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Memorial details

Memorial type
Avenue / Tree or grove
District
Basildon
Town
Downham
County
Essex
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918)
Ceremony
  • Planted
    Date: 21 October 1922
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries,RELATIVES/FRIENDS OF THE FALLEN
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
55817
Current location

Downham
Basildon
Essex
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 720 950
Denomination: Undefined

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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
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 26
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 26
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forenames, regiment,place of death
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Tree
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Plant Material
  • Tablet
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Unknown
  • Tablets
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Unknown
Listing information
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Private
Reference

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