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Compiled and Copyright © Martin Edwards 2014

The Bruton War Memorial can be found in the grounds of St Mary’s Churchyard, Bruton, Somerset and takes the form of a Limestone Latin Market Cross fixed into a floriated lancet socket mounted on a slim circular column. This sits on a hexagonal plinth which holds inscriptions in dedication to the fallen of World War I and World War II. It was dedicated circa 1920.


Ben Ross (O88/93), a sergeant in the Royal Military Police, was killed in Afghanistan on May 7th, 2009. He had requested that, in the event of his death on active service, his funeral should be held in Bruton parish church. That event took place, with full military honours, on Tuesday, May 26th, 2009. Three years later, almost to the day, Ben was honoured by the town of Bruton when his name was officially added to the town’s War Memorial in St Mary’s churchyard.

Photograph from an old postcard

1914 – 1918
Hallowed in Christ
be the memory of these our beloved
who gave their lives
in the Great War
for the freedom
of the World.

Also of
The World War of
1939 - 1945

Still to be transcribed

Afghanistan 2009.
ROSS Benjamin David James

Sergeant 25055795, AGC (Royal Military Police). Killed by an IED in Helmand Province while on patrol in Gereshk 17 May 2009. Aged 34. From Bangor, Gwynedd. Born 1 September 1974. Educated King's School. Cremated in Yeovil Crematorium, ashed buried in St Mary's Churchyard, Bruton.

Photograph Courtesy of the M.O.D.

Last updated 6 March, 2014

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