The Hospital of St Cross, Winchester
ALL THESE WERE HONOURED IN THEIR GENERATION AND WERE A GLORY IN THEIR DAYS
Today, Sunday 9th November 2008, is the day when memorial services will be held to remember those who died in military conflict. The date was chosen because it is the nearest Sunday to 11th November, Armistice Day - the day the Great War, later called the First World War, ended.
My picture shows the memorial at St Cross Hospital, near Winchester.
The names here were the men from the village of St Cross who lost their lives in WWI. They are few when we think about the millions who died, but to lose so many men - fathers, husbands, sons - the best of their generation, must have been devastating for such a small community.
I believe this is the first of the many War Memorials that were erected. It was put in place a month before the Armistice, which came into effect at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.
The bronze sculpture depicts St George overcoming and slaying the evil dragon, it was designed by Sir George Frampton
. The window above the memorial was designed by James Powell & Son / Whitefriars glass
and shows the figure of Fortitude. The oak reredos of the chapel was designed by Sir Thomas Jackson (see more here within my site
and here @ answers.com
Clearly the people of St Cross did their very best to provide a fitting memorial for those who died in this conflict, that was often called "The War to end all Wars" - a war so terrible that there could never be another.
This pattern was repeated throughout Europe, with costly, carefully designed, memorials erected in memory of those who had given their lives to ensure enduring peace. I'm sure contributions came from the survivors who knew the true horror of the trenches and the gas attacks and who had seen their friends die, it will have given them some solace, I hope.
If you would like to find information relating to a War Memorial near you this site provides a wealth of detail and also links to further sites. http://www.roll-of-honour.com/
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
holds a searchable database. Information held on the site includes the burial place of those who lost their lives.
Named on this memorial are, on the left plaque
G M Clark Major Hampshire Regt
L C B Russell Capt. Rifle Brigade
N E Gifford Capt Leicestershire Regt
J P Causton Major Hampshire Regt
C C E Clowes Lieut Kings Royal Rifles
E H S Bligh Lieut Royal Naval Division
C H Vacher Lieut Warwickshire Regt
A H Newton Lieut Middlesex Regt
C Jeffery Petty Officer Royal Navy
P J Berry Sergeant Kings (????)
I cannot read the right hand plaque clearly from my picture, those details will be added later after I have been back to St Cross again.
The War Memorial Chapel is very small, separated from the choir carved stone screen. The monument is positioned centrally beneath the window on the north wall, it isn't possible to get a view of it from any distance away.