ST. JAMES' CHURCH

Christleton

THE CHURCHYARD

Graves in the churchyard are also a source of information. One such example is of Joseph Parsonage who has a CWGC style grave in the churchyard. Similar style gravestones exist for men who served in the war and died a few years afterwards. Joseph a private in the Northumberland Fusiliers was invalided out of the army in 1917 with ill health, and came back to live in isolation in a small thatched cottage at Rowton, where he was cared for by a member of the family. He died on 12th November the day after the war had ended. We have subsequently found information about him from relatives who are still living in the village, the Commonwealth Graves Commission website from which we obtained a certificate, and from copies of our own Parish Magazine. Magazines dating from 1911-1921 are contained in a bound collection, and are stored in the Arthur Alyn Guest Williams Collection of Papers (DGW 2067/20) at the Cheshire Archives and Local Studies in Duke Street Chester.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has commemorative certificates for almost all of our fallen, and these also give valuable information that we can use.

Occasionally we have found the name of the fallen on family graves in the churchyard. One such example is of Private Thomas Weaver who died at St Omer in France in 1916.
We also have an example of the grave of one of the fallen heroes Lieut. J. Lionel P. Gamon 1st Battalion Border Regiment who was killed accidentally whilst training in Yorkshire in 1918. He was buried with full military honours in the churchyard at St James and his grave is a large cross with inscriptions.
Other heroes that were injured in the war and who died later are also commemorated. Sergt. Major Tom Duffin the member of a Christleton family served with the 14th Canadians, died of his wounds received during action in battle, and is commemorated in a family grave.
George Allman who worked in the Village and was well remembered at the Institute is buried in a family grave in a churchyard at Brown Knowl near Bickerton and we were able to go to visit the site.
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