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Location:St Mary's Churchyard
OS Map Ref:SU590680
Description:Stone cross
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To the Glory of God
and in Grateful Memory of the following
who have died the death of honour for their
Country in the Great War 1914-1918
Capt William Crawshaw Loder-Symonds Wiltshire Regiment
2/Lt Edward Robert Waring King's Royal Rifle Corps
2/Lt Roland Charles Sansom Royal Air Force
Gnr Frederick Archer Davis Royal Field Artillery
Gnr Stephen Fovargue Royal Field Artillery
S S Harold Hood Royal Field Artillery
Pte John Middleton Devonshire Regiment
Pte George Hawkes Leicestershire Regiment
Pte Frederick Charles Webb Worcestershire Regiment
L/Cpl Sidney Bird Royal Berkshire Regiment
Pte Charles Clarke Royal Berkshire Regiment
Pte Alfred George Froude Royal Berkshire Regiment
Pte Ernest Pernell Green Royal Berkshire Regiment
Pte Thomas William Morton Royal Berkshire Regiment
Pte Thomas John Prior Royal Berkshire Regiment
Pte Arthur Alfred Sims Royal Berkshire Regiment
Pte Edward Smith Royal Berkshire Regiment
Pte Charles Warman Machine Gun Corps
Pte John Bidmead Labour Corps
Greater love hath no man than this
that a man lay down his life for his friends.

War 1939-1945
Jack Bidmead Pte Royal Fusiliers
Douglas Saunders Stoker RN

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Beenham War Memorial – Unveiling & Dedication, 13 September 1920.

Newbury Weekly News, 25 September 1920


Dedication of War Memorial Cross

The memorial Cross, which has been erected in the Churchyard, was unveiled by Colonel Foley, DSO, CBE, Royal Berkshire Regiment, and dedicated by the Rev G D S Bushnell, Vicar. The church was crowded when the service commenced with the hymn “Ten thousand times ten thousand.” The hymn, “Soldiers, who are Christ’s below,” was sung, and the choir and congregation proceeded to the churchyard. After some prayers and the singing of the hymn, “Peace, perfect peace,” Col Foley said that those who were commemorated have given their lives in no ordinary cause, but in the fighting in the greatest crusade of right against might. Thank God in the end right had prevailed. He then unveiled the plinth of the cross, and the vicar dedicated it as follows:- “In the faith of Jesus Christ we dedicate this cross to the glory of God and in memory of his servants, William Crawshay Loder-Symonds, Edward Robert Waring, Roland Charles Sansom, Frederick Archer Davis, Stephen Fovergue, Harold Hood, John Middleton, George Hawkes, Frederick Charles Webb, Sidney Bird, George Green, Charles Clarke, Alfred George Froude, Ernest Pernell Green, Thomas William Morton, Thomas John Prior, Arthur Alfred Sims, Edward Smith, Charles Warman, in the name of the Father, the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” The service concluded with the hymn, “O God our help in ages past,” the Blessing, the National Anthem and the Last Post, sounded by a bugler from the Reading Barracks. There was a large attendance of serving and demobilised soldiers from the parish, many of whom were wounded, and one blinded in the war. These furnished a Guard of Honour in the churchyard. Both before and after the service muffled peals were rung. The cross is placed in the centre of the new churchyard. Above the names appears the wording: “To the Glory of God, and in grateful memory of the following, who have died the death of honour for their country in the Great War, 1914-1918,” and on the step beneath the names, the text, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lays down his life for his friends.”


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