FLA FUSCINUS EME
EXORDIVISI ANIS LV
FLA ROMANUS ACT
VIXIT ANNI XXXV
INCAS INTE AB HOSTI
Which translates as;
To the Gods of the underworld. Flavius Fuscinus, retired from
the Centurianship, lived 55 years.
To the Gods of the underworld. Flavius Romanus, clerk, lived 35
years, killed in the camp by the enemy.
A full discussion of the stone and its inscription is in the CWAAS transactions for 2002. Almost certainly these two guys were related, most likely father and son. Both were Roman citizens, probably as a consequence of the father, if such he is, having served his time as a centurian in an auxilliary unit, perhaps that which was stationed at Galava. At some time, probably during the troubles of the late 2nd/early 3rd centuries, one or both of these guys was killed, perhaps in a raid on the fort by invaders from the north or perhaps by disaffected local tribespeople. Whatever the exact scenario may be the stone clearly commemorates a death in conflict & is thus incontrovertibly a War Memorial! I really cannot think of an earlier memorial in the county.