The War Memorial at the Hospital was added in 1946 as a result of the Hospital being used during the Second World War to care for American Personnel stationed locally.
In the last 12 months the Hospital Trust has agreed that the Friends of the Hospital can look after this hugely important part of Burnham Hospital.
You probably have seen various press releases, the first being the upgrade of the Plaques that was carried out by the local Masonic Lodge. The turf was kindly laid by Bill Hancock and it was after the Hospital Estates Department let this deteriorate that the Friends asked to be able to help and look after the Memorial in total.
We are now helped out by the Lions Club of Burnham and recently we have seen the improvement of the tending to the bushes and the repainting of the fence. It is also a privilege to be able to work closely with the RBL and this year is only the second time in its history that the friends have laid a wreath at the memorial.
One of the most striking visual things this year was 'the appearance' of the Silent Soldier. This was donated by the Burnham Branch of the RBL when they asked if we could possibly have it installed at the Memorial.
This year's service was attend by hundreds of local people with a Marching Band whose musicians all came from the King Alfred Concert Band together with members of the Burnham & Highbridge Choral Society who helped with the leading of the hymn singing. During the service, young people from King Alfred School who had researched all the names displayed on the memorial plaques, read out each name in turn as wreaths were laid and crosses were mounted next to the memorial.
Our two pictures show the wreaths, crosses and the Silent Soldier after everyone had left and the second one, the front of the hospital with the Plaque on the wall (now adopted as the Friends Logo) clearly visible over the top of the war memorial plaques.
Bernard Spilsbury. Chairman 12.11.18