Leader of Nottingham County Council Mrs Kay Cutts overwhelmed by response to new Great War Memorial
The leader of Nottinghamshire County Council has paid tribute to the generosity of people after more than £35,000 was donated by the public towards the cost of county’s new Great War Memorial.
Mrs Kay Cutts said that she had been “moved by the overwhelming generosity and respect shown by the people of Nottinghamshire.”
The Great War memorial has been commissioned by the county council and Nottingham City Council, working with the seven district and borough councils — Ashfield, Bassetlaw, Broxtowe, Gedling, Mansfield, Newark and Sherwood and Rushcliffe, at a total cost of £395,000.
The names of all 13,482 Great War fallen from almost every part of Nottinghamshire will appear on the memorial, which will be built at the Victoria Embankment in Nottingham and is due to open this summer.
More than 12,800 of those named served in the army, with 373 from the Royal Navy and 99 airmen.
As well as service personnel, the memorial will also include the names of civilian casualties, including nurses, two people killed in a Zeppelin air raid in September 2016 and the victims of the Chilwell shell filling factory explosion of July 1918.
Mrs Cutts said: “The Great War devastated families across Nottinghamshire but, conversely, the opportunity to honour their bravery has brought people together.
“I have been moved by the overwhelming generosity and respect shown by the people of Nottinghamshire, many of whom have contributed in remembrance of an ancestor who will be named on the memorial.
“We expect the memorial to become a focal point for people to say thank you to those from our villages, towns and cities who tragically made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedom.”
The county council has committed £150,000 towards the costs of the memorial, including an additional £20,000 agreed last month to help meet a budget shortfall for material, transport and labour costs.
Businesses and residents from across Nottinghamshire can still contribute towards maintenance costs for the memorial online at http://nosf.org.uk/roll-of-honour.html
The names to be included on the memorial will be taken from the Nottinghamshire Great War Roll of Honour — www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/rollofhonour — an online database that includes the names of those killed, plus further details such as family history, military honours, photographs, letters home and press reports.
The Roll of Honour has been compiled by a team of volunteers, led by local historian David Nunn, who have scoured 677 village and town memorials across the city and county in chapels, churches, churchyards, parish halls, factories, schools, post offices, parish halls and sports clubs as well as archives and press cuttings.
The names of a further 47 of Nottinghamshire’s Great War fallen have been added to the memorial since December 2018, following an appeal for missing names.