To­gether, for all time

New En­gle­field Green memo­rial to con­tain names of all those lost in con­flict

Staines Informer - - NEWS - Charlotte Tal­bot

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.

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