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Welwyn in World War I

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The Welwyn War Memorial

The Welwyn Village War Memorial stands besides St. Mary’s Church in Church Street. The Latin Cross sits on an octagonal column, itself mounted on a square plinth atop a base of three steps. The plinth is mounted with four plaques. The front plaque is inscribed -

THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919



Three other plaques on the base bear the names of 39 men and somewhat unusually 1 woman who were casualties of World War I.

A separate plaque mounted on the column records the names of

13 men lost in World War II.

The Memorial was dedicated in October 1920

The memorial reflects as would be expected the whole spectrum of village life in the period, with the names of the sons of wealthy land owners as well as those of the more ordinary residents.

Behind all the names there is of course a connection with Welwyn.

In some cases this is clear and obvious, but in other cases it is more difficult to uncover the connection as is shown in the biographies of those named.

In all cases, however, it can be seen that someone local remembered the dead and wished a loved one to be honoured.

Whilst the War Memorial in Church Street is the most widely known, a number of other memorials relating to World War I

exist in Welwyn

Welwyn Scouts Memorial

Welwyn and Woolmer Green Book of Remembrance

Welwyn and Woolmer Green Roll of Honour

Major C C Scott-Gatty Window (St. Mary’s Church)

M F Blake & C R Blake Window (St Marys Church)

Plaque 1 - Andrews to Ephgrave

Plaque 2 - Fitt to Pennell

Plaque 3 - Pinnock to Young