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 our 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.
Memorial Gate Plaque
During the four year period 2014 to 2018, a plaque was fixed to the Memorial Gates to commemorate the centenary of each of the 62 battles fought by the (then) Lincolnshire Regiment during World War One. Please click the link Royal Lincolnshire Regiment WWI Battle Honours for the full list.
Our Glorous Dead