Memorials

There are four War Memorials in the parish. Two are located in the parish churchyard, the 305th Bomb Group memorial on Higham Road and the fourth is inside the Village Hall. Additionally there is a Commonwealth War Grave Commission maintained grave in the churchyard.

Cross of Sorrow (Parish WW1 and WW2)

Cross of Sorrow in the churchyard

The village war memorial (the Cross of Sorrow) is located to the east of the church and was erected on 19th March 1920. As the original lettering became worn, the Parish Council installed a slate plaque under the east window of the church on 8th May 1996, listing the five villagers from WW1 and one from WW2. The following provides some background information to the names.

Pte George Herbert Corbett (1445 & 14459) served in the 3rd Battalion Coldstream Guards.

Son of Joseph & Sarah Corbett, formerly of Hargrave. Joseph Corbett was a beer retailer in Chelveston.

George enlisted at Melton Mowbray in July 1915. He served as a Private in the 3rd Battalion, Coldstream Guards (the rank of Guardsman wasn't adopted until 1920) and died on the 15th September 1916 (age 24) during the middle phase of the Battle of the Somme. The 3rd Battalion had moved up to the trenches near Ginchy in early September 1916, and commenced the assault at 6:20 am on the 15th September (the Battle of Flers–Courcelette). Although they captured the initial objectives, they came under heavy machine fire from defenders in a sunken road. 11 officers and 414 other ranks died in the assault. George's body was never recovered and he is listed amongst the missing on the Thiepval Memorial, France. Memorial Panel 7D.

Pte George Edward Farr (20032) served in 2nd (Regular) Battalion Northamptonshire Regt.

Son of Charles Farr, of Chelveston.

Died 8th February 1916 (age 22). Buried at Ration Farm Military Cemetery, La Chapelle-D'armentières, France. Plot Igrave C.10.

Pte Walter Charles Hulatt (200974) served in the 1/4th (Territorial) Battalion Northamptonshire Regt.

Died 28th November 1917. Buried at the Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel. Grave B.72.

Gunner Frank Morris (under the name of Charles Burrows). (37364 & 29492) served in the Royal Field Artillery and the 2nd Battalion East Lancashire Regt.

Son of Job & Elizabeth Morris, of High Street, Chelveston.

Died 9th April 1918 (age 33). Buried at Premont British Cemetery, Aisne, France. Plot IV Row B Grave 23.

Pte Harry Morris (48614) served in the 1st Battalion Royal Fusiliers.

Son of Alfred & Emma Morris, of Water Yard, Chelveston.

Died 31st July 1917 (age 19) on the first day of the third battle of Ypres (Battle of Passchendaele). His body was never recovered and he is listed amongst the missing on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, France. Memorial panel 6.

Sgt Stanley Eric Odell (3968060) served in the 4th Battalion Welch Regiment.

Son of James Henry & Selena Odell and husband of Betty Odell, of Chelveston.

Died 25th February 1945 (age 25). Buried at the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 51 Row H Grave 3.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - Plot 51 Row H Grave 3.

Commonwealth War Grave

  • Flt Sgt Charles W Auld RCAF (PDF, 72 Kb)

    Background to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission maintained grave for Flight Sergeant Charles W Auld RCAF in the churchyard of St John the Baptist Church.