War memorials

Civic Offices War Memorial

The War Memorial on London Road was erected in 1923. In 2016, it was added to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. The War Memorial is now listed at Grade II.

At Worting Road cemetery there is a memorial in the form of a large stone cross that was erected and maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Find out more information on war memorials and war graves.

Names on borough war memorials

Worting Road cemetery memorial

In 2014, as part of the commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, the names on war memorials across the borough were captured in a memorial booklet with the help of town and parish councils.

PDF document WW1 Centenary memorial names booklet(PDF) [542 kb]

If you require an accessible version of this booklet, please get in touch at communications@basingstoke.gov.uk

Roll of Honour

Inscribed with the names of those who served in H M Forces in the European War 1914 to 1919 the Basingstoke Roll of Honour was drawn up in 1916. More than 1,200 local service men who fought in the Great War are named on the document which has been digitally enhanced and preserved by Hampshire Records Office in special packaging for future generations to view.

According to local historian David Stewart, Miss Alice Fisher of Cliddesden Road presented the Mayor and Basingstoke Town Council with the list of 1,036 names of local men who were serving or had been serving in the Forces up to that time. The list had been inscribed by Mr Ernest Henry George Bolley and it was agreed that Mr Bolley would further inscribe the names of men joining up afterwards.

The names listed on the Roll of Honour are of those serving in the Army, Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force, along with Basingstoke men who emigrated to parts of the Commonwealth and served in the Forces of Canada and Australia.

The original Roll of Honour is held at the Hampshire Record Office, in Sussex Street, Winchester, where it is available for public viewing.

Image document Roll of Honour Men of the Borough of Basingstoke 1914-19(JPG)

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Victoria Cross memorials

First World War heroes from the borough who received the Victoria Cross were honoured with commemorative paving stones as part of a national project organised by the Department for Communities and Local Government to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

The special paving stones were laid in the areas were the recipients were born on the 100th anniversary of the Victoria Cross hero’s death.

Captain John Aiden Liddell

Joined the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, before transferring to the Royal Flying Corp to serve as a pilot. He was awarded the Victoria Cross in recognition of safely landing his aircraft on friendly territory and saving the life of his observer gunner, despite his injuries and aircraft damage.

In July 2015, the then Mayor Cllr Anne Court and The Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire Nigel Atkinson LL unveiled the first of the borough’s memorial stones in commemoration of Captain John Aiden Liddell in Sherfield on Loddon. The memorial stone was presented to Sherfield on Loddon Parish Council in recognition of where the Liddell family originally made their home.

Lance Corporal James Welch VC

Lance Corporal James Welch VC

Awarded the Victoria Cross for his act of heroism during the Battle of Arras, on 29 April 1917. He had entered a German trench and killed a German soldier after a hand-to-hand struggle, before chasing four others across the land and capturing them single-handedly. He then manned a machine gun for five hours before being wounded.

The memorial stone for Lance Corporal James Welch VC was unveiled in Stratfield Saye, the village where he was born on Saturday 29 April 2017, by the then Mayor Cllr Jane Frankum and dignitaries from across the borough.

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