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.
It was made by MESSRS E CHANCELLOR & SONS (Builder) and designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield RA (Architect). It was unveiled on 3 November 1927 and attended by Sir Reginald Blomfield RA. and VISCOUNT ALLENBY GCB GC MG and the Bishop of Bath and Wells.
It is described as: “Cross of sacrifice with curved wall behind bearing nine name panels City arms on pediment. Lions on railing pillars. Wreath on pillar at each end of wall.” (https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/7275)
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 memorial may be found in Royal Avenue, at Google Earth Co-ordinates 51.384336°, -2.364708° at the entrance to Victoria Park.
The Book of Remembrance is at Bath Abbey, and I was fortunate enough to see it during my tour of the Abbey.
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