The War Memorial

The War Memorial stands in the middle of a forty foot square enclosure on turf with a circular path round leading in from the gate, recorded at the time of its erection, thirty seven men and lads who gave their lives in the ‘Great War’,1914-1918 in what was thought to be the war to end all wars.

The description of the memorial is recorded as ‘A Market Cross of Hopton-Wood Stone on Purbeck stone steps’.

The memorial was unveiled by Rear-Admiral Sir E.P.F.G. Grant KCVO, CB on Wednesday 26th November 1924. Those who gave their lives during the Second World War, 1939-1945 were added to the memorial in 1993, second and third portions placed 1995/1996 respectively and within the last 2 years a further inscription in memory of Richard John Smith. As a result of an article in the Parish Gazette, it came to light that Private Richard John Smith from Hedge End lost his life during the Second World War. Private Richard John Smith, of the Pioneer Corps, died of his war wounds on 27th October 1943, aged 36. The Town Council consulted the War Graves Commission and concluded that he died on active service; his name fully entitled to be commemorated on the Hedge End War Memorial. A commemorative slab bearing his name was prepared and installed in time for the Remembrance Service in 2009.