Crewkerne war memorial was unveiled in Severalls Park in June 1922, at which time 127 trees were also planted here in memory of the 127 men of the town who had died during the Great War.
As I was taking these shots I was talking to a member of the local British Legion who informed me that not only is the whole estate a memorial (the only example in England, I believe), but the brick houses (above, and a later photo below) to the north of the war memorial were the first in the country to be built as ‘homes for heroes’ for returning soldiers.
I have read only recently that the dreadful, dilapidated, 1970s brick wall behind the memorial that you will have spotted in many of these photos is to be removed before the centenary of the outbreak of the war later this year. Good move, methinks.
You may also have spotted the roadside posts (above) in the very first photo in this post, and it seems they have created something of a furore among local residents.
Each post is inlaid with a tablet inscribed with a post-World War II conflict…
…which, it is suggested, ‘waters down’ the nature of the estate as a war memorial in its own right, particularly as no Crewkerne residents were killed in these conflicts. You’ll find the whole story elsewhere on the web if you’re interested.
This post is for Mr. Edward Taylor, BigNote follower, family historian, and all-round good egg, who keeps me abreast of all things Somerset.
Update: Sure enough, by the summer of 2014, words had become deeds: