My visit to Stroud in September 2017 was somewhat of a disaster, although a number of goals were achieved. One of those goals was to photograph any war memorials that I would see on my way. Unfortunately the Stroud War Memorial was in an area which was far removed from where I ended up but one day I may return. As far as I can see it is situated at 51.747915°, -2.214784°.
The major war memorial that I saw was in St Laurence Church in Stroud, and the World War 1 section was remarkably legible.
Flanking this central Roll of Honour are the names for the Second World War. A Book of Remembrance is kept in a glass case near the memorial.
There are more images of the church in the blogpost that I did about my trip to Stroud
My next memorial I found in The Holy Trinity Church which I passed on my way to the cemetery. The memorial looks like it was made from alabaster and it had a screen blocking off the best view. The two windows on either side of it confused my camera too.
A shot from the side did leave me with a more legible Roll of Honour so all is not lost.
That was my collection from Stroud. I will have to return one day to get the war memorial and revisit Painswick. Just not this year.
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While attempting to visit Stroud last weekend I ended up in Painswick in Gloucestershire instead, and while I was there I photographed two War Memorials.
The first was outside the parish church of Saint Mary in Painswick.
The memorial is surrounded by Yew trees, and I believe that there are 99 of them in this churchyard! unfortunately the weather was grey and gloomy and I did not take as many images as I would have liked. It was designed by Arts and Craft architect Frederick Landseer Maur Griggs and was erected in 1921 and commemorates the men from Painswick who lost their lives in the two world wars.
The weathering of the stone has made the memorial hard to read, so it may be easier to have a look at the memorial inside the church.
What makes this memorial interesting is that it not only commemorates those who lost their lives in the two wars, but also those who served in it. The gold engraved names are of the former. I have darkened portions of the image to enhance legibility,
It is a nice touch to know that all of those who served are on the ROH, and it is one of the few occasions that I have seen it done. Unfortunately though there were chairs in front of the memorial so I was unable to get all of the plaques. I was also pressed for time so could not be picky about my pics. The one thing I do know is that the village lost a lot of men in the wars, and I expect this church was the centre of the many memorial services that would have been be as a result of the wartime deaths.
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Percival Scrope Marling (06/03/1861 – 29/05/1936) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the Battle of Tamai in the Sudan in 1884.
The Citation reads:
“For his conspicuous bravery at the Battle of Tamai, on 13th March last, in risking his life to save that of Private Morley, Royal Sussex Regiment, who, having been shot, was lifted and placed in front of Lieutenant Marling on his horse. He fell off almost immediately, when Lieutenant Marling dismounted, and gave up his horse for the purpose of carrying off Private Morley, the enemy pressing close on to them until they succeeded in carrying him about 80 yards to a place of comparative safety.”
He is buried in All Saints Church, Shelsey, Gloucestershire.
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Francis George Miles (09/07/1896 – 08/11/1961), was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the First World War at Bois-l’Évêque, Landrecies, France.
The Citation reads:
“On 23 October 1918 at Bois-l’Évêque, Landrecies, France, when his company was held up by a line of enemy machine-guns in a sunken road, Private Miles, alone and on his own initiative went forward under exceptionally heavy fire, located a machine-gun, shot the gunner and put the gun out of action. Then seeing another gun nearby, he again went forward alone, shot the gunner and captured the team of eight. Finally he stood up and beckoned to his company who, acting on his signals, were able to capture 16 machine-guns, one officer and 50 other ranks.”
He is buried in St Peter’s Churchyard, Clearwell, Gloucestershire.
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The War Memorial in the village of Bushley in Warwickshire, may be found affixed to the wall of St Peter’s Parish Church.
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The War Memorial in Winchcombe may be found on Abbey Terrace, it commemorates those from the parishes of Winchcombe and Sudeley that lost their lives during the Two World Wars.
Memorial location marked with a red dot
Nearby Winchcombe Cemetery contains 12 CWGC graves.
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This memorial to the men of the village of Twyning in Gloucestershire may be found inside the church of St Mary Magdalene at Church End. I could not help wondering whether there was only a World War One plaque and an additional had to be added after World War Two.
There are 6 war graves in the churchyard. The image below is taken in the South east corner.
The church may be found at Google Earth co-ordinates 52° 1.386’N, 2° 9.384’W.
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The War Memorial in Tewkesbury is situated on an island that sits at the intersection of Barton Str, Church Str, and High Street. Google Earth co-ordinates are 51°59’32.75″N, 2° 9’27.29″W.
This position also makes it very difficult to photograph because of all the traffic going past (and it never seems to stop). It is also very vulnerable to any vehicle that misses the turning, although I have no statistics as to how many times it has been hit. (2010 a vehicle collided with it).
The memorial is also known as the Tewkesbury Cross and is described as: “A tapered octagonal shaft with moulded capital and a cross, on an octagonal plinth cut through by a square base with diagonal buttresses at centres of the sides, carrying 4 pinnacles. All set on a broad 3-step hexagonal base, the lowest step with nosing, on a final hexagonal platform which has been rounded, and protected by 6 stone bollards. The cross carries a central shield of arms, and the base has a series of 6 bronze plates with the names of the fallen inscribed, dated 1914-1919 (sic). A further plate has been added covering the years 1939-1945.” (http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-376922-war-memorial-tewkesbury-gloucestershire#.VYWwmmerP5I)
On 01/07/2018, two additional plaques were added to the memorial for the two world wars.
