100th Anniversary of Chicheley War Memorial

22nd October 2020 was the centenary of the dedication of Chicheley’s†war memorial or“Wayside Cross”, which is a listed monument.

Extracts from the Vestry Minutes describing the dedication are given below the photographs.

Wayside Cross Dedication 1921

Dedication of the Chicheley wayside cross 1920

The Wayside Cross with flags flying ahead of Remembrance Sunday.

Extracts from the Vestry Minutes of 1921.

The chief event of the year had been the Day of the Dedication of the Chicheley War Memorial – “The Wayside Cross” in the village and the memorial tablet in the Church, the cost of which had been £180 & £60, apart from the fees of the architect, Mr. Herbert Baker. Previous to the Dedication, the Archbishop of Cape Town (Carter) had visited the Church, and on Friday October 22nd, with the sanction of the Bishop of Buckingham, the Lord Bishop of St. Albans (Furze) dedicated the Memorials. The Rural Dean & several local Priests with the Vicar, were present and the Ceremony, with the Parish Ex-Service Guard of Honour, the large Choir lead by Cross & Banner Bearers, with the large congregation following, made the Procession from the old Church to “The Wayside Cross” most reverent and imposing. The Bugler of the Bedfordshire Regiment had sounded “The Last Post” and the address given by the Bishop, most stirring and manly, will long be remembered in Chicheley. The service concluding with the singing of the Hymn “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”, a solemn Muffled Peal of Bells was rung in further honoured memory of our Fallen Heroes who fell in the Great War, to save the little Parish of Chicheley from German Destruction, & for God, King & Country.

The war memorial was designed by the famous architect Sir Herbert Baker, who also designed Sir George Farrar’s home in Bedfordview, Johannesburg, South Africa.†Photographs of the house are shown on this website page for 21st November 2012.†Sir George divided his time between Johannesburg and Chicheley Hall where he was the tenant. †

Sir George was one of the “Randlords” who developed the gold mines around Johannesburg and was an MP and leading politician. †He was killed in 1915 in a train accident on his way to fight the Germans in what is now Namibia. †His name is recorded on Chicheley’s Wayside Cross and on the memorial tablet in the church, with the names of the other†seven men of Chicheley who gave their lives in World War 1.