To the eternal memory of the men of FORNHAM ALL SAINTS who died in the service of their country
Twelve in the Great War of 1914-1919 and one in 1939-1945

Bury Free Press 19th March 1921

Fornham All Saints has a traditional war memorial on the road side green. The original memorial was unveiled and dedicated on Sunday, March 13th 1921. A service was held in the parish church beforehand and Major Sir John Wood DSC MC MP unveiled the memorial and Canon F J Fulford, the rector of Fornham All Saints dedicated it. The memorial was designed and built by A.H.Hanchett. A wreath from the school and teachers was laid by Archie HART whose father Archie was the first villager to fall.

The Bury Free Press of 19th March 1921 reported :-
Sunday last was a day long to be remembered in the pretty little village of Fornham All Saints, when a handsome Ionic cross, erected by the parishioners to the memory of 12 men of the village who died in the Great War was unveiled. An impressive service was held in the Parish Church previous to the unveiling ceremony, and a large number were unable to gain admittance in spite of extra chairs being requisitioned. CanonF.J.Fulford.R.D. (Rector of Fornham All Saints and Westley conducted the service. The congregation included Sir John Wood,Bart M.P. and the Hon.Lady Wood, Mr.J.A.H.Wood,D.S.C................
During the singing of the last two verses of "On the Resurrection Morning" the Rev F.J.Fulford and choir, followed by the ex-servicemen and the rest of the congregation moved out of the church and proceeded to the memorial for the dedication and unveiling ceremony.....Mr.A.J.H. Wood D.S.C.,M.C. then dedicated the memorial and gave a short address.... On the 19th March 1972 the memorial was demolished in a car accident and had to be completely rebuilt. This was done by Messrs Hanchetts at a cost of £675.

In April 2005 the War Memorials Trust gave £250 towards cleaning the memorial and re-painting the lettering.

The memorial consists of a Latin cross (the original was a Celtic cross) of Portland stone on a three stepped base, on a paved area inside a low fenced area on a roadside green verge.

South face

East - North - West faces

East face

All Saints Church, Fornham All Saints

Within the Church of All Saints is a wall mounted brass plate commemorating only 10 of the fallen. Privates E.L. MackMurdo and W. Harvey are for some reason omitted.

Also a scroll with the names of all who served in the great War, with the fallen in red.

"They were a wall unto us both by night and day" - 1.Sam.XXV.16

Barnett A.T. Howes Percy Palfrey Albert
Bishop F. Howes Perkins Palfrey Walter
Blyth A. Hurst C.E. Palfrey W.G.
Blyth J.H. King Albert Paske A.
Boyden A. King Alfred Paske C
Boyden F. Leggett R. Paske E.P.
Coombs H.W. Lilley B. Paske Ernest
Dodge E. Lilley C. Paske G.
Foreman A. Lilley F. Petch C.
Foreman G. Lilley G. Petch F.
Fulford A.W.B Lilley J.J.. Petch James
Garwood O. Lilley Reginald Petch Joseph
Gooch D. Lilley R. Jun'r Rayner A.B.
Gooch T. Jun'r Lilley W. Jun'r Rayner Cecil
Gooch W. Loades C. Rayner E.t
Gough D.W.P. McMurdo L. Rayner F.W.
Hart T.H. Marriott C. Rayner James
Hart W.E. Moore E. Rayner S.
Harvey W. Mulley S. Scoulding B.
Haygreen E.A. Murrell A.P. Scoulding S.
Horne G. Murrell B. Smith G.
Horne G. Murrell E. Turner F.W.
Horne T. Murrell G. Williams A.
Howes A. Murrell W. William R. Jun'r
Howes C. . Williams S.

Roll of Honour for WW2

Also in the church is a Debt of Honour book compiled in 2001

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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
We will remember them.