A public meeting in Oakham decided to raise £1000 to pay for the town's war memorial which would be a cross in the churchyard. A Mr Comper designed the cross which stands on a three step octagonal base. At the time it was to record the names of 102 men from the town who died but more names came to light and now it has the names of 111 men and one woman. However, we have records of another thirteen who are not remembered here, bringing the total of Oakham's war dead to 125. The extra names are mainly of men who were no longer living in Oakham when the war began although they had been born and bred in the town. The memorial was unveiled with great ceremony in 1924 as photographs, rediscovered by Richard Adams, from that day show. Money was also raised to renovate the Institute buildings on the High Street so returning soldiers could have a club. The Memorial Institute as it became known, later became the library and is now the Citizens Advice Bureau.
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