West Cowes War Memorial

This Memorial to the Residents of Cowes, Isle of Wight, is interesting because was damaged during an air raid on the night of 4 and 5 May 1942. This period is popularly known as “the Cowes Blitz“. A Polish destroyer, ORP Blyskawica was berthed at JS Whites’ shipyard on the Medina River and she helped defend the town against the incoming bombers. although she may have been the primary target. The memorial may be found in Northwood Park, West Cowes.

Information plaque
Information plaque
The Memorial
The Memorial
Roll of Honour
Roll of Honour
The Memorial
The Memorial

© DRW 2013-2018. Added to blog 21/11/2014

Germiston Cenotaph

I spotted the Germiston and Districts War Memorial purely by accident after taking a wrong turn on my way home on 14 November 200. The Memorial is on the corner of Odendaal and President Strs. Germiston, in front of the former Carnegie Library. Sadly though it had been desecrated and defaced and was used as a drinking spot as well as a posterboard for abortions. Ironically, Remembrance Day was only a few days before, and it was doubtful whether any remembering was done in Germiston that year, or for a few years before or afterwards.

Germiston and Districts War Memorial
Germiston and Districts War Memorial
WW2 Face
WW2 Face
The Memorial on the corner
The Memorial on the corner
WW1 Face
WW1 Face

In 2013 I received reports that the plaques had been removed from the memorial and nobody knew who or why they had been removed, the area was also fenced and my instinct said that some sort of development was going to happen but nobody could inform me what it was or whether the plaques were in storage. I feared the worst. Unfortunately the war memorials on the East Rand and a travesty of remembrance, and it seemed as if yet another extinct memorial was in the offing.

However, an interesting article appeared on the Heritage Portal which leads me to believe that there may be hope at the end of the tunnel for the derelict Carnegie Library and the memorial. In the article it confirms that the plaques were stolen in 2013. The Memorial will be restored as part of the project with replica plaques and “…commemoration of the African contribution to the war effort of the First World War be added to the extant memorial.” Work on the new theatre is due to commence in November 2014, although I am always sceptical about these things. But, I live in hope.

The derelict former Carnegie Library
The derelict former Carnegie Library

However, until such times as I know otherwise, this memorial is considered to be extinct.

Update: As at 29/10/2015 the link to the Heritage Portal article redirects to a front page only and no longer to the article. The article has been moved to the following location: http://www.theheritageportal.co.za/article/rebirth-germiston-carnegie-library

© DRW 2009-2018. Created 14/11/2009. Replaced image 07/11/2011, updated 09/07/2013. Added to blog 13/10/2014

Memorial at St.Muns Church, Kilmun. Scotland

The War Memorial at St.Muns Church in Kilmun, Scotland; was photographed by James Houston-McMillan, and is used with his permission.

The Inscription reads:
1914 – 1918

Google Earth co-ordinates for this memorial are: 55° 59′ 46.86″ N,   4° 56′ 34.56″ W

© DRW 2013-2017.  Created 29/01/2013.  Image © James Houston-McMillan. Moved to blog 09/03/2014

War Memorials in Lewisham, London.

There are three Memorials listed in the London Borough of Lewisham on this page, the first two come to me courtesy of Ronnie Lovemore who pointed them out to me.  The first Memorial is inscribed as being to:

All The Lewisham People Who Lost their Lives 1914-1918, and 1939-1945

Google Earth co-ordinates are:   51.453594°,  -0.015996°

The second Memorial is a mural painted at the entrance to the Lewisham Shopping Centre, and is a small VC recipient plaque, as well as some information about the damage done to the area during World War II.

Google Earth co-ordinates for the Lewisham Shopping Centre are:    51.462087°,  -0.012862°

The final memorial is situated to the right of the main entrance of the Old Public Library in the corner. Unfortunately the name plaque is not really legible, but a dedication reads: Dedicated to the brave men who died in the hospital and laid down their lives for the British Empire  1914-1918, And to Dorothy Goodman and Helen Knibb who died at their post of duty nursing the sick and wounded. (Erected by the Medical and Nursing Staff Lewisham Military Hospital) The memorial was rededicated on 4 August 1998.

The mention if the hospital was interesting because my late Grandfather was wounded at the Battle of Delville Wood on the 18th of July. From the casualty clearing station he was shipped to England and ended up at the Lewisham Military Hospital. It was strange because I felt as if I had come a full circle seeing this slightly worn memorial.

