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Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
Copeland
Town
Whitehaven
County
Cumbria
Country
England
Commemoration
Second World War - civilians
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 19 March 2010
    Attended by: Birger Riis-Jorgansen (Danish Ambassador) and Henry Wormstrup (Mayor of Copeland)
  • Dedicated
    Date: 19 March 2010
    Attended by: Revd John Bannister, Rector of the Parish of Whitehaven
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
68123
Current location

44
"Marina View"- The former Danish Consulate
New Lowther Street
Whitehaven
Copeland
Cumbria
CA28 7JU
England

OS Grid Ref: NX 97242 18243
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Bronze Plaque with the flags of the UK and Denmark, an inscribed representation of a Danish fishing boat and the arms of Copeland Borough Council. After the dedication are the 1st and last verses of the fishermen's hymn "For those in peril on the sea."; on mahogany backboard.
Inscription
This plaque is to commemorate the contribution of the Danish/fishermen who came to Whitehaven when Denmark was occupied/during the Second World War/Through hard work and dedication/they trawled the seas and helped feed the nation and its allies/ Unveiled by the Ambassador of Denmark/Birger Riis-Jorgensen/and the Mayor of Copeland/Councillor Henry Wormstrup/19th March 2010/ Eternal Father, strong to save/Whose Arm hath bound the restless wave/Who bides to the mighty ocean deep/It’s own appointed limit to keep/Oh hear us when we cry to thee/For those in peril on the sea/ O Trinity of love and power/Our Brethren should in danger’s hour/From rock and tempest, fire and foe/Protect them whereso’er they go/Thus evermore shall rise to thee/Glad hymns of praise from land and sea
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Second World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Plaque
    Measurements: depth 1.5mm, height 282mm, width 395mm
    Materials: Bronze
  • Backboard
    Measurements: depth 20mm, height 297mm, width 410mm
    Materials: Wood - Mahogany
Listing information
Condition
Costs

Site: NIL
Comments: Funded by the Nuclear Decommissiong Agency. The backboard cost £27.75, the plaque £183.75
Memorial: £211.50

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • Whitehaven News 18/2/2010 page 11
  • More information is also at the Esbjerg Fishing Museum- Fiskeri-og Sofartsmuseet, Saltvandsakvariet, Esbjerg
  • National Archives Documents FO 371/147333, MT59/1187 to 1191, 1219, 1757; MAF 41/1488; MAF 209/33; TS 13/3834; ADM 1/12658, 15025, 15971, 16874, 18143 & 18991
  • The 10 boats originally assigned to Whitehaven in April 1940 were: Lydia II, Johanne Margrethe, Brynhild I, Ami, N.E. Bergen, Karen Marin, Anny, Carl Wormstrup, Asboe & Vidar. Up to another 30 boats (of which the names of 14 are known) eventually arrived here, as fish landed at Whitehaven fetched higher prices, due to the remote location of the port. One of these vessels was the C Risgaer- which was later requisitioned for use in the Dunkirk landings.
  • Danish Book- Fiskeriforeningen af 1942- by Af Lulu Anne Hansen
  • Danish Book- Havet en vej til frihed… Nordjyske fiskere I frihedskampen, 1940-1945 by Alan Hjorth Rasmussen, 1985
  • Danish Book: Det er Nodvendigt at Sejle-Nordsofiskert under 2. verdenskrig, by Alan Hjorth Rasmussen, 1980
  • File reference YDX 539 at Whitehaven Record Office, which is Henry Wormstrup's research file
  • Whitehaven News 1/4/2010 page 24
  • Whitehaven News 25/3/2010 page 9
  • Whitehaven News 18/3/2010 pages 25-26
  • Whitehaven News 11 March 2010, page 9

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