War Memorial Extension
1939 - 1945
This page commemorates the brave soldiers and residents of Bures
who lost their lives during WW11

A circular to all the UK Parish Councils published by the War Memorials Advisory Committee,
suggested how those who had lost their lives in the Second World War might be commemorated.

There the matter rested till the PC meeting in March 1947, when prompted by the Bures branch of the British Legion, the first step was to obtain an estimate for the addition of the new names to the existing War Memorial.
At the same time, it was agreed that the cost should paid for by money raised by public subscription.
Six weeks later, it was decided to ascertain what repairs to the memorial were required.

Three months later, a subcommittee consisting of Mr. Creek. Mr. Barrie Deaves, Mr. Stanley Deaves, Mr. Webber and Mr. Drake, was appointed to obtain estimates for the addition of the names and for the necessary repairs.
Four months later, the subcommittee reported, suggesting that two new tablets be provided, one to list the names of those who died on active service and one to bear the names of those who were killed in the village as a result of enemy action.

Mr. Barry Deaves, the Hamlet builder, had estimated the sum of £11. 15. Od. for taking down and replacing firmly the old memorial, cleaning and painting the railings and putting down a concrete bed between the two.
Messrs Watts of Colchester had quoted £16. 10s. 0d. for supplying and fixing the tablets plus 10/- per dozen letters to be cut.

The subcommittee was asked to accept the estimates and to raise the necessary funds to carry the work through. Four months later, only £29. 5s. 5d. had been collected against expenses of over £40 and so a second appeal was mounted.
Even so, five months afterwards, only £36. 9s. 5d. was raised, leading to a deficit of £6. 7s. 1d.
Those present at that Joint PC meeting in September 1948, promised to cover the outstanding amount from their own pockets.
The unveiling of the memorial was discussed at length at the Joint PC meeting of April 1948. It was decided that the British Legion should supervise the unveiling, which should be combined with a religious service with all denominations present and that it should take place on a day which was an anniversary connected with the Second World War.

At their meeting in July 1948, the PC agreed to attend, as a body the unveiling of the two new tablets to the war memorial on Sunday 15 August, the third anniversary of the unconditional surrender of Iapan.

Ref:- Scanned copy of the Parish Council notes taken by Mr Creek

On the 4th December 2001, the Secretary of State for Culture granted the memorial
Grade 2 listed building status.




Unveiling of the new tablets on 15th August 1948
Left to right:
Dr Dansey Smith, unknown, Sidney Gee and the Rev Stephenson

Order of Service on 15th August 1948

Quotation for the Wooden Cross

Estimate for the WW2 Memorial Stones


Letter authorising work on the two tablets
Published 13/09/2000
updated 22/01/2020

updated with Invoices/letter 19/12/2020
Alan Beales