More on this memorial may be found at The Lewisham War Memorials Wiki

Google Earth co-ordinates are:    51.454739° ,  -0.016221°

© DRW 2013-2018. Created 25/03/214. Thanks for Ronnie Lovemore for directions to the two memorials. Moved to blog 09/03/2014

Deptford Borough War Memorial in Deptford, London.

I was on my way to Lewisham on the 436 bus, and bailed out at the next stop. Unfortunately it also meant I never got to Lewisham. Its locality made me think it was a Lewisham memorial, but it turns out that it really belongs to Deptford.

The soldier and seaman are both resting on their reversed rifles, a mark of respect  has been a mark of respect or mourning for centuries, said to have originated with the ancient Greeks.

The inscription is not too legible on the image, but it reads:

Deptford’s Tribute to her Gallant Sons,
Who were faithful unto death,
 1914-1918, 1939-1945

Google Earth co-ordinates are:  51.470935°, -0.029896°

© DRW 2013-2018. Created 25/03/2013. Moved to blog 09/03/2014

Hampshire Memorial at Winchester Cathedral, Winchester.

The second memorial at Winchester Cathedral is a memorial to the men and women of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, as well as the Hampshire Regiment, who lost their lives in both World Wars. It is an extremely comprehensive memorial, detailing the vast numbers from the county that gave up their lives.

The memorial is a very popular spot for locals and tourists to sit or meet, so photography is always difficult here. Google Earth co-ordinates for this memorial is:  51.061037°, -1.314823°

© DRW 2013-2018. Created 27/07/2013. Moved to blog 09/03/2014

Kings Royal Rifle Corps Memorial at Winchester Cathedral in Winchester

There are two major War Memorials outside Winchester Cathedral; the first, featuring a bronze soldier, is a memorial to the Kings Royal Rifle Corps, who lost their lives during the two World Wars. The soldier was the work of John Tweed who also created the Rifle Brigade Memorial in Hobart Place, London

The Memorial was unveiled on 24 May 1922.

The inscription reads:

1914 – 1918
1939 – 1945

Google Earth co-ordinates for this memorial are:  51.061261°, -1.314484°

The other memorial in the grounds of Winchester Cathedral is the memorial to the men and women of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, as well as the Hampshire Regiment, who lost their lives in both World Wars. 

DRW © 2013-2018. Created 27/07/2013. Moved to Blog 09/03/2014, Added inscription and added links and additional info. 

War Memorial at Lazeretto Point, Sandbanks, Holy Loch, Scotland.

This War Memorial at Lazeretto Point at Sandbanks on the Holy Loch, Scotland,  was photographed by James Houston-McMillan, and is used with his permission. It commemorates the men of Sandbank and Ardnadam who lost their lives during the two World Wars.

Holy Loch is no longer used as a submarine base, and the last submarine tender to be based there sailed in 1992.

Google Earth co-ordinates for this memorial are: – 55° 58.916′ N, 4° 55.866′ W.

© DRW 2013-2018.  Created 02/02/2013.  Images © James Houston-McMillan. Moved to blog 09/03/2014

West End Parish War Memorial in West End, Southampton

This simple memorial to the men from the West End Parish, may be found at the corner of West End Burial Ground in Southampton. It is not inside the cemetery though but stands on the corner of the cemetery on the pavement (similar to the Basset War Memorial).  The one inscription is only legible from inside the cemetery.

Google Earth co-ordinates are:   50.927289°, -1.332659°

© DRW 2013-2018. Created 15/07/2013, moved to blog 09/03/2014

Bath War Memorial

During my visit to Bath on 8 March 2014 I was always aware that there had to be a war memorial somewhere as the city had been bombed during the Second World War. My intention was really to leave the memorial for a later trip, but circumstances change and I found the memorial purely by accident.

Interestingly enough there are two plaques of “additionals” on the memorial. These are men who were omitted from the official Rolls of Honour and who have since been added. And the other commemorates members of the armed forces that lost their lives after World War II.

The “Last Fighting Tommy” of World War One; Henry John “Harry” Patch, was a son of Bath and he is commemorated by two lead planters at the memorial.

The Book of Remembrance is at Bath Abbey, and I was fortunate enough to see it during my tour of the Abbey.

The memorial may be found in Royal Avenue, at Google Earth Co-ordinates  51.384336°,  -2.364708°

© DRW 2014 – 2018. Created 08/03/2014.