In 2012 there was a talk in All Saints’ Church about its history from the Victorian restoration in 1887 until 1950. This, of course, involved the two world wars and covered stories of those from the parish of Doddinghurst who died in the conflicts. There is a plaque on the north wall of the church which is a memorial to those who fell in the Great War. However, at that time there was nothing to commemorate those who died in the Second World War, although three of its victims are buried in the churchyard and others are mentioned on family graves.
The talk highlighted the fact that Doddinghurst was one of very few villages in the country without a war memorial. Later that year, a committee was formed to rectify that situation. The six members faced several challenges, but the genealogical research was completed, the planning obstacles overcome and £15,000 raised by the summer of 2014. The project was greatly supported by local people, corporate institutions and grant-giving bodies. It was pleasingly fitting to have the monument erected in the churchyard during the centennial year of the outbreak of the First World War. Please click here
to see a timelapse video of the construction
Click on the World War links below to view the names and brief stories of those whose names are inscribed:
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The above information is extracted from a booklet produced by the War Memorial Committee. It was written by Laurie Gray, who undertook the genealogical research for the project. The stories in the booklet have much more biographical and historical detail. Copies are kept in the church and in the local schools.