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Great War Memorials, Chester Cathedral

Inside Chester Cathedral are several memorials to the dead of the Great War.

Cheshire Yoemanry memorial, headed “Cheshire Yoemanry” and “MCMXIV MCMXIX” and inscribed centrally, “To the glory of God and in glorious memory of the officers, NCOs and men of the Cheshire Yeomanry who gave their lives in the Great War.”

Great War Memorial, Chester Cathedral

Cheshire Regiment Great War Roll of Honour:-

Chester Cathedral, Great War Cheshire Regiment Roll of Honour

HMS Chester, Battle of Jutland Roll of Honour:-

HMS Chester, Battle of Jutland Memorial

HMS Chester Memorabilia, John Travers (Jack) Cornwell, youngest VC recipient:-

Chester Cathedral, HMS Chester Memorabilia

HMS Chester Memorabilia,

Boer War Memorial, Chester Cathedral

There are several memorials to past conflicts inside Chester Cathedral.

The most ornate is the one for the South African War of 1899-1902, known as the Boer War, though it was the second such.

Boer War Memorial, Chester Cathedral

Chester Cathedral Interior

Model of Chester Cathedral in Lego. The idea is you buy a lego brick for £1 and add it to the model. Note the War Memorial on the green patch:-

Model of Chester Cathedral in Lego

Chancel:-

Chancel, Chester Cathedral

The very ornate choirstalls:-

Choirstalls, Chester Cathedral

Vaulted ceiling:-

Ceiling, Chester Cathedral

Rood Screen & stained glass windows:-

Rood Screen & Stained Glass Windows, Chester Cathedral

More atained glass windows:-

Stained Glass Windows, Chester Cathedral

Modern stained glass windows:-

Chester Cathedral, Modern Stained Glass Windows

Stained glass windows and lightshades:-

Stained Glass Windows and Lightshades, Chester Cathedral

22nd Cheshire Regiment Memorial

This is also in the grounds of Chester Cathedral.

Cheshire Regimental Memorial

It is inscribed, “In grateful remembrance of the officers and men of the 22nd [Cheshire] Regiment who laid down their lives in the service of their country 1939-1945.”

22nd [Cheshire] Regimental Memorial 3

Regimental Memorial, 22nd Cheshire Regiment

22nd Cheshire Regimental Memorial

War Memorial, Chester

The Memorial is in red sandstone to match the Cathedral behind. It has a hexagonal base of four steps supporting a plinth bearing a cross.

It is inscribed, “Erected by a grateful city in honour of her sons who gave their lives for their country in the Great War 1914–1918. Their names are engraved on tablets of bronze in the Town Hall and their imperishable memory in the hearts of their fellow citizens.”

War Memorial, Chester

Inscribed on third tier here, “1939-1945”:-

War Memorial, Chester

Third view:-

War Memorial by Chester Cathedral

Hawarden War Memorial

Hawarden War Memorial stands at the junction of the B 5125 and the A 550 (Gladstone Way) hard by Gladstone’s Library.

It is in the form of a stone column with crucifix in a recess towards the apex:-

Hawarden War Memorial

Closer view:-

War Memorial, Hawarden, North Wales

Dedication, “To the praise of God and the glorious memory of the men of Hawarden who gave their lives for their country in the cause of righteousness and freedom AD 1914-1919. Their name liveth for evermore.” Click photo to zoom in on lower dedication:-

Dedication Hawarden War Memorial

The names for the dead of the Great War are mostly on stone panels behind the memorial. Left side:-

Great War Names Hawarden War Memorial

Right side:-

Hawarden War Memorial, Great War Names

Further names are inscribed below the dedication panels:-

Further Names Hawarden War Memorial 6

More Great War names on left side pillar, World War 2 names beyond:-

Hawarden War Memorial Names

Names for 1939-1945, left side:-

Hawarden War Memorial, Names for  1939-1945

Another name (on the extreme left of the Memorial):-

Hawarden War Memorial, Great War Name

Right hand pillar, World War 2 names beyond:-

Names, Hawarden War Memorial

Names for 1939-1945, right side:-

Hawarden War Memorial World War 2 Names

Across Gladstone Way there is a Great War 100th Anniversary Commemoration. The perspex silhouette represents a dead soldier:-

Great War 100th Anniversary Commemoration by Hawarden War Memorial

War Memorial, Aberdeen

Aberdeen’s main War Memorial is located at the end wall of Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums. I believe Aberdeen’s Roll of Honour is housed inside the museum.

