Our Special Works team lead by Toby Moore recently completed the ‘Memorial to the Missing’ WWI memorial for our client the Common Wealth War Graves Commission. We have worked with the CWGC for many years on various new projects and for the conservation of the existing memorials under their control in the UK and abroad where quality of work is absolute and paramount.
We were honoured to be asked to be involved with this project and our masonry team were rightly proud to build the foundations, source the materials, erect and work the six stele with slate plaques within the existing setting at Brookwood in Surrey.
The memorial is dedicated to those who died in the Great War but who have no known grave and was unveiled by the Duke of Kent on the 4th Nov in time for Remembrance Sunday.
The memorial holds the names of more than 260 servicemen who died in the UK, Ireland or at sea but did not feature in official records. The names engraved on the six-stele (stone columns) do not run in alphabetical order and blank space has been left for names not yet uncovered. Names featured predominately relate to those who succumbed to injuries after the war or away from the battlefield, between August 4 1914 and August 31 1921.
Terry Denham, co-founder of the In From the Cold Project, began working with his team in 2006 to provide names to the CWGC. Explaining the criteria military personnel would have to meet for their names to be engraved on the memorial, Mr. Denham said: “If you died in the armed forces you qualify. “If you had been discharged for any reason, then you died before the cut-off date, the cause of your death had to be caused by your service, or at least aggravated by it."
He confirmed this included servicemen and women who committed suicide where a coroner ruled it was as a direct result of their time in war.
“I sent another name in yesterday and average 10 per month,” he said, adding that families could get in touch via www.infromthecold.org.
After the unveiling of the new memorial, Victoria Wallace, director general for the CWGC, which owns Brookwood Military Cemetery, said by recording the names the commission was "righting a historic wrong". She said: “In this week of remembrance I know everyone here takes pride in saying we will remember them.”
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