War Major’s grave identified at Dewsbury Minster

The suspected grave of Major Chalkley (who was a Chief Army Ordnance Officer and conducted the Royal party to the Army Clothing Depot). He died from sickness on 17/08/1918 aged 49. Recently his grave has been found outside the Dewsbury Minister but there is no headstone so the aim is to try and get the grave suitably marked as soon as possible. Rev Kevin Partington and Richard Middleton (church warden) next to Major Francis Chalkley's grave. (D523C404)

The suspected grave of Major Chalkley (who was a Chief Army Ordnance Officer and conducted the Royal party to the Army Clothing Depot). He died from sickness on 17/08/1918 aged 49. Recently his grave has been found outside the Dewsbury Minister but there is no headstone so the aim is to try and get the grave suitably marked as soon as possible. Rev Kevin Partington and Richard Middleton (church warden) next to Major Francis Chalkley's grave. (D523C404)

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The search for the long-lost grave of a First World War Army Major is finally over - after it was unearthed in the grounds of Dewsbury Minster.

Major Francis Henry Chalkley was head of the Army Ordnance Depot (AOD), based in Dewsbury, and famously escorted King George and Queen Mary around the town’s Depot in July 1918.

The suspected grave of Major Chalkley (who was a Chief Army Ordnance Officer and conducted the Royal party to the Army Clothing Depot). He died from sickness on 17/08/1918 aged 49. Recently his grave has been found outside the Dewsbury Minister but there is no headstone so the aim is to try and get the grave suitably marked as soon as possible. Rev Kevin Partington and Richard Middleton (church warden) next to Major Francis Chalkley's grave. (D523A404)
The suspected grave of Major Chalkley (who was a Chief Army Ordnance Officer and conducted the Royal party to the Army Clothing Depot). He died from sickness on 17/08/1918 aged 49. Recently his grave has been found outside the Dewsbury Minister but there is no headstone so the aim is to try and get the grave suitably marked as soon as possible. Rev Kevin Partington and Richard Middleton (church warden) next to Major Francis Chalkley's grave. (D523A404)

He died aged 49 on August 17, 1918 in Llandudno, Wales, just weeks after the Royal visit.

 

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