The Mayor of Gravesham, Cllr John Caller, will be visiting war graves in churchyards and cemeteries around the borough as part of its commemoration of the start of the First World War. He will visit the churchyard of Shorne Church on Thursday the 30th October at 12 noon when there will be a short service by the graves led by the Vicar, Glyn Ackerley. Everyone will be welcome to join the Mayor and his party for this occasion.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission paid for several graves in the churchyard which are near the south east (far left) corner of the church but these are not the only graves of those who died in both World Wars or served in them. Most who died on active service have no known burial or are buried on the continent.
Those buried or recorded in the churchyard include Frank Noble who died on 6 October 1916 (his name is not on the war memorial), George Baker who served in France but died on 10 May 1929 and (from the second war) Peter Brown who died on 1 June 1940, Arthur Levett who died on 11 June 1943 and James McCaul who died on 19 June 1940. Thomas Bennett died on 23 October 1920 but is not mentioned on the war memorial yet his grave was provided by the CWGC; Arthur Welch (died 29 September 1917) is mentioned on a family gravestone but was buried in Belgium.
There are more names recorded on the war memorial by the churchyard gate. A booklet “Our Glorious Dead” written by Ian Craig gives information about these and others. It is available in the church price £1.50.