Chase, Tidenham, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England: A Farmer’s Son

I parked in the dusk of a Sunday evening at St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Chase on Tidenham Chase not far out of Chepstow. The low light, the quietness, the occasional car passing by this small parish church. It sits amongst the trees, in the green. Its stone walls encompassing this cosy, ecclesiastical building.

Killed in action March 23rd 1915

Aged 19 RIP

The words that were chosen to be inscribed on this stone memorial cross.

In loving memory of

Rfn Leslie Adams

1st Battalion  Mon. Regiment

These words are so faded now. But then, when these words were chosen by a family, by individuals who had lost a son, these words had colour and depth. But now, these letters fade with the weather that beats against it year on year.

Interred in Grandutre Churchyard, Flanders

For this was a memorial that marked a goodbye in Tidenham Chase. A mark of respect. A response to duty. A farewell to a memory.

His name was Thomas Leslie Adams. A farmer’s son.

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At the beginning of April 1915, Rifleman Leslie Adams’ name appeared in a list of casualties for the 1st Battalion Monmouthshire Regiment. He had been admitted to a Field Ambulance Hospital suffering from a gun shot wound to the head.

By the time, this notice appeared in the local press Rifleman Thomas Leslie Adams was already dead. The records states that he died on the 26th March 1915 aged 19 years. He was buried at Dranouter Churchyard in Belgium. A village cemetery used for the first year of the war by the British Army.

He was the son of William and Annie Lucille Adams of Chase Farm, Tidenham.

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