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Commonwealth War Graves
All Saints Church - Langley Park
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An extraordinary story of World War Two
On the morning of May 30th 1941 Mrs N Bolton of Langley Park received notification of the death of her son, William.
She was advised by the war office that Trooper William Bolton had died in a military hospital, a casualty of the war.
The body was returned home in a sealed coffin to Langley Park and was buried with full military honours in All Saints Churchyard on June 7th 1941.
Two weeks after the funeral had taken place a motor cyclist, one William Bolton arrived home to Langley Park. A shocked, delighted Mrs Bolton could not believe her eyes, her son was home safe and well.
He declared he had never been injured, sick or ever in hospital.
The mystery which remains to this day is of course....who lies in that grave in All Saints Churchyard?
The War Office have never been able to offer a satisfactory answer.
Mrs Bolton vowed to tend the grave until the soldier could be identified. Her family continue to do so along with other folk that honour the memory of this soldier "known only to God"
Resting place of the unknown soldier
W Rutherford - 1st June 1944 Age 28
Marion Hall - 15th August 1946
Percival Jopling - 28th Sept. 1919 - age 27
Thomas Taylor 29th November 1916 - age 26
T Montgomery 25 August 1914 - age 25
Commonwealth War Grave Commission cemeteries, burial plots and memorials are a lasting tribute to those who died in some 154 countries across the world.
"He is not missing... he is here."
John Young 18 August 1918 - age 20
L Teasdale 23 November 1918 - age 33