• Remembering WW1 - Driver Harry P Saffell - A Leytonstone Ringer

    As there is a great deal in the news about the first world war, we thought we would like to remember Gunner Harry P Saffell who died in 1917.

    He came from Wenhaston in Suffolk originally but moved to London in 1911 to work on the Great Eastern Railway. He had learnt to ring in suffolk and his rector put him in touch with the St Johns band as a capable ringer of Bob Minor. He was a fireman on the trains and this occupation meant that he couldn't always attend practice nights but he soon progressed and was able to ring suprise minor methods.

    He was described in his obiturary as having a fine physique and a natural aptitude for ringing.

    He joined the Essex Association of Change Ringers in 1912.

    In 1915 he joined the Royal Field Artillery and was posted to the frontline. In October 1917 he was killed when a shell landed close to his postition.

    He is buried in the Ruisseau Cemetery in Belgium. He was 24 years of age.


Bellringing at St. John's Leytonstone


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