Tag: World War

Havant War Memorial

Probably one of the more frustrating War Memorials I have photographed in ages. I was in the area for a job interview so did not have my camera, but used my phone instead, but the sun was just in the wrong place, and each time I wanted to shoot the pic a car/pedestrian/van/dog and everything inbetween would come between me an my lens.

St Faiths Church, Havant

St Faith’s Church, Havant

The Memorial

The Memorial

The memorial has plaques for both World Wars on it, and I do have images of them. Because Portsmouth and Gosport are “Naval Towns” there is a predominance of naval casualties to be found in places like Havant which is not too far from the two cities.

The memorial may be found at Google Earth Co-ordinates: 50.851348°,  -0.981641°

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Updated: 09/01/2018 — 07:51

London Troops War Memorial

I almost walked into this memorial one gray morning when I was in the area of Bank Station, and I seem to recall I was heading elsewhere at the time so did not really take much heed of it. However, looking at my images I also did not really photograph it as well as I should have.

The memorial is known as the London Troops Memorial and may be found outside the Royal Exchange in the City of London

Two bronze statue of  soldiers represent  The Royal Fusiliers and the Royal Field Artillery.

The memorial  was unveiled on 12 November 1920 The memorial was unveiled by Prince Albert, Duke of York. and it too would have to be updated following the Second World War.

The main inscriptions reads:

The bronze figures were sculpted by Alfred Drury and the stone-carver and letterer was William Silver Frith, and the architect was Sir Aston Webb. and it is a Grade II listed building

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The Australian War Memorial

The Australian War Memorial is situated on the same island as the Wellington Arch, Royal Artillery Memorial   and the New Zealand War Memorial.

Wellington Arch and the Memorials in the area

Wellington Arch and the Memorials in the area

It was dedicated in 2003 to the 102000 Australian dead of the First and Second World Wars.

The Memorial from Wellington Arch

The Memorial from Wellington Arch

It is difficult to take in the memorial from ground level, or to really appreciate how many names are on the memorial.

Names.

Names.

The memorial is best described as a semicircular curved wall of grey-green Western Australian granite, with the names of 47 battles in which Australia was involved and the names of 23844 towns in which the soldiers were born, carved into it, and with water running down over the names.

The Memorial

The Memorial

The Memorial

The Memorial

The memorial was designed by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects and the artist Janet Laurence. It was unveiled on Armistice Day 2003 (11 November) by Queen Elizabeth II in her role as Queen of Australia.

Dedication

Dedication

Armed Forces of Australia

Armed Forces of Australia

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Commonwealth Memorial Gates

I did not realise the significance of this memorial at the time because there were just so many others in the immediate area. But with hindsight this is really an important memorial.

Wellingtons Arch and the Memorials in the area

Wellington Arch and the Memorials in the area

The Memorial Gates from street level

The Commonwealth Memorial Gates commemorate the armed forces of the British Empire from five regions of the Indian subcontinent, as well as Africa and the Caribbean, who served for Britain in the First and Second World Wars.

Dedication

Dedication

The view from Wellington Arch did not really give much indication that the gates were a memorial, and if it were not for the Memorial Pavilion and the Poppy Wreaths I probably would not have investigated much further.

View from Wellingtons Arch

View from Wellington Arch

The Cupola

The Memorial Pavilion. Wellington Arch is to the back on the left

World War 1 Campaign Stone

World War 1 Campaign Stone

The inside of the pavilion dome is inscribed with the names of  74 Victoria and George Cross  recipients. There are 23 VC recipients from World War I listed, 12 GC recipients from World War II, and 39 VC recipients from World War II.

Pavilion interior

Pavilion interior

Remembrance

Remembrance

Construction of the Memorial Gates began on 1 August 2001, and they were inaugurated on 6 November 2002 by Queen Elizabeth II.

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Updated: 09/01/2018 — 07:36

Merstham War Memorial

If anybody wants to know where Merstham is, it is between East Croydon and Redhill in Surrey (On the way to Gatwick Airport). I was in that area for a job interview and spotted this memorial very close to the station, and naturally I just had to photograph it. Google Earth co-ordinates: 51.263318°, -0.152097°.

Merstham War Memorial

Merstham War Memorial

Inscription

Inscription 1914-1918

Inscription 1939-1945

Inscription 1939-1945

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Sherfield-Upon-Loddon War Memorial

This was a surprise discovery that I made while I was on my way to photograph CWGC graves at St Leonards Church in Sherfield-Upon-Loddon.

Sherfield-Upon-Loddon War Memorial

Sherfield-Upon-Loddon War Memorial

Inscription

Inscription

The memorial may be found at Google Earth co-ordinates: 51.314562°, -1.026138°

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Updated: 09/01/2018 — 07:39

Reading War Memorial

The War Memorial in Reading is not really a spectacular memorial, it does not have any Roll of Honour, or any of the trappings normally associated with war memorials that I have seen, in fact it is probably better described as a Cenotaph. It is situated on a small island outside the gates of Forbury Gardens at Google Earth co-ordinates  51.456553°,  -0.968066°.

Reading War Memorial

Reading War Memorial

Inscription

Inscription

Interestingly enough, not too far away from the cenotaph, affixed to a building next to St Laurence Church is a plaque relating to the bombing of Reading on 10 February 1943.

Bombing Incident Plaque

Bombing Incident Plaque

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Hook War Memorial

The War Memorial in the village of Hook, may be found on the traffic island between London and Newnham Roads just outside Hook. at Google Earth co-ordinates  51.280389°  -0.968156°

Hook War Memorial

Hook War Memorial

The memorial is inscribed:

AD 1920
This Stone of Remembrance was
raised in honour of the men of the
Parishes of
Newnham and Nately Scures
who laid down their lives for
their country
in The Great War

 There are plaques from both world wars on the memorial.

1914-1918

1914-1918

1939-1945

1939-1945

A number of local casualties are remembered on a war memorial in the church of St Nicholas Newnham.

Memorial in St Nicholas Newnham

Memorial in St Nicholas Newnham

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Updated: 09/01/2018 — 07:43

Chippenham War Memorial

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.

Front aspect

Front aspect

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

Rolls of Honour

The memorial may be found at Google Earth co-ordinates: 51.457738°, -2.113564°

Roll of Honour 1939-1945

Roll of Honour 1939-1945

First World War ROH

First World War ROH

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Updated: 08/01/2018 — 07:57

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

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