St James the Great – The Garrison Church

 

 

 

The Worcester Regiment has had some very close ties with St James the Great. No church was built in the Barracks, as it was decided hat the soldiers should use the village church, as a result the South aisle was added to the church.

On Sundays the recruits would march to the church for morning service and the vicar was appointed the official padre to the Barracks.

The close connection established with the Regiment where the colours were laid up in the South aisle.

 

In the churchyard are the graves of soldiers.

In the church itself brass tablets are placed in memory of Captain A.G.M. Graham who died in Le Touret 22 December 1914 and Lieut. Colonel C.F. Wodehouse DSO killed in action at Neuve Chappelle 12 March 1915

On the south wall is a memorial:

“In memory of all the ranks of the Regiment sometime members of the congregation of Norton Church who gave their lives in the Wars 1914-18 and 1939 – 45”

Grave Stones in Church Yard (wording as they appear on Graves)

Capt. ADH Ray,  21156 Private A.J. Woodward,  23134 Private A.H. Allistone,  Brigadier Terence Nelson Smith,  RQMS F.S. Oldham, Colonel Argyle Henry Gillmore, Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Herbert Norton Wood RASC Ronald William Wood,  Lieutenant Colonel L.R. Cooper,  9686 Corporal C. Simmonds, 9466 Serjeant H. Gould, A.S Gledhill served as 9481 Serjeant A Sykes,  9764 Private F. Woollen,  6394 Lance Corporal G. Davis,  138794 Serjeant H. Darling,  4914786 Corporal R.A. Chapman,  Brigadier Donald Harley  DSO OBE MC DL

World War 1 Soldiers Named and details of soldiers remembered on the Norton Juxta Kempsey War Memorial

In Memory of Captain Alec George Malcolm Graham

6th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment attached to the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

Malcolm and Alec Graham were the twin sons of George and Lydia Graham who were married at St Mary’s Church, Charlton Kings, Gloucestershire, on 18th June 1863.  The couple also had three daughters, Edith, Violet and Constance and in 1871 had sufficient income to employ six live-in servants.  Alec and Malcolm were educated at Glyngarth School; Cheltenham in the early 1880s and after leaving school, Alec went on to attend Clifton College in Bristol.

In 1901 at the age of 30, Alec was commissioned as a Lieutenant with the Worcestershire Regiment and served with them during the Boer War in South Africa from 1901 to 1902.  He was awarded the Queen’s South Africa Medal 1899 to 1902 with two clasps.  At the outbreak of the Great War he rejoined the Worcestershire Regiment, receiving his Captaincy with the regiment in August 1914.  He arrived in France on 9th November 1914 and just a few weeks later he was killed in action at the age of 43.  He was awarded the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the 1914 Star with clasp.

The De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour 1914-1918 describes the following:

GRAHAM, Alec G.M.

Captain, 6th (Reserve) Battalion, the Worcestershire Regiment, attached 1st Battalion (47th Foot) The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment; served in the South African War 1901-2, with the 6th Worcestershire Regiment;

Obtained his Captaincy in August 1914; served with the ‘Expeditionary Force’ in France and Flanders, attached to the 1st Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, and was killed in action 22nd December 1914.

His name appears on the Norton Juxta Kempsey War Memorial as Captain A.M. Graham

Francis George CUBBERLEY

Lance Sergeant, 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment. Service No 13039.  Died of wounds aged 20 on 4th January 1918

Buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium, Grave XXVI. D. 18A.

Frederick Norton CUBBERLEY.

Sergeant. 3rd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment. Service No 6255.  Killed in action on 1st June 1916 [date of death incorrectly given as 1st July 1916 on Commonwealth war Graves Commission]

Buried in Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Mont-St. Eloi, France, Grave III. A. 5.

Frederick Cubberley enlisted in the Worcestershire Regiment at Worcester on 25th February 1901 for a period of 12 years service.  On his attestation paper he gave his age as 14 years and his place of birth as Kempsey, Worcester.   In December 1912, he re-engaged at Tidworth with the Worcestershire Regiment for ‘such period as shall complete 21 yrs service with the colours’.  He was commissioned Sergeant on the 8th August 1914 and posted overseas with the British Expeditionary Force on 12th August 1914.  On 26th February 1916 Frederick married Ethel Mary Murray at St Georges Catholic Chapel, Worcester.  He was killed in action on 1st June 1916.

Lieutenant [Captain on memorial] Guy Francis LAWRENCE

2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards. Died aged 25 on 27th August 1918

Buried in Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, France, Grave VIII. L. 36.

Appears in the Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for army casualties located in Worcester Cathedral.

Charles DOWNTON

Rifleman. 11th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. Service No 17/2060. Formerly 27006 King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.  Died of wounds on 10th August 1917.

Buried in Brandhoek New Military Cemetery, Belgium, Grave V. C. 6.

Sergeant Edgar RATCLIFFE

1st/7th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment. Service No 2639.  Killed in action on 21st August 1916.

Edgar Ratcliffe has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Thiepval Memorial France, Pier and Face 5A and 6C.

Corporal Roland G. Webb

Lance Corporal Roland Webb. 1st Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment. Service No 36896.   Killed in action on 20th September 1918.

Buried in Vadencourt British Cemetery, Maissemy, France, Grave IV. C. 16.

Lieutenant CPL. J Willis

Private. 2nd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment. Service No 241223.   Died of wounds aged 21 on 21st April 1918.

Buried in Gent City Cemetery, Belgium, Grave C. 13.

James WILLIS

Private. 2nd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment. Service No 241223.   Died of wounds aged 21 on 21st April 1918.

Buried in Gent City Cemetery, Belgium, Grave C. 13.

Thomas WILLIS

Private. 2nd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment. Service No 63506.  Died of influenza aged 30 on 12th November 1918.

Buried in Grevillers British Cemetery, France, Grave XVIII. A. 2.

Rifleman William JARVIS

1st Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Service No 5750.  Died of wounds on 11th September 1914.

Buried in Montreuil-Aux-Lions British Cemetery, France, Grave III. E. 1

Private Charles William Smith

2nd [3rd on Soldiers Died in the Great War] Battalion Grenadier GuardService No 23957.  Killed in action on 26th January 1918

Buried in Fampoux British Cemetery, France, Grave B. 52.

Private Frederick George EDGINTON

Spelt Edgington on Commonwealth War Graves Commission and Soldiers Died in the Great War.

72nd Field Bakery Army Service Corps. Service No S4/157829

 

Died aged 26 on 28th July 1916.  Buried in Mombasa (Mbaraki) Cemetery, Kenya, Grave, IV. A. 11.

Private Leslie VINER

31st Battalion Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Service No 128366. Killed in action on 10th April 1918

Buried in Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Belgium, Grave IV. C. 14.

 

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