Tuesday, 25 February 2014

All Saints, Sherburn In Elmet

All Saints church, Sherburn In Elmet, affords a large area of consecrated ground. A hilltop site, the hill drops away sharply to the north, commanding an impressive view over the vale of York.

Four extant war graves are to be found here. Unlike most churchyards, these are not arrayed neatly

This is the first graveyard in which I have located an extant KOYLI grave. These are of particular significance to me, as KOYLI is an antecedent of 8LI, and hence KOYY(LI), my regiment.

Also of interest, Sherburn holds the grave of a soldier of the Artists Rifles.

Of particular interest, are the dates of the WW1 graves. These are all 1919, post hostilities. In many ways this makes sense, as the majority of those killed during WW1 are interred in commonwealth cemeteries close to the battlefields.

Extant  war graves at All Saints, Sherburn In Elmet -

4690839  Pte  Gatenby, G.E.
22 April 1944  Age 24

4693135 Craftsman Atkinson, G.
6 December 1942  Age 24

WR/29809 Sapper  Whittaker, F.
Royal Engineers
24 February 1919  Age 42

2019 Pte  Rhodes, C.A.
Artists Rifles
31 October 1919  Age 29

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