All Saints Church, The Wyche

The Wyche consists of Upper Wyche (on the Wyche Road) and Lower Wyche (adjacent to the Wells Road) – a cutting was made through the hills here in 1836 and a number of small quarries provided work for a growing number of labourers; the construction of the railway tunnel through the Hills in the 1860s also provided extra work. Many labourers cottages sprang up on the steep hill slopes and inns also opened to meet the demand of the thirsty residents. The settlement on the Herefordshire side of the Wyche Cutting is also colloquially known as Upper Wyche, though it is in fact Upper Colwall – with many people moving from one county to another, a number of men feature on the Wyche and Colwall memorials. The Church of England was a late comer here, with the present church, All Saints, not replacing a Mission hut near the cutting until 1903. The area where the church was built was once known as the ‘Cinderella of the Malverns’ where many gypsies and squatters lived in the late 19th Century; it was the last gift of common land from Lady Foley, and was donated by Sir Henry Foley Grey in 1900. The church was designed in Malvern stone by Arthur Troyte Griffith (friend of Sir Edward Elgar to whom an Enigma Variation was dedicated) and has an apsidal chancel (see the picture above) and a small bell turret. This church now serves Malvern Wells parish as well since the closure of St Peter’s, Malvern Wells.

All Saints Church, The Wyche
The Wyche from the Wyche Cutting

The Memorial

The Memorial is located within the church at the west end.

WW1 Memorial

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Albert Somers Bray

4390/241421

2/8th Bn, The Worcestershire Regiment

KIA Flanders 27/8/17

William Albert Bruton

William Albert Bruton

70449

1st Bn, The Royal Welsh Fusiliers

KIA Flanders 26/10/17

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Albert George Caines

236502

The Herefordshire Regiment

KIA Gaza 27/3/17

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Charles Garbett

136029

Royal Highlanders of Canada

DOW France 15/08/16

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Ernest George Garbett

404348

Royal Montreal Regiment

12/7/17

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Allen Harbage

309668

Royal Engineers

KIA Flanders 23/9/17

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Arthur Highley Hemming

M2/264930

Royal Army Service Corps

France 6/12/18

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Walter Victor Jones

M2/133384

Royal Army Service Corps

13/11/18

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William Arthur Jones

18897

The Welsh Regiment

KIA 10/7/16

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Harold Reuben Joyner

214616

HM Submarine E-13

19/8/15

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Joseph William King

46222

Machine Gun Corps

KIA Flanders 24/3/18

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Thomas Frederick Malvern

P/10303

Military Foot Police

France 16/5/19

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Albert Richard Potter

102331

Labour Corps

KIA Flanders 18/6/17

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Frederick George Powell

16430

Shropshire Light Infantry

KIA France 27/9/18

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Albert Edward Rea

2052 / 830257

Royal Field Artillery

KIA Flanders 9/10/17

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Rowland George Shephard

158082

Machine Gun Corps

France 27/2/17

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William Harold Surrell

42173

South Wales Borderers

DOW France 23/10/18

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Charles Robert Sutton

1366

Royal Field Artillery

Died 21/10/14

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Humphrey Nisbet Swann

The Lincolnshire Regiment

DOW Somme 4/4/1917