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Monumental Inscriptions of St Mary Churchyard, Stansted, Kent. The original text runs to many pages. Here the text has been consolidated to make the format match other M.I.'s on this Website.
Index created by Ted Connell
'This transcription and index of the monumental inscriptions in the church and churchyard of St Mary the Virgin, Stansted, Kent, has been produced for The North West Kent Family History Society by the past and present members of The Meopham Housegroup: Sheila Bodiam, Pat Brown, Grace Crowhurst, Pam Goodwin, Joan Goodwins, Mary Hann, Anne Hersey, Nick Hersey, Nicholas Miskin, Mary Sargeant, Janet Sims and Ros Wakeman.'
Particular thanks go to Pam Goodwin for her cover design, to Nick Hersey for computerising the entries and to Grace Crowhurst for organising the project.
Our thanks also go to ??? ????? for the map and the vicar for allowing us access.
Explanation of Symbols [ ] = deduction made by transcriber, ...... = an indeterminate number of missing characters, ------ = each dash indicates one missing character,
Joan Goodwins, (Housegroup Leader), September 1995
LD / RICD STREATFIELD / S. STREATFIELD / W. STREATFIELD / J. TOWELLS / F. WALLACE /
1. [A1] Headstone. OZKAN DERVISH / SEFER 18th July 1934 / 31st October 1983 / There are those who give / with joy and that joy / is their reward. The / prophet. West face. Large S enclosing " in the top curve and D in the bottom curve. Flower vase. A capital C and a Star of David.
2. [A2] Marble kerbstone. South Side. In loving memory of HARRY MARTIN, who died 20th December 1921, aged 37 years.
3. [A3] Polished grey granite headstone on plinth, lead lettering. To the / dear memory of / a loving husband and father / GEORGE E. HUBBLE / 1905 - 1981 / In God's keeping / also of his loving wife / MARY (NELLIE) / a loving mother / 1906 - 1983.
4. [A4] Large marble headstone with lead lettering. In ever loving memory / of / MARIA, the beloved wife of / WILLIAM WEBB / died 15th November 1911 / aged 69 years. / "God is love" / also of the above / WILLIAM WEBB / died 28th December 1924 / aged 79 years / "Abide with me" / also the daughters of the above / ALICE MARY / died 20th April 1926 / aged 55 years / and ELIZABETH REBECCA / died 28th June 1956 / aged 82 years. Mason C T DAWES / Gravesend
5. [A5] Polished grey granite headstone on plinth with inset vase, rose decorations at top corners, lead lettering. In / affectionate / remembrance of / a dear wife and mother / ELIZABETH ELSIE / OSBORNE / died 12th December 1979 / aged 78 years / also of her husband / HERBERT HARRY / a dear father / died 31st March 1982 / aged 79 years / R. I. P.
6. [A6] Marble kerbstone with slab at foot and inset vase at head. In loving memory of / a dear mother and father / ALICE EVA OSBORNE / passed away Dec 24 1951 / aged 83 / GEORGE WILLIAM [HO]WARD / OSBORNE / passed away Jan 9 1953 / aged 86 / At rest
7. [A7] Marble kerbstone with corner pieces. North Side. In ever loving memory of JAMES BENJAMIN NORTON died Nov 23 1922 aged 69 years. West End. "Abide with me"
8. [A8] Limestone headstone. In memory / of / SARAH PERRETT / wife of / THOMAS PERRETT / who died 28th February 1874 / aged 62 years / Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord even / so saith the spirit for they rest from their labours / also the above THOMAS PERRETT, / son of JOHN and ELIZABETH PERRETT / who died 10th May 1879, / aged 66 years. Footstone. S.P. 1874 / T.P. 1879
9. [A9] Headstone with drawing of flower. Erected by friends / In loving memory / of / ERNEST JAMES ARNOLD / died March 30th 1911 / aged 23 years / "In the midst of life we are in death" / also / ALFRED ARNOLD / died July 28th 1916 / aged 61 years
10. [A10] Small headstone L/11631 Driver / VICTOR RANDOLPH BROWN / Royal Field Artillery / 21st July 1916 age 22. Motto around cannon, possibly a regimental badge. Ubique / quo fas et gloria ducunt Also in loving memory of / Pte. L.V. BROWN, QUEEN'S R.W.S. / Killed in action / Oct 21st 1914 age 25
11. [A11] Headstone, East face. Sacred / to the memory of / JOHN son of / JOHN and ELIZABETH PERRETT / of this parish who departed this life / the 27th of July 1837 / in the 42nd year of his age / A loving son was buried here and smother'd in the dust / in hopes of our redeemer's birth to rise amongst the just / faithful servant here on earth belov'd by all his friends / and for his troubles here below may heaven make him amends. Footstone. E P / 1849 / J P / 1855. Headstone, West face. Sacred / to the memory of / ELIZABETH wife of / JOHN PERRETT of this parish / who died Febry 12th 1849 aged 76 years / leaving issue of four sons and one daughter / (viz) WILLIAM, RICHARD, MARY / DAVID and THOMAS / The heart of her husband did safely trust in her. / She did him good and not evil all the days of her life / a woman that feareth The Lord shall be praised / Proverbs XXXI--12 30 verse / also of the above / JOHN PERRETT / died Jan'y 10th 1855 / aged 90 years.
12. [A12] Headstone. Sacred to the memory / of / DEMETRIUS SEMARK / who departed this life / December the 9th 1858 / aged 62 years / also MARY wife of the above / & daughter of JOHN and ELIZABETH PERRET / who died October the 11th 1880 / aged 81 years. Footstone. D.S. 1858 / M.S. 1880
13. [A13] Marble kerbstones with chippings. East End. In loving memory of / a dear father and mother. South Side. ELIZABETH STREATFIELD died 8th Jan 1950 aged 85. North Side. WALTER STREATFIELD died 20th Feb 1940 aged 84.
14. [A14] Marble cross with figurine on three-stepped base. In ever / loving memory of / DAISY ALICE / daughter of / WALTER and ELIZABETH / STREATFIELD / died June 10 1922 aged 20 / also of their beloved son / BENJAMIN RALPH / killed in France / July 1 1916 aged 22 / "Blessed are the pure in heart for / they shall see God" North Side. lso RICHARD / son and brother / beloved husband of MAY / and father of RICHARD / died August 7 1965
15. [A15] Rustic limestone cross on mount of irregular shaped pieces of limestone. In loving memory / of / ALICE _ALLIE_ / CLEGG who fell asleep / November 20th 1908. The parish register gives the following information: "23rd November 1908 SARAH ALICE CLEGG aged 34 visitor at Brattle Place Stansted was buried."
16. [A16] Headstone. In / loving memory / of / HERMANN HEYMANN / died February 23rd 1915 / aged 56 years / also ANNIE / wife of the above / died December 27th 1938 / aged 85 years. Footstone. H.H. / 1915
17. [A17] Headstone. In loving memory of / ADA BERRY / wife of EDWARD BERRY / who departed this life / September 13th 1911 / aged 80 / also MAUD BERRY / daughter of the above / born May 24th 1858 / died April 16th 1949 / In thy light shall we see Light. West Face - whole of facing of stone has come away.
18. [A18] Headstone with decorated top kerbstone round double grave. In / loving memory of / PERCY SEPTIMUS SOLOMON / died Sep 29 1892 aged 3 months / and / ELIZABETH ELLEN SOLOMON / died March 3 1894 aged 20 years / also / ARTHUR LEONARD SOLOMON / lost in France Oct 7 1916 / aged 26 years / God's will be done. / also SARAH ANN SOLOMON / died Jan 19 1920 aged 70 years / "With Christ which is far better" / also JAMES SOLOMON / died Feb 24 1924 aged 72 years
19. [A19] Kerbstone with cross lying in centre West end In loving memory. South side. ARTHUR ROUND CRONK Rector of this parish 1898 - 1918. Entered into rest July 20th 1918 aged 74. East end. In thy presence is the fulness of joy. North side. also of CATHARINE MARY his wife. Entered into rest March 30th 1930 aged 87
20. [A20] Marble headstone with kerbstone and grave-sized slab. At Rest / In loving memory of / a devoted wife and mother / MINNIE GERTRUDE / STREATFIELD / died June 18th 1953 / aged 69 / also of / ERNEST STREATFIELD / devoted husband and father died August 11th 1960 / aged 75
21. [B1] Sandstone headstone. In / Loving memory of / MIKE F. SAWFORD, / dear husband of NANCY / 1928 - 1984
22. [B2] Headstone on plinth with inset vase. In Loving memory / of / JUNE GRACE DREWETT / n‚e HOLLANDS. / born 24th June 1926. / died 9th August 1982 / Will always be in our thoughts / NORMAN STANLEY DREWETT / devoted husband of JUNE / born 27th November 1920 / died 4th February 1986 / may they both rest in peace.
23. [B3] Sandstone cross. In / Loving memory / of / FRANK EDWARD / son of / JOHN & ALICE HOLLANDS died 13th September 1920 / aged 11 years / also in memory of / RAYMOND CHARLES / son of JOHN & VIOLET HOLLANDS / died 4th Oct 1925 aged 3 months.
24. [B4] Sandstone headstone and kerbstone. In memory of / JOHN / beloved husband / of ALICE HOLLANDS / died 20th March 1929 / Aged 61 / also his beloved wife / ALICE / died 25th Jan. 1965 / aged 91 / and their daughter GRACE / died 1980 aged 85
25. [B5] Headstone, decorated with cross at top. In Loving memory of / a dear son and brother / JOHN VICTOR HOLLANDS / (JOHNNIE) / died 26th March 1952 aged 22 / Ever in our thoughts / also JOHN WILLIAM HOLLANDS / beloved father of JOHNNIE / and loving husband of VIOLET / died 27th January 1975 aged 77.
26. [B6] Small sandstone headstone on plinth with inset vase. In Loving memory of / our dear mother / ANNIE TEMPLE / died 25th Nov. 1942 / aged 82 / also ALBERT / husband of the above / died 23rd March 1952 / aged 85
27. [B7] Bookstone with kerbstone - lead lettering. Sacred to the memory of: Left side, EMMA MAYNARD / who passed away / 17th June 1940 / aged 79 years. / Her dear husband / THOMAS WILLIAM / MAYNARD / who passed away / 10th April 1944 / aged 79 years. Right side, ELIZABETH EDITH / their daughter / departed this life 7th February 1917 / aged 21 years.
28. [B8] Kerbstone with scrollstone at West end and bookstone at East end - lead lettering. Scrollstone.
In / loving memory of / MARY ANNE WOODGER / who passed away 31st Jan 1909 / aged 66 years / Thy will be done / also JOHN WOODGER / husband of the above / who passed away 31st Jan 1923 / aged 90 years / rest in peace. Bookstone - left side. In memory of / Capt / ERNEST WOODGER / (late R.A.O.C.) / their son / born April 28th 1873 / died / December 1st 1947 / Cremated at Cambridge. Bookstone - right side. also / CHRISTINA DORA / STRETEN / dearly beloved / daughter of FRANK & ADELA / WOODGER who died / June 14th 1944 aged 26 years.
29. [B9] Small metal plate on short posts. STANLEY JAMES HOWLAND / beloved husband and father / died 25th June 1979 aged 70 years / at rest.
30. [B10] Granite headstone and kerbstone. In / loving memory of / a dear husband / WILLIAM GASKIN / who fell asleep 5th Nov. 1950 / aged 74 years / peacefully sleeping.
31. [B11] Granite headstone and kerbstone. In loving memory of / a dear husband and father / FRANK GARDNER / who passed away 22nd Aug 1951 / aged 59 years / At Rest. / also his dear wife / MERCY MAY / died 6th December 1976 / aged 84 years
32. [B12] Small horizontal slab on pedestal. In loving memory of / GAVIN GORDON BROWN / Nov 11th 1867 - May 7th 1952
33. [B13] Kerbstone South side. In memory of a loving wife and mother NANCY HILLS, died 13th Jan 1958 aged 47. North side. Also a devoted husband and father FRED died 2nd April 1985, aged 73
34. [B14] Small headstone. In loving memory of / a dear husband and father / GEORGE STEPHEN CROUCH / died 2nd Dec. 1957 aged 68 / My peace I give unto you / Also his wife / ANNIE JEMIMA / died 16th Nov 1971 aged 80 / Reunited
35. [B15] Stone cross on pedestal with kerbstone. Sacred / to the beloved and honoured memory / of / Colonel WILLIAM PITT CMG RE / 1850 - 1933 / The Souls of the Righteous are / in the hand of God / Also of MARY JAMES PITT his wife / 1859 - 1949
36. [B16] Sandstone block. In / Memory of / GERALD FITZROY / HOHLER / son of / HENRY BOOTH HOHLER / of Fawkham Manor Kent / Knight Kings Counsel Justice of / the Peace of the County of Kent / Member of Parliament / for Chatham 1910 - 1918 / and for Gillingham 1918 - 1929 / born 29th August 1862 / died 30th January 1934.
37. [B17] Large stone cross. In ever / loving memory of / FREDERICK SCOTT HOHLER / who died on 18th January 1920 / and of FRANCES AMELIA his wife / who died on 24th May 1920 / Behold we come unto thee: For thou / art the Lord our God Jeremiah 3.23 / I am the light of the world he that / followeth me shall not walk in darkness / but shall have the light of God. St John 8.12
38. [B18] Granite headstone and kerbstone. To the / dear memory of / a loving wife and mother / MARY ELIZABETH ANSTISS / died Feb. 19. 1938 aged 64 / for ever within our hearts / also of a loving husband and father / JOHN ANSTISS / died July 18. 1950 aged 76 / In God's hands.
