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.
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.
Date of Death: 13/10/1918
Regimental Depot, (Alberta). and 44th Sqdn. Royal Air Force
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
MAJOR CHARLES HENRY GREEN
1st South Staffordshire Regiment.
mentioned in dispatches for conspicuous bravery,
after being seriously wounded
in the first battle of Ypres.
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