The Colwall War Memorial was erected in the aftermath of the First World War to honour the memory of the Colwallian men who fought and died during the First World War (1914-1918).
The Memorial makes no distinction between those soldiers who were born and lived in Colwall (Herefordshire) or those who simply spent a part of their generally young lives in the village.
The Memorial, a simple crucifix on an octagonal stepped base, is located just outside the churchyard at Saint James’s. A latter addition honours the memory of Colwallian soldiers killed in the Second World War (1939-1945).
The War Memorial lists a total of forty-nine Colwallian soldiers who lost their lives while on duty during the Great War. However, for unknown reasons, the names of at least six other soldiers who were also linked to Colwall in some way have been left out.
Nevertheless, in recognition for their bravery, effort and sacrifice, their lives are included in the work I will publish in the upcoming months. The names of those not mentioned in the war memorial are marked accordingly. They are also marked with an asterisk in the below transcription:
ALBERT EDWARD GILKS*
ANSELL ARTHUR HART*
WALTER JOSEPH LANGFORD*
JOHN PERCY MARTIN*
E.A. TOM WILLIS
To read about each one of these brave Colwallian soldiers, click the category “Colwall soldiers” bellow to see the links to each biography.