39. [B19] Headstone and kerbstone. In memoriam / EDITH WATERS / died 3rd Sep 1941 / aged 79 / FREDERICK / her husband / died 15th Oct 1941 / aged 86
40. [B20] Sandstone headstone and kerbstone. In / loving memory / of my dear wife / EMMA WATERS / who passed away 15th May 1940 aged 68
41. [B21] Headstone and kerbstone. Peace / In loving memory / of / JAMES PARSONS / who died 29th January 1945 / aged 87 years / also of / EDITH MARTIN PARSONS / a beloved wife and mother / who died 4th December 1951 / aged 82 years
42. [B21A] Granite headstone on plinth with inset vase. In loving memory of / a dear husband and father / STANLEY ALBERT / CHAPMAN / died 5th Feb 1977 / aged 70 / also his dear wife / ALICE PRIMROSE / a loving mother / died 9th June 1988 / aged 80 / reunited forever
43. [B22] Granite headstone on plinth with inset vase. In / loving memory of / a dear wife and mother / STELLA JEAN WATERS / 1924 - 1981
44. [B23] Small stepped cross (probably moved) In memory of / MARTHA BENWELL / who died 15 Sep 1865 / aged 70. / for 32 years / the faithful servant and friend of / MRS GOLDICUTT of Fairseat. Curved kerbstone. In loving memory of / DESMOND O'KEEFFE / died 19th April 1934 aged 12 / Resting in God's garden. Footstone leaning against B30. M B 1865
45. [B24] Small marble angel on pedestal. There's a friend / for little children / CAROLINE D. / OSBORNE. / died 11th May 1965 / aged / 4 years 8 mths. Our love / always.
46. [B25] Limestone headstone on plinth with inset vase. In / memory of / DONALD JAMES / FORSTER / RUSSELL / died 26th March 1978 / aged 72 / Requiescat in pace
47. [B26] Granite headstone on plinth with inset vase. In / loving memory / of / FREDERICK BOARD / died July 16th 1974 / aged 82 years.
48. [B27] Granite headstone on plinth with inset vase. In / loving memory / of / MILDRED FLORENCE / PARSONS / died 6th May 1947 / aged 47 years / also her brother / AUBREY SIDNEY / PARSONS / died 16th March 1985 / aged 83 years.
49. [B28] Granite headstone on plinth with inset vase. In / loving memory of / BEATRICE ENA / WILLIAMS / died 31st August 1978 / aged 69 years / also / ALAN WILLIAMS / 1912 - 1980.
50. [B29] Limestone headstone on plinth with inset vase. In loving memory / of / JAMES HOPPE / 1917 - 1984. / At Rest.
51. [B30] Limestone headstone and kerbstone. In loving memory of / ASHLEY WHATMAN / who died 15th Oct. 1942 / aged 78 years. / also MARY ANN WHATMAN / who died 28th Feb 1945. / aged 80 years.
52. [B31] Kerbstone. South side. Chorister at this church / 1949 – 1953. North side. DORREN CYRIL RAPSON / born 1941 died 1953
53. [B32] Small limestone headstone, footstone obscures part of inscription. Here / lieth ye body of ELIZ / daughter to THOMAS / & ELIZABETH RALLINGS / who d'yd May y 2 / 1726 Aged 73 years. Footstone, scroll at top. E R
54. [B33] Headstone, top part broken off, with each inscription in a half width column. Left side. ...... of JOHN ye son / of WILLIM & SA / -AH [SARAH] WOODDEN / who died ...... / July ye 20 ---- / aged -- day-[s]. Right side virtually illegible. ......ELIZABETH......aged 8 months
55. [B34] Limestone headstone, footstone obscures part of inscription. In Memory / of WILLM son of / WILLM --- SARAH WOODEN / who died...... 1750 ...... Footstone. W W / 1750. The parish register gives the following information: "8th July 1750 WILLIAM WOODDIN of the Parish of Chatham was buried."
56. [B35] Headstone. Sacred / to the memory of / MARGARET CLEMITSON / daughter of / EDWD & MARGT CLEMITSON / of Wrotham Hill / who died Decr 28th 1836 / aged 8 years and 3 months / also the above / EDWARD CLEMITSON / of Crosby in the county of Cumberland / who died June 5th 1857 / aged 58 years / also DOROTHY CLEMITSON / daughter of the above / who died Dec. 30th 1876 / in the 34th year of her age / Also MARGARET / wife of the above / EDWARD CLEMITSON / who died May 13th 1885 / in the 82nd year of her age / MARGARET MARY CLEMITSON / who died Sept 16th 1888 / aged 49 years / BRIDGET CLEMITSON / who died Febry 25th 1902 aged 69 years. Footstone. E. C. 1857, M.C. 1835.
The parish register gives the following information: BRIDGET CLEMITSON aged 68 years.
57. [B36] Large limestone headstone. In memory of / EDWARD WOODDEN / who departed this life / August y 31st 1771 Aged 65 years. Footstone. E W 1771
58. [B37] Large headstone with inscriptions side by side, 2 skulls and bones at top. Here lieth the / body of RICHARD / WOODEN of this / parish yeoman / who died Feby ye / 17th 1735 aged / 68 years. Here lieth the body of JUDITH / wife of RICHARD / WOODEN who / died November / ye 6th 1733 aged / 61 years. Footstone. R W
59. [B38] Large limestone headstone. In memory of / ELIZABETH wife of / ---- [JOHN] RAWLINGS and / daughter of RICHARD / and JUDITH WOODDEN / she died August -1-- 176- / Aged 63 years. Footstone. E.R. Parish register gives the following information: "13th August 1765 ELIZABETH RAWLINGS widow of Wrotham was buried."
60. [B39] Limestone headstone. Sacred to the memory of / DANIEL GRIFFITHS / many years a faithful -servant to the / Rt Honble the Countess of POMFRET / died much regretted / on the 23rd of August 1836 / in the 33d year of his age / also MARY ANN / wife of the above who died 2d / of October 1840 aged 42 years / left issue 4 Daughters (viz) / MATILDA LAVENA EMLIA / and JULIA. Footstone. D G 1836, M A G 1840
61. [C1] Kerbstone with bookstone. Left Side. In / loving memory of / a dear / husband and father / GEORGE PICKETT / who fell asleep / Oct.5th 1956 / aged 66 years / His life a beautiful / memory, / his absence a silent / grief. Right Side. Also his wife / ANNIE MABEL / a beloved mother / and grandmother / reunited / Jan. 14th 1982 / aged 90 years
62. [C2] Headstone with cross in top left hand corner. In / loving / memory of / JOSEPH HILLS / born 27th April 1858 / died 18th Sept 1948 / also his wife / EUNICE HILLS / born 21st March 1862 / died 15th July 1954 / Loved and remembered always.
63. [C3] Headstone and kerbstone. In / loving memory of / CONSTANCE MILFORD BELL, / who passed away / 21st June 1951, aged 73 years. / "At rest."
64. [C4] Marble headstone on plinth with inset vase. In / loving memory of / PATRICK HALEY / died 1st January 1958 / aged 62 years / also his wife / ROSA / died 6th July 1982 / aged 88 years / R.I.P.
65. [C5] Headstone on plinth with inset vase. In / loving memory / of / CLAUDE NEAL / who died 12th Oct. 1967 / aged 67 years. / At rest. / LILIAN MAY NEAL / who died 21st April 1983 / aged 83. / "Peace."
66. [C6] Headstone with vase on left. In ever / loving memory of / our dear son / LEONARD CHARLES / TUCKER / who passed away / Dec. 26th 1966 / aged 49 years / a day of memory sad / to recall / without farewell he left / us all. / Also / EDWARD CHARLES / TUCKER / father of the above / who died / March 31st 1979 / aged 88 years. / Also /WINIFRED MARY TUCKER / wife of the above / who died / Sept 8th 1981 / aged 93 years.
67. [C7] Book headstone with vase in front. Left Side. In / loving memory / of / a dear son / and brother / ROBERT M. / HALEY / called to rest / 24th June 1972 / aged 25 years. Right Side. We seem to give / him back to Thee, / dear God, / who gavest him / to us, / yet as Thou didst / not lose him in / giving, / so we have not / lost him by his / return. Separate vase at foot. From / friends / and / neighbours
68. [C8] Headstone with vase on right. In / affectionate / remembrance of / FLORENCE / LILIAN DODWELL / who fell asleep / 31st December 1971 / aged 65 years / Life is eternal and love / is immortal. Vase at foot. In / loving / memory
69. [C9] Headstone on plinth with inset vase. In / ever loving memory of / a dear husband / ARTHUR ERNEST PRENTICE / died 4th January 1973 / aged 77 years / "He looked the whole world in / the face and owed not any man." / and his devoted wife / GRACE EMILY PRENTICE / died 4th July 1980 / aged 69 years / Reunited. Vase at foot. Till / we meet / again
70. [C10] Headstone on plinth with inset vase. In / loving memory of / WILLIAM / LOTHIAN NICHOLSON / 1916 - 1972 / R.I.P.
71. [C11] Kerbstone - no discernible inscription.
72. [C12] Headstone on plinth with inset vase. In / loving memory of / CHARLES GEORGE FLISHER / 29th March 1905 / 17th September 1973
73. [C13] Cross headstone - West facing inscription. In / Loving memory / of / WILLIAM CARTER, / who died July 22nd 1912 / aged 76 years. / His end was peaceful
74. [C14] Cross headstone. ...... remembrance / of / HENRY WALTER, / died April 8th 1874 / aged 60 years
75. [C15] Cross headstone - West face. In / loving memory / of / HENRY WALTER, / who died June 18th 1894, / aged 54 years. / Through all the changing scenes of life, / in trouble and in joy / the praises of my God shall still / my heart and tongue employ. / O magnify the Lord with me / with me exalt His name, / when in distress to Him I called / He to my rescue came.
76. [C16] Headstone and kerbstone - West face. Lead kindly light. / In / loving memory of / ALFRED CAPON / died May 21st 1908 / aged 61 years. / Also ANN, wife of the above / died June 16th 1918 / aged 77 years. / Also THOMAS, son of the above / died Dec 7th 1877 aged 1 year 3 months.
77. [C17] Headstone - West face. In loving memory of / ANN, / daughter of THOMAS & ELIZABETH WALTER. / She died October 17. 1859. / Aged 7 years. / "Safe in the arms of Jesus." / Also of / THOMAS WALTER / father of the above. / He died December 5. 1904, / aged 87 years. / "O God our help in ages past, / our hope for years to come / Be Thou our guard while troubles last, / and our eternal home." / And of / ELIZABETH WALTER, / wife of the above / died June 30. 1915 / aged 90 years / Rest in peace. Footstone. A.W. / 1859. / T.W. / 1904. / E.W. 1915
78. [C18] Headstone. In memory of / RICHARD WALTER. / Who died June 21st 1827 / aged 74 years. / Also ANN ELIZABETH, wife of the above, / who died October 27th 1855, / aged 77 years. / NIMROD, their son, / died June 1st 1849. / Aged 27 years. / JANE their daughter, / died February 18th 1830. / Aged 18 years. / REBECCA CLINCH their daughter, / who died November 22nd 1882 / aged 79 years / Thy will be done. Footstone. R.W. 1827. / A.E.W. 1855. / N.W. 1849. / J.W. 1830. / R.C. 1882
79. [C19] Headstone in poor condition - left side eroded. In memory of / ELIZABETH GODLEY / ......August 29th 1861 / ...... years / ......cely be saved where / ......appear / ...... [I Pet]er 4 Chap 18 verse. Footstone. E.G. 1861
80. [C20] Small headstone. HARRIET LOCK / BOWYER, / died in Christ / June 29th 1850, / aged 10 years. / "Of such is the kingdom / of God." Mark X.14. Small footstone. H.L.B. / 1850
81. [C21] Headstone. Here / Lieth the body of / MARY / the worthy and beloved wife of / WILLIAM WALTER / who departed this life April 30th / 1831 / in the 66th year of her age. / left issue one son (viz) WILLIAM / Also the above named / WILLIAM WALTER / who departed this life FEBRUARY 2nd / 1838 in the 73rd year of his age / From the vain world and all its cares / we're now forever free / and hope for joys unmix'd with fears / thro' all eternity. Footstone M.W. / 1831, Footstone: W.W. / 1838
82. [C22] Headstone. Sacred / to the memory of / MARY WALTER daughter of / WILLIAM & MARY WALTER / of this parish who departed / this life February the 23rd 1793 / aged 5 weeks / Happy the babe who priveledg'd by fate / to shorter labour and a lighter weight / received but yesterday the gift of breath / order'd tomorrow to return to death. Footstone. M.W. / 1793
83. [C23] Headstone. Sacred to the memory of / ............ VAUGHN / ........s parish / who ----rted this life / May 31st 1844 / in the 67th year of his age / Be ye also ready for in such / an hour as ye think not the / Son of Man cometh. Footstone. W.V. / 1844. The parish register gives the following information:
"7th June 1844 WILLIAM VAUGHAN aged 67 was buried."
