Posted 09 August 2010 - 03:54 PM
The story is true. I will have to find my notes, but I think there was a box of acorns sent from the city Of Verdun at the behest of one of the British railway companies who sold them to help boost a fund for employees and their families who had been killed or injured as a result of military service. Coventry planted three of them in the War Memorial Park which was opened in 1921. For a number of reasons the war memorial itself was not built until 1927, when it was opened by Earl Haig. Prior to that, a temporary wooden memorial, constructed by ex-servicemen, was opened in nearby Spencer Park. When this memorial was removed, one of the oak trees was transplanted to the spot at the behest of local ex-servicemen. A commemorative plaque identifies the tree.