The Kington War Memorial commemorates the men from Kington and Huntington who lost their lives as a result of their service in the Great War. Some died in battle, some later of their wounds. Ten are buried in the Kington cemetery; others are buried in Commonwealth War Graves cemeteries in France, Belgium, the Middle East, at Gallipoli. For some, there are no known graves – Kington and Huntington men are remembered on the Menin Gate at Ypres, on the Arras Memorial, on the Basra memorial in Iraq,, the Helles memorial, the Jerusalem memorial, on the Thiepval, Tyne Cot, Le Touret, Lone Pine, Cambrai, Pozieres and Ploegsteert memorials, the Plymouth and Chatham Naval memorials, and the Brookwood (United Kingdom 1914-18) memorial. Of the 77 names, 21 have no known grave – that is over a quarter of the Kington and Huntington names on our memorial.
In this section of our website, you will find an article about the war memorial itself and how Kington made its plans to commemorate its loss. You will also find a page which lists each name – as we research and develop their stories, both the background of their lives and their war service, this page will enable you to link to each story. We hope in this way to increase understanding of who these men were, the lives they lived before their war ervice and the families who grieved for their loss.
The massive task of research for this section of the site has been undertaken by Mark Wheatland and Kington Remembers is very grateful to him for this work. There are still gaps in our knowledge and we would welcome any additional information. Please contact us through our contact page if you can help. We would also welcome seeing any photographs, letters, diaries that relate to these men.