Sunday 21 March 2010


This stone, memorial to the 70 victims of the Fauld explosion, was erected on 25th November 1990. According to a the information board close by, the fine white granite used to make the memorial was a gift organised by the Commandante of the Italian Air Force Supply Depot at Novara, which is twinned with No 16 MU RAF Stafford.

It is fitting to have Italian granite, as the facility was partly staffed by Italian prisoners of war, many of whom lost their lives alongisde the RAF personnel. The other victims were workers in the neighbouring plaster factory and people from the local farms and villages.

The first 18 names on the plaque are those whose bodies were never found and for whom this crater is, as the stone says, their final resting place.

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