‘Oldest’ UK war memorial set for restoration

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A World War I memorial that is believed to be the oldest in Britain is set for renovation, 96 years after it was installed, reports Thisisgloucestershire.co.uk

The wooden cross and memorial at Inchbrook, Stroud, was dedicated in 1917 on land given by the Dominican monks of the friary nearby.

It bears the names of more than 140 people, which are to be re-etched in stone following a major fundraising effort planned by parishioners.

Names on the memorial include George Archer-Shee of the South Staffordshire Regiment, inspiration for the play The Winslow Boy, who was killed at Ypres on 31 October 1914. He is also commemorated on the Menin Gate.

Also listed is lieutenant Maurice Dease VC of the 4th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, who was killed in action at Mons on 23 August 1918, and captain George Wyld of the 3rd Battalion the Wiltshire Regiment, who was killed on Christmas Eve 1914.

Captain Wyld was the son of the vicar of Melksham in Wiltshire and had previously served in the Boer War. He was 37 and is buried in Brown’s Road Cemetery, Festubert.

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