Melton Borough Council

War Memorial

Close to the town centre, the War Memorial at Egerton Lodge is set on the terrace of part of what was a former hunting lodge and Urban District Council offices, and is now a Residential Nursing Home. Adjacent to the A606, the south-facing Memorial, maintained by the Council, fronts the beautiful Egerton Gardens running down to the River Eye, which are maintained by Melton Mowbray Town Estate.

The Memorial comprises stone steps, terrace and an historic wall on which plaques are mounted. The Memorial is a Listed Building.

Two Services of Remembrance are held at the Memorial each year on Battle of Britain Day (September) and Armistice Day (November).These services are organised by the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) and the Royal British Legion (RBL) respectively and attended by representatives of ex-servicemen and women's associations, the Armed Forces, Civic Dignitaries, Elected Members and Officers of the Melton Borough Council and Melton Mowbray Town Estate, Emergency Services, Religious and other Community leaders.

Immediately to the east of War Memorial is a wheelchair accessible dedicated "Field of Remembrance" to allow quiet reflection for persons wishing to remember those involved in the two world wars and conflicts since.

Re-dedication is made each year on the Saturday, 14 days before Remembrance Sunday. This two week period coincides with the annual Poppy Appeal.

Within the pedestrianised town centre, a memorial plaque to ace World War II pilot Johnnie Johnson can be found on the Corn Cross at the junction of Nottingham and High Street.  The Corn Cross also bears a plaque to local World War II hero Dick Burton V.C.