Hersham War Memorial – A Return Visit

Some more recent photos of Hersham war memorial, the first ones I published taken well over decade ago now (but still available to view here).  So why this shot to start?

Well, there was a Great War German field gun here, once upon a time, but now only the base on which the gun was displayed remains,…

…a place for flowers now, not firepower,…

…the gun itself removed from its shackles long ago,…

…to be melted down for its metal content during the Second World War.

At which point, I ought to own up.

As you might by now have gathered, these pictures are a bit of a mish-mash from more than one visit, but you know what?  I don’t care!  And my bet is that you don’t, either.

The Second World War names – the names of the Great War casualties, 117 in total, can be found on a rather magnificent Roll of Honour in St. Peter’s Church – are divided into Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, R.A.F., Merchant Navy and, all the names in the final column, civilians.

At the going down of the sun……

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10 Responses to Hersham War Memorial – A Return Visit

  1. Nick Kilner says:

    Succinct, I know, but there it is 😉

  2. Morag L Sutherland says:

    There was a German gun here in Brora also. Apparently at some pont in 1920s a group of old comrades threw it into the river where it might still lie. Bit of local romanticism.

    • Magicfingers says:

      Well there’s a project for a winter’s afternoon then! Lol!

      • Morag L Sutherland says:

        I have the hard copy report from local paper somewhere and a couple of references from interviews with folk no longer with us x

        • Magicfingers says:

          Which might see the light of day sometime…….???

          • Morag L Sutherland says:

            Which might indeed but at moment Christmas letters need uo be written and that takes time . Our memorial unveiled Christmas Day 1922. Been very busy working on panels- text and photos to be put on display for public. Once they are in place for public i can send the content and pictures for your files? Will see if I can locate gun story

  3. Magicfingers says:

    That sounds a good project – probably a better one than underwater-gun-searching. Yes, please send me all when they are in place. Sounds like we could do a post here perhaps?

    • Morag L Sutherland says:

      I have it on file and will forward once local folk have seen it. You will be able to share I am sure all done under auspices of Friends of Clyne War Memorial association

      • Magicfingers says:

        Excellent – I’ll even, for once, hand ultimate editorial decisions to your good self. In that you can okay it before publication.

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