We are certain that one is John Henry Hipwell and the photograph is said to be of the ringers who rang a peal on Saturday 7th December 1912. The original photograph is in the ringing chamber at Lilbourne Church and this is the Peal Board showing the names of the ringers.
However, further research has enabled us to reasonably identify each man on the photograph.
The document below can be found in a frame in the tower and sheds some new light on the ringers.
(click on the image to enlarge to read)
There is a contradiction between the peal board and this document about who rang on the 4th and 5th bells. Based on the assumption that the peal board is correct regarding who rang which bell and the document correctly identifies the ringers we can say with a fair degree of certainty that the men are :-
Left to Right, looking at the photogragh.
Albert Tomes (Tenor)
Rev. Thomas Price (Vicar)
Reginald Lawman (Treble – Conductor)
John Lawman (2nd Bell – Tower Captain)
William Egan (4th Bell)
John Henry Hipwell (3rd Bell)