On the anniversary of the death of each of the fallen from the Wootton Bassett area, Sheridan lays a wreath by the War Memorial, from before 11am until after 6pm. A poster is displayed nearby providing information about the man commemorated.
Click here for the full Roll of Honour.
Lance Corporal Thomas Edward Gibson, d. 21 April 1918
2nd Lieutenant Augustus Montague Sargent, d. 27 April 1918
Private Arthur Robert Leonard Eacott, d. 06 May 1918
Private Victor Rowland Lovelock, d. 08 May 1918
Gunner Albert John Manners, d. 29 May 1918
Guardsman John Pickett Spackman, d. 01 June 1918
Private Alan Brown, d. 10 July 1918
Lieutenant Lionel Arthur Ashfield, DFC, d. 16 July 1918
Rifleman Herbert Beazley, d. 17 July 1918
Private William Broom, d. 01 September 1918
Private Leonard Franklin, d. 18 September 1918
Private Sydney Fisher Foster, d. 04 November 1918
Private Reginald Buckland, d. 08 November 1918
Air Mech 2nd Class William A Westmacott, d. 09 March 1919
Field of Remembrance at Lydiard Park
Opening date not yet confirmed (in 2017 it was Friday 9th November)
The Last Day
Click here to see the nine men of the Wiltshire Regiment who died on the last day (none were from Wootton Bassett).
The date of the annual Sunday Remembrance Parade in Royal Wootton Bassett has not been published, but I expect it to take place on November 11th, as this year Remembrance Day falls on a Sunday. There is normally a short service at the War Memorial at 11am. The parade normally takes place from 2pm. This timing may be changed for the Last Day. I will update this information when I hear more.
After the Last Day
Three men died after the Last Day of wounds or illness sustained during active service.
Private Wilfred (aka William) John Parrott, d. 22nd Feb 1919
Captain Ernest Hodgson Leslie, d. 16 March 1919
Private Walter Thomas Edward Harris, d. 13 November 1920
We will remember them.
This act of remembrance was instigated and carried out by local historian Sheridan Parsons and was initially supported by a grant from the Area Board.