The Gurkha Soldier Memorial

The Gurkha Soldier Memorial may be found at Google Earth co-ordinates 51°30’18.42″N, 0° 7’29.92″W. It stands at the junction with Whitehall Court opposite the main building of the Ministry of Defence in Horse Guards Avenue. It was Queen Elizabeth II on 3 December 1997.

It was sculpted by Philip Jackson, and the plinth was designed by Cecil Denny Highton.

The Dedication reads:

THE GURKHA 
SOLDIER
BRAVEST OF THE BRAVE
MOST GENEROUS OF THE GENEROUS
NEVER HAD COUNTRY
MORE FAITHFUL FRIENDS
THANK YOU

It is credited to Professor Sir Ralph Turner MC.

Either side of the plinth lists the regiments where the Gurkhas served as well as the countries where they found themselves in. With a fierce-some reputation, the Gurkha’s have served the United Kingdom faithfully wherever they were sent and they were respected by friend and foe.

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Korean War Memorial in London

The Korean War Memorial May be found in the Victoria Embankment Gardens on the Thames in London. (Google Earth co-ordinates: 51°30’13.42″N, 0° 7’26.20″W) 

It was unveiled by the Duke of Gloucester on 3 December 2014.

The memorial features a bronze statue of a British soldier by the sculptor Philip Jackson, with a Portland stone obelisk on a Welsh slate base.

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Asian and African Warships to the Cape

 
This gallery comprises images from Asia (Japan, Taiwan, India, Pakistan, Malaysia), Kenya and South African Navy vessels
 
 
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American, Russian and Soviet Warships to the Cape

 
This gallery comprises images from the United States, Russia and the former USSR.
 
 
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European Warships to the Cape

 
This gallery comprises images from Belgium, Denmark, France, Holland, Italy, Spain,  Sweden and the United Kingdom
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South American Warships to the Cape.

I was given a whole stack of prints that were photographed of warships that called in Cape Town and Simonstown roughly between 1994 and 2002. The photographer was Patrick Gavin Worman, and unfortunately like so many of us he was tied down to weather, photography position, camera and skill, and I am grateful to him for capturing images of these vessels. He passed away in 2018  

This gallery features ships from Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. 

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Malvern Priory War Memorial

I visited Malvern Priory on 13 September 2019 and took the following images of the War Memorial inside.

The memorial may be described as :“Large wall-mounted stone tablet is flanked by stone figures of Mary with Child and crown (left) and St George (Right) Inscription and names are in the centre of the tablet.”

There are 43 names from the First World War (1914-1918) and 15 from the  Second World War (1939-1945) commemorated on the Memorial.  (Names may be seen at the IWM listing for the Memorial).

First World War

Second World War

The Memorial was made by  Messrs Caroe And Passmore and unveiled on 11 November 1920.


Outside the Priory is a wall mounted plaque with the the bases of the crosses as mentioned.

Unfortunately the legibility of the bases is poor with two exceptions:

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Great Malvern War Memorial

on 13 September 2019 I visited Great Malvern, and on my list of things to see was the War Memorial. The War Memorial in the Priory is dealt with in a separate post.

The War Memorial is directly in front of the library and has no names inscribed on it. It is described as:

WINGED SEMI-NUDE MALE FIGURE, REPRESENTING YOUTH, WITH ARMS STRETCHED UPWARDS HOLDING A FLAMING TORCH. THE FIGURE LOOKS UPWARDS TOWARDS THE TORCH. TREE ROOTS ARE WRAPPED AROUND THE FEET OF THE FIGURE, WHICH STANDS ON A STONE PLINTH AND FIVE STEPPED BASE. THE INSCRIPTION IS CARVED PROUD ON THE PLINTH.”

The inscriptions read:

12 O’Clock:  “TO THOSE WHO/ NOBLY SERVED/ 1914-1919/ 1939-1945

6 O’Clock: “THEIR LIFE THEY/ GAVE THE LIGHT/ OF LIFE TO SAVE

The memorial may be found at Google Earth co-ordinates 52.112887°, -2.326983°.

The memorial is a Grade II listed structure and it was unveiled in 1923 and was made by Captain Richard Reginald Goulden. (Information from Imperial War Museum War Memorials Register).

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Bladon War Memorial

On 24 August 2019 I visited the village of Bladon to view Sir Winston Churchill’s grave and as I was leaving the grounds of St Martin’s Parish Church I spotted the Bladon War Memorial which is close by.

Google Earth co-ordinates are 51.830480°, -1.350584°. The memorial is described as:

“Obelisk set on a square plinth and two steps. Incised Latin cross surrounded by green wreath is placed at the top of the obelisk with two plaques on front face of plinth and a small plaque on front face of first step. The whole stands on a gravel surround and is enclosed by a low wall.”

https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/59955

The inscription reads:

IN MEMORY OF THE FALLEN

1914-1918/ “Faithful unto Death”/(Names)

1939-1945/ (Names)

There are 28 names on the memorial; 23 from the First World War and 5 from the second.

The only War Memorial I found in St Martin’s Parish Church was a simple framed Roll of Honour, however it could be that I did not see a larger or more elaborate memorial.

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Stratford-upon-Avon War Memorials

The main War Memorial in Stratford-upon-Avon may be found in The Remembrance Gardens bounded by College Street and Old Town (Google Earth co-ordinates:  52.187884°,  -1.708347°).

There are a number of memorials in the gardens and it is a peaceful place.

Memorial Cross.

The Memorial Cross commemorates is of a similar design to that of the Cross of Sacrifice only without the sword on the front face.  It commemorates casualties that lost their lives in the First World War. The bronze plaques to the remaining seven sides of the pedestal list the names of the 235 men who died in the conflict. There is an additional bronze plaque to the second stage of the pedestal which is titled FIRST WORLD WAR 1914-1920 and gives the names of 12 men and the date of their death. It was unveiled on 12 February 1922. Name plaques may be viewed at https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/85900

The Memorial was originally erected in Bridge Street but was moved to a site overlooking Bancroft Gardens before the Second World War. In 1954 it was relocated to the newly created Garden of Remembrance.

Screen Wall

The Second World War casualties are commemorated on plaques mounted on a screen wall.

This memorial is a concave 3 panelled wall with commemorative plaques attached to it. There are 100 names on the memorial. Plaques may be viewed at https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/85897

Other Memorials.

King Edward VI School Memorial.

King Edward VI School Boat Club

Dedication Plaque

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