Although the village of Hilton has a war memorial, it is actually at the parish church at Marston On Dove. Villagers wanted a memorial in their own village.
The lives of 18 soldiers from, the villages of Hilton, Hoon and Marston-on-Dove, who lost their lives in the First World War were commemorated on a new memorial meadow in Hilton. More than 200 people gathered on 4th august 2014 to see a memorial unveiled to the men, together with six others from the Second World War and Falkland’s conflict. A plaque on a boulder in the centre of the meadow was unveiled by a serving soldier from the Second Mercian regiment, Private Callum Bowley of Hilton.
A tree for each soldier was planted, together with a commemorative plaque. Relatives and schoolchildren from Hilton primary placed small wooden crosses by each tree.
Hilton and Marston History Group installed a memorial sundial at Roma’s Garden, a piece of land painstakingly restored by the Hilton Gardening Club in dedication of Roma Walton, who had given of her time so freely to village causes. Heather Wheeler MP joined villagers to witness the unveiling of the memorial which is inscribed to the entire parish who fought in all wars.
After the unveiling an exhibition was held in the Methodist Chapel on all the men from the parish who fought not only in the First World War, but also the Second World War and Falklands War.