Brookwood Military Cemetery/Lytchett Minster Churchyard/Glasgow Western Necropolis/ LANCASTER CRASH

Discussion in 'War Grave Photographs' started by STAN50, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. STAN50

    STAN50 Senior Member

    We will be holding a small commemorative service on Sunday 24th April at the memorial site starting at 11am.

    (Space Makers Safestore 572 Ipswich Road Colchester CO4 9HB)

    This will last about 15, maybe 20 minutes. Afterwards we will cross the road and unveil the new 'Lancaster Approach' road sign which leads into the new housing development being constructed. So maybe another 5 -10 minutes there. Two of the other road signs representing the WW2 airmen's names are now also in position, these are 'Francis Gunn Close,' and 'James Mayger Chase.'

    WW2 RAF Bomber Command veteran Peter Potter will unveil the Lancaster Approach road sign.

    Our local newspaper have kindly covered this again. The photo shows a media image from 2013 before the unveiling ceremony of some of those who supported the memorial.

    The mention of a model plane in the article is in fact a metal silhouette of a Lancaster bomber which we've had made and we'll hopefully have permanently fixed in place before the 24th.

    Next week some of the people involved with the memorial and road signs will be interviewed. This recording will be aired on a radio station before Sunday 24th. Once the interview has taken place I will post further with details.

    I hope this is of interest to members on here.

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  2. STAN50

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    There will be a recorded interview we carried out this week at the memorial site on BBC Radio Essex sometime tomorrow on the Peter Holmes programme. This runs from 0600 - 0900.

    In this three of my friends will talk about the memorial and the road signs on the new housing development.

    ... On listening in this morning they've now changed the interview to tomorrow's programme...

    Sunday 24th April @ 07.20 am

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  3. STAN50

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    A couple of images from the recording session this week.

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    I will post some images of Sunday's commemoration and road sign unveiling if anyone is interested.
  6. STAN50

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    We held another small service for the seven airmen last weekend, and a bit of footage was captured. Link here for anyone interested:

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  7. STAN50

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    We will be having another small commemoration service at the Colchester airmen's memorial Sunday 22nd April. Should anyone be interested they are welcome to attend. Assemble 10.30 a.m. onwards. service at 11.a.m. Duration 10 - 15 minutes.
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  8. STAN50

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    Today is the anniversary of the crew's loss. 'We will remember them.'

    Last Sunday our little service went well. The weather was like a Summers' day and very similar to the morning when we unveiled the memorial pillar back in 2013.

    A few images here:

    Peter Potter is standing in front of the memorial with M.P. for Colchester Will Quince before the service. He has just presented Will with a copy of his book about his life (Tales of Peter Potter) which was published last year.

    All respect to Peter as he is now 94 years old and still wants to take part. He recently attended the IBCC opening ceremony in Lincoln as well.

    In another image the chap in the dark blazer is Robin Bradley. He is a relative of John Shell the British Air Bomber on the Lancaster.

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    A few more images from our service:

    One picture shows the service and Ipswich Road. The houses to the right are part of the new estate which now bears the seven airmen's names. There are about twelve or so more houses to be completed and that is phase one of the development finished.

    The chap bending down to place a Remembrance Cross at the memorial is M.P.Will Quince who was happy to take part. He later put a couple of pictures on his Face Book page.

    Robin can be seen at the memorial again and the chap with a hat on is Ron, a member of the Boxted Airfield Historical Group.

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  10. STAN50

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    The chap approaching the memorial is Peter, one of our group responsible for establishing the memorial.

    The little group around the memorial pillar is also someof our group of friends.

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    We will be holding another short service for the airmen on Sunday 28th April 2019. Starting at 11.a.m.Duration between 15 - 20 minutes. Anyone is welcome to attend.

    Pic: L - R: Lofty, Sean and Paul. Furthest right David Seaborn who saw the Lancaster just before it crashed in 1944.

    (The caravan in the background is where we all meet up each Sunday and 'put the world right.'

    Our little gathering is affectionately called 'Club Sog.' Amongst many interpretations the main one is 'Silly Old Gentlemen').

    (picture taken just before the memorial was completed 2013).

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  12. STAN50

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    Bit of sad news: David Seaborn, the old gentleman who recounted his memories to us of seeing the Lancaster just before it came down and crash all those years ago passed away recently. Just before Christmas last year he ended up in a care home where he remained until his passing.

    He was a very kind and pleasant person to be with and had some interesting stories of what happened in this area during the war.

    There was a great deal of aircraft activity over North Essex in the war years. Just one month later after the Lancaster crash he saw an American Liberator come down. This had been on a training flight. On this occasion the crew baled out. One of them had a wing follow him down to the ground like a sycamore leaf. When David came across the airman he was trying to light a cigarette and shaking uncontrollably.

    I think David was either 89 or 90 years old when he died.

    Because of him telling us his memory of the morning of 25th April 1944 we made the memorial happen.

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    In trying to write a piece of appropriate verse for our service at the end of the month I penned this below. It's 'OK ish' but I'd be interested to hear what others think. Good or bad please post your thoughts and comments, thanks.

    A Final Flight

    It was a different World then
    When tyranny tried its' hand,
    World freedom was at risk
    So we should try to understand

    The need to end a war
    That took so many lives,
    Nation fighting nation
    Industrial in size.

    They came from near and far
    Those young men freely came,
    They trod the path of the unknown
    And went to war in planes.

    They made a choice to volunteer
    Trained becoming friends,
    A crew of seven in the air
    Who'd not return again.

    The German when he fired his guns
    Took them by surprise,
    And here they came and tried to land
    And here they duly died.

    So many years have passed since then
    We stand and say a prayer,
    For young men lost in their prime
    To show we really care.

    For if they'd took a different path
    And had not gone to war
    They may have lived to old age -
    Been safer that's for sure.

    We lost so much in times gone by
    History will not retract
    It's marks and scars it left us with
    There was no final act.

    You were a son, a brother, dad,
    Once a friendly face,
    Here came the end a final flight
    Here there's just a trace.

    So say our names, say them clear
    For us you never knew,
    in thought and deed and honesty
    We gave our lives for you.
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  14. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Stan it is great
    They are your thoughts of that time and incident
    after all you hard work on this your thoughts have come through in the poem

    Dont change go with it

  15. STAN50

    STAN50 Senior Member

    Thanks for that Clive.

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