Tag: Poppy

Lichfield Garden of Remembrance

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

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

The War Memorial

Sundial

Sundial

Dedication: First World War

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"

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

War Memorial Statue

Statue at the Library

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

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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Updated: 09/01/2018 — 07:48

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red

I was fortunate enough to visit this memorial on 15 August 2014, and by the time you read this the memorial will be almost dismantled.  It was never really intended to last after Remembrance Day, but by a surprising twist the memorial has proven to be a surprisingly popular one, and there have been calls to extend it beyond November 2014.

It is estimated that over 5 million people flocked to London to see the work, and images that I have seen after the last poppy was planted really brought it home to me how many lost their lives in that terrible war.

This work has really been the most effective war memorial that I have ever seen, although I am sure that the cemeteries in France are much more effective. The effect it did have was to show people just how many were lost in the First World War, and to bring those numbers back to Britain 100 years after the start of the conflict.

And now it is over, the poppies are being mailed to their new owners, and those who can exploit the memorial are doing so, although their sale on eBay has been blocked.  There is even a school of thought that wants the memorial to continue for longer, but realistically that cannot happen. The short life of this work does make it very special, and for those of us who saw it, something to remember.

The artist, Paul Cummins, created a something that was unique, and something that has paid homage to the many brave men and women who never came home. And he has also placed the spotlight on the sacrifice of the many.  I doubt if this work will ever be topped, it was just so very special which is why I am including it here.

© DRW2014 – 2018. Added to blog 23/11/2014.

Updated: 08/01/2018 — 07:55

The Johannesburg Cenotaph.

My original photographs of the cenotaph were taken in July 2008 at a point when I never realised that I would need better images,  I rectified that in October 2011 and was quite surprised as the area had changed since my previous visit.

Looking towards the Cenotaph from the Library area

Looking towards the Cenotaph from the Library area

The Cenotaph is in the block between the former Johannesburg City Hall (now Guateng Legislature) and the public library, and is bounded by Market and President Streets (this area is now called Beyers Naude Square). It was unveiled by the Earl Of Athlone on 10 October 1926, and is a replica of the Cenotaph in London. It may be found at Google Earth Co-ordinates 26° 12.274’S, 28°2.406’E.

It is similar in design to the Cenotaph in Hong Kong which is also based on the London Cenotaph.

The Cenotaph was “rebranded” in 2002 with the plaque above, and Remembrance Services are held here every year in November.

The steps of the former Johannesburg City Hall used to be have “Lest We Forget” and “Opdat Ons Nie Vergeet Nie” inscribed on them, as well as wreaths on the pillars. Unfortunately the wreaths have been long stolen.

Former City Hall stairs

Former City Hall stairs

**Update 15/10/2018**

It was announced on the Heritage Portal that the Cenotaph had been vandalised by some idiot with spray paint.  It is hoped that the perpetrator was caught on CCTV and is brought to book as quickly as possible. The Cenotaph is the centre of Remembrance in Johannesburg, and this desecration is disgusting. 

Fortunately the Cenotaph was cleaned up in time for the annual Remembrance Day Parade. 

© DRW 2011-2018. Created 07/06/2011. Images replaced 09/10/2011, edited 04/01/2012. Moved to blog 24/01/2014, updated 15/10/2018

Updated: 26/11/2018 — 07:50
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