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We had a very interesting meeting with Mr and Mrs Bennett, descendants of Samuel Beresford who used to be the school teacher at Meerbrook school.  They live in Australia but were visiting the area hoping to find the burial site of Samuel.  We have a burial record for him at St Matthew's church but cannot find the grave.  Can anyone help?  

veesboy_3 yardley55
I note that Samuel died in 1887, born in 1816 in Bosley. Had a general interest in the beresfords of Beresford Dale on the river Dove. It appears that Samuel's line goes mainly back through Alstonefield parish. eventually it reaches Sir thomas Beresford (C.1420 - 1473) of Fenny Bentley, just outside Ashbourne, 18 miles from Leek. the church is full of Beresford tombs besides the above Sir Thomas.
My interest had been reinforced by the heroic death of 28 year old Major Beresford Havelock of the North Staffs regiment in September 1918 on the shores of the Caspian sea in southern Russia. Mother was Annie  Beresford. He was part of a top secret special forces operation to quickly end the war. It was made up of the most decorated and toughest 3 year veterans from every commonwealth regiment Alongside him tat day died the son of the vicar of St. Edward's, Leek and Harry Birch of Portland street, Leek. The mission had hugely ambitious objectives, but the overwhelming enemy odds - Turkish, German, the militia force The Army of Islam, Bolsheviks, and Persian tribes led by German officers, and lack of resources brought nineteen days of fighting at the end.The whole sequence of events is worthy of a Hollywood movie.
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