As Frodsham residents prepare to commemorate Remembrance Sunday, a parishioner thinks future generations should remember our fallen heroes. BARRY ELLAMS reports
AN ELDERLY lady plants the first poppy cross into the frosted earth against the Frodsham parish church war memorial at St Laurence’s cemetery.
It serves as a poignant reminder to those beloved family members who sacrificed their lives upholding democracy and echoes the Ode of Remembrance verse “at the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them”.
St Laurence Church is a living epitaph to the fallen of The First and Second World Wars with memorial inscriptions throughout the church.
The church visitor book records guests from all over the world.
If you take a second and stop in the church porches, you will see two names etched into sandstone memorial plaques.
One memorial stone records Algernon Sidney Davies Cheshire Regiment, who died of wounds in West Flanders, October 27, 1918.
Another memorial stone is in fond memory of Alan Otho Glover, a Flying Officer in 607 Squadron RAF who died on October 29, 1939.
His brother, Alexander John Glover, who served in the Royal Naval Volunteer Service died on May 29, 1940, is also remembered.
The names are of interest to parishioner and former Frodsham town councillor Lance Yates, who researched their stories and contacted The Commonwealth War Graves Commission for more information.
His inquiries were prompted by old Frodsham memorabilia handed to him by former stamp vendor Charles Davies.
Lance noticed among the collection of old photographs and letters were pictures and notes of a relative to Mr Davies, Private Algernon Davies.
Private A S Davies was one of 106 names remembered in a dedication service which took place on November 6, 1921, in St’s Laurence Church.
A hymn sheet unearthed by Mr Yates dedicates “In thankful remembrance of the men who laid down their lives for us in the Great War, August 1914- November 1918.”
Private Davies, who served with 1st/4th Battalion The Cheshire Regiment, was, according to The Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the “third and eldest triplet of John and Edith Ellen Davies of Brook House, Frodsham, Cheshire.”
He is buried at Kezelberg Military Cemetery in Belgium.
A well preserved handwritten letter in pencil dated October 29, 1918, from a Sister Jeffries breaks the devastating news to the family of Private Davies that he was mortally wounded in Flanders Fields and died in hospital at 3pm on October 27.
Sister Jeffries writes: “You will be grieved to hear of the death of Private Davies 77064. Pte Davies was admitted to our hospital on 26.10.18 suffering from gunshot wounds… there was very little hope of his recovery and he died at 3pm, 27.10.18.”
The letter adds: “It will comfort you a little to know he was given every care and attention. He was buried at the military cemetery.”
Among the collection is a souvenir booklet commemorating Empire Day which took place in Castle Park on Saturday, May 24, 1947. Empire Day was celebrated to “Welcome Home: All those who left the town to serve in his Majesty’s Forces in the War 1939 to 1945”.
A passage pays honour and tribute to those who returned to Frodsham and those who lost their lives.
It says: “We have appreciated the selfless work of Frodsham’s embattled 600, and are very grateful for the service you gave.
“For six years you earned, but were not paid, and although we can never quite repay our debt, we ask you to accept a small token from us all at Frodsham.
“Some of your comrades will not come back. They have gone on indefinite leave to another land, and in the years to come we shall join them. We do not forget them, and pay our tribute and honour their memory.”
Lance fears the up-and-coming generations of Frodsham residents might never know about the sacrifices made over the last century and he believes it would be a good idea to produce a Remembrance booklet to rekindle this important history and keep it alive in the years to come.
If you have any information about any of the memorial plaques at St Laurence’s Church, Frodsham, call Lance Yates on 01928 722832.