Warboys War Memorial
The Warboys War Memorial has village members who lost their lives in both the 1914/1918 and the 1939/1945 world wars and Korea 1951.


© Evan Tringham 2012


The War Memorial

The War Memorial stands in the middle of the village in the garden of what was Warboys Endowed School. It is about twelve feet high and made of grey Aberdeen Granite surmounted with coping and a cross. There are 52 names inscribed on it from WW1 and the inscription reads:

ERECTED IN GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE OF THE MEN OF WARBOYS WHO FOUGHT AND DIED IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918

It was unveiled at a service of dedication on Thursday 21st July 1921. by The Lord Lieutenant of Huntingdonshire Mr Howard Coote. The service was well attended and there was a large pile of flowers heaped around the base of the memorial.

War Memorial Ceremony 1921In his address The Lord Lieutenant spoke of the sacrifice these men had made and urged that” We should strive to live worthily of them who had died.”

All the men listed (which includes seven sets of brothers) would have been known to each other as family, friends or neighbours. Most of them had attended the local schools and then worked as labourers in either the brickyard or on a farm.

All the men, except for Robin Saunders who was a pilot, were in the army.

Forty seven of the men are buried in War Grave Cemeteries or remembered on Memorials in France or Belgium. One is remembered in Tehran, one in Malta and one in Greece. Two have official War Graves in Warboys Church Cemetery.

Two other men, Thomas Amps and Sydney Cooper, also have official War Graves there but these men are not on the War Memorial. Sydney Cooper’s name was missed off by mistake and it was promised it would be added later. On 15th July 2014 a memorial seat to commemorate the centenary of WW1 was dedicated and the names of these two men were inscribed on it; so after nearly 100 years the mistake has been rectified.

After WW2 six more names were added and one in 1951 from the Korean War.

© Written by Mary Tringham July 2014



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