Bramshott, St Mary (10K)

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Bramshott: St Mary the Virgin — Information

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From — Some Ancient Churches in North East Hampshire

The church was built in AD 1220 to serve the community which had grown up on the heathland to the south of Hindhead, around a sandy track which was to become the London to Portsmouth road.
Later the development of the turnpike road and, more particularly, the railway led to the daughter hamlet of Liphook outgrowing its parent, and rather pushing Bramshott and its church to the sidelines.
From the swing gate entrance in the south east corner of the churchyard, one has the impression of a small, single-aisled church capped by a low tower with a wooden steeple. Along the south side, notice the priest's door which opens into the chancel. Entering the building by the west door, it is surprising to find a nave wide enough to have both north and south aisles, each supported by substantial round pillars and graceful arches.
Looking down from the chancel towards the nave, it is easy to feel physically separated from the eastern end of the church. The present nave was built in 1872. It blends in well with the 13th century chancel and tower, the lower stage of which was altered in 1400. There is a central crossing, unusual in a village church, because the tower, now in the centre, once marked the western end of a much smaller church.
The east walls of both transepts had side altars; the north still retains its altar and piscina. Each of the pillars fronting the chancel have 'squints' cut in them to give a view of the High Altar in the chancel. In the south transept pillar, above the 'squint', there is a large opening, presumably to give access to the rood loft above the screen, which separated the priest from the congregation. The west walls of both transepts show the positions of the former windows in the previous outside walls.
The High Altar in the sanctuary is flanked, on the north side wall, by an aumbry which still retains its original door. In the south wall, opposite the aumbry, is the piscina for the washing of communion vessels. This is the oldest part of the building (AD 1220), and the three lancets of the east window are also of 13th century origin.
The pulpit is of the present century. We are reminded of the contribution made by the Canadian Army here in two World Wars. Those of their forces who were stationed on nearby Bramshott Common formed a special attachment to the village and its church.
There is a magnificently decorated wooden Priest's Stall which displays the present and former arms of the Dominion of Canada, and has a canopy decorated with carved beavers. It shows an expression of the deep and lasting friendship generated between Bramshott and its temporary guests. In the churchyard are the graves of more than 300 Canadian servicemen who died here during the First World War, many from the influenza epidemic in 1918.


Canadian WW1 graves in Bramshott Churchyard

View of the Canadian Section of the churchyard at Bramshott, taken from its southern end.

Note: Ninety-five other Canadians who died in Bramshott during World War 1 were Roman Catholics, and their graves will be found in St. Joseph's churchyard, Grayshott – two miles to the north.

Note: see http://data2.archives.ca/cef/ to check or add information on the Canadian National Database which contains Books  of Remembrance, "Virtual" War Memorial, WW1 - CEF Attestation, plus access to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database.

The figures and letter after each name show the Plot, the Row and the number of the grave in the row. The list of the 317 names is taken from Liphook, Bramshott and the Canadians, published by the Bramshott & Liphook Preservation Society.

