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More names to be added to Bourne War Memorial

By Elizabeth Hambidge

Bourne War Memorial
Bourne War Memorial

Another 37 names are to be added to the War Memorial in South Street, Bourne, to remember those servicemen who lost their lives during the Great War of 1914-18.

It is not known exactly how many from Bourne went to war but based on the population of the time, it is estimated that it was about 250.

When the War Memorial was erected 60 years ago, an appeal produced the names of 97 men who died in action but it is now known that 37 names were missed and so the total from Bourne who made the supreme sacrifice was 134 and the additional names are now being added in time for Remembrance Day in November when the nation honours her war dead. The plaques will be dedicated on Remembrance Sunday on November 8.

The work is being carried out by the trustees of Bourne United Charities who administer the War Memorial Gardens as part of the First World War centenary celebrations.

A veterans’ walk containing twenty-two small memorial stones with accompanying wooden crosses has already been installed in the immediate area of the cenotaph, eleven on either side of the main footpath leading to the monument, each inscribed with the crest of the regiment or arm of service to which those who gave their lives belonged.

The 22 stones include the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment, Machine Gun Corps, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, Northumberland Fusiliers, Northamptonshire Regiment, Kings Own, Royal Lancaster, Prince of Wales Own, Notts and Derby Regiment, South Staffordshire Regiment, Parachute Regiment, Middlesex Regiment, Hampshire Regiment, Loyal Regiment, Norfolk Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps, Royal Artillery, the King’s Royal Rifle Corps, Labour Corps, Royal British Legion, Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy.

The stone commemorating the Parachute Regiment has a special significance for Bourne because 550 officers and men from the 1st Battalion were stationed in and around the town for several weeks prior to the Battle of Arnhem in September 1944.

The addition of the 37 names will complete the improvements after the list was compiled by local military historian Tony Stubbs following several years of research which identified the missing servicemen. Their names will be inscribed on two slate tablets.


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