War memorials located in cities, towns and villages around the country provide a focal point for communities to reflect and remember those who gave so much.
An important part of the work that we do at Burslem and one that gives us enormous pride is the restoration work we are regularly commissioned to do on war memorials.
As well as renovation and cleaning and producing new war memorials, we are also often asked to add inscriptions to existing memorials. Following both World Wars, but particularly the First there were so many casualties that, inevitably, a number were missed at the time. As interest in both wars has increased in recent years further names have been identified which we are regularly commissioned to add.
Two recent such commissions have been from parish councils at the beautiful Kent villages of Offham and Wittersham.
Both councils had been made aware that the names of local men were missing from their existing war memorials and asked us to
carefully inscribe these names on to them, ensuring the lettering was in the style of the original inscriptions.
One of our skilled stonemasons hand-carved one name onto the Offham war memorial, a stone obelisk on a plinth which sits in a scenic spot in the churchyard of St. Michael’s Church.
Two names were hand-carved onto to the Wittersham memorial, a Portland stone sculpture of a crown on an orb on a cushion, which stands on a pillar on a plinth and base and is located near the village green.
Both village parish councils are now very pleased that their residents can now see a true reflection of all those local men who lost their lives at war when they visit their village memorials.
To find out more about Burslem’s work on war memorials click here.