The Colerne branch of the Royal British Legion have been successful in completing their restoration of the Colerne war memorial commemorating the men of the village who gave their lives in the Great War 1914 -1918. The monument was originally designed and built by local mason, Joel Weeks. He lived in Leonard Villa, Box View, Colerne and also owned the stone yard at Box railway station. Constructed of Bath stone the memorial is a four-sided tiered plinth, topped with a Christian cross. Four inset stone plates now display the names of the fallen from the two World Wars of the 20th Century. The Colerne War Memorial Project has achieved its aim of restoring the monument to its former glory. It stands as a tribute to the fallen and also to its original mason.
Its continuing use as a focal point of remembrance and commemoration has increased the awareness of those young men of the village who, in the two World Wars, marched to their duties with courage but did not come home. Young men just like those today going about their day-to-day lives with ambitions, hopes and uncertainties yet living only long enough to see optimism dashed and worst fears realised. We will remember them.
The upmost gratitude to CBRBL for all of their hard work making ‘The Colerne War Memorial Project’ happen. We would also like to thank the Corsham Area Board and War Memorial Trust for funding this project.