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Memorial details

Memorial type
Composite
District
Fareham
Town
Fareham
County
Hampshire
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 11 November 1926
    Attended by: Sir Edward Mountain, Bt, Founder and chairman of Eagle Star and President of the Old Comrades Association
  • Rededicated
    Date: 4 February 2015
    Attended by: Paul Robinson
  • Rededicated
    Date: 9 May 1950
    Attended by: Sir Brian Mountain, Bt . Son of Sir Edward and also Chairman of Eagle Star
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
76621
Current location

Zurich Insurance Building
3000 Parkway
Fareham
Fareham
Hampshire
PO15 7JZ
England

OS Grid Ref: SU 53358 09403
Denomination: Undefined

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Previous locations
  • Staff Entrance
    126
    Zurich Insurance Building
    Hagley Road
    Edgbaston
    Birmingham
    West Midlands
    B16 9PF
    England

    OS Grid Ref: SP 04585 85978
    Denomination: Undefined
  • 1
    Company Head Office
    Threadneedle Street
    London

    OS Grid Ref: Undefined
    Denomination: Undefined
  • 22
    Eagle Star Office
    Arlington Street
    London

    OS Grid Ref: Undefined
    Denomination: Undefined
  • Zurich Insurance (former Eagle Star) building
    Cheltenham

    OS Grid Ref: Undefined
    Denomination: Undefined
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Description
Bronze Eagle, the badge of the Copmany, surmounting a bronze plaque with classical figures at each side, a central alcove and two flanking brass panels bearing names. Decorated with wreaths and swags. Later, smaller, WW2 bronze plaque with names in three columns inserted below.
Inscription
(Not reported)
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 50
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 50
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 84
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 84
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Plaque
    Measurements: height 2400mm
    Materials: Undefined
Listing information
Condition
Costs

Comments: On 11 November 1926 Sir Edward Mountain, Bt. unveiled a bronze memorial to the Eagle Star personnel who had lost their lives during the First World War. The idea of a permanent token of remembrance originated with the Old Comrades’ Association Committee of 1922, Sir Edward being President of the Association. In 1950 a lower section was added to the memorial dedicated to the Eagle Star personnel who had died during the Second World War; the complete memorial being unveiled by Sir Brian Mountain, Bt. On 9 May 1950. The memorial was originally situated in 1 Threadneedle Street. Following the closure of 1 Threadneedle Street in 1988 the memorial was moved to Arlington Street. On the closure of Arlington Street the memorial was dismantled and was "lost". The memorial was re-discovered in a Zurich (who had taken over Eagle Star) building in Cheltenham. Following a campaign by both pensioners and current staff members the memorial was re-instated in the staff entrance of Zurich's Birmingham office at 126 Hagley Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B16 9PF and was re-dedicated on 4 February 2015.

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

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