War Memorials at Felsted

Felsted has memorials only for the Boer War, WW1 and WW2. One Felstedian has died on active service since 1945: Major Andrew Foxcroft French, MBE (a 1965-1969), killed by bomb near Crossmaglen, Ulster on the 22nd of May 1986, at the age of 35, while on foot patrol with two RUC officers. He had been awarded the MBE for service in Ulster in 1980. He was in the Royal Anglian Regiment. He will have a memorial page here when the archivist has tracked down more details.

Richard Dunstan (a 1960-1964) was killed in the World Trade Centre on September 11th 2001. His memorial is here.

The Boer War memorial consists of two brass plates in the Archives, plates in need of a serious polish before they can be photographed. These were taken down from the Chapel when it was redeveloped in 1963/64. At the same time three stained-glass windows, placed in the Chapel as a Boer War memorial in 1906, were destroyed, though some bits of glass from them were incorporated in the coloured circles in the current plain white windows.

The First World war was remembered in a number of ways. The most obvious is a wooden carving of all the names, originally gilded and now in need of restoration, originally at the rear of the Chapel facing into the nave, just above the stalls for members of staff. In the centre (there was no door) was an ornate carving, as described on page 272 in Craze. The stained glass windows above, which remains, was placed there by his parents in memory of H.R. Traill. The central carving was removed in the 1963/64 restoration and presented to a nephew of the sculptor (Salisbury), but the carved list of names was turned round 180 degrees and is now either side of the door in the new entrance. Funds remaining were used (Craze p273 & 274) to help build a memorial block, now the central part of the 'classroom corridor', opened in 1924.The First World War memorial at the back of the Chapel as it was from 1921 to 1963. For a detailed picture click here. This differs a lot from what we see today. Click here to see a list of the names.

The Second World War memorial is a Book of Remembrance in a display stand opposite the First War carving.

War Memorial Block, opened 1924, with a detail of the memorial stone inset.