The World War I Memorial

The Church War Memorial copySituated on the south wall, to the right of the main door, this memorial is to the eighteen men from the community who died during WWI. It is made of Hopton Wood stone (by Mr F Holt of Warwick), in the form of a Greek cross and was unveiled and dedicated on Sunday, 29 August 1920.

The most prominent figure from the community named is “Capt Sir F E Waller, Bt R. Fus.” (of Woodcote) and the Rood Screen is also dedicated to his memory.  Leek Wootton History Group undertook a project to research all 18 men and they, along with those lost during World War II, are remembered at our annual Remembrance Day service as follows:

  • Francis Waller, Gentleman (aged 34): Killed in Action (25 Oct 1914)
  • Thomas Cook (aged 56): Died of Pneumonia (5 Dec 1914)
  • Charles Edwards (aged 18): Died of Pneumonia (1 Apr 1915)
  • Edgar Huckvale, Gardener (aged 23): Killed in Action (25 Sep 1915)
  • Bertie Lawson, Waggoner (aged 23): Killed in Action (14 Jul 1916)
  • Oliver Clarke, Horse Driver (aged 21): Killed in Action (15 Jul 1916)
  • John Morgan (aged 26): Killed in Action (30 Jul 1916)
  • Mathew Forrest, Gardener (aged 20): Killed in Action (12 Oct 1916)
  • John Hockley, Clerk (aged 25): Died of Wounds (9 Feb 1917)
  • Sydney Edwards, Footman (aged 22): Died of Wounds (6 March 17)
  • Charles Huckvale, Gardener (aged 27): Posted Missing in Action (28 Apr 1917)
  • Alfred Prickett (aged 25): Killed in Action (20 Jul 1917)
  • George Edwards, Garden Labourer (aged 24): Died of Wounds (11 Oct 1917)
  • Walter Hirons (aged 19): Killed in Action (13 Apr 1918)
  • George Lane, Farm Labourer (aged 37): Killed in Action (26 Aug 1918)
  • John Timmins (aged 19): Killed in Action (21 Sep 1918)
  • William Hobbins, Farm Labourer (aged 20): Died of Wounds (11 Oct 1918)
  • Henry Phillips (aged 19): Killed in Action in Russia (1 Sep 1919)

A copy of Leek Wootton History Group’s book, For God and Right and Liberty hangs nearby. Published in 2014 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI, it tells the stories of the men named on the memorial.

The Royal British Legion standard (laid up in 2008) is mounted above the WWI memorial.