Abbott, R. S. - 2 D 22
Adair, W. G. - 1 D 15
Adams, R. J. G. - 2 C 4
Altman, P. - 2 C 14
Anderson, M. - 1 E 14
Andrews, W. - 1 F 2
Andrews, W. J. - 3 D 24
Austfjord, S. - 2 C 8
Bailey, A. E. - 2 A 6
Bailey, J. E. - 2 B 3
Baines, H. - 2 D 9
Bakke, A. - 3 C 27
Baldwin, S. - 1 K 2
Barbier, F. - 1 F 8
Barnett, C. - 1 E 12
Barnhart, C. - 2 A 20
Beer, A. - 3 D 1
Beer, F. W. - 3 B 18
Bell, R. M. - 2 D 20
Bell, T. J. - 3 C 9
Benson, T. A. - 3 A 23
Berry, T. - 1 C 13
Birley, C. G. - 1 H 5
Black, E. S. - 2 C 12
Blackbum, W. F. - 2 C 10
Bloomer, J. - 2 C 21
Borgerson, B. C. - 3 C 19
Brooker, E. W. - 2 B 7
Brown, C. J. - 1 F 15
Brown, H. O. - 2 D 13
Brown, K. McD. - 1 B 4
Brown, W. A. - 2 D 8
Buckingham, W. R. - 1 D 3
Bulmer, F. D. - 1 H 12
Bunse, F. W. - 3 C 26
Burns, A. - 3 D 25
Burr, G. S. - 1 K 12
Bursey, A. C. - 1 F 11
Butner, L. - 3 B 17
Campbell, D. A. - 3 A 19
Campbell, G. L. R. - 3 C 16
Campbell, J. A. - 2 A 15
Carey, C. - 1 K 3
Carson, C. J. - 2 B 19
Carston, L. - 2 A 12
Carter, B. - 2 B 23
Chapman, H. - 3 D 12
Church, B. - 2 B 4
Clark, R. W. - 3 B 7
Clegg, W. J. - 2 C 15
Clements, W. B. - 1 B 15
Cliffgard, C. - 3 C 25
Collins, J. - 2 B 26
Colvin, D. G. - 1 G 2
Coppin, C. E. - 3 C 11
Corney, F. W. - 3 C 5
Cornish, N. K. - 3 A 13
Cowell, J. H. - 3 A 20
Cowles, C. W. - 2 D 6
Crawshaw, J. - 2 C 20
Cullis, J. O. - 2 D 10
Culp, O. B. - 3 A 4
Curry, L. E. - 3 C 21
Daley, R. A. - 3 C 6
Davenport, J. S. - 2 C 27
Davis, R. E. - 2 D 7
Davison, T. - 1 H 16
Deer, H. E. - 2 A 5 - see more info
De Laney - 1 G 7
Diamond - 3 B 9
Diehl, P. A. - 2 B 22
Dill, W. H. - 1 B 10
Donaldson, A. - 3 D 29
Dow, H. W. - 1 B 5
Drury, N. G. - 3 B 1
Duncan, W. C. - 1 B 6
Dykstra, S. - 2 C 17
Elvidge, C. W. - 2 A 16
Englehutt, G. A. - 3 C 7
Ericksson, E. - 2 D 16
Fair, F. A. - 2 C 25
Feindell, S. N. - 2 C 9
Fenner, L. H. - 3 C 12
Ferguson, A. L. - 3 A 12
Ferguson, C. - 3 C 3
Ferris, T. E. - 2 C 6
Fetterly, W. M. G. - 2 D 18
Findlater, J. R. - 2 A 13
Fisher, J. B. - 1 C 8
Fisher, K. S. - 2 D 17
Flegg, T. R. - 1 G 15
Folster, W. A. R. - 2 C 7
Forbes, F. A. G. - 3 A 10
Ford, A. E. - 3 C 23
Forneri, A. F. - 1 B 12 - see more info
Foster, J. L. - 1 E 3
Fox, C. - 1 E 6
Franks, W. T. - 2 C 26
Freeman, F. McK. - 1 F 9
Fretz, D. R. - 2 B 27
Gallichan, A. - 3 D 28
Gallinger, S. C. - 1 G 16
Gardner, H. - 1 K 1
Garrett, T. J. - 1 K 7
Gibson, R. H. - 3 A 16
Gilchrist, A. B. - 1 F 16
Given, J. A. - 1 E 2
Glenn, D. - 3 B 6
Glennie, J. R. - 2 D 11
Govan, S. - 2 A 25
Graves, C. E. - 3 D 6
Groat, P. - 1 H 2
Hales, C. - 1 F 17
Hall, C. S. - 3 D 17
Hall, F. - 1 B 11
Hamlin, F. C. - 3 A 18
Harden, R. J. - 1 F 10
Hardie J. - 3 A 17
Hartley, R. H. - 2 A 8
Harvey, J. C. - 3 A 6
Hateley, W. H. - 1 G 9
Haug, J. W. - 1 G 3
Hauser, C. A. - 3 B 19
Hazlehurst, G. - 1 K 14
Heap, J. - 3 D 14
Hirssig, E. E. - 2 A 4 - see more info
Hoehne, E. E. - 3 B 2
Holley, F. - 1 C 5
Hood, W. C. - 2 A 19
Hooey, S. E. - 1 G 4
Howard, F. J. - 3 A 3
Howell, G. - 1 C 10
Hull, J. - 3 D 7
Humphrey, J. H. - 1 C 11
Huntting, D. M. - 3 B 23
Ingram, F. - 1 L 2
Irwin, D. J. - 3 A 14
Ives, A. W. - 2 A 21
Ivory, D. - 3 B 27
Jackson, F. S. - 3 A 2
Jackson, W. - 2 A 17
Jacques, T. H. - 1 G 8
Jenkins, W. A. - 3 B 12
Johnson, A. - 1 B 9
Johnson, J. R. W. - 2 C 11
Johnston, H. A. - 3 B 25
Johnstone, G. L. - 2 B 9
Jones, D. - 2 C 13
Kaine, J. A. - 1 G 14
Kane, J. - 3 A 11
Kay, N. - 1 H 6
Kealy, I. L. - 1 B 16
Kendall, W. O. - 2 D 25
Kent, S. A. - 3 A 7
Kimmett, G. - 2 D 15
King, L. G. - 1 D 14
King, R. M. - 1 K 6
Kirby, A. - 2 D 2
Krieger, H. C. - 1 H 8
La Duke, H. E. - 2 C 22
Lamka, C. E. - 2 C 16