The Memorial comprises the wall and a stone lion. The wall is inscribed, “MCMXIV – MCMXIX, To Our Glorious Dead, MCMXXXIX – MCMXLV.”

Unfortunately in August last year there were refurbishment works going on.

Wider view. Refurbishment works in evidence:-

War Memorial Aberdeen

Closer view:-

Aberdeen War Memorial

Tweedmouth War Memorial

Tweedmouth’s War Memorial stands at the southern end of Berwick Bridge almost in the shadow of the newer Royal Tweed Bridge.

From Berwick Bridge (Royal Tweed Bridge in background):-

Tweedmouth War Memorial

The Memorial’s inscriptions are, “In ever grateful and proud remembrance of the brave men of Tweedmouth who fell in the Great World War 1914-1918 and of the men and women of Tweedmouth who lost their lives in the Second World War. They were a wall unto us both by night and day.” “Erected by the inhabitants of Tweedmouth and other friends.” There is also a dedication to 2nd engineering officer Paul A Henry GM, 8/6/1982, aboard RFA Sir Galahad, at Bluff Cove – Falkland Islands. Below are the dates “1914-1919” and “1939-1945” and “To the memory of the men and women of Tweedmouth who have fallen since 1945.”

War Memorial, Tweedmouth

Memorial from west:-

War Memorial Tweedmouth

Reverse of memorial:-

Tweedmouth War Memorial, Reverse

Behind the Memorial on the wall bordering the River Tweed are some shields installed to remember those whose names were not included on the Memorial itself. From left to right: Civilian Personnnel, Royal Air Force, The youth of today remember the youth of yesterday. This last has the furtehr information, “These shields were requested by the children of the area In Memory of the Fallen.” “We do not forget.” (Royal Tweed Bridge and Berwick Bridge in background.)

Shields by Tweedmouth War Memorial

There are two more shields to the right of Youth of today; Royal Navy and British Army:-

War Memorial Shileds, Tweedmouth.2

Tweedmouth War Memorial and Berwick Bridge from Royal Tweed Bridge:-

Tweedmouth War Memorial and Berwick Bridge

Dunbar Battlefield

The last major act in Scotland of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms – still known to some as the (English) Civil War – was the Battle of Dunbar in 1650.

We’ve been to Dunbar many times and I had spotted a signpost pointing to the battlefield but at the time had an appointment elsewhere so couldn’t stop.

Last year the good lady and a friend had signed up to FutureLearn history course on the battle, their interest triggered by the discovery at Durham Cathedral of human remains which turned out to be those of Scottish soldiers captured during the battle, and taken to Durham to be kept imprisoned (under atrocious conditions) in the Cathedral, where some died.

So it was that last summer we made a concerted effort to find the battlefield. Yes, there was that signpost but there’s not much in the way of information boards at the battlefield itself or on the road the signpost pointed along. This very recently erected stone was set back from the road and commmemorates those taken prisoner at the Battle of Dunbar, 1650.

Dunbar Prisoners Memorial

However, I am not sure if the two pictures below are of the battlefield or not. (North Sea in background.) After we came home I read up a bit and found the site of the battlefield straddles the main A1 road but does lead down towards the sea.

Dunbar Battlefield

Dunbar Battlefield

Once back at the road from which the signpost points we discovered this memorial. On it is an inscription, “3rd September 1650,” and a quotation from Thomas Carlyle, “Here took place the brunt or essential agony of the Battle of Dunbar.” (In the background is a modern cement works – and a horse):-

Dunbar Battlefield (1650) Marker Stone

Close-up:-

Battle of Dunbar, Carlyle Stone 1

A museum in Dunbar had a display about the battle including a piece of tapestry commemorating the Battles of Dunbar 1650, and Worcester 1651:-

Tapestry Panel, Dunbar Museum

Strathmiglo War Memorial

Strathmiglo’s War Memorial is in the churchyard and takes the form of a wooden cross. Unusually, the names of the dead are inscribed on copper strips attached to the cross. There are also three VC symbols attached.

Strathmiglo War Memorial

The plaque below the cross is inscribed, “Nihil melius patria quam pro mori” (there is nothing better to die for rather then the country) and, “In honoured memory of fallen heroes.”

War Memorial Dedication, Strathmiglo

In the graveyard I also found two war dedications.

David John Campbell Ireland, 2nd Battalion, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders. Killed in action on the Somme in France, 31/10/1916, aged 36 years:-

War Inscription, Strathmiglo Graveyard

William Syme, Royal Scots, who died of wounds in France, 10/4/1917, aged 20 years:-

War Inscription, Strathmiglo Graveyard

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