Wednesday 10 February 2021

Felkirk (St Peter) Churchyard CWGC Burials

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) recognises the burials of men and women who fell in the First and Second World Wars.  Where a men or women has no known grave they are remembered on CWGC memorials around the world, usually close to the place that they fell.

The most common CWGC gravestone is made of Portland Stone. This is bright white when new and very conspicuous in a churchyard or cemetery even when a little darkened by age.  The size and style of the stones was designed to be the similar for everyone, no matter what rank, regiment, class, religion or nationality.  See this section on the CWGC website for background information.

Each stone has a rounded top, some have the crest or badge of a regiment and/or a religious symbol. There is an inscription giving rank, name, regiment and date of death, sometimes age is included.  At the foot of the stone is a space for a family dedication.

When the burial of a serviceman or women is within a family plot, their details are often recorded on a family gravestone.  This can be quite confusing as other family gravestones in the same churchyard bearing similar inscriptions are memorials to men or women NOT buried there.  It is only when the burial of the serviceman or woman has occurred in that place that it is recorded by the CWGC.

There are four CWGC burials in Felkirk Churchyard, only one is marked by a distinctive CWGC stone as described above. The others are marked by inscriptions on family gravestones.

Note: If the photos below are overlapping the table and covering text try turning your phone or tablet landscape.  Links on the names are to the CWGC website. The FindAGrave links will take you to a transcription and a photo.

 Gravestone Location
Section Row No.
Soldier's Name & Regiment
Date of Death
Gravestone Photograph
Grave 211

Harry Hopkinson

Royal Gloucestershire Hussars
Royal Armoured Corps

19 February 1943
Grave 190

Arthur Eric Oldroyd

Royal Army Service Corps

15 July 1940

(See also window)

Grave ?

Maurice Bradley Parker Boyd

Royal Garrison Artillery

16 February 1918

(See also plaque and window)

Grave ?

Ernest William Litherland

Royal Air Force

22 February 1919


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