17th Sep, 2019

24 Studley men who fought in the First World War finally recognised

Ross Crawford 13th Oct, 2018

THE rain poured down and traffic thundered past but peace descended on Studley War Memorial at 12noon last Saturday as the Alcester Road monument was re-dedicated.

The occasion was the unveiling of two new stones bearing the names of 24 local men who had fought in the First World War but who had been inexplicably missed off the memorial.

The omission only came to light in 2015 when former local man Arthur Cooke wrote a book on the village’s war dead from the 1914-18 conflict.

A quick tally between his findings and the names on the memorial found it was 24 short.

Following a call for public donations the local branch of the Royal British Legion managed to raise a four figure sum to have two new stones put in place in time for the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day on November 11.

The re-dedication service was performed by Studley Methodist Church Minister Anne Smith and she was joined by members of the Royal British Legion, local dignitaries and members of the public.

Norman Taylor played a note perfect Last Post and Reveille while DaveSsmith, chairman of the local branch of the RBL recited the Kohima Epitaph.

He said: “It was a very moving ceremony and the new memorial stones look fantastic. Our thanks go out to everyone who helped us put them there.”

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