84. [C24] Headstone with each inscription in a half width column. Full width. In memory of: Left side. TIMOOY WHEELOCK / who departed this life / April the 30th 1798 / aged 7-  years. Right side. REBEC- VAUGHAN / who departed this life / May the 12th 1821 / aged 69 years. Full width. The wife of TIMOTHY WHEELOCK / and WILLIAM VAUGHAN Then shall the King say unto them all / in might .....come in blessed .... / into .... the kingdom ....../.........… Footstone. T.W. / 1798, Footstone. R.V. / 1821
85. [C25] Headstone. In memory of / REBECCA daughter of / TIMOTHY and REBECCA WHEELOCK / of this parish who departed this / life October the 4th 1787 / in the 8th year of her age / Imbalm'd in fond parental tears / secur'd by grace from toils and cares / the lovely child retir'd to rest / till Jesus says come all ye blest. Footstone. R.W. / 1787
86. [C26] Headstone. In / memory of EDMUND LOCK of this / parish yeoman who departed this / life 3 of September 1791 / aged 66 years / also ELIZABETH wife of the said / EDMUND LOCK / who departed this life the 2. April / 1799 aged 62 years / left issue 3 sons and 2 daughters / ISAAC THOMAS WILLIAM ANN & ELIZABETH
87. [C27] Headstone - inscription on West face. Here lyeth the body of / RICHARD LOCK. Son of / ISAAC & ANN LOCK / of this parish. He dy'd / August the 6th 1752 / aged 24 years
88. [C28] Headstone broken into three parts. Here lyeth the body of / WILLIAM LOCK son of / ISAAC & ANN LOCK / of this parish [he] dy'd / January the 12th 17-- / aged 16 years. The parish register gives the following information: "17 January 1751 WILLIAM the son of ISAAC and ANN LOCK was buried".
89. [C29] Headstone with each inscription in a half width column. Left Side. In / memory / of ISAAC LOCK / of this parish / who departed / this life the 11th of / November 1767 / aged 87 years. Right Side. Also / in memory / of ANN wife / of ISAAC LOCK / who departed / this life the 4th of / October 1767 / aged 78 years. Full width. Left issue 4 sons and one daughr / JOHN ISAAC EDMUND THOS and JANE
90. [C30] Headstone. In memory of / ISAAC son of / EDMUND and ELIZTH LOCK / of this parish who departed this life / the 6th of January / 1805 aged 28 years. Footstone. I.L. / 1805
91. [C31] Headstone. In memory of / RICHARD HAWLEY / of this parish who departed this life / the 24th of September 1814 / in the 44th year of his age / left issue three sons and one daughter. / Viz JOHN RICHARD JANE & THOMAS / Farewel my wife and children dear / whom I have left in grief and care: / but God will for you all provide / if you make Him your trust and guide / and He will raise you many friends / to comfort you to your lives end / and then I hope we all shall meet again / in the great joy of heaven to remain. Footstone. R.H. / 1814
92. [D1] Headstone. In fond memory / of / GERTRUDE ELIZABETH JESSUP / died 26th August 1963 / "Until The day break / and the shadows flee away" / also / ETHEL FLORENCE DUNMALL / 27th March 1971 / Rest in Peace
93. [D2] Kerbstone with chippings, South side in very poor condition. South side. KATHERINE MARY L---S [LETTS] died ......North side. ANN widow of WILLIAM DUNKLEY died 14th August 1941. East end.
In loving memory
94. [D3] Cross on stepped base with kerbstone. In memory of / a loving wife / and mother / JANE FORRESTER / died 5th November 1953 / aged 78 years / also a loving husband and father / JOHN WILLIAM FORRESTER / died 1st October 1964 / aged 91 years.
95. [D4] Arch-shaped headstone, inscription, lead letters missing, on flat stone at East end. Treasured memories of / a beloved wife / NORA MARJORIE MORRIS / who fell asleep / 12th March 1957 age 44. Limestone vase. Treasured memories of my mother
96. [D5] Granite headstone on stepped base with inset vase. Forever remembered / VALERIE JEAN FINCH / a dear wife and mother / born 14 March 1946 / died 6 Nov 1982 / and her mother BARBARA CLARA BAILEY / who died 7 May 1960 / May they rest in peace. Square vase. In / loving / memory of / BARBARA / BAILEY / died 7th May / 1960
97. [D6] Headstone, ornamental top with crucifix top left. In / memory of / CATHERINE LEWIS / who died 6th January 1950 / aged 81 / also her sister / EMILY JAMES / WHO DIED 6TH August 1959 / aged 84.
98. [D7] Limestone kerbstone. North side. In memory of FANNY SLADE fell asleep 6th July 1944 aged 72 years / also JAMES ALGERNON SLADE fell asleep 21st Sept. 1948 aged 79 years.
99. [D8] Limestone headstone and kerbstone with chippings. In / loving memory of / ROSANNA SPITTLEHOUSE / died 30th May 1947 / aged 64 years / Thy labour's o'er Limestone vase. JOSEPH FREDK DAVID BURGESS / born 22.4.1913 died 22.7.1981 / loved by all
100. [D9] Granite headstone and kerbstone. In / cherished memory of / WILLIAM B. BRYAN / 27th January 1949 aged 86 / At rest
101. [D10] Arched limestone headstone and marble kerbstone. Double grave, Tudor rose engraved at top of headstone. In loving memory of / MARCIA ANN FIREBRACE / 1872 - 1943 / also her daughter / ILMA / 1897 - 1984
102. [D11] No stone.
103. [D12] Kerbstone. West end. In loving memory of South side. ANN SARAH FINCH who died 18th April 1925 aged 69 years
104. [D13] Headstone. In loving memory / HUGH WILLIAM PASTEUR / 1899 - 1984 / of Fairseat House / I will lift up mine eyes / unto the hills
105. [D14] Polished granite headstone on plinth with inset vase. In loving memory of / a dear / husband and father / RONALD KILLICK / died 2nd April 1985 / aged 51 / Gone from our home / but not from our hearts
106. [D15] Headstone on plinth with inset vase. CHARLES and MILDRED / ALLEN / Together still / 1986
107. [D17] Headstone. Sacred / to / the memory of / JOHN SPARKES / of this parish / who departed this life / May 16th 1853 / aged 85 years. Footstone. J. S. 1853.
108. [D18] Kerbstone. North side. MARGARET LOUISE QUIXLEY died 11th April 1927. South side. CHRISTINE MARION QUIXLEY died 24th September 1941. East end. In Loving Memory On flat slab at East end BEATRICE EVELYN / STAP / 1875 - 1969
109. [D19] Small horizontal stone slab. GLADYS / EMMA BAKER / died 23rd June 1939 / aged 46 years / ELIZABETH BAKER / died 21st December 1947 / aged 84 years
110. [D20] Small horizontal stone slab. GEORGE EDWARD / BAKER / died 27th October 1964 / aged 76 years / ELIZABETH AMELIA / BAKER / died 21st February 1984 / aged 94 years
111. [D21] Headstone of red and black granite with ornamental top. In loving memory / of / THOMAS WADLOW, / who died April 4th 1914, / aged 78. / also of SARAH, / wife of the above, / who died April 18th 1919, / aged 76. / also of SYDNEY, / son of the above, / who died Nov. 16th 1893, / aged 24. / also / 2 sons & 1 daughter, / who died in childhood.
112. [D22] Headstone with ornamental cross. In memory of / OLIVE / Third daughter of the late / THOMAS VICKERY / of Bentworth Alton Hants. / died 13th May 187-  / aged 19 years / I know that my redeemer liveth. Footstone, no inscription. Parish register gives the following information: "19 May 1873 OLIVE VICKERY of Stansted aged 19, buried".
113. [D23] Small headstone. In ever loving memory / of / WALTER JOHN JARVIS / who entered into rest / March 21st 1935 / Aged 79 years
114. [D24] Headstone, inscription on West face. Sacred to the memory of / ROBERT BENNETT / who lived / in the love of / God and Man. / He died in Christ / February 26th 1856 / Aged 79 years / "Thou good and faithful / servant" / Matt. Ch. XXV. 21. Footstone. R. B.
115. [D25] Small marble headstone and kerbstone. In / loving memory of / my dear husband / FREDERICK DAVID BURGESS / who entered into rest / June 25th 1928 aged 50 years / "Rest in the Lord"
116. [D26] Headstone, very worn. East face. Sacred / to the memory of / ELIZABETH / wife of RICHARD NEWMAN / of this parish who departed this life / the 21st October 1814 / aged 62 years / Left issue five sons (viz.) JOHN, SILAS / THOMAS, RICHARD and SOLOMON / also the above RICHARD NEWMAN / who died the 28th of October 1840 / aged 84 years. West face. Sacred / to the memory of / WINNEYFRET BENTLE who died / in the year 182- aged 88 years. / also SOLOMON NEWMAN / who died in the year 1826 / aged 26 years / also JOHN NEWMAN / who died November 20th 1838 / aged 52 years. Footstone. E.N / 1814, Footstone. R. N. / 1840. Parish register gives the following information:
"21 January 1824 WILIFRED BENTLEY of Stansted aged 87 was buried"
117. [D27] Headstone and kerbstone, lead letters. In / loving memory of / my dear husband / DAVID BURGESS / who entered into rest / Sept 11th 1929 aged 81 years. / "Thy way not mine O Lord" / also HARRIET BURGESS / his wife / died Feb 25th 1939 aged 82 years. / "The Lord is my shepherd."
118. [D28] Kerbstone with inscription on tablet at East end. In / loving memory of / AGNES HELENA BURGESS / deceased 26th May 1967 / aged 88 years / Rest in peace / also of / THOMAS HENRY BURGESS / deceased 18th July 1973 / aged 91 years
119. [D29] Double headstone very worn, inscription on West face. Here lieth / the body of / THOMAS FENN / of this parish / who departed / this life March / ye 13th 1715 aged / 54 years. / ---- l---h / the B--y of / MARGARE- wife / of THOM-- FENN / who departed / this life J--e / ye 14th -------- / 65 ye---. Two footstones, no inscriptions.
120. [D30] Headstone, very worn.
In memory of / SARAH daughter of / RICHARD & MARY COLYER / who departed this life Decr the -- / 1802 in the 23th year of her age / ......5 lines illegible ....../ In time you'll meet to sing his praise" Footstone.
- C / 1802
121. [D31] Headstone - inscription illegible.
122. [D32] Headstone, worn, inscription on West face. Here lyes ye body of / MARGARETT wife of GEORG- / GIPSON who dy'd / Novr ye -3d 1726 aged / 73 years
123. [D33] Broken headstone, worn away. ...... she left issue ......
124. [D34] Headstone lying horizontally. In memory of / REBECCA daughter of / JOHN and HESTER HILLS / of this parish / who departed this life / the 20th of February 1805 / aged 15 months.
125. [D35] Headstone. In memory of / ANTHONY BUCKINGAME / died December 21st 1787 / aged 46 years / also OWEN BUCKINGAME / died October 4th 1788 / aged 55 years. Footstone. O. B. / 1788, Footstone. A. B. / 1787
126. [D36] Headstone. Sacred / to the memory of / JAMES SHARPE / of this parish, / who died October 24th 1799 / aged 44 years. / Farewell vain World I've seen enough of thee / and careless am of what thou sayest of me. / What faults you see in me do strive to shun / And look at home, enough there's to be done / also SUSANNA his wife / who died December 26th 1837 / aged 83 years. Footstone. J. S. / 1799. Footstone. S. S. / 1837
127. [D37] Headstone. Sacred / to / the memory of / PHILADELPHIA SHARPE / (of the parish of Chislehurst) / who died June 19th 1855 / aged 78 years. / MARY OLIVER SHARPE / who died March 27th 1868 / aged 73 years. Footstone. P. S. 1855
128. [D38] Headstone. Sacred / to the memory of / THOMAS son of / JAMES and SUSANNA / SHARPE / who died Aug 16th 1788 / aged 20 months. / also JAMES their son / who died Sepr 16th 1815 / aged 32 years. / also SAMUEL their son / who died Octr 22d 1833 / aged 45 years. Footstone. T. S. / 1788. Footstone. J. S. / 1815
129. [D39] Headstone. Sacred / to the memory of / SARAH wife of / RICHARD RUSSELL / and daughter of JAMES / and SUSANNA SHARPE / who died April 26th 1805 / aged 32 years / also ANNA SHARPE / who died Sepr 4th 1810 / aged 24 years / also MATILDA SHARPE / who died July 13th 1811 / aged 21 years. Footstone. S. R. / 1805. Footstone. A. S. / 1810
130. [D40] Headstone, decorative scroll at top. Left column. In memory of / JOHN GOODWIN / late of Wrotham / who departed / this life April / ye 6th 1752 / aged 63 years. Right column. Also ANN / wife of JOHN / GOODWIN / who departed / this life April / ye 2d 1768 / aged 85 years. Full width. Left issue two daughters / (viz) ANN and JANE
131. [D41] Headstone. In / Loving Memory of / CHARLES ANTHONY BUSH / 1914 - 1988
132. [D42] Polished granite headstone on plinth with inset vase and kerbstone. Separate vase. Treasured memories / of a beloved / husband and father / JOHN CONWAY / 1909 - 1989 / Too dearly loved / to be forgotten / also his wife / VICTORIA MAY / (MAISIE) / 1911 - 1994 / together again
133. [D43] Heart-shaped headstone on plinth with inset vase. In loving memory / of / RYAN GRAHAM / HARES / fell asleep 24th / November 1989. / God's little / angel.
