St Andrew’s Church Hosts Exhibition of Parish War Graves
St Andrew’s Church opened its door to the public on Monday, August 4th to honour the young men of the parish who died in the Great War with an exhibition charting their family graves.
The church also put together a photographic exhibition of the graves in the churchyard that bear the names of sons, husbands and brothers who were killed in the First World War and whose remains were buried in France and Belgium.
Audrey Pearson, who helped put the exhibition together, adopted the grave of a young soldier, Issac Pattison and has tended it for many years. Astonishingly, her own daughter Heather later married one of the Pattison family descendants.
Audrey (who is a member of both St Andrew's Church and Haughton-le-Skerne Local History Society) spent a number of weeks weeding and cleaning the gravestones in question. She then placed small handwritten crosses on each grave containing the Rank, Name, Age and Date of Death of each man.
As this year marks the centenary of 100 years since the start of WW1, She felt quite strongly, that we should take some time for reflection and remember the bravery of these young men who fought so bravely for the freedom of our country.
Audrey hopes that the information gathered for the exhibition will be of use to anyone trying to trace their family history and enable them to find out more about relatives killed in the war.
The church will be open every Wednesday until the end of October, between 10.30am and 4pm, where the exhibition will be on display.