DOZENS of Oswestry men have been remembered following the unveiling of a plaque at St Oswald’s Parish Church.
The unique bronze memorial, thought to be the first of its kind in the country, commemorates the efforts of local men who fought in the Peninsular War (1808-1814), the Battle of Waterloo (1815) and the Crimean War (1854-1856).
It was commissioned by the Oswestry Town Museum in association with the Crimean War Research Society and the Waterloo Association and unveiled at a short ceremony in the church on Thursday, March 20 by Mary Abel, from Oswestry, whose relative James Parry fought in the Peninsular Campaign.
Mark Hignett, from the Oswestry Town Museum, said it was the first of three events to mark the historic wars: “Many hours of research by the organisations have revealed a substantial number of local men who took part in these campaigns, but at present there is no commemoration to them. Only one soldier has a gravestone which still exists.
“We consider that the town of Oswestry should have some record of these men’s service to the country,” he added.
He continued that although the plaque does not feature the names of the soldiers, an illuminated scroll for each campaign has been proposed to be displayed in the museum featuring each soldier’s name, rank and regiment as well as a booklet, and in order to do this are asking each of the successor regiments to support the £1,200 project.