Malden and Coombe
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Lower Tier 6 o'clock face-IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR KING AND COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 On the joint between the lower tier and the plinth 6 o'clock face-AND ALSO THE 1939-1945 WAR 3 o'clock face Plaque 1-1914-1918/ Lieutenant H.O.B. Firman VC/S.S. "Julnar", Royal Navy/ Died age 20 0n 24 April 1916 3 o'clock face Plaque 2- [WW2 military names] 9 o'clock face Plaque 1- [WW1 names] 12 o'clock face Plaque 1- [WW2 civilian names] 12 o'clock face Plaque 2-DAMAGE TO THIS MEMORIAL/WAS CAUSED BY A GERMAN BOMB/WHICH FELL TWENTY FEET AWAY/ON 16TH OCTOBER 1940 6 o'clock face- THIS PLAQUE TO COMMEMORATE THE CENTENARY OF/THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919/AND/IN MEMORY OF ALL MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES/INCLUDING POLICE FIRE AND AMBULANCE SERVICES/WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE SERVICE OF OUR COUNTRY/SINCE THE END OF BOTH WARS/LAID BY THE MALDEN AND COOMBE BRANCH OF TYHE/ROYAL BRITISH LEGION/WE WILL REMEMBER THEM Civilians Plaque- In memory of all the civilians/of Malden and Coombe/killed by enemy action//In recognition of the services/provided and the support given/by civilians and by military/personnel in times of conflict/and in times of peace. Bazalgette Plaque- Acting Squadron Leader Ian Willoughby Bazalgette V.C. D.F.C./R.AF.V.R. 635 Squadron/On 4th August 1944, Squadron Leader Bazalgette was 'master bomber' of a Pathfinder squadron/detailed to mark an important target at Trossy St Maximin for the main bomber force.//When nearing the target the Lancaster came under heavy anti-aircraft fire. Both starboard engines/were put out of action and serious fire broke out in the fuselage and the starboard main-plane//The bomb aimer was badly wounded., he pressed on gallantly to the target,/marking and bombing it accurately. That the attack was successful was due to his magnificent/effort.//After the bombs had been dropped the Lancaster dived, practically out of control. By expert airmanship and great exertion Squadron-Leader Bazalgette regained control. But the port inner/engine then failed and the whole of the starboard main-plane became a mass of flames. Squadron-Leader Bazalgette fought bravely to bring his aircraft and crew to safety.//The mid-upper gunner was overcome by fumes. Squadron-Leader Bazalgette then ordered those/of his crew who were able to leave by parachute to do so. He remained at the controls and/attempted the almost hopeless task of landing the crippled and blazing aircraft in a last effort to/save the wounded bomb aimer and helpless air gunner.//With superb skill, and taking great care to avoid a small French village nearby, he brought the/aircraft down safely. Unfortunately, it then exploded and the gallant officer and his two comrades/perished.//His heroic sacrifice marked the climax of a long career of operations against the enemy. He always/chose the most dangerous and exacting roles. His courage and devotion to duty were beyond/praise./4th August 1944-Senantes, north west of Beauvais, France Barton Plaque-Pilot Officer Cyril Joe Barton V.C./R.A.F.V.R. 578 Squadron/On the night of 30th March 1944, Pilot Officer Barton was captain and pilot of a Halifax aircraft of/578 Squadron detailed to attack Nuremberg. When some 70 miles short of the target, the aircraft/was attacked by a Junkers 88.//The first burst of fire from the enemy aircraft made the intercommunication system useless. One/engine was damaged when a Messerschmitt 210 joined the fight. The bomber's machine guns/were unable to return the fire.//Fighters continued to attack the aircraft as it approached the target area and, in the confusion/caused by the failure of the intercommunication system at the height of battle, a signal was/misinterpreted and the navigator, air bomber and wireless operator left the aircraft by parachute.//Pilot Officer Barton faced a situation of dire peril. His aircraft was damaged, his navigational team/had gone, and he could not communicate with the remainder of the crew.//If he continued his mission, he would be at the mercy of hostile fighters which silhouetted against/the fires in the target areas and if he survived, he would have to make a 4 1/2 hours journey home on/three engines across heavily defended territory. Determined to press home his attack at all costs, he flew on and, reaching the target, released the bomb himself.// As Pilot Officer Barton turned for home the propeller of the damaged engine, which was vibrating/badly, flew off. It was discovered that two of the petrol tanks had suffered damage and were/leaking. Pilot Officer Barton held to his course and, without navigational aids and in spite of strong/head winds, successfully avoided the most dangerous defence areas on his route.//Eventually he crossed the English coast only 90 miles north of his base. By this time the petrol/supply was nearly exhausted. Before a suitable landing place could be found, the port engines/stopped. The aircraft was now too low to be abandoned successfully.//Pilot Officer Barton therefore ordered the three remaining members of his crew to take up their/crash stations. Then, with only one engine working, he made a gallant attempt to land clear of the/houses over which he was flying. The aircraft finally crashed and Pilot Officer Barton lost his life,/but his three comrades survived//Pilot Officer Barton had previously taken part in 4 attacks on Berlin and 14 other operational/missions. On one of these, two members of the crew were wounded during a determined effort to/locate the target despite appalling weather conditions.//In gallantly completing his last mission in the face of almost impossible odds, this officer displayed/unsurpassed courage and devotion to duty./31st March 1944-Ryhope Colliery, Sunderland, England Firman Plaque- Lieutenant Humphrey Osbaldeston Brooke Firman V.C./R.N./At 8 pm on April 24th, 1916, with a crew from the Royal Navy under Lieutenant Firman, R.N./assisted by Lieutenant Commander Cowley, R.N.V.R., the 'Julnar' carrying 270 tons of supplies,/left Falahiyah, in an attempt to reach Kut.//Her departure was covered by all artillery and machine gun fire that could be brought to bear, in/the hope of distracting the enemy's attention. She was, however, discovered and shelled on her/passage up the river.//At 1 a.m. on the 25th, General Townshend reported that she had not arrived, and that at midnight/a burst of heavy firing had been heard at Magasia, some 9 miles from Kut by river, which had/suddenly ceased.//There could be little doubt that the enterprise had failed, and the next day the Air Service/reported the 'Julnar' in the hands of the Turks at Magasia.//The leaders of this brave attempt, Lieutenant H.O.B. Firman, R.N. and his assistant, Lieutenant -/Commander C.H. Cowley R.N.V.R. the latter of whom throughout the campaign in Mesopotamia/performed magnificent service in command of the 'Majdish' have been reported by the Turks to/have been killed, the remainder of the gallant crew, including five wounded, are prisoners of war.//Knowing well the chances against them, all the gallant officers and men who manned the 'Julnar'/for the occasion were volunteers./24th April 1916-River Tigris, Mesopotamia Tree Plaque- 2010/PLANTED THROUGH DONATIONS/FROM THE CITIZENS OF/MALDEN AND COOMBE/IN MEMORY OF THOSE/CIVILIANS OF THIS TOWN/KILLED BY ENEMY ACTION/1939-1945
Grade II (England)