Cheltenham’s War Memorial is located outside the Municipal Offices on the Promenade, with the Long Gardens on either side. It was not an easy one to photograph either, as it is partly in shade and partly in sunlight.
It was unveiled by Maj-Genl Sir Robert Fanshaw K.C.B, D.S.O, on the 1st of October 1921.
Google Earth co-ordinates are: 51°53’56.69″N, 2° 4’39.35″W
The memorial also has plaques dedicated to those who lost their lives in South Arabia 1839-1967, as well as to Polish men and women who lost their lies in the Second World War.
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.
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.
The cenotaph in Walsall, Staffordshire may be found at Google Earth co-ordinates 52.583179°, -1.983704°, it is situated on a small island in the middle of a roundabout.
What does make this cenotaph interesting is that it is located on the site of a bomb which was dropped by Zeppelin ‘L 21’ which killed the town’s mayoress and two others. It was erected on 1 October 1921.
The major War Memorial in Birmingham is the Hall of Memory. I visited it on 10 April 2014, and it was a very pretty structure, although I do expect many people have very little idea of what it is or represents. The Hall of Memory was built to commemorate the 12320 Birmingham citizens who died and the 35000 who were wounded in the First World War.
When I arrived that morning it was still closed (it opens at 10am), so I was able to have a look at the four statues that surround it. Each representing a branch of the armed service as well as the Women’s Service.
Inside the chamber it is solemn, and the centerpiece is a sarcophagus-shaped dais in which are two Rolls of Honour from both World Wars.
A further Roll of Honour is in a glass case behind the main one, and this is for those who lost their lives in further conflicts after the Second World War.
In each of the four corners there are niches that are currently holding the many wreaths and tributes that were made since Remembrance Day, and Poppy Crosses surround the central dias.
Three bas-reliefs are affixed high up on each wall, and they each have a message for those left behind.
The Hall of Memory was designed by S. N. Cooke and W. Norman Twist and was opened by H.R.H. Prince Arthur of Connaught on 4th July 1925.
The War Memorial in Alrewas seems almost superfluous when the National Memorial Arboretum is relatively close by, but then the war memorial has been around much longer. A bus service runs between the village and Lichfield. The Arboretum is in walking distance from the village.
The memorial may be found at Google Earth co-ordinates: 52.732875°, -1.749580°. The National Memorial Arboretum may be found at 52.727889°, -1.731161°
Interestingly, the tree on the same traffic island has a plaque on it that proclaims that it was planted on 26 June 1902 to commemorate the coronation of King Edward VII.
I walked past these gates on my way to St John’s Churchyard in Heath-Hayes, and while I could not read the text from where I was, I did make a note to return and investigate on my way home.
After my photography session I headed for the gates, the ornate writing informed me that it was the Heath-Hayes Memorial. I went into the park, but could find neither hide nor hare of a war memorial. I was probably expecting the standard war memorial as I had seen so often. Puzzled, I returned to the gate, intending to look for a builders plate or similar and discovered that far from the gates leading into a war memorial, they were the war memorial!
Each gate post has a plaque on it, the inner two are from the first world war, while the outer pair are for the second world war. Unfortunately the images were taken on a very grey and gloomy day, but I hope to return here one day and get better images.
The gates may be found at Google Earth co-ordinates 52.687202°, -1.977399°
I passed through the village of Minstead in 2013 with my landlord, and I grabbed a few photographs along the way. One of the places we paused at was the Village Green where there is a Memorial Cross in commemoration of the men from the parish that had died in the two World Wars.
The horses are not part of the memorial.
The one puzzling feature of the memorial is the wooden hatch with a decorative cover in front of the memorial. I do not know what was underneath it, but I have to admit it was quite a mystery.
The village green also had a pair of stocks for those who were deemed worthy of ridicule.
After passing through the green we went to All Saints Church graveyard, to see the grave of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Inside the church there was a small parish war memorial.
The village green may be found at Google Earth co-ordinates: 50.897900°, -1.601161°. while All Saints Church is close by at 50.896697°, -1.601696°.