Burwash War Memorial

Burwash War Memorial

Burwash War Memorial
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ShaunH290
Londra, UK1.549 katkı
Always a Reminder of Loss!
Ağu 2021
Anyone who has been to Bateman's, Rudyard Kipling's beloved home in Burwash, will know the story of John Kipling, his only son, killed in the Battle of Loos in September 1915. He was only 18. His father could not face attending the dedication of this war memorial, which bears the inscription:
Lt John Kipling
2 Irish Guards: 29 Sep 1915: Age 18
So we know at least part of his story. But every war memorial has only the briefest descriptions. Just below that famous young man is another, who died only four days before the Armistice:
Boy RN William Langridge
RN Barracks: 7 Nov 1918: Age 16
His grave is in the church yard across the road.
His tombstone adds - Boy RN. J/93003 H.M.S. "Ganges II"
William was the son of Frederick and Eliza Maria Langridge, of 5, Portland Terrace, Burwash. A plaque in front of his white war grave headstone reads:
Also his sister - Edith Langridge 1904-1995
So many lives devastated by war. Only a few lines given to each person, but each a life remembered, and each impacting others, too.
Yazıldığı tarih: 30 Ağustos 2021
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Geoff H
Cranbrook, UK12.315 katkı
A beautifyl, but pouifgnant, war memorial
Şub 2020
Burwash War Memorial is a beautiful, but poignant, war memorial, well worth seeking out. The unusual Eleanor cross and 'lanterne des morts' Burwash War Memorial made of Chipsham stone was designed by Sir Charles Nicholson and was unveiled on 20 Ocrtober 1920. In 1917 a Burwash War Memorial Committee had been established and a member of that committee was the author Rudyard Kipling, who lived near to the village. It is more than likely that the Sir Charles Nicholson's design was chosen because Rudyard Kipling (who in the same year that he became a member of the Committee was appointed as a member of the Imperial War Graves Commission and approved epitaphs for the Commission's Memorials as well as writing many of them) was particularly interested in lanterns commemorating the dead because he had seen them in France. The Memorial commemorates the names of the 63 Burwash men who perished in the First World War (later the names of 14 fatalities from the Second World War were added). Among the names of those who fell in World War I are Private William Woodroffe, Royal Marine Light Infantry and Stoker Thomas Edward Funnell, Royal Navy. Both men were aboard HMS "Aboukir" on 22 September 1914. On that day, HMS "Aboukir" was part of a patrolm in the North Sea when she was struck by a torpedo fired by German submarine U9. HMS "Aboukir" rapdily flooded and the order was given to abandon ship. U9 went on to sink two more ships of the patrol in two hours and, although 837 were rescued, 1,459 died. Another name from the First World War is Lt John Kipling of the Irish Guards, the only son of Rudyard Kipling. Lt Kipling, to whom Rudyard Jipling had dedicated the poem "If" when his son was 12 years old, was leading his men into action on 27 September 1915 at the Battle of Loos. He was wounded ansd first posrted missing and it was then later assumed that he died that day, aged 18, although his death was not confirmed until three years later. Another unusual feature of the Burwash War Memorial is that the lantern at the top is lit on the anniversary of the death of every man commemorated on the Memorial.
Yazıldığı tarih: 24 Şubat 2020
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