A History of YALDING, Kent, England
Village WAR MEMORIAL.
The Memorial as it was originally designed, and as it is today. The names were re-
Towards the end of 1919 details were being announced of the proposed memorial on the Green and of the tablet to be placed in the church. During 1920 progress was being completed on the many such memorials of different designs throughout the country, and also with the shortage of such skilled craftsmen as required, ours took its turn with the rest. In the mean time contributions were being collected towards the total project cost for the two memorials of £ 500, the design was on view in the post office, and the list of names was published for people to check for accuracy.
As the cross on the Green neared its completion, arrangements were being made for its Dedication and Unveiling to take place on Sunday afternoon October 31st 1920.
A recent letter from South Africa revealed that the writer as a little girl, lived at Boughton Monchelsea. She remembers often coming to Yalding with her father Henry Cole who was a stone mason, to repair headstones in the churchyard. She was with him when he erected our memorial.
A report published in the November issue of the Parish Magazine for 1920 reads:-
“It was an afternoon which was bound to carve itself indelibly upon the imagination,
to move to seriousness even the ordinarily thoughtless, and to underline the hideous
cruelty of war. To some, the late war brought well-
The memorial was designed by Mr Cecil Burns, a brother of Captain E B Burns, of Riverside, who had his full share of war experience at the hands of the Turk. It was executed by Messrs Burslem of Tunbridge Wells, and is described in the local press as being one of the most artistic and beautiful of its kind in the county. We were fortunate in being able to secure the Bishop of the Diocese for our Memorial Dedication, and in catching between trips to France, Colonel A D Borton, V C, CMG, DSO, to perform the Unveiling ceremony.
Colonel A D Borton is, as all in Yalding knows, the elder of those two distinguished
and deservedly highly-