The Gloucestershire Regiment South African War Memorial may be found at Google Earth co-ordinates: 51.457683° -2.608860°, on an island in Queens Road, Bristol.
The Memorial was unveiled on 4 Mar 1905, and attended by: Field Marshal Earl Roberts VC KG KP GCB OM GCSI GCIE.
There are 248 names on the memorial and it is a Grade II listed building. (War Memorials Register Entry)
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James Power Carne (11/04/1906 – 19/04/1986) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions with the Gloucestershire Regiment during the Korean War in 1951.
The Citation reads:
“On 22/23 April 1951 near the Imjin River, Korea, Lieutenant Colonel Carne’s battalion was heavily and incessantly engaged by vastly superior numbers of the enemy. Throughout this time Colonel Carne moved among the whole battalion under very heavy mortar and machine-gun fire, inspiring the utmost confidence and the will to resist among his troops. On two separate occasions, armed with rifle and grenades, he personally led assault parties which drove back the enemy and saved important situations. His courage, coolness and leadership was felt not only in his own battalion but throughout the whole brigade.”
(Image in the Gloucestershire Regimental Museum)
(Medals in the Gloucestershire Regimental Museum)
He was cremated at Cheltenham Crematorium and his ashes were interred in Cranham Churchyard Gloucestershire.
DRW © 2017-2020. Image of Plaque in Cranham courtesy of Mark Green.
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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