Newport Parish Council Sculpture 2015

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Reference WMO/276594



Bank of River Medina



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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Mosaic/Mural
  • Metal Metal (any)
Lettering: Incised
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: An installation of 4 silhouettes cast in steel, representing soldiers of the Parish who died in World War I. Although not naming any specific men, the dedication service highlighted the service of the men of the 1/8th Bn., Hampshire Regiment (Isle of Wight Rifles), and the date of the dedication was chosen as being the 100th anniversary of 12th August 1915 when a significant number of the Battalion strength (some 300 men) were recorded as casualties, with over 85 being killed, in the Gallipoli campaign. The Memorial Sculpture was dedicated by the Rev. Kevin Arkell, and the interpretation board was unveiled jointly by the Newport Parish Council Chairman, Julie Jones-Evans, and the Isle of Wight Council Chairman, Charles Chapman. Mr Mark Earp, who was involved in the design and commissioning of the sculpture, gave the background to the project and some details of a local family who lost 3 sons and a son-in-law on 12th August 1915 while serving with B Co., Isle of Wight Rifles. Their names are noted below.
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[No names but those who were intimated as the sculpture being based on are- Edward George Urry Rifleman 670 , Fredrick Albert Urry Rifleman 853 , William Henry Urry Rifleman 2032 , Arthur William Richardson Rifleman 1347, all of the 1/8th Bn., Hampshire Regiment (Isle of Wight Rifles)]

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