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Memorial details

Memorial type
Obelisk
District
North Down
Town
Bangor
County
Down
Country
Northern Ireland
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), 20th Century Wars (1900-1999), Second World War - civilians, Afghanistan (2001-2014)
Maker
MR T EYRE MACKLIN RBA
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 28 May 1927
    Attended by: UNKNOWN
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
9177
Current location

WARD PARK
Ward Park
Bangor
North Down
Down
BT20 5BE
Northern Ireland

OS Grid Ref: NW 63910 35594
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
A decorated tapering obelisk of Portland Stone, situated on a stepped stone base set on the top of a grassy mound, with stone steps leading to it. The top of each face of the obelisk has runic/Celtic scrollwork. The upper section of the North-facing side of the obelisk has a bronze lion's head (representing the lion of victory) with elaborate collar, fasces and laurel leaves below. There is a raised inscription below the lion's head. On the lower section a bronze female figure of Erin (Ireland) looks upward bearing a palm frond upwards in one hand and a draped flag in the other. There is a plaque with further inscription below. The lower section of the South-facing side of the obelisk has a bronze shield, decorated with laurel and oak leaves. The names of the WWI dead are inscribed on the shield. On the lower section is a plaque with inscription. there are further plaques on both East and West faces. Located near to the obelisk is a U-Boat gun given to the town of Bangor, with an inscribed plaque. (WMR 9178 commemorating Commander Edward Barry Stewart Bingham VC). A more recent addition to the site provided by North Down Borough Council is a bronze information plaque framed in wood and fixed with metal posts to the ground.
Inscription
Obelisk [North face, upper section]: DIED IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY [North face, plaque]: IN MEMORY OF/ THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE WORLD WAR 1939-1945/ (Names...) [South face, Shield]: (Names...)/ [South face, plaque]: THE GREAT WAR, 1914-1918. TO THE MEMORY OF OUR FALLEN SONS/ [East face, plaque]: DULCE ET DECORUM EST PRO PATRIA MORI [West face, plaque]: THIS PLATE IS IN DEDICATION TO ALL THOSE WHO DIED IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY OR AS A RESULT OF CONFLICT/ SINCE 1945. THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD, AS WE THAT ARE LEFT GROW OLD. AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM, NOR THE YEARS/ CONDEMN. AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING - WE WILL REMEMBER THEM. Information Plaque THE WAR MEMORIAL/ BANGOR WAR MEMORIAL WAS ORIGINALLY BUILT TO REMEMBER THE SAILORS, SOLDIERS AND AIRMEN BELONGING TO/ THE TOWN AND DISTRICT WHO MADE THE SUPREMEM SACRIFICE IN THE GREAT WAR OF 1914-1918. THE MEMORIAL IS/ CONSTRUCTED OF PORTLAND STONE AND IS 40 FEET (12.2M) IN HEIGHT AND 36 FEET (11M) SQUARE AT THE BASE./ ON THE SOUTH FACING SIDE OF THE MEMORIAL IS A BRONZE SHIELD, TOPPED BY LAUREL AND OAK LEAVES ON WHICH ARE INSCRIBED/ THE NAMES OF THE FALLEN. THE BOTTOM PANEL IS INSCRIBED: "THE GREAT WAR, 1914-1918. TO THE MEMORY OF OUR FALLEN SONS."/ ON THE NORTH FACING SIDE OF THE MEMORIAL IS A LIFE SIZED BRONZE FIGURE REPRESENTING ERIN, HOLDING A PALM BRANCH,/ SYMBOLICAL OF VICTORY, WHILE NEARER THE TOP OF THE COLUMN IS A FIGURE REPRESENTING THE LION OF VICTORY. MIDWAY IS/ ENGRAVED THE INSCRIPTION: "DIED IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY". THE BOTTOM PANEL IS INSCRIBED: "IN MEMORY OF/ THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE WORLD WAR 1939-1945" AND IT IS INSCRIBED WITH A LIST OF THE FALLEN./ ON THE EAST FACING SIDE OF THE MEMORIAL IS A PANEL WITH THE QUOTATION"DULCE ET DECORUM EST PRO PATRIA MORI"/ WHICH TRANSLATES TO MEAN IT IS SWEET TO DIE FOR YOUR COUNTRY./ ON THE WEST FACING SIDE OF THE MEMORIAL IS A PANEL INSCRIBED:/ "THIS PLATE IS IN DEDICATION TO ALL THOSE WHO DIED IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY OR AS A RESULT OF CONFLICT/ SINCE 1945. THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD, AS WE THAT ARE LEFT GROW OLD. AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM, NOR THE YEARS/ CONDEMN. AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING - WE WILL REMEMBER THEM."/ A SERVICE OF DEDICATION TO THE NEW PLATE WAS HELD ON 11 OCTOBER 2014. THE PLATE WAS INSPIRED BY THE TRAGIC LOSS OF/ RANGER DAVID GORDON DALZELL, 1ST BATTALION, THE ROYAL IRISH REGIMENT, WHO DIED IN AFGHANISTAN/ ON 4 FEBRUARY 2011 AND WAS A RESIDENT OF BANGOR./ CIVILIANS THAT DIED IN BANGOR DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR/ THIS IS A MILITARY MEMROIAL BUT IT SHOULD BE REMEMBERED THAT CIVILIANS ALSO LOST THEIR LIVES IN BANGOR DURING/ THE SECOND WORLD WAR. THE SINKING OF THE STEAMSHIP TROUTPOOL IN JULY 1940 AT THE ENTRANCE TO BANGOR HARBOUR/ LED TO THE LOSS OF ELEVEN CREWMEN, AND FIVE RESIDENTS WERE KILLED IN HAZELDENE GARDENS, ASHLEY GARDENS AND/ BAYLANDS AS A RESULT OF THE EASTER TUESDAY AIR RAID IN APRIL 1941.
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 122
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 122
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: Surname, fornames
    Order of information: Alphabetical by surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 11
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 11
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, forenames, middle initial
    Order of information: Alphabetical by surname
  • 20th Century Wars (1900-1999)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
  • 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
  • Afghanistan (2001-2014)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Rank, forename, surname, regiment, place of death, date of death
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Obelisk
    Measurements: height c.12500mm, width c.11500mm
    Materials: Stone - Portland
  • Figures
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Base
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Steps
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Plaques
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Plaques / Panels with names
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
Condition
Costs

Comments: Original estimated costs of the main obelisk commemorating WWI, prior to later additions e.g. WWII plaques.
Memorial: c. £3,000

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
North Down Borough Council
Reference
  • BANGOR: AN HISTORICAL GAZETTEER by PATTON, MARCUS 95-96 Source: Image Library Published:ULSTER ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY SOCIETY 1999 BELFAST
  • Carter Postcard Collection

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