Port Sunlight War Memorial

Port Sunlight War Memorial stands in the most prominent position in the middle of the village, at the intersection of its broadest avenues, The Causeway and The Diamond. It is made in granite, with sculptures and reliefs in bronze. At the centre is a runic cross. This is one of the most impressive War Memorials I have seen outside a major city in the UK.

It has a grade 1 lisiting.


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Reach for the sky


The 158 Squadron Memorial by Peter Naylor

I came across this war memorial by accident in 2012 at the site of a WW2 airfield in the East Riding of Yorkshire not signposted you just stumble across it. Made in Steel and weathering a 7 man bomber crew in silhouettes stand 8 foot tall  ready for a mission. All who served with 158 Squadron names are etched into the bodies of the memorial.Modern wind turbines are the only propellers turning today on the airfield site.




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Side by Side.

One of the most famous WW2 Battle of Britain fighter airfields is RAF Tangmere situated some 3 miles east of Chichester in West Sussex. Today the silent airfield hosts a military aircraft museum.

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Sea Vixen

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Vampire and Metor Jet Fighters of the 1960’s

I find it always worth visit to the village church close to any RAF airfield as  it’s  real history is recorded in the church yard.


Side by Side ,German Stuka aircrew graves next to RAF aircrew graves at St Andrew’s Church Tangmere.

Dover Patrol in memory of.

The Dover Patrol was formed in WW1 as unit of the Royal Navy part of which was based at Dover. It’s main task was to prevent enemy shipping most importantly submarines from entering the English Channel on their way to the Atlantic Ocean.The Patrol forced the German Navy to travel a much longer route around Scotland to the Atlantic  which was covered by the Northern Patrol.  After the war, a fund was set up to erect a memorial to the Dover Patrol.

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Death from above.


I am trying to record modern history  I see before it is lost another WW2 relic fairly local to home is Sinah Heavy Anti aircraft gun site on Hayling Island Hampshire. From the air Hayling Island can easily be mistaken for Portsmouth with its city and dockyard.


The seating area has been added to the inside of this gun emplacement and the small inner ammunition stores removed.


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Too try and confuse the German Bombers, Hayling Island was used as a decoy site with fires being lit to simulate bombing damage and fool bombers to bomb around the fires.


You can not reach the sites second main magazine and 4th Gunsite although this gunsite has fallen into a fishing lake it retains it’s 5 internal ammunition stores. Sinah gun battery was badly damaged in April 1941 when the site was hit by bombs, putting out of action 3 of the 4 guns and killing 6 gun crew from 57th Heavy Anti Aircraft regiment who are remembered at the site today.


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1 of the 2 main magazines on the site

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found on google WW2 anti-aircraft gun battery like those at Hayling Island

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During November 1850 two Turkish Warships anchored off Gosport for an extended stay. During their stay many of the crew contracted Cholera. Those taken ill were admitted to the Naval Hospital at Haslar. Most of these Sailors died and were buried at the Hospital. Later the bodies were moved to a dedicated Turkish Cemetery at Clayhall Cemetery along with other Turkish sailors from the ships  who had died of accidents. Today a total 26 Turkish Sailors rest on English soil and lay under a Turkish flag.





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Each year the numbers grow smaller,

The faces grow older, and the feet slower

The campaign medals date back less in time

And are conflicts I remember.





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A Bombers Moon and time for reflection. 671 not returning home


Having driven from near Seahouses,  heading home by the time we had reach Oxford I was ready for a walk around and a stretch of the legs. Many times on the A34 I recalled seeing signs for a Commonwealth War graves cemetery and thought this was a place for a look. The site contains 156 burials from WW1 the site of this cemetery is a result of the 3rd Southern General Hospital an Oxfordshire TA unit being located nearby. During WW2 it was designated a RAF cemetery. Used by many local Bomber command airfields in the area by the end of WW2 the total graves had risen to 671.


I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,

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The Portsmouth Naval Memorial, also known as Southsea Naval Memorial, Situated on Southsea Common near Southsea Castle and looking out over the Solent. (close to where Henry 8th Warship The Mary Rose was lost)The memorial commemorates just under 25,000 British and Commonwealth sailors who were lost in the World Wars, around 10,000 sailors in WW.1 15,000 in WW.2. The memorial has a bronze plaques arranged around the memorial according to the year of death.

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Southsea Castle and Lighthouse

To commemorate sailors who had died at sea in the First World War and had no known grave, an Admiralty committee recommended building memorials at the three main naval ports in the UK (Portsmouth, Chatham and Plymouth)Identical memorials at all three sites were designed by Sir Robert Lorimer  with sculpture by Henry Poole.naval wm5naval wm6Naval wm