First World War war graves in Sutton Mandeville

There are two graves recognised by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission from the First World War in the churchyard of All Saints Church.

 

 

Richard Thomas Perks was a Gunner in the 164th Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery. He was from Sheffield and left a wife and child when he died on 26 November 1915, while his division was training. The camp to the south of the A30 is labelled ‘RFA’ so it seems likely that Gunner Perks was based here.

 

 

 

 

This headstone reads ‘Private George J Barrett’ but the corresponding details in the records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission refer to George J Barnett. George Barnett died on 3 February 1916 whilst serving in the 3/7th Battalion of the London Regiment. The 7th (City of London) Battalion of the London Regiment was the ‘Shiny Seventh’ whose badge is carved into Sutton Down; the 3/7th would have been a training or reserve battalion from which soldiers would have transferred to the 1/7th and 2/7th, which were the two active battalions serving on the Western Front.

 

Many thanks to Cathy Sedgwick for her research on these two men.