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G C Brassey memorial window. Apethorpe. | by Granpic
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G C Brassey memorial window. Apethorpe.

Memorial window in the church of St Leonard, Apethorpe, Northamptonshire, to Gerard Charles Brassey, 2nd Lieut Coldstream Guards. Killed in action 27th August 1918. Laid to rest in Mory Street cemetery near St Leger. Aged 19. The window shows St Leonard of Reresby (Ryseby) in the centre light, flanked by St George on the left and St Martin of Tours on the right. Although I couldn't find a signature, a letter hanging near the window identifies this and the other of the pair, as the work of Christopher Whitworth Whall 1849-1924) . The letter was sent from 37 Harvard Rd, Gunnersbury, which puts the date between 1921 and 1924. The artist explains in the letter, 'The church being dedicated to St Leonard and there being two St Leonards - one an Englishman and the other a Frenchman, and there being two windows, side by side, it has been thought appropriate, especially in the cordial feeling now existing between the two countries, to commemorate both Saints - curiously enough they have one feature in common - they are both represented with chains, being both associated with the release of prisoners from captivity, Leonard of Ryseby ( the Crusader) having been seven years captive to the Saracens in Palestine and Leonard of Limoges having obtained from the King of France the privilege of releasing from captivity any prisoners in the district of which he was Abbot. Considering that the two countries, by their alliance in war have won a very narrow escape from captivity both for themselves and the World their commemoration together seems appropriate as a war memorial subject.'

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Taken on August 18, 2011