The War Memorial
The Common

The War Memorial unveiling ceremony
(picture from SWOP website)

At a recent Remembrance Day


This bears the names of those who died
But not the names of all who cried
For this would be too large a list
For all the men so sorely missed.

Unveiling it in ‘twenty one'
For Heathen husband, brother, son,
The monument held great esteem,
Creating quite a crowded scene.

Amongst the mourners standing round
From local vale and nearby town
Were families who still walk by
And wonder where these soldiers lie.

The war memorial was unveiled in 1921 with Lord Carrington in attendance. Lord Carrington had lost his son, Viscount Wendover, in the war and his name is remembered on this memorial. Some of these soldiers actually made it home only to die of their injuries later and are buried locally. The unveiling was a huge event and The Common was packed with locals and visitors. The memorial had been designed by Wycombe architect Thomas Thurlow who was a joint owner of the Flackwell Heath Golf Club. (Thomas had lost a nephew in the war and James Peace and Arthur Clarke, fellow Golf Club owners, had also lost a grandson and son in the war. Their names are remembered on the Wycombe War Memorial).
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