Great War Graves at All Saints, Gresford

by Wayne Cronin-Wojdat.

All Saints Church, Gresford

During the Great War it was the policy of the British Government not to repatriate servicemen who died on active service overseas, instead they were buried near to where they died. The only exceptions to this policy are a very small number of private repatriations prior to 1915 by families who could afford the expense. The main reason why some servicemen are buried in local churchyards are that they have died whilst in Britain. The causes of these servicemen’s deaths tend to be from illness, disease, wounds, injuries, and accidents.

Six servicemen who died whilst on active service during the Great War are buried in the churchyard at All Saints, Gresford. This report has been produced in remembrance of the sacrifice that was made by each of these servicemen, and the grief that must have been suffered by their families.


Quartermaster Sergeant 13079 William Barratt, MM, MSM, Canadian Infantry

Rifleman 107640 Thomas Beech Barton, The King’s Liverpool Regiment

Private 8576 Walter James Field, Lancashire Fusiliers

Captain Charles Eustace Fishbourne, Royal Engineers

Ordinary Seaman Z/6158 Reginald Eyton Griffiths, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

Captain Arthur Henry Leslie Soames, MC, Légion d’Honneur, King’s Own Hussars & Royal Flying Corp.


Gresford War Memorial

Source: With kind permission.

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