Stained Glass Memorial Windows, 1915

In Chicheley Church, on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 8th 1915, two stained glass windows were dedicated by the Rural Dean, the Reverend G.F. Sams. One was a memorial to Second Lieutenant Greville Arthur Bagot Chester, of the North Staffordshire Regiment, who had been killed in action in France on October 13th 1914, whilst the other was to his mother, who had died on February 25th 1915. She had been the wife of the Reverend John Greville Chester, who, aged 70, died on Saturday, January 13th 1923 at Gilling Vicarage, Richmond, Yorks. There he had been the vicar since 1899, having formerly been curate of Preston, Lancs. Leaving unsettled property of a gross value of 99,436, the net personality totalled 50,613, and of this he bequeathed 250 to his agent, William John Samuel, “in token of his appreciation of his unswerving loyalty and of the great assistance he had rendered in many difficult circumstances during the past 40 years.” Among the items to be devolved as heirlooms, the most valuable was a landscape by Valesquez. The Reverend had been the eldest surviving son of the late Colonel Charles Montague Chester, of Chicheley Hall.