Hay Lane Roll of Honour

Hay Lane is a rural road which had a number of farms and cottages scattered along it, together with a railway signal box and a wharf on the Wilts and Berks Canal. It is now divided in two by the M4 motorway. For many years the Primitive Methodists in the area met in a small wooden hut in a meadow beside the wharf.

Eventually, Neville Story Maskelyne of Basset Down house donated some land, and in 1897 a galvanised iron mission room seating 75 was built beside the old hall by Thomas Colborne, the Swindon builder and timber merchant, at a cost of £80. By 1918 Hay Lane had an active and committed congregation from a wide area including Mannington and Toothill. There were an efficient Sunday School, a Band of Hope, and a Christian Endeavour Society connected to the chapel. The chapel was near the present Wyevale Garden Centre off Junction 16. Sadly the chapel no longer exists.

The Chapel at Hay Lane produced its own hand written Roll of Honour. It contains those who served and those who fell. I have retained the original order and added regiments if known.

Private George Sawyers (sic), 1st Wiltshires, died at Mons, 13th October 1914
Private James Tuck, 2nd Wiltshires
Private George Eacott , 1st Wiltshires, wounded
Private Will Reeves, 2nd Wiltshires
Private Fred T Strange 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards
Private Frank Porter 2nd Wilts, missing June 1915
Bombardier Egbert D Porter, Royal Field Artillery MM
Private Sidney J Porter, 5th Wiltshires
Private Will Woodward, 7th Wiltshires
Private Harry Woodward, 7th Wiltshires
Private Sidney Woodward, 7th Wiltshires
Private Herbert Waite, Royal Field Artillery India
Driver Edward Sawyer, Royal Field Artillery India
Gunner Ernest Chard, Royal Field Artillery India
Private Frank Clifford, Royal Field Artillery India
Private Joseph Miles, Royal Field Artillery India
Sergeant Ernest Townsend, 2nd Wiltshires, died at Neuve Chapelle, 12th March 1915
Private Will Fullaway, Royal Munster Fusiliers, died at Dardanelles, 1st September 1915
Trooper Herbert J Crew, Royal Wilts Yeomanry
Rifleman Albert J Strange, 5th Rifle Brigade
Private Will Bezzant, Wiltshire AAC
Private Will Clifford, 1st Wiltshires, died at Netley, 19th January 1915
Trooper Thomas Newman, Royal Wilts Yeomanry
Trooper Albert Sawyers (sic), 12th Hampshires
Private Arthur Sawyers (sic), Royal Field Artillery
Private Alfred Clifford, 6th Wiltshires
Gunner Albert Bezzant, Royal Field Artillery India
Private Walter Clifford, 4th Wiltshires, India
Private Will Newman, 6th Leinsters
Private Victor Lovelock
Private John Woodward
Gunner Harold Phillips, Royal Field Artillery
Private Graham Hollis, 3rd Dorsets
W H Heath, Royal Navy
Ernest Trueman, Royal Navy

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