2014 marks the centenary of the beginning of The Great War. The War had a devastating impact on all communities and Hampton was no exception. The roll of honour where the names of Hampton’s war dead are listed can be found inside St Mary’s Church. The beautifully carved wooden screens ‘Erected to the Glory of God and in Grateful Memory of the Men of Hampton who Fell in the War 1914-1919’ list the names of 136 Hampton men killed in action. Who were Richard and Sidney Abnett? Who were George, James and Robert Baker? Were they members of the same family? Were they even brothers?

The Colours of the 2/8th Battalion the Middlesex Regiment are also laid to rest inside the Church. The Regiment was based and trained in Hampton before going off to battle in 1914 and subsequently seeing action in Gibraltar, Egypt and France.

Come and take a look at these and other interesting pieces of Hampton’s history. Our Church is open to visitors every Wednesday and Sunday afternoon, April to September, from 2pm to 5pm.

For further information about St Mary's Church please visit www.hampton-church.org.uk

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During and just after the First World War, Upper Lodge the big house, which is just inside Hampton Hill Gate, Bushy Park was used as a convalescing home for wounded Canadian service personnel. Apparently those who died there, are buried in St James's church yard. Hence the War Graves in there. When the 'Totem Pole' in the Water House Plantation was unveiled, there was a Major from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in attendance. I told him about the Canadian War Graves. He immediately jumped in his car, went to St James's Church, took photos and placed flowers on the graves. Regards. Bryan

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