Family War Memorials

 

Family War Memorials are any memorials that have been erected privately by a family to commemorate the death of someone who has died during active military service.

 

I take pleasure in assisting The War Graves Photographic Project (TWGPP) by submitting any family memorials to servicemen who have died in active service at any time since the Great War to the TWGPP, including those shown in this article.  The TWGPP is doing some excellent work in documenting these family war memorials.  It is amazing how many family war memorials still need to be recorded and photographed. The work is completed by volunteers and if you find a family Great War memorial that had not been documented by the TWGPP, please consider forwarding it to them, but please check the volunteer guidelines first! 

 

The TWGPP website is: http://twgpp.org/the_commonwealth_war_graves_commission.php

 

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Memorial Location: Window memorial, Cloisters, Chester Cathedral, Chester
Second Lieutenant Henry Noel Atkinson,
Cheshire Regiment,
Killed Violaines, France, 1914
"Remembrance of Arthur Atkinson (1834-1915) Vicar of Audlem, Rural Dean of Nantwich, Hon Canon of this Cathedral. Also of his son Henry Noel Atkinson DSO 2nd Lt the Cheshire Regiment, Killed in Action (1914) at Violaines, France in the Great War. By the daughter, wife and mother"

Memorial Location: Window memorial, Cloisters, Chester Cathedral, Chester

Lieutenant Ralph Royds Brocklebank,

Royal Welsh Fusiliers,

Died 16 May 1917

"Of your charity remember before God, Ralph Royds Brocklebank, Lieut. Royal Welch Fusiliers, born 21 June 1897. Gave his life for his country in the great war 16 May 1917"

Memorial Location: Plaque inside of Chester Cathedral, Chester.
Lieutenant Commander Frederick Lewis Coplestone,
Killed 1 January 1914, aboard HM Submarine D2

&

Commander Alfred Fletcher Coplestone-Boughley

Killed 31 May 1916, Battle of Jutland, HMS Defence

"The window in this sacristy was given in abiding memory of Frederick Coplestone of Chester and the County of Devon, Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Justice of the Peace, who died November 1932.
Also of his son Lieu-Commander F.Lewis Coplestone Royal Navy, killed on active service in HM Submarine D2. Also his son-in-law Commander A.F. Coplestone-Boughley Royal Navy, killed at the Battle of Jutland, May 1916"

Memorial Location: Window memorial, Cloisters, Chester Cathedral,

Captain Henry Shelmerdine Frost 22nd Cheshire Regiment attached to the Commandos

Died 5th March 1942

"To remember with love and gratitude John Meadows Frost DSO who died August 15th1923 aged 38 years. Also his son Henry, Captain the 22nd  Cheshire Regiment attached Commandos, killed in action March 5th1942 aged 27 years. Death is swallowed by victory"


 
Memorial Location: Window memorial, Cloisters, Chester Cathedral, Chester
Captain Sydney Percival Gamon
5th (Earl of Chesters) Cheshire Regiment attached to Flying Corp
Died 23rd March 1918
 "of Sydney Percival Gamon, Captain Flying Corp, who was killed whilst, March 23rd1918, aged 23"

Memorial Location: Plaque inside Chester Cathedral, Chester.
Second Lieutenant Harry Urmson Hayes
1st Batt. The Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Died 13th October 1915
"In loving memory of Harry Urmson Hayes, 2nd Lieut. 1st Batt, The Black Watch (Royal Highlanders).  Killed in action in France, 13th October 1915, aged 19.  He gave his heart to his home, his life for his King and Country. and his soul to his God"

Memorial Location: Window memorial, Cloisters, Chester Cathedral, Chester
Second Lieutenant John Oscar Laybourne
7th Batt. Cheshire Regiment
Died 26th March 1917
"In loving memory of John Oscar Laybourne, 2nd Lieut. 7thBattn. Cheshire Regiment.  Killed at the Battle of Gaza 26 March 1917 aged 26. A noble life freely sacrificed for the future welfare of humanity. Given by his mother and father"
 

Memorial Location: Window memorial, Cloisters, Chester Cathedral, Chester
 Lieutenant Colonel Edward Townshend Logan, DSO
Cheshire Regiment, but in Command of a Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry at the time of his death
26th September 1915
"Edward Townshend Logan DSO, Lt. Colonel the Cheshire Regiment, who fell gloriously at Loos, September 26 1915 in command of a battalion of the Durham Light Infantry. An grateful remembrance for his example"
 

Memorial Location: Plaque inside of Chester Cathedral, Chester
Second Lieutenant Charles Potts
Cheshire Regiment
Died 11thJune 1917
"Near this place lie interred the remains of Henry Potts of this City Esq who died at Glan-R-Avon near Mold Nov 10th 1843 aged 68. Also the remains of Sarah, eldest daughter of Charles Potts Esquire and sister of the above named Henry Potts who died on the 7th day of August 1832, aged 70 years. In beloved memory of Sec. Lieut. Charles Potts, Cheshire Regiment who died in France on the 11thJune 1917 from wounds received in action at Messines, aged 19 years. Elder son of Hubert and Rosa Potts of this city, and great-grandson of the above named Henry Potts. Henry Potts 1901-1981. And Prudence his wife 1901-1999"

