East Garston


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Location:Junction Rogers Lane & Back St
OS Map Ref:SU362768
Description:Granite cross
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To the gallant memory
of those from this Parish
who gave their lives
in the Great War
Arthur Bates
Charles Bates
Sidney Frank Cullimore
William Fisher
Alfred Lewis
George Penton
Benjamin Ashwin Conway Matthews
Bertie Thomas Rivers
Charles Abraham Shaw
Sydney Charles Alexander Smith
Arthur Townsend
Frederick Townsend
Frederick George Waldron
Wilfred Edward Wise
Charles Andrew Wooldridge

John Matthews
William Barrington Miflin
George William Penton
David Kibblewhite Pounds

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East Garston War Memorial – Dedication Service, 5 Dec 1920.

Newbury Weekly News, 9 Dec 1920

Dedication of War Memorial

East Garston War Memorial was unveiled and dedicated on Sunday afternoon. The service in church was conducted by the Vicar, Rev J L Tudor, and there was a large congregation, including relatives, ex-service men, and parishioners from the surrounding villages. The hymns sung were “On the Resurrection Morning,” and “O God our Help.” The Vicar standing at the altar steps read the names of the fallen, and solemn silence was observed, succeeded by the singing of “For all the saints.” A procession of the Vicar, choir and congregation made its way to the memorial, standing on an open space at the west end of the village, singing “Through the night of doubt and sorrow.” At the head was carried a processional cross, wreathed in laurel and white flowers. Col Noel Hudson, MC, DSO, gave an address, reminding the spectators that they were met to honour the brave men who had given their lives to save their country. He had fought side by side with many Berkshire men, some of whom they were now commemorating. Never, in the darkest hour of danger did they see fear, and their earthly bodies lie in France, Belgium, Egypt, Palestine, and even in the lonely desert. Their names should be held in hallowed remembrance. Colonel Hudson then removed the Union Jack which had draped the memorial, prayers were offered, the Last Post sounded, and the National Anthem brought an impressive ceremony to a conclusion. Many beautiful floral tributes were placed at the foot of memorial by bereaved relatives and friends.

The memorial bears the inscription:-

“To the gallant memory of those of this Parish who gave their lives in the Great War, 1914-18.” with the names as follows:-

Arthur BatesCharles A Shaw
Charles BatesSidney C A Smith
Sidney F CullimoreArthur Townsend
William FisherFrederick Townsend
Alfred LewisFrederick G Waldron
R A C MatthewsWilfred E Wise
George PentonC A Wooldridge
Bertie T Rivers

The memorial consists of a runic Cornish grey cross of St Miniver design, mounted on a granite boulder, with a foundation slab. It was erected by Messrs T Thorn and Sons, at Newtown-road, Newbury.

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 Died this day:
08 December 1914
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