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St James Church Taunton
World War 1 Memorial Project
The Silent Cities
the war was over, the task of how to remember those who had fallen, could be
started. Locally, nationally and internationally much thought was given. Many
people were deeply affected by the vastness of the casualties incurred and the
need to ensure that the fallen were not forgotten. One such person was Fabian
Ware, who had been active in the Red Cross Movement and who turned his
considerable drive and energy as head of the Commonwealth War Grave Commission.
spearheaded an army of architects, garden designers, engineers, administrators
and labourers and laid the foundations for the many beautiful, imposing and
peaceful memorials that now exist through Europe and indeed the entire world.
Many well known names, including Lutyens, Blomfield, Gertrude Jekyll and Rudyard
Kipling are associated with this work. Others less known include a native of
Taunton, Colonel Tom Goodland, whose family were coal merchants in the town. Tom
Goodland was Deputy Controller of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission from
1919 to 1928 and was responsible for the organisation of 166 cemeteries in
France and Flanders.
Tom Goodland C.B.; DSO was born in Taunton, he emigrated to Canada in his late
teens and became a successful business man. He fought in the British Army and in
1919 became Deputy Controller of the Common Wealth War Grave Commission, working
in France to establish Cemeteries until he retired in 1928.