WARMINGTON WAR MEMORIAL
Warmington's war memorial was unveiled on Armistice Day 1920 by Col Proby of Elton, to commemorate the servicemen from the village who fell in the First World War. Subsequently, inscriptions were added to commemorate those who died in the Second World War.
The Peterborough Advertiser, 20 November 1920 reported the unveiling:
Sunday was a notable day in the history of Warmington, as it was set apart for the dedication and unveiling of the Memorial to the men of the village who had lost their lives for their Country in the Great War.
The impressive ceremony took place in the Churchyard, and was attended by a good number of people, the two Choirs, Churchwardens, Parish Councillors, War Memorial Committee, children of the Sunday Schools and ex-Service men, who, headed by the Warmington Brass Band, fell in at the Green and marched to the site and reverently took up their positions. After the hymn “O God, our help” Colonel D J Proby, of Elton Hall, dedicated and unveiled the Memorial with suitable and thoughtful words. Mr S Hayes, Chairman of the Parish Council, delivered an address. The Vicar (Rev J P Flood) then offered appropriate prayers, and after the singing of the hymn “Abide with me” he pronounced the Blessing. The impressive service, the imposing sight, the reverent gathering, should be marked indelibly in the memory of all present. On the panels of the monument, the following names are inscribed:-
1915 – Albert Moisey, Thomas Oakley, Wm H Gilder.
1916 – Albert Bartlett, Wilfred R Ulyatt, Ernest Gilder, Frederick Perkins, Albert Ellis, Arthur E Swann.
1917 – Hugh V Turnill, William Garfield, John W Willmott, John W Upex, Frederick Russell, William H Shirley, John W Kidd, Reginald F Kidd.
1917 –Elijah Kirk, Leonard Bosworth, James A Upex, Cecil Freeman.
1918 – Edward Corney, Frank Webb, Ernest Marshall, Harry Upex.
At the conclusion of the service, and after the “Last Post” had been sounded on bugles by Mr J Pullan and Mr R Williamson, relatives and friends of the fallen soldiers placed wreaths and flowers on the Memorial. The tributes bore the following inscriptions:
In sorrowing remembrance of Arthur Swann, from W E E Sheffield.
In loving memory of our dear boy, Albert Edward Moisey.
In loving memory of Pte W Shirley – Mr and Mrs Williamson and family.
In memory of the boys who gave their lives for us – Mr and Mrs D Ellis
From the parishioners, in loving memory of our dear boys.
In kindest remembrance of Fred Perkins – Mr A Brudenell and family.
In loving memory of our dear brother – Annie, Bessie and Frank.
In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Pte Arthur Swann.
To dear old Cecil from his sister and brother, Nell and Bernard.
To our dear brothers, Harry and John William Upex, with love from all.
To our dear brother Cecil, from his sister and brother, Annie and Lewis. Never forgotten by his loved ones.
To the glorious dead. In memory of all – Katherine Turnill.
In loving memory of our dear Bert, from Mother, Evelyn, Leslie and Teddy.
In ever loving memory of our dear Len, from his brothers and sisters, Warmington.
A token of remembrance of a son and brother, Albert Ellis.
In ever loving memory from Mother and Dad, Alice and all, to dear Will and Reggie.
In loving memory of Frederick Russell, from Father, Brother and Sister.
In loving memory of Harry and John Upex, from their sorrowing Father, Mother, sister and Brothers.
A dear, good son. To our very dear Cecil, from his sorrowing Father and Mother.
In ever loving memory of my dear husband, Pte H Upex, Northants Regiment, from his sorrowing Wife.
In loving remembrance of Albert, from his loving Mother and Father, William and E Upex, brothers and sisters.
In grateful remembrance, from ex-Service men of the parish.
In loving memory of my dear husband, Wm Charles Garfield.
To our dear boy, W C Garfield, from Mother and Father.
In affectionate remembrance of dear Will, from his loving Father and Mother, Sister and Brother.
Children of the village, in remembrance. “They were a wall unto us, both night and day”
The monument is worked from Weldon Stone, and typifies Unselfishness, Eternity, Glory, and Undying Reward, and stands in the Churchyard at the meeting of the ways to be for ever a reminder to those who pass by of the great sacrifice made by Warmington men in the Great War. The inscription reads:-
“To the Glory of God, and in ever blessed
remembrance of the Men of this Village who
fought and fell in the Great War.
Thanks be unto God which giveth us the victory.”
The Memorial was designed, worked, and erected by Messrs F Stevens and Son, of Cotterstock, at a cost of about £120, defrayed by voluntary subscriptions.
War Memorial Committee: Rev J P Flood (treasurer), Mr S Hayes (chairman), Mr J Pullan (secretary), and Messrs W Brudenell, J A Dixon, E Ellis, J Heys, J T Horsford, R C James, T Oakley, J Richards and A Short.
The memorial being restored, 20 July 2018
Warmington Parish Council was successful in its application to War Memorials Trust for substantial grant aid towards relettering, cleaning and other minor works to the memorial - all by an expert contractor (Underwood & Weston) to an agreed method statement. Other contributions were made by East Northants Council, the British Legion, and several individuals - some of whom have family connections with those commemorated. The Parish Council is grateful to all who made a donation.
Relettering in progress on 16 July 1918, starting with the south face