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Sculpture of Tommy at Seaham, County Durham

Seaham is a town on the North Sea coast in County Durham.

The statue of Tommy is on the seafront in an area known as Terrace Green by Seaham’s War Memorial. It was erected in 2014 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Great War.

Statue of Tommy at Seaham

Detail:-

Detail of Tommy Statue at Seaham, County Durham

Side view:-

Tommy at Seaham, Side View

Reverse:-

Reverse View, Tommy Statue at Seaham

Its sculptor was Roy Lonsdale:-

Sculptor Signature, Tommy Statue, Seaham

Dedication plaques. The sculpture’s proper name is 1101, to reflect the minute of peace at the Armistice which ended the war:-

Inscription, Tommy Statue, Seaham

Other side view:-

Tommy at Seaham, Side View

There are more pictures of Tommy here.

War Memorial, Burnopfield, County Durham

Burnopfield is a village in County Durham, Northeast England. We passed through it on a trip to see Gibside last year and happened on its War Memorial by the side of the road. A granite obelisk, on first sight the memorial seems to be for the Great War only but there are World War 2 names on it:-

War Memorial Burnopfield

Dedications. “In thankful recognition of the men who gave their services and in grateful memory of those who gave their lives in THE GREAT WAR. Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends. Erected by the people of Burnopfield and District.”:-

Dedications, Burnopfield War Memorial

War Memorial, Burnopfield

Burnopfield War Memorial

Whitburn War Memorial

Whitburn is a small village just to the north of Sunderland in Tyne and Wear, England. The War Memorial – for Marsden District – is a granite obelisk.

Whitburn War Memorial

Great War Dedication. The names below – obscured by wreaths – will be for World War 2:-

Whitburn War Memorial Great War Dedication

Memorial from east:-

War Memorial, Whitburn from East

Reverse of Memorial:-

Reverse, Whitburn War Memorial

Marsden District Dedication:-

War Memorial, Whitburn, Marsden District Dedicationn

Memorial from west:-

Whitburn War Memorial From West

Tynemouth War Memorial

Tynemouth, as its name suggests, lies at the mouth of the River Tyne in Tyne and Wear, Northeast England, on the river’s northern bank.

Its War Memorial is situated in a small park-like area between Huntingdon Place and Front Street, Tynemouth’s War memorial has an unusual construction with four curved columns built of granite. The facing column has a downward pointing sword piercing a wreath with, below, the inscription, “To the glory of god and in memory of our fallen 1914 -1918 1939 – 1945.”

Tynemouth War Memorial

West aspect. I assume the upper names are for the Great War and the lower for World War 2:-

War Memorial, Tynemouth, West Aspect

North aspect:-

Tynemouth War Memorial, North Aspect

East aspect:-

East Aspect, Tynemouth War Memorial

ПОБЕДА

Victory!

Today is Victory Day. In Russia the end of the Second World War in Europe (what Russians call the Great Patriotic War) is celebrated on May 9th, not the May 8th VE Day we know. The Soviet Union, as it then was, was the country that both suffered the most in that war (26.6 million dead) and also did the most to defeat Nazi Germany on the ground.

I’ve seen it suggested that the German surrender to the Allies in the West came late in the evening so that it was one day later in Russia. However that surrender to Eisenhower understandably somewhat miffed the Soviet Union which wanted a surrender of its own, which duly happened the day after, to Marshal Zhukov in Berlin. So May 9th is Victory Day, ДЕНЬ ПОБЕДЫ (DEN’ POBEDY.)

It is celebrated every year but there were special plans for this year’s 75th anniversary. As elsewhere, coronavirus put a hold on those.

Just off Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg, last year, we found this memorial garden:-

Victory Day Memorial Garden, St Petersburg

Beyond the tulips in front of the protruding wing of the building the Russian word for VICTORY was picked out in hedging beside a red star. ПОБЕДА:-

Victory Day Memorial Garden, St Petersburg

Beyond the gates and off to the right was this modern building which was displaying Victory Day banners. My reading of Cyrillic is much too insufficient to decipher what sort of exhibition was taking place inside:-

Modern Building, St Petersburg

Eternal Flame, Field of Mars, St Petersburg

When I first saw this (from a distance) in the Field of Mars, St Petersburg, I thought it would be a Great Patriotic War Memorial.

Eternal Flame, Field of Mars, St Petersburg

It isn’t. Not exclusively. The original memorial is a Monument to the Fighters of the Revolution. The flame in the centre, however, commemorates the victims of various wars and revolutions.

