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The Ettington War Memorials 

We show above  two  photos of the village war memorial which  was unveiled on 9th November 1919 at a service conducted by the Reverend Claude Sandwith, Vicar of Ettington. (Ref Stratford Herald 14/11/1919). 

Also we show the memorial scroll which is inside the church and was donated by Miss E. M. Mills of Pillerton Hersey.
The Memorial and the Scroll remembers those from Ettington  who gave their lives in the Great War.
Around 100 men went to the war and around one in four did not return.
  • Those who went to war : tells how the village menfolk joined up and how the first volunteers were cheered off
During the war years life changed in Ettington for those who waited and worried but also did their bit for the war effort.
  1. For many village families their sons, boyfriends and husbands did not return. We tell below what we know about individual families and the men who served
Whilst most of the men from Ettington who died lost their lives on the Western Front, Edgar Rust died of wounds in Egypt in 1915 probably received at Gallipoli. Albert Birch died of exposure on the Gallipoli Peninsula. John Henry Coldicott survived the war then to succumb to illness in March 1919 possibly influenza or typhoid.

Edwin Grantham's son-in-law John Hughes, a regular soldier won the military medal for his bravery on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915. He survived the war only to die in France only three weeks after Armistice Day.

These were just some cruel ironies of the war.
Forgotten by many is the story of the retired army officer whose military career was ended when he was blinded in India. Both he and his wife contributed to the war effort despite his disability:

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