Dedication ceremony for village war memorial

Peter and Anne Watts from Charndon 101019M-A615 PNL-141014-141213001
Peter and Anne Watts from Charndon 101019M-A615 PNL-141014-141213001

A village which has had its war memorial restored ahead of a rededication ceremony may be one of the country’s ‘thankful’ villages.

Charndon has no names on its First World War memorial, which was restored around four months ago, thanks to a donation from the War Memorials Association, who paid for half of the £800 restoration cost.

Charndon Parish Council paid for the other half of the work.

Parish councillor Peter Watts and his wife, Anne, have been researching why the memorial has no names and believe Charndon may be one of the country’s ‘thankful’ villages, so named because they suffered no military casualties during the First World War.

The rededication ceremony is due to take place on October 26, in Charndon Community Hall, led by Reverend David Hiscock and attended by the Bucks County councillor for the village, Angela MacPherson.

During the service, a wreath will be laid and a collection will be taken for Help the Heroes.

Mrs Watts is appealing for help from anyone in or around the village who may be able to confirm if Charndon is ‘thankful’.

She said: “There are no names on the war memorial so I found the 1901 and 1911 censuses and identified all the names in the village of anyone who would have been the right age to serve during the First World War.

“I have gone as far as I can. At present, there are only 53 villages who had no casualties during the First World War and from that, there are 13 that didn’t have any during the Second World War. If anyone has any information which could help could they contact me.”

The ceremony is due to start at 11am. Anyone wanting to contact Mrs Watts can email annewatts27@gmail.com.