Millfield Recreation Ground Hugglescote

World War I

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  • Listing Status: Not Individually Listed
  • District: NW Leics
  • Parish: Coalville

Polymer plaque mounted on Bardon Granite stone, inscribed with the names of 50 Coalville soldiers who left from Hugglescote in 1914, to fight on the western front in WWI. Accompanied by a row of 50 Rowan trees.

View Further Details Memorial Type:Plaque, Tree or Avenue Ref: WMP2290 Notes: An polymer plaque, mounted on a large granite stone, inscribed with the names of the first 'Famous Fifty' volunteer soldiers from the Coalville area, who marched in 1914 from St John the Baptist Church in Hugglescote to the train station in Coalville and on to France to fight on the western front. Of the 50 who left, 28 were killed during the course of the war. To commemorate the centenary of the event, a row of 50 rowan trees were planted on Millfield recreation ground, with an unveiling ceremony which took place on the 2nd November 2014. During the service, the 50 names were read out by Captain Robert Allen MBE, Chair of the Royal Leicester Tigers Association and 50 pigeons were released.


Millfield Recreation Ground - Hugglescote
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Inscription Reads

The First Fifty
In honourable memory of the first fifty young men from this area, who marched from this village on 30th October 1914 to fight in WWI.
Placed here to mark 100 years since this event.
1st November 2014

Casualties Listing

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Name Rank Unit Batt Died Andrews - George Thomas Private Leicestershire Regiment 1/5 23/07/1915 Baker - Major Lance Corporal Leicestershire Regiment 1/5th Baker - Walter Saddington Leicestershire Regiment 1/5th Baker - William Private Leicestershire Regiment 1 05/09/1917 Bancroft - James Corporal Leicestershire Regiment 8 21/03/1918