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T/Z 151/129
Level: Item Monumental inscriptions

Level: Item
Reference Code T/Z 151/129
Dates of Creation February 1994
Extent 1 item
Title [Monumental inscriptions]
Scope and Content Monumental inscriptions at the parish church of St. Mary Magdalene, Great Burstead. Recorded February 1994.
Includes pen and ink drawing of church by Charles Grigg Tait taken from The Parish Churches of South West Essex, notes on the church, indexes of persons, places in Essex, places out of Essex, occupations and stonemasons, with maps of churchyard and church.
Memorials in the churchyard include those to Thomas Gunns 'Gospel Preacher', 1667; Andrew Hubbard, innholder, 1719; Revd. William Master, rector of East Hanningfield, 1774; Charles Bernard of Little Bardfield, late apprentice to Robert Chaplyn, apothecary of Billericay who died of smallpox, 1748; John Nevill, farrier, died 1770; John Reve, citizen and draper of London, 1665; Revd. William Evan Evans, priest in charge of St. Martin, Plaistow, 1940; Private W.T. White, The Border Regiment, died 1945; John Henry Ward justice of the peace for Grenada, British West Indies, 1911; Private Ernest Turner killed in action in France 1917; Edwin William and Cecil James Cottis killed in action in France 1918; Thomas Waldron, late surveyor of H.M. Customs, 1932; William Palmer killed in France 1918; Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstones to Stoker Petty Officer F.C. Jennings, Royal Navy, 1944, Guardsman T.E. Pease, Coldstream Guards, 1944, Private Arthur Bennett, Pioneer Corps, killed 1941; Stephen Colin Colbridge, Royal Air Force, killed 1939 and Reginald Colbridge, Royal Navy, killed 1941; Sergeant Brian Arthur Tidman, Royal Air Force killed 1942 and his 'pal' Paul Simpson killed 1942; Elsie May Herbert, Auxiliary Territorial Service died 1942; Leonard David Mitchell, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, 1944 and Flight Sergeant H.F. Mitchell, Royal Air Force, killed in action 1941; Staff Sergeant H.T. Joel, Glider Pilot Regiment, Army Air Corps, died 1944; Flight Engineer Sergeant John Sidney Wall, killed 1943; Paratrooper Clarence Frank Norton Young, killed 1945; Thomas Jenner Spitty, J.P., D.L., Major Essex Rifles, died 1898; Major William Fothergill, 50th Queen's Own Regiment, died 1886; Denys Alban Ashton, died 1944 and buried at Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma, Libya; Percy George White, schoolmaster for 26 years, died 1949; Brigadier R.A.S. Edgecombe O.B.E., Royal Artillery, died 1956
Other memorials include one to the Catholic poor buried in churchyard from Billericay Union, erected by Catholic Brethren; German airmen (names and ranks) killed following the destruction of Zeppelin L32, 1916, their bodies were subsequently removed to the German Military Cemetery at Cannock Chase
Memorials in church include those to JohnTyrell of Hatfield Peverel, High Sheriff in 1770, died 1786; Samuel Bridge, 'late Minister of Great Bursted in Essex who for nigh twenty years continued an able faithfull zealous painfull powerfull preacher of ye Gospell in this place', 1661; Captain John Wood of 5th Regiment of Bombay Native Infantry, died in Bombay, 1804 'as he was about to revisit England after an absence of 15 years'; Thomas Chaplyn, surgeon 'died of a consumption', 1778; Ann Abbutt, died 1759 bequeathed 100 interest to be distributed between 5 poor widows and called Fishpoole's Gift; Flight Lieutenant Denys Alban Ashton killd at Tobruk, 1944; John Sperling George Hanson of the Wanganui Rangers and son of vicar, accidentally drowned at Opotiki, New Zealand 'whilst forming one of the East Coast Expedition', 1865; Ursula Cooke, died of smallpox, 1705; Thomas Jenner Spitty, Major Essex Rifles, died 1898
Other memorials include list of those killed in First World War; dedications in hymn books; roll of honour of those serving, wounded and killed in First World War, with regiments
Creator Name Essex Society for Family History

Acknowlegements to :- Essex Record Office