Wars Last Goodbyes
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St Martin Little Ness

Inscription

Maurice A. A. Darby

Lieut. Grenadier Guards

Killed in action at

Neuve Chapelle

March 11th 1915

Aged 20

Jesu Mercy



In proud and loving memory of

Maurice Darby

whose body having lain for four days on the

battlefield of Neuve Chapelle, was after a long

night search in front of the enemy’s lines,

recovered and brought home by his uncle George Arthur

to be laid at rest on this spot

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St Martin Little Ness

Shropshire

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Maurice Alfred Alexander

Darby

6th May 1894

Chelsea, London

11th March 1915

Killed in action at Neuve Chapelle in France. Advancing on the new German lines outside the village, he had clambered his company over a wooden bridge, over a stream to hold to await movement, Maurice stopped to light a cigarette maybe with a bolstering comment to his men. He was shot through the heart and died instantly.

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St Martin's Churchyard, Little Ness, Shropshire

First World War

Lieutenant

1st Battalion Grenadier Guards

It would appear that his men – the men of the Grenadier Guards - searched no man’s land for the body of their fallen leader. Sir George Arthur, his uncle was the Personal Secretary of Lord Kitchener whom at the start of the war in 1914 became Secretary of State for War. It was he who retrieved his nephew’s body from the front and brought it back to his parents. The famous Darby family of Coalbrookdale. Maurice is one of the very few brought back from the Western Front to be buried back in Britain.

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