The war memorial in Bradford on Avon is set to benefit from a grant from a scheme supported by Historic England.

The 2022/23 grant funding from The War Memorials Trust scheme will allow for the war memorial to be repaired and conserved to coincide with its 100th anniversary. 

A Bradford on Avon Town Council spokesman said: “The Town Council wants to thank the War Memorial Trust supported by Historic England for the grant funding to see the repair and conservation of the War Memorial in time for its hundredth anniversary.”

Standing in Westbury Garden, the war memorial was installed to commemorate the Great War.

Walter Hume Long, 1st Viscount Long of Wraxall unveiled the memorial on Thursday, 3 August 1922. 

There are two bronze tablets with the names of those who died in the Great War. One hundred and twenty five of them arranged alphabetically (Adams C.E to White W.) without rank or regiment.

After 98 years of standing, the stone is weathered and deteriorating and the town council has sought a refurbishment programme with support from the local Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal team.

The works began on Monday (September 26) and residents should expect to see scaffolding around the memorial. The memorial will also be fenced off. 

Contractors will hand clean the recesses, repoint open and failed joints to steps and paving, and will carry out fine mortar repairs and repointing to any areas of delamination or soft beds of stone on carved detail.

Bradford on Avon’s contribution to both World Wars was complex both as an industrial town – manufacturing the Avon Rubber products for the war effort – and suffering losses from its small population.

Never formally affiliated with a military organisation, Bradford on Avon has nonetheless always regarded its war memorial as central to Remembrance Day.

Frances Moreton, Director of the War Memorials Trust, said: “War memorials connect us today to those who have given their lives in conflicts throughout history. 

“Conserving them will ensure future generations can continue to pay their respects. War Memorials Trust was delighted to support this project and hopes it will ensure the war memorial remains a focal point for the community. 

“Anyone concerned about any other war memorials that might need help should contact the charity, or if you believe it is important to preserve our war memorial heritage please donate to help us sustain our work.”