100 years on, a complete roll of honour for Bournemouth’s WW1 dead

REMEMBRANCE: Jenny Young looks through the book with Mayor of Bournemouth Cllr Chris Mayne, Howard Dalton, Roger Shore and Deputy Mayor Cllr Rod Cooper

RESTING PLACE: A postcard of Moordown St John’s Church postmarked 1909; opposite, Moordown St John’s Great War memorial

First published in News

When Westbourne Library manager Jenny Young was researching the names of fallen soldiers on the First World War memorial in Moordown St John’s Church she discovered that several of them were not listed in Bournemouth Council’s Book of Remembrance.

They were not the only names missing.

It seems that other parishes in Bournemouth also had names from their memorials not included in the book, as Richard Preston, who has been working on the memorial cross at St James Church in Pokesdown, found out.

At first Jenny was mystified, but then realised the possible reasons for their absence.

“Shortly after the war an appeal was sent out for Bournemouth residents to submit to the council the names of soldiers who had died in the conflict to create a permanent record.

“For various reasons not all families responded,” said Jenny, who has done extensive research on more than 1,000 soldiers’ names and is in the process of compiling the first complete roll of honour for Bournemouth.

Some families preferred to keep their grief private, others would have found applying too daunting because of literacy problems and another group could have been out of the area at the time and might not have been aware an appeal even existed.

Now Jenny Young and Moordown Local Historical Group have managed to find sufficient evidence on 14 of the missing soldiers to have their names added to the original Bournemouth’s Book of Remembrance by an official calligrapher.

Jenny will be placing flowers on some of the soldiers’ graves in France in September.

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11:37am Wed 30 Jul 14

Townee says...

Well done, we should all remember our fallen troops in all wars.
Well done, we should all remember our fallen troops in all wars. Townee
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11:39am Wed 30 Jul 14

Townee says...

Well done, we should all remember our fallen troops in all wars.

I had a great uncle Tommy Crisp who won the VC but was killed on an armed trawler when it was attacked by a U boat, he was the Captain and his son was also on the boat.
Well done, we should all remember our fallen troops in all wars. I had a great uncle Tommy Crisp who won the VC but was killed on an armed trawler when it was attacked by a U boat, he was the Captain and his son was also on the boat. Townee
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12:37pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Lord Spring says...

Townee wrote:
Well done, we should all remember our fallen troops in all wars.

I had a great uncle Tommy Crisp who won the VC but was killed on an armed trawler when it was attacked by a U boat, he was the Captain and his son was also on the boat.
Second War fallen are also remembered in the Borough of Bournemouth Roll of Honour which can be seen on line.

The Book which I believe was commissioned and presented to the Council by the late Jean Curtis whose father was lost at the fall of Singapore.
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: Well done, we should all remember our fallen troops in all wars. I had a great uncle Tommy Crisp who won the VC but was killed on an armed trawler when it was attacked by a U boat, he was the Captain and his son was also on the boat.[/p][/quote]Second War fallen are also remembered in the Borough of Bournemouth Roll of Honour which can be seen on line. The Book which I believe was commissioned and presented to the Council by the late Jean Curtis whose father was lost at the fall of Singapore. Lord Spring
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