Lapier, H. L. - 2 D 1
Large, T. H. - 1 D 17
Larson, C. A. - 3 C 1
Lawrence, J. - 3 D 5
Liddle, G. W. - 3 C 20
Lorimer, S. W. - 3 D 8
Lougheed, B. - 3 B 24
Love, W. R. - 3 C 2
Lyseng, O. K. - 3 B 4
McCracken, W. W. - 3 B 14
McCulloch, H. G. G. - 1 F 6
Macdonald, A. - 2 C 5
McDonald, R. E. - 1 G 5
MacDougall, R. H. - 1 H 7
McEachern, L. D. - 1 H 15
McEldon, A. J. - 3 D 27
McEwen, D. C. - 1 E 13
McGarry, J. - 3 A 25
McGee, A. - 3 D 21
McGowan, W. J. - 1 G 12
McGuire, E. - 3 C 14
McIntosh, A. D. - 1 B 8
McIntosh, J. C. - 1 F 14
Mackay, G. L. - 3 A 24
MacKeigan, N. J. - 1 B 7
McKenzie, A. - 1 C 3
McKenzie, F. - 1 C 6
McKeown, W. J. - 1 H 3
McKibbon, J. - 2 D 14
McLachlan, J. L. - 2 B 21
McLean, J. W. - 3 B 21
McRae, P. D. - 1 F 4
MacTavish, D. E. - 3 C 4
Magnan, A. F. - 2 D 12
Mainland, W. W. - 2 D 4
MaIm, A. - 2 B 15
Martin, J. R. - 2 D 3
Marwood, W. A. - 1 E 7
Maxted, S. A. - 3 D 18
Maynard, J. - 1 K 8
Meggitt, C. R. - 1 C 4
Meleshko, S. - 3 D 26 - see more info
Metcalf, C. L. - 1 F 5
Middleton, H. H. - 2 C 3
Miller, J. - 1 F 12
Milligan, S. - 2 B 11
Mitchell, J. - 1 D 16
Mitchell, W. N. - 1 H 14
Moffat, J. - 1 L 1
Morrell, E. - 3 B 3
Mugford, J. M. L. - 2 A 7
Mullins, L. - 3 D 9
Murray, B. - 1 E 16
Nelson, H. F. - 2 B 13
Nelson, M. B. - 1 C 16
Nickel, G. - 2 B 8
Nielsen, P. E. - 2 B 16
Norby, R. - 2 B 17
Norris, C. A. - 2 A 10
Noyes, A. O. - 2 B 12
Obre, G. W. - 1 B 14
Odling, A. - 2 A 18
Ogilvie, W. G. - 3 C 24
Ogilvy, A. W. - 1 F 3
Osborne, H. A. L. - 1 E 15
Paton, L. F. - 2 C 2
Patriquin, W. - 3 C 18
Paulson, J. - 3 C 15
Pearson, A. N. - 2 C 18
Person, K. O. - 1 H 11
Peterson, H. A. - 3 C 17
Pitzer, L. P. - 2 B 14
Poirrier, D. H. - 3 A 15
Pond, C. J. - 2 B 20
Poole, H. - 1 E 4
Popoff, N. I. - 3 D 10 - see more info
Porter, C. - 3 B 16
Potter, J. J. L. - 1 E 5
Pratt, F. W. D. - 3 B 8
Price, A. L. - 1 F 7
Prime, E. V. - 1 G 10
Pritchard, C. H. - 2 B 18
Pritchard, T. H. - 3 C 29
Reid, A. - 2 D 21
Reid, E. A. - 2 A 26
Richards, E. C. - 3 A 21
Richardson, E. M. - 3 B 13
Riendeau, E. - 1 H 10
Robertson, J. W. R. - 1 D 13
Rogers, G. E. - 1 E 17
Roney, J. F. - 3 C 28
Rosendale, A. - 3 B 15
Ross, S. S. - 2 C 23
Ross, W. P. - 2 D 5
Rumble, R. R. - 3 C 22
Rutherford, D. J. - 1 D 12
Rygh, O. - 3 C 13
Scobie, R. A. - 2 A 24
Scully, C. F. - 2 D 23
Searle, F. E. - 2 C 24
Seaton, W. F. - 2 A 23
Seehaver, G. E. - 3 B 11
Sheets, N. R. - 2 D 24
Shemming, R. S. - 3 B 20
Shepard, A. S. - 3 A 27
Shepherdson, W. E. - 3 D 16
Shepphard, J. D. - 2 B 25
Shields, W. - 1 H 1
Shippy, M. O. - 3 B 5
Shupe, H. B. - 2 C 1
Simmonds, R. G. - 1 K 4
Simpkins, W. H. - 1 G 17
Sims, M. - 3 A 9
Skinner, A. - 3 A 26
Slocum, H. S. - 1 H 13
Smith, C. W. - 1 D 7
Spalding, L. - 1 C 15
Specht, R. L. - 3 D 22
Steele, H. E. - 3 B 10
Strandberg, A. E. - 2 B 5
Strayer, R. J. - 3 A 22
Swan, D. W. V. - 2 C 19
Swick, A. J. - 1 C 14
Switzer, A. R. - 2 D 26
Taylor, L. R. - 1 K 9
Thomas, M. - 1 C 12
Thorup, M. - 1 D 6
Throndson, C. A. - 3 D 19
Torkelson, C. - 3 C 8
Tschritter, A. - 2 B 10
Turner, G. M. - 3 B 22
Turrell, R. B. - 1 D 4
Vaughan, E. T. A. - 1 F 13
Vazos, G. - 2 D 19
Wakelen, J. H. - 1 D 5
Walker, H. E. - 2 B 24
Walker, J. - 3 B 26
Wallace, T. - 1 C 7
Waltenbaugh, W .A. - 2 A 3
Walterson, F. W. - 3 D 13
Watchorn, W. R. - 3 D 15
Wesley, G. - 2 A 9
West, H. - 1 B 13
Weston, D. - 1 G 1
Whaley, H. - 2 A 11
Whetstone, H. W. - 1 D 2
Whitehead, F. E. - 3 C 10
Wilkins, H. - 1 G 6
Wilkinson, N. D. - 3 A 5
Williams, H. T. - 1 C 2
Wisdom, G. - 3 D 23
Wood, P. B. - 1 C 9
Wooden, R. - 3 A 8
Wright, C. - 2 A 14
Wright, P. - 3 D 20
Young, C. W. - 1 H 4


