In Memory of those killed in 1918

The following articles by Edwina Rees tell the stories of men killed in 1918 and commemorated on the St Mary’s Church war memorial.

1. Captain Reverend James Leitch Cappell – was the youngest son of Thomas Cappell, who served for twenty-one years with the 78th (Highlanders) Regiment and was part of the relief of Lucknow in 1857 under Sir Henry Havelock.   James, a curate at St Mary’s Church, Moseley from 1912, enlisted in 1915 as a Chaplain 4th Class and was based at the 1st Southern Cross Military Hospital at Dudley Road.  In March 1916 he was selected for duty with the BEF and as part of the Army Chaplain’s Department was attached to the 1/9 Royal Scots.  He was wounded in September 1917 and spent Christmas at home with his wife and son at 40 Forest Road, Moseley.  Back in the field in January he contracted dysentery and died of pneumonia on 23rd January at Hospital in Le Havre.