The village of Hanslope sadly lost 20 of its men during the War and many more fought valiantly. In these Centenary years, the village is doing its best to remember and commemorate those who gave so much. Click here to see commemorative events being held.
The names of those that died can be seen on the Memorial (pictured left) which can be found in the Soldier’s Chapel, Church of St James the Great. Click here to read the Memorial and learn more about the soldiers.
In the Church Porch of St James the Great, Hanslope can be found both the Roll of Honour and a Memorial which lists those who 'So Loyally Took Up Arms In Defence Of King And Country In The Great War Of 1914'. The Monument was instigated by Rev. William Harkness, vicar of the parish. Click here to read the Memorial.
Excerpt from the Living Archive book -
'Milton Keynes Book of Days of the Great War'
1916: Official notification has been received by Mr and Mrs Amos Lovell, of Hanslope, that their 21 year-old son, Private Amos Lovell of the Oxon and Bucks LI, was killed in action in Flanders on April 27th. He had enlisted in the early days of the war, having previously worked with his father on Mr H Weston’s farm at Hanslope. The Reverend GCR Cooke, chaplain, has sent a letter to Mrs Lovell, in which he
I happened to be in the trenches the day your son was hit. He lived two hours after it happened, and I saw him before he died. He was quite conscious, and not in great pain, although he could not speak. He quite followed the prayers I said for him. I was very glad I was able to bless him. I was very glad I was able to see him. He was buried in a proper military cemetery with a proper service. It is very difficult for me to express my sympathy as I should like. It will be some consolation to you to know that he gave his life a sacrifice for a great cause, and at this time when we remember our Lord’s great sacrifice and His glorious resurrection.
Credit: The Bucks Standard 13.5.1916
Soldier's Chapel. Photograph by Trevor Stanton, Hanslope resident