LEYTONSTONE (ST. PATRICK'S)

 

ROMAN CATHOLIC CEMETERY

 

Essex

 

Picture above used with the permission of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

There are 147 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 war here, those whose graves are not marked by headstones are commemorated on Special Memorial headstones erected in a row within the main War Plot. There are 134 Commonwealth burials of the 1939-1945 war here, those whose graves are not marked by headstones are commemorated on a Screen Wall Memorial in the main War Plot. There are also 2 Foreign National war burials and 3 non war service burials.

Number of Identified Casualties: 286

Picture courtesy of Steve Fifer

 

34251 Gunner

Harry Holmes

Royal Garrison Artillery

Died 28/03/1916, aged 25.

 

"My great-grandfather, Harry enlisted with pre-existing TB which had already killed half of his East End family, but after some time fighting at the Front, he was gassed; this shredded the last of his lungs and he was medically discharged with a Silver War Badge. Dying a civilian some months later, he is not commemorated on any memorial and his grave lay unknown and unmarked for ninety years until I found him again. He was a gentle, kind, brave brave man and I couldn't possibly be more proud of him, or more grateful. Harry is my hero." (Claire Warren)

Picture courtesy of Claire Warren, great granddaughter

 

 

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