E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image St Nicholas Church, Brockenhurst.

St Nicholas Church, Brockenhurst.


Roll of Honour.

Inside the porch of St Nicholas Church in Brockenhurst, and protected from the weather, is this beautifully made Roll of Honour commemorating those from the village who gave their lives during both World Wars.

The village lost 51 young men in WW1 and 32 during WW2.

To put this in perspective - today Brockenhurst's Primary School can take a maximum of 206 children, which averages at 29 children per year group - so the village lost the equivalent of three classes in both wars.

It's a lot isn't it.
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Sometimes it's difficult for people to understand the importance of things like this, some people even think these small memorials have taken almost idolatrous symbolism, but they don't realise that they are merely a focus intended to help us all remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and those who were to come after them.

There are no truer words than those attributed to General Slim, Commander of the Fourteenth Army Brigade who were fighting in Burma. The words are engraved on the Memorial at Kohima, which is the largest Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery with 1,420 burials.

"When you go home, tell them of us and say:
"For your tomorrow we gave our today"

We are living that tomorrow, and I think these words apply to the world we are living in as much as it did then, and I think it's important that we pass on this message to our children so they can one day tell their children, otherwise the sacrifice and bravery of these men will have been in vain.
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Some people might also think this is a very small thing for a village to have to commemorate their dead, but St Nicholas has its own secret - the churchyard is the home to a Commonwealth War Memorial and is where almost 100 ANZAC troops that died in the nearby hospital during WW1 are buried.

There are pictures of the memorial here and here.
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St Nicholas Church, Brockenhurst.


Roll of Honour.

Inside the porch of St Nicholas Church in Brockenhurst, and protected from the weather, is this beautifully made Roll of Honour commemorating those from the village who gave their lives during both World Wars.

The village lost 51 young men in WW1 and 32 during WW2.

To put this in perspective - today Brockenhurst's Primary School can take a maximum of 206 children, which averages at 29 children per year group - so the village lost the equivalent of three classes in both wars.

It's a lot isn't it.
.....

Sometimes it's difficult for people to understand the importance of things like this, some people even think these small memorials have taken almost idolatrous symbolism, but they don't realise that they are merely a focus intended to help us all remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and those who were to come after them.

There are no truer words than those attributed to General Slim, Commander of the Fourteenth Army Brigade who were fighting in Burma. The words are engraved on the Memorial at Kohima, which is the largest Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery with 1,420 burials.

"When you go home, tell them of us and say:
"For your tomorrow we gave our today"

We are living that tomorrow, and I think these words apply to the world we are living in as much as it did then, and I think it's important that we pass on this message to our children so they can one day tell their children, otherwise the sacrifice and bravery of these men will have been in vain.
.....

Some people might also think this is a very small thing for a village to have to commemorate their dead, but St Nicholas has its own secret - the churchyard is the home to a Commonwealth War Memorial and is where almost 100 ANZAC troops that died in the nearby hospital during WW1 are buried.

There are pictures of the memorial here and here.
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comments (13)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 12 Nov 2009, 01:15
Very sobering Ellie. Your links at the bottom don't work on my computer
EJWilkins: Links fixed, thanks for telling me.
Very true words indeed off the general, i hope we never forget thier sacrifice
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 12 Nov 2009, 07:17
Far to large a price to pay
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 12 Nov 2009, 07:37
Good photo Sad that we have to have these.Such a waste of life
Very well done with this pic Ellie, difficult to take to get it all in and readable.
I agree with your sentiments about war, but we never learn and still they go on.

The links worked yesterday, but today they don't.
EJWilkins: The porch isn't very big and this is on the right hand side.
I've fixed the links, thanks for mentioning that they don't work.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 12 Nov 2009, 09:38
It sad to think that we are supposed to be the smartest animal and yet some things we never learn.
And it's hard to imagine that there are people and groups out there saying that the Holocaust never happened.
Nice to see the names remembered in this way Ellie.
Too many of them fell Ellie!
lest we forget.
I visited this church last year (if it's the one with the New Zealand memorial?).. it was very moving
Theer are other examples of this all around the country so the numbers really start to add up. A whole generation was decimated. Well spotted Ellie.
These memorials must be preserved to tell their story to future generations
This is a very impressive memorial Ellie.

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