St. Columba's Church

 The memorial is situated in the Church, Castlecroft Road, Finchfield, Wolverhampton WV3 8BZ

 This memorial was originally sited in Merridale Road Presbyterian Church which stood on the corner of Merridale Road and Lord Street, Chapel Ash. The idea of a memorial to commemorate those who lost their lives in the Great War was first mooted in the church council on 11th December 1918 and it was subsequently decided that appeals would be made from the pulpit and that every  at the end of July that year.
Although the memorial clearly indicates that those commemorated once worshiped at the church, none of the men who died in the Great War are recorded in the church communion records, several had relatives who were church members but curiously five of them have surnames which are not mentioned in these records.
It maybe that they were related to members on their mother’s side but perhaps stranger still is the fact that Captain Percy Rogers who was killed on 27th May 1918 is not on the memorial yet the church elders saw fit to issue a letter of condolence to his parents who were members.

First World War Memorial

Second World War Memorial

Thomas, James*

Warner, Stanley Douglas Pilot Officer 117810
151 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Born 31th July 1911 at Shrewsbury son of Stanley William Phelps and Lucy Isabella Warner. Stanley married Winifred Wentwort Herbertson July 1935 at Bilston. The 1939 Register records Stanley and Winifred living at 1-2 Courtenay Park Newton Abbot Devon and Stanley being employed as a Rubber Estate Agent. By 1942 rhey were living in Tettenhall.
Stanley was killed on the ground 25th October 1942 during an attack by 2 FW190's on the RAF hospital at the Palace Hotel Torquay.

Wilkie, Arthur Digby, Lieutenant 113423
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Born 1908 in Wolverhampton son of Mein and Winifred Tesse Ellen Wilkie.
Died 14 February 1942, aged 33.
Grave Reference 27. B. 17.


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