Remembering the Fallen of The Great War at Christ Church
Within Christ Church and surrounding churchyard, there are several memorials dedicated to the fallen of the First World War. To commemorate the centenary of WW1, we researched and exhibited the stories behind those names. As each anniversary came throughout 2014 – 2018 we displayed that soldiers’ story, and published a condensed version of that story here on this website. We have also created a Poppy Trail leaflet to help guide you through the churchyard to see the memorials and those within Christ Church. More information about the Poppy Trail can be seen here.
We have since published a book called ‘Remembering the Fallen of the Great War at Christ Church’ which brings all twenty-nine stories together.
Each of the men have a different story to tell, but their connection is that they are all remembered here at Christ Church.
It has been a fascinating and heart wrenching experience researching these men’s stories. The Great War touched everybody from aristocracy to farmers. Some were Welshpool men born and bred, others died during training or from the effects of war. Many are not buried here as they remain where they fell, but they have a memorial on the family tombstone in the churchyard.
The exhibition can be viewed during our opening times. A summary of each man’s story is published here – click on their name to view their story or see here . We have published a book of ‘Remembering the Fallen of the Great War at Christ Church’ which features the stories of the twenty-nine men that died in the First World War that have a memorial in the churchyard. Their stories give a glimpse of life in Welshpool and surrounding area 100 years ago, and mirror key events in the Great War. It is available from ourselves during our open times, from our online shop and from Eleos Christian Bookshop (next-door) and from Hardy’s Bookstore in Berriew Road.
We’d love to hear from anyone who has any anecdotes, photographs or family stories about the fallen men that are remembered at Christ Church. Any information would be appreciated such as where they lived; what they did before they joined up; their military action.
We are honoured to be part of the Welshpool WW1 Walk, which is a self directed trail around Welshpool with QR codes to scan at each point of interest with a connection to the First World War. More information on this can be seen here. A short video has been produced by the Powys War Memorials Project to promote the walk which includes some shots of some of the memorials here at Christ Church.