From east:-

Eternal Flame Enclosure, Field of Mars, St Petersburg

Trees in one corner:-

Tree, Eternal Flame Enclosure, Field of Mars, St Petersburg

Eternal Flame:-

St Petersburg Eternal Flame, Field of Mars

Commemoration block:-

Eternal Flame Memorial Plaque, Field of Mars, St Petersburg

Video of eternal flame:-

Video, Eternal Flame, Field of Mars, St Petersburg

Some of the dedications. Translations of the dedications are here:-

St Petersburg, Eternal Flame, Field of Mars, Dedications

Eternal Flame, Field of Mars, St Petersburg, Dedications

Eternal Flame Dedications, Field of Mars, St Petersburg

Dedications, Eternal Flame, Field of Mars, St Petersburg

Palace Square and Winter Palace, St Petersburg

Winter Palace stitch. Note Victory Day banners:-

Winter Palace stitch

Video of Winter Palace facade:-

Winter Palace, St Petersburg

Admiralty Building:-

Palace , St Petersburg, Russia

The Alexander Column, a monument to Victory over Napoleon, Palace Square, St Petersburg.:-

victory monument

Victory Monument, St Petersburg

General Staff Building:-

Palace , St Petersburg, Russia

Portico:-

palace , horse statue pediment

Horse-drawn carriages:-

Winter Palace, St Petersburghorse-drawn

Video of horse-drawn carriages, General Staff Building and part of Alexander Column. Again, note Victory Day banners:-

Horse-drawn Carriages, Palace Square, St Petersburg

St Isaac’s Cathedral, St Petersburg

St Isaac’s Cathedral, St Petersburg, dominates St Isaac’s Square.

Cathedral from St Isaac’s Square:-

St Isaac's Cathedral, St Petersburg

The equestrian statue of Tsar Nicholas 1 which lies in the middle of St Isaac’s Square was shrouded in panelling when we were there, undergoing refurbishment, so I have no photos of my own of that.

Cathedral from west:-

St Isaac's Cathedral, St Petersburg

The Cathedral has a pair of massive decorated doors:-

Door, St Isaac's Cathedral, St Petersburg,

St Isaac's Cathedral, St Petersburg, Door

And two decorative friezes:-

Frieze 1, St Isaac's Cathedral, St Petersburg

Frieze 2, St Isaac's Cathedral, St Petersburg

I also found this small restrained memorial to the Great Patriotic War (World War 2) by one of the Cathedral’s massive pillars, each of which is a single block:-

War Memorial, St Isaac's Cathedral, St Petersburg

Great Patriotic War Remembrance, St Petersburg

I was glad to have gone to St Petersburg in early May. This is the time of year when Russia remembers the great sacrifices it – and the Soviet Union of which it was a part – made during World War 2 (which in Russia is known as the Great Patriotic War.) It is salutary to think that without that sacrifice the war against Germany would have been a much greater struggle for the Western Powers than it was. It is not too great a statement to make that the war in Europe was in fact won by the Soviet Union.

Britain’s contribution to overcoming Nazi Germany is much over-estimated by many in these islands. It really amounted to not losing – or at least not admitting to, and therefore not giving up. From the Normandy landings onwards it was even overshadowed by the US (which of course – British victories at Kohima, Imphal and Burma notwithstanding – won the Pacific War more or less by itself.)

St Petersburg in early May 2019 was covered in banners commemorating the Victory Day in 1945.

1945-2019 Remembrance. (Unfortunately seen through rainy coach windows):-

1945-2019 Remembrance St Petersburg

Corner of Palace Square:-

palace , St Petersburg, Russia

There are 1941-1945 banners in front of this building in Palace Square:-

Palace Square  , banners

Close-up view of banner:-

1941-1945 banner

More banners in Palace Square. (St Isaac’s Cathedral in distance):-

Palace , St Petersburg, Russia

1941-1945 Remembrance Banner, Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg:-

1941-1945 Remembrance Banner, Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg

War Graves, Muckhart

Muckhart is a collective term for two small villages in Clackmannanshire, Yetts o’ Muckhart and Pool of Muckhart. Both of these are near to Cowden Garden but unlike the garden are on the main A 91 road.

I found these graves in Muckhart Parish Church graveyard in Pool of Muckhart, which has a lovely situation below the Ochil Hills.

Serjeant W Cairns, Royal Engineers, 30/11/1918.

War Grave Muckhart

Lieutenant J D Cairns, B Sc, CA, 54th L A A Regt, R A, (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) Territorial Army,18/3/1946, aged 42:-

War Grave, Muckhart

I suppose these may have been father and son.

One of the other gravestones contained dedications to two brothers, Gunner James Petrie, Royal Field Artillery, died of wounds, 5/4/1918, aged 26.
Private David Petrie, Black Watch, killed in action, July 2nd, aged 20.

War Inscriptions, Muckhart Grave

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