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Author Topic: Chertsey War Memorial , also known as "The Chertsey Serviceman"  (Read 600 times)
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« on: December 08, 2016, 06:52:12 AM »

Chertsey is a town in Surrey on the banks of The Thames in the Borough of Runnymede.  

Those who study ecclesiastical history will have read about Chertsey Abbey, once one of the most powerful and richest Abbeys in the Country.  Those who have different past-times and hobbies may know Chertsey as the place you pass when struggling in the traffic to get to the amusements at Thorpe Park.

Chertsey War Memorial stands outside St. Peter's Church in Windsor Street.  It is also known as  "The Chertsey Serviceman" - the reason will become evident.

The IMW describes the memorial as :

TWO-STEPPED BASE SURMOUNTED BY PLINTH AND FIGURE OF A SERVICEMAN. INSCRIPTION ON BRONZE PLAQUES ON TEH SIDES OF THE PLINTH WITH WW2 NAMES ON PLAQUES AT THE BASE OF THE PLINTH. SERVICEMAN STANDS CHEERING AT VICTORY WITH ONE ARM RAISED AND THE HELMET IN HIS HAND. HE STANDS IN FLANDERS MUD.

The WWI inscription reads :

        1914 1919  
    TO THE HONOURED
      MEMORY OF THE
          MEN OF
        CHERTSEY
      WHO FELL IN
    THE GREAT WAR

The WWII inscription reads :

           ALSO OF THOSE
1939 WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES 1945
    IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR

The memorial inscribed with the names of the 128 servicemen who gave their lives in WWI  and with the names of the 64 who gave their lives in WWII.

The memorial was unveiled on the 30th October 1921 by Lieutenant Colonel Clare DSO MC, and was dedicated by The Bishop of Guildford.

The following is an extract from a newspaper which ran a full series of photographs and captions about war memorials being unveiled - under the title "BRITAIN DOES NOT FORGET : some BRITISH WAR MEMORIALS in HONOUR of the FALLEN".

The Sphere - Saturday 19 November 1921

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