Streatham, St Leonard

Six ringers from St Leonard’s, Streatham served, one was killed and another received arm injuries which seem to have brought his ringing to an end. There a particularly strong family connections among those listed on the roll for this tower. There are two Attwater brothers listed, Frank Norman and Isaac James: their younger brother is listed under Immanuel, Streatham, sadly he was killed; another brother, Louis, was also a ringer at Streatham. William Charles Lee was killed towards the end of the Battle of the Somme, his uncle John was also a ringer at the tower. Both were originally from Sudbury in Suffolk where William Charles’s father was also a ringer. Francis John Lindley Mitchell was the son of John Christoper Mitchell who was also a Streatham ringer.

  • Lance Corporal William Charles Lee † Missing, presumed Killed, 10 October 1916 — 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.
  • Serjeant Frank Norman Attwater — 3rd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment.
  • Private Isaac James Attwater — Army Service Corps.
  • Private A Bradley — Machine Gun Corps. [Not yet identified. The Ringing World reports an A Bradley of St Leonard’s Streatham joining the Butchers’ Section, Army Service Corps, and previously an A B Bradley ringing there. There are no obvious candidates in census in military records however.]
  • Private James William Chapman — 2nd Cavalry Reserve Park, Army Service Corps.
  • Lieutenant (Acting Captain) Francis John Lindley Mitchell — 321 Siege Battery, 1st Army Anti-Aircraft Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery (also attached 13 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps); Wounded 20 May 1918. [Pre-war experience in in Dulwich College and University of Cambridge Officers Training Corps detachments – had completed one term of Mathematics Tripos at Cambridge when he opted to take up a commission]

Information on the bells and ringers today can be found on the church website and on the Surrey Association website.

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