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Introduction

This page is concerned with the war memorial in the village of Upton St. Leonards, Gloucestershire. The research on the memorial itself is based upon a presentation by Michael Stratford, with additional research on the names by me.

The War Memorial

In March 1919 a Parochial War Memorial Committee was formed in conjuction with the Village Hall Committee. The initial plan was for a large cross on a site facing the church in Upton St Leonards. The cross would have a figure of Christ on it, with seats around the cross' base. Following a referendum conducted in the village, 259 votes were cast in favour of a cross with a figure with 129 votes for a cross with no figure.

The Memorial sub-committee selected the design submitted by Edward Warren of Bedford Square, London, as the preferred design for a cross with the figure of Christ set in the cross; the memorial to be in stone. Tenders to construct the memorial were placed, with the quote of 472-10s-8d by Messrs W.T. Nichols being selected. The cost was meet by a public appeal and a donation from Major and Mrs Birchall.

Upton St Leonards War Memorial

Upton St. Leonards War Memorial (Roger Holland)

The memorial's unveiling and dedication was performed on Sunday 8 August 1920, following a service in the church. Major Birchall, MP, carried out the unveiling. The dedication was performed by Cannon Brewster, assisted by Rev. J. Uttley Hillwell (Wesleyan Methodist).

A letter was sent to Upton St Leonards residents in 1949 requesting donations to provide a bronze plaque in the local church to commemorate those local people who had died during World War Two; the total cost being 150.

However, it was not until 2000 that the eight names of serviceman who were killed during World War Two were finally added to the War Memorial as part of a Parish Council Millennium project; some 80 years after the memorial was originally constructed.

World War One

Click here to view a list of the First World War names.

World War Two

Click here to view a list of the Second World War names.

Pte. Hale

Private F.W. Hale in Oosterbeek Military Cemetery (Stephen Stratford 2006).

 

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