134. [D44] Headstone. ROBERT HARRISON / LEWIS / 1937 - 1990 / He who kisses the joy as it flies / lives in eternity's sunrise
135. [D45] Headstone on plinth with inset vase. In loving memory of / KENNETH ROY SYKES / 1939 - 1991 / husband and father of / HANNIE THOMAS JOSEPH JAN
136. [E1] Headstone. In / Memory of / ISAAC LOCK of this parish / who died April 24th 1788 / aged 65 years
137. [E2] Kerbstone with granite chippings. West End. In loving memory of South Side. JOHN BURTON BECK died March 19th 1920 aged 25. East End. He still lives in the hearts / of those he left behind North Side Blank. Pot. from / friends / and / neighbours
138. [E3] Headstone. In memory / of / HARRIET / wife of / THOMAS SKUDDER / of this parish / who died Novr 21st 1858 / aged 49 years / also the above / THOMAS SKUDDER / who died Feby 13th 1865 / aged 52 years / "Blessed are they whose iniquities are / forgiven and whose sins are covered" / Romans 4c 7v. Footstone. HS 1858, TS 1865
139. [E4] Cross headstone (top broken off and lying behind) IHS inscribed thereon. In / Loving memory of / SAMUEL GEORGE BOOTH / WHITE / sometime rector of this parish / died May 12th 1880 aged 66 years
140. [E5] Headstone. In / Loving memory / of / JOHN MANLEY / died 10th Sept 1925 / aged 80 years / "a kind thoughtful husband and a good father / at rest" / also his loving wife SARAH / died 25th March 1934 aged 89 years / a devoted and unselfish wife and mother / well done thou good and faithful servant / also their infant son TEDDIE / died 9th Sept 1886 aged 7 months / and their dear son CHARLES GUY / died 6th April 1932 aged 49 years / father, brother, child and mother / meet once more West Face. and their grandson / HARRY MANLEY / 1910 - 1985
141. [E6] Kerbstone, filled with granite chippings. West End. In loving memory of mother South Side.
SARAH STEWARD aged 78 years died May 14th 1942
142. [E7] Kerbstone with corner pieces, filled with granite and green chippings. South Side. In loving memory of THOMAS JOSEPH BROOKER died June 27th 1942 / Forever in our thoughts…North Side.
In loving memory of KATE BROOKER died August 20th 1941 / always in our thoughts
143. [E8] Kerbstone with corner pieces, filled with granite and green chippings. North Side. In loving memory of CHRISTINA WINIFRED BROOKER died August 13th 1945 / her life a beautiful memory
144. [E9] Kerbstone with corner pieces, filled with granite chippings. The raised sections in the centre of the long sides divide the inscription. West end broken off, also North Side East End partially broken. South Side West End. MARY ANN BROOKER / who passed away 2nd Jan 1917 aged 78. South Side East End. JOSEPH BROOKER / who died Feb 18th 1929 aged 86. North Side East End. ---- -ROOKER / who passed away -- Nov 1945 aged 72. North Side West End. In silence we remember
145. [E10] Cross headstone (broken with top leaning against East Face). In / beloved / memory of / ALICE DAISY BALL / who died / April 29th 1884 / aged / 9 months / Jesus called a little / child unto him
146. [E11] Coped stone with broken iron railings. South Side. In affectionate remembrance of / RICHARD JEAL / who died August 8th 1865 aged 60 years North Side. also ANN his wife / who died April 4th 1866 aged 65 years
147. [E12] Headstone. In memory / of / RICHARD JEAL / died March 1895 / aged 70 years / and of his wife / ELIZABETH JEAL / died February 1904 / aged 95 years / at rest
148. [E13] Headstone. Sacred / to the memory of / LILIAN MABEL / the darling infant of / HENRY and MARIA LOCKE / of Fairseat / who died April 13th 1869 / aged 2 months / he shall gather the lambs with / his arms Isaiah 40th 11th v
149. [E14] Vault with horizontal stone slab and iron railings above. To the memory of / JANE HICKSON / formerly GRANT and sister of / HANNAH GRANT / also buried here / who died October 31 1903 / aged 92 years
150. [E15] Vault with horizontal stone slab and iron railings above. To the memory of / HORACE GRANT ESQR / of Fairseat / late of the East India House / born Decr 1799 / died 29th March 1859 / also of his cousin / HANNAH GRANT / late of Fairseat / who died the 18th February 1887 / aged 78 / both deeply mourned by / all who knew them
151. [E16] Headstone with carved skull design, inscription on West Face. Here lieth ye body / of AIMMY wife of / JOHN MARTIN who / departed this life / January the 8th / 1736 aged 72 yrs
152. [E17] Headstone. Sacred / to the memory of / WILLIAM BELLINGHAM / of this parish / who died August 30th 1846 / aged 75 years / also SALLY / wife of the above / who died December 27th 1847 / aged 80 years. Footstone. SB 1847 Footstone. WB 1846
153. [E18] Headstone. Sacred / to the memory of / REMELIAH wife of / JEREMIAH BELLINGHAM / who departed this life Feby. 10th / 1845 aged 37 years / also RICHARD their son / who died April 6th 1845 / aged 9 weeks / left issue one son (viz. WILLIAM ) / how lov'd, how valu'd once avail thee not / to whom related or by whom begot / 1 heap of dust alone remains of thee / tis all thou art and all the proud shall be / also / JEREMIAH BELLINGHAM / died Feby 15th 1852 aged 41 years. Footstone. RB / 1845 / JB / 1845. Footstone. JB
154. [E19] Coped stone. South Side. In remembrance of / WILLIAM EDWARD HICKSON / of the manor house Fairseat / who died the 22nd March 1870 aged 67 years / also of JANE wife of the above / who died the 1st January 1871
155. [E20] Kerbstone with carved horizontal cross. East End. In loving memory of North Side. DORA MARGARET wife of the late major general JOHN SHAW KEMBALL of Fairseat born Sept. 10. 1828 died May 31 1916. West End. At evening time it shall be light
156. [E21] Headstone carved design at top. In memory of / WILLIAM HILLS / died June 17th 1872 / aged 76 years / blessed are the dead which die in the Lord / also / MARY HILLS / wife of the above who departed this life / September 28th 1883 aged 76 years / Good Lord remember me
157. [E22] Headstone. Sacred / to the memory of / JOHN GOODWIN HILLS / who died September 30 1842 / aged 79 years / also MARY wife of the above / who died August 1st 18-7 / aged 69 years / left surviving 3 sons and 1 daughter / EDWARD JOHN WILLIAM MARY / (Followed by unreadable inscription in italics.) The parish register gives the following information: "10th August 1837 MARY HILLS aged 69 was buried"
158. [E23] Headstone with each inscription in a half width column. Left Side. In memory of / EDWARD HILLS / who departed this / life / Sep 26 1845 / aged 84 years Right Side. In memory of / JANE HILLS / [late] of ....... / who departed this / life / July 20 1801 / aged 70 years Full width. Left issue 1 son (viz) JOHN and 4 grandsons / (viz) EDWARD JOHN WILLIAM REUBEN. The parish register gives the following information: "1st October 1815 EDWARD HILLS aged 83 of Meopham was buried."
159. [E24] Headstone. In / Memory of / SARAH wife of JOHN MARTIN / of this parish who departed this life / October the 20th 1792 aged 79 years / also the above said JOHN MARTIN died August the 18th 1794 / aged 85 years
160. [E25] Headstone, carved design. To / the memory of / WILLIAM HILLS / yeoman / who died Nov 19th 1836 / aged 69 years / also ANN wife of the above / who died May 20th 1824 / aged 51 years / left issue 2 sons and 1 daughter / viz. THOMAS, HARRIOT & WILLIAM
161. [E26] Headstone. In memory of / THOMAS HILLS / of this parish / who departed this life / the 15th day of March 1802. / aged 64 years / also ANN his wife / who died the 25th day of August 1801 / aged 48 years
162. [E27] Headstone, large gap between "60 years" and "left issue". Sacred / to the memory of / JOHN HAYES / of this parish who departed this life / the 13th of June 1814 / aged 60 years / left issue three sons viz. THOMAS / JOHN and ROBERT / whilst in this world I did remain / my latter days was grief and pain / but when the lord did think it best / he took me to a place of rest Footstone. JH / 1814 Footstone. Blank
163. [E28] On E Graveyard Wall. E.G. 1896 F.G. 1892
164. [E29] On E Graveyard Wall. In loving memory of / HILDA MAY LUCK 1911 - 1982
165. [E30] On E Graveyard Wall. TOM FORRESTER / 1901 - 1979 / a servant of the church / and his wife / IVY / 1902 - 1980
166. [E31] On E Graveyard Wall. JANETTA MARY WALTON / 1935 - 1985 / a loving wife & mother
167. [E32] On E Graveyard Wall. Sacred to the memory of / JOANNA FRANCES ANNE / JACQUES / died March 2nd 1878 / aged 15 months / Suffer the little children to come / unto me and forbid them not / for of such is the kingdom of heaven his life / the 20th of February 1805 / aged 15 mont
168. [F1] Polished granite cross lying on polished granite base, in its turn lying on a kerbed base. Inscription on North Face of base. To the memory of / PHILIP HICKSON WATERLOW, Baronet, / who died 20th September 1931, in his 84th year. / and his beloved wife, LAURA MARIE, / who died 26th March 1929, in her 72nd year At N.E. Corner. EBBUTT & SONS / LTD / Croydon
169. [F2] Marble angel on square base on larger square plinth, kerbstone surround with moulded corners. Inscription on North Face. In memory of / ROSA EVELYN JONES / the beloved sister of / LAURA WATERLOW / of Trosley Towers / died 8th November 1924 / At Rest with God At N.E. Corner. EBBUTT & SONS / LTD / Croydon
170. [F3] Marble pillar on square base surrounded by marble kerb. Inscription on North Face. In affectionate remembrance / of / a loving wife / and a devoted mother / AGNES M. HAMILTON, / wife of the late / WILLIAM HAMILTON, / of San Francisco, California. / died September 6th 1886, / aged 74. / "He leadeth me beside the still waters" At N.E. Corner. ITALN SC MARBLE CO. / London N.
171. [F4] Black polished marble with limestone kerbstone. On North Facing End of bed head below portrait in copper. In memory of / SYDNEY HEDLEY WATERLOW / Bart. K.C.V.O. Born Nov 1st / 1822 died August 3rd 1906 On East Facing Side bed head is a circular sculpture in copper of a carpenter seated on a bench alongside a bag of tools and his arms round a little girl and boy. Also 4 Tudor roses. Rejoice with them that do rejoice On West Facing Side of bed head is a circular copper sculpture depicting a bereaved couple with dead child. Also 1 Tudor rose (3 missing). And weep with them that weep
172. [F5] Pink marble cruciform coped stone. Inscription on South Face. In / loving memory of / MAUD BEATRICE, / daughter of the late WILLIAM THOMAS / and SARAH JANE BRAILEY / who died August 22nd 1900 aged 22 years / "He giveth his beloved sleep"
173. [F6] Limestone headstone and kerbstone. Headstone. Rest! Thy work is done / In affectionate remembrance of / CHARLES HAMMOND FLETCHER / a loving husband and father / born May 13th 1851 / died Nov 26th 1922 / after a life's devotion in the service of / Sir SYDNEY HEDLEY WATERLOW Baronet. Kerbstone. In loving memory of GEORGE LAUGHTON / died Sept 22nd 1920. aged 82 years / Until we meet again
174. [F7] Limestone bookstone and kerbstone, West facing inscription. Left side. In / loving memory / of / JAMES KNIGHT / who died 9th / March 1953 / aged 82 years. Right side. also in / loving memory / of his / dear wife / BERTHA ELIZA / KNIGHT / who died / 16th Jan 1955 / aged 82 years.
175. [F8] Three limestone steps probably originally surmounted by a cross. In / loving memory / of / CHARLES BLACKMAN MILTON / died Feb 14th 1911 / aged 56 years. / also of ELIZABETH CURTIS MILTON / died Dec 29th 1929 aged 68 years / Blessed are the pure in heart
176. [F9] Marble kerbstone with corner stones. West End. In loving memory South side. of my wife KATE ATKINS who died 5th April 1926 aged 70 years East End. Free from pain.
