Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
Rochester Upon Medway
Town
Gillingham
County
Kent
Country
England
Commemoration
Non-Combat Deaths
Ceremony
  • Rededicated
    Date: 10 November 1968
    Attended by:
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
86905

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Current location

On north wall
St Barbara’s Garrison Church
Maxwell Road
Gillingham
Rochester Upon Medway
Kent
ME7 5SG
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 76150 68540
Denomination: Church of England

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Description
A group of five metal plaques in individual wooden frames. Four memorial plaques have the Royal Engineer badge in the top left corner. The fifth plaque explains the transfer of the plaques.
Inscription
THESE PLAQUES COMMEMORATE MEN / OF THE CORPS OF ROYAL ENGINEERS / WHO DIED WHILST SERVING ON / CHRISTMAS ISLAND IN THE PACIFIC. / THE PLAQUES WERE TRANSFERRED FROM / CHRISTMAS ISLAND WHEN THE BRITISH FORCES / WITHDREW AND WERE DEDICATED IN / THIS CHURCH ON REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY / 10TH NOVEMBER 1968 // 22967580 SAPPER / D. JAMES / ROYAL ENGINEERS / 31ST AUGUST 1957 AGE 19 // MAY GOD IN HIS ALMIGHTY CARE GUARD OUR / LOVED ONES SLEEPING THERE. LOVED BY US ALL // 23700967 SAPPER / M. E. SMITH / ROYAL ENGINEERS / PRESUMED TO HAVE DIED ON OR AFTER / 31ST DECEMBER 1961 AGE 22 // AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND / IN THE MORNING, WE WILL REMEMBER HIM // 22126604 LANCE CORPORAL / D. REDMAN / ROYAL ENGINEERS / 6TH MAY 1958 AGE 27 // A ROAD IS ENDED, A PATH NO MORE TROD, A NAME / IN GOLD, IN THE LOG BOOK OF GOD. GOD BLESS // 23695289 SAPPER / J. GETHING / ROYAL ENGINEERS / 22ND MARCH 1963 AGE 22 // "ETERNAL REST GIVE TO HIM O LORD AND / LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON HIM” //
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Gething, J.
James, D.
Redman, D.
Smith, M. E.
See details for all 4 names
Commemorations
  • Non-Combat Deaths
    Total names on memorial: 4
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 4
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Service number, rank, initials of forenames, surname, regiment, date of death, age at death
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Plaques
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Metal
  • Frame
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Wood
Listing information
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

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