Our Village War memorial to those young men of the parish who gave their lives in two world wars and the Korean war, stands proudly at the junction of the Old Bristol Road and the Weston Road.
Erected circa: 1921
The East Brent village memorial is unusual in that it depicts statues of each of the main wartime services.
(Neville Curry from New Zealand came to visit the memorial in 2008, as It is believed that his father was the model for the statue of the Royal Flying Corps airman and his uncle was the model for the soldier immediately behind him.
It is believed that an American sculptor was commissioned to do the statues? And Emerys of Burnham on sea were the main stonemasons). Colin Loader
For the 2014 WW1 Centenary Celebrations the Memorial was cleaned and restored, it is also known that some restoration work was carried out on some of the figures sometime during the late 1970’s-80’s. Can anyone confirm this?
One only has to look at the names to realise the great loss and sacrifice of life during the first world war compared to the second world war.
For most of human history, war memorials were erected to commemorate great victories. Remembering the dead was a secondary concern. Indeed in Napoleon's day the dead were shovelled into mass, unmarked graves.
The Arc de Triomphe in Paris or Nelson's Column in London contain no names of those killed.
By the end of the nineteenth century it was common for regiments in the British Army to erect monuments to their comrades who had died in small Imperial Wars and these memorials would list their names. By the early twentieth century some towns and cities in the United Kingdom raised the funds to commemorate the men from their communities who had fought and died in the Second Anglo-Boer War.
However it was after the great losses of the First World War that commemoration took centre stage and most communities erected a war memorial listing those men and women who had gone to war and not returned.
Some of the records of those from our village who fell in the two world wars are reproduced below.
Over 90 young men of our parish enrolled during WW1
Here is a record of those known to have served.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website www.cwgc.org contains information on military personnel killed in the two world wars.