Parish to commemorate World War I with memorial plaque to Colnbrook’s fallen

Colnbrook Parish Council agreed last week that it would take part in events to commemorate the outbreak of World War I a hundred years ago this July.

The memorial chapel in St Thomas' Church lists 41 from Colnbrook who fell during WWI

The memorial chapel in St Thomas’ Church lists 41 from Colnbrook who fell during WWI

It won’t have escaped anybody who has turned on a TV in the last six weeks that we are fast approaching the centenary of the outbreak of World War I on 28 July 1914.

Parish Councillors have decided to commemorate the anniversary with a new brass plaque to be placed on the Diamond Jubilee Clock naming those who had died in the conflict.

While the War Memorial chapel in the north aisle of St Thomas’ Church was consecrated in 1934 in honour of those who lost their lives in the Great War, Colnbrook is perhaps unusual for a village of its size in never having had a permanent war memorial in the traditional style.

Neighbouring Horton has a large dedicated structure devoted to its fallen, while Wraysbury and Iver have permanent exterior plaques in place. The lychgate at St Margaret’s Church in Iver Heath was built to list the names of the dead there.

From left: the Iver, Horton and Datchet war memorials, and (right) Colnbrook's Diamond Jubilee Clock

From left: the Iver, Horton and Datchet war memorials, and (right) Colnbrook’s Diamond Jubilee Clock which will shortly take on a new role to remember the fallen as well as celebrating the Queen’s reign

Unveiled in 1920 Datchet’s large structure in the middle of The Green is the focal point of Remembrance Day services and will see additional events this year organised by the active branch of the Royal British Legion which also celebrates its 90th birthday.

On Saturday, March 22, the branch has organised a church service at St Mary’s Church in London Road, Datchet, and has plans for a re-enactment group to come to The Green and show what it was like for soldiers during the First World War.

The names of the 41 men who died locally – including four families who lost two or more men – from the St. Thomas’ chapel will be the starting point to drawing up an up to date list of Colnbrook’s fallen.

A working party including Cllrs Laxman, MacDougald and newly appointed Cllr Bryant has been established.  Cllr Bryant agreed to follow up the possibility of a memorial service on the Sunday before.

The Parish also agreed to participate in the 60th anniversary of the ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ campaign in June. It will repaint the lamp posts in the conservation zone.

 

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