Roll of Honour 1914

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Reference WMO254710

Address:

Church of St Michael

High Street

Toseland

St Neots

PE19 6RX

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Roll of Honour or Book of Remembrance
Lettering: Other
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Roll of Honour (Nave, South–West wall) Coloured paper pro-forma, published by Raphael Tuck & Sons, and named the ‘Empire Roll of Honour in small print. It is framed behind glass in a part-gilded, brown painted wooden frame, c1m x 60cm. Names and regiments have been hand-written in black ink, in 2 columns. It is a list of those who enlisted, and may date from early after the declaration of war, as the list of names is incomplete. The name of Robert Topham, who was a pilot in the Royal Flying Corps in 1915, is missing.Its historical value in situ is immense: a) because unlike a lot of war memorials, which only list those killed, it gives a sense of how many young men from this tiny village enlisted (22), and by comparison with the two other WW1 memorials in the church, how many of these young men survived (18). b) because the pro-forma, hung in the church during the war could have been viewed as a secure signifier of the village’s patriotism; c) because a number of these families are still local and a few still attend services at the church (particularly Meeks, Fairey, and Hedge, and people related to these families that do not carry their surnames). This is a fascinating and crucial memorial and historical document for the village of Toseland. It desperately needs professional conservation, particularly from woodworm, which may mean a new, facsimile frame needs to be created, if the original is too far gone for preservation/repair. The paper form also needs cleaning and stabilising.
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The form has the date of ‘Declaration of War, 4th August 1914’, pre-printed on it, but the ‘Peace Declared’ part not filled in. It also has a pre-printed banner headline 'For King and Country'.

Column 1 Breed, Chas., Machine Gun (Regiment) Fairey, R. Beds Regiment Fletcher, A.E., Beds Regiment Hedge Alf., Beds Regiment Hedge, A., Beds Regiment Meeks, G.A. Beds Regiment Tack [no initials], Canadians Topham, E., RGA Revel, E., Beds Regiment Sewell, A., Royal Fusiliers Hedge, E., Buffs Regiment Column 2 Chandler, J.T., Beds Regiment Fletcher, A., RMLT Franklin, W.A., Beds Regiment Hedge, Sam., 8th Beds Regiment Hedge, A. (Junior), Beds Regiment Manning, R., 1st Beds Regiment Tack (no initials), Canadians Wheal, F., Australians Peacock, A., Beds Regiment Hedge, Walter, Royal Fusiliers

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