King's Teignton History Society


The War Memorial

Kingsteignton's war memorial was unveiled on 24th May1921 (Empire Day). It was designed in the form of a Maltese Cross by Canon Mills of Truro and carved from Dartmoor granite. Fifty six names of those who had fallen in the conflict were originally inscribed on the slate memorial tablet, two more names being added at a later date to make a total of fifty eight. Many people are often confused why Kingsteignton's memorial bears the dates 1914-1919 when the armistice was signed in 1918. The reason for this is that many communities lost servicemen in the period between November 1918 and the signing of the peace treaty in June 1919 through the effects of injury or the ill fated Archangel Expedition. Where this was the case the later date was used. The carved names were originally illuminated with white paint but this was removed in 1928. Now the lettering is painted black

.Two more slate panels were added to the sides of the memorial to remember those lost in World War 2.



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