177. [F10] Limestone headstone. In / memory of / WILLIAM GODDING / died Aug 31 1912 / age 71 years / also / PYHLISS the wife / died March 25 / 1917 age 78
178. [F11] Limestone headstone. In loving memory of / ELLEN GILHAM / who fell asleep in Jesus / February 18th 1896 / aged 55 years / also of / FRANCIS GILHAM / father of the above / who died January 30th ---- / aged 81 years / "There remaineth a rest for the peo--- -- God"
179. [F12] Stepped coped stone on a plinth. Inscription on North Face. Sacred to the memory of / the Rev'd THOMAS NUNN M.A. / for 18 years Rector of this parish who died May 28th 1877 / aged 79 years / "He shewed out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom / S James III.13
180. [F13] Cross inscribed IHS. ELIZABETH / MATILDA NUNN / Died in Christ / Sunday 27th September 1874 / aged 73 years / ELIZABETH MATILDA EASTGATE NUNN / daughter of the above / Died in Christ / 27th July 1869 aged 41 years / "Till the day dawn and the shadows flee away"
181. [F14] Stepped cross inscribed HIS In sweet and / loving memory of / ANN BRIDGES NUNN / born January 7th 1880 / died October 10th 1889 / "In thy presence is the fulness / of joy and at thy right hand / there is pleasure for ever more"
182. [F15] Headstone surmounted by a cross, broken off. Sacred to the memory / of / JOSEPH ALEXANDER TAYLOR NUNN / who died May 28th 1875 / aged 35 years / At evening time it shall be light. / Zechariah XIV 7
186. [F16] Headstone with Celtic Cross. In memory of CAROLINE RYALL / the beloved wife of JOHN GRIFFIN / who departed this life 26th May 1887 / at Fairseat, Kent aged 38 years / Even so them also which sleep in / Jesus will God bring with Him
187. [F17] Cross on stepped base, double grave. East Side Middle Step: In loving memory of / BLANCHE MATILDA GRACE / the beloved eldest daughter of / JOHN BRIDGES and GRACE CAROLINE NUNN / fell asleep 25th July 1891 aged 21. East Side Top Step: "The eternal God is thy / refuge, and underneath / are the everlasting arms" North Face: In loving memory of / the Revd. JOHN BRIDGES NUNN, / son of the Revd.THOMAS NUNN, born November 19th 1833, / died April 28th 1910. North Face Top Step: "This God is our GOD for / ever and ever. He will / be our guide even unto / death." Psalm 48 v.14.
188. [F18] Headstone decorated with roses. In affectionate remembrance of / JOHN COLLISON / who departed this life / October 31st 1879 / aged 43 years / Lord my afflictions I did bear / with patience night and day / until it was thy blessed will / to take my life away. / In ease and comfort now I lie / my friends no more to see, / and hope they'll wipe their tears away / and weep no more for me. Footstone. J.C. 1879
189. [F19] Small headstone. In loving memory / of / HERBERT / dearly loved son of / HERBERT and LILIAN MILES / died July 14th 1921 / aged 5 years. / Jesus called a little child
190. [F20] Headstone. In loving memory / of / MARY / widow of JOHN EYRES, / of Feltwell, Norfolk, / who entered into rest / 15th August 1887, / aged 84 years. / "For ever with the Lord"
191. [F21] Cross fallen from stepped plinth with kerbstone. CHRISTINA LOUISA / widow of / Captain H ADAMS / Bombay Army / b. Feb 28 1796. / d. Feb 22 1891 / "In Thy presence is fulness of joy."
192. [F22] Limestone headstone with floral engraving and IHS. In loving memory / of / ELIZABETH CAROLINE / beloved wife of / EDWIN TURBILLE of Fair---t / who de---t-d this life / J-ly 23rd 1901 / aged 47 years. Ano---r loved one God hath called / and taken to her rest. / Her pains are o'er her sufferings past / she dwells now with the blest.
193. [F23] Limestone headstone, IHS at top, leaning against "F22". In loving memory / of / HARRIETT TURBILLE / of Fairseat / died October 13. 1920 / aged 72 / Peace perfect peace
194. [F24] Small limestone headstone removed from a grave and placed against South wall under lime tree. In / loving memory / of / JAMES PRITCHARD / of Cranley [Cradley] / who entered into / rest / August 17th 1926 / born Dec 9th 1861 The parish register gives the following information: "21st August 1926 JAMES PRITCHARD aged 64 of The Post Office Fairseat Stansted was buried." above. To the memory of / HORACE GRANT ESQR / of Fairs
195. [G1] Floor tile removed and placed on the wall. Cleaning and highlighting of the lettering has obviously been done in modern times. Here lyeth / the boody / of ELSEBETH / WOODDENE / the dafter / of EDWARD / WODDENE / 1638
196. [G2] Floor tile removed and placed on the wall. Cleaning and highlighting of the lettering has obviously been done in modern times. Here l--th [lyeth] / the boody of / WILLVM WO- / DIN [WODDIN] the svnn / of EDWARD / WODDIN / 163- 
197. [G3] Small marble wall tablet. To the memory of / JOHN MANLEY / 28 years churchwarden / of this parish / born 1845. died 1925.
198. [G4] Brass wall plaque on wooden backing. In loving memory of / Major General JOHN SHAW KEMBALL / Bombay Staff Corps, of Fairseat House. / For 34 years churchwarden of this parish / born July 5th 1822. Entered into Rest / at Bordighera April 19th 1914
199. [G5] Brass wall plaque with decorative border. In memory of HANNAH GRANT / the beloved mistress of Fairseat school / She died on the 18th Feb 1887 aged 78 yrs / and is buried near this place / Her life was a rare example / of untiring devotion to duty / of earnest liberal faith / of unselfish & judicious well doing / In her 33 years of strenuous work / in the gracious and generous leisure / of her quiet old age / she was always the wise counsellor / the trusted comforter / of all who sought her sympathy / The affectionate reverence / which she inspired / in upwards of 500 pupils / is here gratefully recorded / by some of them.
200. [G6] Alabaster wall plaque. To the beloved memory of / Major WILLIAM CHARLES DRUMMOND / late the Derbyshire Regt and / Hampshire militia, / died at Fairseat Jany 14 1916 / "Until the day break and the shadows / flee away"
201. [G7] Stained glass window depicting two scenes from the gospels. They found him in the temple sitting in the midst of the doctors / He sat down & taught the people out of the ship / To the glory of God & in loving memory of CHARLES LEONARD NUTTER / of Fairseat. This window is erected by his wife ANNA MARIA NUTTER
202. [G8] Brass wall plaque in black marble surround. In this churchyard rests the / body of HORACE GRANT / of Fairseat. Late of the East / India House. Author of exer- / cises for the senses & other / educational works. Born MD / CCXCIX. Died March MDCCCLIX / This memorial is erected / by a few of those to whom / he greatly endeared him- / self by the self-denying / kindness with which he volun- / tarily devoted himself to / their instruction and im- / provement and in affection- / ate remembrance of the / constant and friendly / sympathy he manifested in / all their undertakings.
203. [G9] Floorstone. Here lyeth ye body of HAR / RINGTON COX, son of Mr JOHN / COX & HANH his wife of this / parish, who died ye 20th of / Decemr in ye year of our / Lord 1722, aged 9 months.
204. [G10] Small brass plate on stall. To the glory of God / and in memory of / FRANCIS WALTER FISHER / (Rector 1918-1931) / and of ANNIE his wife / this stall was dedicated / 1934
205. [G11] Marble wall tablet. To the dear & honoured memory of / ARTHUR ROUND CRONK / the beloved Rector of this Parish / for nearly twenty years until he / entered into rest July 20th 1918 / aged 74 / This tablet is placed by his grateful / parishioners and friends
206. [G12] Floorstone. Here lieth the Body / of Mr JOHN COX of this / Parish who died Novemr / the 7th 1714 Aged 63 Years / He left behind him EDDE his Wife and 9 children / 3 Sons: SAMUEL JOHN & WILLM / and 6 Daughters MARY / ELIZABETH EDDE ANN SARAH / and ELENOR
207. [G13] Small brass plate in floor. EDITH MARY WHITE / died in Christ / March XI A.D. MDCCCL.
208. [G14] Black marble slab with skull and crossbones. Here lies Interred in full assurance / of a Glorious Resurrection The Bodys / of JOHN COX late of Fairseat in this / Parish Gent: and of EDITH and / ELIZABETH COX 2 of the daugh / ters of the Sd. JOHN COX / JOHN COX Dparted this life the 4th day / of Novr 1736 in the 49th year of / his age / EDITH COX departed this life the / 18th day of augt 1735 in the 17th / year of her age / ELIZABETH COX departed this life / the 13th day of June 1736 in the 17th / year of her age / HANNAH COX The Widow of the said / JOHN COX and mother of the said / EDITH & ELIZABETH COX as a Testament / of her love and as the least marke of / her unspeakable griefe lays this stone.
209. [G15] Wall tablet surmounted by coat of arms: 3 birds above castle on gold with green below. "I fear God" underneath. In honoured and affectionate / memory of Sir GERALD HOHLER, Kt: K.C. / of the Court Lodge in this parish / fourth son of HENRY BOOTH HOHLER / Esq: of Fawkham: a distinguished / lawyer and for many years the / faithful & beloved representative / of Chatham and Gillingham in / Parliament: born 1861: died 1934.
210. [G16] Marble wall tablet. To the memory of / WILLIAM WEBB, 67 years chorister / and 52 years clerk / of this church / born 1845. died 1924.
211. [G17] Brass wall plate on wooden backing. To the Glory of God and in loving memory of / The Revd THOMAS NUNN M.A. / For 18 years Rector of this Parish / also of / BLANCHE MATILDA GRACE NUNN / Born December 22nd, 1869. Died July 25th, 1891. / Granddaughter of the above and eldest daughter of / The Revd J. BRIDGES NUNN / by whom this tablet is erected. / "The Eternal God is Thy refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms."
212. [G18] Floorstone (part covered by the organ). Here lyeth ...... / Body of Mrs ...... / COX Daughter ...... / And HANNAH ...... / of Fairseat gent who / Died March ye 9 1744 / Aged 22 years.
213. [G19] Floorstone (part covered by the organ). Here / Lieth ye Bod ...... / SAMUEL and ...... / Twins son & ...... / of Mr SAMUEL & ...... / COX SAMUEL ...... / ELIZABETH ye 2 ...... / August in ye ...... / our Lord ...... / Aged -  M-----.
214. [G20] Marble slab at base of window. This window is erected to the glory of God and to the most dear and brave memory of / WILLIAM NEVILLE PITT, Major & second in command 2nd Lincoln Regiment who died of wounds in France 20th Aug 1916 aet 35 / and of JAMES MAXWELL PITT Lieutenant & adjutant 1st Dorset Regiment, who was killed in action in France 13th Oct 1914 aet 26 / The only surviving sons of Colonel WILLIAM PITT, R.E. and MARY JAMES his wife of Fairseat House Text in window. Be thou faithful unto death & I will give thee a crown of Life.
215. [G21] Marble wall plaque "Their name liveth for evermore." / To the honoured memory of / the men of this parish / who fell in the great war 1914 - 1918 / Lieut. Colonel A.G. KEMBALL C.B., D.S.O., 54th Canadians / Major W.N. PITT 2nd Bn. Lincolnshire Regt. / Lieut. and Adjutant J.M. PITT 1st Bn. Dorset Regt. / Sergt. Major A. KIRTON 11th Bn. Australian Imperial Force / Co. Sergt. Major J.F. JOHNSON 9th Bn. King's Royal Rifle Corps / Private A.T. BETTS Royal Army Service Corps / Private H.G. BLACKMAN 1st Bn. Grenadier Guards / Driver F.BOWYER Royal Engineers / Private L.V. BROWN 2nd Bn. Royal West Surrey Regt. / Driver V.R. BROWN Royal Field Artillery / Private E. E. BURNETT 3rd Bn. Royal West Kent Regt. / Private J. A. MARTIN 28th Bn. Australian Imperial Force / Private L. SOLOMON Post Office Rifles / Private B.R. STREATFIELD 7th Bn. Royal West Kent Regt. / Lieut. G.A. GOODMAN Royal Air Force
216. [G22] Small brass plate in floor. Here lyeth JOHN SKUDDER & ANNES his / wyfe for there soules there chylderns & all / christian soules of your charite say a p[ate]r n[oste]r & ave
217. [G23] Framed illuminated scroll. Parish of Stansted / Roll of Honour / of men who served overseas during / the Great War 1914 - 1918 / E. ANSTISS / J. ANSTISS / W. ANSTISS / R. ARNOLD / S. BAKER / G. BARKER / J. BETTS / *A.T. BETTS / *H.G. BLACKMAN / *F. BOWYER / J. BROOKER / T. BROOKER / S.T. BROWN / *L.V. BROWN / R. BURGESS / *E.E. BURNETT / R. CLEAVE / E.L. EVERETT / W.M. EVERETT / H.U. FLETCHER / E.J. FORD / W. FORD / *G.A. GOODMAN / C. HILLS / J. HILLS / J.H. HILLS / J. W. HOLLANDS / P. HOLLANDS / *J.F. JOHNSON / *A.G. KEMBALL / G. V. KEMBALL / V. E. KEMBALL / *A. KIRTON / J. KNIGHT / M.H. LUSHINGTON / F. MANLEY / S.J. MANLEY / *J.A. MARTIN / T. OSBORNE / O.K. PARKER / R.Y. PARKER / E. PARSONS / W. PARSONS / *J.M. PITT / *W.N. PITT / H.W. POWELL / A.T. PRIOR / M. ROMANS / A. ROLFE / H. SOLE / *L. SOLOMONS / P. STEPHENS / FRANK STEWARD / FREDK. STEWARD / S. STEWARD / *B.R. STREATFIELD / REGD STREATFIELD / RICD STREATFIELD / S. STREATFIELD / W. STREATFIELD / J. TOWELLS / F. WALLACE / R. WRIGHT. (Nb - there is no explanation as to the significance of the asterisks but they seem to be those "who fell" as recorded in G21.)
218. [G24] Small brass plate on the switch box. The electric lamps were / installed in this church in 1958 / through the generosity / of various parishioners, / of Miss FIREBRACE and / of the Stansted Sewing Guild.
