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Stained glass window
About the memorial:
This is one of the World War One commemorative windows on the south side of the nave. The window shown here was donated by Charles Adshead Loxton (b. 1864), in memory of his son Charles Edward Holden Loxton (b. 1893), known as Edward, a Lieutenant in the North Staffs Regiment. Edward died on May 23rd 1915 at Wulverghem in Belgium and is buried in Nieukirche Cemetery. The window is entitled ‘Last Communion on the Battlefield’. It was inspired by a letter from a fellow officer to Edward’s father in which he writes: ‘Your wife will be pleased to know that your son partook of Holy Communion on Thursday last. A few of us went just before we came to the trenches’. Edward can be seen kneeling to receive Holy Communion from the priest. The likeness to Edward is quite striking and, according to Charles Loxton’s notes about the window, all the soldiers in the window are modelled on real soldiers from Edward’s regiment. The window was dedicated in Edward’s memory on Maundy Thursday 1917, a festival which commemorates the institution of Holy Communion by Jesus in the Upper Room. The many coats of arms in the window tell the story of Edward’s life before joining the army and beneath the flag of St. George we find the coat of arms of his Regiment whose Colonel in Chief was the Prince of Wales, hence the three feathers and the motto ‘ich dien’, part of the Prince’s own coat of arms.
The window was designed by Reginald Frampton, a notable Victorian artist who specialised in war memorials in churches.
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