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. (?)
DRW © 2018. Created 15/01/2018
When I moved to Tewkesbury in 2015 it was inevitable that my camera lens would be on the lookout for churches, cemeteries and war memorials. The Parish Church of St Nicholas in the village of Ashchurch being the one church closest to where I was living at the time. I made two visits to the church and once I had done those I put it out of my mind and concentrated on other things. However, I was unaware that there was a war memorial associated with Ashchurch and this past week I realised that I had missed out.
St Nicholas Parish Church
The War Memorial may be found on Google Earth at 51.997611°, -2.105686°. and it is not too difficult to find it, you literally follow the cycle path until you find St Nicholas church, then cross the road and there you are.
The war memorial may be described as a “Cross with ‘roof’ ends on top and each arm, set on capital on top of square tapered column on three step base”. (http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/20772)
Remembrance Day was almost 2 months ago and there are still wreaths at the memorial. The main inscription reads:
There are three panels with names from both World Wars, 24 from the First World War and two from the 2nd. It will be interesting to see how many of them are buried in the graveyard of St Nicholas Church just over the road. I do know that there is a memorial to Major Bertram Cartland in the grounds of Tewkesbury Abbey.
Alternatively the names on the memorial may be seen at http://www.glosgen.co.uk/warmem/ashchurchwm.htm. I created a community at Lives of the First World War specifically for this memorial.
Ashchurch Village Hall
© DRW 2017-2018. Created 26/12/2017
The War Memorial in the village of Bushley in Warwickshire, may be found affixed to the wall of St Peter’s Parish Church.
© DRW 2016-2018. Created 26/12/2016
The War Memorial in Tewkesbury is situated on an island that sits at the intersection of Barton Str, Church Str, and High Street. Google Earth co-ordinates are 51°59’32.75″N, 2° 9’27.29″W.
This position also makes it very difficult to photograph because of all the traffic going past (and it never seems to stop). It is also very vulnerable to any vehicle that misses the turning, although I have no statistics as to how many times it has been hit. (2010 a vehicle collided with it).
The memorial is also known as the Tewkesbury Cross and is described as: “A tapered octagonal shaft with moulded capital and a cross, on an octagonal plinth cut through by a square base with diagonal buttresses at centres of the sides, carrying 4 pinnacles. All set on a broad 3-step hexagonal base, the lowest step with nosing, on a final hexagonal platform which has been rounded, and protected by 6 stone bollards. The cross carries a central shield of arms, and the base has a series of 6 bronze plates with the names of the fallen inscribed, dated 1914-1919 (sic). A further plate has been added covering the years 1939-1945.” (http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-376922-war-memorial-tewkesbury-gloucestershire#.VYWwmmerP5I)
On 01/07/2018, two additional plaques were added to the memorial for the two world wars.
World War One
World War Two
Roll of Honour.
|E. Andrews : A. H. Askew : C. Attwood : C. Bailey :
T. Ball : W. Ball : P. Barnes : W.J. Barnfield :
W.H. Bastable : T. Beesley : W.F. Birt : T. Bishop :
H.N. Bloxham : J. Broadwell : A.L. Brookes :
R. Clarke : A. Cleal : F.C. Clements : J. Cole :
J. Coleman : R.N. Coleman : F.J. Collins :
J. Cook : J.H. Cook : A. Coopey : A.H. Cornish :
|J.S. Dale : C.L. Davey : S. Davies : A.C. Day : R. Day :
W.A. Day : F. Dee : B. Devereux : L.F. Devereux :
F. Dickinson : A.J. Didcote : H.F. Didcote :
W.B. Didcote : G. Eagles : T.J. Evans : W. Fitton ;
A.J. Fletcher : Pte. C. E. Garratt : F.N. Green :
W.C. Green : H.A. Greening : J. Greening :
L. Gurney : F.E. Hale : R. Hall : T. Hall :
|T. Harrington : A. Harrison : S. Hathaway :
F. Hawker : P.C. Hawker : W. Hawker : A.G. Hodges :
W. Hodges : A.E. Hooper : T.J. Horne : C. Howell :
C. Hurcombe : H. Hurcombe : D.R. Hutchinson :
H.W. Hyett : J. Jeynes : A.L. Jones : G.H. Jones :
J.L. Jones : L. Jones : P.H. Jones : W. Jones :
W.H. Jones : A. Jordan : A.E. Jordan :
|W. Keylock : W. King : G. Mann : L.V. Mann :
N.J. Mann : J. Matty : F. Mayall : L.W. Moore :
T.H. Moore : F. Neale : T. New : C. Newman :
T.J. Osborne : A.C. Papps : W.J.M. Parker :
J.J. Parnell : T. Parrott : J. Parsons :
F. Perkins : W.W. Pitman : H. Preston : F. T. Price :
W.A. Price : W.H. Price : D.L. Priestley :
|S.N. Priestley : W.J. Prosser : A.C. Purser :
F.T. Raggatt : A.E. Reynolds : C.W.M. Rice :
E. Rice : W. Roberts : A.H. Rowley : H.E. Rowley :
H.G. Rowley : A.C. Sallis : A.F. Sallis : A.J. Sallis :
C. Sandford : R.C. Sayers : W. Sheldon :
J.A. Simms : T. Simmons : C. Simons : E.W. Simons :
A.E. Sircombe : A. Smith : H.G. Stubbs : R.B. Sweet :
|A.G. Taylor : C. Taylor : F. Taylor : G.H. Taylor :
R.J.W. Taylor : H. Thompson : J.W. Timms : L. Tysoe :
G. Turberville : T. Underwood : C.W. Wagstaff :
J. Wagstaff : J. Walker : A.W. Wallace : H. Warner :
H.J. Waylen : A.C. Wilkinson : F. Wilkinson :
B. Williams : E. Williams : R. Williams :
T. Williams : C. Wise : A. Woodhull : F. Woolcott :
Additional 1914-1918 casualties added on 02/08/2018.
A.E. Fletcher : F. Green : F.G. Green :
H Knight : V.W. Marment :
P. L. Marment : A.J.E. Parsons :
L. Rossell : K. Sollis : F.W. Taylor :
A. Allan : L. Barrett : J. Bassett : A. Bishop : W. Booth : B. Dee :
C. Gough : H.F.E. Gyngell : H.S. Halling : R. Haynes : A.J. Howes :
E.S. Hunt : E. Hyett : F.J. Jenkins : C.F. Key : F. Key : K.S. Nash :
L.H.J. Osborne : E. Page : A.J. Parker : W.E. Portlock :
H.O.D. Ricketts : C. Ryland : J. Shephard : V. Turberville :
G. Ashton : E. Bostock : R. Dickenson : G.W Gregson : A. Martin :
Additional 1939-1945 casualties added on 02/08/2018
J.C. Cash : R.E.. Collett
A. Hanlon : W.F. Portlock
In honour of those who gave their lives in the service of their country other conflicts:
B.D. Soden. Northern Ireland 1972
There is also a very impressive World War One Memorial in nearby Tewkesbury Abbey.
And in the neighbouring parish of Ashchurch there is another War Memorial.
Ashchurch War Memorial
DRW © 2015 – 2018. Created 20/06/2015, added new names and plaques 01/07/2018