Lieutenant Claude Handley Trotter

Location: All Saints Church, Romford Road, Chigwell Row, Essex IG7 4QD

Details on cross:

Text type (e.g. hand-written, GRU tags, carved): N/A

Text type (e.g. hand-written, GRU tags, carved): metal disc in centre of cross.

Other information

Detailing: Propellor Cross

Evidence of use in field (earth marking, cracking, staining, shrinkage):  staining at the base

Condition (cracked, paint peeling, woodwork, damage etc):  broken in places but what remains is well varnished.

Notes and observations:

Twice Mentioned in Despatches. Fourth son of the late Sir Frederick Green, K.B.E., and Lady Green, of Oaklawn, Wimbledon Park, London, England; husband of Ruth Green (now Mrs. John Badham. of 14, Hill St., Knightsbridge, London, England.). Also served in France with the 7th Division from Oct., 1914, and was seriously wounded at the first Battle of Ypres.

The propeller is from a Vimy bomber.


Rank: Lieutenant

Date of Death: 13/10/1918


Regiment/Service:Canadian Infantry

Regimental Depot, (Alberta). and 44th Sqdn. Royal Air Force

Additional Information:

Son of the Rev. Canon John Crawford Trotter and Fanny R. Trotter, of The Rectory. Ardrahan, Co. Galway.

Claude was killed in an accident at a local Essex airfield  (Hainault) and was laid to rest in All Saints Churchyard, Chigwell. In the church is a cross which was replaced by a CWGC grave marker.

Plaque on memorial

To the Glory of God


In ever Loving Memory



1st South Staffordshire Regiment.

He was

mentioned in dispatches for conspicuous bravery,

after being seriously wounded

in the first battle of Ypres.

October, 1914.

Upon recovery he was attached to

the Nigeria Regiment,

and sent to East Africa,

where he was again mentioned in dispatches,

for distinguished services

and recommended for the D.S.O.

He died of wounds received in action.

8th November 1917.

Aged 35 years.

He lies buried at Mkwera, East Africa.

Requiescat in Pace (Translates as: Rest in Peace)

Survey and photographs by Patrick O’Mara

Date of survey: 25 July 2017