Created By: West Berkshire Archaeology Service
This war memorial is made of stone and is in memory of those who died in the First World War (1914-18) (sometimes called the Great War), who lived in the villages of Shaw and Donnington. It was dedicated in a ceremony on 1 December 1918 after a special memorial service was held in St Mary’s Church. You can read what the Newbury Weekly News said about it at the time here: www.westberkshirewarmemorials.org.uk/memorial.php?link=WB015.
There are also five Commonwealth War Graves in the churchyard. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is an organisation that tries to make sure all of the people of the Commonwealth who died in the First and Second World Wars are commemorated somewhere, so that they are not forgotten. The memorials are often distinctive white stone headstones of the same shape as each other. Can you find them all?
After exploring this part of the churchyard, go back along the same path towards the church tower. Follow the path as it turns left around the corner of the building and heads east. Just after going around the corner of the Church you will see several chest tombs to your right. They are big, rectangular grave markers made of stone, now quite covered in lichen.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Shaw House and St Mary's Church Conservation Area