Our project has now been successfully signed off with the Heritage Lottery. The names have been added to the war memorial and the clock has been reinstated. A combined dedication service will be part of this year's Remembrance Service at All Saints Church. By April 2017 our KS2 scheme of work was in place in All Saints Primary School Fordham. The book Fordham's Finest - Preserving the Memory had been published and delivered to every household in Fordham and every child at All Saints Primary School was presented with their own named personal copy to commemorate the Great War. Our week long WW1 exhibition was well received and a great success.

             Fordham Local History Society

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This is the clock which was removed in the 1980's. It has now been repaired but replaced with a more efficient mechanism, thanks to Fordham Parish Council. You may notice the clock face differs to the original which states  G. Chambers and the bottom writing reads Colchester. Looking on the balance sheet for the memorial the clock was made by a G. Chambers.

There was a G. Chambers of Colchester and a G. Chambers & Sons of Colchester. George Chambers had two addresses 35 Head Street and 19 Crouch Street Colchester.

 

It is with great sadness that FLHS has to announce the death of Derek Clampin, the grandson of Frank W. Clampin builder of the war memorial.  Project leader Wendy Shepherd interviewed Derek at the start of the project and Derek kindly gave FLHS sketches of the war memorial for our archive. Sadly, Derek will not see the clock back in its original place, but his grandfather's work will stand for many, many years standing proud in Fordham as a fitting memorial to our war dead.

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In May 2015 Fordham Local History Society decided to go ahead and apply for the Heritage Lottery Grant for a WW1 Fordham Community Project.  We were successful with our application and received £10,000. Our project would be a fitting commemoration to all the men and their families who went to war; to those who returned and to others who fell in distant fields. We were successful with our application.

 

We had 5 aims.

 

1.Write a book which will contain biographies of the men from Fordham who died in the First World War.  18 of these are recorded on our village war memorial.  But already we know that there are at least another 11 that are not remembered on our memorial. The book will also include our men who went to war and returned.

 

2.We shall be working with our school to develop a Key Stage Two Scheme of Work where the children will learn about the men and families of Fordham during WW1 and we would like some of this work to be included in the book.  In the future children attending the school will recognise and understand how the loss of these men and WW1 impacted upon the village.

 

3.An exhibition will be held in the village hall for the launch of the book and each of the 29 men will have a display board dedicated to them. Poetry and art work from the school will also be part of the exhibition. The exhibition will be an interactive commemoration showing Fordham in WW1.

 

4.Have the remaining names of the 11 men added to the war memorial, finally joining their comrades who perished in WW1.  Reinstate the clock which was removed many years ago.

 

5. A service of dedication will take place in the church with a procession to the memorial for the unveiling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go to the War Memorial page for the list of men remembered on our war memorial.

 

 

Listed here are the names of men who were added to the memorial, all these names are now on the Essex Roll of Honour which has been updated with all the correct information.

 

FRED ARNOLD

EDGAR HARVEY BAILEY

AMOS ARTHUR GEORGE BOUTELL

GEORGE BUNTING

ALFRED GEORGE CHINNERY

CHARLES SAMUEL EVERITT

ALBERT EDWARD KETTLE

HENRY WILLIAM KETTLE

WALTER MILLER

WALTER PERRY

WALTER EDWARD STARLING

HARRY GEORGE WEBBER