Onchan Parish War Memorial

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Reference WMO/190447

Address:

Main Road

Onchan

Isle of Man

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Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Wheel cross
Lettering: Incised
About the memorial: The memorial (pillar only) was previously located in an almost adjoining site on Whitebridge Road, however it was moved to its present site in 1982 due to a road widening scheme. The pillar was originally set upon a glacial boulder (which still remains in the village at Lazy Corner, with a plaque commemorating this fact - see photos). Celtic style cross carved onto tall upright tablet made of Irish limestone. Below this, three stone tablets are set side-by-side with the WW2 names and additional, smaller, panels for NI and Gulf. The whole is set into a memorial garden with planted areas representing various theatres of war. A paved area in front of the pillar is inset with three tablets inscribed with poems by local schoolchildren and the law surrounding wall to the rear of the memorial is capped with grey granite slabs, around which are inscribed the words of the first verse of 'The Dead' by Rupert Brooke. The memorial was unveiled in its original location on Sunday 16 November 1924 by Mr and Mrs R.H. Broadbent. The memorial was dedicated by Rev. R. Wakefield, Vicar of Onchan. It was sponsored by public subscription. The architect of the pillar itself was Archibald Knox and the sculptor was Thos. Quayle. The architect and sculptor for the plaques added to commemorate the Second World War was Thos. Quayle. Information provided by the Isle of Man Government Preservation of War Memorials Committee. Isle of Man National Inventory of War Memorials: IOM_NIWM_ONC_00001 NGR Easting: 239881 NGR Northing: 478222
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'In Memory of / [listed names] / of Onchan / who died in / the Great War / 1914-1918.' Also 'To the proud and glorious memory of the men of this District / who laid down their lives in the Second World War.' First verse of 'The Dead' by Rupert Brooke, inscribed on surrounding wall to rear of the memorial: 'These hearts were woven of human joys and cares, / Washed marvellously with sorrow, swift to mirth. / The years had given them kindness. Dawn was theirs, / And sunset, and the colours of the earth. / These had seen movement, and heard music; known / Slumber and waking; loved; gone proudly friended; / Felt the quick stir of wonder; sat alone; / Touched flowers and furs and cheeks. All this is ended.' See photos for wording of poems inscribed on tablets set into the paved area in front of the memorial.

34 names listed; First World War. 37 names listed; Second World War 1 name listed; The Troubles (N.Ireland) 1 name listed; Gulf War

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