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Great War Graves, Overleigh Cemetery, Chester

I have posted about Overleigh Cemetery Chester, before. These are all graves within the cemetery of casualties of the Great War:-

Private L C Woolley, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, 16/4/1919:-

War Grave, Overleigh Cemetery, Chester

Private J Lawrence, Royal Lancaster Regiment, 20/12/1915, aged 33:-

War Grave, Chester, Overleigh Cemetery

Private H Jones, Cheshire Regiment, 15/11/1918, aged 45:-

War Grave, Chester

Private C Nuttall, Cheshire Regiment, 4/11/1918, aged 29:-

Chester War Grave

Pioneer C H Webb, Royal Engineers, 11/9/1918, aged 24:-

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Serjeant Major J W T Francis, Cheshire Regiment, 25/5/1915, aged 27:-

Overleigh Cemetery, Chester, War Grave

Gunner R T Ryder, Royal Field Artillery, 20/4/1915, aged 20:-

Great War Grave, Chester, Overleigh Cemetery

Corporal H Cooper, Cheshire Regiment, 4/1/1917, aged 44:-

Chester, Overleigh Cemetery, Great War Grave

Boy A Burton, Cheshire Regiment, 19/2/1918, aged 17:-

War Grave of Boy, Overleigh Cemetery, Chester

Corporal J Warburton, Royal Engineers, 21/2/1917, aged 44:-

Overleigh Cemetery, Chester, Great War Grave

Private H H J Martin, Cheshire Regiment, 3/11/1918, aged 30:-

Chester, Overleigh Cemetery, Great War Grave

Private T Z Stephenson, Royal Engineers, 7/7/1915, aged 32:-

Chester, Great War Grave

Captain Thomas Arthur Ellis, RAF, 20/11/1918, aged 25:-

Great War Grave, Chester

Pioneer A Sutton, Royal Engineers, 17/5/1920, aged 50:-

Chester, Great War Grave, Overleigh Cemetery

Private T Jenkins, Welsh Regiment, 30/8/1915, aged 18:-

Overleigh Cemetery, Chester, Great War Grave

Private E R Noakes, Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry,) 26/4/1920:-

War Grave, Chester

Sapper W H Turton, Royal Engineeers, 3/6/1918:-

Overleigh Cemetery, Chester, Great War Grave

Second World War Graves, Overleigh Cemetery, Chester

I have posted several times previously about Overleigh Cemetery Chester. I photographed several World War 2 graves there.

Warrant Officer K Buckingham, Pilot, RAF, 7/9/1944, aged 23:-

Chester, Overleigh Cemetery, War Grave

Aircraftman 2nd Class W Ledsham, RAF, 23/2/1940:-

Second World War Grave, Overleigh Cemetery, Chester

Corporal A Henshall, Royal Engineers, 5/12/1944, aged 28:-

Second World War Grave, Overleigh Cemetery, Chester,

Leading Seaman J D H Gibson, Royal Navy, 25/5/1945, aged 30:-

World War 2 Grave, Overleign Cemetery, Chester

Guardsman T E Mallard, Grenadier Guards, 9/7/1944:-

Overleigh Cemetery, Chester, Second World War Grave

Aircraftman W J Wilding, RAF, 14/2/1942:-

Second World War Grave, Chester, Overleigh Cemetery

Paired War Graves, Overleigh Cemetery, Chester

For more general views of Overleigh Cemetery, see here.

It’s unusual in the UK for two soldiers to be commemorated on the one headstone. (It is much more common in the battlefield War Cemeteries in Belgium and France.)

There were two such paired burials in Overleigh though.

Gunner W Jones, Royal Garrison Artillery, 5/11/1918, aged 35 and Driver A Wildman, Royal Field Artillery, 6/11/1918:-

War Graves, Overleigh Cemetery, Chester

Private R Jones, Cheshire Regiment, 19/10/1915, aged 21, and Private C H McLaren, Cheshire Regiment, 12/10/1915, aged 43:-

War Graves, Overleigh Cemetery, Chester

Private A Waterfall, West Yorkshire Regiment, 26/7/1916, and Private E T Morris, Cheshire Regiment, 22/5/1916:-

Overleigh Cemetery, Chester, War Graves

Private J Williams, Royal Welch Fusiliers, 15/6/1921, aged 29, and Private F Dale, Manchester Regiment, 16/1/1921.

Chester, Overleigh Cemetery, War Graves

Bombardier C Pearce, Royal Field Artillery, 13/7/1920, aged 32, and, in background, F Williams, The King’s Liverpool Regiment, 2/6/1920, aged 20:-

War Graves, Overleigh Cemetery, Chester

St Barbara’s, a Greek Orthodox Church in Chester

Another striking sight in Overleigh Cemetery, Chester was the presence of a Bulgarian Flag on a church within the grounds.

This turned out to be St Barbara’s, a Greek Orthodox Church, and the building is the former cemetery chapel.

St Barbara's exterior, Chester, orthodox church

St Barbara's exterior

The inside is sumptuous and full of iconography:-

St Barbara interior, Chester

St Barbara interior, Chester, orthodox church

St Barbara interior, Chester, orthodox church

St Barbara interior altar, Chester, orthodox church

The vaulted roof is a bit less ornate though:-

St Barbara's, Greek Orthodox Church, Chester

War Graves, Overleigh Cemetery, Chester

The main (more modern) Overleigh Cemetery in Chester, though its Wiki page says it’s on Grosvenor Road, lies just across Overleigh Road from Overleigh ‘Old’ Cemetery.

Overleigh Cemetery (without the ‘Old’) contains 197 Commonwealth War Graves. The most striking feature (in a War Memorial sense) is the Cross of Sacrifice. It is inscribed, “This Cross Of Sacrifice is one in design and intention with those which have been set up in France and Belgium and other places throughout the world where our dead of the Great War are laid to rest: their name liveth for evermore.”

It is unusual for any municipal cemetery in the United Kingdom to have a Cross of Sacrifice. Most, of course, have fewer than the minimum number of graves (30) to qualify for one. In this regard Overleigh’s 197 must surely be an outlier.

Cross of Sacrifice, Overleigh Cemetery, Chester

There are many indivdual war graves in Overleigh but the photographs below are of clusters or scatterings of graves:-

War Graves, Overleigh Cemetery, Chester

Overleigh Cemetery, Chester, War Graves

Scattered War Graves, Overleigh Cemetery, Chester

Chester, War Graves, Overleigh Cemetery

Chester, Overleigh Cemetery, War Graves

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