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Danish National Second World War Memorial, Copenhagen

Moving on from the memorials to individual soldiers from Denmark I found the Memorial I had spotted from the Gefion Fountain.

King’s Gate entrance to the Kastellet behind:-

Danish National Second World War Memorial, Copenhagen

The Memorials’ inscriptions are Vore Faldne (Our Fallen) followed by,

I Dansk og I Allieret Krigstjeneste 1940-1945 (In Danish and in Allied War Service 1940-1945) and then,

Rejst af det Danske Folk. (Raised by the Danish People.)

Danish National World War 2 Memorial

Individual War Memorials, Copenhagen

From the top of Copenhagen’s Gefion Fountain looking over the canal/moat round the Kastellet (first picture in that post) I could see off to the left in the middle distance what looked very much like a War Memorial, so made my way in that direction.

However, on the way down towards it, after passing St Albans Kirke, I came across three memorials to individual Danes.

Memorial to Thomas Dinesen. Private Dinesen, 1899-1979, became a member of the Quebec Regiment of the Canadian Black Watch, and was awarded the Victoria Cross in World War 1 on 12th August 1918. Inscribed “Opført af de Allierdes Danske Vaabenfæller.” (Constructed by the Allied Danes brothers in arms?):-

Memorial to Thomas Dinesen, Copenhagen

Memorial to Anders Lassen. Born on 9/9/1920, Major Lassen won the Victoria Cross, Military Cross and two bars. Inscribed, “Faldet for danmarks frihed i allieret tjeneste,” (fallen for Denmark’s freedom in Allied Service) “9 April 1945,” and also “Opsat af frihedkampens veteraner (erected by the veterans of the fight for freedom) 9/4/1987.”

Memorial to Anders Lassen, Copenhagen

Kaj Birksted Memorial. Per Ardua ad Astra, Wing Commander Flying, Lieutenant-Colonel Birksted, DSO, OBE, DFC, krigskorset m Sverd og Stjerne p p (the war cross with swords and star) Flying Ace. Erected by the Kaj Birksted Committee, 5/5/2010:-

Kaj Birksted Memorial, Copenhagen

Memorials, Copenhagen

Bust of Edouard Suenson. Suenson was the commander of the Danish ships at the Battle of Heligoland, 1864, (see previous post) the last naval battle between wooden-hulled ships and the last major action involving Danish ships:-

Edouard Suenson Memorial, Copenhagen

Statue of the Danish philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard, in the grounds of Copenhagen library:-

Statue of Soren Kierkegaard, Copenhagen

Memorial to the Schleswig-Hostein Wars, Copenhagen

Inscribed “1848-50 & 1864”.

Memorial to the Schleswig-Hostein Wars, Copenhagen

The memorial is also known as The Little Hornblower who can be better seen from this angle being carried by the soldier

Reverse View, Schleswig-Hostein Wars Memorial, Copenhagen

There was of course a magnificent Danish TV series, 1864, about the Second Schleswig War aired on BBC 4 four years ago.

Norway Thanks Denmark Memorial, Copenhagen

I found this on the way in from Langelinie Pier, Copenhagen to the city centre.

Apparently a statue of two sisters, this obviously represents Norway’s thanks to Denmark.

Norway Thanks Denmark Memorial, Copenhagen

Maritime Monument, Copenhagen

This impressive monument greets you as soon as you leave Langelinie Pier in Copenhagen, Denmark, the second* stop on our recent Baltic cruise.

Monument to Mariners, Copenhagen

The winged female figure of Remembrance (modelled on Nike of Samothrace) is dedicated to those Danish merchant mariners who lost their lives in the First World War.

Maritime Monument, Copenhagenn

*(Our first stop was actually in Dundee. For some reason the trip cost £200 less – each – from Newcastle even though the ship was doing exactly the same journey.)

Arrochar and Tarbet War Memorial

Last March we had to take a trip across to the west to Tarbet which is on (freshwater) Loch Lomond side. A narrow stretch of land (and hill) separates it from Arrochar on (sea) Loch Long. There’s only about a mile between them.

The Vikings once dragged their boats over the pass on rollers in order to stravaig up and down Loch Lomond.

The War Memorial lies beside the A 83 a bit nearer to Arrochar than Tarbet but covers both villages.

Arrochar and Tarbet War Memorial

Reverse view:-

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The dedication is unusual in using Roman Numerals. “In memory MCMXIV-XVIII. MCMXXXIX-XLV”

Dedication, Arrochar and Tarbet War Memorial

At the base of the memorial this plaque reads, “The villagers of Arrochar and Tarbet Commemorate 50 Years of Peace VE and VJ Days 1995. With gratitude to those who served.”

Arrochar and Tarbet Peace Memorial

Kendal War Memorial

Kendal’s War Memorial, a statue of a standing soldier with slung rifle, is set beside the main street.

The inscription reads, “In honour of the men of Kendal who loyally served in THE GREAT WAR and in proud and grateful memory of those named hereon who gave their lives for their country this monument is erected by their fellow townsmen.”

The lower panel here bears World War 2 names:-

Kendal War Memorial

World War 1939-1945:-

Kendal War Memorial World War 2 Names

From south. Great War names:-

Kendal War Memorial from South

World War 2 names. Upper plaque bears one name for the Koran War:-

Kendal War Memorial Plaques

From north. Great War names:-

Kendal War Memorial from North

Evesham War Memorial

Stepped wall with central pillar surmounted by strolling soldier with slung rifle.

From banks of River Avon. Evesham Abbey Belltower behind:-

Evesham War Memorial

Reverse view. River Avon below:-

Evesham War Memorial from Behind

Closer view. Evesham Abbey Belltower again visible.:-

Evesham War Memorial Close-up

Incsription. “To the enduring memory of the Glorious Dead of the Borough of Evesham who gave their lives for their country in the Great War 1914-1920.” That “1920” is unusual.

Evesham War Memorial Inscription

Great War Memorial Plaques:-

Evesham Great War Memorial Plaques

Great War Memorial Plaques, Evesham

Second World War Memorial Plaques:-

Second World War Memorial Plaque, Evesham

Evesham Second Word War Memorial Plaque

Cressage War Memorial

Cressage is a village in Shropshire we passed through on our onward journey from Oswestry and Shrewsbury.

The War Memorial is a Celtic Cross and stands at a road junction in the village.

Cressage War Memorial

The base is inscribed, “To the glory of God and in honoured memory of the following men who died on active service in the Great War 1914 – 1918.”

Great War Dedication, Cressage War Memorial

Reverse View. Inscribed, “1939 – 1945. In memory of A. Manning. F. Roberts.”

Cressage War Memorial, Reverse View

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