New Townlands Great War Memorial to be Unveiled

Henley WW1 Remembrance Association (Lest We Forget) are delighted to announce that they have just received the excellent news that Amber Infrastructure the company responsible for building Townlands Memorial Hospital have confirmed that they will finance the new Great War Memorial that is planned for the hospital grounds.

Discussions are already taking place between Mike Willougby from Lest We Forget and NHS Property Service regarding the arrangements for its unveiling and the Lord Lieutenant for Oxfordshire, Tim Stevenson OBE who officially opened the hospital in March 2017 has been asked for some dates he is available to unveil the new memorial in mid-October/early November so it can be a part of the Henley’s Armistice Centenary Commemorations.

The memorial plaque will be approximately 2.31m x 68cm and made with a brass coloured Dibond material with the names of the 312 men printed on a clear uv stable polycarbonate and a natural oak frame. It will stand approximately 70cm high so it will be accessible to wheelchairs and will be sited at the rear in the south east corner of the hospital grounds on the lawn directly adjacent to the paved area. The plaque is being made by Street Furnishings of Wargrave, Chissock Woodcraft of Hare Hatch and Purdy Gates of Woodcote. The new memorial will contain the names of all of the men of Henley who died in WW1 including 13 more that have been discovered since the memorial plaques were created in 2014 which were installed in the Town Hall, St Mary’s and Trinity Churches.

Mike Willoughby from Lest We Forget said, “We are delighted that the unveiling of the memorial will effectively complete our plans from 2014 although the research and commemoration will continue.”

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