On original site
Stained glass window
Inscribed on a plaque
- First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial:
Captain Maurice Rhys (“Tolly”) Wingfield (8.9.1879-9.4.1941) was born in Barrington, Gloucestershire, 5th of 7 children descended from Baron Powerscourt of Powerscourt, Co Wicklow, Ireland and on his mother’s side from 4th Baron Dynevor, on whose death the estate of Great Barrington manor, nr Burford passed to Maurice’s father. Maurice served in the “Ox & Bucks Light Infantry”. He and his 2nd wife of October 10th 1916, Stephanie Agnes Cooper, lived at Norton Priory in the 1st World War, after Maurice had been wounded in action. Maurice’s younger brother, Captain C. John R. (“60th Rifles”, the Kings Royal Rifle Corps) died of his wounds on April 29th 1915. Maurice’s great friend, Captain Thomas Agar-Robartes, Coldstream Guards was killed in action; and then, in December 1918, Stephanie Wingfield died, probably a victim of the great ‘flu pandemic (though the ”Duff Cooper Diaries” may throw some light on this).
John Wingfield (“Jack”, full forenames Cecil John Talbot Rhys, 25 July 1881- 29th April 1915) was mortally wounded near Ypres on April 25th and died at base hospital Boulogne. He is buried in St Mary Churchyard, Great Barrington, Gloucestershire, and commemorated on the War Memorial there.
Thomas Agar-Roberts (22 May 1880 – 30 September 1915) was the eldest son and heir of Thomas Agar-Robertes, 6th Viscount Clifden, and his wife Mary (née Dickenson) and was brought up at Lanhydrock House, Bodmin. Educated at Oxford and a keen horseman, he played in the Oxford University polo team that beat Cambridge in 1903.
He was elected a Member of Parliament for Bodmin in the 1906 general election, but lost his seat in June 1906 following a controversial election petition by the defeated candidate alleging illegal payments to potential voters. He was elected to the St Austell Division of Cornwall in a by-election in 1908 and held the seat until his death.
At the outbreak of World War I he joined the Royal Bucks Hussars as an officer, then joined the Coldstream Guards and was subsequently posted to France & Flanders. He was the Captain in command of No. 2 Coy, 1st Bn, the Coldstream Guards, was wounded in the Battle of Loos on 28 September and killed by a sniper on 30 September 1915 after rescuing a wounded comrade under heavy fire for which he was recommended for the Victoria Cross. He was mentioned in despatches.
He is buried in Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, near Béthune, France. He is commemorated by a memorial in Truro Cathedral and in stained glass at Wimpole Parish Church, Cambridgeshire as well as Church Norton. His younger brother Francis later succeeded their father in the viscountcy.
Stephanie (5.9.1883- 9.12.1918) was born in London, daughter of Sir Alfred Cooper and Agnes Duff, daughter of James Duff the 5th Earl of Fife. She had previously married Athur Levita, d 1910. Her father was a surgeon whose clients included Edward Prince of Wales. Her youngest brother was Duff Cooper, 1st Viscount Norwich, politician, diplomat and author, whose fascinating diaries were published by his son, John Julius Norwich. Stephanie’s great-grandson is David Cameron, British Prime Minister from 2010.
It was made by Heaton, Butler & Bayne in 1921. They made 181 windows in West Sussex.
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