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Throughout Wiltshire there are various memorials and rolls of honour dedicated to those men and women who fell in various wars. These memorials and rolls cover many centuries in some cases, most World War One and Two.

During any conflict there are certain acts of bravery or defiance that are noticeable above others. For these acts citations and medals have been awarded.

If anybody has information for those of the Second World War, Boer War, or the like similar to those supplied for the First World War then I would gladly post these as well.

These pages are available for transcripts of these memorials and rolls of honour. If you have a transcription of, or you are willing to transcribe, a Wiltshire memorial or roll of honour for these pages then please contact me, the email address is below.

Current acknowledgements for assistance with these pages must go to Andy Pay and others - thank you all.

Thank you,
Martin Edwards

Please Note: Every attempt has been made to transcribe this information accurately but there are occasions that the information supplied is incorrect or errors occur during transcription. We do not wish to cause offence to any families of the men detailed here and will change the relevant information when informed.

Also note that places detailed on these memorials may appear in the wrong county. This information has been transcribed from the records given and, as the men were parochial, the information supplied at enlistment was the view of the men and the county they thought they resided in.

The various memorials and cemeteries maintained by the War Graves Commission for the Western Front are described and pictured on the Internet. Details of Kranji War Cemetery and Taiping can be found in the Overseas section.

Some of the cap badges are laid out, on a separate page.

Not all memorials were to people; there are memorials to various types of animal that served and fell in World War I for example, dogs.

Extract from Wiltshire Times and Trowbridge Advertiser - Saturday 20 November 1915, page 7:

Our correspondent sends the cutting below, from the "Times of India":—


It is interesting to recall just now that the inventor of shrapnel—Lieutenant-General Henry Shrapnel— gained much of his military experience in Flanders. He served with the Duke of York’s army there, and shortly after the siege of Dunkirk invented the case shot, "a destructive engine of war used by the Royal Artillery, and known by the name of Shrapnel Shell." So runs the inscription on a large slab the floor of in Bradford-on-Avon Church, Wiltshire, where the General was buried. The inventor's reward was a pension of £1,200 per annum. The Shrapnels were for three generations cloth weavers at Bradford-on-Avon.

Men of the Wiltshire Regiment after Thiepval
World War 1 & 2 - Others Selection

Pre-1914 - Memorial Selection


To gain an overview of all the towns and parishes covered, and hopefully to be covered, by this site there is an alphabetical index. The towns, villages and cities currently being worked on, or awaiting uploading, are marked.

World War 1 & 2 - Wiltshire
All Cannings | Ashton Keynes | Avebury | Axford | Bishops Cannings | Box | Bulkington | Castle Combe | Charlton (near Malmesbury) | Charlton near Rushall and Pewsey | Coombe Bissett | Downton | Great Somerford | Holt | Lacock | Lydiard Millicent | Malmesbury | Malmesbury Abbey | Malmesbury Lodge, Cirencester Conservative Benefit Society | Malmesbury School | Malmesbury Town Council | Melksham | Melksham, Avon Tyres | Oaksey | Orcheston St George | Orcheston St Mary | Salisbury Post Workers | Swindon GWR Loco Shed | Swindon Postal Workers | Wilsford | Winterbourne Bassett | Winterbourne Monkton | Wroughton | Yatton Keynell


External Sites
Purton Village Memorial

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Links to other sites that you may find useful.

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War Memorials Trust

Friends of War Memorials is a charity dedicated to promoting awareness of the debt we owe to those who gave their lives in the cause of freedom, by ensuring that their memorials are properly maintained and preserved.

Much information about soldiers who fell, were awarded medals and more is to be found in old copies of the London Gazette. Here is a brief resume:

The London Gazette, first published in 1665, is the oldest, continuously published newspaper in the United Kingdom and probably the world. The London Gazette and its sister publications, the Edinburgh and Belfast Gazettes, have a unique position in British publishing. They are official newspapers of the Crown. The London Gazette contains a wide range of office notices including State, Parliamentary and Ecclesiastical notices, Transport and Planning notices as well as Corporate and Personal Insolvency notices to name a few. In addition, a number of Supplements are published covering Honours and Awards, Premium Bonds, Armed Forces Promotions and Re-gradings, Companies' information, etc. and a Quarterly Index.

In the 17th century, it was believed that National efficiency depended on the intelligence received by the Crown and that the reckless publishing of news might endanger it. An embargo on the printing of news other than reports of events abroad, natural disasters, Royal declarations and sensational crime continued until 1640. This had the effect of delaying the development of the press in the UK. Censorship was introduced in 1643, followed by licensing of news publications. The Gazette came about because of two momentous events: the Great Plague and the decision of King Charles II to remove his court - effectively the government of the time - to Oxford. The London Gazette started life as the Oxford Gazette and after a few months changed to its current title.

Last updated 27 December, 2022

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