Do you have a relative commemorated on a WWI Memorial in Wantage?

The men from Wantage and surrounding villages who served/and or died in the First World War will be remembered at an exhibition 5 October – 1 December at The Vale & Downland Museum in Wantage.

The centrepiece of the exhibition will be a memorial listing those who are commemorated on the Charlton Wantage, King Alfreds School and Grove war memorials. Some of those men commemorated originated from the surrounding villages and subsequently lived and worked in Wantage.

There will also be the story of D Squadron Berks Yeomanry whose HQ was in Wantage.

The above photo was taken in 1919 at the ‘Welcome Home Day’, in Wantage when over 500 ex-servicemen paraded around the town and had a sports afternoon and tea. A cross was erected outside Rockwell House in Wallingford Street for wreath laying. This cross was later re-erected in the churchyard in Wantage to form the focus for the annual Remembrance Day parade. The actual war memorial in Wantage is the Recreation Ground in Manor Road.

If anyone knows of a relative commemorated on a War Memorial in Wantage and have some object(s) associated with him that they would be willing to loan for the exhibition please get in touch with Trevor Hancock on trevorhancock@waitrose.com or 01235 762598 or the curator of the V&D Museum Suzie Tilbury on vdmcurator@gmail.com or 01235 771447.

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