Commonwealth War Graves


The churchyard contains two Commonwealth War Graves relating to casualties from the Great War.

Private W.T. PIERCE (G/34100) Royal Sussex Regiment who died on 4 March 1919
Private James Alfred GILLAM (2054) Essex Yeomanry who was accidently killed on 7 September 1916.


Little has been established about Private PIERCE

James Alfred GILLAM, Private, 2nd/1st Essex Yeomanry. CWG documents shows that he was accidentally killed on 7 September 1916.
The unit was formed in September 1914 as a Second-Line unit and remained in UK until in September 1917.
In July 1916, 2/1st Essex Yeomanry were based in Leybourne Park, Kent, where the men were quartered in tents. The unit moved to Brasted in October.
Many of the men and women from Essex who served in armed units are buried in the UK.
Sometimes the burial took place at their home churchyard and sometimes at churchyards near to their barracks.


The Commonwealth War Graves headstones criteria is explained on the War Cemeteries page but would be available to anyone who was a member of the Commonwealth armed forces and who died of illness or injury sustained during the war before August 1921 for World War One or December 1947 in relation to World War Two.


Link to Commonwealth War Graves Commission website

List of War Dead wth Graves at Leybourne Church

Updated: 19 May 2021