The Last Offices of Love

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“Monument Hill” Wendover, Buckinghamshire

The monument was erected in 1904, by public subscription, in memory of 148 men from Buckinghamshire who died during the Second Boer War. Coombe Hill Monument was almost totally destroyed by lightning in 1938 and was rebuilt in the same year. The original bronze plaque and decorations were stolen in 1972 and replaced with a stone plaque and iron flag. The new stone plaque was also inscribed with the additional names of nine men believed to have been missing on the original.

It was Helen Strachan’s (nee Walker) wish that her ashes be scattered in a place which held so many memories for her.  She spent her formative years near Aylesbury, attending the  High School for Girls there.  “Monument Hill” – especially when the bluebells were out – was a favourite place to visit.

So, my two sons travelled down there one weekend and carried out…

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