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Great War Memorials in St Chad’s, Shrewsbury

Great War Roll of Honour:-

St Chad's, Shrewsbury, Great War Roll of Honour

The King’s Shropshire Light Infantry Memorial:-

St Chad's Great War Memorial

Shropshire’s Sacrifice in the Great War:-

Shropshire's Sacrifice in the Great War

St Chad’s Great War dead:-

St Chad's, Shrewsbury, Great War Dead

St Chad’s, Shrewsbury

St Chad’s Church, Shrewsbury appeared in the background of one of my photographs of Shropshire War Memorial (previous post.)

The church is an impressive building. (Picture from St Chad’s page on Wikipedia.)

St Chads Shrewsbury.JPG
By Steve Aze, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

The interior is no less so.

Altar:-

St Chad's, Shrewsbury, Altar

Ceiling:-

St Chad's Church, Shrewsbury, Ceiling

Its main interest to me though was the variety of War Memorials it contains – too many to list here. Photographs will be forthcoming.

Shropshire War Memorial, Shrewsbury

Figure of St Michael Archangel inside a circular topped rotunda inscribed, “In memory of the men and women of Shropshire who fell in the two World Wars 1914–18 and 1939–45.”

Shropshire War Memorial Shrewsbury

The statue stands on a hexagonal plinth, which is surrounded by 6 hexagonal plaques laid into the floor of the monument.

In front of the statue, the first plaque is inscribed, “Remember the gallant men and women of Shropshire who gave their lives for God, King and country 1914–18 and 1939-45.” Five other plaques show the county arms of Shropshire, a Croix de Guerre, an empty cross in front of a rising sun, the badge of the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry and the arms of the town of Shrewsbury.

Shropshire War Memorial, Shrewsbury 2

St Chad’s Church in background:-

Shropshire War Memorial, Shrewsbury  3

A brass plaque on the ground in front of the gates of the enclosure is inscribed, “This War Memorial was built in 1922-3 in honour of the men and women of Shropshire who fell in the Great War of 1914-18. The war dead of 1939-45 are also commemorated by this monument.”

Shropshire War Memorial, Shrewsbury 4

Boer War Memorial, Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury’s Boer War Memorial is fairly typical of the type showing a pith-helmeted soldier with rifle:-

Shrewsbury Boer War Memorial

Dedication. “To the memory of the officers, non-commisioned officers & men of the line, militia and volunteer battalions of the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry who were killed in action & died of wounds or disease while serving with the 2nd battalion of the King’s Shropshire LI (35th LI) in the Transvaal, Orange River Colony & Cape Colony during the campaign in South Africa.”

Shrewsbury Boer War Memorial Dedicatio

From west:-

Boer War Memorial, Shrewsbury

From east:-

Shrewsbury Boer War Memorial from East

Names:-

ome names Shrewsbury Boer War Memorial

Shrewsbury

The game at Oswestry not being till the evening we took ourselves off to Shrewsbury on the Saturday afternoon. (I’ve already mentioned Shrewsbury Abbey in a 4/11/2018 post about Wilfred Owen’s Memorial in the Abbey Grounds.)

Since we didn’t know the town we stopped at the first Park and Ride and availed ourselves of the service. That was just as well because the traffic was very busy and the streets quite narrow.

We also asked someone if the pronunciation was “Shrew”- or “Shrow”- sbury and were told it didn’t matter, either would do.

The town’s history is clearly evident in its buildings, with several in the timber-framed Tudor style:-

Shrewsbury Buildings

Shrewsbury buildings

Shrewsbury buildings

Shrewsbury Tudor building

Shrewsbury Building

Infantry Junior Leaders Memorial, Oswestry

After the Second World War the military camp at Oswestry became a centre for Canadian troops, then the Royal Artillery and finally a training centre for Infantry Junior Leaders.

Also in the Oswestry War Memorial garden area is a Memorial to these Junior Leaders. Deus Vult translates as God wills.

