Great War Graves at All Saints, Gresford

 

The Churchyard at All Saints, Gresford, Wrexham, North Wales contains the graves of six servicemen who died during the Great War (1914-1918), Quartermaster Sergeant William Barratt, Rifleman Thomas Beech Barton, Private Walter James Field, Captain Charles Eustace Fishbourne, Ordinary Seaman Reginald Eyton Griffiths, and Captain Arthur Henry Leslie Soames. 

 

Historical Gems offers a free publication that provides biographical about each of the servicemen, facts about their military service, and the circumstances surrounding their death and burial at All Saints, Gresford. The information has been drawn from a large range of historical sources and the publication is fully referenced

"Great War Graves at All Saints, Gresford" is a historical Gems publication that examines the six graves of servicemen who died during the Great War and are buried in the churchyard at All Saints, the Parish church of Gresford, Wrexham, Wales.

The servicemen are,

Quartermaster Sergeant 13079 William Barratt, MM, MSM, of D Company, 5th Battalion, 2nd Canadian Infantry. Originally from Gwersyllt, Wrexham, Barratt immigrated to Canada and on the outbreak of the Great War joined the Canadian forces. His service led him to him being awarded The Military Medal with Bar and the Meritorious Service Medal.

Rifleman 107640 Thomas Beech Barton, of the 5th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool) Regiment. Barton was the son of Mr Thomas Beech Barton (Snr), a well-known Wrexham gentleman who was involved in the local coal industry and Wrexham politician.

Private 8576 Walter James Field, of the 2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Born in 1882 in Aston, Birmingham, he found his way to Llay, Wrexham to work in the local mines prior to the war.

Captain Charles Eustace Fishbourne, of the Royal Engineers. Prior to the Great War Fishbourne had retired as a Commissioned Military Officer and taken up employment as the Assistant General Manager at the London General Omnibus Company. At the outbreak of the Great War he re-joined the forces. After his death he was buried at All Saints where his father was the Vicar.

Ordinary Seaman Mersey Z/6158 Reginald Eyton Griffiths, of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. A particularly sad story of a young man who was very active in the Gresford community, and who joined the forces as soon as he turned 18 years old and was dead within a month.

Captain Arthur Henry Leslie Soames, MC, Légion d'Honneur, of the King's Own Hussars & Royal Flying Corp. Soames was a son of Frederick William Soames, the owner of the Soames Brewery, Wrexham, and a former Wrexham Mayor. Captain Soames was also the cousin of Olave StClair Soames who married Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scouting movement. Captain Soames was one of the first aviators to embark to the Western Front. He had a very distinguished military career that led him to being awarded The Military Cross and the Légion d'Honneur. His death through a tragic accident also led to the King writing a letter to his former Commanding Officer.

The publication provides biographical about each of the servicemen, facts about their military service, and the circumstances surrounding their death and burial at All Saints, Gresford. The information has been drawn from a large range of historical sources and the publication is fully referenced

The publication is likely to be of interest to genealogists, family historians, military historians, and anyone interested in local history.

Please feel free to download a copy of this free publication for any non-comercial use.

Gresford War Graves