Byfleet – St. Mary’s Church

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St. Mary’s church in Byfleet is a must-visit place if you have an interest, as I presume we all do, in the Great War…

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…as it contains what is surely one of the finest collections of battlefield wooden crosses anywhere in the U.K.

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Amazingly, you will find practically all the names on the crosses inscribed here on the Roll of Honour.  How so many crosses of local men were acquired is quite beyond me.  Anyone know?

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Note the Graves Registration Unit tag on the October 1915 cross above; in time the G.R.U. became the Imperial War Graves Commission (see October 1917 cross below), and now, of course, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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Buckle Wooden Cross

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3 Responses to Byfleet – St. Mary’s Church

  1. Jon Trigg says:

    I am researching the memorials on this page, and am wondering whether you would mind contacting me on my e-mail address please?

  2. Jim Allen says:

    You were querying how the wooden crosses in St Mary’s Church Byfleet, came to be there. The idea was apparently thought up and financed by the local benefactor, Frederick Cornelius Stoop, of West Hall, in gratitude for the safe return his two sons (both England Rugby internationals) from the war

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