Walls of remembrance unveiled in Southampton

Walls of remembrance unveiled in Southampton

Walls of remembrance unveiled in Southampton

Walls of remembrance unveiled in Southampton

Walls of remembrance unveiled in Southampton

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

IT was a moment when one generation reached out to another.

Children and teenagers stood shoulder to shoulder with veterans, families and widows to remember the ultimate sacrifices of those who remain forever young.

Shortly before a moving silence marking Armistice Day, pupils from across Southampton lined up in front of what symbolises the city’s continuing gratitude to these lost men and boys.

Following a countdown they unveiled new memorial walls beside the city’s cenotaph, in Watts Park, all made possible by their fundraising help. Then the Mayor of Southampton Councillor Terry Matthews officially blessed the green reinforced glass walls listing the city’s war dead.

Cllr John Hannides, Cabinet member for resources, leisure and culture at the city council, said: “The walls stand as a fitting tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of all Southampton’s war dead.”

The Daily Echo and Hampshire Chamber of Commerce-backed project was commissioned by Southampton City Council two years ago to safeguard the names of the 1,992 First World War dead inscribed on the Portland stone cenotaph, which are in danger of being eroded.

The new panels have been etched with the names already on the cenotaph, together with 376 not recorded on its roll of honour, as well as the 927 killed during the Second World War and three in conflicts since.

Archie Parsons, from the Southampton branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “This is long overdue and important for relatives and loved ones.”

Then, on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, a klaxon air raid siren wailed in the distance before the mournful sounding of the Last Post and a two-minute silence. A foghorn blast of the passenger ship Independence of the Seas, berthed in the docks, marked the end of the silence.

Doreen Allen, 87, from Romsey, who lost family members during the Second World War, said: “It brings back so many memories for me. It is wonderful to have so many young people here.”

A fundraising campaign is continuing to pay for the memorial walls.

Click here for details on how to donate.

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12:31pm Sat 12 Nov 11

bobbyboy says...

Well done Southampton now lets REMEMBER THEM
Well done Southampton now lets REMEMBER THEM bobbyboy
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12:35pm Sat 12 Nov 11

bobbyboy says...

a passing though why dont every shop in the High street chip in to pay for it if it wasnt for there sacrifice they would not be trading today come on get yer hands in yer pockets as one David Dickerson would say.
a passing though why dont every shop in the High street chip in to pay for it if it wasnt for there sacrifice they would not be trading today come on get yer hands in yer pockets as one David Dickerson would say. bobbyboy
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12:40pm Sat 12 Nov 11

Lord Ikea says...

Well Done Southampton Indeed......

If anybody vandalises these walls they should be dealt with the full force of the law
Well Done Southampton Indeed...... If anybody vandalises these walls they should be dealt with the full force of the law Lord Ikea
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12:54pm Sat 12 Nov 11

Rob444 says...

This is a damning indictment of Southampton Council, too miserly to have the job done properly (re-engraving of the stone cenotaph).

They always seem to do things on the cheap, yet have plenty to spend on trivial projects.
This is a damning indictment of Southampton Council, too miserly to have the job done properly (re-engraving of the stone cenotaph). They always seem to do things on the cheap, yet have plenty to spend on trivial projects. Rob444
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1:44pm Sat 12 Nov 11

joenice1 says...

Rob444 wrote:
This is a damning indictment of Southampton Council, too miserly to have the job done properly (re-engraving of the stone cenotaph). They always seem to do things on the cheap, yet have plenty to spend on trivial projects.
Don't agree, I think this is actually really nice.

Was not sure, but after looking at it I was very very impressed the city has done the best thing possible to
remember. (the glass also has the potential to have all the names more readable and last longer)

Well done to all who did this.
[quote][p][bold]Rob444[/bold] wrote: This is a damning indictment of Southampton Council, too miserly to have the job done properly (re-engraving of the stone cenotaph). They always seem to do things on the cheap, yet have plenty to spend on trivial projects.[/p][/quote]Don't agree, I think this is actually really nice. Was not sure, but after looking at it I was very very impressed the city has done the best thing possible to remember. (the glass also has the potential to have all the names more readable and last longer) Well done to all who did this. joenice1
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1:48pm Sat 12 Nov 11

HillsidePaul says...

