The incredible losses incurred by all protagonists during the four years of conflict from 1914 to 1918 can never be truly understood.
Travelling around the roads in the north of France it is not difficult to pass a war cemetery or two every few miles. Some at the side of the road, others perched on an incline in the middle of a field.
In Pas de Calais alone there are some 591 Commonwealth War graves cemeteries. In Nord another 466 and around the Somme department there are 451, containing hundreds even thousands of burials. And in other areas of France there are hundreds more cemeteries.
Yet a majority of the fallen were either never found, and/or were buried in unmarked graves. More than half a million men with no known grave are remembered on memorials - huge monoliths to the lost.
Until you stand inside one of the cathedral-like structures and look at the huge tablets of stone etched with 72,000 names -in the case of Thiepval- you can never truly understand the obscenity and futility of it all.
Forty nine Brimington men were never found or identified and are remembered on memorials in Europe, the Middle East and the Dardanelles. We have managed to visit them all in France and Belgium and continue to do so.
Use the tabs on the left side bar to navigate through the Memorials where our village men are remembered. Or use the link at the bottom of this page..>
The details below are just an indication of the losses and the herculean task of trying to account for and bury our dead, during and after the Great War :
Buried in names graves
No known grave-but listed on a memorial
Buried but not identified by name
Not buried at all
Apart from the larger more well known Commonwealth War Graves Commission memorials to the missing, there are a number of divisional, regimental and smaller and private memorials and dedications all over the western front.
Some are significant to the soldiers of Brimington.
IN MEMORY OF
THE OFFICERS, N.C.O’S & MEN OF
THE 46TH (NORTH MIDLAND) DIVISION
WHO FELL IN FRONT OF GOMMECOURT ON 1ST JULY 1916 AND FROM THAT DATE TO MARCH 1917
Johnson of Burnell Street, Brimington was killed at Gommecourt on
1st July 1916 – he has no known grave and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial
A Few Other Memorials - Personal & Regimental
Not Forgotten Brimington Not Forgotten Brimington
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WE ARE REMEMBERING
Our Brimington Wreath
laid at the Memorial Gates on Remembrance Sunday
8th Nov 2020
THE SOMME - 1916