|The war memorial, 2013|
Now I am not one to lift other people’s research and so from the outset I want to make it clear that the story of our war memorial has been drawn entirely from an article by Margaret E Taylor which appeared in an edition of the Eltham Society’s newsletter.*
Even before the end of the Great War there was discussion on a possible war memorial but the general consensus was that this should wait till the conflict was over and so it was not till the December of 1918 that plans for a memorial were seriously canvassed.
A public meeting was held in the parish hall in March of the following year and the decision was taken to build a memorial with many favouring a market cross featuring the names of all those who had served as well as those who died.
|The Remembrance service, 2015|
And this is always the point where I defer to the original article and suggest if you want more you read the article in the newsletter.
Picture; the war memorial © Rod Allday, & © Stephen Craven, and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence amd the Remembrance Service November 2015 courtesy of Elaine Walters
* Margaret E Taylor, former Archivist at Eltham Church (St John’s), The Eltham Society Newsletter No 198 November 2014, http://www.theelthamsociety.org.uk/