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Memorial details

Memorial type
Avenue / Tree or grove
District
Tunbridge Wells
Town
Royal Tunbridge Wells
County
Kent
Country
England
Commemoration
VC or GC Recipients
Maker
Charles Gurrey (Sculptor)
Ceremony
  • Planted
    Date: 8 May 1995
    Attended by: UNKNOWN
  • Unveiled
    Date: 13 October 2006
    Attended by: HRH THE PRINCESS ROYAL
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
62264
Current location

Dunorlan Park
Bayhall Road
Royal Tunbridge Wells
Tunbridge Wells
Kent
TN2 4UB
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 59572 39144
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
The Grove consists of 21 oak trees with a circular metal bench surrounding one. On the park side of the trees is a sculpture consisting of two vertical stone slabs set at right angles with lines carved onto three sides from Andrew Motion's poem, Remembrance. The forth side has an inset block piece carving of a crowned lion surmounting a crown, which is an interpretation of the Victoria Cross emblem. There is a plaque mounted on a stone plinth, and a plaque on a stand explaining the history of the Victoria Cross. There is a row of ten plaques on a display stand, detailing the Tunbridge Wells VC holders.
Inscription
Sculpture, North West face: THE SACRIFICE THEN SHADE THE WIND SLIDES THROUGH/ Sculpture, South West face: THE LIFELINES THEN THE LISTS OF NAMES AND DATES/ Sculpture, North East face: AND WE CAN HONOUR EACH ONE AS WE SHOULD Plaque: THIS/ VICTORIA CROSS GROVE/ WAS DEDICATED BY THE WORSHIPFUL THE MAYOR OF THE/ BOROUGH OF TUNBRIDGE WELLS,/ COUNCILLOR HUGH WRIGHT ON 8 MAY 1995./ THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF VICTORY IN EUROPE DAY,/ TO HONOUR THE BOROUGH OF TUNBRIDGE WELLS HOLDERS OF/ THE VICTORIA CROSS/ A COMMEMORATIVE BOOK ON THE BOROUGH OF TUNBRIDGE WELLS/ VICTORIA CROSS RECIPIENTS IS DISPLAYED AT/ TUNBRIDGE WELLS MUSEUM ART GALLERY
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • VC or GC Recipients
    Total names on memorial: 10
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 10
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,rank,regiment,forename,manner of death,decorations
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Tree
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Wood - Oak
  • Stone of remembrance
    Measurements: depth 500mm, height 2500mm, width 500mm
    Materials: Stone - Caithness
  • Seat
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Metal
  • Plinth
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Brass
Listing information
Condition
History
2011, September: Brass plaque stolen.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference

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