Following the carnage of World War I, most towns and villages in
the country felt the need to erect a suitable memorial in tribute
and remembrance to those who had fallen for their country. In
Stamford, the Mayor issued an appeal on 7 November 1919 for funds
and on 23 June 1920 a Commemoration Service was held for the
unveiling of the Memorial in front of Browne's Hospital. The
Memorial consisted of nine bronze tablets inscribed with 237 names
and a stone front.
A new appeal was launched in 1947 for funds for a memorial for
those who had fallen during World War II. This comprised five
bronze panels fixed below those of World War I and the War Memorial
was rededicated on Armistice Sunday 1949.
In 1990 the Stamford ex-Service organisations, including The Royal
British Legion, was formed to raise funds and contributions by many
local groups for a Millennium Fund to clean and repair the Memorial
and to erect protective Memorial Gates bearing the words 'For your
tomorrow, we gave out today'. The gates were dedicated at a
Jubilee Civic Service on 9 June 2002.
The Royal British Legion mosaic
The new work also included the setting in the pavement area of
mosaics of the crests of the Royal British Legion, the Royal Naval,
the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment, the Royal Air Force and the
Independent Polish Parachute Brigade, which was based in Stamford
in World War II.
Installing one of the benches
Seven large planters with yew and other plants were installed on
the War Memorial pavement in 2007 and five wooden benches have been
added by the Royal British Legion, Royal Naval Association, Royal
Air Force Association, Royal Lincolnshire Regiment and Royal
Lincolnshire Regiment/Terry Browning.
The Garden of Remembrance
People are welcomed to remember those who have fallen with a
cross in our garden of remembrance. The rededication of the garden
took place this year on Saturday 3rd November.
Please click the link below for a comprehensive list of all
names on the memorial.
Our Glorous Dead