Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Leighterton Cemetery, Leighterton
Leighterton Cemetery,
Tetbury Lane,
Leighterton, Gloucestershire.

Church History

We don't know when this Cemetery or Burial Ground was founded, but we understand it is still open.

There is a plaque in Leighterton Cemetery which commemorates the 90th Anniversary of the Departure of the Australian Flying Corps from the County of Gloucestershire and England for Australia, on 6 May 1919. The text of the plaque is reproduced below.

In Europe during World War One, Australia was the only British Dominion to train, equip and deploy in combat its own Flying Corps.

By Australian Army Order 132/1912, the Australian Flying Corps was founded on 22 October 1912. The first Military flight was at Point Cook, Victoria, 1 May 1914.

The Half Flight AFC served in Mesopotamia (Iraq), 1915-1916.

Number 1 Squadron AFC served in Egypt and Palestine, 1916-1918.

Numbers 2, 3 & 4 Squadrons AFC served on the Western Front, France, 1917-1918.

Numbers 5 & 6 (Training) Squadrons AFC were based in Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, 1918-1919.

Numbers 7 & 8 (Training) Squadrons AFC were based in Leighterton, Gloucestershire, 1918-1919.

The 1st (Training) Wing AFC had its Headquarters and AFC Hospital in Tetbury, Gloucestershire. Flying Training finished, 15 March 1919.

On 5 March 1919, from Port Said, Egypt aboard SS Port Sydney, Number 1 Squadron AFC, sailed for Australia.

From the Port of Southampton, England, 6 May 1919, abroad the P & O Liner, Kaiser-I-Hind (Empress of India) were Numbers 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 Squadrons AFC. The ship sailed via the Suez Canal for the Australian Ports of Freemantle, Adelaide, Melbourne, arriving in Sydney, 19 June 1919.

Former Officers and Men of the Australian Flying Corps staffed the Royal Australian Air Force on its foundation, 31 March 1931.

Presented by / P & O Cruises / 6 May 2009 / Leighterton

Denomination

Now or formerly a Cemetery.

In most cases this will be a record of its original consecration.

Maps

This Cemetery is located at OS grid reference ST8266991012. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Reference

  • Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010) is available as a "Freedom of Information" document from the website What Do They Know.
Last updated on 3 Nov 2013 at 11:09.

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