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Memorials in Sunderland City Library and Art Centre

In Sunderland City Library and Art Centre were two war memorial items.

125th Tank Regiment Roll of Honour:-

125th Tank Regiment Roll of Honour

A Great War memorial bowl inscribed for Private G W Micklin, Durham Light Infantry, missing 26/9/1915, and, “He answered his duty,” with some Sunderland lustre ware behind:-

War Memorial Bowl in City Library and Art Centre, Sunderland

Sunderland Memorial Wall

Between Sunderland War Memorial and Mowbray Park a memorial wall has been erected to commemorate those who have served in conflicts since the Second World War and to honour Sunderland’s post-World War 2 fallen.

The first section commemorates non-combat deaths in war:-

War Memorial Wall, Sunderland

The rest of the wall is a sobering reminder of the many conflicts in which British soldiers have lost their lives since 1945.

Palestine and India:-

Palestine and India Memorial Wall, Sunderland

Malaya and the Cold War:-

Malaya and Cold War Memorial Wall, Sunderland

Korea and the Canal Zone:-

Korea and Canal Zone Memorial Wall, Sunderland

Kenya and Cyprus:-

Kenya and Cyprus Memorial Wall, Sunderland

Aden, Radfan and Suez:-

Aden, Radfan and Suez Memorial Wall, Sunderland

Borneo, Northern Ireland and Oman Dhofar:-

Bornoe, Northern Ireland, Oman Dhofar Memorial Wall, Sunderland

Falkland Islands and Gulf War:-

Falkland Islands, Gulf War, Memorial Wall, Sunderland

Bosnia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone:-

Bosnia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone Memorial Wall, Sunderland

Afghanistan and Iraq, plus Ode of Remembrance:-

Afghanistan and Iraq Memorial Wall, Sunderland

Sunderland War Memorial

Sunderland’s War Memorial lies just off the road which runs past Mowbray Park. It’s a granite column topped by a bronze figure of Victory. The dedication is, “”A tribute to our glorious dead.”

Sunderland War Memorial

Its west aspect bears the Great War dedication, 1914-1918:-

Sunderland War Memorial, 1914-1918 Dedication

From north:-

War Memorial, Sunderland, From North

From east. Second World War dedication, 1939-1945:-

Second World War Dedication, War Memorial, Sunderland

In the Park, near to the Memorial is a Memorial bench:-

War Memorial Bench, Sunderland

Fullwell War Memorial

Our friend in the North(east) – well it’s actually well south of Son of the Rock Acres – lives just north of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, in a village called Whitburn whose War Memorial I featured here. That itself is just north of Fulwell, which I gather is part of Sunderland and where his friend (who now lives in Markinch and through whom we got to know him) used to live.

Since she is well aware of my interest in War Memorials she made a point of taking us to see the one in Fullwell. She remembered it as being upright but it is now set on the ground inside a stone enclosure in a small park area. It bears only Great War names.

Fullwell War Memorial Enclosure

Plaque with dedication, “To perpetuate the memory of the men of Fullwell who fell in the Great War 1914 – 1918.”:-

Fullwell War Memorial

Bishop Auckland War Memorial, Auckland Tower, Mining Art Gallery

Bishop Auckland‘s War Memorial lies in Market Place, a very short walk from Auckland Castle. It is inscribed, “1914 – 1919. To the men of Bishop Auckland who fought and fell in the Great War their fellow citizens have erected this memorial,” with below, “1939 – 1945. In memory of those who in a later generation made the same sacrifice as those to whom this memorial was erected.”

Bishop Auckland War Memorial

Bishop Auckland War Memorial from west (Auckland Tower – part of the Auckland Project – behind. Unfortunately it was too windy that day for us to be allowed access to all of the Tower but it is possible when conditions are calmer.) This side of the Memorial is inscribed, “Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends,” with the additional dedication below, “1950 – 1953. In memory of those who gave their lives in the Korean War.”

Bishop Auckland War Memorial From West

From North. The inscriptions read, “God made trial of them and found them worthy of himself,” and, “2001 – 2004. In remembrance of those who gave their lives in the Afghanistan conflict.”

