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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.

The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher

Guild Publishing, 1988, 507 p

The Shell Seekers cover

It was the author’s recent death (so it goes) that prompted me to purloin this from the good lady’s bookshelves. Pilcher has been one of those writers I was aware of but had never felt the urge to sample – probably due to judging her books by their covers.

This is the tale of Penelope Keeling, lately having suffered a heart attack, and her immediate family’s reaction to that and their discovery that the works of her father, Laurence Stern, a painter out of fashion for decades, have surged in value. Three of his paintings remain on display in Penelope’s home, a huge canvas, The Shell Seekers of the title, his last remaining unsold painting, given to Penelope before his death, along with a pair of panels, unfinished. The novel unfolds through a prologue and sixteen chapters of varying length, each named for an individual. In reading them we learn of the significant details of the lives of Penelope, her two daughters and one son as well as the playing out of events following her discharging of herself from hospital. The events range from Penelope’s knowledge of her father’s life before the Great War, through the effects of the Second World War on Penelope herself to the mid-1980s of the book’s present.

There is a fair degree of telling rather than showing, and occasional potted biographies of minor characters when they first appear which detract from the overall flow. Pilcher’s use of dialogue tends to be fine but her prose also contains a lot of over-description (and frequent mentions of cups of tea.) Some of the title characters of the sixteen chapters make little appearance in “their” part of the narrative. Her writing is serviceable, perhaps even suited to its purpose, but not outstanding, and she has a tendency to overegg or reiterate unnecessarily aspects of the characterisation. I don’t suppose I constitute her target audience, but it did interest me enough to keep me reading. (I rarely, if ever, give up on a book, however.)

I would not be totally averse to it but don’t feel inclined to remake acquaintance with Pilcher’s work any time soon.

Time interval later count: 7.
Pedant’s corner:- “everything she had ever strived for” (striven,) “and his mother-in-law, Penelope Keeling,” (the reader already knows who his mother-in-law is,) wistaria (several times. It’s wisteria,) “drew up at the back of Podmore’s Thatch. The half-glassed front door led into a tiled porch.” (The front door is at the back?) “did use to sleep there” (did used to sleep,) Doris’ (Doris’s, which was used later, but then later again reverted to Doris’,) “two gin and oranges” (two gins and orange,) “where a variety of crushed and shredded garments were piled on the bed” (a variety of …. was piled on the bed,) “and the Army … were taking up positions” (the Army was taking up positions,) bannisters (I prefer the spelling banisters,) cache pot (cachepot,) Danus’ (Danus’s,) enormity (no. It was hugeness that was meant rather than monstrousness,) sneakers (an inappropriate word for the thoughts of an Englishwoman, who would say plimsolls or – perhaps – sandshoes,) helicopters (in mid World War 2? I don’t think so. Not Allied ones anyway,) Pointe de Hué (Pointe du Hoc, I think. There was a Port Hué but not a Pointe de Hué.) “‘And why is it always Olivia you tell things too?’” (tell things to,) histronics (histrionics,) “the congregation… rose to their feet” (the congregation …. rose to its feet,) dish washer (dishwasher – used, once, later,) “lovers lying supine, entwined,” (to be entwined wouldn’t at least one of them need to be prone? At any rate, they could not both be supine and at the same time entwined.)

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

Fraserburgh War Memorial

Figure of Justice Guiding Valour.

From the south:-

Fraserburgh War Memorial

From the west:-

Fraserburgh War Memorial from West.

From north:-

Fraserburgh War Memorial from North

Great War Inscription. “The Great War 1914-1918. In honour of all who served or suffered and in remembrance of these the fallen sons of this town and parish whose names are here inscribed.” Plus names of the dead.

Fraserburgh War Memorial Great War Inscription

More Great War Names:-

Fraserburgh War Memorial Great War Names

World War 2 Inscription. “To the memory of those who died in service in the 2nd World War 1939-1945.” Plus names of the dead.

Fraserburgh War Memorial World War 2 Inscription

More Second World War Names:-

Frtaserburgh War Memorial Second World War Names

This is an unusual commemoration. Civilian Casualties, World War 2:-

Fraserburgh War Memorial World War 2 Civilian Casualties

Crimond War Memorial

The game being off we decided to take a trip up to Fraserburgh another place we hadn’t visited before.

On the way we passed the village of Crimond and I spotted its War Memorial so stopped to photograph it.

A simple tapering pedestal inscribed, “To the glory of God and in memory of the men belonging to the parish of Crimond who gave their lives during the wars 1914-1918 1939-1945.”

Crimond War Memorial

Gordon Highlanders Memorial, Peterhead

On Kirk Street, Peterhead.

A hexagonal column surmounted by pillars, with a pyramidal apex.

From north. Inscribed with the Gordon Highlanders Insignia and the names Festubert and Vimy Ridge. Great War Roll of Honour behind.

Gordon Highlanders Memorial, Peterhead

From west. Inscribed Somme, Beaumont-Hamel, Arras, Ypres, Cambrai:-

Peterhead, Gordon Highlanders Memorial

From east. Inscribed St Quentin, Merville, Scarpe, Soissons, Chievres:-

Gordon Highlanders Memorial, Peterhead from East

5th Battalion Gordon Highlanders Great War Roll of Honour, by side of Gordon Highlanders Memorial, Kirk Street, Peterhead:-

5th Battalion Gordon Highlanders Great War Roll of Honour, Peterhead

War Graves, Peterhead

These graves were in the churchyard which lies behind Peterhead’s War Memorials (see previous posts.)

Sub-Lieutenant K S Roberts N Z Naval Volunteer Reserve, 7/6/1944, aged 22:-

War Grave, Peterhead

Gunners W Gawthorpe and S E Thomson, Maritime Regiment Royal Artillery, both 25/1/1942, S E Thomson aged 22. A Rogers, Trimmer, Merchant Navy, 12/3/1942, aged 24:-

War Graves, Peterhead Cemetery

This stone commemorates those known to be buried in Peterhead Churchyard but not marked by separate headstones. 15 known Great War dead. Two Great War and one Second World War unknown dead:-

Peterhead War Graves Memorial

Unknown fisherman given back by the sea 16/1/1943:-

Possible War Grave, Peterhead

Gravestone, “Erected by Alexander Stephen in loving memory of his sons who fell during the great European War, George who was killed at sea 15/2/1918 and is interred here and John who was killed at Arras 15/2/1917 aged 20.”

Great  War Grave, Peterhead

Peterhead Great War Memorial

Peterhead‘s Great War Memorial is an impressive sight, a tapering square column, visible from quite a distance as you approach the town from the south.

The column bears only Great War Names. The Second World War dead are commemorated on two pillars at the entrance to the graveyard behind.

This was taken from the town side:-

Peterhead War Memorial

Close up:-

Peterhead Great War Memorial

The stone wreath is inscribed “1914-1918”, the cartouche has names for the Great War, and below is the inscription, “To the glory of Almighty God and in honour of the men of this town who gave their lives for freedom in the Great War of 1914-1918. ‘So they passed over and all the trumpets sounded for them on the other side.'”

D edicationPeterhead Great War Memorial

Great War names:-

Peterhead Great War Memorial Names

Again, below, the stone wreath has 1914-1918. Under more names for the Great War is the additional information, “Unveiled 6th August 1922 and handed over to the custody of the Provost, Magistrates & Councillors of the Burgh of Peterhead.”

Peterhead Great War Memorial Additional Dedication

Yet more Great War names:-

More Names, Peterhead Great War Memorial

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