War Graves

War Graves & Memorials – St. Mary’s Priory Church Tutbury

Please DO NOT use the steps to get to the WWI War Graves on the Terrace – it is not a safe route – please use the ‘Reverse Path’ marked in red

  1. The Lady Chapel contains nine Memorials to the Fallen:
    1. WWI Marble Tablet, on the south wall in the Lady Chapel, listing 48 WWI dead
    2. Marble Plaque, on the south wall in the Lady Chapel, William Trafford Newton – WWI
    3. WWI Roll of Honour Board, on the south wall in the Lady Chapel, listing the 333 men from the village who served in WWI, a framed, glazed handwritten document
    4. Martyrs’ stained-glass window, in the east wall of the Lady Chapel – WWI
    5. William Trafford stained-glass window, in the south wall in the Lady Chapel – WWI
    6. Independent Order of Odd Fellows Marble tablet, (IOOF) on the south wall in the Lady Chapel, listing 17 members of the Order who Fell in WWI. Originally mounted on the wall of the IOOF Meeting Hall in Tutbury High Street
    7. WII Marble Tablet, on the south wall in the Lady Chapel, listing the 13 Fallen of WWII
    8. Roll of Honour for WWII lists the 13 Fallen and the 273 who served and the 16 men from Tutbury who died in the Fauld explosion. Currently on loan for research.
  2. ChancelWooden Prayer Stand, Robert Thorn – WWII
  3. Bronze Boer War plaque, west wall to the left of the main West Door, Trooper E. Bentley of the Imperial Yeomanry, died in 1901 in Harrisburg, South Africa
  4. Stone Cross War Memorial, outside the south door of St. Mary’s church, listing 47 WWI and 13 WWII Fallen
  5. Small WWI Marble Memorial, in the churchyard to the north of the church, dedicated to
    Owen Bunting 9th Sherwood Foresters, Gallipoli, 11th August 1915 aged 22
    Alick Owen 15th Durham Light Inf., France, 31st March 1918, aged 19
  6. Five WWI War Graves on the Terrace. This area can be approached with difficulty via the steps or via the rough grass path running south from the main grass path
    1. David Bond, 53rd Bn Durham Light Infantry, died 9thApril 1918 in Rugeley Hospital aged 18
    2. Abraham Farmer, 4th Bn Canadian Machine Gun Corps, died 22nd November 1916, Shorncliffe Military Hospital, aged 23
    3. George Edwin Causer, Army Service Corps, died 30thOctober 1916, Newcastle on Tyne Hospital, aged 42
    4. Ogden Pateman, 3rd Bn South Staffordshire Regiment, died of wounds on 29th October 1918, at home, aged 21
    5. Ernest A Perkins, No. 1 Reserve Bde, Royal Field Artillery, died 30th April 1917 at Ripon Hospital Yorks aged 20 (note that his father chose a private headstone rather than the CWGC headstone)
  7. Two WWII War Graves at the north end of the churchyard
    1. WH Brown, 8th Staffordshire Bn., Home Guard – died 3rdAugust 1940, aged 51; buried north of the church
    2. L P Shipley, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, died 11th September 1941, aged 32; buried north of the church
  8. Fauld Explosion – some of the 78 victims of the explosion on 27th November 1944, when thousands of tons of RAF bombs exploded in the underground store, are buried at St. Mary’s. To the north east of the church headstones for the following can be found:
    a.  George Lawrence Cokayne, aged 50 b.  William Henry Shepherd, aged 39
    c.   William Gent, aged 43 d.  Samuel Pickering, aged 35
    e.  George Priestley, aged 63 f.    George Smith, aged 62
    g.  Edman Woolley, aged 59  

Also believed to be buried in the churchyard are the following Fauld victims, with no known headstone:

                Joseph Bell George H. Powell
                Ambrose Patterson Henry Shepherd

Please do not use the Steps to reach the War Graves on the Terrace – they are not safe – please use the ‘Reverse Path’ marked in Red

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