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FIRST WORLD WAR ¨C FORDINGBRIDGE WEBSITE MEMORIAL'Ode of Remembrance'' taken from Laurence Binyon's poem ''For the Fallen''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.Please find attached the information about the 77 men who fell in the Great War. It is regrettable that 70% of the service records were lost during the Second World War when the building that contained them was hit by a bomb and destroyed by fire.Therefore this information has been gathered using local knowledge from the families, Forces War Records, War Graves Commission, Census Returns and especially the help of Antony Light and his local knowledge, and Carole and Richard at the Lyndhurst Museum. Some have been very straight forward but some have needed a lot of 'rummaging' to pin them down. Of the men recorded on this website memorial, the majority were born in the Fordingbridge Civil Parish, it also includes men, who were living here at the time they enlisted. The memorial also includes men who had emigrated to Australia and Canada. Various interesting facts emerged:-We have a Charles Francis Hall, who we know nothing about and is our 'unknown soldier'. The first persom to fall in 1914 was a Coventry from Burgate Manor House, the Lord of the Manor's son. In 1915 at Gallipoli 6 fell with 3 being killed on the same day.At the Somme in 1916, 9 fell which includes 3 of the 4 brothers lost from the Witt family of Frogham. In 1917 the Hampshire Regiment was fighting in Mesopotamia and lost 4 men of which 3 fell in the 'Battle of Kut'.On the western Front at the 'Battle of Arras' from 9th April to 16th May 1917, 4 were lost. Later in the year at the British offensive known as 'Third Battle of Ypres' also called Passchendaele which started in the summer and went through to the winter claimed 13 lives. Of which 9 were lost in September and October as the battle approached the village of Passchendaele.In 1918 in March and April at last German offensive to reach the channel ports another 5 fell. We must not forget the 7 in the Artillary Regiments,7 in the Royal Navy, and the others that served in various roles in the supporting regiments. Looking through the numbers, the town of Fordingbridge lost 45 including 4 from Bickton and 4 from Burgate. Fordingbridge Civil Parish at the time included Godshill, Hyde and Sandleheath and of the remainder 4 were lost from Godshill, 22 from Hyde (which included the 4 brothers from one family and 2 brothers from another) and 4 from Sandleheath. ANN SEVIER''Ode of Remembrance'' taken from Laurence Binyon's poem ''For the Fallen''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.