Richard Holland-Oakes, CEO of Recare, and his family have commissioned a plaque in the village of Tackley to remember the 17 men from there who were killed during the First and Second World Wars.
The brass plaque was designed and made by a blacksmiths in Exmoor, Westcountry Blacksmiths and has been placed on outside of the Tackley War Memorial Hall.
Residents previously brought to attention the fact that Tackley lacked a monument that best reflected historical events.
The Holland-Oakes family and Recare felt that with it being the centenary anniversary of Armistice Day, the village deserved a monument that best reflected the efforts of the village’s fallen men.
While researching the new plaque, Richard Holland-Oakes realised much of the oak wood in the UK originates from France and has been imported.
This was something that the blacksmiths felt was not in-keeping with what the new plaque should represent.
The blacksmith therefore sourced a piece of English oak wood from local National Trust estate, Holnicote.
Holland-Oakes believes the use of the English oak wood is a “humbling representation” of the 17 men who lost their lives.
Recare said: “When you look back and realise that 100 years ago, the village of Tackley had only 150 houses, and 17 men lost their lives to enable us the freedom and enjoyment for the idyllic village that we know today, a lot was lost from such a small isolated community.”