Rob444 wrote:
This is a damning indictment of Southampton Council, too miserly to have the job done properly (re-engraving of the stone cenotaph).

They always seem to do things on the cheap, yet have plenty to spend on trivial projects.
This Tory Council is indeed an total mess but on this occasion not at fault.

the Cenotaph it a listed monument that has to be carefully preserved. Re-engraving would have created more problems and caused more damage. The only safe course of action to preserve all the names (and add new ones) was a separate and complimentary memorial.
[quote][p][bold]Rob444[/bold] wrote: This is a damning indictment of Southampton Council, too miserly to have the job done properly (re-engraving of the stone cenotaph). They always seem to do things on the cheap, yet have plenty to spend on trivial projects.[/p][/quote]This Tory Council is indeed an total mess but on this occasion not at fault. the Cenotaph it a listed monument that has to be carefully preserved. Re-engraving would have created more problems and caused more damage. The only safe course of action to preserve all the names (and add new ones) was a separate and complimentary memorial. HillsidePaul
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2:52pm Sat 12 Nov 11

southamptongeordie says...

I visited the Cenotaph today and I was very impressed. I thought the effect of the new glass screens with the names beautifully engraved enhanced the Cenotaph.
Most of the names on the old monument have not been visible for years and only the eagle eyed would have ever been able to read the names near the top.

Congratulations this is a superb effort involving many people and they should all be congratulated.
I visited the Cenotaph today and I was very impressed. I thought the effect of the new glass screens with the names beautifully engraved enhanced the Cenotaph. Most of the names on the old monument have not been visible for years and only the eagle eyed would have ever been able to read the names near the top. Congratulations this is a superb effort involving many people and they should all be congratulated. southamptongeordie
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3:57pm Sat 12 Nov 11

Condor Man says...

Thankfully my grandparents made it back from Egypt and Germany respectively but others didn't. Let's not forget those who served in Korea, Malaya, Northern Ireland and the Falklands too. We owe a great debt to these people.
Thankfully my grandparents made it back from Egypt and Germany respectively but others didn't. Let's not forget those who served in Korea, Malaya, Northern Ireland and the Falklands too. We owe a great debt to these people. Condor Man
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6:17pm Sat 12 Nov 11

From the Edge says...

I'm sorry but I find the glass panels not a fitting tribute, I said it during the consultation and I will say it again, it looks cheap.

As a former soldier who has seen first hand the horrors of war, I honestly believe a better job could have been.

I have respect every name on the panels however I no respect for Cllr Hannidies or Smith who have chosen the cheap option.

Sorry If I have offended anyone.
I'm sorry but I find the glass panels not a fitting tribute, I said it during the consultation and I will say it again, it looks cheap. As a former soldier who has seen first hand the horrors of war, I honestly believe a better job could have been. I have respect every name on the panels however I no respect for Cllr Hannidies or Smith who have chosen the cheap option. Sorry If I have offended anyone. From the Edge
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8:45pm Sat 12 Nov 11

dolomiteman says...

No matter what there will also be some that are not happy but when all the moaners are sat at home in the dark with their curtains firmly closed there are plenty of people young and old who think it is a tribute worth having.
Well done to all invovled.
No matter what there will also be some that are not happy but when all the moaners are sat at home in the dark with their curtains firmly closed there are plenty of people young and old who think it is a tribute worth having. Well done to all invovled. dolomiteman
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8:48pm Sat 12 Nov 11

dolomiteman says...

Lord Ikea wrote:
Well Done Southampton Indeed...... If anybody vandalises these walls they should be dealt with the full force of the law
What, have free meals and a holiday, NO they should be dealt with full force of our military service somewhere far away from the comforts of home.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Ikea[/bold] wrote: Well Done Southampton Indeed...... If anybody vandalises these walls they should be dealt with the full force of the law[/p][/quote]What, have free meals and a holiday, NO they should be dealt with full force of our military service somewhere far away from the comforts of home. dolomiteman
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9:39pm Sat 12 Nov 11

Scrutinizer says...

