On Friday 12/01/2018 I went through to Gloucester to do some business at the post office, and as I was leaving I spotted a war memorial inside the post office. Fortunately I had my camera with and got permission to photograph it. The two plaques are mounted quite high up on the wall and the corner is cramped so these pics are the best I can do.
First World War.
The inscription reads:
Pro patria. This tablet is erected by the Postmaster and staff of Gloucester and district in memory of the undermentioned colleagues who fell in the Great War 1914-1919.
The names on the Memorial (World War 1) are:
An (*) indicates that may be the CWGC details for that person. (?) indicates that no casualty with that name was found. (!) Too many possibles and not enough information. Wm = William, Name list obtained from http://www.royalmailmemorials.com/memorial/gloucester-and-district-war-memorial
Second World War.
The inscription reads:
Pro patria. This tablet is erected by the Head Postmaster and staff of Gloucester and district in the memory of the undermentioned colleagues who fell in the World War 1939-1945
Underneath the above plaque is a notice stating that The war memorial was maintained by Royal Mail and may not be removed without permission. That is the first time I have seen such a notification on any war memorial, so hopefully it will not end up the way so many others have.
Gloucester Post Office
Interestingly enough, Geoffrey Howard Duberley is buried in West Park Cemetery in Johannesburg and I photographed his grave in 2007.
There is a similar memorial at the Royal Mail Depot in Tewkesbury.
Birt W.F (*)
Garratt C.E (?)
Peach R.F. (?)
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Alfred Henry Hook (06/08/1850 – 12/03/1905) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the battle of Rorke’s Drift.
The Citation reads:
“On 22/23 January 1879 at Rorke’s Drift, Natal, South Africa, a distant room of the hospital had been held for more than an hour by three privates, and when finally they had no ammunition left the Zulus burst in, and killed one of the men and two patients. One of the privates (John Williams) however, succeeded in knocking a hole in the partition and taking the last two patients through into the next ward, where he found Private Hook. “These two men then worked together – one holding the enemy at bayonet point while the other broke through three more partitions – and they were then able to bring eight patients into the inner line of defence”
He is buried in St Andrew’s Churchyard, Churcham, Gloucestershire.
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The Gloucester War Memorial is situated on a corner at the entrance to Gloucester Park and may be found at Google Earth co-ordinates 51°51’36.29″N, 2°14’29.40″W.
The plinth is topped with the familiar emblem of the Sphinx that is also found on the badge of the Gloucester Regiment.
The list of names on the memorial may be found at Glosgen – Gloucester Genealogy.
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The memorial to the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars may be found in the parking lot of Gloucester Cathedral. It features a cross on a many sided base which has bronze reliefs depicting various actions by the Hussars and Yeomanry during both World Wars.
The memorial may be found at Google Earth co-ordinates 51°52’3.50″N, 2°14’53.01″W. The chapel in the cathedral may be found very close to the effigies of King Edward II and Osric, Prince of Mercia. It features stained glass windows dedicated to the memory of members of the Gloucestershire Regiment as well as the memory of the crew of HMS Gloucester who lost their lives off Crete on 22 May 1941.
The Chapel also has 4 Rolls of Honour that hold the names of the men involved in the conflicts.
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