Somerset

Watchet's first war memorial unveiled

  • 28 June 2014
  • From the section Somerset
Watchet war memorial
Image caption The new memorial cost £16,000

A new war memorial has been unveiled in Somerset town which had never had one before.

A full military ceremony and dedication service took place at the monument in Harbour Road, Watchet, at 11:00 BST.

The Watchet Remembrance Project Group spent five years raising £16,000 to pay for the memorial, which is next to the town's library.

A total of 42 men from the town died in World War One while 16 were killed in World War Two.

Ann Snelling, secretary of the remembrance project, said it meant "an awful lot" to people in the town.

"The people of Watchet have got somewhere they can come to and pay homage to the men who never returned home."

The date on the unveiling was chosen to coincide with the date Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in 1914, the date the Treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919, and it is also UK Armed Forces Day.

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