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GHELUVELT PARK, WORCESTER - WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and copyright © 2004 - Transcribed Sandra Taylor

GHELUVELT PARK, WORCESTER

The whole of the Gheluvelt Park, situated on the A449, Barbourne Road, Worcester, is a memorial to the battle of Gheluvelt in WW1. There are 3 plaques on the main park gates that explain the purpose of the park. One plaque within the park commemorates a particular officer.

  CITY   of   WORCESTER  
 
THIS   PARK  WAS  OPENED
ON  THE  17th JUNE,  1922
BY
FIELD MARSHAL
HE RT. HON. THE EARL OF YPRES
 
 
P.C.,K.P.,G.C.B.,O.M.,G.C.V.O.,K.C.M.G.
ALD. J.S. COOK, J.P. 
Chairman of General 
Purposes Committee.
  SAMUEL SOUTHALL
Mayor.
 
CITY  of  WORCESTER  HOMES
for DISABLED SAILORS and SOLDIERS
THESE HOMES WERE ERECTED
BY CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE
CITY and COUNTY of WORCESTER
THE SCHEME BEING ORIGINATED BY
ALD. ARTHUR CARLTON C.B.E.
 
     
 

THE FOUNDATION STONE WAS LAID BY
FIELD MARSHAL
SIR WILLIAM R. ROBERTSON G.C.B. G.C.V.O. D.S.O.
ON 16th JAN. 1919, and THE HOMES OPENED BY
GENERAL LORD RAWLINSON G.C.B. G.C.V.O. K.C.M.G.
ON 13th JULY 1920.

 

ARTHUR CARLTON, MAYOR
 Chairman
J. LIVINGSTONE WOOD, LT. COL. O.B.E. V.D.
Hon. Sec.

   
 

CITY  of  WORCESTER  HOMES
FOR DISABLED
SAILORS and SOLDIERS
THE HOUSES THAT FORM THE
CENTRAL BLOCK OF THESE
HOMES, WERE ERECTED TO
COMMEMORATE THE BATTLE
OF GHELUVELT, IN WHICH
THE WORCESTERSHIRE
REGIMENT TOOK A VERY
DISTINGUISHED PART

 

House No 5 (?) – plaque at front level with upper windows reads LEA MEMORIAL

Plaque beside front door reads:-

 

IN MEMORY OF
CAPTAIN GERALD ERNEST LEA
THIRD SON OF
JUDGE HARRIS LEA
WHO DIED FROM WOUNDS
RECEIVED IN THE BATTLE OF THE AISNE
15th SEPTEMBER 1914
WHILE COMMANDING D. COMPANY OF THE
2ND BATTALION WORCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT

 

1914-1918

LEA

Gerald Ernest

LEA Gerald Ernest Captain, 2nd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment. Died aged 37 on 16th September 1914. Son of His Honour Judge Harris Lea; husband of Brenda Baily (formerly Lea), of Breinton Court, Hereford. Vendresse British Cemetery, Grave III. C. 2.At dawn on September 15th 1914, the 2nd Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment took up a position on the Tilleul Heights to support the Highland Light Infantry. All day long the British positions were heavily shelled and there were many casualties. Captain G.E. Lea, one of the best officers of the Regiment was wounded and died later in the day. The loss of Captain Lea was deeply felt. A man of very charming personality, a fine soldier and a graduate of the staff college, he would have gone far had he survived.Source: The Worcestershire Regiment in the Great War by Captain H. FitzM. Stacke of the Regiment 1928.

8 January 2005

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