219. [G25] Oval marble plaque, badge of 54th Canadians at top and badge of Gurkha Rifles at bottom. To the glory of God / and / in proud & loving memory / of / Colonel / ARNOLD HENRY GRANT KEMBALL / C.B., D.S.O., / 54th Canadians, / Late 5th Gurkha Rifles, / who fell at Vimy Ridge / March 1st 1917 / "This is the happy warrior; this is he / that every man in arms should / wish to be."
220. [G26] Marble wall plaque. In loving memory of / EVA MARGARET KEMBALL / daughter of Major / General JOHN SHAW KEMBALL / died 14 February 1935.
221. [G27] Brass wall plaque. To the glory of God and in memory of / Canon ANDREW POLLOK WILLIAMS A.K.C. / Rector of this parish from 1931 to 1950. / These pews were given in 1955 by his many friends / in gratitude for / his kindliness sympathy and devoted ministry.
222. [G28] Small brass plate fixed to pew. The foundation and floor under these pews / were reconstructed / in 1955 in memory of / DORA MARIAN KEMBALL 1865 - 1953 / daughter of / Major General JOHN SHAW KEMBALL / of Fairseat House.
223. [G29] Iron pedestal with tray top. Presented in memory of / TOM J. BROOKER by his family & friends 1898 - 1970.
224. Below is a transcription of the inscriptions on the Eastern external wall of the church
As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
|GLADYS M L UNWIN |
LEONARD T POUNTNEY
ELSIE M HAYDON
GORDON D SPARROW
PHILIP J BOOBBYER
EDWARD T DERMOTT
Wm HENRY BODDINGTON
KEVIN A HUNTER
ELSIE ANNIE BROWN
WILLIAM C R STONEHAM
FLORENCE A PARSONS
AMELIA MARTHA HORLOCK
FREDERICK C ALDERSLADE
RAYMOND J F HORLOCK
JOHN C BENTLEY
ALICE M PARKER
SIDNEY G BROOK
|1902 - 1978 |
1902 - 1979
1897 - 1979
1916 - 1981
1912 - 1981
1901 - 1982
1913 - 1983
1924 - 1984
1930 - 1984
1918 - 1985
1920 - 1985
1905 - 1985
1961 - 1985
1911 - 1985
1907 - 1987
1920 - 1987
1920 - 1987
1928 - 1987
1959 - 1988
1913 - 1988
1900 - 1988
1907 – 1989
|S JAMES WHALER |
KATHLEEN M F SUMMERS
GRACE E L BAKER
WILLIAM H BROWN
JAMES D SUMMERS
JANE M HOLMES
ETHEL L BENN
TARA M D OSBORNE
ARNOLD G PARSONS
W T STEPHENS
JOHN A HORLOCK
HILDA M ROCKLIFFE
DAPHNE E SMITH
JAMES W CONLIN
LEONARD H BAKER
TERRY L McDONNELL
VIOLET E OSBORNE
|1901 - 1989 |
1905 - 1989
1914 - 1990
1907 - 1990
1899 - 1990
1940 - 1990
1893 - 1991
1973 - 1991
1922 - 1991
1911 - 1991
1921 - 1991
1913 - 1991
1901 - 1992
1922 - 1992
1920 - 1992
1920 - 1993
1911 - 1993
1924 - 1993
1950 - 1993
1925 - 1993
1921 - 1994
1920 - 1994
This stone records the names of those whose ashes have been buried in this place.
Index of Names and Places
ANSTISS 38, 217
ARNOLD 9, 217
BAKER 109, 110, 217, 224
BELLINGHAM 152, 153
BENTLEY 116, 224
BETTS 215, 217
BLACKMAN 175, 215, 217
BOOTH 36, 139, 209
BOWYER 80, 215, 217
BRIDGES 181, 187
BROOKER 142, 143, 144,
BURGESS 99, 115, 117
, 118, 217
BURNETT 215, 217
COX 203, 212, 213
CRONK 19, 205, 206, 208
|DUNKLEY 93 |
FINCH 96, 103
FIREBRACE 101, 218
FLETCHER 173, 217
FORRESTER 94, 165
GRANT 149, 150 194, 199,
HALEY 64, 67
HICKSON 149, 154, 168
HILLS 33, 62, 124, 156, 157,
158, 160, 161, 217
HOHLER 36, 37, 209
HOLLANDS 23, 24, 25, 217
JEAL 146, 147
JOHNSON 215, 217
KEMBALL 155, 198, 215,
217, 219, 220, 222
|KIRTON 215, 217 |
KNIGHT 174, 217
LEWIS 97, 134
LOCK 80, 86-90, 136
MANLEY 140, 197, 217
MARTIN 2, 151, 159, 215
NUNN 179-182, 187, 211
OSBORNE 5, 6, 45, 217, 224
PARKER 217 224
PARSONS 41, 48, 217
PERRETT 8, 11
PITT 35, 214, 215, 217
POMFRET, Countess of 60
RUSSELL 4, 129
|SHARPE 126, 127, 128, 129 |
SKUDDER 138, 216
SOLOMON 18, 215, 217
STEPHENS 217, 224
STEWARD 141, 217
STREATFIELD 13, 14, 20, 215, 217
TURBILLE 192, 193
WATERLOW 169, 171, 173
WATERS 39, 40
WHEELOCK 84, 85
WOODDEN 54, 55, 57, 59
Bentworth, Alton Hants 112
Bordighera [Italy] 198
Chatham 36, 55
Cranley [Cradley] 194
Crosby, Cumberland 56
Fawkham Manor 36
Feltwell, Norfolk 190
San Francisco, California 170
Brattle Place 15
Court Lodge 209
Fairseat 44,148,150,155, 186,192,193
Fairseat House 104, 114, 198
Manor House, Fairseat 154
Trosley Towers 169
Vimy Ridge, France 219
Wrotham 59, 130
Wrotham Hill 56
11th Bn. Australian Imperial Force 215
28th Bn. Australian Imperial Force 215
Bombay Army 191
Bombay Staff Corps 198
54th Canadians 215, 219
Derbyshire Regt 200
1st Dorset Regiment 214
1st Bn. Grenadier Guards 215
5th Gurkha Rifles 219
Hampshire militia 200
9th Bn. King's Royal Rifle Corps 215
2nd Bn. Lincoln Regiment 214
Post Office Rifles 215
Royal Army Service Corps 215
Royal Engineers 215
Royal Field Artillery 10, 215
2nd Bn. Royal West Surrey Regt. 215
3rd Bn. Royal West Kent Regt. 215
7th Bn. Royal West Kent Regt. 215
Royal Air Force 215
|Lieutenant 214 |
Major 200, 214
Captain 28, 191
Lieut. Colonel 215
Major General 155, 198
Rector 139, 179, 204, 205, 211, 221
Rev'd 179, 187, 211
Mason C T DAWES 4
Mason EBBUTT & SONS LTD, Croydon 168, 169
Mason ITALN SC MARBLE CO., London N. 170
East India House 150, 202
Post Office, Fairseat 194
Stansted Sewing Guild 218
Stansted War Memorial by Zena Bamping
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THERE has been much discussion recently about the neglected state of Britain's war memorials and the lack of interest in either their upkeep or the names commemorated thereon. Happily this is not the state of affairs in Stansted.
However, the Imperial War Museum and others have suggested that they would like to make a permanent recorded collection of information about town and village memorials. In writing the book West Kingsdown, the story of three villages in Kent, short biographies were compiled of the Kingsdown names which excited interest from several West Kent villages.
I was therefore asked by the British Legion to record what is known of the names carved in stone on Stansted's memorial and this paper is the result.
Lastly, may I take the opportunity to acknowledge the help received from Mr F. Hohler about the background to the Memorial, and information on Craven Hohler, as well as encouragement from many others in Stansted to complete these short biographies.
These are all listed in the order in which they appear on the carved stone plinth. Those relating to the First World War appear on the south face whilst the casualties of the Second World War are carved on the east face. At the foot of the south face there is a small bronze plaque bearing the following words - "Presented together with the land to the Parish Council of Stansted by G.F. Hohler, Esq. KC, MP". Finally, on the north face is the five-verse poem Recessional written at the time of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee on the 22nd June, 1897 by Rudyard Kipling:-
|God of our fathers, known of old ─ |
Lord of our far-flung battle-line -
Beneath whose awful Hand we hold
Dominion over palm and pine ─
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget, lest we forget!
The tumult and the shouting dies ─
The captains and the kings depart ─
Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,
An humble and contrite heart.
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget, lest we forget!
Far-call'd our navies melt away ─
On dune and headland sinks the fire ─
Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!
Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,
Lest we forget, lest we forget!
|If, drunk with the sight of power, we loose |
Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe ─
Such boasting as the Gentiles use
Or lesser breeds without the Law ─
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget, lest we forget!
For heathen heart that puts her trust
In reeking tube and iron shard ─
All valiant dust that builds on dust,
And guarding calls not Thee to guard ─
For frantic boast and foolish word,
Thy Mercy on Thy People, Lord!
AFTER the First World War, when the enormity of the losses were brought home to the British population and the returning servicemen remembered their fallen comrades, there was a national movement to recognise their contribution. Generally it took the form of the erection of memorials in town and village. Mostly the designs were of a regular or standard pattern featuring the "crusader cross".
However, Stansted was to be much more fortunate. It was to have an individual memorial of high artistic merit.
The project was conceived by Sir Thomas Hohler KCMG, CB, JP, who in 1920 was the Head of the British Legation in Budapest, Hungary. In this post he was in touch with cultural trends and figures in that country. He was aware that the sculptor Alois Stroebl (Alajos Stróbl, b.1856 - d.1926) had created a statue of a female palmbearer in 1898. Back in Stansted Sir Gerald Hohler, KC, MP, was contemplating the erection of a memorial, and for this at Sir Thomas's request Stroebl created a modified version with a different head which was more suitable in Sir Thomas's view for the War Memorial.
The new bronze was cast in Budapest by the well-known founders Galli és Vignale. Sir Gerald meanwhile, in Stansted, prepared and readied a Portland Stone square base and had the names carved from a list given to him. One hitch before the work was complete was the mis-delivery to Stanstead, Essex, of the bronze from Hungary, an episode repeated more than once since then for foreign deliveries. The Memorial was finally erected and unveiled by Sir Gerald in 1923.
Other works by the fin de siècle, art nouveau, sculptor Stroebl were commissioned by Sir Thomas and included a Perseus with Medusa's head for his old college, Eton. In his own country Stroebl had created statues of Erkel, Liszt, Spontini and Cherubini for niches on the façade of the Budapest Opera House. Whether it is the original bronze or a re-casting of the Palm Bearer, it is today incorporated in and crowns the Freedom Monument which stands besides the Citadel on the crest of the Gellért Hill high above the Danube overlooking the city of Budapest.
Since 1923, the statue has been twice stolen. On the first occasion in 1964 it was recovered from a quarry in Dartford, but the second time in 1995 it was finally lost and never recovered.
The replacement of today was prepared by the modern sculptress, Faith Winter, and erected in 1996. Mrs Winter's other work includes the full length statue of Lord Harris of Chepping Wycombe standing outside the RAF Church of St Clement Danes at the junction of the Strand and Fleet Street. Lord Harris was Sir Arthur Harris, Bt. GCB, OBE, AFC, LlD, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Bomber Command from February 1942 until September 1945. It was unveiled by the Queen Mother.
1914 - 1918
Lieutenant-Colonel ARNOLD HENRY GRANT KEMBALL, CB, DSO, came from a military background as the son of Major-General John Shaw Kemball, formerly a Colonel of the 5th Gurkha Rifles (Indian Army), who retired in 1910 to live first at Fairseat House and then in Wrotham. His mother was Alvilda Kemball from Kaslo, British Columbia, Canada.
The Headquarters of the Canadian Corps in France was for a time in Villers-au-Bois, in the Département of the Pas-de-Calais, close to some of the famous actions in which Canadians were involved. One part of the Canadian Corps was the 54th Battalion of the Central Ontario Regiment with which Lt.-Col. Kemball served with distinction. Here, in the battle for Vimy Ridge in which the Canadians so distinguished themselves, Lt.-Col. Kemball died on Thursday 1st March, 1917, aged 56 and is buried in grave VI E1 of Villers Station Cemetery.
Lt.-Col. Kemball is also recorded on a stone memorial tablet affixed to the west wall of St. Mary's Church, Stansted.
Major WILLIAM N. PITT, of the 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment, was the son of Colonel William Pitt, CMG, late of the Royal Engineers, and Mrs Pitt of Fairseat House, Fairseat.
The little village of Chocques in the Pas-de-Calais was a British centre from late autumn 1914 until the end of the First World War and was also, for a time, the Headquarters of the British 1st Corps. From January 1915 to April 1918 it was also No.1 Casualty Clearing Station. For the seriously wounded brought here from the Bethune front it was inevitable that many died. Major Pitt was just one such casualty who died there on Sunday 20th August, 1916, and is buried in grave 1F19 of Chocques Military Cemetery.
Lieutenant JAMES MAXWELL PITT of the 1st Battalion, the Dorsetshire Regiment, was the younger son of Colonel William Pitt, CMG, late of the Royal Engineers and Mrs Pitt of Fairseat House.
