St Marys Great War Stained Glass Window and Chaste Triptych Monument

St Mary’s Great War Triptych and Stained Glass Window

Memorial Description

In the south transept of Melton Mowbray Parish Church, a handsome stained-glass window Containing a large figure of our Risen Lord in glory in the central light, and on either side are figures of the Archangel Michael and St. George of England.

On the wall beneath the window is a chaste Triptych monument in white stone, bearing the names, ranks and year of death for 220 fallen heroes.

The stained glass windows display a heraldic figure in upper two-thirds of left & right lights, the lower third of each light display a group of Great War service people.  Left light: Nurse with head partially bowed surrounded by soldiers of Britain & Commonwealth.  Right light: Royal Navy & Royal Air Force personnel of differing ranks.  Centre light displays a haloed image beneath which, Christ on the Cross.The crest of the Leicestershire Regiment is shown in a small upper light, and there are also depicted angels and the figures of St. Andrew of Scotland and St. Patrick of Ireland.

The wall triptych monument consists of a three panelled decorative stone frame housing a central portrait orientated incised inscription tablet with a figure of St. George in front of lower section, to the left & right of centre tablet are portrait orientated scroll-paired incised name tablets. 

The memorial was built by Messrs Burlison & Grylls (Artist) and Bodley and Hare (Designer) and was unveiled at the dedication ceremony on 13th June 1920 by The Rt Hon Earl Beatty OM GCB GCVO DSO

St Mary’s Great War Triptych LH Panel
St Mary’s Great War Triptych Centre Panel inscription
St Mary’s Great War Triptych RH Panel

Memorial Details

Memorial Type

Stained Glass Window and stone Triptych monument

Town

Melton Mowbray

County

Leicestershire

Country

England

OS Grid Reference

SK 75284 19015

Current Location

St Mary’s Church
Melton Mowbray
LE13 1DJ

Unveiling Date

13th June 1920

Commemorations

First World War (1914 – 1918)

Inscription

Window:
GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS,
THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS
THESE ARE THEY WHICH — OF GREAT TRIBULATION
Memorial:
THIS MONUMENT AND THE WINDOW
ABOVE WERE ERECTED TO THE
GLORY OF GOD,
AND THE UNDYING MEMORY OF THE
OFFICERS, NON-COMMISSIONED
OFFICERS AND MEN FROM MELTON
MOWBRAY WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
FOR KING & COUNTRY IN THE GREAT
WAR OF 1914-19.
THEIR NAMES SHALL LIVE FOR
EVERMORE.

Names

1914

  • Lt. W. B. W. Lawson
  • Lt. C. W. N. Garstin
  • Major. R. A. Markham
  • Sgt Mjr. H. Wilford
  • Sgt. W. A. Durrance
  • Pte. T. Bodfish
  • Ord. Seaman R. Durrance
  • Pte. C. Wilson
  • Sgt. H. White
  • Pte. F. White
  • L/Cpl. F Bateman

1915

  • Pte. W. Emery
  • Pte. J. J. Goodburn
  • Pte. P. Draper
  • Pte. A. Gilson
  • Pte. A. E. Taylor
  • Sgt. R. Moore
  • Pte. H. Smith
  • Sgt. R. Orton
  • Pte. P. Pennington
  • Pte. J. A. Rogers
  • Cpl. W. Ibbetson
  • Pte. A. L. Pick
  • Pte. W. Simpson
  • Pte. G. Foister
  • Pte. E. Wilson
  • Pte. H. Plowman
  • Pte. C. Paling
  • Pte. G. E. Bursnell
  • Rfl. L. H. Swann
  • Pte. R. Hubbard
  • Pte. R. Lakey
  • Dmr. C. H. Baguley
  • Cpl. W. Q. Lander
  • Pte. L. Tomblin
  • Pte. E. Iliffe
  • Pte. G. A. Munns
  • Pte. E. Hyde
  • Pte. A. Bland
  • Pte. J. Gamble
  • Pte. F. Raynor
  • Sgt. H. Smith
  • Tpr F. H. Smith

