Great Western Railway Roll of Honour

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Reference WMO236497

Address:

Moor Street Railway Station

Queensway

Birmingham

B4 7UL

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Paper Paper
Lettering: Painted
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Great West Railway Staff - First World War - Roll of Honour Inside the station and on the left hand wall by the cafe. A large sheet of yellow paper. set in a wooden frame and protected by glass, with a dedicatory central panel. At the sides are the names of the Departments from which the men came and under each is the town and name of the individual. See below. The paper is highly decorated with 2 coats of arms at the top of the central panel, swords and ears of corn. Unfortunately the glass reflects the light from the station and makes it difficult to read head-on.
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Down the centre panel of the paper is the following 'On the Roll of Honour are shown/the names of members of the staff/of the Great Western Railway/Company who lost their lives in the /Great War. Many of the men were called/upon to participate in some of the fiercest/fighting of the campaign; they upheld the/best traditions of their country, and their/memory is revered alike by the Company and/their comrades. The number of Great Western men who/joined His Majesty’s forces was 25479, representing thirty-three per cent of the/Company’s staff. Those who lost their lives in the war numbered 2436. War Honours The following war honours were gained by members of the Great Western staff. Distinguished Service Order 3/Military Cross 31/Distinguished Conduct Medal 83 (with Bar 1//Distinguished Flying Medal 1/Military Medal 278 (with Bar 11)/Meritorious Service Medal 59/Albert Medal First Class 1/Ginchy Diamond 1/ “A” Parchment 2/Medaille Militaire 3/Croix de Guerre 15/Belgian Croix de Guerre 6/Italian Croix de Guerre 2/Serbian Medal 3/Russian Order of St George 1/Other Awards 16' The departments from which the men came are:- General Manager's Office/Secretary's Department/Solicitor's Office/Chief Accountant's Department/Traffic Department/Goods Department/Locomotive and Carriage Department/Engineering Department/Signal Department/Stores Department/Hotel Department/Electrical Department/Marine Department/Surveyor's, Estates, Rates and Taxes Department/Stationery Department

Difficult to read as plaque placed high on wall and reflection from glass.

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