Over the past few years, Datchet Village Society has been researching the lives of soldiers listed on the WWI memorial on the village green. Our intention is to find out more about each of these soldiers, their families and their life in Datchet, as well as to learn about their experiences of war. We are very keen to hear from anyone who has any information or photographs about any aspect of life in Datchet during WWI. Please contact us here.

Datchet’s WWI memorial

Memorial 2We’ve been learning a great deal about the men behind the names on the memorial; about the florist killed on his first day at war; the local bobby who joined the Coldstream Guards; and the post office worker awarded the Military Medal. We’ve discovered the story of an officer buried by the Germans during the Christmas truce; read the diaries of the church organist who was reported wounded and missing; and we’re tracing the story of a former stable boy who tried his hand at rough-riding before joining up.

We’re finding out more about these soldiers’ families too: the grandparents with 10 grandsons at war; the poverty-stricken widow who put her sons in a home for destitute children; and the parents travelling to France to see their dying son but who arrived a day too late. Importantly, we’re unearthing records of local men who gave their lives for their country but who aren’t remembered on the memorial, and discovering instances where the wrong family member has been commemorated.

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Memorial Trail Leaflet and Map

Datchet Village Society has published a leaflet ‘Datchet in the Great War 1914-1918 – A Memorial Trail’ which contains brief details of the men whose names appear on the village green memorial, and a map showing where these men lived, as well as information about the village’s three public WWI memorials. Read more…

The War Roll

War Roll Page 1After the war ended, Datchet’s War Memorial committee clearly intended to make some public record of all those who had served during WWI, but the compilation of a definitive War Roll was abandoned. The incomplete list records the names of 350 men. As DVS researched the different families in the village, we discovered quite a number who are missing from this list. Read more…

Datchet’s Revised War Roll

Datchet’s original War Roll, lists Datchet men who served in WWI including those who survived as well as those who lost their lives. It was created in 1919-20 and includes the names of 350 men. A more complete war roll has now been published as part of the DVS WWI research project. This includes the names of 432 men, 82 more than the original list. Read more…

The Men Missing from Datchet’s Memorial

We discovered men with Datchet connections who lost their lives in WWI, who are not remembered on the War Roll or Memorial. The DVS proposed that some of these men’s names should be added to the War Memorial. This was done as part of the restoration work that took place in 2017-18, funded by the Barker Bridge House Trust. The new stone was added in time for the centenary of the end of WWI in 2018. Read more…

WWI graves in Datchet Cemetery

Who were the WWI soldiers remembered in Datchet’s cemetery? There are at least 10 graves or memorials dedicated to the men who fought in WWI, some only recently rediscovered. Read more…

Women in WWI

There are no Datchet women remembered by name on Datchet’s War Roll. The women’s contribution is remembered in numbers on one of the faces of the War Memorial on the village green. Details about some of these women, listed below, and their contribution to the war effort have been found in Red Cross Records, in Medal Rolls, and local newspaper articles. Read more…

John Marcus de Paravicini’s memorial plaque

AGM_plaqueThe DVS purchased this special plaque for the village and for our Datchet in WWI project. These bronze Memorial Plaques were sent to the families of all men and women who died during war service. They are about five inches in diameter and, as they look like a large medal or coin, were often called the ‘Dead Man’s Penny’. Read more….

Datchet in WWII

We have just started researching the WWII soldiers remembered on the Village Green memorial. Read more…

VE Day 1945

How the village celebrated the end of the war in Europe. Read more...

How the war changed Datchet

An extract from Datchet Past written by local historian Janet Kennish. (Copies are on sale in the village from The Bridge.) To read more, click here.

Memories of an evacuee

Roger Hardy’s childhood memories of being evacuated to Datchet – where he learned to swear! To read more, click here.

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