We shall return to the war memorial later, but before we enter the church, a few shots of the rather impressive Cadbury Court next door:
Note that a second member of the Chapman family is commemorated on this headstone; Private F. W. Chapman, killed at the Battle of Jutland, is also remembered on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.
Whilst researching war memorials in Somerset I noticed a late entry on North Cadbury, that is “R. Stone, RAF 1956”. I have searched for records of this man but have not been able to come up with anything. Does anybody have a record? Under what circumstances did he die? Any information will be valuable.
ROY STONE WAS KILLED WHILE ON ACTIVE SERVICE IN CYPRUS.HE WAS
PART OF A GROUP WHO WERE BUILDING A RUNWAY WHEN AN ASHPHALT MACHINE EXPLODED.BROUGHT UP IN WOOLSTON HE WAS A KEEN CYCLIST
AND FOOTBALLER AND VERY POPULAR WITH HIS PEERS.HIS GRAVE IS IN A
MILITARY CEMITARY IN CYPRUS.
Thank you for your comment regarding Roy Stone. The reason I was interested was that at the time I was researching war memorials with the intention of0 publishing books on each one. My particular interest was Castle Cary, Ansford and The Six Pilgims Group of Churches. I have always thought it right that we should know more about these young men, who in the main were conscripts. My projects are now finished and the books are published in the public domain. I also produced book dedicated to the “shot at dawn” men executed without a proper trial, and who have now received a posthumous pardon. It is good to put a “face” to these young men.
Thank you once again for your information
tepido christianitatis amor
You see, you never know what might turn up on this site! By the way John, I do look out for executed soldiers on my travels in Flanders, and there is quite a lot about them elsewhere on this site, such as the following recent post: