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.
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.
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
King Edward VI School Memorial.
King Edward VI School Boat Club
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I was quite surprised to find the Garden of Remembrance in Lichfield, considering I was not looking for it in the first place.
Lichfield Garden of Remembrance
The War Memorial was designed by Charles Edward Bateman, and the garden was opened on 20 October 1920.
The War Memorial
Dedication: First World War
After the Second World War additional plaques were added to encompass the casualties from that conflict.
World War 2 and “Struggles That Followed”
There is one statue on the memorial, and curiously another statue on the library which may or may not tie into the memorial.
War Memorial Statue
Statue at the Library
There is one memorial which I found on the station which I want to include here, even though he did not come from this city but is worthy of being remembered.
Plaque of Remembrance to Private WR Davies
From what I could find, Private WR Davies was 19 when he was shot dead by the IRA, in an attack at the station where he had been waiting for a train, to take him back home to Wales after completing his first 12 weeks of training.
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The Cosy Corner MOTH Shellhole Wall of Remembrance.
When I originally saw what was left of the The Garden of Remembrance in Brakpan in 2007, I could just throw up my hands in dismay at what I then called “The wreckage of remembrance”. In August 2008 I was informed that the name plaque which was on the memorial had been removed, little knowing that the story did not end there.
What was left of the “Garden of Remembrance” in Brakpan in 2007
On 13 November 2011 I was contacted by Joe Borain who explained that the name plaque had been removed from the derelict memorial and a new Wall of Remembrance was erected at the Cosy Corner Moth Shellhole in Brenthurst, Brakpan, and the plaque had been installed there. I was able to visit the Shellhole in December 2011 and discovered a veritable museum that has come about at this Shellhole.
The new Wall of Remembrance at the Cosy Corner Shellhole in Brakpan
The former Roll of Honour
My primary target was the rededicated Wall of Remembrance, but there was so much more to see at this Shellhole, especially if you have an interest in Delville Wood. These images are just a small portion of what I saw, and the Shellhole is worth a visit if you have an interest in veterans affairs or warfare. Special thanks must go to Joe Borain for taking his time out to show me around and accompany me on a gravehunting expedition in Springs.
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