This Nottinghamshire churchyard was used for the burials from Clipstone Camp, a WW1 military training camp that was established approximately 2 miles away from Forest Town. There are 29 war graves situated in the churchyard to the front and side of the church. Listed below are the inscriptions on the headstones
Twenty seven of the war graves are set in neat lines and they are of soldiers who were at Clipstone Camp. Some of them died from influenza.
One war grave is set slightly back from the others, this is possibly because it is the grave of a local person not one from Clipstone Camp. It is of Private Harry Wilson who died in the Red Cross Hospital, Louth, Lincolnshire. His parents lived in Eighth Avenue, Forest Town.
Also set apart from the other war graves, and situated just inside the main entrance to the churchyard is the war grave of ADA ELIZABETH YOUNG who was a civilian nurse at the Clipstone Camp Hospital. There is also a brass memorial plaque to her inside the church.
The inscriptions in alphabetical order, not as they appear in the church yard.
12437 Private/R A BELL, East Surrey Regiment/16th July 1919/ Son of Major Otto J. Bell/Thy Will Be Done
4785 Private/ W BLAKEY,.Duke of Wellington’s Rgt./31st May 1916/Ever Remembered
15864 Private/G E BREW,Machine Gun Corps (Inf). 5th December 1916.
T2/016906. Private/ F P L CLARK, Army Service Corps/ 3rd March 1916./ Though Dead He Still Liveth In The Memory Of those Who Loved Him
24663 Private/ W COLEMAN, Norfolk Regiment/ 12th July 1918.
TRS/173414/J H CURRY/Durham Light Infantry/ 9th November 1918.
4133 Corporal/A ERNEST/ Duke of Wellington’s
160263 Private/ A ETIM, Machine Gun Corps (Inf)/ 3rd July 1918.
6/51608 Private/E GOULDSTONE/.Notts and Derby Regt./18th November 1918.
G/99217 Private/W H HOWELL/ Middlesex Regiment. 14th May 1919.
5929. Private/ P HUDSON/Duke of Wellington’s Regt/ 8th November 1916.
PrivateTRS/173331/M G LAWSON/ Durham Light Infantry/7th November 1916/Greater Love Hath No Man than This
83868 Serjeant/J LINTON/Royal Garrison Artillery/24th January 1917/Thy Will Be Done.
35593 Private/D J MALCOLM/Royal Fusiliers/17th July 1918.
158644 Lance Corporal/W MUSGROVE/Machine Gun Corps (Inf)/5th July 1918.
S/19792 Private/J O’LONE,/Gordon Highlanders/ 13th August 1919/ Rest In Peace
168581 Serjeant/ F A ORRIDGE/Royal Engineers/27th August 1917/In Memory/ Of Our Dear Brother/harry And Elaine/Peace After Pain.
278123 Private/P R PARKER/Essex Regiment/18th November 1918/he Was Faithful Unto Death.
55415 Private/T PETERS/East Yorkshire Regiment/ 22nd February 1918.
159292 Private/ G R PIKE/Machine Gun Corps (Inf)/7th July 1918/Peace Perfect Peace/It Is Enough/Earths Struggles Now Have Ceased.
T4/235758 Private/Sam PRESTON/RoyalArmy Service Corps/ 25th June 1918/Too Dearly Loved to Be Forgotten.
8057 Private/H ROSEWELL/Royal Army Medical Corps/3rd December 1916/Peace Perfect Peace
8217 Rifleman/J SIMPSON/West Yorkshire Regt/21st January 1917/At Rest
3877 Private/J J SYMONDS/West Yorkshire Regt/11th March 1916/And With The Morn/Those Angel Faces Smile/Which I Have Loved/Long Since And Lost A While.
35677 Corporal/A V WADDINGTON/.Lincolnshire Regiment 5th December 1918./For Ever With The Lord.
126429 Private/ F C WELLS/ Machine Gun Corps (Inf). 2nd January 1918.
58786 Private/ H WILSON/Leicestershire Regiment/10th July 1918/. Father In Thy Gracious Keeping/ Leave We Now Our Dear One Sleeping
343793 Corporal/ W H WILSON/Labour Corps/And Durham Infantry/3rd June 1918
Member/ ADA ELIZABETH YOUNG/Voluntary Aid Detachment/15th July 1918/Thy Will Be Done
For additional information look at the Commonwealth War Graves web site or HMSO Book Nottingham 1-121 ‘The War Graves Of The British Empire -Cemeteries and Churchyards in Nottinghamshire