War memorial

2014 IS now with us, and later in the year it will be the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

The war started on July 28,1914, and Britain declared war on August 4,1914.

During this time millions of people worldwide died and Newport did not come out unscathed, with the loss of about 1,829 men, women and children.

In particular, the second Battle of Ypres in 1915 cost the lives of at least 84 Newport men on May 8, 1915, with only one having a proper grave, and in total during the time of the battle Newport lost about 160 men in a month. Hopefully, if plans come to fruition, there will be a new memorial to those who died on May 8 in Bellevue Park in time for the 100th anniversary of their deaths, and also to commemorate their comrades who died during the other days of the battle and act as a memorial to all Newport’s citizens who died during this conflict. May 8,1915, the day that Newport cried.

Shaun McGuire Mole Close Bettws Newport

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1:50pm Fri 3 Jan 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Oh gawd - that is this year isn't it? Queue the sickening glorification and false admiration, for some irrelevance that happened generations ago.

All I can say is that I'm glad I probably won't live long enough to see the start of the centenary of WWII.
Oh gawd - that is this year isn't it? Queue the sickening glorification and false admiration, for some irrelevance that happened generations ago. All I can say is that I'm glad I probably won't live long enough to see the start of the centenary of WWII. GardenVarietyMushroom
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4:32pm Fri 3 Jan 14

papa says...

Pity you lived long enough to see the centenary of WW1!
Pity you lived long enough to see the centenary of WW1! papa
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4:57pm Fri 3 Jan 14

minesapint says...

I have no problem at all about a memorial to the brave men and women who gave their tomorrows' that we may have our today it's fit and proper. What I take issue with is why it's the Captain Mainwairing's amongst that always high jack these occassions. Could they be puffing up their chests and trying to gain a bit of reflected glory out of the pain and sacrifice of others. I say this as a member of a family who lost eight members in service during the Two Wars.
I have no problem at all about a memorial to the brave men and women who gave their tomorrows' that we may have our today it's fit and proper. What I take issue with is why it's the Captain Mainwairing's amongst that always high jack these occassions. Could they be puffing up their chests and trying to gain a bit of reflected glory out of the pain and sacrifice of others. I say this as a member of a family who lost eight members in service during the Two Wars. minesapint
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12:35am Sat 4 Jan 14

papa says...

This memorial if it actually is installed will be a memorial to those that died in service to their country and not for any other reason, politically or what ever. There will be no Captain Mainwaring or any other person trying to make any gains politically, personally or otherwise but if the memorial happens there will be dignitaries obviously to dedicate the memorial but if they fail to observe the criteria at the time, then they will be shot at dawn without a fair trial.
This memorial if it actually is installed will be a memorial to those that died in service to their country and not for any other reason, politically or what ever. There will be no Captain Mainwaring or any other person trying to make any gains politically, personally or otherwise but if the memorial happens there will be dignitaries obviously to dedicate the memorial but if they fail to observe the criteria at the time, then they will be shot at dawn without a fair trial. papa
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12:41pm Sat 4 Jan 14

minesapint says...

papa wrote:
This memorial if it actually is installed will be a memorial to those that died in service to their country and not for any other reason, politically or what ever. There will be no Captain Mainwaring or any other person trying to make any gains politically, personally or otherwise but if the memorial happens there will be dignitaries obviously to dedicate the memorial but if they fail to observe the criteria at the time, then they will be shot at dawn without a fair trial.
"Shot at dawn without a fair trial." What like those poor men of Yprees and the Somme who suffered shell shock and trauma after giving their all?. Your comment is full of contradictions. "There will be dignitaries obviously" WHY? War is always political personal and unjus, innocents bear the suffering while the Haigs and tin pot War historians and dignitaries take the glory.
[quote][p][bold]papa[/bold] wrote: This memorial if it actually is installed will be a memorial to those that died in service to their country and not for any other reason, politically or what ever. There will be no Captain Mainwaring or any other person trying to make any gains politically, personally or otherwise but if the memorial happens there will be dignitaries obviously to dedicate the memorial but if they fail to observe the criteria at the time, then they will be shot at dawn without a fair trial.[/p][/quote]"Shot at dawn without a fair trial." What like those poor men of Yprees and the Somme who suffered shell shock and trauma after giving their all?. Your comment is full of contradictions. "There will be dignitaries obviously" WHY? War is always political personal and unjus, innocents bear the suffering while the Haigs and tin pot War historians and dignitaries take the glory. minesapint
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11:32pm Sat 4 Jan 14

papa says...

There's not an ounce of contradiction in my post above other than if you haven't got an ounce of sense!
There's not an ounce of contradiction in my post above other than if you haven't got an ounce of sense! papa
  • Score: -1

2:55pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Mr Angry says...

My Grandfather fought in WWI at the Somme, sadly he passed away before I was born. He rarely spoke of what happened or what he saw, but on the odd occasions he opened up to my father, there was a feeling he had a deep sense of anger at what went on.



Even allowing for the war methods of the day what sort of Generals would send thousands upon thousands of men 'over the top' marching towards the enemy trenches knowing that a massive number of them would be wiped out by machine gun fire before they got even 5 yards ? It seems crazy. Grandad felt that as far as the 'Brass' were concerned their lives were worthless and expendable.



He held a belif, rightly or wrongly that the Establishment of the time felt that wars were a good way of controlling the numbers of the so called ' lower class'
My Grandfather fought in WWI at the Somme, sadly he passed away before I was born. He rarely spoke of what happened or what he saw, but on the odd occasions he opened up to my father, there was a feeling he had a deep sense of anger at what went on. Even allowing for the war methods of the day what sort of Generals would send thousands upon thousands of men 'over the top' marching towards the enemy trenches knowing that a massive number of them would be wiped out by machine gun fire before they got even 5 yards ? It seems crazy. Grandad felt that as far as the 'Brass' were concerned their lives were worthless and expendable. He held a belif, rightly or wrongly that the Establishment of the time felt that wars were a good way of controlling the numbers of the so called ' lower class' Mr Angry
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