Tilshead Memorials and Commonwealth War Graves
It is not surprising, considering its geographical location in the middle of the Army’s principal UK Training Area and the history associated with this connection, that Tilshead and its people have developed strong links and associations with the British military. Frank Druce BEM (ex-King’s Royal Irish Hussars) and George Murray (ex-Somerset Constabulary) are testament to this fact. In addition, like so many other villages and towns in the United Kingdom, the sons of Tilshead also played their part in both World Wars with some making the ultimate sacrifice. It is worthy of note that some of these sons are Grandfathers, Uncles and Cousins of some form or remove of current Tilshead inhabitants.
My aim in researching the names on the village memorial, the names on the Commonwealth War Graves and the history behind the 8th (Midlands Counties) Battalion Parachute Regiment and the Glider Pilot Regiment memorials, was to paint of picture of these men and their units beyond what is simply inscribed in stone. The words of the Kohima Exhortation, which itself is an extract from a poem written by Robert Laurence Binyon called “For the Fallen”, says it all.
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
We will remember them.”
I’m proud to be part of a community that remembers.