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BOURNEMOUTH TOWN MEMORIALS

Information trelating to the war memorials in Bournemouth centre
Compiled and copyright © 2003 Martin Edwards
additional information and photographs Vernon Masterman

 

Located within the gardens in the centre of the town, beside the stream running through the park area, can be found various memorials.

The main memorial is to those who died in the First and Second World Wars which was first unveiled 8th November 1922 by Major Generaal J E B Seely and dedicated by the Bishop Suufragan of Southampton. The sculptor was Mr W A Hoare and the architect E A Shervy. The memorial is designed as a 'Temple of Memory' on a four-stepped base. The whole memorial stands on a balustrade area with steps leading up to it on one side. The dedicatory plaques have been placed on one side of the temple, facing the steps. There is a Doric column surmounted by a classical urn at each of the for corners of the temple and stone lions guard the stepped approach to the memorial. There are bronze wreaths at the top of each side. Details od the memorial can be found in the Bournemouth Daily Echo dated, 1st October 1922, 27th October 1922, 9th November 1922, 10 November 1922 and latterly 9th November 1972.



Photographs copyright © 2003 Martin Edwards

MEN FO THE TREES
PLANTED
NOVEMBER 11TH 1943
BY
ADMN. J. RICHARDS, J.P.
MAYOR OF BOURNEMOUTH
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
THOSE WHO HAVE DIED IN
THE CUASE OF FREEDOM.

Note: Unfortunately the tree is being felled as it is unsafe ,however, a replacement will be planted during the winter 2007.

TO COMMEMORATE
VICTORY IN EUROPE DAY
MAY 8TH 1945.
THIS TREE WAS PLANTED B Y HIS
WORSHIP THE MAYOR OF BOURNEMOUTH
COUNCILLOR H.G. BROWN I.P.
For extended information click on the picture.
THIS MEMORIAL IS TO THE MEN OF HMS PHOEBE (CRUISER)
WHO DIED ON ACTIVE SERVICE DURING WW2
FROM THE HMS PHOEBE ASSOCIATION
(Click on the picture for further information).

Memorial on the East Cliff between Bournemouth and Boscombe.

IN MEMORY OF
FLT.LT. JOHN HENRY GREEN D.F.C., A CANADIAN
WARTIME PILOT WITH THE R.A.F. LOST HIS
LIFE ON 17TH SEPTEMBER 1947 WHEN HIS
SPITFIRE CRASHED INTO THE SEA
BETWEEN BOSCOMBE AND BOURNEMOUTH
PIER DURING A FLYING DISPLAY IN
AID OF THE R.A.F. BENEVOLENT FUND AND
TO MARK THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE
BATTLE OF BRITAIN.

GREEN, DFC John Henry
Flight Lieutenant 42748. Royal Air Force. Died on 17th September 1947. Aged 29. Son of John Leslie and Florence Maud Green; husband of Irene Gertrude Emma Green, of South Kensington, London. Buried: Brookwood Military Cemetery. Ref. 21. E. 5.

Photograph Copyright © Vernon Masterman 2004

Photograph Copyright © Vernon Masterman 2004

This blue plaque is attached the wall of 45 Capstone Road Bournemouth. The contruction of the A338 dual carriage way resulted in demolition of 39 Capstone Road.

This blue plaque is attached the wall of 175 Capstone Road Bournemouth.

RIGGS, Frederick Charles, VC MM - Sergeant 20695, 6th (Service) Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment. Killed in action near Epinoy 1st October 1918. Age 29. Born Springbourne, Bournemouth 28th July 1888, enlisted Bournemouth 1914. Adopted son of Elizabeth Burgum, of 39, Capstone Rd., Bournemouth. He was adopted by Mrs Burgum when he was about five years old. He went to Malmesbury Park School. After leaving school, he went to work for Pickfords, the furniture removals company. In September 1914 he joined the 15th Hussars and was promoted in France, during 1915, to the rank of Sergeant in the 6th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment. Sergeant Riggs was posted to Gallipoli and then to Egypt, before being returned to France. He was badly wounded during the Battle of the Somme and was sent home to England, winning the Military Medal. Later he returned to France. He was also awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. Posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for Conspicuous bravery and resisting with his men to the last. Formerly 26526, The Hussars. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France.

At Epinoy, on the 1st October 1918, he found himself leading his men after the death of his platoon officer. He took them through uncut barbed wire while under heavy fire and, despite losing many of his men, continued his advance. He captured a machine gun post and using two captured machine guns caused the surrender of fifty enemy soldiers.

Later, with the enemy attacking in force, he was shot and killed. He was 30 years old. For his "most conspicuous bravery and self-sacrifice", he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. His medals now lies in the York and Lancaster Regimental Museum in Pontefract. He is also commemorated by the Riggs Gardens in Wallisdown and by a bronze plaque in the school hall at Malmesbury Park School.

NOBLE, Cecil Reginald, VC - [Listed as Lance Corporal] Corporal, 3697, "C" Company, 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Fatally wounded at Neuve Chappele 12th March 1915. Age 23. Born 1891, 175 Capstone Road, Bournemouth. Enlisted Bournemouth 1910. Resident Bournemouth. Son of Hannah Noble, of "Ferndean," 172, Capstone Rd., Bournemouth, and the late Frederick Leopold Noble. Posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for conspicuous bravery in clearing barbed wire under severe fire allowing his battalion to advance. Buried in LONGUENESSE (ST. OMER) SOUVENIR CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave I. A. 57.

An extract from the Supplement to the London Gazette of 27th April, 1915 (No. 29146) records the award of the V.C. to this N.C.O. and to C.S.M. H. Daniels "For most conspicuous bravery on 12th March, 1915, at Neuve Chapelle, when their battalion was impeded in the advance to attack by wire entanglements, and subjected to a very severe machine-gun fire, these two men voluntarily rushed in front and succeeded in cutting the wires."

Links

F C RIGGS - Chapter One Victoria Cross Reference Site

 

Links

C R NOBLE- Chapter One Victoria Cross Reference Site

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