Lest We Forget

St Leonard's Bell Tower is unusual in that it also servers as the village war memorial to the men from Turners Hill and its environs who gave their lives in the First World War.

Surviving records show that one hundred and sixty three men from this small and largely farming community volunteered or were conscripted in the Army, Navy or the fledgling Royal Flying Corps. Many lied about their age and were still teenagers when the war ended having served almost four years on the western front.

Thirty three men failed to return and their names now appear on the memorial stone in the Bell Tower.

When you visit the church, spare two minutes of silent contemplation for these young men and boys who faced unimaginable terror and hardship so that we may live as freely as we do.


You may download this record of the men who fought and died and also of those who came back.