WW2- Civilian Residents Air Raid Casualties of Chapel Street, Clarence Road and West Street

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Reference WMO/276595


Church Litten Park


PO30 1EL


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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Pillar/column
  • Brick Brick
  • Metal Metal (any)
Lettering: Incised
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Brick Plnth with a metal information board on the top sloping service, and rach of the 20 names on a separate brick, 5 per side. The Air Raid was on 7 April 1943. The Memorial commemorates those residents of Chapel Street, Clarence Road, West Street, who were killed (or died subsequently as a result of injuries sustained) during an air raid on the town on the 7th April 1943. Also killed was an off duty Airman who was visiting the Island. It was designed by the Newport Parish Council Chairman, Julie Jones-Evans, and was constructed by students at the Isle of Wight College. It was unveiled on 22nd June 2016.
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On the Interpretation Board- Newport Parish Council/ This modest brick memorial is to commemorate and remember the twenty civilians/ who lost their lives in an enemy air attack on the town in early April 1943./ "The enemy planes came in from the sea, skimmed the cliffs and opened/ up with their cannon as they approached the town, still flying very low./ Swinging round in a half circle each dropped a bomb and/ then raced away for the coast."/ (local press report 10th April 1943)/ The attack resulted in damage to many buildings with a number of homes destroyed,/ as symbolised by this simple brick memorial./ The fatalities were in Chapel Street, Clarence Road, West Street and on this very site./ The name of each individual who lost their life is incribed on this memorial./ Julie Jones-Evans, Chairman of Newport Parish Council, April 2016.

Harold F. Ablitt/ Donald E. Abraham/ Frederick C. Burt / Amy Butler / Nellie Carlton / Norman D. Carlton/ Elizabeth G. Draper/ Valerie L. Dudley / Violet L. Dudley / Julia M. Flux / Harold Mitchell / Celia A. Mundell / William R. Mundell / Eleanor A. Murphy / William T. O'Donnell/ Eva M. Palmer / Edward H.C. Shepard/ Arthur A. Straton M.D./ Edward J. Trevett / Ernest H. Tulley

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