Tuesday, October 14, 2014

"Missing" by Clara Bernhardt

The framed poem by Clara Berhardt
Displayed at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Museum

(Based at the wartime R.A.F. East Kirkby)
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Friday, October 03, 2014

A time to remember at Rheged, Cumbria

1. Entrance to the modern Rheged Discovery Centre
[Situated near Penrith, Cumbria]
2. Poster for a WW1 film about life on the home front
[Film compiled by the North West Film Archive]
3. Poster for a WW2 3-D film about "D-Day"
[Shown at Rheged, Cumbria (Sep. 2014 - Jan. 2015)] 
4. "Distant Dreams" by the artist Peter Lewis
[Part of Rheged's exhibition "The Art of Remembering"]
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Roy Chadwick: 'father' of the Lancaster Bomber

1. Tribute to Roy Chadwick,  CBE, FRAeS (1893 - 1947)
(Designer of the Avro Lancaster Bomber)
2. 'Just Jane', an Avro Lancaster Bomber
3. 'Just Jane', in the hangar of the wartime RAF East Kirkby
 Photographs taken at: 
Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, Spilsby, Lincs. 
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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Tribute to the "Dambusters" (617 Squadron)

1. WW2 "Dambusters" tribute 
(with photographs and autographs)
2. 50th anniversary tribute of the dams raid (1943 - 1993)

3. Exhibits telling the WW2 story of 617 Squadron
4. A Barnes Wallis "Bouncing Bomb" on display
 Photographs taken at: 
the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Museum
(Based at the wartime R.A.F. East Kirkby airfield)
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Irthington War Memorial, Cumbria

1. St Kentigern's Parish Church and war memorial, Cumbria. 
2. Irthington War Memorial, St Kentigern's churchyard
3. Dedication and list of WW1 names on the war memorial
4. Dedication and WW2 names on the war memorial
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

The wartime refuge of Stanislas Bender

1. Lourdes in the High Pyrenees of southern France
[Wartime refuge for the Jewish painter Stanislas Bender]
2. Lourdes Parish Church
[Dedicated to the Sacred Heart]
3. The Lady Chapel and WW1 Parish War Memorial,
4. "The ecstasy of Bernadette" by Stanislas Bender
[In the St Bernadette Chapel of Lourdes Parish Church]
 
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Eternal Flame at the Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe, Paris (1928 postcard photograph)

A symbol of the French Nation in War and Peace

The Arc de Triomphe, symbol of the French nation, the grand and the lowly, the old and the new, stands at the top of the Champs-Élysées in the centre of the Place de l'Étoile. It is at the highest point of a line running from the Louvre Museum to the Grande Arche de la Défense to west of Paris.

Beneath the arch is the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, one of the many French soldiers who died in the First World War. Also found here is the Eternal Flame which burns in memory of the many unidentified French soldiers, sailors and airmen of the First World War and subsequently the Second World War.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

"Is Paris Burning?"

1. "Is Paris Burning?" 
(Adolf Hitler, August 1944)
2. View of Paris from the Tour de Montparnasse
3. View of Paris from the Eiffel Tower
4. Gothic architecture of Notre Dame de Paris
Paris, France, Friday 25 August 1944
General Dietrich von Choltitz, German Military Governor of Paris surrenders and orders all remaining German troops in the city to put down their arms. After four years of German Occupation Paris is once more free. In Germany, Adolf Hitler asks the question "Is Paris Burning?" The reasons why Paris was not burning are the basis of the book by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre [Photograph No. 1].

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dearham War Memorial, Cumbria

1. Dearham Parish Church and the war memorial

2. Dearham Parish War Memorial in the churchyard

3. Dearham Parish War Memorial (front)
4. WW1 names on Dearham Parish War Memorial
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Crosscanonby War Memorial, Cumbria

1. Crosscanonby Parish Church (St. John the Evangelist)
2. Crosscanonby War Memorial (WW1 dedication)
3. Crosscanonby War Memorial (WW2 dedication)
4. Names of the 'Fallen' on the war memorial
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

'The Fallen' of Seascale, Cumbria

St Cuthbert's Parish Church and war memorial, Seascale

Commemorating 'The Fallen' of Seascale, Cumbria

A sandstone cross in the churchyard of St Cuthbert's Parish Church, Seascale commemorates the servicemen who lost their lives during the First World War and can be seen in the photograph above. Inside the church there are additional war memorials for the 'Fallen' connected to Seascale.

The first memorial inside the church is a tablet listing the names of 'Old Boys' of Seascale 'Prep' (Preparatory) School who died in WW1. The second memorial inside the church is a tablet listing the names of those who died in although the actual WW2 memorial is the altar rail.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Waberthwaite War Memorial, Cumbria

1. Waberthwaite village (from in front of the school)

2. Waberthwaite War Memorial and village school

3. The names engraved on Waberthwaite War Memorial
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Sunday, August 10, 2014

A Time to Remember

A C.W.G.C. 'Cross of Sacrifice'
[Whitehaven Cemetery, Cumberland]

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 Summer 2014: a time of Remembrance
 
At the beginning of August 2014 the world marked the centenary of the outbreak of the 1914 - 1918 war. This was the beginning of the so-called 'Great War', later known as the First World War. A few weeks later, at the beginning of September 2014, it was the 75th anniversary of outbreak of the 1939 - 1945 war. This was the Second World War. 

During both World Wars millions were killed from all the nations involved in these conflicts, each one of them an individual. The late summer of 2014 was a time to remember. 

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Thursday, August 07, 2014

The Parish War Memorial of Dean, Cumbria

1. Dean Parish Church (St Oswald's), Cumbria
3. The Parish War Memorial, Dean, Cumbria
3. The names of the 'Fallen' on the war memorial
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Eden Camp: "The People's War 1939 - 1945"

Millennium souvenir brochure of Eden Camp museum
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Churchill's Cabinet War Rooms, London

1. Entrance to the Churchill War Rooms, London
2. Churchill's War Cabinet at Downing Street in 1941
3. The Chiefs of Staff Conference Room
4. Part of the interactive exhibition at the museum
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

The War Memorial of Wigton, Cumbria

1. Wigton War Memorial, Cumbria (Wigton Cemetery)
2. The WW1 names on Wigton war memorial
3. The WW2 names on Wigton war memorial
4. CWGC headstone of Sub-Lt. R.M. Aitken, R.N.
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