Meriden's First World War Centenary Commemoration
Meriden is the historic Centre of England and for this reason the National Cyclists’ Memorial was sited here in 1921 on our Village Green. You can read a brief history of Meriden here written by our local historian, Doreen Agutter.
We have chosen to commemorate the First World War Centenary with a series of educational and sporting events over the 4 to 5 year period.
Meriden’s War Memorial honours 13 officers and men who fell during the Great War, the last to perish being Private George Harold Timms Poole on 27 June 1919. He was a farm labourer and served with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps. He is named on the Jerusalem Memorial to the Missing.
We only have 3 photographs of the officers and men named on our War Memorial. We hope that during the 2014-18 period families will come forward with more information and memorabilia.
Captain Edward Nugent Bankes
Stanley Waterton Cooke
Kenneth Selby Waters
As well, 7 officers and men from Great Packington and Little Packington perished including Lord Aylesford’s heir, Captain Lord Guernsey.
A biographical booklet will be published of Meriden’s Fallen including what Meriden was like during the Great War. This will go to every household in Meriden’s parish funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.