.uk.

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