There are three war memorials in the Church, to the Boer War, and the First and Second World Wars.
This is a decorative brass on a wooden base, mounted on the wall in the north aisle. It reads -
“To the glory of God and in Memory of
CORPL. CHARLES CHILDS ) 2ND BATTN
L. CORPL. JAMES HARDING } HAMPSHIRE
PTE WILLIAM BARNETT ) REGIMENT
PTE WILLIAM SWANTON )
PTE EARNEST KIMBER 2ND RAILY. PIONR . REGT.
PTE LEONARD COOPER } 1ST VOL. BATTN
PTE Frank GOODALL } HAMPSHIRE REGT
WHO DIED IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY
IN S. AFRICA 1900.
THIS TABLET WAS ERECTED BY THE INHABITANTS
OF WHITCHVRCH AND THE NEIGHBOVRING DISTRICT 1902”
We only have more information about two of those commemorated -
Corporal Childs was killed in railway accident near Braberton, Eastern Transvaal, South Africa, on 30 March 1902. He is buried in the Garden of Remembrance at Braberton, Grave 8
Private Kimbe (Serial Number 3108) of the Railway Pioneer Regiment drowned at Kalkspruit, Orange Free State, South Africa on 1 December 1901.
The Great War 1914 – 1919
This stone memorial is on the wall of the south aisle. Its main inscription reads –
“In Thankfulness to God for return to peace and in grateful memory of the men of Whitchurch who died for their Country in the Great War 1914-1919”
A plaque on the bottom also records that two bells were also added to the peel in the tower. Below the memorial is a wooden case containing a book with names and photographs of those killed in the war. Above the memorial is the Standard of the Whitchurch Branch of the Royal British Legion, dedicated in 1931 and laid up in 1975
The 65 names of those who died are listed by unit and then by surname, with ranks, initials and sub units given. Four of these names are on the plaque at the bottom.
Click here for details of those remembered on the First World War memorial.
The Second World War 1939-1945
This memorial lies on the west wall of the north aisle, in the Baptistery. Its inscription reads
“In Thankfulness To God for Victory And in Grateful memory of The men of Whitchurch Who died for their Country 1939-1945”
As with the First World War memorial the 31 names are listed by unit and then by surname, with initials and units. Below the memorial is a second wooden case, again containing a book with names and photographs of those killed in the war.
Click here for details of those remembered on the Second World War memorial.