Can You Help Tottlebank Baptist Church?

Can You Help Tottlebank Baptist Church?

Tottlebank Baptist Church is searching for the families of some of our local WW1 soldiers. Is  your Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Great Uncle or someone from an even earlier generation of your family named on the Roll of Honour or remembered on the Memorial Plaque that are displayed within the chapel?

Not all the soldiers named lost their lives. The larger board is a Roll of Honour commemorating the service of local soldiers who served and returned from that terrible conflict.

We would like to hear, if possible, from descendants/relatives of all of the soldiers that are named. Some have already been found or are known. Other descendants/relatives are believed to be within the local or greater local areas still but we don’t know how to contact them. There are others, however, that are proving more difficult. For example - Who was Ernest Griffiths? We can find no record of a Griffiths family in the area and …. Where now are the descendants/relatives of Alfred & Samuel King and the descendants/relatives of Henry & Samuel Waterhouse? Are some of them still local?

Sadly, Alfred was killed in action on 19th September 1916 aged 22. He was brought up in Penny Bridge and within the area is well remembered. His name appears on memorials in Ulverston and Penny Bridge as well as at Tottlebank. He is also remembered on a memorial plaque on Windermere station. Can anyone tell us more about this plaque in the sheltered waiting area of the station?

Alfred’s mother was Sarah Newton who, in 1858, was born at Beck Bottom, Lowick. In 1891, she married William Johnstone King, a widower, who was from Annan, Dumfriesshire and they lived in Penny Bridge. William and Sarah had five children - twins Lizzie & Lily, Alfred, Samuel and Jane Dyson King. Unfortunately, locally, we have been unable to trace any living descendants of Alfred’s siblings.
Also, can anyone help with the Waterhouse family and Procter families?

The surname Procter has been misspelled as Proctor on both the Memorial Plaque and on the Roll of Honour. As well as searching for the families of the soldiers, we are also searching for the certificates that were issued for each of the 53 soldiers that are named. If you know the whereabouts of a certificate or have been able to identify a soldier and can find his certificate, we would love to have a copy.

As well as observing Remembrance Day on Sunday 11th November at 10.30am, Tottlebank Baptist Church will also be commemorating particularly the WW1, military service of the soldiers remembered on the plaque and the Roll of honour displayed within the church on 18th November at 10.30am. Local Branches of the Royal British Legion have agreed to be in attendance and we would welcome as many descendants/relatives as possible to join with us on this occasion as we remember those who served the country for our freedom.
Tottlebank Baptist Church Contact details and /or for further information.


Michael Bonser (Pastor) 01539 592835  Email:
Margaret Carter (Church Secretary)  Email:
Church Address: Tottlebank, Nr Greenodd, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 8HY
Email for soldier information:

For full details of the information Tottlebank Church already has on members of the family of Alfred King and the Waterhouse and Proctor families email or call into The Book Shack in the Indoor Market, or read the full article on our website.


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