The plaques in this post were photographed at Steam. Museum of the Great Western Railroad that I visited in 2015. Unfortunately my images did not come out well, it really has to do with camera shake and long exposures associated with not using a flash. I have sharpened them as much as possible.
The Great Western Railway had it’s engine works in this railway town, and even built housing for its workers there, it was the biggest employer too and the Museum tells the story of the men and women who built, operated and travelled on the Great Western Railway. In wartime the works would have played a major part in maintaining the steam engines and in some cases using their heavy industrial facilities for wartime production. The labour force of men would have been affected by volunteering and conscription, and women began to play a role in keeping the works running. The carnage of the Western Front would have also affected the men who worked here, and a number of plaques have survived, commemorating those who never returned.
“Coldstream Guards., No. 4787 Private George Strong
In September 1855, at Sevastopol, in the Crimea, when on duty, Private Strong picked up a live shell which had fallen into the trench, and threw it over the parapet. He was well aware of the extreme danger involved, and his action saved many lives. Strong died on 25 August 1888.”
He is buried at the Church of the Holy Cross, Sherston Magna, Wiltshire, although the exact location of his burial is not known but a memorial headstone is placed next to the headstone of his brother Thomas.
George Strong VC.
07/04/1833 – 25/08/1888
Church of the Holy Cross, Sherstone Magna, Wiltshire
This small memorial to the AOP (Air Observation Post) Squadrons may be found at the Old Sarum Airfield, close to the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection. I must admit I had to look up what an AOP was before I created this page, and having done so feel that this small memorial is really worthy of a much better understanding and exposure.
Passing through Chippenham, Wiltshire today, I chanced up on the town War Memorial. At first I was quite sure what it was because the front (or back) does not seem anything like what a war memorial should look like.
Unfortunately it was a grey day and so the images are not as good as I would have liked. From behind the Roll of Honour is visible, and you can see the purpose behind the structure, which is not too ugly. I suspect it may be some sort of fountain.
Rolls of Honour
The memorial may be found at Google Earth co-ordinates: 51.457738°, -2.113564°
The first time I saw this memorial in Salisbury Market Square was when I was visiting Salisbury, but I was unable to get any photographs of it due to construction work and a flea market that was on at the time. The next time I saw it the flea market got in the way, and the pics I then used were taken in the late afternoon with my phone. For some reason I am just not able to get decent images of this memorial! I will however try again as the construction that was going on at the square is finally finished. The building in the background is the Guildhall.
The Google Earth Co-ordinates are 51.069393°, -1.794587°