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44 Uttoxeter men killed in WWI to be recognised

Dozens of Uttoxeter men killed in the First World War are now set to be recognised for their sacrifice - thanks to two local authors and digger maker JCB.

During a decade of research for a book about the local people who died in the Great War, Gillian and Alan Talbot discovered that the names of 44 men were actually missing from the town’s Cenotaph.

Among those already named on the memorial is Captain Oswald Bamford, who was a partner in the world-renowned agricultural machinery manufacturers Bamfords Ltd in Uttoxeter, when he gave up his job to fight alongside dozens of men who worked for him and his family.

A cousin of JCB Chairman Lord Bamford’s grandfather, he was killed with 14 other Uttoxeter men at the Battle of Loos on October 13th, 1915.

Now the fallen servicemen are finally to be honoured after JCB offered to fund the cost of three additional bronze plaques so their names could be added to the memorial.

The news coincides with Uttoxeter Town Council's plans for remedial repairs to the memorial ahead of the Centenary of the 1918 Armistice.

Today Lord Bamford said: “There would not have been a family in Uttoxeter left untouched by the horrors of the First World War, my own included.

"As the centenary of the Armistice approaches, I’m pleased that we are able to help in a small way to immortalise the memory of all those men from the town who died in the First World War by having their names cast in bronze and installed on the War Memorial.”

 

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