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Lance Corporal James Ernest Muth 133rd Engineer Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Canada
When the Cathedral put out its call for information on the altar frontal soldiers, there was interest from local press, especially in Canada.
It was not long before an email was received from Anna Muth of Port Dover, Ontario; granddaughter of Lance Corporal James Ernest Muth.
Muth was a Canadian recovering in Sheffield having been wounded in his forearm, thighs, legs and foot. Anna said the family remembers her
grandfather saying that he had embroidered one of the intricate yellow tulips on the altar frontal.
And soon more of the Muth family got in touch, including Mimey, a great-granddaughter, and most notably, Malcolm, Lance Corporal Muth’s son.
Through email, Malcolm Muth, now 83, said: "I am a minister of the Presbyterian Church and the son of James Ernest Muth, one of the men who
worked the altar frontal for St Paul’s.
"My father often spoke of the kindness of the doctors, nurses, and others during his convalescence. He was
wounded twice and gassed, and so spent a long time in hospitals in England and after he came home. He did more embroidery here. He died at age
83 after a useful life in the community: the father of seven children, carpenter, church elder, village councillor, and so much more.
"He worked a tulip in the piece for St Paul’s, but when he heard that the altar was destroyed in the War he assumed that the frontal was lost
as well. We are all delighted to learn of its restoration and the service in the summer.
"The 133 Battalion to which my father belonged - often called Norfolk’s Own – [was] part of the Royal
Regiment of Canada, Canadian Engineers. He merely said ‘some women taught the embroidery skill’ and his work was to be part of the altar cloth at
And Malcolm went on to note his family’s continuing association with the Canadian military: "I have a son, also James Muth, who is a Lieutenant
Colonel in the Royal Canadian Regiment and an instructor at the staff college, Fort Frontenac, Kingston.”
Lance Corporal Muth was treated at the Highfield Hall Red Cross Hospital, Southampton.