Memorial Location: Window memorial, Cloisters, Chester Cathedral, Chester
Lieutenant Roger Bingham Turner
3rd Batt. Cheshire Regiment
Died April 9th 1916
"In loving memory of Roger Bingham Turner scholar of Charterhouse and of Jesus College Cambridge.  Lieut. 3rd Batt. Cheshire Regt. Killed in action in Mesopotannia April 9th1916 aged 20"

 

Memorial Location: Gravestone in the village cemetery at Llansantffraid Glyn Ceiriog, Wrexham
Private 267549 Hugh Evans
Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 24th Denbighshire Yeomanry Battalion
 Died 7th September 1918
The gravestone inscription is in Welsh and the translation reads,
"In loving memory of SARAH, beloved wife of ROBERT EVANS,GILFACH, who died June 8th 1919. Also their dearest son HUGH who was killed in France fighting for his country September 7th 1918 age 20 years old. Also for ROBERT EVANS beloved husband of the above who died October 2nd and was buried October 5th 1935 age 76 years old. So that he lives for ever and will not see corruption. Also WILLIAM son of the above who slept December 10th 1950 age 68 years old, Lord let me quietly rest"

Memorial Location: Gravestone in the village cemetery at Llansantffraid Glyn Ceiriog, Wrexham.
Flight Sergeant 656599 Edward Silas Morris
Bomber Command, 166 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died 23rd May 1943
The gravestone inscription is in Welsh and the translation reads,
"In loving memory of MARTHA MORRIS 1 NASCOTT TERRACE, GLYN, Slept September 18th 1955, 68 years old. Also her beloved husband LLOYD,Slept April 14th 1961, 82 years old, and their son SILAS. FLT.SGT.B.COMM, who was killed in the war and buried in HAAKSBERGEN cemetery, HOLLAND,23 years old, on May 23rd 1943"
 

Memorial Location: Graveyard at the site of the former St. Barnabas Church, Hengoed
Sergeant 50512 John "Jack" Edward Evans
6 Coy, Imperial Camel Corp
Died 16th November 1918
"In loving memory of Chrissie beloved daughter of John and Lousia Evans, Railway Tavern, Gobowen, died November 1st 1918, aged 26 years. Also of Sergt. Jack Evans, brother of the above, died in Egypt, November 16th 1918, aged 28 years.  His heart was good, his spirit brave, his resting place a soldiers grave, without a smile or shake of hand, he left us for a better land"
 


Memorial Location: Graveyard at the site of the former St. Barnabas Church, Hengoed
Private 4035278 Henry "Harry" Williams
4th Batt. King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Died 20th September 1944
"In loving memory of Maria, the beloved wife of Thomas Williams, 1.Lower Hengoed, who died June 8th 1949, aged 70 years. Also of the above Thomas Williams, who died Dec 5th 1955, aged 78 years. Also their son, Harry, killed in action Sept. 20th 1944 aged 27 years. Peace perfect peace"

 

Memorial Location : Graveyard at Swan Hill, Ellesmere, Shropshire
Private G/9324 Frances George Haynes
1st Bn, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)
 Died 18th March 1917

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Private 355808 Fred Haynes
25th Bn, Royal Welch Fusiliers
Died 2nd November 1917
"In loving lemory of Frances George Haynes, 1st Buffs, who was killed in action in France March 18th 1917, aged 29 years.  Also of Fred Haynes, 25th R.W.F, who was killed in action in Palestine Nov. 22nd 1917, aged 33 years. "They gave their lives for their Country, done their duty and gone to rest". Also Margaret Annie Haynes, died Jan. 28th 1929, aged 77 years. Also Edward Haynes. died March 1st 1929, aged 77 years."

 
Memorial Location: Overleigh Cemetery, Chester
Lieutenant Edward James Vibart Collingwood-Thompson
Lieutenant 2nd Battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers
"Edward James Vibart Collingwood-Thompson Lieutenant 2nd battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers, only son of the late Edward Collingwood Thompson of Plas Annie Mold, died September 10th 1914 of wounds received in action the previous day at La Ferte Sous-Jouarre, aged 20"
 
 
Memorial location: St Nicolas, Salthouse, Norfolk, England.
Private 22614561 H.W. Graveling
1 Norfolk Regiment
Died 2nd August 1952
"In loving memory of Walter William Graveling died 28thMay 1935 (?) aged 64 years.  Also Herbert William Graveling killed in action 2ndAug 1952 (in Korea) aged 19 years"
 
Memorial Location: St. Nicholas Church, Salthouse, Norfolk, England
Lance Corporal 33480 Edmund Pigott High

8th Bn Bedfordshire Regt. 

Died 7th May 1917

"In loving memory of Edmund Pigott High, son of James & Mary High, who died on May 7th 1917 of wounds received in action. He was laid to rest in Souvenir Cemetary France, aged 23 years."

 


Memorial location: St Nicholas, Salthouse, Norfolk, England
Lance Corporal 8578 Frank William Ramm

2ndBattalion Norfolk Regiment

Died in Ctesiphon, Mesopotamia on the 22nd November 1915.  He was the son of Ernest Edward and Marianne Elizabeth Ramm, of Cedar Cottage, Salthouse, Norfolk.

"In loving memory of Ernest Edward, beloved husband of Marianne Elizabeth Ramm, died May 23rd1928, aged 62 years.  Also Frank William, their beloved son, killed in action in the Great War, aged 20 years