Village War Memorial

Underriver Village 1914-19 War Memorial

The Lych-gate to St Margaret's ChurchWWi War Memorial

The village memorial to those who gave their lives in the 1st World War is the lych gate at the entrance to St. Margaret’s churchyard. Their names are carved on the coffin rest. The reason why many memorials are 1914-19 is because after the Armistice with Germany on 11th November 1918 British troops were still involved into 1919 in northern Russia, where they had been sent to assist the White Russian forces of the late Tsar.

As part of the commemoration of the start of that dreadful conflict the PCC has agreed to a scheme to refurbish and restore the lych gate. This will involve re-cutting the names of those who died and the inscription above the entrance as you pass through. All the woodwork will be cleaned and restained and all the metalwork restored. The gates will be re-hung. It is intended that the work will be completed by the end of July in time for a service on the evening of August 4th when “the lights went out all over Europe”.

The cost is estimated at £1,100 but an allowance should also be made for any contingency. If there happened to be a surplus it would be donated to  Help for Heroes.

Funds may be available from the UVA and the Seal PC. The target would be to raise about £1,200 including tax recovered.

The PCC and I hope that many people in the parish will feel able to support this project as a token of gratitude and respect for those men from our parish, who gave their lives for this country in the defence of freedom.

If you wish to make a contribution please contact:

John Clemence


Mill Lane,


Kent. TN11 9LX

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