As a regular officer in a county regiment he was among the first to set foot in France after the declaration of the First World War. The 1st Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment formed part of the 15th Infantry Brigade in the 5th Division, one of the six original divisions, of the British Expeditionary Force which fought at Mons, Le Cateau, the Marne and the Aisne before being called upon again.
In the early days of the German offensive when troop movements were still relatively fluid, the 2nd Army Corps under the famous Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien was asked to pivot his army on Givenchy and attack the enemy's right flank and rear, south of La Bassée. In this action the 1st Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment greatly distinguished themselves between the 12th and 15th of October, 1914.
On Tuesday 13th October, 1914, at Pont Fixé they held their position under intense fire such that 130 were killed, including their Commanding Officer, and 270 were wounded. It was in this action that Lt. Pitt died aged 26 and is buried in grave Sp. Mem. 3 at Brown's Road Cemetery, Festubert, a small town which figures in the battle honours of many British regiments.
Sergeant-Major ALEXANDER MANN KIRTON, 450, was Quartermaster-Sergeant of the 11th Battalion of the Australian Imperial Forces.
He was born in Bunbury, Western Australia, the son of Richard G. Kirton and Mary Ann. In civilian life he was a bank clerk who enlisted on the 14th August, 1914. In the AIF he rose rapidly through the ranks; from corporal, to sergeant and then ended as quartermaster-sergeant. He embarked at Freemantle on the fleet transport Ascanius on the 2nd November for the Dardanelles campaign. In Gallipoli during 1915 he became seriously ill and was taken off, first to the island of Lemnos (where Rupert Brooke died in 1915) and then to hospital in Alexandria.
After recovery he was posted, as instructor, to the infantry training school at Zeitoun where on the 17th February, 1917 he was mortally wounded in the head and chest in a hand grenade accident. He died in hospital from these injuries on Friday the 18th February, 1916, aged 22. He is buried in grave D321 of the Cairo War Memorial Cemetery.
Both parents had connexions with England and travelled backwards and forwards on more than one occasion but the Stansted link is less clear.
Company Sergeant-Major JAMES FREDERICK JOHNSON, 6939, of Company D, 9th Battalion of the King's Royal Rifle Corps, was the son of the late Frederick and Alice Johnson and the husband of Daisy Johnson of Brattons, Stansted. He was born in the Christchurch Parish of Macclesfield, Cheshire, and enlisted in the very same town. Everything points to CSM Johnson as being a regular soldier in a distinguished rifle regiment.
His 9th Battalion crossed over to France on the 21st May, 1915, together with the 7th and 8th Battalions of the Rifle Brigade who were part of the 14th Light Division consisting only of "Rifle" Regiments and Light Infantry Regiments. During July, 1915, the total casualties of this battalion were 361 killed, wounded and missing, during the fighting in the Yprés salient.
CSM Johnson was killed in action on Friday the 30th July, 1915, aged 27. His name is on panels 51 and 53 of the Menin Gate Memorial in Yprés. The Memorial is sited on the eastern side of the town on the road which leads to Memin and Courtrai.
Private A.T. BETTS, M/279820, was a member of the 623rd Mechanical Transport Company of the Royal Army Service Corps who died in South London on Monday 22nd January, 1917, aged 29.
He was the son of Alfred Thomas and Alice Betts of Forest Hill, SE23, and the husband of Jessie Maclean Betts of Forge Cottage, Stansted. Since the Army Service Corps were employed on all war fronts it is hard to tell where Private Betts was mortally wounded. He was sent home to a military hospital, one of scores across London and south-east England. Private Betts is buried in Nunhead All Saints Cemetery, SE15, and commemorated on one of the six screen panels there.
Private HENRY GEORGE BLACKMAN, 11499, of the 4th Company, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards was a regular soldier who enlisted in 1904. He was the son of Mrs Eliza Blackman of 44, Napier Road, Tunbridge Wells, and his late father Henry Blackman who lived in Meopham.
He was one of the BEF (British Expeditionary Force) who reached France in the autumn of 1914. Sent into action forthwith, Private Blackman was wounded in December, 1914, quite possibly at Neuve Chapelle.
Henry Blackman was rehabilitated and back in action on the Somme by summer 1916. As with so many others he died on Thursday, 14th September, 1916, aged 34. His name appears on the Thiepval Memorial on pier and face 8D, along with 72,000 others who have no known graves.
Driver FREDERICK C. BOWYER, 32524, of the 1st King George's Own Sappers & Miners, attached to the RENG.
He omitted to list his next of kin, or the information was omitted from his papers. At the end of the First World War people who knew of him were aware that he came from Fairseat and therefore his name was carved on the Memorial. From the 1891 Census he appears to be the son of George Bowyer, a farm labourer and his wife Anne, at an unnamed location in Fairseat, and later at Brattons Cottages.
It is a possibility that his family name is connected in some way with Bowyer's Farm or Bowyer's Cottages on the main road but how is speculation.
What is certain is that he died aged 31 on Thursday, 29th November, 1917, in operations against the Turkish Army of occupation in what was Mesopotamia and is now Iraq. He is buried in the War Cemetery at North Gate, Baghdad in grave III F8.
Private LIONEL VERNON BROWN, L/9057, of the 2nd. Battalion of The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment), to judge from his number, age and unit, might have been a regular or territorial reservist soldier. He was the son of Thomas Charles and Emily Brown of Linden Wood Cottage, Fairseat.
The 2nd Battalion of The Queen's was another part of what the Kaiser referred to as the "contemptibly little army" [verächtlich kleine armee] that was landed in Boulogne and Le Havre and they were quickly entrained for the front. In October, in order to stem the allied retreat from western Belgium the British 1st and 4th Army Corps were to hold Yprés, (Iper).
Private Brown and the rest of the 2nd Queen's were part of the 23rd Infantry Brigade of the 7th Division in General Rawlinson's 4th Army Corps and they were to take part in particularly fierce fighting which became known as the 1st Battle of Yprés. It opened in earnest on the 21st of October at 08.00 hours after an hour of heavy enfilading fire from the Passchendæle ridge overlooking the position of the 22nd Brigade in its trenches around Zonnebeke. The enemy came forward in massed formations. One officer of the 2nd Queen's recorded in his diary how close they came to being overwhelmed but managed to extract themselves. By the evening of the 21st the 2nd Queen's had lost seven officers and 171 other ranks, and it was here that Private Brown was among those numbers. He died on Wednesday 21st October, 1914, aged 25. He is buried in the famous Tyne Cot Cemetery in grave LXVII E15 over which the ebb and flow of the war took place with it changing hands more than once. There are nearly 12,000 men commemorated on this site.
"Tyne Cot" or Tyne Cottage was the name given by the Army to a barn which stood some 64 metres West of the level crossing on the Passchendæle-Broodseinde road.
Driver VICTOR RANDOLPH BROWN, L/11631, of the 33rd. Reserve Battery of the Royal Field Artillery, was the son of Thomas Charles and Emily Brown of Linden Wood Cottage, Fairseat, and was probably the younger brother of Lionel.
Members of the RFA were involved on all the war fronts but in the case of Victor Brown we can be fairly certain that he was on the Western Front. He must have been either badly wounded or gassed to have been sent back home. Here, he died on Friday 21st July, 1916, aged 22 and is buried in the North West part of St. Mary's Churchyard, Stansted.
His carved Portland Stone memorial there bears his Royal Artillery insignia and inscription Ubique Quo Fas et Gloria Ducunt centred on a cross and below that the following inscription, for his elder brother, Also in Loving Memory of Pte. L.V. Brown Queen's R.W.S., Killed in Action, Oct. 21st 1914, Age 25.
The initials of Private ERNEST JOHN BURNETT, G/11186, were carved on the Stansted War Memorial as "E.C." and as belonging to the 3rd Battalion of the Royal West Kent Regiment. Moreover, on the framed illuminated parchment Roll of Honour of all those who served overseas in the Great War Private Burnett's initials are given as "E.E." and again as a member of the 3rd Battalion. However, on looking through the Regimental Roll of Honour he is confusingly listed there as Burnell, owing to a probable mis-reading of the handwritten last two letters of the surname.
The correct record of Private Ernest John Burnett should show him as belonging to the 1st Battalion, The Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). He was the son of Fanny and Edward Burnett, the farm bailiff of Parsonage Farm who in later years retired to 1, High Goss Cottages, Southfleet.
At the declaration of the First World War on the 4th August, 1914, the 1st Battalion was in Dublin as part of the 5th Division. Nine days later they were embarked for France and after landing carried out long forced marches in the August heat to entrench themselves along the Mons-Condé Canal.
On the 23rd August they, aided by only a cavalry squadron and a cyclists' company some 300 in total, faced the full onslaught from a greatly superior army under von Kluck. It was here the apocryphal story of the marksmanship of the regular British army convinced the enemy that they were faced by massed machine guns. This action, together with three days of ceaseless rearguard fighting at Le Cateau, was to be known as the Battle of Mons. The long retreat was ended in a counter-attack from the River Marne to the banks of the Aisne.
Switched to Neuve Chapelle, the Battalion was again in constant action from the 23rd October marching over to join the 1st Battle of Yprés on 13th November to stem a further German drive which was finally bogged down for the Winter of 1915. With the better weather the storming of Hill 60 was accomplished on the 17th April only to be lost on the 22nd in what became known as the 2nd Battle of Yprés. Indicative of this grinding Flanders fighting was the arrival of 1,100 draft replacements during the spring.
Whether Private Burnett had been with the 1st Battalion since landing in France or whether he was among these replacements is difficult to say at present. But what is certain is that a great new offensive was being readied. Private Burnett and the 1st Battalion came into the front line trenches on the Somme front for the first time on July 19th taking up a sector between Longueval and Bazentin le Grand. On the 22nd July a special objective was allotted to the 1st ─ a German trench entitled Wood Lane which lay 400 yards ahead over the crest of a gentle slope so that it could not be seen from the jumping off point. Neither were they aware that their flank was open to enfilading machine gun fire from High Wood to their left. After their withdrawal from the line just 250 answered the roll-call and their strenuous efforts had cost 400 casualties among whom was Private Burnett who died on that Saturday, 22nd July, 1916, aged 35. His name is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial on pier and face 11C.
The name "Private L.A. MARTIN" of the 28th Battalion of the Australian Imperial Forces is carved thus on the stone base of the memorial but regretfully this is incorrect. The correct name, rank and number should be: Lance Corporal JOHN ALFRED MARTIN, 4489, of the 28th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force.
He was the son of John and Sarah Martin of Cuballing, Western Australia. There is a strong possibility that they were immigrants as Lance Corporal Martin is recorded as a native of Stansted. Remaining in this country, and recorded in Wrotham and Meopham are several families of Martins which may well have had connexions.
Lance Corporal Martin was among the soldiers of five infantry divisions that the Australian Imperial Force deployed in France on the western front during the First World War. The AIF along with the allied armies were heavily committed in fighting off the German offensives of March and April 1918. The Australian forces were concentrated around Villers-Bretonneux, east of Amiens, and stabilized the front there.
In this fighting Lance Corporal Martin was killed in action on Wednesday, 22nd May, 1918, and is buried in the Méricourt-L'Abbé Communal Cemetery, some 6 kilometres south-east of Albert on the road to Amiens.
The name "Driver L. SOLOMAN of the Post Office Rifles" is carved thus on the Memorial. However, it would appear that his surname should be spelt Solomon and from the records his name and number as Rifleman Leonard Solomon, 4740, of the 1st/8th Battalion The London Regiment (Post Office Rifles).
Arthur Leonard Solomon, his full name, was just one of the million who responded to Kitchener's call Your Country Needs You. As with so many others, whole groups ─ offices, warehouses, factories and the like joined en masse. The Post Office in London raised sufficient volunteers for their group to be called The Post Office Rifles which had its origins in a Territorial Army unit which was known as the 1st/8th London Regiment. Private Solomon was almost certainly a Post Office driver as his name is carved as such.
He was born in Kemsing, whether the Village as such or the detached portion of the Parish adjacent to South Ash Manor is not clear. Although his next of kin was not recorded, it is clear from the reading of the family memorial in St Mary's churchyard that he was the son of Sarah Ann and James Solomon, a substantial farming family in the Village.
Private Solomon left these shores from Southampton never to return. He embarked on the S.S. Empress Queen on the 17th March, 1915, for Le Havre. Later in March and through to May the Battalion was in action, particularly around Messines in May, and during the 3rd Battle of the Yprés Salient.
In mid September the 1st Battalion was allocated what they thought were cushy trenches around Arras to prepare for an attack on Cambrai. Their sector was in Oppy Wood in the village of Gavrelle. Here on Saturday 7th October, 1916, Leonard Solomon died, aged 26, in one of the ordinary, everyday undistinguished encounters on the Western Front. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 9C and 9D and on his parent's headstone memorial in the churchyard at St. Mary's, Stansted.
Private BENJAMIN RALPH STREATFIELD, G/1558, 7th Battalion, The Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). At what date Private Streatfield joined up is hard to say. It is probable that he was one of the million that joined the "New Army" of Lord Kitchener. He was aged 22 and living at home with his father Walter and mother Elizabeth Mercy Streatfield at Bowyer's Cottages on the Maidstone Road.
By the time he arrived on the Western Front he was on the strength of the Battalion. The new service Battalions 7 and 8 had been training in England at Purfleet, Colchester, Codford and on Salisbury Plain. His 7th Battalion arrived in France landing at Le Havre on the 27th July, 1915, as part of the 18th Division in the newly formed 3rd Army.
