Inside a building - public/private
- First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial:
The building has been closed as a chapel and a planning application has been granted to convert it to residential accommodation. I have written to the applicant (Nicholas Owen, Managing Trustee) and Rushen Commissioners to ascertain what plans are in place for the memorial which is number IOM_NIWM_RUS_00010 on the Isle of Man National Inventory of War Memorials.
Update: Reply received from Rushen Commissioners as follows:
'When the chapel closed down last year Rushen Commissioners were interested in looking at it to see if it would be suitable for an Office for them. The chapel itself is in poor condition and would have required a lot of work to repair, although the adjoining hall would have been suitable. However, we decided not to proceed any further. When we were looking at it Juan Watterson, MHK was also there and we saw the war memorial. Juan took photographs of it and as he is on the War Memorial Committee I would think that he may have had something in mind to save it from possibly being thrown out.
I haven’t heard anything further about this but perhaps if you email Juan he may be able to tell you what has happened to it. My Commissioners would share your concerns that was memorials and rolls of honour and not destroyed or neglected.'
Enquiry with Nicholas Owen resulted in the following reply from Brian and Judy Matthews:
'Nick Owen passed on your request regarding the 1914-18 war memorial at Croit e Caley chapel.
My husband has just been down to the chapel and searched inside and out and can find no evidence of any war memorial.
I don't know whether there are any records elsewhere that might indicate if any memorial has been moved in the past, but there is nothing there now.'
It therefore appears likely that the memorial has been moved. Enquiries continuing.
Update (28/04/16). The memorial has been located, in apparently rather poor condition, hanging in the vestry. It has been removed and will be taken to the Manx Museum for safe-keeping. Once that is confirmed, this description will be re-written accordingly.
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