The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across England. This was the result of both the huge impact on communities of the loss of three quarters of a million British lives, and also the official policy of not repatriating the dead which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.
One such memorial was raised at Preshute as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the sixteen members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. It was unveiled on Sunday 2 November 1919 at a ceremony attended by local dignitaries and clergy. The memorial was paid for by subscription at a cost of £70, and designed by architect G H Shackle who also designed the Grade II-listed Headbourne Worthy War Memorial.
The names of the eight parishioners who fell during the Second World War were subsequently added to the memorial.