14 November 2009
11th of November
I was asked recently to restore this 1914-1918 Memorial sign from one of our local schools and I was happy to do this. The sign has been on the wall for a long time. The wood was very dry and ingrained with what looked like soot, apparently there were fireplaces in the hall, although they had not been in use for a very long time. The names of the soldiers were barely readable so after cleaning, re oiling the wood and before waxing, my daughter and I repainted them. Time consuming and not easy, the name are about 3/4" high and very narrow. The caretaker had some old Gold powder he had found years ago. I used this powder mixed in artist's linseed oil to make the paint. It has come out really nicely.
Quite sad when you read all these names. All young men from one school, one who had received a Victoria Cross and another had received a Military Cross.
They all deserve to be remembered.