St Mary’s Churchyard

A Walk in the Churchyard

Photograph (11) Many of our local churchyards hold a fascination for local residents whether they are interested in local history, or family history there is a wealth of information to be found In the churchyards and Chadwell churchyard is no exception.

One of the memorials that seems to attract a good deal of attention is that of a Japanese seaman, Kudzu Yamazaki who died in Tilbury docks on july 13th 1899 he was the 4th officer of the “Kawachi Maru.”

Among some other names either buried in the churchyard or who are remembered on other memorials are J. J. Phillips of H.M.H.S. Glenart Castle. Who was killed on the 26th February 1918 aged 26 years. The Hospital Ship “Glenart Castle” was torpedoed although being clearly marked as a hospital ship. There is at Hartland Point North Devon, a memorial to the “Glenart Castle.”

At the eastern end of thPhotograph (10)e church is a large table type monument to the Jackson family, one of whom built the Cross Keys public house, on the east side of which is the inscription of cross keys with the initials D.J. and the date that the public house was built. The inscriptions on the monument have detieriated over the years and it is now difficult to read the wording.

Another memorial of interest is to the Rigby family, Charles Rigby who died in 1925 was a former freeman of the city of London, also of Charles John Rigby M.M. who died in 1950 also a former freeman of the city of London.