History behind mstery memorial uncovered

The tablet commemorating Harry Burrell and his wife at St Peter's Church, Terwick
The tablet commemorating Harry Burrell and his wife at St Peter's Church, Terwick

A MYSTERIOUS memorial tablet fixed to the south wall of St Peter’s Church, Terwick, has been vexing Rogate parishioners for years.

The memorial commemorates Private Harry Cross Burrell and his wife, Eva Mary.

With the help of the Rogate Heritage Centre, and after learning Harry Burrell had won a military medal, Rogate resident Anthony Brunning has been able to uncover the history behind the tablet.

“Harry was a Canadian born in 1883. He enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in December, 1914,” said Anthony.

“It is probable that he passed through Bramshott, Hampshire, where the Canadian forces had a base.

“He was awarded the military medal in 1916 for ‘great courage in the trenches’. He was invalided out of the Expeditionary Force and returned to Canada but later came to England.”

It is thought Harry became a farmer and married his Eva in 1927. He died suddenly in Elsted Rectory, in August, 1930. Following his death, Eva moved to Dorset where she died in May, 1974.