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Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
West Dorset
Town
Whitchurch Canonicorum
County
Dorset
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), VC or GC Recipients
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
26770
Current location

ST CANDIDAS AND HOLY CROSS CHURCH
Whitchurch Canonicorum
West Dorset
Dorset
DT6 6RF
England

OS Grid Ref: SY 39684 95443
Denomination: Church of England

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Description
PORTLAND STONE TABLET WITH CARVED INSCRIPTION IN BLACK LETTERING
Inscription
TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ IN LOVING MEMORY OF/ LIEUTENANT-COMMANDER EDGAR CHRISTOPHER COOKSON VC, DSO, RN/ OF HMS CLIO,/ KILLED IN ACTION SEPTEMBER 28 1915 AGED 31./ HE WAS SHOT DOWN WHILE ENDEAVOURING SINGLE-HANDED/ TO DESTROY WITH AN AXE THE BOOM PLACED BY THE ENEMY/ ACROSS THE RIVER TIGRIS NEAR KUT-EL-AMARA./ FOR THIS ACT OF MOST CONSPICUOUS GALLANTRY/ HIS MAJESTY KING GEORGE V CONFERRED ON HIM/ THE VICTORIA CROSS./ FROM HIS CHILDHOOD HE KNEW AND LOVED THIS CHURCH:/ IT IS FITTING THEN THAT HIS NAME SHOULD BE COMMEMORATED/ ON THESE WALLS. 'THIS IS THE HAPPY WARRIOR. THIS IS HE/ THAT EVER MAN IN ARMS SHOULD WISH TO BE'
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Cookson, Edgar Christopher
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Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: rank,year died,regiment,place of death,forename,manner of death,age of death,additional,decorations
    Order of information: Undefined
  • VC or GC Recipients
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: rank , given name , surname ,awards ,branch of service ,unit,manner of death , date of death ,age at death
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Tablet
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
Listing information
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

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