Bembridge Fort


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Reference WMO/278452

Address:

Bembridge Down

Bembridge

Isle of Wight

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Outside - hilltop/field/countryside
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Metal Metal (any)
  • Timber Timber (any)
Lettering: Raised
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: On National Trust Property: A metal plaque with raised edge showing dedication in raised, uppercase, black lettering.

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THE NATIONAL TRUST/ BEMBRIDGE FORT/ BEMBRIDGE FORT WAS A PART OF THE EXTENSIVE/ DEFENCE SYSTEM BUILT BY THE PALMERSTON/ ADMINISTRATION AGAINST POSSIBLE INVASION/ BY FRENCH FORCES OF NAPOLEON III./ CONSTRUCTED 1862-1867, AT A COST OF £48,925/ AS THE MAIN STRONGHOLD FOR THE SOUTH COAST/ OF THE ISLE OF WIGHT, WITH AN ESTABLISHMENT/ OF THREE OFFICERS AND ONE HUNDRED OTHER/ RANKS AND ORDNANCE OF TWO 4in BREECH-LOADING/ AND SIX MUZZLE-LOADING GUNS MOUNTED ON/ PARAPET SLIDES./ 1880 - 1900 EXPERIMENTAL BASE FOR ANTI-SUBMARINE DEVICES./ 1900 - 1914 TRAINING CAMP AND GARRISON DUTIES./ 1914 - 1920 HEAVY ARTILLERY COASTAL DEFENCE./ 1920 - 1939 TERRITORIAL ARMY OBSERVATION POST FOR ARTILLERY BASED AT YAVERLAND BATTERY./ 1939 - 1945 COMMAND POST FOR ANTI-AIRCRAFT REGIMENTS AND H.Q. LOCAL HOME GUARD./ 1948 THE WAR DEPARTMENT RELINQUISHED CONTROL./ 1965 PURCHASED BY I.W. COUNTY COUNCIL SCHEDULED AS AN ANCIENT MONUMENT./ 1967 ACQUIRED THROUGH ENTERPRISE NEPTUNE TOGETHER WITH SURROUNDING DOWNLAND FOR/ THE NATIONAL TRUST/ 1940 - 1945/ THIS PLAQUE IS IN HONOUR OF THE MEN AND WOMEN/ OF THE ROYAL ARTILLERY, ROYAL NAVY,/ WOMEN'S ROYAL NAVAL SERVICE, THE ROYAL AIR FORCE/ AND WOMEN'S AUXILIARY AIR FORCE WHO SERVED/ THEIR COUNTRY AT BEMBRIDGE FORT AND CULVER/ DURING WORLD WAR TWO.

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