Together, for all time
New Englefield Green memorial to contain names of all those lost in conflict
PLANS are in place for Englefield Green’s new war memorial to be opened next week.
Seven granite columns that will form the memorial have been installed at St Jude’s Church ready for the dedication ceremony next Friday (July 15) – the date of the first village soldier to fall, Ernest Edward Field, who died during the Battle of the Somme.
The Lodge Brothers masons and inscription team have been on site installing the columns, which vary in height between 2m to 1.2m and weigh between 550kgs to 350kgs.
The ceremony, to be held from 10.30am, will be attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Michael More-Molyneux as well as an Australian representative for Henry Street, the first village son to be killed in the First World War, who served in the Australian Navy and died while involved in an attack in Papua New Guinea.
Once unveiled it will be the first time all the names will have been seen together since they were listed in the local newspaper in 1917 as Englefield Green men who were ‘doing their bit’. At that time, 329 names were listed as serving from the village, and of that number 117 died.
The idea for the project started in November 2013, to uncover the names of the ‘village sons’ who died in conflict, and their stories.
In total, 117 men have been remembered as part of the memorial from the First World War, 39 from the Second World War – four of whom were civilians – and one from conflicts.
The latter of the names is that of Royal Marine Ben Reddy, who died in March 2007 in Afghanistan.
Ben’s family live in Windsor Great Park as his father Phil Reddy works for the Crown Estate and grew up in Englefield Green.
It was only when Mr Reddy went along to help with the construction of the memorial on behalf of the estate that the connection was made.
Mr Reddy said: “I grew up more recent in Englefield Green. It was just by chance that I met John Scott when I was working on the memorial.
“I was really pleased that Ben will be on the memorial and a bit shocked. I think they should start adding names to all memorials for the latest conflicts. This is today’s generation, it’s their wars and they (memorials) need to be updated.
“If you don’t start putting them on the youngsters won’t relate to it.
“We need to keep the generation going so there’s a connection for them.”
Ben went to the School in Windsor Charters School Sunningdale.
Retired sergeant major John Scott, MBE, from Bond Street, researched the names and backgrounds of the men, using the Roll of Honour printed in the Surrey Herald in 1917, as well as the CWGC website and a wooden plaque in the Englefield Green Rifle Club. Mr Scott said: “Everything had gone okay in the run-up and everyone we have asked for help has answered that call. Royal and in
“The seven columns went into the ground on Monday (last week) and they have been wrapped up for protection.
“We had hoped to have laid turf a while ago but because of the weather we haven’t but it will hopefully all be completed come hell or high water.
“It hasn’t been long but it’s been a concentrated part of my life from November 2013 to two and a half years later.
“Everyone is welcome to come along on the dedication day.”
For more information visit villagesonsremembered.org.
Columns being put in place for the new Englefield Green war memorial. It is inscribed with the names of the village sons who died in various conflicts since the First World War.
Ben Reddy with his brother Jamie, mum Liz and dad Phil.
Ben Reddy, who died in Afghanistan in 2007.