Commemorating 100 Years of the Bromsberrow War Memorial

The Bromsberrow War Memorial was first unveiled on Sunday 1st May 1921.

In 2010/2011 renovations were made to the memorial and a rededication ceremony was held on 7th May 2011.

An overview of the unveiling

The service was led by the Rector of Bromsberrow, the Rev. W. Wynn Lloyd, including hyms and The Rev. C. L. Money-Kyrle, vicar of Much Marcle, gave the sermon. After the final hymn, a procession consisting of the congregation, choir and clergy, together with local ex-servicemen headed by Major Webb, made its way towards the Cotswold stone cross a mile distant, singing hymns as they went.

The Sunday School children, bearing the Union Jack and carrying flowers, were gathered around the memorial when the solemn procession arrived. After the singing of the hymns, there were prayers led by the Rector. Colonel Wiggin, D.S.O, then removed the Union Jack from the cross, and the Rector then proceeded to dedicate the memorial with the words, “In loving memory of those whose names are here recorded, whose lives have been given in the service of their King and Empire, we dedicate this cross…”

The Sunday School children, bearing the Union Jack and carrying flowers, were gathered around the memorial when the solemn procession arrived. After the singing of the hymns, there were prayers led by the Rector. Colonel Wiggin, D.S.O, then removed the Union Jack from the cross, and the Rector then proceeded to dedicate the memorial with the words, “In loving memory of those whose names are here recorded, whose lives have been given in the service of their King and Empire, we dedicate this cross…”

A short silence followed the dedication, which was followed by prayers, after which the Rev. Wynn Lloyd said a few words of praise, and then thanks for all who had contributed to the simple but lasting memorial cross, which was “not only a token of sorrow for the death of the youth and brotherhood of the nation, but a token of pride in the noble idealism which counted duty a better thing than life, and sacrifice for a good cause more desirable than safety at the cost of others.” He asked that members of the Parish, young and old, should remember the great sacrifice made by these men, by “taking off their hats when they passed it, in honour of the gallant dead”,  and that parents should encourage their children to respect the memorial, by reminding them that “These men died that you may be free.”

During the concluding hymn, relatives of the fallen placed flowers at the base of the memorial. The Ledbury Boy Scouts sounded the “Last Post” and “Reveille”, after which the singing of the National Anthem concluded the proceedings.

For more information on the men listed on the Bromsberrow War Memorial visit the War Memorial Page here.