Sutton Bonington
St Michael

Monuments and Memorials

Thoroton mentions memorials to the following families; Staunton, Berwyks, Segrave, Mowbray and Stanley but there is no trace of any of these now. The following monuments can be found around the church, clockwise from the south door.

Stone tablet under the west window, south aisle:

In memory of
ROBERT COCHRANE BARCLAY
BORN NEW YORK 20 MARCH 1874
DIED JERSEY C.I. 11 SEPTEMBER 1955
AND HIS WIFE
ANITA CALDWELL GOLDSBOROUGH
BORN MARYLAND 20 JULY 1875
DIED BATH 24 APRIL 1966
Much loved parents of Frances Tilney

Brass memorial to left of tower arch:

Here lies an EVERY’s daught’ DORMER’S wife
Whose pius end was equall to her life
When here on earth her pilgrimage was don
Shee left behind her loving pledge, a Sonn
Shee might have lived longer had not death
Bereav’d her of her owne to give him breath

Obyt X die Maij Anno Domini 1634

The Every Family have been baronets at Eggington in Derbyshire since 1641.

Stone tablet on south wall of vestry:

IN MEMORY OF
JOHN CHAMBERLIN HOPKINS ESQR
OF KEGWORTH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE SEPR 21st 1850
AGED 80 YEARS
HE WAS THE ELDEST SON OF
JOHN CHAMBERLIN ESQR OF RED HILL J.P.
AND ASSUMED THE NAME OF HOPKINS
BY ROYAL LICENSE
ON SUCCEEDING TO THE ESTATE OF HIS
MATERNAL UNCLE THOMAS HOPKINS ESQR
OF LONG EATON
HE WAS A FRIEND TO THE POOR
Watch therefore for ye know not what
Hour your Lord doth come
Matt chap XXIV v XLII
THIS TABLET IS ERECTED IN GRATEFUL
REMEMBRANCE BY ONE LONG A RECIPIENT
OF HIS BOUNTY

John Chamberlin Hopkins of Kegworth was a saddler.

Stone tablet on south wall of vestry:

IN MEMORY OF
MARGARET ANNE
(ONLY DAUGHTER OF THE REVD GEORGE LAVINGTON
YATE M.A. R.D. RECTOR OF WROCKWARDINE SALOP)
THE BELOVED WIFE OF THE
REVD CONOLLY MC CAUSLAND M.A.
FORMERLY CURATE OF THIS PARISH
OBIT NOVEMBER 21ST 1858
AETAT 37 YEARS
THOU SHALT REST AND STAND IN THY LOT AT THE END OF THE DAYS
DANIEL XV 13

ALSO OF
GEORGE SKIPTON MC CAUSLAND
YOUNGEST CHILD OF THE ABOVE
OBIT MARCH 29TH 1859
AETAT 1 YEAR AND 10 MONTHS
OF SUCH IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD  MARK X 14

The Rev Conolly McCausland remarried and became a curate in his father-in-law’s parish.

Stone tablet on west wall of north aisle:

TO THE CHERISHED MEMORY OF
ALICE THOMPSON, NEE LEE
CHURCH WORKER
AND HEADMISTRESS
OF THE ENDOWED SCHOOL
FOR THIRTY THREE YEARS,
WHO DIED ON AUGUST 30TH 1939
AGED 64 YEARS
"THE DAY THOU GAVEST LORD IS ENDED"

DEDICATED BY HER SISTER RUTH

Stone tablet to left of north door:

To the Memory
Of
LOUISA GODDARD
ONLY DAUGHTER OF EDWARD BACON,
OF THIS PARISH
DIED AT St MARGARET’S TWICKENHAM
NOVEMBER 6, 1912, AGED 92
AND OF
ALFRED GODDARD
HER HUSBAND
DIED AT St MARGARET’S TWICKENHAM
DECEMBER 28, 1871 AGED 70

Both are interred at Kensal Green

The following tablet is on the north wall to the right of the north door:

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
EDWARD BACON, GENTN
WHO AFTER LIVING MANY YEARS IN THIS PARISH
MUCH RESPECTED
DIED APRIL 14TH 1849 IN THE 74TH YEAR
OF HIS AGE

ALSO
ELIZABETH, HIS WIFE
WHO DIED AUGT 31ST 1861 IN THE 85TH YEAR
OF HER AGE

The next two monuments on the north wall are between the windows. The first is in the shape of a cross made from painted wood and is a replica of a cross erected in memory of Captain George Leigh Paget of the Rifle Brigade who died of wounds received at Kaapmuiden on 9 October 1900. He was 30 and the eldest son of Sir G. E. Paget Bart. of Sutton Bonington, chairman of the Midland Railway Company.

In
Memory
of
1st Battn      Captain G L Paget       Rifle Brigade
RIP
Who was
Killed
In
Action
Near
this
spot
Oct 9th
1900


Facsimile of cross
Erected by his men
At
Vlakfontein

To the left is a memorial window also dedicated to Captain G L Paget.

The second is a brass tablet:

IN MEMORY OF
ADMIRAL
SIR WILLIAM KING HALL KCB
BORN 11 MARCH 1816 DIED 29 JULY 1886
THIS BRASS IS ERECTED BY HIS CHILDREN
WHO THANK GOD FOR HAVING BLESSED THEM
WITH SUCH A LOVING UNSELFISH FATHER
They shall be mine saith the Lord of hosts
In the day when I make up my jewels.

Admiral Sir William King Hall commanded several ships in the Crimean and Opium wars. He was appointed Commander in Chief, The Nore, in 1877.

On the north wall under the angel window is a metal cross with shelf underneath:

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
WILLIAM ARTHUR TILNEY
COLONEL 17TH LANCERS
DIED 4TH JULY 1947 AGED 79
Dedicated by his wife and two sons

Tablet on the south wall:

In loving memory of
GODFREY First Baron ELTON
1892-1973
STVDIVM VIDELICET PACIS ET
CARITATIS CONTINENTIAE ET
HVMILITATIS ANIMVM IRAE ET AVARITIAE VICTOREM
SVPERBIAE SIMVL ET VANAE GLORIAE CONTEMPTOREM

The Latin text is taken from Bede's History of the English Church and People, Book III, Chapter XII (AD 703), and can be translated as:

Such were his love or peace
and clarity, purity and humility: his
soul which triumphed over anger and
greed and despised pride and conceit.

Godfrey, 1st Baron Elton of Headington, was an author, historian and academic. After fighting in WW1 he joined the Labour party and was a supporter of Ramsay McDonald who raised him to the peerage in 1934.

On the south wall to the left of the door is a brass plaque:

THE
SEATING IN THIS CHURCH WAS GIVEN
IN MEMORY OF
SIR ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG RN KCB
WHO DIED JULY 4TH 1899
AGED 81
BY HIS WIDOW
EASTER 1909

Sir Alexander Armstrong was a naval surgeon, explorer and author. He was made honorary physician to Queen Victoria and the Prince of Wales.

Two brass plaques are fastened to the nave pews and read:

IN MEMORY OF
ROBERT A. H. FOWLER
CHURCHWARDEN 1914-1923
DIED OCTOBER 21ST 1931
AGED 56 YEARS

ERECTED BY FELLOW WORSHIPPERS
TO THE AFFECTIONATE MEMORY OF
HILDA JANE CAVEY
AGED 42 YEARS
WHOM GOD CALLED HOME ON JUNE 1ST 1931
SHE WAS FOR MANY YEARS A SUNDAY SCHOOL
TEACHER AND FAITHFUL CHURCH WORKER
IN THIS PARISH