Hemel Hempstead War Memorial restored

Cllr Elliot, Sir Mike Penning MP, Sue Rose, The Mayor of Dacorum and Cllr Anderson standing in front of the war memorial

We have completed restoration works to Hemel Hempstead War Memorial in Boxmoor.

Work to the much-loved Grade II-listed war memorial, which crowds gather around at the annual Remembrance Day parade, included replacement of damaged sections of stonework with Portland stone indents and mortar repairs. Re-cutting and re-painting of lettering and the sympathetic cleaning of all stonework also took place.

The work, which took over three weeks to complete, was undertaken by Cliveden Conservation, a specialist stone masonry company and project managed by Oxley Conservation, historic building consultants in conjunction with the Council.

Cllr Alan Anderson, Portfolio Holder for Place, visited the memorial to see the work initiated under his predecessor Cllr Graeme Elliott. They invited the Rt Hon Sir Mike Penning MP, the Mayor of Dacorum and Sue Rose, Chair of the Hemel Hempstead branch of the Royal British Legion, who lead on the annual Remembrance Day parade, along to see the completed works.

Cllr Anderson said: “I’m extremely proud of the decision we have made to invest in the preservation and restoration of the Hemel Hempstead war memorial. It is right that we continue to honour those who have died in the line of duty and that the community can continue to have a place where they can come together to pay their respects.”

Sue Rose said: “The Royal British Legion were delighted to see the much-needed renovation to the War Memorial. Thus ensuring the names of the fallen that have given their lives from 1914 to the present date are there for future generations to see. Therefore, making sure that neither them nor their sacrifice is ever forgotten.”

Sir Mike Penning MP said: “The Council has done a great job in restoring the War Memorial in Boxmoor, which is the focal point of the borough's annual Remembrance Service.

“With war once again overshadowing the continent of Europe, it is more important than ever that we reflect on the cost of armed conflict and honour the sacrifices made by local servicemen and women and their families. Our freedom and democracy comes at a high price and we must not take it for granted.”