Shaftesbury Crusade War Memorial Unveiled
On Saturday, 16th November, Dings Crusaders RFC paid tribute to 62 men of the Shaftesbury Crusade who lost their lives in WWI with the unveiling of a new memorial at Shaftesbury Park, Frenchay. The 62 men were among the 346 from The Shaftesbury Crusade that fought during the war. The unveiling was accompanied by the laying of a wreath and short remembrance service before the home game against Taunton Titans.
The Sanigar family kindly donated the memorial in memory of their brother Mike, a stalwart member of Dings Crusaders, and it was Dennis Sanigar who laid the poppy wreath with the Dings RFC badge in the centre.
The service was conducted by the Reverend Trevor Denley, a former Dings player, and the memorial unveiled by Fiona Lees and Penny Bennett, the granddaughters of Dings Crusaders founder H.W. (Herbert William) Rudge, with about twenty relatives of those listed on the memorial in attendance.
The niece of Albert Wollen, ninety-year-old Sheila Troll, was present with her daughter Anneliese. Sheila’s father Sidney Wollen, Albert’s brother, a pre-war Territorial who served in the army during the Great War, was a member of Dings Crusaders Combination Cup winning side of 1920.
The full name of the men listed on the memorial were read during the two minute silence by rugby club president, Ray Bowden, chairman Steve Lloyd, Derek Gunningham and Ian Haddrell.
There were various other guests from the Barton Hill History Group, Western Front Association and St Silas Royal British Legion.
A two course lunch for the rugby club’s guests and supporters followed directly after the memorial was unveiled.
Derek Gunningham of Bristol Funeral Directors arranged for a mason to make the new memorial out of grey pennant sandstone with black lettering.