THE WAR memorial at All Saints’ Church in Ryde has been rededicated following a refurbishment.

A service was held to rededicate the war memorial on Sunday, November 4, when the Isle of Wight Lord-Lieutenant Maj Gen Sir Martin White joined local dignitaries and members of the community.

During the First World War, 161 men from the parish of All Saints’ Ryde lost their lives and many more were wounded. The memorial was dedicated on March 11, 1921, at a ceremony led by the Bishop of Southampton, and unveiled by Maj Gen J. E. B. Seely, who was then the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire.

Over the passage of time, the Portland Stone weathered and the names wore away.

The Friends of All Saints’ Church recently raised the money to conserve the memorial and restore it to, as near as possible, as it was in 1921.