Article by John Rigarlsford
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.
Photo: J Rigarlsford
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
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
ERNEST HENRY COMER
Photo: J Rigarlsford
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.
Photo. Norma and Melanie Body. Rooksbridge.