This is the phrase written at the bottom of the war memorial cross at St Giles Church, Maisemore in Gloucestershire.
Let those who come after see to it that their names be not forgotten
But it was not the only sentence written. Underneath the cross and the heading entitled: The Great War 1914-1918, this is inscribed:
They whom this cross commemorates were numbered among those who at the call of King and country left all that was dear to the, endured hardiness, faced danger and finally passed out of the sight of men by the path of duty and self sacrifice giving up their own lives that others might live in freedom.
Just a few miles north of Gloucester, Maisemore sits aside the river Severn. There are 12 names listed on the war memorial that never returned from World War One; there are 3 more from World War Two.
Inside the church, just behind the door is a stone memorial tablet to Corporal Harry Brunsdon. It still hangs a century later. Born in 1888, he died from illness on the 13th July 1916 in Alexandria, Egypt and his grave lies in the Alexandria Hadra War Memorial Cemetery. But the tablet reveals that it was erected by his comrades of 644 Co, a Mechanised Transport company of the Army Service Corps. Maybe it was simply that the man who had been born and had grown up in the village, that some part of the man would return.
Clarence Frederick Stuart Cox
Shining down from the east window is a stained glass. With keen eyes, you may notice the words about a man last seen alive on October 29th 1917, a Lieutenant with the 10th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters. Aged 21 years, he would die after a shell struck his position. His mother, who had re-married, living at Maisemore Park created the stained glass, alter and reredos for the memory of her son and his gallant comrades. They would continue to ‘fight the good fight’ beyond the grave. Lieutenant C. F. S. Cox MC. Clarence Frederick Stuart Cox, born of Nottingham, won a citation for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in a raid.
Courageous heart, forever rest in peace;
Clarence’s mother wrote on his gravestone in France. He is buried at Ruisseau Farm Cemetery north of Ypres in Belgium.
The Roll of Honour for Maisemore men going to war in 1914-1918 is hung in the church. These examples are mere snippets of the characters who went away, some to return and some indeed to stay away.
Please read my second visit to Maisemore, for more discoveries on the commemoration of the war dead of this village click here.