There are two war memorials in Warham, a plaque inside the church and the village war memorial at the gate of the church.

war memorial

In church, we would invariably be seated in sight of the memorial plaque and I was always puzzled why it should give the dates as 1914-1919 when everyone know that the Great War ended in 1918.

Later when I learned of the 1919 expedition to Russia, I assumed that they were two casualties who had fallen in Russia. That was not the case and many years later I discovered the reason.

One of the 1919 casualties was Trooper Arthur Blackwell, 6th Dragoon Guards, who had actually been killed very early in the war on 7th November 1914 and was buried at Nieuwkerke (Neuve-Eglise) Churchyard near Ypres. The reason for his inclusion on the memorial is an interesting one, he had never lived in Warnham but his widow had moved to Warnham later in the war. Under those circumstances, he would not have qualified for inclusion on the memorial. Some members of the parish council felt that Mrs Blackwell, as a resident but also as a widow in mourning, should have her husband's name on the memorial that she would constantly be seeing. Feelings were equally divided on this until a deciding vote was cast and his name was included.

The second 1919 name was 2lt Arthur Coole of the Sikh Pioneers.14/05/1919 aged 19. He died in a Chatham Military Hospital after arriving there on a voyage from India. He is buried in Warnham Churchyard.

There is, and it's quite unusual, a woman named on the memorial. Dorothy Salmon was a Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse serving at a British Red Cross Hospital in Hampshire. She died in 1918 aged just 19.