St Thomas's Wesleyan Methodist Church

St Thomas's Wesleyan Methodist Church

St Thomas's Wesleyn Methodist Church in Coatbridge recognised the six men of its Church and Congregation who fell in the Great War, These included three members of the one home.

Sergeant Thomas Humm, 2nd Black Watch and Indian Expeditionary Force, received the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) and the Russian Medal of St George. Born in Blantyre about 1888 Sergeant Humm "fell in Mesopotamia before a Turkish trench" in January 1916. The certificate contains the following written by Captain Duncan, RAMC, "The bravest and best among the Stretcher Bearers of the Black Watch. He simply lived to do his duty". His citation for the DCM reads "For conspicious gallantry in action. He was in charge of stretcher-bearers, and displayed utter contempt of danger when tending the wounded, often under heavy fire." Sergeant Humm is commemorated on the Basra Memorial.

His older brother, Private David Humm, Machine Gun Corps, is recorded as "laid down his life in Russia after severe privation" in February 1919. He is commemorated in the Archangel Allied Cemetery and buried in Seletskoe Cemetery.

The certificate also records Private Samuel P Lindsay, 16th Battalion Highland Light Infantry who fell at Paschendale on the Ypres Front on 26th November 1917 as being from the same home.

Also on the certificate are brothers Lance Corporals John and Robert Frizell (both Black Watch) and Private James William Scholefield (Gordon Highlanders).

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