East Brent History Portal

War Memorial

01 Nov 2012 Article No: 2

Article by John Rigarlsford

War Memorial

Our Village War memorial to those young men of the parish who gave their lives in  two world wars and  the Korean war (erected circa 1921), stands proudly at the junction of the Old Bristol Road and the Weston Road.

The East Brent village memorial is unusual in that it depicts statues of each of the main wartime services.

Neville Curry from New Zealand came to visit the memorial in 2008, as it is believed that his father  was the model for the statue of the Royal Flying Corps airman and his uncle was the model for the soldier immediately behind him.

It is believed that an American sculptor was commissioned to do the statues and Emerys of Burnham-on-sea were the main stonemasons.

It is also known that some restoration work was carried out on some of the figures sometime during the late 1970’s-80’s.

One only has to look at the names to realise the great loss and sacrifice of life during the first world war compared to the second world war.

Memorial Plaques

Some years ago, this brass plaque, similar to the one in our parish church, honouring those men of the village who died while serving their country, was found forgotten in an outhouse in Rooksbridge. It was restored and put on display at the old Baptist Chapel in Rooksbridge by David Walden.

 

Information from the War memorial at East Brent

 

 

TO THE GLORY OF GOD

AND THE

HONOURED MEMORY

OF THE FOLLOWING PARISHIONERS

AND RELATIVES OF PARISHIONERS

OF EAST BRENT WHO FELL IN

THE GREAT WAR

GEORGE INMAN COMER

FREDERICK C HAM

`BERTRAM FRANK CREES SYDNEY WILLIAM HAM
JOHN LESLIE DERRICK ALBERT HARRISON
JOHN DURSTON REDERICK POPHAM
EDWARD EMERY RALPH POPHAM
ERNEST FISHER CHARLES POPLE
WILLIAM HENRY GAMLEN JOHN PUDDY
ALFRED GRANT WILLIAM HENRY STUDLEY
   

Greater love hath no man than this

that a man lay down his life for his friends.

 Be thou faithful unto death

and I will give thee a crown of life.

 

1939  --  1945

LOUIS WILLIAM TAYLOR

 

KOREA

ERNEST HENRY COMER

 

 

Memorial Plaques

Some years ago, a brass plaque (see image gallery), similar to the one in our parish church, honouring those men of the village who died while serving their country, was found forgotten in an outhouse in Rooksbridge. It was restored and put on display at the old Baptist Chapel in Rooksbridge by David Walden.

Also Memorial plaques at St Marys church and at the  Old Baptist Chapel Rooksbridge

 

 

War Graves Commission

 

In Memory of Gunner Alfred GRANT

620300, 2nd/1st (Somerset), Royal Horse Artillery "B" Bty. 223rd Bde., Royal Field Artillery who died age 25 on 03 December 1917 Husband of Martha Mabel Grant, of 205, Manchester Rd., Walkden, Manchester.

Remembered with honour

ABBEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

Gunner Alfred GRANT was born in Rooksbridge in 1892.

He enlisted at Taunton into the Somerset Div of the Royal Field Artillery. He fought at Flanders and died in France. At the time of his death his wife Martha was living in Manchester.

 


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