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War Memorial

Providence’s war memorial was built in 1921 to commemorate ten men from the chapel who died in WWI. Five men fought in France, three in Egypt, Gallipoli and Mesopotamia. One man was in the Navy and his body was never retrieved. Alfred Newman was part of a battalion formed of National Reservists who were used for guarding vulnerable points in Great Britain; he died at home and is buried in Providence graveyard. To the Glory of God and in loving memory of the men of this church who fell in the Great War 1914-18 F. H. Daniells F. H. Noakes W. Ingram E. J. Woodward C. D. Millard W. G. Noakes E. J. Grant A. V. Brown H. J. Mizen A. J. Newman Their Lives laid down that others might have life When soldiers from Providence left to fight in the war, the pastor, William Howe, gave each man a New Testament or a Bible. One man who returned from the war became a Christian and was baptised. Three of the men mentioned on the monument had a common relation. Alice Elfreda Noakes was married to Denham Millard, sister to Frederick Noakes and niece to William George Noakes. Denham Millard and Alfred Newman both have additional memorials to the main one. Denham Millard has a plaque to him on the window ledge by the organ. Alfred Newman died at home, and so has a grave in the chapel’s graveyard.