Car­toon­ist was a house­hold name in war

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS -

PER­HAPS the most poignant re­minders of the 1914-1918 war are the lists of names, carved in stone or etched in brass, found in al­most ev­ery church in Glouces­ter­shire.

Even in the most re­mote and tiny ham­let you’ll find one. Often the sur­names are the same.

Most com­mu­ni­ties, large or small, felt the need to erect a last­ing mon­u­ment to those who left for war and didn’t come back.

The ev­i­dence is seen in the me­mo­ri­als that are found in towns and vil­lages across the county.

One of the first to ap­pear was the stone cross in Bishop’s Cleeve, un­veiled in Septem­ber 1919.

Near the Church Street en­trance to Tewkes­bury Abbey’s church­yard is a memo­rial to Ma­jor Ber­tram Cart­land, fa­ther of the nov­el­ist Bar­bara Cart­land.

A mem­ber of the Worces­ter­shire Reg­i­ment, he was killed in ac­tion in

May 1918. Tewkes­bury lost 152 men dead in the war and many more were in­jured.

Some of the lat­ter came home for treat­ment and to re­cu­per­ate at Mit­ton Manor in Bre­don Road, which was a Red Cross hos­pi­tal dur­ing the con­flict.

In Glouces­ter the coun­cil staged a com­pe­ti­tion, invit­ing de­signs for a memo­rial to the men and women of the city who fell.

Some of the pro­posed plans were elab­o­rate, but the win­ning en­try was also one of the sim­plest.

The memo­rial, which can be seen in the Park to this day, was the work of lo­cal ar­chi­tect Wal­ter Wood and cost £5,000.

A sim­i­lar com­pe­ti­tion was also staged in Chel­tenham. Some en­tries were grand, such as the pro­posed de­sign for a replica of Rome’s Tem­ple of Vesta, pic­tured here.

In­stead, a sim­ple obelisk was cho­sen. It was the work of lo­cal stone smith R L Boul­ton and was un­veiled on Oc­to­ber 1,w1921.

Tewkes­bury Abbey

The pro­posed war memo­rial for Chel­tenham, a replica of Rome’s Tem­ple of Vesta

Nailsworth

Stone­house

Lyd­ney

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