Essex Association
Writtle, Essex
All Saints
Saturday, 6 May 2017 in 3h19 (31–2–12)
5040 Swindon Surprise Royal
Composed by James Clatworthy
1 Andrew P Brewster
2 Anthea S Edwards
3 Joanna K Dorling
4 Ruth Curtis
5 Christina D A Brewster
6 Paul M Mason
7 Philip A B Saddleton
8 Paul F Curtis (C)
9 Alan Regin
10 Ian G Campbell
Specially arranged and rung to the memory of Private John Poole, 4th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) who was drowned whilst on Active Service on 4th May 1917, aged 33 years. John was on the troopship Transylvania bound for Salonika when she was torpedoed as she crossed the Gulf of Genoa. 414 lives were lost. John’s body was never recovered and is commemorated along with 274 other men who have no known grave at the Savona Memorial, Italy. Born 1883, son on John and Esther Poole of St John’s Green Writtle. One of fourteen children he worked as a farm labourer before enlisting in Chelmsford. John Poole was a ringer here and rang three peals for the Essex Association. His name liveth for evermore. The first part of this peal was listened to by John's niece, Phyllis.