John Thomas Tydd was the son of Edwin Tydd (a General Labourer who was born in Burwardsley) and Hannah Tydd. Whilst his father was born in Burwardsley, John Thomas Tydd was actually born in Tattenhall. In his youth, John Thomas Tydd is listed on the Census as a labourer at the Manure Boneworks (presumably in Tattenhall).
John Thomas Tydd became a Private with the Royal Welsh (Welch) Fusiliers (regimental service number 8629). He died on 3 November 1914, aged 28 Years, just 3 months into the conflict. He is remembered at the Pont‐du‐Hem Military Cemetery, La Gorgue, France, on the Tattenhall War Memorial and at St John the Divine Church, Burwardsley. The British Government insisted that the fallen were remembered as close to where they died in conflict as was possible. Families at home also had the option of placing names on family graves, on local War Memorials which tend to have been erected from 1920 onwards, or having a Commonwealth War Graves Headstone erected in their own Churchyard too. Sometimes, families chose several options (as was the case with this young man).
There is no War Memorial in Burwardsley and there is no Roll of Honour. We have taken it upon ourselves to rectify this omission and a number of individuals are now working hard to ensure that an accurate and permanent ‘Roll of Honour’ is erected within the Church and that a lockable glass case is purchased to house the precious fragments which are shown in the photograph above. If you feel that you would wish to contribute to this initiative, then please contact our principal fundraiser in this respect – Jeanne Parsons, 01829 771227.
In addition, a booklet entitled ‘Burwardsley Remembers’ was created for Remembrance 2015 and in the Spring of 2016 there will be a weekend devoted to historical photographs and postcards relating to Burwardsley. The proceeds of this weekend will wholly support our work to ensure that there is a lasting legacy to the men of Burwardsley (albeit that one or two of them are also remembered on the Tattenhall War Memorial). In the context of remembrance, awareness and responsibility we hope that you would wish to support these initiatives. The booklet can be viewed by clicking the following link ‘Burwardsley Remembers’.