War heroes are remembered through village street names

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FOUR soldiers from Kineton, who were presented with the Military Cross for serving in the First World War, have been commemorated at a new housing development in the village.

Kineton Parish Council were asked to name four roads on the Kineton Meadows development, off Southam Road.

A small group of residents had already started to investigate the possibility of creating a memorial plaque to commemorate those men who served in the First World War and who survived to return to their families in Kineton.

Resident Graeme Bassett suggested the First World War list might provide the answer.

Thanks to the work of Gill Ashley-Smith, in her book Kineton in the Great War, it was known that about 250 men from the village had fought and 38 had died.

Those who had died are listed on the village war memorial that was unveiled in 1921 and are remembered each year on Remembrance Day, but those who returned had never had a commemoration.

Frederick Gardiner, Arthur Geden, William Hutton and Henry Ivens all received the Military Cross for gallantry during the conflict.