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War Memorial #1624 - Wilstone Mystery Cache

Hidden : 02/26/2022
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:


The Memorial

The memorial stands on a green at a junction near the centre of the village adjacent to Manor Farm and St Cross Church. The memorial comprises a Cornish granite cross with Celtic head and a tapering shaft. It rises from a trapezoidal two stepped plinth and a square two stepped Derbyshire Gritstone base. The cross is enriched by carved interlace and knotwork. 
It was erected in 1921 to commemorate the nine residents of Wilstone who died during the conflict. It was manufactured by J W Wood and Son and built by a stone mason, Mr Hobbs of Tring, at a cost of £133 1s 4d. The memorial was unveiled on 2nd October 1921 by Captain G M Brown of Tring followed by service where the Long Marston brass band and the RAF Halton band sounded the Reveille and the Last Post.


During the Second World War the railings surrounding the memorial were removed as part of the war effort. They were later replaced with a chain link fence. The memorial was renovated in 1993 and again in 2006 when the masonry was cleaned, the joints re-pointed, the lettering re-painted, and the surrounding fence posts repaired. More recently new railings were commissioned by the Tring Rural Parish Council, but I will leave it to you to discover when from a nearby plaque.    



To find the Cache


Preferably from the comfort of your armchair before venturing out to find this cache -
Click on the image above to solve a 108 piece puzzle which will give you the formula in which to use the following values

From the Gate in the fence around the War Memorial:-

* A = the number of open Poppy flowers

* BC = the number of open Poppy leaves

From the Memorial:-

* D = the numerical value of the first letter of the longest Surname

* E = the number of letters in the commonest Christian Name

From the Plaque commemorating the commissioning the new railings:-

* F = the number of lines of text

* G = the last two digits of the date in January that the railings were forged added together



You can validate your puzzle solution with certitude.

You are looking for a small Bison - don't forget to bring a pen (but hey you are a well equipped cacher aren't you?



****** IMPORTANT - PLEASE NOTE ******
CACHES ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE PLACED ON ACTUAL MEMORIALS OR WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF SUCH
AT ALL TIMES PLEASE TREAT LOCATIONS OF MEMORIALS WITH RESPECT





Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Va Pregvghqr

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)