Welcome to the website of the Stapleford History Society
Stapleford History Society was formed with the aim of promoting public interest in local heritage. The group meets on alternate months throughout the year to hear a range of talks of local and more general historical interest.
A comprehensive archive of material, covering diverse aspects of village life during the earlier part of the 20th century, was kindly donated to the Society. A sub group of members regularly meet with the aim of cataloguing the archive.
On the last morning we found the Roclincourt Military Cemetery, quite a small cemetery within the village and a few miles north of Arras. It was here that Leonard Bodily was buried having been blown up in his tank, aged 30, on September 8th 1917. Leonard had grown up in another small village, Everdon, near Daventry, Northants, the 7th of 9 children and a younger brother of my Grandmother Leah. He was married to Annie Crowder but had no children. Leonard was a Royal Engineer and on his gravestone is written:
TO THAT BRIGHTEST OF ALL MEETINGS BRING US JESUS CHRIST AT LAST
I am told this epitaph would have been chosen by his family.
Standing at his graveside 100 years on, I felt a keen sense of sadness and deep empathy for our family and their loss.