I passed through the village of Minstead in 2013 with my landlord, and I grabbed a few photographs along the way. One of the places we paused at was the Village Green where there is a Memorial Cross in commemoration of the men from the parish that had died in the two World Wars.
Minstead Village Green War Memorial
The horses are not part of the memorial.
The one puzzling feature of the memorial is the wooden hatch with a decorative cover in front of the memorial. I do not know what was underneath it, but I have to admit it was quite a mystery.
The village green also had a pair of stocks for those who were deemed worthy of ridicule.
The village green stocks.
After passing through the green we went to All Saints Church graveyard, to see the grave of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Inside the church there was a small parish war memorial.
War Memorial inside all Saints Church
All Saints Minstead
The village green may be found at Google Earth co-ordinates: 50.897900°, -1.601161°. while All Saints Church is close by at 50.896697°, -1.601696°.
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While travelling to Poole with my landlord we went through the village of Burley in the New Forest, Hampshire. I spotted it when we were almost on top of it and we ended up doing a U-turn in the middle of the Village. The memorial stands on a traffic island at the crossroads and seems to have been restored recently. There are 23 names from the First World War, and 20 names from the Second World War and it was erected in 1919 at the expense of a local resident, Col. F. Willan in gratitude for the survival of his sons and to honour those who fell.
Google Earth co-ordinates are: 50.826433°, -1.701745°
The name list is difficult to research because there is so little information on each person, some I may never work out as there is just not enough information and too many possibles. (Some names open in a CWGC Casualty Details page)
List of names (WW1): (Work in progress)
Capt. Abdy Fellowes. Anderson. Kings Own Scottish Borderers.
Capt. Geoffrey Grenside. Lancashire Fusiliers.
Capt. Grenville Fortescue. Rifle Brigade.
Capt, Rt Hon. Lord. Auberon Thomas Lucas. Royal Flying Corps.
Lieut. Richard Forbes Lowndes. King’s Royal Rifle Corps.
2nd Lieut. Neville Blanchard. Dorsetshire Regiment.
Leading Stoker. William. Doswell Royal Navy
Gunner E. Green. Royal Artillery.
Pte. John White Hayter. Hampshire Regiment.
Sapper T. Kendall. Royal Engineers.
Lt George Masterman Thompson. Royal Scots.
Lt. Col T.B. Sellar. K.O.S.B. C.M.G. D.S.O.
Chief Stoker John Lester. Royal Navy
Pte. S. Melbourne Hampshire Regiment.
Pte S. Sandy. Hampshire Regiment
Gunner Sidney Arthur Stride. Royal Garrison Artillery.
Cpl. Arthur Street. Hampshire Yeomanry.
L/Cpl. Walter Sims. Hampshire Regiment.
Pte Wesley Henry Sque. Somerset Light Infantry.
Pte Leonard Watts. Royal Berkshire Regiment.
Gunner Arthur Weeks. Royal Garrison Artillery.
Pte Arthur Henry Norcott. Devonshire Regiment.
Gunner A. Bryant. Royal Field Artillery
Pte Joseph Blake. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
List of names (WW2) (work in progress)
FL/Lt J.F.H Andrews. Royal Air Force
Cmdr J. Byron. DFC. RN
Lt Col. J.H. Hare. DSO. Oxford & Bucks
Lt. N de P Henderson-Scott. Scots Guards
Lt. J.P.C. Hudson Sherwood Foresters
Sgt. W.B. Lewis. R.A
F/O A.J. Lewis. Royal Air Force
The Rev P.A. Munby Chaplain RNVR
LTO B.R.V. Peckham Royal Navy
ACW1 R. Summerell W.A.A.F
Lt. B.J. Scott Wiltshire Regiment
Cpl R. Giles R.A.S.C.
Sapper AG.G. Cox Royal Engineers
AB H.J. Reid Royal Navy
Capt. AET Tait. Royal Navy
Lt (Rtr) P.A. Tait R.A.C.
WO (C) C.Y. Taylor. Royal Navy
Tel R.W. Taylor. Royal Navy
F/O C.A. Veitch. R.F.V.R.
AC/2 H.C. Wheeler. Royal Air Force
Mid. P.N. Wyllie. Royal Navy
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