At the bottom of my street is a War Memorial such as you find in most towns and villages throughout the country. I’ve walked past the memorial many, many times and while I’ve often thought of those who died in both World Wars, I’d never before read its list of people. Therefore, this week I did just that and have spent time researching where they died and where they’re now buried.
A couple of details at once stood out : A G Akers, the first on the list, lived in my road and died of wounds on the last day of the war; 11th November 1918. Arthur Gerald Harley was killed in action, aged 21 on 1st July 1916 – the infamous first day of the Battle of the Somme.
I will endeavour to find out as much as I can about some of those who are commemorated on this memorial, in the meantime the following list is what I’ve so far discovered: