Among the collections of Bradley Wesleyan Methodist Church is a small envelope with a black border. Contained inside are a memorial card for William Horace Dimmock and a letter, addressed to Alfred Lathe, of Ingleside, Coseley, Bilston, from Dimmock’s father, S. Dimmock, a mining engineer (according to the headed notepater).
The letter, dated 8 July 1915, reads as follows:
In reply to your enquiry, re my Son, I deeply regret to say it is too true; my dear lad was killed in action at Bukoba, East Africa, on the 23rd of June 1915. a notification from the War Office reached me on Sunday morning.
William Horace Dimmock was born in Dudley in 1890, the son of Samuel and Julia Dimmock. In the 1901 census the family were living at 23 Church Road, Rowley Regis, but by the time of his death, according to his father’s headed paper, they had moved to Oakham View, Netherton, Dudley. He does not appear to have married. Dimmock served as a Private in the 25th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers (service number 13033). His memorial card highlights the reason this item is contained within this collection of Methodist church records – Dimmock was a Wesleyan Minister. The 1911 census confirms that he was a student at the Wesleyan College in Richmond, where he was training to be a Methodist Minister. His memorial card described him as the “beloved son of S. & J. Dimmock”, killed in action aged 25 years. He is buried at Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery in Tanzania.