During December 1913, oil street lighting had been introduced into Milton, but by 1914 such lighting was temporarily abandoned due to the outbreak of WW1 when no lights were to be seen at nighttime, including garden bonfires. Throughout the war, men from the village – members of the Territorial Army or volunteers – were being sent to France and other parts of the world. To a much lesser degree, Milton itself shared the terror of war when a Zeppelin airship on the 19th February 1917 flew nearby and dropped four bombs as close as Hunsbury Hill, much to the surprise of two servicemen who had returned home for leave from Flanders.
After the war, the War Memorial to commemorate those who had lost their lives was unveiled by General Lord Horne on Saturday 17th July 1920. Later of course, those who lost their lives during WW2 were also commemorated. This page lists the names of those commemorated on the Memorial and provides links to their service records where known. We have also included a page describing the military cemeteries and graveyards where some of the men were buried. The information contained in the service records has been obtained, in part, from the ‘Commonwealth War Graves Commission – CWGC’ records.
Although his name is not listed on the War Memorial, we have included a page on Ray Marriott. Ray was born in Milton and wrote a touching letter to his parents, to be delivered to them in the event of his death. There must have been many similar letters written during both conflicts!
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