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Location:Holy Trinity Church
OS Map Ref:SU507729
Description:Stone cross
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In proud and grateful remembrance of
the brave and gallant men
of Hermitage
who, fighting for honour, justice and freedom
laid down their lives
for God, King and Country
in the Great War
Their name liveth for evermore

John Austin, MM
Frederick W Barlow
Tom Beaseley
John T Bowditch
W Edward Buckell
W John Burt
Oliver C Chamberlain
Frederick G Fisher
Francis King
Stephen Milsom
H Stanley Rivers
Albert E Shepherd
George W Smith
Nevile West, MC
Frederick A Withers
Also those who laid down / their lives in the Second / Great War 1938-1945
A E William Ayre
“To that brightest of all meetings / bring us Jesu Christ, at last / by thy Cross through death and / judgement / Holding fast”
William E Blackman
John B Cochrane
John A S Cope
C Derek
N Lovely
John Noon
J Oliver Jones

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Hermitage War Memorial – Dedication Service, 5 May 1920.

Newbury Weekly News, 20 May 1920


War Memorial Unveiled. – On Wednesday, 5th inst, the War Memorial erected in the churchyard was unveiled. There was a crowded congregation, and the first part of the service was held in the church. The Vicar spoke feelingly of the occasion, and of the debt of gratitude we owed to the glorious dead. During the singing of the hymn, "There is a blessed home," the choir and congregation assembled round the memorial for the unveiling ceremony and the prayers of Dedication. The cross is of Celtic design, in silver gray Cornish granite, similar in type and material to one erected in Devon over 1,200 years ago, and which is still standing. It bears the inscription, "In pround and grateful remembrance of the brave and gallant men of Hermitage, who fighting for Honour, Justice and Freedom, laid down their lives for God, King and Country in the Great War, 1914-1919. Their name liveth for evermore." On one side are the words:

"To that brightest of all meetings,
Bring us Jesus Christ at last;
By Thy Cross, thro' death and judgement, Holding fast."

The other side bears the following names: John Austin, MM, Frederick W Barlow, Tom Beaseley, John W Bowditch, W Edward Buckell, W John Burt, Oliver C Chamberlain, Frederick G Fisher, Francis King, Stephen Milsom, H Stanley Rivers, ALbert E Shepherd, George W Smith, Nevile West, MC, Frederick A Withers.

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