Book sheds light on village men who served in wartime

Margaret Burne with her book
Margaret Burne with her book

A new book sheds light on the men from King’s Sutton who served their country in wartime, and provides a fascinating glimpse into village life up to a century ago.

The King’s Sutton War Memorials – The Story of Those who Served has been written and published by village resident Margaret Burne.

Margaret Burne's book

Margaret Burne's book

The book grew out of research Margaret first began as part of the First World War centenary commemorations.

Margaret, aged 77, began her project by researching the 157 people listed on the First World War memorial in the entrance to the parish church, plus those on the stone memorial erected after the Second World War.

Many of them were related, and many of the names are still common in the area today.

Retired nurse Margaret, who was born and brought up in King’s Sutton, found that, while 22 of those commemorated in the village were killed during the First World War, the majority came home to take up their lives again.

Most of their military service records were either destroyed or badly burned during the Great War, but the 1911 census and local parish registers gave her valuable information.

During her research, Margaret foundd that some of the names on the memorial did not come from King’s Sutton at all. Several were from the neighbouring villages of Charlton cum Newbottle, Bodicote, Aynho and Croughton, and even further afield – although they usually had an obvious connection with the village.

There is only one name on the war memorial whom Margaret has been unable to identify so far – Frank Taylor.

Copies of the book, costing £7.50 are available from Margaret at burnemargaret@gmail.com or call 01295 811936. Any profits will go to the King’s Sutton Church Restoration Appeal.