Cartoonist was a household name in war
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.
The proposed war memorial for Cheltenham, a replica of Rome’s Temple of Vesta