A few months ago you may have noticed that a headstone was erected by the Commonwealth War Grave Commission at the lower end of the Church garden.
The Commission ensures that 1.7 million people who died in the two world wars will never be forgotten. They care for cemeteries and memorials at 23,000 locations, in 154 countries. Their values and aims, laid out in 1917, are as relevant now as they were almost 100 years ago
Why in BaildonMC’s garden.
Somewhere in the garden area lies the grave of a local born man who lost his life in WWI namely Tom Greenwood. We only know a bit about Tom, which is:
- He was a Sapper in the 23rd Signal Company, Royal Engineers Brigade
- Hi Army No was 169262
- He died on 21st Feb 1919 aged just 27
- He was the son of William and Rachael Greenwood
- He was husband to Emily Greenwood of 74 St James St, Nottingham
- He was born in Baildon
- His original headstone was removed in the 1960’s
- In 1901 his wife and five children lived at 6 Westgate
- His father, William, was a 39 year old carter
- In 1911 his family lived at 1 Coop Yard and by then Tom was a blacksmith & shoesmith
- His brother, Fairbank, was a zinc and tin-smith
- His three sisters were in the wool trade