These new units relieved the French on the right bank of the River Somme at Bray before being inducted into the methods of trench warfare. Throughout late 1915 the Battalion was stationed in the comparatively quiet sector of Carnoy. 1916 opened with the 7th enjoying two months out of the line and later at Quarrieux and La Houssoye employed on railway construction as part of the Division's School. By March it had returned to the trenches, and in May a brief respite for more training before going back by June to Carnoy.
The build-up of forces and matériel throughout the early summer of 1916 indicated to all that some large-scale offensive was in the offing. This was to be the Battle of the Somme. For this the 7th Battalion was initially in reserve when the attack south-west of Montauban commenced at 07.30 on Saturday 1st July, 1916. Resistance by the enemy was firm as they had been in the occupation of their ground since October, 1914. By the end of the day all four companies, A, B, C & D, had been committed for some gains in ground but on roll-call the 7th had suffered 180 casualties, 37 killed, 142 wounded and one missing. Private Streatfield was among them and may well have been the missing member as he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, pier and face 11C.
The name of Lieutenant GILBERT ANTHONY GOODMAN, Royal Air Force, was not carved on the base of War Memorial on the Green but his name does appear on both the Parchment Roll of Honour and the marble Stone Memorial tablet in the Church. He was the son of Alfred William and Penelope Mary Goodman of 1, The Cloisters, The Temple, in London and Lessness House, Belvedere, Kent.
Lieutenant Goodman started his military career in the 1st Battalion of the Loyal North Lancs Regiment and like many others transferred from the Army to the Royal Flying Corps which became the Royal Air Force when it was established on the 1st April, 1918.
He joined the No.66 Fighter Squadron which was formed in June, 1916, in England and flew to France in March, 1917, in time to play a prominent part in the air operations during the Battle of Arras. In June 1917 the Squadron moved to Calais to patrol the Straits of Dover to intercept enemy aircraft raiding England. Shortly after it returned to Army co-operation duties before it was one of four squadrons transferred to Italy by the end of 1917 where they were divided into two groups. One to Asiago to cover the counter offensive on the River Piave, the other to the Adriatic to operate against Durazzo and Cattoro in Albania.
The No. 66 Squadron has as its emblem a coiled rattlesnake above the Latin Cavete: Praemonui or Beware! I have given warning, and in Italy it had a distinguished record. It inflicted heavy losses on the Austrian air force and suffered relatively lightly itself. However, on Monday, 28th October 1918, at the age of 23 Lieutenant Goodman died and is buried in the Tezze British Cemetery Plot 6, Row A, Grave 16. He and 300 others who fell during the crossing of the Piave and the subsequent Battle of Vittorio-Veneto in October remain in this small Italian village some 30 miles north of Venice.
1939 - 1945
Lieutenant-Colonel GEOFFREY CHARLES PHILIP LANCE, DSO, 56660, Commanding the 7th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry, was born into a military family as the son of Brigadier-General Frederick F. Lance and Gladys Maud Lance, and the husband of Daphne Yvette Lance of Selsey, Sussex.
The training of the allied armies in Britain for the forthcoming invasion of France was intensive and thorough. During the Spring build-up, the Somerset Light Infantry as part of the 43rd Division were among the troops who gradually moved south into their positions. All their vehicles were checked over, painted with the Wyvern Divisional sign and embarked on four L.C.I.s in the Thames Estuary.
Meanwhile the Battalion moved further south through Kent, first to Battle in Sussex and then to Newhaven by the 16th June. Embarking on S.S. Biarritz, they sailed for France and landed over Juno beach at Courseulles sur Mer at 07.00 on the 22nd June. Assembly was completed by the 25th behind Arromanches.
From there they moved due south to Brecy, Norrey, taking Hill 100, thence to Tourville and Verson. On the morning of the 10th July their next battle was to be for Hill 112 and the Château de Fontaine, south-east of Caen. Here they came under devastating mortar fire and shelling from the formidable German 88mm guns. While sitting in a jeep, Lt.-Col. Geoffrey Lance, together with the R.A. Battalion Commander Major Mapp, was killed, and the S.L.I. Battalion adjutant Captain Scamell was wounded, from a direct hit.
Lt.-Col. Lance died there, aged 31 on Monday the 10th July, 1944, and is buried in grave X.J.6 of the St. Manvieu War Cemetery, Cheux, in the Département of Calvados.
Wing-Commander CRAVEN GORING HOHLER, 90000, of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, was the son of Edwin Theobald Hohler and Agnes Venetia Hohler (neé Goring) from The Court Lodge, Stansted.
The hectic early days of the Second World War in the Mediterranean are told in the HMSO publication East of Malta, West of Suez, and in particular that of the day 27/28th November, 1940.
Wing Commander Hohler joined the long established 148 Squadron at their base at Stradishall in West Suffolk. The bomber squadron had an insignia of two crossed battle axes over the motto Trusty. The whole squadron left Britain for Egypt, flying in long hops, via Gibraltar over unfriendly seas to reach their stop over in Malta. The very experienced Wing Commander Hohler was flying first pilot in a crew of six in a Vickers-Armstrong Wellington, T2894 of 148 Squadron which took off from Luqa airfield, on Malta's neighbouring island, at 09.01 hours on the 28th November and set a course for the Middle East.
His last sighting was by his comrades on course, covering an incoming convoy which at the time was under attack from an Italian bomber force.
During this mêlée Wing Comm. Craven Hohler and crew were lost at sea as their ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) Egypt came and went. He was, therefore, presumed missing, lost at sea, on Thursday 28th November, aged 33. His service is commemorated and recorded on the RAF Memorial at Runnymead, Surrey.
Petty Officer CHARLES KINGSLEY HOOPER, C/M 37992, was the son of Cyril Stanley and Ada Hooper, and the husband of Muriel Hooper of Fairseat.
Things had not gone particularly well with the military campaign in northern Norway and for the Royal Navy manoeuvres in the restricted waters of the fiords it was also difficult. Nevertheless during the second Battle of Narvik in April 1940 a force of destroyers and cruiser penetrated deep into Ofot fiord.
On the 13th April the day went well with up to ten German vessels sunk but H.M.S Cossack was damaged in running aground and another destroyer H.M.S Eskimo was torpedoed at 14.50.
Charles Hooper was a sick-berth attendant on board H.M.S. Eskimo when she went into action and died on that Saturday the 13th April, 1940, aged 36. He is commemorated on the Chatham Memorial 39, 1. which overlooks the town and can be approached from a steep path from the Town Hall Gardens.
Leading Stoker ARTHUR WILLIAM COLEGATE, D/KX89777. This sailor's next of kin was not recorded, but his family were known to have lived at Mungram Cottages. However, what is certain is that he was a member of the crew of H.M.S. Glorious.
It is now clear that the circumstances surrounding the loss of the aircraft carrier H.M.S Glorious are somewhat controversial. Towards the end of the Norwegian campaign when evacuation was being undertaken, H.M.S Glorious at Harstad took on the last of the land-based Hurricane and Gladiator fighter aircraft. She left early for Scapa Flow on the 8th June, 1940, accompanied by only two destroyers, H.M.S Ardent and H.M.S Acasta, as screens and without waiting for the rest of the fleet.
At 16.00 on the 8th June the large silhouette of the Glorious was sighted by the superior German force of Scharnhorst and Gneisenau. With utter simplicity Scharnhorst shelled H.M.S Glorious and by 17.20 she was stopped and on fire, and eight minutes later abandon ship was ordered.
H.M.S Ardent went into action and fired all her torpedoes in an effort to stop Scharnhorst and was sunk. At 18.08 H.M.S Acasta had loosed off all her torpedoes and was overwhelmed and sunk. One of her many torpedoes reached Scharnhorst and damaged it so that she retired to Trondheim, without attempting to pick up any of the hundreds of survivors.
Stoker Colegate did not survive and died on that Sunday, 9th June, 1940. After much searching, two and a half days later on the 11th, just 35 men and three officers were picked up from the scene. He is recorded on the Plymouth Memorial in Devon on panel 40, column 3. This Royal Naval Memorial is sited centrally on The Hoe overlooking Plymouth Sound.
Private EDWARD ROY GOULD, 14710191, of the 8th Battalion, Royal Scots apparently did not leave details of his next of kin, although it is known that his father was the chauffeur at Court Lodge and that the family lived in the Horse & Groom cottages.
Private Gould was probably a late conscript and possibly even allocated from a reinforcement depôt. The Royal Scots are Britain's first Royal Regiment and historically the 1st Regiment of Foot. This heritage Private Gould would have been made aware of in his training.
The Royal Scots, as part of the 21st Army Group, landed in Normandy on the 14th June 1944 and fought all the way up through France and Belgium, taking part in clearing the vital Scheldt Estuary, and on into Holland to the Nijmegen Salient.
Pausing to cross the Rhine and pass into the Lower Rhineland and over the River Emms they reached the outskirts of Aurich, a small town halfway between Emden and Wilhelmshaven, by May 1st. Here after days of constant patrolling and mopping-up the last resisters of the defeated German army in the Stats Forest 19-year-old Edward Gould died on the 2nd May, 1945, just six days before the end of the war in Europe was officially over. He is buried in grave 2A F9 in the Hamburg Cemetery on the outskirts of that city.
Pilot Officer PETER ALBERT NASH, Royal Air Force, V.R., 172182, was the son of Albert and Muriel Nash and the husband of Winifred Nash of Stansted. He had been flying some time with "B" flight of No.57 Squadron based at East Kirby, Lincolnshire, when on November 15th, 1943, they were allotted eleven new Lancaster Mk B1/IIIs to form a new 630 Squadron there as part of No.5 Group. His first operation with the new squadron was on the night of the 18th November, 1943, to attack Berlin.
Throughout the darkest days of the Second World War he flew with 630 Squadron during which they accomplished 2,453 sorties losing 59 aircraft or 2.4% of their strength in 180 bombing raids and 22 minelaying operations. A further 11 were lost in crashes.
Most Groups were engaged during May, 1944, in softening up targets in France prior to the invasion of 5/6 June. On the nights of 1/2 May Tours was attacked, 3/4 Mailly-le-Camp, 6/7 Sable-sur-Sarthe, 7/8 Salbris, 8/9 Brest, 9/10 Gennevilliers, 10/11 five marshalling yards, and on the 11/12 Bourg-Léopold.
During these extensive operations Pilot Officer Nash made it back to East Kirby but died on Monday 15th May, 1944, aged 22. He is buried in grave 14308 Cambridge City Cemetery in ground set aside for the RAF casualties from the airfields of East Anglia.
Attached to the walls of St. Mary's Church there are three further memorials dating from the First World War. The first is a polished marble tablet on which is carved the following:-
"Their name liveth for Evermore"
Lt.-Col. A.G. Kemball, C.B., D.S.O. 54th Canadians
Major W.N. Pitt, 2nd Lincolnshire
Lt. J.M. Pitt, 1st Dorsetshire
Sgt. Major, A. Kirton, 11th Australians
Private A.T. Betts, R.A.S.C.
Private H.G. Blackman, 1st Grenadier Guards
Driver F. Bowyer, R.E.
Private L.V. Brown, 2nd Royal West Surrey Regiment
Driver V.R. Brown, Royal Field Artillery
Private E.E. Burnett, 3rd R.W.Kent
Private J.A. Martin, 28th Australians
Private L. Solomon, Post Office Rifles
Private B.R. Streatfield, 7th R.W.Kent
Lt. G.A. Goodman, R.A.F.
To the Honoured Memory of the Men of this Parish who fell in the Great War 1914-1918
Perhaps the most significant item on this carved memorial is the name of Lt. Goodman, which on careful inspection appears to be an afterthought or late addition and it is the one name which does not appear on the base of the carved stone memorial on the Green.
The second memorial is to Lt.-Col. Kemball. It takes the form of an oval of two layers of highly polished coloured marble on which the following appears:-
[a small-bas relief maple leaf] To the Glory of God and in proud and loving memory of COLONEL Arnold Henry Grant Kemball C.B., D.S.O. 54th Canadians late of the 5th Gurkha Rifles who fell at Vimy Ridge March 1st 1917
"This is the happy Warrior this is He That every Man in arms should wish to be" [a small-bas relief of crossed Gurkha kukris]
The third item is an illuminated hand written, framed list as follows:- Parish of Stansted Roll of Honour of Men who served Overseas During The Great War 1914-1918
|E. ANSTISS |
E.J. FORD E.
|W. FORD |
|W. PARSONS |
I am most grateful to Mr F. Hohler of Court Lodge, Stansted, for his help in preparing this paper and to Mr R.A.C. Cockett, the Southfleet archaeologist, for his aid in unearthing some salient facts, and to my son Alaric for his support.
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About the author, who is a graduate in mediaeval history from U.C.L., and was chosen by the late Chairman of the U.N. Committee for the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction, Professor Sir James Lighthill, the noted applied mathematician and physicist, to assist him on the grounds as he said "to bring an historical perspective and balance" to their work.
Mrs Bamping was the author of West Kingsdown, the story of three villages in Kent in 1983 and is currently working on a second volume of this work. Formerly editor of the K.F.H.S Journal for six years and contributor since then to many other Kent history publications.
©Zena Bamping 13th March, 2000
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