Centenary of Sleaford's war memorial

June 4 marks the centenary of the dedication of Sleaford’s war memorial in the Market Place.

The century-old Sleaford war memorial.
The century-old Sleaford war memorial.

Due to the Jubilee, the centenary will be marked on Remembrance Day in November, after the Town Council carries out repairs.

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According to Civic Trust member, Garry Titmus, the first memorial was commissioned by local businessman, Charles Attiwell who lost his son William in France in 1917. It was erected in 1920 at Sleaford Cemetery and was focus for Armistice events until the Market Place memorial was dedicated in 1922 to 134 locals killed in the First World War. On September 17, 1950, 43 men were added from the Second World War.

Designed by Wilfrid Bond of Grantham and built by stonemasons W H Maxey and Son, it was funded by public subscription. There will be a display at Sleaford Museum in June and a talk on its history on July 26.