To commemorate the end of the 1st World War, and the Armistice signed on 11th November 1918, The Mayor of Whitnash, Cllr Terry Shepherd, instigated the provision of commemorative poppies to be placed on lamp posts along Whitnash Road and Heathcote Road, through the town.
Earlier in the summer, Cllr Shepherd commissioned the new flower bed on Chapel Green in the town, which was built for the centenary, and there he placed a commemorative plaque. The flower bed now continues the WW1 theme, being filled with red geraniums.
World War 1, otherwise referred to as “The Great War”, was described as the ‘war to end all wars’ – something that sadly proved not to be the case. To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the War, these poppies are intended to remember the casualties of the conflict, and especially those who were from the town of Whitnash, and who never returned.
Some of these poppies feature the names of all of our fallen, who were from the town, and who are also remembered on the Whitnash War Memorial.
The names of those include the following:
World War I
Private HENRY JAMES SIDNEY GREEN ALLIBONE 266607, 1st/7th Bn., Royal Warwickshire Regiment who died age 28 on 30 October 1918. MONTECCHIO PRECALCINO COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION.
Rifleman A T BATCHELOR Y/1251, 4th Bn., King's Royal Rifle Corps who died on 09 November 1918. GHISSIGNIES BRITISH CEMETERY.
E E BATCHELOR. Killed in action in the First World War.
Private SYDNEY RICHARD BIFFIN MM S/110309, 2nd Bn., Seaforth Highlanders who died age 28 on 02 November 1918 Son of John William Biffin of "Avondale," St. Margaret's Terrace, Whitnash, Leamington Spa. PRESEAU COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION
Private H BUTLER 25966, 20th Bn., Durham Light Infantry who died age 22 on 03 June 1917 Son of Alfred and Sarah Ann Butler, of Leamington Spa. DICKEBUSCH NEW MILITARY CEMETERY EXTENSION.
Corporal GEORGE DUDLEY WALTER CHIMES 33034, 6th Bn., Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry who died age 34 on 07 October 1916 Son of Major G. M. Chimes, (R.E.), and Mrs. Chimes, of Gordon House, Whitnash, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. THIEPVAL MEMORIAL.
Private ARTHUR DUCKETT 28809, 11th Bn., Royal Warwickshire Regiment who died age 25 on 09 October 1917 Son of John and Julia Duckett, of Southam, Rugby, Warwickshire. VOORMEZEELE ENCLOSURES No.1 and No. 2
Private ALBERT GEORGE MANN 330771, 2nd/5th Bn., Royal Warwickshire Regiment who died age 26 on 04 November 1917 Son of George and Harriett Mann; husband of Alice Mann, of Shutford, Banbury, Oxon. Born at Moreton Morrell, Warwick. SUNKEN ROAD CEMETERY, FAMPOUX
Corporal WILLIAM CHARLES OWEN MM 658, 1st Bn., Royal Warwickshire Regiment who died age 29 on 18 July 1918 Son of Thomas Owen, of Lillington, Warwickshire; husband of Mrs. V. M. George (formerly Owen), of 8, Barracks, Whitnash, Leamington Spa. LE VERTANNOY BRITISH CEMETERY, HINGES
Private FREDERICK PARKER 12460, 11th Bn., Royal Warwickshire Regiment who died age 31 on 13 August 1916 Son of Thomas Morris Parker, of 9, Little Duke St., Nuneaton, Warwickshire, and the late Hannah Parker. THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
A OSBORNE. Killed in action in the First World War.
"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."
- Robert Laurence Binyon