Along the present day A45 at the Stretton-on-Dunsmore roundabout sits a memorial to the Gallipoli campaign of WWI.
The war memorial commemorates the review of his troops by George V and would have involved a parade for several miles along the route of the London Road, much of which was flanked on either side by an avenue of lime trees. The event was witnessed by locals as the troops were billeted locally. The Gallipoli War Memorial is thus associated with an avenue of lime trees, replanted in 1921 following the outcry to the felling in 1917.
From the Second World War there are traces of both the allied defence effort in the form of gun emplacements, air raid shelters and battle headquarters and the enemy bombardment which left bomb craters. Baginton aerodrome, now Coventry Airport, was a fighter base and aircraft production centre.