previous
next
  • Use this image under non-commercial licence

    This image was created and shared by: Paul John Cannon - uploaded (with permission) by Martin Briscoe

    The image is free to reuse for non-commercial purposes under the IWM Non Commercial Licence. By downloading any images or embedding any media, you agree to the terms and conditions of the IWM Non Commercial Licence, including your use of the attribution statement specified by IWM. For this item, that is: © Paul John Cannon - uploaded (with permission) by Martin Briscoe (WMR-83926)

    Embed
    HTML: BBCode:

Memorial details

Memorial type
Street
District
Oxford
Town
Cowley
County
Oxfordshire
Country
England
Commemoration
Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
Highways and Engineering at Oxford Direct Services (Makers)
Ceremony
  • Placed
    Date: 17 December 1956
    Attended by: The plaque should have been erected on this date when it was named but it was overlooked
  • Unveiled
    Date: 6 June 2019
    Attended by: The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Craig Simmons, and Councillors Pat Kennedy and Ben Lloyd-Shogbesan, ward councillors for Lye Valley led the event.
  • Show More (1)
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
83926
Current location

Normandy Crescent
Cowley
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX4 2TL
England

OS Grid Ref: SP 55357 04559
Denomination: Undefined

View location on Google Maps
Description
The road was named in 1956 but the council only came across the plaque in 2019 so it was erected in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Mounted on a small brick wall.
Inscription
NORMANDY CRESCENT Round plaque above this: SO NAMED / TO COMMEMORATE / THE LANDINGS OF / THE ALLIED FORCES / IN NORMANDY / 6TH JUNE 1944 / OXFORD CITY COUNCIL
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Plaques
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Unknown
  • Wall
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Brick
Listing information
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • A forgotten memorial plaque to be unveiled at Normandy Crescent to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day www.oxford.gov.uk/news/article/1089/a_forgotten_memorial_plaque_to_be_unveiled_at_normandy_crescent_to_commemorate_the_75th_anniversary_of_d-day A forgotten memorial plaque to be unveiled at Normandy Crescent to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day Published: Tuesday, 4th June 2019 After fifty years, a forgotten memorial plaque will be unveiled on Thursday 6 June 2019, at 3.30pm, 2 Normandy Crescent, Cowley, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Craig Simmons, and Councillors Pat Kennedy and Ben Lloyd-Shogbesan, ward councillors for Lye Valley will lead the event. Staff who work for Highways and Engineering at Oxford Direct Services, came across the plaque during an office move. With ward councillors’ approval it was agreed for the plaque to be erected in its rightful place to coincide with the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Craig Simmons said: “It is right and proper that we remember the fallen despite the passing years. As the famous poem goes, "age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember them." The memorial plaque should have been erected when Normandy Crescent was named on 17 December 1956. Major John Howard led the troops of the Second Battalion of the Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry who were the first allied troops to land in Normandy on 6 June 1944. Their objective was to capture the bridges over the Caen Canal and River Orne, later named Pegasus and Horsa respectively, near the village of Benouville. The successful capture of the bridges meant that the German armoured divisions were prevented from attacking the eastern flank of the Allied landing at Sword beach. Allied troops also landed on Utah, Juno, Omaha and Gold beaches in Normandy on D-Day and this plaque commemorates all these successful landings. Councillor Pat Kennedy, Ward Councillor for Lye Valley said: “It is an honour to have helped organise this commemoration of the people who took part in these events 75 years ago.â€� The plaque will be fixed to a wall plinth, situated on the corner of Normandy Crescent. The plaque was already inscribed with the words ‘So named to commemorate the landings of the allied forces in Normandy 6 June 1944, Oxford City Council’. Ex-members of the Armed Forces, the Royal British Legion, councillors, residents of the local neighbourhood and the head teacher and pupils of St Francis School have been invited to attend the short ceremony.
  • 'Forgotten' D-Day plaque unveiled in Normandy Crescent in Cowley www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/17689832.forgotten-d-day-plaque-unveiled-in-normandy-crescent-in-cowley/

This record comprises all information held by IWM’s War Memorials Register for this memorial. Where we hold a names list for the memorial, this information will be displayed on the memorial record. Please check back as we are adding more names to the database.

This information is made available under a Creative Commons BY-NC licence.

This means you may reuse it for non-commercial purposes only and must attribute it to us using the following statement:

© WMR-83926

For queries, please contact [email protected]