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Paxton Church - WWII Plaque

 
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Merseman



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 10:29 am    Post subject: Paxton Church - WWII Plaque Reply with quote

Paxton was built by the United Free Church in 1908. They had at that time a church in Mordington (to the northeast) and another in Horndean (to the southwest) but both were barely hamlets and the area overall was a rural one without large population. This church was built to replace the 2, in the village of Paxton.

It became CofS at the 1929 reunion.

An example of the unusual commemoration of installing electric light.









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Both men are on Paxton civic memorial.


TO THE GLORY OF GOD
and in memory of

Sergeant-Pilot William B Moffat
who fell in action on
24th FEBRUARY 1942

and

Sergeant-Pilot William A Woolley
who fell in action on
24th MARCH 1943


THESE LIGHTS
Presented by
THEIR PARENTS & FAMILY
1950
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Adam Brown
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 12:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Paxton Church - WWII Plaque Reply with quote

Merseman wrote:
An example of the unusual commemoration of installing electric light.


I'm sure I've seen it elsewhere too, in the South-west. Churches often seem to go for memorials which are practical fittings rather than just a plaque on the wall - communion tables, candlesticks, plates, fonts, lecterns etc.

Adam
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Merseman



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's 1 other in Berwickshire, Christ Church (Episcopal) in Duns.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:30 pm    Post subject: WMR (ex UKNIWM) number Reply with quote

WMR 78873
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2021 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

William Brown Moffat – age 20 – Sergeant (1055938) 108 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
William was educated at Berwickshire High School in Duns before taking a position in the civil service in London in 1938. His department was moved to Southport and he joined the RAF in late 1939. He gained his “wings” in September 1940 and joined his squadron when it was formed in Egypt in August 1941. William was the pilot of a Wellington bomber which had taken off from RAF Fayid in Egypt for a raid on Martuba Landing ground in Lybia but the aircraft failed to return.
Born 1921 Glendale, Northumberland. Son of Henry Tait Moffat and Catherine Hall (Brown) Moffat of Orchard House, Paxton.
Killed in Action on 24 February 1942 and buried in Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma, Libya.
Also named on the Berwickshire High School memorial.



William Armstrong Woolley – age 24 – Sergeant (658470) Royal Air Force.
William was educated at Berwickshire High School in Duns and was attending a Forestry school when he joined the army shortly after the outbreak war. He volunteered for air-crew training with the RAF and gained his “wings” in 1942. He was flying a Hurricane of 151 Operational Training Unit at RAF Risalpur in India's north-west frontier when the aircraft crashed near Tangi.
Born 1918 in Newcastle upon Tyne. Son of Mark Wilson Woolley and Margaret Nicholson (Armstrong) Woolley of Thorn Cottage, Paxton and of Tweedmouth, Northumberland.
Died on Service on 24 March 1943 and buried in Karachi War Cemetery, Pakistan.
Also named on the Berwickshire High School memorial and on the Holy Trinity Church memorial in Berwick.
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