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Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
Copeland
Town
Whitehaven
County
Cumbria
Country
England
Commemoration
Second World War (1939-1945)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 06 June 1993
    Attended by: GENERAL SIR JOHN MOGG GCB; CBE; DSO & BAR
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
9001
Current location

On the South External Wall at the east end of the nave of the ruined church
opposite the Queen Street Entrance Gate.
St Nicholas' Church
Lowther Street
Whitehaven
Copeland
Cumbria
CA28 7DG
England

OS Grid Ref: NX 97402 18148
Denomination: Church of England

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Description
Black granite tablet set on a slate backing. Integral to this memorial is an open wooden box on the ground below it, which is full of sand from the Normandy beaches.
Inscription
Plaque: IN MEMORY OF OUR COMRADES WHO GAVE/ THEIR LIVES IN THE BATTLE OF NORMANDY/ 6TH JUNE TO THE 20TH AUGUST 1944/ AND THE FOLLOWING BATTLES/ WHICH LED TO THE LIBERATION OF/ WESTERN EUROPE/ V.E.DAY 8TH MAY 1945/ LEST WE FORGET/ UNVEILED SUNDAY 6TH JUNE 1993/ BY GENERAL SIR JOHN MOGG G.C.B. C.B.E. D.S.O. AND BAR Sand box: ORIGINAL SAND/ NORMANDY VETERANS/ ASSOCIATION
Inscription legible?
no
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
  • Tablet
    Measurements: depth 20mm, height 555mm, width 430mm
    Materials: Granite - Black
  • Backboard
    Measurements: depth 30mm, height 610mm, width 480mm
    Materials: Slate
  • Casket / Box
    Measurements: depth 225mm, height 105mm, width 315mm
    Materials: Wood
Listing information
Condition
History
June 2017-sand box vandalised and sand emptied out.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Private
Responsibility
There is no official custodian following the disbandment of the NVA Branch
Reference
  • The Archives of the Whitehaven Branch of the NVA (founded 1987, closed 2008) are reference YDSO 99 at Whitehaven Archives Centre. Other artefacts of the branch (including a previous plaque, formerly displayed in Whitehaven Civic Hall) are deposited at The Beacon, Whitehaven: catalogue references are not currently (May 2017) available.
  • Whitehaven News 22 Jun 2017, page 4

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