World War One
World War Two
Roll of Honour.
|E. Andrews : A. H. Askew : C. Attwood : C. Bailey :
T. Ball : W. Ball : P. Barnes : W.J. Barnfield :
W.H. Bastable : T. Beesley : W.F. Birt : T. Bishop :
H.N. Bloxham : J. Broadwell : A.L. Brookes :
R. Clarke : A. Cleal : F.C. Clements : J. Cole :
J. Coleman : R.N. Coleman : F.J. Collins :
J. Cook : J.H. Cook : A. Coopey : A.H. Cornish :
|J.S. Dale : C.L. Davey : S. Davies : A.C. Day : R. Day :
W.A. Day : F. Dee : B. Devereux : L.F. Devereux :
F. Dickinson : A.J. Didcote : H.F. Didcote :
W.B. Didcote : G. Eagles : T.J. Evans : W. Fitton ;
A.J. Fletcher : Pte. C. E. Garratt : F.N. Green :
W.C. Green : H.A. Greening : J. Greening :
L. Gurney : F.E. Hale : R. Hall : T. Hall :
|T. Harrington : A. Harrison : S. Hathaway :
F. Hawker : P.C. Hawker : W. Hawker : A.G. Hodges :
W. Hodges : A.E. Hooper : T.J. Horne : C. Howell :
C. Hurcombe : H. Hurcombe : D.R. Hutchinson :
H.W. Hyett : J. Jeynes : A.L. Jones : G.H. Jones :
J.L. Jones : L. Jones : P.H. Jones : W. Jones :
W.H. Jones : A. Jordan : A.E. Jordan :
|W. Keylock : W. King : G. Mann : L.V. Mann :
N.J. Mann : J. Matty : F. Mayall : L.W. Moore :
T.H. Moore : F. Neale : T. New : C. Newman :
T.J. Osborne : A.C. Papps : W.J.M. Parker :
J.J. Parnell : T. Parrott : J. Parsons :
F. Perkins : W.W. Pitman : H. Preston : F. T. Price :
W.A. Price : W.H. Price : D.L. Priestley :
|S.N. Priestley : W.J. Prosser : A.C. Purser :
F.T. Raggatt : A.E. Reynolds : C.W.M. Rice :
E. Rice : W. Roberts : A.H. Rowley : H.E. Rowley :
H.G. Rowley : A.C. Sallis : A.F. Sallis : A.J. Sallis :
C. Sandford : R.C. Sayers : W. Sheldon :
J.A. Simms : T. Simmons : C. Simons : E.W. Simons :
A.E. Sircombe : A. Smith : H.G. Stubbs : R.B. Sweet :
|A.G. Taylor : C. Taylor : F. Taylor : G.H. Taylor :
R.J.W. Taylor : H. Thompson : J.W. Timms : L. Tysoe :
G. Turberville : T. Underwood : C.W. Wagstaff :
J. Wagstaff : J. Walker : A.W. Wallace : H. Warner :
H.J. Waylen : A.C. Wilkinson : F. Wilkinson :
B. Williams : E. Williams : R. Williams :
T. Williams : C. Wise : A. Woodhull : F. Woolcott :
Additional 1914-1918 casualties added on 02/08/2018.
A.E. Fletcher : F. Green : F.G. Green :
H Knight : V.W. Marment :
P. L. Marment : A.J.E. Parsons :
L. Rossell : K. Sollis : F.W. Taylor :
A. Allan : L. Barrett : J. Bassett : A. Bishop : W. Booth : B. Dee :
C. Gough : H.F.E. Gyngell : H.S. Halling : R. Haynes : A.J. Howes :
E.S. Hunt : E. Hyett : F.J. Jenkins : C.F. Key : F. Key : K.S. Nash :
L.H.J. Osborne : E. Page : A.J. Parker : W.E. Portlock :
H.O.D. Ricketts : C. Ryland : J. Shephard : V. Turberville :
G. Ashton : E. Bostock : R. Dickenson : G.W Gregson : A. Martin :
Additional 1939-1945 casualties added on 02/08/2018
J.C. Cash : R.E.. Collett
A. Hanlon : W.F. Portlock
In honour of those who gave their lives in the service of their country other conflicts:
B.D. Soden. Northern Ireland 1972
There is also a very impressive World War One Memorial in nearby Tewkesbury Abbey.
And in the neighbouring parish of Ashchurch there is another War Memorial.
Ashchurch War Memorial
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The War Memorial in the village of Barton Under Needwood in Staffordshire may be found outside St James’ Parish Church. It is on a small fenced island and the bronze plaques are not easy to read.
The churchyard of St James’ Church has 8 casualties buried in it, and there are two wall memorials inside the church and a display relating to Private Francis George Keeling who lived in the village and who was killed on the 19th of May 1915. He is remembered on the grave of his brother who is buried in the churchyard. I have created a “community” on Lives of the First World War to commemorate the men on these two memorials
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These two plaques are on the outside of St Saviour, St John the Baptist and St John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lewisham. (Google Earth Co-ordinates: 51.460167° -0.011005°. stsaviourslewisham.org.uk)
Unfortunately I could not get proper images of the church, and was only able to grab snippets of it. The plaques are on either side of the main entrance, and the mosaic over the door ties in with the two memorial plaques.
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