The most poignant war memorial of all?

November 11, 2009 at 21:00 | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

War Memorial at Barrow Railway Station

I think I may have done this once before, but what the hell.

It’s Remembrance Day, and as it happens I travelled to Lancaster today to stock up on coffee and tea at my favourite coffee shop (this one, since you ask. They do mail order but the shop itself is a little wonder in this day and age).

So I passed twice through the station ticket hall, and was once again reminded of this plaque to the men of the Furness Railway who fell in the Great War. It was displayed in the Barrow Central Station until the station was destroyed by the Luftwaffe in WW2. The bomb-damaged plaque is now in the new station.

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  1. I agree about the poignancy, the bomb damage really sets the mood.

    Have you seen the memorial plaque in the Post Office over the road from the station? It speaks volumes of everyday life in those days.

  2. The position of that plaque is a sad reminder of just how many passed through the station on their way to war but who never made the return journey.

  3. As that you are into photography, I thought that you may be interested in a monthly blog posting called “5 on the fifth” where You can either take 5 random pictures of anything that happens to you on the 5th of December (or the days leading up to it) or perhaps go for my suggested theme.

    Just post your pictures on your own blog and then post a comment on MY blog with your name, location and link to your site – I then update the entry so the world has your link. Remember to mention my blog on your own blog so that your visitors get to see the other contributions.

    Interested?

    Here’s a link to my blog:

    http://thestateofthenationuk.blogspot.com/

    and a link to the “5 on the fifth” entries:

    http://thestateofthenationuk.blogspot.com/search/label/5%20on%20the%20fifth

  4. I have stopped at the memorial many times on my way here or there as my great grandfather Richard Walker is named there just as my grandfather Richard Walker is named on the Cenotaph at the pinnicle of Barrow park. My father Richard missing national service and his slightly older conscripted mates by a year volunteered and saw action in the middle east and rounded off a 6year stint in the 2nd Field Regiment ( Manchester Gunners) R.A serving in the 1990 conflict in the gulf. I have a keen sense of my family’s military history and recount here with pride and am glad our nation remembers. I hope for the future though that my son Ricky-Joe Walker will never expierence the conflict and loss of his fourfathers.


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