1916

  • Lt. E. J. B. Shouler R.N.
  • Seaman Gnr. G. E. Flint
  • Pte. B. Clark
  • L/Cpl. A. E. Smith
  • Pte. H. H. Shuttlewood
  • Cpl. J. Stroyan
  • L/Cpl. L. Berry
  • Pte. G. A. Parnham
  • Spr. F. Buckett
  • Pte. J. E. Atter
  • L/Cpl. W. Auger
  • Boy Teleg. C. Parker
  • Pte. A. Barratt
  • Pte. A. J. Steele
  • Pte. E. J. Woodcock
  • Pte. B. W. Warsop
  • Sgt. J Whitlock
  • Capt. A. H. Brocklehurst
  • L/Cpl. E. Warner
  • Lt. V. H. L. Davenport
  • Pte. D. Reed
  • Pte. A. Brewin
  • L/Cpl. B. Smith
  • Yeo. Sigs. E. Brotherhood
  • Pte. E. Williams
  • Pte. C. F. Woodcock
  • Pte. J. Flint
  • Pte. H. H. Lindsey
  • Pte. E. H. Frisby
  • Pte. E. Wright
  • Pte. S. Summerfield
  • Rfln. H. V. Boulter
  • Rfln. J. Skerritt
  • Rfln. J. Howlett
  • Rfln. J. Ward
  • Rfln. P. Wootton
  • Sgt. G. Pollington
  • 2nd Lt. C. J. Wright
  • Pte. C. J. Cooke
  • Pte. W. Bullimore
  • Pte. A. E. Roper
  • Pte. H. Matts
  • Pte. A. Wootton
  • Rfln. G. W. Clarke
  • Pte. B. Davies
  • Sig. H. C. Farey
  • Pte. Tom Johnson
  • J. Bowes A. B.
  • Pte. T. Wood
  • Pte. W. Tinkler
  • Pte. J. W. F. Woods
  • Pte. J. Taylor
  • Pte. J. T. Wilkinson

1917

  • Dvr. F. C. Dexter
  • Sgt. J. Craydon
  • T. W. Pryor A. B.
  • Pte. H. Lawrence
  • Pte. A. Brewin
  • Cpl. H. Pearson
  • Pte. A. W. Percival
  • L/Cpl. J. Townend
  • Sniper W. H. Cooper
  • Cpl. W. Wootton
  • Pte. F. Smith
  • Pte. R. W. Southgate
  • Pte. F. W. Zanker
  • Pte. R. D. Bott
  • Pte. T. V. Boulton
  • Pte. W. H. Hollingworth
  • Pte. W. Boulger
  • Pte. W. Hurrell
  • Pte. J. Benton
  • Pte. W. A. Watchorn
  • Sgt. J. Castle
  • Pte. T. A. Billsdon
  • Pte. B. Chamberlain
  • Pte. J. P. Wyles
  • Pte. H. Durrance
  • Pte. H. Munns
  • Pte. C. W. Priestley
  • J. G. Moorhouse A. B.
  • Pte. Pritchett
  • Gnr. G. Veasey
  • Pte. T. Dutson
  • Sgnlr. W. E. Leadenham
  • L/Cpl. A. Wilford
  • A/M. H. L. Reynolds
  • Pte. T. C. Curry
  • Pte. S. W. Handley
  • Cpl. J. W. Ordish
  • Dmr. A. French
  • Pte. E. H. Fendell
  • Pte. W. Dunkley
  • Pte. B. G. Taylor
  • Pte. H. Baker
  • Sgt. A. E. Essery
  • Pte. H. W. Dunham
  • Pte. R. Southerington
  • Pte. B. C. Trown
  • Pte. T. Mowbray
  • Pte. A. R. Knight
  • Pte. B. W. White
  • Pte. C. H. Woodman
  • L/Cpl. S. Short
  • Cpl. Beekingham
  • Pte. P. C. Glover
  • Pte. J. T. Glover
  • Lt. J. L. Brewitt
  • Pte. F. Reek
  • Pte. E. E. Thompson
  • Gnr. A. Robinson
  • Pte. W. O. Orridge
  • Pte. A. A. Casterton
  • Rfln. C. Hutton
  • Pte. R. Durant
  • Pte. A. Hazledine

1918

  • Pte. J. T. Lowe
  • Pte. J. Cooper
  • Lt. C. F. Atter
  • Pte. J. W. Beaver
  • Pte. T. Radford
  • Pte. W. E. Keyte
  • Pte. C. B. White
  • Sgt Mjr. R. Bullimore
  • Gnr. L. W. Brown
  • Pte. W. P. Smith
  • L/Cpl. F. T. Snowden
  • Cpl. H. Handley
  • L/Cpl. A. Snodin
  • Pte. W. Henfrey
  • Pte. A. Henfrey
  • Pte. W. Gamble
  • Pte. A. C. Bowery
  • Pte. E. W. Eales
  • Pte. J. W. Brown
  • Dvr. B. Newham
  • Sgt. F. Peach
  • Pte. F. Ainge
  • Pvt. H. Randle
  • Pte. A. J. Brotheridge
  • Sgt. W. J. Smith
  • Pte. A. W. Marriott
  • Gnr. J. Dunkley
  • L/Cpl. A. Goodburn
  • Pte. E. Brown
  • Pte. H. Smart
  • Sgt A. Pennington
  • L/Cpl. J. H. Martin
  • Gnr. G. P. Hubbard
  • Dvr. T. Alderman
  • Pte. S. Smith
  • Pte. H. J. Bowett
  • Pte. A. Andrew
  • Sgt. J. T. Harrison
  • Pte. G. H. Dixon
  • Pte. W. Chamberlain
  • Pte. A. Clarke
  • Pte. P. V. Bareham
  • Pte. H. T. Burton
  • Pte. F. Marriott
  • Pte. W. E. Clarke
  • Pte. H. W. Brown
  • Pte. N. Watchorn
  • Pte. B. J. Ewen
  • Pte. A. E. Potter
  • Pte. J. Underwood
  • Cpl. O. F. P. Brown
  • Pte. J. T. Fisher
  • Gnr. W. Warwick
  • Gnr. G. W. Bailey
  • Pte. A. B. Clarke
  • Pte. Basil Arnell
  • Pte. W. H. Greaves
  • Pte. S. C. Doubleday

1919

  • F. W. Lowe A. B.
  • A/M2. W. E. Plumb
  • Pte. G. H. Austin
  • Dvr. J. T. Bursnell
  • Capt. B. C. Marsh
  • Pte. J. T. Fendell

Unveiling Ceremony

Leicester Daily Post – Monday 14 June 1920

EARL BEATTY AT MELTON.

