St.Alban's is a living church which serves the community and on this blog and its attached pages you will find details of the church both past and present and how to contact us. Some pages are still under construction so please bear with us for a while.

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Another purpose of this blog is to provide a genealogical guide to the church of St.Alban the Martyr which is situated in St.John's Road, Westcliff on Sea, Essex. Like many churches it contains a wealth of material of interest to people studying local history and family history. It is our intention to provide, as best we can, information about the many people who are commemorated in this beautiful church. Obviously this is a work in progress and the project has only just begun so we ask for your patience. If you have, or think you might have, historical connections with the church, we'd love to hear from you.


Thursday, 20 June 2013

JAMES JOHN THAKE (1876 - 1918)


James John Thake was the son of Richard Thake, a farmworker from Radwinter, Essex and his wife Ellen. He moved to Westcliff to live with his married brother, Cornelius at 77 Avenue Road and later at  "Radwinter" 11 Northview Road. Cornelius was a tram driver for Southend Borough Council and a member of the congregation of St.Alban the Martyr Westcliff.  James went into the army  during the Great War and served as a Private with 10th Battalion Essex Regiment. He was killed in action on 28 April 1918 and is buried at Crouy British Cemetery at Crouy-sur-Somme, France. His name was added to the St.Alban's War Memorial at the request of  his brother. Cornelius continued to attend St.Alban's until his death in 1954. A table in the church bears a plaque in his memory.

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