E.J.Wilkins

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Sway War Memorial

 

We will remember them.

 

 

 

The War Memorial at Sway carries this inscription

 

 

 

In case the picture doesn't show properly, the inscription says :-


TO THE GLORY OF GOD

AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF

THE MEN OF SWAY WHO FELL

IN THE GREAT WAR

 

"SONS OF THIS PLACE, LET THIS OF YOU BE SAID,

THAT YOU WHOH LIVE ARE WORTHY OF YOUR DEAD.

THESE GAVE THEIR LIVES THAT YOU WHO LIVE MAY REAP

A RICHER HARVEST ERE YOU FALL ASLEEP."

 

The memorial carries the names of those who fell in WW1 on the main memorial, those who lost their lives in WW2 are named on the plinth, which you can see in the main picture.

 

I'm not sure why the date is 1914-1919, perhaps there were those who died of their wounds after the Armistice was signed and the people of the village wanted them included. It's that sort of place, even now there's a true sense of 'belonging to a community'. I'm sure there's information in this book (Sway At War 1914-1945. By Tony Blakeley, John Cockram, Nick Saunders & Richard Williams), but I haven't read it.

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Sway War Memorial

 

We will remember them.

 

 

 

The War Memorial at Sway carries this inscription

 

 

 

In case the picture doesn't show properly, the inscription says :-


TO THE GLORY OF GOD

AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF

THE MEN OF SWAY WHO FELL

IN THE GREAT WAR

 

"SONS OF THIS PLACE, LET THIS OF YOU BE SAID,

THAT YOU WHOH LIVE ARE WORTHY OF YOUR DEAD.

THESE GAVE THEIR LIVES THAT YOU WHO LIVE MAY REAP

A RICHER HARVEST ERE YOU FALL ASLEEP."

 

The memorial carries the names of those who fell in WW1 on the main memorial, those who lost their lives in WW2 are named on the plinth, which you can see in the main picture.

 

I'm not sure why the date is 1914-1919, perhaps there were those who died of their wounds after the Armistice was signed and the people of the village wanted them included. It's that sort of place, even now there's a true sense of 'belonging to a community'. I'm sure there's information in this book (Sway At War 1914-1945. By Tony Blakeley, John Cockram, Nick Saunders & Richard Williams), but I haven't read it.

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comments (18)

  • Peter
  • Canada
  • 11 Nov 2010, 05:03
Thank you for posting this fine memorial on what we call "Remberance Day" here in Canada....well done Ellie...petersmile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 11 Nov 2010, 06:15
War is Hell, EeJay...
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 Nov 2010, 06:17
Excellent sentiments Ellie: I'm sure you are right in your explanation of 1914-19
  • Alan
  • Grasmere
  • 11 Nov 2010, 06:56
Hear, Hear, Ellie. A very fitting reminder of the sacrifices given by our heroes.
Perfect salute Ellie lovely reminder.
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 11 Nov 2010, 07:37
Great work its good to remember our fallen.,Australian service men are still fighting and losing there live today
Should read, 'On behalf of the Royal family and political leaders at the time, we wish to formally apologise for the callous waste of life when we took advantage of your loyalty and implied that this is a noble war that had to be won for God and Country'.

Sorry.
Very poignant Ellie.
In remembrance, cordially, Noel
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 11 Nov 2010, 09:25
I'm glad to see you back, Ellie. Just the other day Astrid and I were talking about WWI and about the fact we don't know a lot about it. You're reminding me to Google about it. Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 Nov 2010, 12:22
Yes, a poignant and moving reminder of those terrible wars - especially the Great War as you in Great Britain say - I remember to have seen the cemetery near Ypern and we moved in our hearts the famous poem written by the Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae:

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
A fine tribute Ellie.
A fitting picture for the day, Ellie.
Good strong shot.
The great war was the most awful slaughter that bankrupted nations and destroyed a generation. We still haven't learnt to resolve things in a better way.
we certainly will
Where have you disappeared to? You always remember on 11 November. smile
EJWilkins: I managed to get online this year! Will 'reappear' more regularly very soon.

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