The Great War, World War 1, 1914-1918

Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire


Dedication of the war memorial in 1922

The ceremony to dedicate Bradford on Avon’s war memorial in 1922

The Great War was fought in distant places, in France, the Middle East and at sea, but it touched the town and the villages deeply because so many men did not return. Local men joined several regiments and other units of the army and navy, but often it was the Wiltshire Regiment and members suffered badly in Mesopotamia (modern ‘Iraq).

Great War "Dead Man's Penny"

One who did not come home was Edward James Care, a gardener from Staples Hill, Westwood, a private in the Somerset Light Infantry, who was killed in action at Arras on 11th April 1917, aged 36. This the “Dead Man’s Penny” medallion that was given to his family by the government.