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First World War Centenary
On Sunday 3 August, on the eve of the anniversary, the Bishop of Tewkesbury dedicated a corner of the lady chapel which during the next four years will serve as a memorial to the thirty-five men of Leckhampton who are named on the Parish War Memorial in Church Road. A Book of Remembrance contains their pen portraits, and the appropriate page will be opened on the anniversary of each man’s death. Several are buried in the churchyard or have memorials there, and the positions of the relevant plots are shown on a plan in the book. Others with Leckhampton connections, including medal-holders (two VCs and an MC) will also be included, though their names are not listed on the Parish War Memorial.
The home addresses as recorded at the time of the men’s death have been marked as accurately as possible on a map that hangs above the book. Some of the addresses were vague, and the fact that most house names have been replaced by numbers, and other buildings have been demolished, has not helped.
Eight of the men came from the Church Road/Hall Road area, including two Thompson brothers, the sons of the headmaster of Leckhampton School. Ten came from the Pilley/Old Bath Road/Charlton Lane area, including two brothers and their immediate neighbour. The ages range from 18 to 51. Some were professional soldiers but most were called up or volunteered.
An invaluable source of information has been Leaving all that was Dear by Joseph Devereux and Graham Sacker, who kindly support this project.
On the actual anniversary each man will be commemorated at morning and evening prayer, and it is hoped that any family members will be able to attend. For further details, please contact the Parish Office. The first two anniversaries are on 28 and 29 October, when two brothers Ernest and Sydney Thompson died within a few hours and a few miles of each other. They were the sons of Barnard Thompson, headmaster of Leckhampton School.
Names on the Leckhampton War Memorial (1914-1918)
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