Further information on the names listed above:

Note: see http://data2.archives.ca/cef/ to check or add information on the Canadian National Database which contains Books  of Remembrance, "Virtual" War Memorial, WW1 - CEF Attestation, plus access to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database.


Lieutenant HERBERT EDWARD DEER
Died February 7, 1919.
Age: 37
Force: Army
Regiment: Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)
Unit: 75th Bn.
Son of E. J. and Elizabeth Deer; husband of Margaret Deer, of 13, Leighton Rd., Old Trafford, Lancs.
Native of London, England.


Private EARL EDWARD HIRSSIG
Died on November 13, 1918.
Service Number: 2626980
Age: 21
Force: Army
Regiment: Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)
Unit: 3rd (Reserve) Bn.
Son of Frank J. and Minnie S. Hirssig, of 1802, Mulberry St.,
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.A.


Sapper STEPHEN MELESHKO
Died January 28, 1919.
Service Number: 905146
Age: 29
Force: Army
Regiment: Canadian Railway Troops
Unit: 2nd Bn.
Son of John and Katie Meleshko, of Dnipro, Alberta.
Served for two years and three months.
Commemorated on Page 539 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.


Sapper NICHOLAS ILITCH POPOFF
Died February 9, 1919.
Service Number: 706654
Age: 28
Force: Army
Regiment: Canadian Railway Troops
Unit: 4th Bn.
Son of Elia and Ada Popoff, of 1585, Broadway West, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Born at Rostoff-on-the-Don, Russia.
Was Russian Interpreter for Supreme Courts of British Columbia.
Enlisted 4th Aug.
Commemorated on Page 541 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.


Sister AGNES FLORIEN FORNERI

NURSING SISTER'S BURIAL - The late Miss Forneri of Kingston Given Full Honors - Particulars have come to hand of the funeral obsequies of the late Nursing Sister Agnes Florien Forneri, who died in the Canadian Hospital, Bramshott, on the 24th April. Miss Forneri was buried with military honors, every battalion in the camp being represented. The coffin was draped with the Union Jack and was borne on a gun carriage, her hat resting on the top among the flowers. The six officers who were pallbearers, and the senior chaplain, Major Hepburn, followed. Then came the matron of the hospital and the nurses and a large number of patients, her own and others, some of whom could hardly walk, and who carried several lovely wreaths and other floral tributes, among which was an enlarged maple leaf composed of white and yellow flowers, given by "her boys" as a token of affection and esteem. The service (Anglican) was conducted by the senior chaplain, the first part in the hospital and the remainder beside the open grave in the nearby churchyard of Bramshott church, a beautiful burying ground, which look more like a garden than a cemetery. There was a large firing party, and at the end, "The Last Post" was sounded. All was most beautiful and impressive, the band contributing its exquisite strains to the pathetic and solemn effect, and then the burial. The spot in which Miss Forneri lies, with another devoted sister, is in a special part of the cemetery which has been set aside for Canadian soldiers. These nursing sisters rest beside the men they served and for whom they gave their best. And it is most fitting that our dear Canadian sisters should be buried like soldiers and in a soldier's grave, for they are indeed as brave and true as any soldier and "faithful unto death."