Memorial’s new message ‘to set aside differences’

In the past, Mavis Wilson has remembered her uncle with her arrangements at St Paul's Church flower festival.
In the past, Mavis Wilson has remembered her uncle with her arrangements at St Paul's Church flower festival.
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A lifelong dream will be realised when the name William Jarvis Bush is added to the list of First World War heroes on a Spalding war memorial.

Mavis Wilson’s uncle, William Jarvis Bush, died at Arras in 1917, aged 26. She has no picture of him but he is remembered on the war memorial at Pinchbeck.

When the Free Press told her its sister newspaper, the Spalding Guardian, had printed his name as one of 24 discovered during research into soldiers who gave their lives during the 1914-18 war but were not included on the memorial in Ayscoughfee Gardens she was overwhelmed.

She said: “These boys should be remembered – this means so much. William’s mum lived in Third Avenue, Pennygate, and there is no known grave, so it is right his name should be there.”

As a tribute to the sacrifice of many of her neighbouring families in Fulney Avenue, Mavis has been creating flower cross displays in their memory each flower festival at St Paul’s Church for more than 20 years.

Mavis, a member of the Western Front Association, said: “I hope when people gather at the memorial this year it will make them set aside their differences, whatever nationality, and that we can live and let live. This is what I pray for.”

The Western Front Association, which is conducting research into the town’s fallen heroes, has launched an appeal for relatives of the soldiers to be added to come forward and for funds towards the cost of adding the names. It is backed by MP John Hayes and the Spalding branch of the Royal British Legion.

Full names of the 24 are Hardy Andrew, James Albert Bowman, William Jarvis Bush, George Henry Gee, William Henry Houlden, Herbert John Howe, John Thomas Ellis Hunter, Arthur Jackson, Robert Knott, William Markham, Robert Frederick Meats, Robert Henry Potts, Robert Fulston Rawlings, William Picker, Harry Pooley, Frederick Bonner Perkins, John Samuel Reynolds, Charles Henry Stancer, Percival Howard Stark, Albert Edward Waltham, William Wells, John William Wilkinson and Jim Wilson.

Relatives who would like to call the WFA can email