The War Memorial
Hartpury War Memorial is situated at the Junction of Ashleworth Lane (now Broad Street) and Gloucester Road on a piece of land given to the Parish by Mrs Gordon Canning. The cross is of rough-hewn Cornish granite and stands 12 feet 6 inches high with three steps on a plinth 8 feet square and 8 inches high. The memorial was the work of Messrs. Green of Queen Street, Gloucester and cost about £200, raised by public subscription within Hartpury.
The inscription on the front panel reads:
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN MEMORY OF THE DEARLY-LOVED
MEN OF HARTPURY,
WHO DIED FOR THEIR KING AND COUNTRY
IN THE GREAT WAR, 1914-1918
LET NONE FORGET
THEY FELL FOR HOME AND LIBERTY.
THIS CROSS RECORDS
OUR LOVE, OUR GRATITUDE, OUR DEBT
The panels on either side record the names of those who died.
The left hand panel reads:
HENRY J BLAKE
KARL OSMAN FOWLER
WILLIAM JESSE HANMAN
The right hand panel reads:
125 MEN OF HARTPURY SERVED IN
THE GREAT WAR
The Dedication Ceremony
The memorial was dedicated at a special service at 3 pm on Sunday, 8th February 1920. The service was led by the Dean of Gloucester (Dr. Henry Gee) assisted by Rev. Nathan Jones (Vicar of Hartpury) and Rev. Ezra Kendall (Wesleyan Minister).
The Chairman of the Organising Committee was Mr. J Pearce Ellis who had taken over in the absence of Mr Gordon Canning. The inscription, selected by the Committee from several submitted, was by Mrs Pearce Ellis.
The Second World War
In 1946 the Parish Council undertook the provision of an additional tablet to record the names of those killed in the Second World war. The work was commissioned from Messrs Green for a cost of £40. Although the tablet was promised for Armistice day 1946 it did not materialise until the next year. The inscription reads:
ALSO TO THE GLORIOUS MEMORY OF
THE FOLLOWING WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR, 1939-1945
P. REX BARR
The same men from the First World War are also commemorated on a plaque inside Hartpury Parish Church. Interestingly there is a slightly different group of men commemorated from the Second World War.
World War 2 Casualties
This information has been compiled from publicly available sources including:
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)
- Soldiers Died in the Great War (SDGW)
- Census returns
- Indexes of Births, Marriages and Deaths
Please report any errors or omissions to the compiler.