Blackmore Area Local History

Blackmore Remembers The Great War

This page remembers those who gave their lives in the First World War (1914 - 1918).  At Blackmore, there are two commemorative sites: the War Memorial on The Green and a window in the Priory Church of St Laurence. Some local men are also remembered on the War Memorial Tablet inside All Saints Church, in the neighbouring parish of Doddinghurst..
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An alphabetical index of those who fell in the First World War who lived or were associated with Blackmore, Essex

Edwin James Alexander  
Albert Edward Barker  
Walter Brazier  
* Herbert James Brown
W Alfred George Ellis  
* William Wilsher Fixter  
* Herbert Game  
Herbert Charles Game  
Alfred Godding  
* James Gosling  
* Ernest Samuel Knight    
* Herbert Larke  
Ernest Charles Martin
Ernest Albert Maynard
* Bertie Millbank  
Ian A. Miller  
Herbert Miller  
Arthur John Nash  
* Walter Ovel
Gerald Wellesley Pigott  
Harry Riglin  
James Roast  
William Edward Rudling  
William Henry Scudder  
B David Sutton  
B Ted (Edward) Sutton  
* Charles Speller
* Joseph Thomas
B Charles Wash
Walter Wash  
Alfred Wheal  
George William White
* William Willis White

* These names are not commemorated on either the War Memorial or window in St Laurence Church, Blackmore.
B Names commemorated only on War Memorial.
W Name commemorated only on window in St Laurence Church.
The following names are also remembered on the War Memorial Tablet at Doddinghurst: Herbert Miller, Gerald Wellesley Pigott, Harry Riglin and James Roast.
Herbert Brown has a separate window in St Laurence Church dedicated to his memory.

The War Memorial also lists a further 81 men who served in the Great War and survived the conflict.  

Photographs taken in October 2010 following completion of the work to clean and re-engrave the names on the War Memorial.

In memory of those who gave
their lives for their Country
in the Great War 1914-1918
Sec Lieu t. G.W.Pigott R.F.A.

I. A. Miller M.M. R.I.R.
Stoker W Brazier R.N.
A/B E. Alexander

W. Wash
A/mech W Scudder R.N.A.S.
Pte. G. White R.M.L.I.
Bomd. A Godding R.F.A.
Gr. E. Sutton R.G.A.
Dr. C. Wash R.E.

A.J. Wheal
Pte. D. Sutton R.Fus.

H. Riglin Suffolk
W. Rudling
H. Game E. Surrey
H. Miller
E Maynard Essex
Pte. A. Barker

E. Martin
A. Nash
J. Roast

War Memorial Window in St Laurence Church, Blackmore.

The window depicts St Michael and St George and bears the inscription:

“To the Greater Glory of God and in memory of those connected with this parish who fell in the great war 1914 – 19. 2
nd Lt. Gerald W Pigott, 2nd Lt. Ian Miller, Alfred Ellis, Herbert C Game, William E Rudling, Ernest C Martin, Arthur J Nash, Edwin Alexander, Harry Riglin, James Roast, Alfred Godding, Alfred Wheal, Ernest A Maynard, George W White, Herbert Miller, Edward Barker, Walter Herbert Wash RN, W H Scudder, Walter Brazier”.

The Armistice on 11th November 1918 marked the end of hostilities with Germany , and plans to erect a war memorial began only 3 months later. A public subscription raised £106:15s:1d, against a final cost of £274. To help bridge the gap, it was decided to hold a hold a draw to raise funds.  Mr Jasper promised a pig, Mr Hull promised a pig and a pair of fowls and Mr Marriage a pair of ducks and seven pounds of roasting beef.  

The War Memorial was dedicated on 7th November 1920 , four days before the second Anniversary of the Armistice when people would have gathered and paused for two minutes to remember.  The Essex County Chronicle reported: “The unveiling of the war memorial took place on Sunday afternoon, a very large number of people being present. The ceremony began with the singing of “O God Our Help In Ages Past” followed by the lesson read by the Vicar (the Revd. W L Petrie) and prayers by Pastor Francis. At the request of Mr Edmund Marriage, Lieut. Col. Gibbons D.S.O. then unveiled the memorial congratulating Blackmore for having sent 103 men out of a population of 600. He mentioned that one in every five had paid the supreme sacrifice – Mr J H Hull then asked Mr E Marriage as Chairman of the Parish Council, to accept custody of the memorial. The names of the fallen are inscribed on the front face, and on the other faces the names of the men from the village who served are inscribed”.

Even the bare statistics of the names on the memorial make sobering reading.  The deaths in WW1 of 21 people who lived or worked in Blackmore are recorded from a population of around 600. Very unusually, the memorial also lists the names of 81 of those who served, but survived.  So we can confidently say that, of the men of Blackmore who could serve in the forces, more than one in five died.

Data produced by the Blackmore War Memorial Research Project Group: Bruno Giordan, Diana Abel, Andrew Smith.
Last Updated: 6 November 2010