Join the campaign for a regional monument of remembrance for those missed off memorials in the Blackmore Vale region
‘The Forgotten of First World War’
Researching all WW1 personnel remembered on war memorials in the Blackmore Vale region, has found over 2,000 individuals.
A pertinent fact emerges from the research;
for each 10 individuals remembered in ‘foreign fields’ and/or on home ground, there is one missed completely at home with no memorial to commemorate them.
Here is the irony, how can we keep these individuals in our collective memory when we do not even know they were here in the first place?
Below is an example from the parish of Henstridge in south Somerset Out of 16 missing names, 9 have been traced, leaving 7 individuals requiring more research.
Three of which are mentioned below.
1. Private Charles Frederick Chant 1st Battalion Devonshire Regiment was born in, and enlisted in Axminster, Devon. Charles died on 24th October 1914 aged 20 and is buried in Bethune Town Cemetery and was the son of Samuel and Rosina Chant of Farm Cottage, Yenston. Frederick is remembered on Axminster Memorial.
2. Lance Corporal Frank Edric Cook 110th Railway Engineers enlisted in London and died in the UK on 17th May 1918 aged 24. Frank is buried in Birmy Lodge Hill, Warwickshire and was the son of Charles Edric and Lucy Cook of Toomer Cottages.
3. Private Frank William Pearcey 12th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry was born in Plymtree, Devon and enlisted in Yeovil. Frank died in France on 2nd September 1918 and is remembered on Vis-en-Artois Memorial and was listed as a resident of Henstridge.
There are more than 200 individuals without a memorial and that is just in the Blackmore Vale area. Your help is needed in tracing them.
Evidence shows that some individuals who were born in, and resident of certain towns and villages are not on respective memorials.
Having a database of all individuals means a certain amount of cross checking can be done to verify their absence.
Should we be considering establishing a ‘Memorial to the Missing’ of the Blackmore Vale region?
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