14 Stations of the Cross

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Reference WMO/265917


St. Augustine of Hippo Church

145, Legsby Avenue


DN32 0LA


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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Other monument
  • Timber Timber (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: 14 Stations of the Cross, Church of St. Augustine On entering the church from the south, the memorial is around the outside walls of the church, starting from the north wall at number 1, and moving around the church, anti-clockwise to the west wall and then to the south wall at number 14. Inscription Each station illustrates an episode in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, who is believed by Christians to be the Son of their God. A title is given to each episode or station and then below this carved wooden engraving is a dedication to a member of the congregation who was killed or died from their injuries during the 1st World War. There are a number of exceptions to this rule in that the first two stations would not appear to be persons who have died as a result of the war. Station 1 refers to parents of ‘Pa’ Bloomer and number 13, where there is no dedication at all. Station 14 refers to the death of ‘Pa’ Bloomer’s brother. History of the Memorial The parish church was designed by Sir Chas Nicholson Bart, and its first incumbent was the Reverend Frank Bloomer or “Pa” Bloomer as he was affectionately known. He became its vicar in 1912 and served it until he died on December 28th, 1938. Thus it was he that was vicar throughout the First World War and would have had to deal with its trauma and loss of life of many of his congregation, including his own brother William whose dedication is on Station 14. After the end of the war, this memorial was designed by Sir Chas Nicholson Bart, and paid for it is presumed by the families of the bereaved. The total cost of the memorial was £180. The individual stations are pictured below together with the names of the persons to whom they are dedicated.
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Station 1 Jesus is condemned to death : Of your charity pray for the souls of Giles Thomas Bloomer who died August 4th, 1918 aged 79 years also Anne Elizabeth Bloomer, his wife who died October 13th, 1918 aged 78 years R.I.P Station 2 Jesus receives the cross: Of your charity pray for the soul of Alice Mary Olsen who died August 1st, 1918 aged 46 years. R.I.P. Station 3 Jesus falls beneath the cross: Of your charity pray for the souls of all who died in the war 1914-1918. R.I.P. Station 4 Jesus meets his blessed mother: Of your charity pray for the souls of W.H. East died at sea, H. East, J.G. East, R.R. Wardell, J.J. Wardell, F. Webb killed in the war 1914-1918 R.I.P. Station 5 Simon the Cyrenian carries the cross: Of your charity pray for the souls of officers, N.C. Officers and men of 5th Lincolnshire Regt who fell at the taking of Hohenzollern Redoubt 13th Oct. 1915. R.I.P. Station 6 St Veronica wipes the face of Jesus: Of your charity pray for the soul of R ‘F’ Man: Arthur Meredith Maidens 8th City of London Regt. Died of wounds in France Sept 16th, 1916 aged 19years. R.I.P. Station 7 Jesus falls a second time: Of your charity pray for the souls of Harriet Hawksworth Drewry W.R.N.S. who died October 31st, 1918 aged 24 years also Dorothy Marjorie Drewry W.R.N.S. who died Feb. 1920, aged 19 years. R.I.P. Station 8 Jesus consoles the daughters of Jerusalem: Of your charity pray for the soul of Ernest Victor Molson Orford 2nd Lieut Essex Regt. Server at the altar of this church. Died in France Oct. 23rd 1916 aged 19years. R.I.P. Station 9 Jesus falls a third time: Of your charity pray for the soul of Pte Wilfred Arthur Darnell 9th Yorkshire Regt. who died in Italy Feb. 21st, 1918 aged 20 years. R.I.P. Station 10 Jesus is stripped of his clothes: Of your charity pray for the soul of Lily Mahala Harvey who died Nov. 27th, 1918 aged 17 years. R.I.P. Station 11 Jesus is nailed to the cross: Station 12 Jesus dies on the cross: Herbert Henry Shearman Captain 1st Lincolnshire Regiment Died of Wounds July 5th, 1916 aged 26 years. R.I.P. Station 13 Jesus is taken down from the cross: Station 14 Jesus is laid in the sepulchre: William Bloomer Sergeant Major 3rd Canadian Mounted Rifles Killed in Action France Dec. 1st, 1916, aged 42 years. R.I.P.

Giles Thomas Bloomer, Anne Elizabeth Bloomer, Alice Mary Olsen, W.H. East, H. East, J.G. East, R.R. Wardell, J.J. Wardell, F. Webb , R ‘F’ Man: Arthur Meredith Maidens, Harriet Hawksworth Drewry, Dorothy Marjorie Drewry, Ernest Victor Molson, Pte Wilfred Arthur Darnell , Lily Mahala Harvey, Herbert Henry Shearman, William Bloomer.

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