Portsmouth WWII Civilian Blitz Memorial

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Reference #252725

Address:

101 High Street

Old Portsmouth

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Stone of remembrance
Materials:
  • Stone Portland stone
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: THIS IS A DUPLICATE OF MEMORIAL 200416. PLEASE USE THE ORIGINAL FOR FUTURE COMMENTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS. After a return trip to L'Aigle a village in Northern France where Tony Voaden had been honoured by the town for his hand liberating it in 1944. Our local hero lamented that unlike in France, we didn't do enough to remember our war dead. As an example he pointed out to local resident Terry Halloran a small plaque in the Cathedral grounds which was both overgrown and incorrect. Following house to house collections and the support of The Friends of Old Portsmouth Association (FOOPA), Terry raised the £3,500 necessary to produce an inscribed Portland Stone memorial to the twelve people who died taking shelter in a cellar which took a direct hit from a German bomb. A service was held in the Cathedral and the memorial unveiled on the site of the tragedy at number 101 High Street by The Lord Mayor on the 70th anniversary of the Blitz on 10 January 2011. For more info see http://www.memorialsinportsmouth.co.uk/old-portsmouth/101-high-street.htm
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101 HIGH STREET WHICH STOOD HERE WAS DESTROYED IN THE PORTSMOUTH BLITZ OF 10 JANUARY 1941 THE FAMILIES SHELTERING IN ITS CELLAR DIED IN THE BOMBING ISAAC BARKER 67 AND HIS WIFE GERTRUDE 61 RICHARD CLEMENS 67 AND HIS WIFE MARY 67 GEORGE BARNES 71, PETER HALSON 11 MONTHS JOHN ALBERT MORRIS 38, HIS WIFE ELSIE 24 AND SON JOHN 2 CHARLES RIDGE 58, HIS WIFE ANNIE 50 AND DAUGHTER RUBY 14 WINIFRED ANDREWS 44 AND SON GEORGE 15 LIVED HERE BUT DIED THAT NIGHT OUTSIDE IN LOMBARD STREET MAY THEY REST IN PEACE

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