Downham, Ramsden And Ramsden Bellhouse - Trees

WM reference
55817
Memorial type
Lost
No
Town
County
District
Subject/Period
Ceremony
  • Planted : 21 October 1922
Current location

Downham
Basildon
Essex
England
OS Grid Ref.: TQ 720 950
Denomination: Undefined

Description

Nineteen oak trees planted, each to commemorate one person who died. A tablet was attached to each tree inscribed with the name, regiment, and place of death of the soldier. The tablets were attached with a length of telephone cable cut from a reel used in the war and brought back from France. The first tree planted had a memorial tablet placed opposite it with the names of all the villagers who lost their lives. It was planned to plant another 8 trees, for the remaining men who had been killed, but their relatives were not present on the day to plant them. It is unknown whether these were ever planted.

Inscription

(Unknown)

Inscription legible?

Yes

Names on memorial

None recorded

Subject/Period

First World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial: 26
Served and returned: 0
Died: 26
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname,regiment,place of death
Order of information: Undefined

Component

Tree
Condition: Unknown
Measurements: Undefined
Materials: Plant Material
Listed?: No

Component

Tablet
Condition: Unknown
Measurements: Undefined
Materials: Unknown
Listed?: No

Component

Tablets
Condition: Unknown
Measurements: Undefined
Materials: Unknown
Listed?: No

Ceremony

Planted
Date: 21 October 1922
Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries,RELATIVES/FRIENDS OF THE FALLEN

Costs

Site: Unknown or N/A
Memorial: Unknown or N/A
Comments: None

Trust fund/Scholarship

No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

Sponsorship

Private
Details: Unknown or N/A

Responsibility of

Unknown or N/A

Reference

The Times 23 October 1922; 24 October 1922; 11 / 26 October 1922

Reference

Our Blog http://ukniwm.wordpress.com/2008/02/19/what-happened-to-the-downham-oak-trees/

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