Great War Commemorations in

St Stephen's Church, Cheltenham

Location:  St Stephen's Church, Cheltenham Grid Reference:   SO 938214
Commemorations on graves:   0 Individual Commemorations in church:  11
Visited:   Lately March 2002 UKNIWM Ref: As listed 

Commemorations in the Church

The original wooden battlefield grave marker of Captain Kenneth Algernon BROOKE-MURRAY, Army Service Corps attached Royal Flying Corps.   He was an observer in an aircraft shot down on 16th September 1916, dying of wounds on 23 September 1916. The cross marked his grave at the Boulogne East Cemetery between 1916 and 1923.   He is commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the St Stephen's Church Roll of Honour.    The right hand photo is a wooden framed commemoration to Capt BROOKE-MURRAY which is indexed as number 20719 in the UKNIWM.   His family resided at 7, Painswick Lawn, Cheltenham.
The commemorative plaque to 2Lt John Edward GRESSON, Cheshire Regiment, who was killed in action during The Battle of Bellewaarde in the Ypres area of Belgium on 24th May 1915.   He has no known grave and is listed on the Menin Gate Memorial To The Missing.

He is commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial, the St Stephen's Church War Roll of Honour and the Cheltenham College Roll of Honour.   The plaque is indexed as 20654 in the UKNIWM.

He father, Major W H Gresson, resided at "Fernleigh", Lansdown Road, Cheltenham.

The stained glass window which commemorates Captain George Rupert HAILSTONE, 7th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers, who was killed in action on 6th November 1917 in the Gaza area of Palestine.   He is buried in Beersheba War Cemetery, Israel.   

He is commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial on the St Stephen's Church Roll of Honour and on the grave of his parents in Cheltenham Cemetery.  The window is registered as 20715 with the UKNIWM.

His parents, Cmdr Walter Hailstone RN and Mrs Mary Beatrice Hailstone resided at 21, Lansdown Terrace, Cheltenham.

On a stone inscription are commemorated Lt Cyril Cazelet HARRISON, 3rd Bn Worcestershire Regiment and Captain Maurice Cazelet HARRISON, 1st Bn Warwickshire Regiment.   Cyril was killed in action on 19th September 1914 during the Battle of the Aisne in France.   Maurice was killed in action on 12th October 1916 during the Battle of The Somme in France.

The brothers are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial, the St Stephen's Church Roll of Honour, the Christ Church Roll of Honour and the St Mark's Church Roll of Honour.   This commemoration is indexed as 20717 in the UKNIWM.

Their parents, Harry and Hilda Beaumont Cazelet, resided at "Elston", Gloucester Road, Cheltenham and at "Westal Court", Hatherley Road, Cheltenham.

The original wooden battlefield grave marker, and the dedicated stained glass window to Captain Sydney Vyvyan TREVENEN MC, RFA.   He died of wounds in a hospital at Etaples, France on 10th June 1918 aged 24 and is buried in Etaples Cemetery, France.

He is commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial, the St Stephen's Church Roll of Honour and the Christ Church Roll of Honour.

The face on the window looks remarkably like Capt Trevenen.   The window also commemorates Lt Leonard Hugh RAWLINSON (see below) and the window has been indexed as 20718 in the UKNIWM.

His parents, Sydney William and Jessie Trevenen, resided at "Welton", Christchurch Road, Cheltenham.

The wooden commemorative plaque to Captain Trevenen and to Lt Leonard Hugh RAWLINSON, 2nd Battalion The Royal Lancaster Regiment who was killed in action in the Ypres area of Belgium on 8th May 1915.   He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial To The Missing.   The stained glass window in commemoration of Lt RAWLINSON which is adjacent to the TREVENEN window is indexed as 20718 in the UKNIWM.   Lt RAWLINSON is commemorated on the St Stephen's Church Roll of Honour and his parents, Robert and Eleanor Rawlinson, resided at Lansdown Court West, Malvern Road, Cheltenham.

The St Stephen's Church Book of Remembrance which records all those of the parish, both civilian and military, who served their country, in any capacity, during the Great War.   The stone memorial "To The Fallen 1914 - 1919" on the outside wall of the church is indexed as 20716 at the UKNIWM.

Notes:

1.  St Stephen's Church War Memorial can be viewed here.

 

Page last updated: 1st August 2013

 

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