Graveyard at the Marble Church on Bodelwyddan travel guide
Travel Guide for Wales and England >  Gravestones Memorials Monuments Effigies in Wales and England >  Graveyard at the Marble Church
The churchyard at Bodelwyddan is the source of a great deal of controversy. It contains the graves of victims of the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-19 who were based in the nearby Kinmel Park Military Camp. More controversially it is also the burial place for a number of Canadian soldiers who were awaiting repatriation after the end of the First World War. Various stories have circulated over the years about a riot in the camp which resulted in the deaths of five of the Canadian soldiers on 4-5th March 1919. I quote the official Church website.. " a riot occurred in the camp when the ship allocated to return the troops to Canada was diverted to carry food supplies to Russia, and five Canadian soldiers were killed in the disturbances and subsequently buried in St Margaret's Churchyard; a common story is that they were executed for mutiny, but this has been denied by the Canadian Department of National Defence." For what it is worth I can offer my twopenn’orth.. or rather my mother's twopenn'orth of information. My mother was born in 1918. She lived some 9 miles from Bodelwyddan in Colwyn Bay and she remembers the story thus: "The Canadian and British soldiers fought among themselves. Some soldiers were killed in the fighting and they were buried in the Marble Church." (The source of my mother's information would probably have been her father, my grandfather, who also served in the First World War. Make your own mind up about which version is the most truthful, but I tend to believe the spoken word rather than the official versions.) Whatever the truth of the matter it was a very sad episode for the poor young men who had survived the horrors of the World War only to suffer again in what should have been a place of refuge. It may be some consolation to relatives of the soldiers that the graves are well tended and there is a memorial to the Canadian soldiers within the churchyard.



Canadian 'mutineers'


Mar 30, 2013 by brian pollitt

I served in the 37th Royal Artillery Training Regiment at Kinmel Park Camp from 1954-56. Our Regiment attended church services in St Asaph Cathedral on several occasions but no soldier in my unit was at any time made aware of the killing and burial of Canadian soldiers at the conclusion of World War I. This was evidently regarded as a matter of considerable sensitivity and I became aware of it only a number of years later as a student of military history. The burial of the facts of the case as well as the bodies suggests the episode to have been entirely shameful.
Submit a Review about Graveyard at the Marble Church.


Review Graveyard at the Marble Church.

On this page you can find Pictures of and links to Graveyard at the Marble Church in Bodelwyddan Wales. If its not what you are looking for please click below to find more interesting places in Wales
You may make an instant secure room or cottage reservation close to this attraction. Room and cottage availability and rates are confirmed online prior to booking. Simply click through to the hotel or cottage page, choose a suitable property, check availabilty, including dates of stay, to confirm the exact room rate and reserve the accommodation.

Search Hotels

Check-in date

Check-out date

Nearby Hotels
The Oriel Country Hotel & Spa
4 star Hotel
Rooms From - £55
Distance - 4.45
Click for more information
The Kinmel & Kinspa
4 star Hotel
Rooms From - £85
Distance - 5.04
Click for more information
Tan Yr Onnen Guesthouse
5 star Hotel
Rooms From - £71.1
Distance - 5.93
Click for more information
Westminster Hotel
2 star Hotel
Rooms From - £60
Distance - 6.25
Click for more information
Kensington Hotel
2 star Hotel
Rooms From - £30
Distance - 6.29
Click for more information
Ocean View
3 star Hotel
Rooms From - £55
Distance - 6.56
Click for more information
Jubilee
Rooms From - £
Distance - 8.60
Click for more information
Plas I Fan
3 star Hotel
Rooms From - £60
Distance - 9.58
Click for more information
Halcyon Quest Hotel
Rooms From - £40
Distance - 9.73
Click for more information
Ffarm Country House
4 star Hotel
Rooms From - £80
Distance - 10.0
Click for more information

Your feedback is important to us. Please help us improve our service by telling us what we could do better.