Soames at All Saints Church Gresford

by Jimmy Jones

During the course of my research for my forthcoming book, I came upon an article that was published in the Wrexham Leader from 2011, in which a campaign was started to raise funds to restore the grave of Arthur Henry Leslie Soames MC, the eldest son of FW Soames.

I went to Gresford last week to visit the grave, and to see what, if anything had been done.

The grave as you can see in this pic, has not been touched since the early 1980s, so I can only assume that either the fund was unsuccessful, or there was no interest in restoring the grave.

I sought permission from the groundsman and the vicar, to do a bit of clearing up of the grave, and after removing around 15 rubblesacks of ivy, weeds, grass and accumulated soil and rubbish, I finished clearing it earlier today (30/05/2018).

Imagine my surprise when I found that as well as it being the last resting place of Arthur Soames, the plot appears to be the Soames family grave, and there are four other members of the Soames family there.

There is of course the large central grave which contains the remains of Arthur, and his grandmother Anna Amelia Soames, there is another slab to the left of the grave which reads:

‘In loving memory of Frederic William Soames of Bryn Estyn, Wrexham. Born June 2nd 1857, died March 8th 1926 and Julia Mary, his wife, born April 13th 1858, died March 24th 1940.

Also their beloved grandson William Beresford Nairn Kington 1909-1982 Capt. R.W.F. TD.

I have been searching for F.W. Soames grave for about a year so as you can imagine I was pleasantly surprised to discover these other graves.

Even the groundsman and the vicar were unaware of the inhabitants of the plot, as it has not been touched since 1982, when William Kington was interred.

Needless to say they were both pleased with what I have done so far, as the grave is of significant historical interest to Wrexham.

I will be going back when there is some fine weather to reset the edging with cement and to lay down some membrane and some ornamental clippings to finish the job.


Source: Jimmy Jones;