Thursday, June 02, 2016

The North Coates Strike Wing memorial

1. The North Coates Strike Wing memorial
Cleethorpes promenade, Lincolnshire
2. (Top): Brief history of the North Coates Strike Wing
(Bottom): Remembrance citation for the dead
These are found on the plinth of the memorial
3. ‘The Beaufighter’ (“Beau”)
A poem by Gavin Ewart (1916 – 1995)
Also found on the plinth of the memorial 
4. ‘Extinction (The Airman’s Prayer)’
A poem by F/O E.R. Davey, R.C.A.F. (1921 – 1944)
Also found on the plinth of the memorial
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Trooper Tom Canning (1924 - 2016)

Wartime photograph of Trooper Tom Canning (1924 - 2016)
(Vaprio de Addio, Milan, Italy, 1945
[Photograph contributed by Ron Goldstein
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Second World War veteran Tom Canning, one of the founding members of 'Second World War Blogspot' has passed away peacefully at a hospital near his home in Canada. Tom was a 'Site Helper' for the BBC "People's War" project and also made several personal contributions about his wartime activities. Tom was also a member and regular contributor to the 'WW2 Talk' website. 

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Monday, May 30, 2016

The Natural History Museum in the World Wars

1. Natural History Museum, London
[Originally a separate site of the British Museum]
[First opened at this site in 1881
2. Hintze Hall, Natural History Museum, London
[A replica Diplodocus (‘Dippy’) is displayed]
3. The 1914 – 1918 “Roll of Honour”:
Museum staff who served with the Armed Forces
[British Museum and Natural History Museum]
[Located in the entrance hall, Natural History Museum]
4. 1914 – 1918 and 1939 – 1945 memorials:
Museum staff who died in the World Wars  
[British Museum and Natural History Museum staff]
[Located in Hintze Hall, near the main entrance]
5. ‘Spirit of Resistance’ (S.O.E. WW2 memorial)
S.O.E. Station XVB was located here (1942 – 1945)
[Unveiled by H.R.H. the Princess Royal in 2004]
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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Pat O’Leary: “Bravest of the brave”

1. Dr. Albert Guérisse, wife Sylvia and son Patrick
[Albert Guérisse became “Pat O’Leary” in WW2]
(Image from DVD films featuring Dr. Albert Guérisse)
Courtesy of Dr. Patrick Guérisse, Belgium
2. Still from a 1963 BBC “This is Your Life”: 
Albert Guérisse / Patrick O’Leary was the subject
The programme’s presenter was Eamonn Andrews
Courtesy of Dr. Patrick Guérisse, Belgium
3. A man with more than one identity:   
(Left): Lt.-Cmndr. Patrick A. O’Leary, Royal Navy
(Right): Col. Albert-Marie E. Guérisse, Belgian Army 
Courtesy of Dr. Patrick Guérisse, Belgium
4. Traitors of the ‘PAT’ Escape and evasion network:
(Left): Harold (‘Paul’) Cole
(Right): Roger le Neveu (‘Le Legionnaire’)
Courtesy of Dr. Patrick Guérisse, Belgium  
5. Some guests on Pat O'Leary's "This is Your Life”
(Clockwise, from top left):
Fabien de Cortes, M.M., Croix de Guerre
Louis Nouveau, G.M., Legion d’Honneur, Croix de Guerre
Lieutenant Colonel James Maydon Langley, M.B.E., M.C
Lieutenant Colonel Ian Grant Garrow, D.S.O.
Original images courtesy of:
Dr Patrick Guérisse / Cumbria County Archives
6. Thomas (Tom) Groome, wireless operator
[He was imprisoned with Pat O’Leary in Dachau]
Courtesy of Dr. Patrick Guérisse, Belgium
7. An historic and enthusiastic surprise reunion:
Ian Garrow (left) meets Pat O’Leary (right)
It was the first time they had met since the war
Courtesy of Dr. Patrick Guérisse, Belgium
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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Personal memories of H.M.S. Fidelity

1. SS ‘Le Rhin’ / HMS Fidelity (D57)
[She was sunk at the end of December 1942]
Photograph courtesy of:
Imperial War Museum, © IWM (ADNO 5229)
2. Gibraltar from the Bay of Gibraltar
In June 1940 SS ‘Le Rhin’ sailed into Gibraltar:
A new chapter in the story of ‘Le Rhin’ / Fidelity
Photograph taken by the writer of this article
3. (Left): Commander Claude Péri (“Jack Langlais”)
[Self-appointed commander of H.M.S. Fidelity]
(Right): SS ‘Le Rhin’ (French merchant vessel)
[In 1940 she became H.M.S. Fidelity]
[Courtesy of Dr. Patrick Guérisse, Belgium]
4. Telling their personal memories of Fidelity
(Clockwise, from top left):
Commander Peter Painter, D.S.C., R.N.
Lt.-Cmndr. “Pat O’Leary” (Albert Guérisse)
Jean ‘Pipitte’ Peters (alias “Johnny O’Neill”)
Jack de Brabant
[Commander Painter was the naval attaché at Barry]
[The others were Belgians who served on Fidelity]
Courtesy of Dr. Patrick Guérisse, Belgium
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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

