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Pic­ture: David Baylis IN Fe­bru­ary, John Whit­ton, the war­den of All Saints church in Cloverdale called for fam­i­lies of sol­diers fea­tured on a hon­our board to get in touch with him.

The board was found in stor­age when the Bel­gravia Street church was ap­proached by the RSL for any record of names of sol­diers who served in WWI.

Two months later, the church has back­ground in­for­ma­tion on about 17 of the 20 sol­diers listed.

“We have had a fair re­sponse, with some in­ter­est­ing sto­ries,” Mr Whit­ton said.

He said one of the more in­ter­est­ing sto­ries was John Homewood’s.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Whit­ton’s re­search, Homewood was present when Manfred von Richthofen, also known the Red Baron, was shot down in 1918.

The Red Baron was a well-known Ger­man fighter pi­lot with the Im­pe­rial Ger­man Army Air Ser­vice. He was con­sid­ered the top ace of the war.

There has been much spec­u­la­tion about who ex­actly shot him down while he was fly­ing over Mor­lan­court Ridge, near the Somme River.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Whit- ton, Homewood was in charge of a gun­ning group of three men, one of whom was re­spon­si­ble for the fa­tal shots.

Mr Whit­ton said Mr Homewood’s fam­ily still had the compass from the plane.

Stan Black­lock was also among those listed. He was the son of builder and brick­works owner John Black­lock, who helped build the orig­i­nal All Saints church in 1906.

Ac­cord­ing to a lo­cal his­tory of the area, Ever Mov­ing For­ward, the orig­i­nal church was the sec­ond church built in the area and was at the cor­ner of Mor­e­ing Road.­mu­ni­ d436423

All Saints war­den John Whit­ton with pic­tures show­ing some mem­bers of the Black­lock fam­ily.

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