those, from BurphamandJacobs Well who gave their lives in the 1914-1918 war
‘Burpham Will Remember Them’
In the early 1900s Burpham was in the Parish of Worplesdon and together with Jacob’s Well was essentially one large, scattered, community.
To create a Community Project Team of local people to research, document and prepare the history of the men remembered on the memorial.
To bring the men to life by displaying the background, service and the community they left behind.
If possible we want to trace the descendants of the 18 men and if feasible include them in our activities.
Another element will be to research other Burpham men who fought in the war again through tracing their descendants.
Develop a presentation and display that can be utilised within the community, schools, Church and retail outlets.
Through engagement with our community, through our displays and presentations, raise awareness of both the memorial, and the anniversary, of the commencement of the First World War.
Many of the men from Burpham joined The Queens Royal Surrey Regiment (the local Surrey Regiment in 1914) we will seek to develop a relationship with The Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment formed from the Queens Royal Surrey Regiment.
Link into the welfare and support groups supporting our service personnel.
Plan for a special church service, possible incorporated within one of the regular Sunday services. A potential for this would be Sunday the 3rd August 2014 which is the day before we declared war with Germany which for us was the commencement of the Great War.
Over the coming years there will be a variety of anniversaries of the significant battles (for instance the Battle of the Somme with 55,000 casualties in the first day) leading to the end of the war and then the erecting of the memorial itself on the 22nd August 1920.