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St Albans' Street War Memorials

Posted on: 22nd July 2014 By: Sue Davies

Today Anne Dean, one of the St Albans City Guides, took a group of volunteers and staff from St Albans Museums on a walk around the First World War street memorials.  The sun was shinning but the stories of the young men who lost their lives during the War were far from cheerful.

The 20 street memorials are very special.  Located in the Catherdral Parish the memorials record the names of 110 men who died as a result of the War.  Hearing about the lives and deaths of these men was very touching.  Like the splendidly named, Leckonby Phipps of Holywell Hill, who was sent on reconnaissance.  Jumping from a hot air balloon he landed on soft muddy ground.  His parachute dragged him down and, unable to escape, he drowned in the mud.  
For details about the walks on offer go to the City Guides's website.