Unveils War Memorial in the Parish Church, and Addresses Congregation. Comrades of Great War Inspected.

 As a memorial to those from the town who lost their lives in the war, a handsome stained-glass window has been placed in the south transept of Melton Mowbray Parish Church. The central light contains a large figure of our Risen Lord in glory, and on either side are figures of the Archangel Michael and St. George of England. Beneath the central light there is a representation of the Crucifixion, and level with this are groups of soldiers and sailors. The crest of the Leicestershire Regiment is shown in a small upper light, and there are also depicted angels and the figures of St. Andrew of Scotland and St. Patrick of Ireland. On the wall beneath the window is a chaste monument in white, bearing the names of 220 fallen heroes and the following inscription :—” To the undying memory of the officers, non-commissioned officers and men from Melton Mowbray who gave their lives for King and country in the great war of 1914-19. Their names shall live for ever.”

The unveiling ceremony was performed at yesterday morning’s service by Earl Beatty, Admiral of the Fleet, who was accompanied by Countess Beatty and Mrs. Marshall Field. The local branch of the Comrades of the Great War, under Commandant A. Watson, formed a guard of honour in Church Lane and the churchyard, and the distinguished visitors were met at the west door by the clergy and surpliced choir, Col. Dalgliesh, C. B., also being in the procession. The south transept was reserved for the relatives of the fallen men. The Rev. Canon Blakeney, R.D., and the Rev. H. T. Mogridge took the service, and the choir rendered the anthem, ” I heard a Voice.”

EARL BEATTY’S ADDRESS.

Having unveiled the window and monument, Earl Beatty addressed the congregation from the reading desk. He said they had gone through the ceremony of unveiling a memorial as a testimony of their gratitude, appreciation, and recognition of the services of those gallant men who gave their lives willingly, and who died joyously and gloriously to save England from the fate that befel the countries with which they were allied. They asked for nothing better than to stand or fall in the service of their country. They gave their lives joyously, therefore there was no need for them to mourn; they need not regret for their sakes. But they could think how fortunate they were to have lived through such days when the names of England and of the British Empire were crowned with glory, and when the prestige of that Empire stood higher than ever before, thanks to the sacrifices that were made. Surely that must be a comforting thought to all those who gave their dear ones in the great venture, and surely they must take comfort from the fact that they were still alive to see the reward that had been reaped by the giving.

Could they visualise for themselves the men of the great Empire to which they belonged answering the call of country, and flocking to the defence of England; could they see the big ships steaming across the vast expanse of the ocean, from east and west, north and south, filled with Britishers who were coming to the defence of this island? They were fortunate to have seen the country to which they belonged rise higher and higher in the estimation of the world, until reaching such a position as had never been attained before.

LESSONS LEARNED.

There was a lesson to be learned out of chose sacrifices. Those who had been fortunate enough to return had learned much in the four and a half years of war, and he would ask that those lessons should be handed down to future generations, so that they might see that the sacrifices which had been made had not been in vain. They had learned to recognise that it was discipline which gave them the meeting. Brotherhood was learned on the battlefield as it never could be learned at home. They had a right to ask that the Empire should not forget that it was brotherhood, comradeship, and discipline which made victory possible, and that in the work of peace, in the return to prosperity and in the future of their Empire, comradeship and brotherhood should play the same part, and that the Empire should continue to work together as one man for the common cause.

At the conclusion of the service Dr. Malcolm Sargent played the “Dead March” in “Saul.” The offertory on behalf of the Memorial Fund amounted to £53.

COMRADES INSPECTED.

The Comrades afterwards formed up in Burton -street, and, headed by the Melton Town Band, they marched to the Town Park, and were there inspected by Earl Beatty.  Addressing the men from the bandstand, he said the ceremony which had been performed that day brought to a close a chapter in the history of the world, so far as Melton Mowbray parish and district were concerned, but, like other histories, there was the aftermath, which was never closed. It was open to those who were living to see that the sacrifices of those who had passed away the service of their country had not been made in vain, and he asked the Comrades of the Great War to see that the fruits of the victory were not thrown away. Selfishness must be put on one side, and instead of working for the individual they must work for the whole. By so doing they would make England a better place to live, and a better place for their children and children’s children.

In the evening an impressive memorial service was held the church, Canon Blakeney preaching to a large congregation.

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