Locals from Cirencester in the county of Gloucestershire sit below the first world war memorial on St John Baptist
church wall in the city centre. A mother and child sit on a bench below the names of those local men lost in the first war (AD1914-18) - the 200 names tell a story of the lost generation of youth, now replaced by the modern Brit, unused to self-sacrifice and loss on an unimaginable scale. The church is medieval, renowned for its perpendicular porch, fan vaults and merchants' tombs. The chancel is the oldest part of the church. Construction started around 1115.