Infantry Junior Leaders Memorial, Oswestry

Dedication plaque:-

Dedication Infantry Junior Leaders Memorial , Oswestry

Plaque to Junior Leaders who died on active service:-

Memorial to Fallen Infantry Junior Leaders, Oswestry

Junior Leaders Association appreciation for Oswestry:-

Infantry Junior Leaders Thanks to Oswestry

Royal Regiment of Artillery Memorial, Oswestry

During the Great War Oswestry was the site of an army training camp and military hospital. In World War 2 this was again brought into use this time as a Royal Artillery Training and Plotting Officers’ School.

Behind the gates of Oswestry’s main War Memorial is a gardened area wherein lie other memorials.

Royal Regiment of Artillery Memorial:-

Royal Regiment of Artillery Memorial, Oswestry

Near side of Royal Regiment of Artillery Memorial:-

Side of Royal Regiment of Artillery Memorial, Oswestry

Latin tag. “Ubique quo fas et gloria decunt.” “Everywhere where right and glory lead.”:-

Latin Tag, Royal Regiment of Artillery Memorial, Oswestry

Memorial Field Gun:-

Royal Regiment of Artillery Memorial Field Gun, Oswestry

Memorial Field Gun dedication:-

Dedication, Royal Regiment of Artillery Memorial Field Gun, Oswestry

Oswestry War Memorial

I hadn’t looked this up reasoning that Oswestry is a big enough town to have a prominent War Memorial and I’d find it quite easily.

Still we’d been wandering the town for an hour or so on the Saturday morning (having travelled down on the Friday and staying overnight so as not to risk missing the kick-off) and still hadn’t seen it. So I asked the young woman serving me at WH Smith’s till, “Where is Oswestry’s War Memorial?” Despite seeming to be a local she didn’t know.

Anyway I strolled on down the main street for about a hundred or so yards – and there it was.

A set of gates flanked by pillars, inscribed respectively “1914. There is a life in death,” and “1919. Ye have not died in vain.”:-

Oswestry War Memorial

1914 Pillar. Top plaque inscribed, “Erected in grateful memory of the men of Oswestry who laid down their lives in the Great War.”:-

Oswestry War Memorial Names

1919 pillar. Top plaque inscribed, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”:-

Oswestry War Memorial, Great War Names

The reverse of the pillars was later pressed into service as the Second World War Memorial with 1939 and 1945 on the pillars:-

Oswestry World War 2 Memorial

1939 pillar. Inscribed, “He that overcometh shall inherit all things: and I will be his God and he shall be my son.”:-

Oswestry War Memorial, World War 2 Names

1945 pillar. Inscribed, “In grateful memory of the men and women of Oswestry who laid down their lives in the war of 1939-1945.”:-

More Second World War Names, Oswestry War Memorial

A Great War Memorial, Penrith

Penrith’s main War Memorial is, I have subsequently found, in Castle Park but I was parked much nearer the town centre than there. I will look for it the next time I’m in the town.

I did however come across one Great War Memorial in the churchyard of St Andrew’s Church, inscribed, “In proud and grateful memory of the men of Penrith who gave their lives in the War 1914-1918”:-

Penrith Great War Memorial

Reverse of memorial. Inscribed, “As dying and behold we live.”

Reverse of Great War Memorial, Penrith

Just to the side of the memorial was this remembrance “garden.” Presumably for the 100th centenary of the end of the war:-

Great War Remebrance Garden, Penrith.

Cruden Bay War Memorial

On the way back to the main road from Slains Castle we passed Cruden Bay War Memorial, an archway and gates, with the arch inscribed “Memory”. The name tablets are surmounted by 1914 and 1918 respectively. (I’ve since found that the World War 2 memorial is on the other side of the gates but I didn’t go through them into the kirkyard.)

Cruden Bay War Memorial

Names on tablet surmounted by 1914:-

Cruden Bay War Memorial Names

Names on tablet surmounted by 1918:-

Name son Cruden Bay War Memorial

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