The tour started at the memorial of Colonel Thomas Foster Barham, a Bridgwater solicitor, who led the town's Local Defence Volunteers during the First World War.
You can read all of the biographies of the servicemen who died as a result of the war here: http://www.bridgwatercemeteries.org.uk/War.html
The tour moved onto the newly repaired memorials for Captain Arthur Major, who was killed leading his men at the Battle of Jersulam, and Frank Bovett Helps, who was killed on outpost duty.
Roland Roberts (memorial on the left) was killed on 10 November 1918, just a day before the war ended. The memoral adjoining his (centre) remembers two brothers killed in the war, Clifford and Henry Redding. Henry was killed serving under Captain Major at the Battle of Jersulam.
Pursey Short (memorial on the right of the picture) was a mariner, killed serving aboard a French steamship, which was torpedoed - see below for more details.
The tour ended with the memorial to Gunner Charles Edward Bond, killed on the 10 September 1918 (a hundred years before this post). Although his memorial does not record his war service, Bond had served in one of the very first tank actions of the war.
Bernice Lashbrook, of Bridgwater's Unitarian Congregation, read a poignant poem by Sasoon, before leading the group in a prayer of rememberance.
Stephen Pope, Principal Researcher of the First Tank Crews Project, who had thoroughly uncovered Charles' story (with a little help from our own Joyce Hurford) laid a wreath in remembrance of Charles. Visit https://firsttankcrews.webs.com/
A group photograph near Gunner Bond's memorial.
Stephen Pope, Principal Researcher of the First Tank Crews Project; Cllr Diogo Rodrigues, Mayor of Bridgwater; Dr Miles Kerr-Peterson, chairman of the Friends of the Wembdon Road Cemetery; Bernice Lashbrook, lay leader of Christchurch Unitarian Chapel; Cllr Mike Cresswell, attending in a personal capacity as his uncle Frederick Leigh was killed in the war and remembered in the cemetery; Kate Hurley, Membership Support Officer – Somerset Royal British Legion; and Major Robert McDonald, County Chairman, Somerset Royal British Legion.