Thursday, January 26, 2017

A message from Maxi

Hi ! A little gathering to celebrate the 70th birthday of Major Carr at Browns Restaurant, Old Jury on the 24th of Jan 2017 It was a true Virginia Road members crowd. Some have not seen each other for over 10 to 20 years. I remember them in their younger years joining the club, a long time ago, as most of them are now 65 to 72 years old. Those presents were Danny Shaves, Tony Ring, Paul Marsh, Terry Bradshaw, Max Lea MBE, Michael Lowery and of course Major the birthday boy. Following the toast to Major we all settled down to chit chat and laughter over old times, and how much we all owed to the club for the friendship it gave to us all in those early years to become better men. After about four hours the time had come to depart to north, south, east, and west of the city and we made our goodbyes in good spirits and laughter. A good time was had by all and we send our regards to all. MAX LEA MBE.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Wartime events in Gretna and Gretna Green

1. The Old Blacksmith's Shop, Gretna Green
The traditional place for runaway weddings
(Now housing the Gretna Green exhibition centre))
2. The Devil's Porridge Museum, Eastriggs near Gretna
(Where the "Devil's Porridge" was made in WW1)
3. WW1 Quintinshill rail disaster memorial
Remembering a wartime tragedy with 227 deaths
214 soldiers and 13 others died here on 22 May 1915
(Located in the grounds of the Gretna Green visitors centre)

4. Gretna War Memorial Cross
Remembering local service personnel of WW1 and WW2
(Located near Gretna Old Parish Church)
5. WW2 Masonic Hall bombing memorial
Gretna was bombed on 7 April 1941
This remembers the 28 people who lost their lives
(Located in the Episcopal church grounds)
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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Remembering all who served in WW2

1. The Drigg Oak outside a former Ordnance Factory
[It commemorates all who served their country in WW2]
2. Memorial tablet for the Drigg Oak 
[Mounted on granite outside the former Drigg R.O.F.]
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Friday, January 13, 2017

Embleton & Setmurthy War Memorials, Cumbria

1. Embleton (St Cuthbert) parish War Memorial
[Lists three WW1 casualties and on WW2 casualty]
2. Embleton (St Cuthbert) WW1 parish war memorials
[Found inside the parish church]
3. Embleton (St Cuthbert) parish church, Cumbria
[The Celtic cross war memorial is in the churchyard]
4. Setmurthy (St Barnabas) parish church, Cumbria
[The WW1 war memorials are found inside the church]
There is one WW2 casualty buried in the churchyard

5. Setmurthy parish WW1 memorials found in the church
(Left): Brass plaque remembering three WW1 casualties
(Right): Stained glass windows for Nurse Dorothy Fisher
6. War casualties buried at Embleton and Setmurthy
(Left): WW1 casualty Pte. Alfred E. Watson (Embleton)
(Right): WW2 casualty R.SM. John Marston (Setmurthy)
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