43rd Wessex Division memorial

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Reference WMO/97627


Winyards Gap

Winyards Hill

Beaminster Down


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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Obelisk
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
About the memorial: Winyard's Gap and free-standing memorial to all ranks of the 43rd Wessex Division; a replica of the memorial erected on Hill 112 near Caen, the site of the first major battle in which the division took part, July 10th to July 24th 1944. Winyard's Gap is a 16-acre area of woodland given in 1949 as a memorial to the men of the 43rd Wessex Division who fell in the Second World War. Obelisk erected in 1952 (as were other Wessex hilltop memorials). To access the memorial turn off the A356 as if going to the Winyards Gap pub. Drive 100 yards or so beyond the pub and there is a small car park at the entrance to the forest. Or go to the pub, of course!
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To The Memory Of All Ranks Of / The 43rd Wessex Division / Who Laid Down Their Lives For / The Cause Of Freedom / 1939-1945 / This Memorial / Is A Replica / Of That Erected / On Hill 112 Near Caen / The Site Of The First / Major Battle / In Which The Division / Took Part / July 10th To July 24th 1944

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