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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Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Village War Memorials of St Bees, Cumbria

1. The two village war memorials of St Bees, Cumbria
2. Statue of St Bega with St Bees priory in the background

3. The west door of St Bees Priory Church (c.1140)

4. Names of the St Bees WW2 service casualties
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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Sub-Lt. (A) Cyril Moore, RNVR (1924 - 1944)

 1. Sub Lt. (A) Cyril Moore, R.N.V.R. (1924)
[Courtesy of 'The Whitehaven News']
2. Sub Lt. (A) Cyril Moore, R.N.V.R. (1924)
[Courtesy of Mr. David Mason of Whitehaven]
 3. Letter from Mr Cyril Moore (Snr.), April 1947
(To the Town Clerk, Whitehaven Town Council)

[Courtesy of Cumbria County Archives, Whitehaven]

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Pte. Frank Newall, Border Regiment (1919 - 1944)

 1. Private Francis ('Frank') Newall, Border Regiment
[Photograph courtesy of 'The Whitehaven News']
 2. Headstone of Pte. Frank Newall, Border Regiment
(Lille Southern Cemetery, Grave Ref.: 5 / A / 21)
[Photograph taken with permission]
 3. St John's Parish Church, Hensingham, Cumbria 
[Where Frank Newall was baptised (06/04/1919)]
4. St Bridget's Parish Church, Moresby, Cumbria
[Where Frank Newall married Jessie Agnew (1942)]
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Sunday, June 08, 2014

Two Brothers who remain forever young

 1. Normandy Veterans Association Memorial Tablet
[St Nicholas' Church Gardens, Whitehaven, Cumbria]
 2. Poppies in remembrance of Robert and Joseph Casson
[70th anniversary of D-Day, 6 June 2014]
3. The Casson family headstone (Whitehaven Cemetery)
[It commemorates five members of the family

 4. Joseph Casson (left) and Robert Casson (right)
[Two brothers buried side-by-side in Normandy]
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Saturday, June 07, 2014

The Tourcoing War Memorial, France (59)

1. "Towards Victory": Tourcoing's War Memorial
2. "Winged Victory": leading the Fallen to victory.
3. The Tourcoing War Memorial (reverse panels)
4. The list of Tourcoing's War Dead (1939 onwards)
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Friday, June 06, 2014

70th Anniversary of D-Day in West Cumbria

1. Order of Service of Remembrance (front cover)
70th anniversary of D-Day

[St Nicholas' Church Gardens, Whitehaven, Cumbria]
 2. Floral tributes and poppy crosses
[Normandy Veterans Memorial, Whitehaven, Cumbria]
3. Some of the floral tributes placed in remembrance
[Friday 6 June 2014]
4. Poppy crosses remembering family and friends
[Friday 6 June 2014]
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Thursday, June 05, 2014

Tourcoing in the summer of 1944

1. Poster for Tourcoing's "5th June 1944 Museum"
2. Tourcoing Town Hall (Nord), France
3. Tourcoing Town Hall memorials for two F.F.I. fighters
4. Tourcoing's "Peace Tree",  planted 2 April 1995

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Sunday, June 01, 2014

The War Memorial for the Diocese of Lille

1. Notre Dame de la Treille Cathedral, Lille
2. The Diocese of Lille War Memorial

The Roman Catholic Cathedral of Lille in northern France [Photograph No. 1] is dedicated to Notre Dame de la Treille. Inside the cathedral is a stone memorial tablet commemorating the diocesan priests, religious and seminarists who lost their lives in WW1, WW2 and the Algerian War [Photograph No. 2].
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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Lille remembers the Second World War

 1. 'Melancolia', the War Memorial at Lille (Nord)
[Thursday 8 May 2014: 69th anniversary of V.E. Day]
2. Some of the floral tributes at the Lille War Memorial
[Thursday 8 May 2014]

 3. The chapel dedicated to St Joan of Arc, Lille Cathedral
[Sunday 11 May 2014]
4. Prayers for peace at the chapel of St Joan of Arc
[Sunday 11 May 2014]
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Sunday, May 04, 2014

Return to Dunkirk

 1. Some Dunkirk Veterans and their wives (May 1990)
West Cumbria Branch members with their wives

[Courtesy of the 'News & Star' (Cumbrian Newspapers)]
2. Dunkirk Memorial Casket and WW2 Memorial.
[St. Nicholas' Chapel, Whitehaven, Cumbria]

3. Dunkirk Memorial Casket and poppy wreath
[With the Association emblem displayed on the handle]

4. St Nicholas' Church Tower and chapel, Whitehaven.
[Where the Dunkirk Memorial Casket is displayed]
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014



MAY is the time for celebrations in France, too. May 8, of course, and before that May 1st. And before that comes the day when the nation remembers all the victims of deportation during WW2. Résistants, FTP (Francs Tireurs et Partisans), Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals... everyone whose life ended in a concentration camp. 
It is called : Journée Nationale du Souvenir de la Déportation. 

This year, its date was April 27, and in schools throughout the country students were informed of its symbolic value, and made to reflect on the events that justify its being celebrated. 

This year too, in the small town called LE CANNET, near the more famous city of Cannes, a new plaque was put up to honor, not just the victims, but the RIGHTEOUS AMONG THE NATIONS, without whom so many Jewish people would have been among the dead.  The names of those who were given that title in Le Cannet are on the plaque, of course. 

It took a lot of work on the part of the various associations involved, and of course the cooperation of the city council, but eventually it happened, and last Sunday, a very moving ceremony saw the unveiling of the plaque.  

The ceremony started off with a moment of silence (and a few short speeches, too) in front of the first plaque that had been put in the beautiful gardens of the Tivoli. This particular plaque is there thanks to the hard work of the members of an association called AMEJDAM (Association pour la Mémoire des Enfants Juifs Déportés des Alpes Maritimes), who dig into various archives to find the names of the children, and remind the world that these children were once alive in this city, as in others. In Le Cannet, the youngest victim, Nicole Mittelstein, was only 16 months old...

Of course, all the elements of such ceremonies were there, and as usual wreathes of flowers were laid down by the "Monument aux morts". 

AMEJDAM's was a pink one.

May the righteous and the victims never be forgotten. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Treatment of the B.E.F.'s severely wounded

1.  The chapel of the 'Faculté Catholique', Lille
[Where wounded O.R.'s of the 1940 B.E.F. were treated]
 2. British wounded P.O.W.s at Rouen (1942) 
[Photograph courtesy of 'The Whitehaven News']
3. Sgt. Tom Rimmer (left) and L/Cpl. John Gill (right) 
(Two of the severely wounded soldiers of the 1940 B.E.F.)

[Photograph courtesy of 'The Whitehaven News']

 4. Gibraltar (North Front), a wartime sanctuary
(From La Línea de la Concepción, Spain) 
[Destination for many of the British P.O.W. escapers]
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Marine James Todd, R.M., HMS Curacoa

 Marine James Todd, R.M., of Ravenglass (HMS Curacoa)
[Photograph courtesy of 'The Whitehaven News']
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