A new village memorial for the World Wars

1. Sandwith and Rottington War Memorial
[Two small villages in West Cumbria]
A modern memorial remembering the World Wars
2. A list of remembrance for the World Wars
[Villagers of Sandwith and Rottington, West Cumbria]
3. Poppy wreath tribute left by the villagers
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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The War Memorials of Drigg, Cumbria

1. St Peter’s Church, Drigg, Cumbria
2. Drigg’s War Memorials inside St Peter’s Church:
(Left): WW1 memorial
(Right): WW2 memorial
3. Headstone of Sapper Ivor Hunter, R.E.
(He is not listed on the War Memorial)
Drigg (St Peter) Churchyard, Cumbria.
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Sunday, March 20, 2016

"Dance in the old fashioned way"

1. Traditional style Ballroom dancing:
(Left): Victor Silvester and Peggy Spencer.

[This is the hold for most ballroom dances]
(Right): Walter Laird and Andé Lyons.
[This is the hold for dancing the tango]
2. The Cumbrian town of Egremont: 
The Market Hall is behind the Town Hall
['Old fashioned' dancing was revived here in WW2]
3. Two Victorian dance music sheets (waltzes):  
"Ethel Waltz" (left) 

"Omelia Waltz" (right)
[Composer: J.B. Senior, the 'Cumbrian Waltz King']
4. Two Victorian traditional dance music sheets:
"Alberto Polka" (left)

"Triffitt Barn or Skirt Dance" (right)
[Composer: J.B. Senior, the 'Cumbrian Waltz King']
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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Newton Arlosh: “Through the Narrow Gate”

1. The Joiners Arms Country Inn
The N.W. Cumbrian village of Newton Arlosh
[One hub of traditional village life in this area]
2. Newton Arlosh Parish Church and churchyard
Fortified church dedicated to St John the Evangelist
[The second hub of traditional village life]
3. “Through the narrow gate”
The narrow door is a feature of the fortified church
[It has a width of 31 inches / 79 centimetres]
4. The Newton Arlosh War Memorial 
[It remembers the 'Fallen' of both WW1 and WW2]
[Located in the S.W. corner of the churchyard
5. WW1 commemoration on the war memorial
[Listing nine casualties of the 1914 – 1918 war]
6. WW2 commemoration on the war memorial
[Listing two casualties of the 1939 – 1945 war]
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Sunday, February 14, 2016

The War Memorials of Borrowdale, Cumbria

 1. Borrowdale, Castle Crag and the WW1 tablet
(Left): Borrowdale & Castle Crag from the lake
(Right): Castle Crag WW1 memorial tablet 
2. The WW1 and WW2 War Memorial, 
Holy Trinity churchyard, Grange-in-Borrowdale
3. St Andrew’s Church and Churchyard, 
Stonethwaite, Borrowdale, Cumbria
The Celtic Cross WW1 Memorial is on the left

4. (Left): The Borrowdale WW1 ‘Roll of Honour’
(Right): Detail of the churchyard WW1memorial
5. The war memorials inside St Andrew’s Church
(Top): WW1 Borrowdale Church Memorial
(Bottom): WW2 Borrowdale Church Memorial
6. Headstone of WW2 casualty Ted Dover 
Borrowdale (St Andrew’s Churchyard)
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Sunday, January 31, 2016

"Upon this Rock": Buttermere in WW2

1. Buttermere and St James' Parish Church
The church is built high on a rocky promontory
2. The wrought iron shepherd's gate of Buttermere church
Originally dedicated to former clergy of the parish

"The Good Shepherd guides his flock"
3. The nave of St James' Church, Buttermere.
The WW2 memorial can be seen on the left hand side wall
4. Buttermere's War Memorials found inside the church
(Left): The Buttermere WW1 'Roll of Honour'
(Right): The WW2 memorial for Alan Edmond Catherall
5. Buttermere village and valley looking south-west
Sourmilk Gill is the stream seen flowing down the fellside
The cloud covers the summits of Red Pike and High Stile 
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Monday, January 25, 2016

International Holocaust Memorial Day

1. Holocaust Memorial Day Booklet 
[Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, January 2016]
2. Elie Wiesel, K.B.E., Nobel Peace prize winner
A Romanian born survivor of the Nazi Holocaust
[Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, January 2016]

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