I discovered that the memorial in the photograph was in St James’ Church, Toxteth, the church where William had been baptised (as had his nephew, my father-in-law, who gave me the photographs). I decided to find the memorial and take my father-in-law to pay his respects to his ‘Uncle Willie’ but found that the church had been closed for decades. The Hall of Remembrance at the Town Hall was another dead-end as William’s name wasn’t on it. We ended up going to
to see his name on the Arras Memorial. France
I decided that Willie Noll should be commemorated in his home town and found out how to have his name added to the Hall of Remembrance, but that set me to wondering about the other names on the memorial. It turned out that half of them were missing from the Hall of Remembrance so I got together the evidence required to have their names added as well.
September 2012 I attended a service at the Town Hall to have the 30
names (alongside 42 names others from other sources) added to the Hall of Remembrance. I
was also interviewed for the local news.
In July 2012 I was contacted by a local heritage group in Leicestershire who had seen my blog. They sent me a newsletter about a mystery piece of a war memorial that had been found in Barrow upon Soar. It was from the St James memorial! Lots of emails and phone calls later, the memorial piece was brought home to
So, now I had created a local history resource, had 30 names added to the Hall of Remembrance and recovered a piece of the missing memorial. It couldn’t end there; in August 2012 I was given the go-ahead to apply for a grant from the War Memorials Trust to have the memorial restored/recreated to be put back into the church.... watch this space!