Bishop Auckland War Memorial from North

War Memorial from east. Inscribed, “The souls of the righteous are in the hands of God,” with, below, “1982. In remembrance of those who gave their lives in the Falklands conflict.” The entrance to Bishop Auckland’s magnificent Mining Art Gallery – also part of the Auckland Project – can be seen to the right here:-

War Memorial, Bishop Auckland, from East

Markinch War Memorial 2019

Markinch War Memorial and Bench just after Remembrance Day 2019:-

Markinch War Memorial and Bench

Closer view:-

Markinch War Memorial 2019

War Memorial Crosses, Markinch, 2019:-

War Memorial Crosses, Markinch, 2019

Perth Academy War Memorial

Perth Academy’s War Memorial is on the wall of the school hall.

Long View, War Memorial, Perth Academy. The boards above the War Memorial give the names of the various people who were Dux of the school over the years.

Long View, War Memorial, Perth Academy

The Latin inscription to the top of the memorial itself, “Academiae Bertyhanae Olim Cives Bella Caduci Omnia et Ipsos Pro Patria Dederunt,” I think translates as, “To the citizens of Perth Academy who gave up their precious lives in battle.” In 2019 two “ghost” soldiers were on the seat in front of the memorial:-:-

Perth Academy War Memorial 2019

Close View. Great War Names above then, “Dulce et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori.” “MCMXXXIX-MCMXLV” above the lower board – for Second World War.

Perth Academy War Memorial Close View

Soldiers’ Information, beside Perth Academy War Memorial:-

Soldiers' Information, Perth Academy War Memorial

Flowers of the Forest project details:-

War Memorial, Perth Academy

Flowers of the Forest display, Perth Academy:-

Flowers of the Forest, Perth Academy

War Memorial, Linlithgow Academy

We visited Linlithgow Academy in March 2019 to go to an antiques fair.

On one of the walls was this War Memorial plaque inscribed, “Pro Patria. These former pupils of Linlithgow Academy gave their lives for conscience, King and country in the Great War 1914 – 1919. Their name liveth for evermore.”

As I’d left the camera at home the photo was taken with a mobile phone. That and the reflective nature of the brass plaque makes it a bit blurry:-

War Memorial, Linlithgow Academy

Memorials, Black Watch Museum, Perth

Last October we again visited the Black Watch Museum in Perth. This time I took better photos of the various memorials in its grounds.

Iraq Cross, 2003 and 2004. Great War anniversary fence behind:-

Iraq Memorial, Black Watch Museum, Perth

Iraq and Afghanistan 2007 and 2009:-

Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial, Black Watch Museum, Perth

Great War Memorial. In memory of the 300 men of the Black Watch who died in the Great War. “Their name liveth for evermore”:-

Great War Memorial, Black Watch Museum, Perth

Second World War Memorial. “Greater love hath no man”:-

Second World War Memorial, Black Watch Museum, Perth

Northern Ireland and Kosovo Memorial:-

Northern Ireland and Kosovo Memorial, Black Watch Museum, Perth

51st Highland Division Memorial, Perth

Also at the south end of Perth’s North Inch is a memorial to the 51st Highland Division. It takes the form of a bagpiper being thanked by a young girl.

51st Highland Division Memorial, Perth

Dedication:-

Dedication, 51st Highland Division Memorial, Perth

To either side of the memorial are two cairns with inset plaques.

El Alamein 50th anniversary plaque:-

51st Highland Division Memorial, Perth

51st Highland Division final reunion commemoration. Plaque donated by the people of Genner, Holland:-

Plaque, 51st Highland Division Memorial, Perth

On the memorial itself are several additional reliefs.

51st Highland Division Battle Honours:-

Battle Honours, 51st Highland Division Memorial

Remembrance of our liberators:-

51st Highland Division Memorial Remembrance Plaque

Poem on the Memorial (by Andrew McGeever):-

Poem on 51st Highland Division Memorial, Perth

Friezes of military scenes:-

Frieze, 51st Highland Division Memorial, Perth

51st Highland Division Memorial Frieze, Perth

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