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  • Portrait of Joseph Parsonage

    Portrait of Joseph Parsonage

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.

  • J. Parsonage

    J. Parsonage

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