Tuesday 16 July 2013

Castle Bromwich War Memorial

Not far from Castle Bromwich Hall on the Green is the Castle Bromwich War Memorial. My photographs were taken in early 2007; and since then this war memorial has had a further plaque added for those killed in action from the area since 1945.

The main memorial is divided into the left part dedicated to the First World War and the right part to the Second World War.
Names are as following:

The Great War 1914 - 1918

S Andrews
H Betts
E Birch
R O B Bridgeman
G Brotherton
R E Bullows
J T Churchill
F Crofts
A Eden
R Eden
R D Evans

A Hancox
J Harvey
A Hemmings
G Holtham
B T Harris
E Irons
G Irons
W J Leake
W S Morgan
G Neville

S G Ravenhall
H E Rhodes
J T Rowley
H Rudd
H Rushton
S Smith
C Stone
H J Watlington
A W Watton
J Woolley
F Wyatt

The middle plaque with a cross above has the thought provoking paragraph:

At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.

The World War 1939 - 1945
Names are as following:

W Adams
O G Baker
T Collins
A Cooke
J Cook
G Cox
R Crawford
D R Davis
E Davis
R Dawes
M Dunn

F Forbes
G E Gostling
E Hall
B Johnson
E Jones
A M Henry
A Milner
G Palmer
T Sale
T Savage
J Snowball

N Stocker
L Thomas
R Thompson
A Tonks
B Walker
J Winkley
B Winning
G Winning
F Wynn
Mary W Green

From the names of the soldiers who died in the First World War there is R O B Bridgeman who was Commander Richard Orlando Bridgeman DSO. He was the second son of the 4th Earl of Bradford and Ida Frances Anabella Lumley of Castle Bromwich Hall. He died in 1917 aged 37 when his plane got into difficulty over Africa.
The only name that appears to be female is on the Second World War section and is that of Mary W Green. This is Mary Winifred Green, Chief Volunteer of the Auxiliary Territorial Services who died in 1940. She was the oldest daughter of John and Ethel Green of Castle Bromwich. She is buried in Perry Barr Cemetery in Birmingham.  

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