Soldiers of the Memorial

Complete Index of Names on the Memorial Panels

World War One


1914 - 1919

Leonard Cromwell
James Crosby
Arthur Elliot
John Goulding
Frederick Grundy
Thomas Harrison
Norman Howe
John Hull
Stanley Jones
John Leather
David McKenzie
David Pickavance
Benjamin Plummer
Frederick Plummer
Henry Plummer
James Prentice
Harry Rawlinson
Thomas Wood
Alfred Worrell
Herbert Yates

1939 + 1945

George Ashplant
Stanley Baker
Eric Baldwin
Frank Brocklehurst
Alan Cromwell
Reginald Cromwell
Joseph Dalton
Alan Duncan
Thomas Edwards
John Gardner
James Gibbs
Arthur Harding
Leonard Houghton
William Houghton
McPhearson Howard
Bernard Johnson
Arthur Jones
Joseph Kelly
Catherine Lowe
William McIntosh
Noel McLoughlon
Ann Miller
Frederick Miller
Ronald Morrison
Thomas Prescot
William Protheroe
Leslie Pugh
James Wallis

Soldiers Not on the Memorial

Research has revealed that there are numerous men who were not recorded on the war memorial. Occasionally, new items appear in the press drawing attention to the fact that a name has been missed off, and that the local authorities are being contacted with a view to putting the anomaly right. However, this is actually nothing unusual, although of course it is perfectly understandable that descendants wish to see the name of their family member added in due course.

Although the national memorials had been organised by central government, the decision of how to remember those from local communities who had given their lives were largely left to local town and parish councils. There was also the problem of who to include, as there was no central body from which a list could be obtained. Instead, the collation of names for inclusion on the memorial was carried out by the committee responsible for the memorial's erection by a variety of ways, which included door-to-door enquiries, leaflets through letter boxes, church announcements, articles in the local press, or by word of mouth. The committee usually defined the criteria for who could be added. In some cases, there were strict geographic boundaries, whilst others were a little more flexible. Because there was no centralised organisation, much of the information regarding how local committees proceeded no longer exists. Some minutes have been preserved, whilst information can also be gleaned from local newspapers or parochial histories, especially those mentioning unveiling ceremonies.

There was often controversy, ranging from a number of Catholics who objected to the siting of memorials in front of, or within, the bounds of Anglican parish churches, to those who couldn't agree on the what form the memorial should take. Then there was often much discussion on whether certain names should be left off - especially deserters and those shot for cowardice.

The omission of names, therefore, was not uncommon, especially when the onus may have been with the bereaved family to notify the committee to include their soldier's name. Sometimes, families wanted to move on, and life's priorities were elsewhere. Other families moved away from the area to find work. Frequently, for those who were missing on the battlefield, inscribing the name on a memorial was final acceptance by the family that their loved one would not be coming home, and for some who still held out hope, this was more than they could bear. Private Pemberton, pictured, was just such a man, whose family believed he was a prisoner of war, until finally accepting he would not be coming home. He was not recorded on his local memorial.


Full list is under 'They also served'.

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