Sergeant Raymond Rouse, Flying Officer Anthony Winter Lane and Pilot Officer Charles Douglas Brown (Crew of Vickers Armstrong Wellington R1011)

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Reference WMO/293801


Birchen Bank Moss


Woodhead Pass

SK13 1JE


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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Outside - hilltop/field/countryside
Description: Composite
  • Metal Metal (any)
  • Stone Stone (any)
  • Timber Timber (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: A composite memorial comprising a cairn; several crosses and posts; and a tablet. The irregular cairn has been assembled by walkers over a period of years using large stones and pieces of débris from the crashed aircraft, supplemented by a marker post. A smaller wooden post has the remains of a wooden backboard attached to it, but the tablet previously adhering to the board has now fallen away, though it remains intact and has been placed in a prominent position. The tablet is a white ceramic tile bearing a printed image of the Wellington Bomber together with an inscription in black sentence case block lettering. A metal cross, with a red poppy at its centre, has been placed into a split in the marker post and the remains of several small wooden crosses lie around the cairn. Birchen Bank Moss is an area of bleak, remote heather moorland towards the northern flank of Bleaklow. Access is by arduous footpaths through steep woodland and rugged moorland about 2.5km south of the 'Car Park Leading To The Three Black Cloughs' near the western portals of the Woodhead Tunnels. If you visit this site please respect it and those commemorated, and especially do not remove items from the débris pool, and be suitably equipped for the terrain and weather that can change from summer to winter in the twinkling of an eye. Raymond Rouse was from Bermondsey, Anthony Lane was from Battersea and Charles Brown was from Edinburgh.
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In memory Of Sergeant Raymond Rouse,/ Flying Officer Lane, And Pilot Officer Brown,/ Who Tragically Lost Their Lives, When Their/ Aircraft A Vickers Armstrong Wellington/ No R1011 Crashed Into The Ground At/ This Site On 30th January 1943.

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