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Aldermaston village needs your help to find its war heroes!

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) has commissioned a Great War Centenary Plaque for the village of Aldermaston.

And ahead of the commemoration ceremony on September 25, 2015 the village would like to invite relatives of those on the plaque to attend the event and tell their Great War family story.

Contemporary records have allowed the addition of a significant number of new names alongside those from existing memorials, including several sets of brothers.

AWE invited children from Aldermaston Church of England (CoE) Primary School to hand-write the names of these local men to be used on the ‘Centenary plaque’.

Research by AWE has shown that a significant proportion of Aldermaston village men joined the 8th Royal Berkshire at the outbreak of war. They were sent to France in August 1915 to be placed in the elite 1st Brigade, 1st Division. After only days in the line, they attacked the enemy at Loos alongside their more experienced comrades. They acquitted themselves well capturing three lines of trenches before being forced back.

During the battle, the 8th Royal Berkshire lost 250 men killed and approximately three times this wounded – effectively the whole battalion – and the Somme had yet to be fought. The effect of these losses on such small villages can hardly be imagined today.

 With the help of the children of Aldermaston the artwork and design of the ‘Centenary Plaque’ has been chosen to both harmonise with the existing historic beauty of St Mary’s church and reflect the price paid by the village in the Great War.

 If you think you are related to any of the men on this plaque please email CommunityandSchools@AWE.co.uk with details.

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