Tag: Remembrance Day

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

Basingstoke War Memorial

The War Memorial in Basingstoke is a beauty, situated in a small square close to War Memorial Park it is really magnificent. I have replaced my original image of the memorial as I was able to get other images a week later. (Images open in a new window/tab)

Basingstoke War Memorial

Basingstoke War Memorial

Still festooned with wreaths from Remembrance Day, it was designed by LF Roslyn, and erected at the London Road entrance to the park in 1923.

The angel on top of the memorial

The angel on top of the memorial

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

Updated: 08/01/2018 — 07:55

Walmer War Memorial in Walmer, Port Elizabeth

These photographs were kindly taken by Ronnie Lovemore in June 2011, and are used with his permission.

This memorial to the men and women of  Walmer who died during the two World Wars may be found at Google Earth Co-ordinates    33° 58.684’S, 25° 35.135’E.

The drinking trough at the Walmer Town Hall originally came from the plinth that stood in Market Square, Port Elizabeth and on which the Prince Of Wales Obelisk was erected. The trough was removed when the Obelisk was replaced by the Howitzer that formed part of the South African Heavy Artillery Memorial.

It was unveiled on 24 March 1925 and is situated in front of the Town Hall.

Remembrance Day 2001

Remembrance Day 2001

© DRW 2011-2018. Created 29/07/2011, added new pics 30/11/2011. Photographs © of Ronnie Lovemore.  Moved to blog 05/02/2014.

Updated: 06/01/2018 — 12:40

King Edward VII School War Memorial, Houghton, Johannesburg

I was fortunate enough to get permission to photograph this memorial inside the grounds of King Edward School (KES) in St Patrick Road, Houghton, in November 2012. A Remembrance Day Service is held at the memorial every year in November, and while I was invited, sadly I was not able to attend.

It commemorates the Masters and Boys of the school who lost their lives in both World Wars.

Dedication Plaque

Dedication Plaque

The memorial may be found at Google Earth co-ordinates:   26°10’24.35″S, 28° 3’46.35″E

© DRW 2012-2018.  Created 10/11/2012. Moved to blog 25/11/2014

Updated: 05/01/2018 — 20:52

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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