War Memorials

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LE
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I’m truly spoiled as my family were Canadians and almost all of their service records are available online free
 

Joshua Slocum

LE
Book Reviewer
This may have been covered before, I have not visited since I was a small child, with my Father, and my Uncle who was still serving, so a looong time ago
visited recently with a friend, and it surprised us both, just like the sort of building you would see on the Somme
over 20 thousand names here who have no know grave
and if you go onto the roof, you can see Windsor Castle, Wembley, The Shard, The River Thames, and nearby is the location of the Magna Carta signing, the Kennedy memorial , which some nut blew up in the 60s, and not far away the site of the last fatal duel in the UK
best bit, the car park by the gate is free
it was nice to visit it on a weekday afternoon, last time it was packed with blue uniforms ( I wish I could have taken a picture then )

just off junction 13 M25

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The loss of most of the First War soldiers records during the Second world war was a tragedy for familly historians. I would have loved to see my grandfathers record of service but it is one of the lost. My great uncles records are amongst the ones that survived (burnt) he was killed in March 1918.
Worth looking for pensions records from WW1 - and FFS bin Ancestry in favour of Find My Past to do any research. I found a full service record (incl previous Reg service in another Regiment, Court Martial followed by discharge, re-enlistment for WW1, missing declared KIA in March 1918, but actually crippled while working in a mine, and repatriated in 1919 - the year of his death) for one of 'ours'.

None of the above showed up in Ancestry - FFS Ancestry's shiite OCR renders every instance of handwritten "rd" in an address as "road"

My little town has a long, populous and ancient residential street named "Stratford Road"

Searches on Ancestry using that street name invariably returned fvck all.

Searches on Ancestry using the bastardised street name StratfoROAD Road, were more productive . . . . but on FMP, they get the spelling right, and it's just a whole lot more efficient and productive.

StratfoROAD Road FFS!!! Why o why would you want to pay a premium subscription for a service as dire as that?
 

OVD

Swinger
Sitting at the side of a quiet country road - now on the edge of a private garden - the former Kirk having been long sold off - the Culvie Parish Memorial - near Banff in Aberdeenshire ..
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This may have been covered before, I have not visited since I was a small child, with my Father, and my Uncle who was still serving, so a looong time ago
visited recently with a friend, and it surprised us both, just like the sort of building you would see on the Somme
over 20 thousand names here who have no know grave
and if you go onto the roof, you can see Windsor Castle, Wembley, The Shard, The River Thames, and nearby is the location of the Magna Carta signing, the Kennedy memorial , which some nut blew up in the 60s, and not far away the site of the last fatal duel in the UK
best bit, the car park by the gate is free
it was nice to visit it on a weekday afternoon, last time it was packed with blue uniforms ( I wish I could have taken a picture then )

just off junction 13 M25

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It is very, very beautiful. I've been there but once, on a lovely summer's day, and looking down towards the river found I was looking down on a bird of prey gracefully on the hunt.

An oddly fitting sight, I thought, somehow.
 

OVD

Swinger
Something a little different the Women’s Land Army Scotland Memorial, Clochan near Buckie on the Moray Coast ... really very well done memorial in the middle of farmland where the girls would’ve worked ..
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REMEwalt

Clanker
Here is an unusual war memorial in Ruyton XI Towns in Shropshire, carved into a sandstone cliff. 1914-1919 can just be made out, engraved above the arch.
 

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Possibly a bit of haggling over who owns it. It is within the grounds of a church, so maybe their responsibility, and should have been insured.

Having read the Cheshire Live page, somebody needs to tell the Mayor and the journos what a "cenotaph" is.
The damaged Ellesmere Port war memorial isn't a cenotaph.
The Christ church memorial has always been known as a cenotaph unlike the new one in the town centre the old one always has the first service
 
When it was built. BL. Now RBL we don't have a council as such. Chester does all the work. Have been in touch with the mayor. (Answer phone) no answer yet
 

OVD

Swinger
Portsoy on the North Aberdeenshire coast has its memorial bang in the middle of the Village ... a beautiful statue of a Highlander in WW1... most likely a Gordon given they were the local Regt and the names on our memorials have lists of names with G.Highlanders after them.
 

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Always liked this one, in Maxwelltown, KOSB country.



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Seems like a desperate, unarmed, despairing man crying out to the heavens, "Why the Holy *** do you allow all this ?"
 
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