Repair work done on Basingstoke War Memorial

November 9, 2018 by  

Work to restore the War Memorial in Basingstoke has been carried out ahead of the centenary of the armistice that ended World War One.

The memorial is located outside the town’s civic offices and bears the names of everyone from Basingstoke who fought and died in the conflict. It was originally placed there back in 1923 and, with the 100-year anniversary of the end of the war coming up later this month, it was felt that the time was right for refurbishment.

This monument will be the centrepiece of the special Remembrance Service, which will see Sean Keating, the Mayor of Basingstoke, leading the laying of wreaths and tributes. Family members of those who were in the Great War will also be attending.

Ahead of this, the stonework, metal plaques and bronze figure have all been restored, with Cliveden Conservation having spent a month on the work.

Speaking to the Basingstoke Gazette, Councillor Keating stated:

“It is wonderful to see the town’s War Memorial given a new lease of life so that the borough’s residents and the generations to come can continue to remember the fallen of the First and Second World Wars.”

The service to remember those who died takes place on November 11th. Services and gatherings often use leaflet printing to provide attendees with a schedule of the event.