Long over due indeed. But now it's time to say well done to everyone involved in getting these memorial walls finally erected. I think they look wonderful. More than anything, I very much like the idea that people can actually see the names clearly now. This is obviously especially important for relatives of the dead, but others too. Also, people can 'touch' the names, as people do eg. with the Vietnam memorial in Washington, U.S. I personally like the intimacy of this. I suppose the one potential, major drawback with these walls is for vandalism. Hopefully they will be respected by all. Lest we forget.
Long over due indeed. But now it's time to say well done to everyone involved in getting these memorial walls finally erected. I think they look wonderful. More than anything, I very much like the idea that people can actually see the names clearly now. This is obviously especially important for relatives of the dead, but others too. Also, people can 'touch' the names, as people do eg. with the Vietnam memorial in Washington, U.S. I personally like the intimacy of this. I suppose the one potential, major drawback with these walls is for vandalism. Hopefully they will be respected by all. Lest we forget. Scrutinizer
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5:49am Sun 13 Nov 11

jersey_girl says...

sadly only a matter of time until this one is defaced by thugs too... or urinated on... again...
sadly only a matter of time until this one is defaced by thugs too... or urinated on... again... jersey_girl
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9:49am Sun 13 Nov 11

southy says...

From the Edge wrote:
I'm sorry but I find the glass panels not a fitting tribute, I said it during the consultation and I will say it again, it looks cheap.

As a former soldier who has seen first hand the horrors of war, I honestly believe a better job could have been.

I have respect every name on the panels however I no respect for Cllr Hannidies or Smith who have chosen the cheap option.

Sorry If I have offended anyone.
Agreed looks nice but it do look cheap, I think it would of look better if they had a stone wall built with the names on it.
I have notice how ever it still don't have the names of the mine sweeper that was lost on the night of June 4/5th just off the D-day beaches.
[quote][p][bold]From the Edge[/bold] wrote: I'm sorry but I find the glass panels not a fitting tribute, I said it during the consultation and I will say it again, it looks cheap. As a former soldier who has seen first hand the horrors of war, I honestly believe a better job could have been. I have respect every name on the panels however I no respect for Cllr Hannidies or Smith who have chosen the cheap option. Sorry If I have offended anyone.[/p][/quote]Agreed looks nice but it do look cheap, I think it would of look better if they had a stone wall built with the names on it. I have notice how ever it still don't have the names of the mine sweeper that was lost on the night of June 4/5th just off the D-day beaches. southy
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3:18pm Sun 13 Nov 11

freemantlegirl2 says...

I think it looks fantastic and is a fantastic memorial. Sadly we have to move with the times, and this will be far more repairable and durable than the stone memorial and can be 'added' to easily (although of course we would much rather it wasn't with a terrible loss of life). Whilst everyone is entitled to an opinion I do think some of the comments here are moaning for moaning's sake. I can't bear Royston smith and Hannides (and some of the other croanies) but won't let that stop me congratulating the Council and British Legion when credit is due. Any council would have been challenged to solve this, whatever their 'colour' - for once it may be sensible to leave politics alone in this case.... RIP all those who sacrificed their lives and who were injured.
I think it looks fantastic and is a fantastic memorial. Sadly we have to move with the times, and this will be far more repairable and durable than the stone memorial and can be 'added' to easily (although of course we would much rather it wasn't with a terrible loss of life). Whilst everyone is entitled to an opinion I do think some of the comments here are moaning for moaning's sake. I can't bear Royston smith and Hannides (and some of the other croanies) but won't let that stop me congratulating the Council and British Legion when credit is due. Any council would have been challenged to solve this, whatever their 'colour' - for once it may be sensible to leave politics alone in this case.... RIP all those who sacrificed their lives and who were injured. freemantlegirl2
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