Edinburgh Polish War Memorial Gardens

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Reference WMO/281057

Address:

Redbraes Park

Broughton Road

Edinburgh

Scotland

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Stone of remembrance
Materials:
  • Metal Metal (any)
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Two standing stones of remembrance, each with a stainless steel plaque, and a flat one at their base. Note that, contrary to the newspaper report the site visit shows that it is actually in the entrance to the nearby Redbraes Community Garden. The second error is that the bear is really called Wojtek- see other various memorials to him. This is an object lesson in not taking newspaper articles (modern or old) for gospel fact.
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Plaque 1-[first is the Polish version of the English text]- ENTERNAL [sic] GLORY/TO THE/POLISH SOLDIERS/WHO DIED IN/1939-1945/FOR OUR FREEDOM/AND YOURS Plaque 2-THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD/AS WE THAT ARE LEFT GROW/OLD//AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM/NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN//AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING//WE WILL REMEMBER THEM//Dedicated to the brave Men and/Women who gave so much for our/freedom. Plaque 3 (on the flat stone)- This memorial is dedicated to the/people of Scotland and Poland.//Opened with the laying of a wreath/on/Sunday 9th November, 2008/by Mark Lazarowicz MP for Edinburgh North and Leith/and/Consul General of Poland Alexander Dietkow

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