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Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Sandown -
- Sandown War Memorial -

Location

Esplanade, Sandown, Isle of Wight
 
See map on www.streetmap.co.uk
 
IWM War Memorials Archive Record

Link : War Memorials Archive Reference 21826  
 
Historic England Listing Status

The War Memorial is not Listed
 
Isle of Wight Council Local Listing Status

The War Memorial has been included in the list of structures of Local importance held by the Isle of Wight Council (June 2008).
 
Description

A stone celtic cross. Designed by Percy G Stone, A.R.I.B.A. and Unveiled 25th July 1921 by HRH Princess Beatrice. (see report below)

The base has panels giving Great War names; World War II names are inscribed on panels installed and dedicated in 2004. F W Stubbings' name was subsequently added to the WW II panel, sometime between 2005-2009.

The additional WW II granite panel was executed by Wight Stonemasonry Ltd.

Isle of Wight County Press

30 July 1921

SANDOWN WAR MEMORIAL
UNVEILED AND DEDICATED BY PRINCESS BEATRICE
With becoming simplicity and reverence the Sandown war memorial, in the form of a Celtic cross, erected in a prominent position on the Esplanade, was unveiled and dedicated by H.R.H. Princess Beatrice, Governor of the Island, on Monday evening. Some thousands of people assembled for the ceremony, the sea of faces extending up the Seagrove-slipway into the High-street, and hundreds followed the proceedings from the Ocean Hotel Lawn, the two terraces of the Seagrove Hotel, and the balconies of houses in the neighbourhood.
The Princess was attended by Mr. Victor Corkran, C.V.O. (equerry) and Miss Bulteel. After taking tea with Capt. H.G. Adams-Connor, M.V.O., D.L., and Mrs. and Miss Adams-Connor at The Rangers, Her Royal Highness proceeded to the Ocean Hotel, where a room was placed at her disposal. Following the arrival of the procession, Her Royal Highness walked to the memorial. Capt Adams-Connor, who led the party was in the undress uniform of a deputy lieutenant. The guard of honour furnished by C Company, Princess Beatrice's I.W. Rifles had already taken up their position, and, the Royal salute having been sounded, they rested on arms reversed and remained so during the ceremony, four sentries being posted at the corners of the memorial. The officers on parade were Lieut-Col. A.C.T. Vessey, Major G. Nicholson, M.C. (adjutant), Capt. P.W. Rousell, and Lieut. Thorne, with Sergt.-Instructors F. Boncey (Sandown) and W.H. King (Ventnor). Major Redfearn represented the 7th (Hants) Fire Command R.G.A.
The service opened with Scriptural sentences read by the Rev. S.L. Dixon, followed by the singing of "O God, our help in ages past," the accompaniment being provided by the Sandown Band. Other passages of Scripture were read by Mr. Dixon, after which the chorus "Happy and blest are they," from Mendelsohn's "St. Paul," was sung by the Choral Society and other choristers, under the direction of Mr. E.A. English, Mus.Bac., F.R.C.O. Prayer was next offered by the Rev. Maldwyn Johnes. Her Royal Highness then unveiled the memorial, speaking in a clear and audible voice the following words : "In the name of all who are gathered here, and of those who belong to his town, we unveil this memorial, and solemnly dedicate to to the glory of God, and in grateful and imperishable memory of those whose names it bears." A short period of silent prayer, in which those present were asked to ponder the fact that they owed their freedom to those who gave their lives, was followed by the Lord's Prayer, and the singing of the hymn, "Let saints on earth." The assembly was led in further prayer by the Rev. P.H.D. Ogle. The "Last Post" and "Reveille" were sounded, the Benediction was pronounced by the Rev. H.R. Sumner, and the first verse of the National Anthem concluded the service. On the departure of the Princess the guard of honour gave the Royal salute. The Royal Governor returned to the Ocean Hotel, and there graciously received the War Memorial Committee and one or two others.
The Celtic cross, which is of splendid proportions, was designed by Mr. Percy G. Stone, A.R.I.B.A., who has very close associations with Sandown, and is the work of Mr. C. Trevail, of Truro. The cost is about £560, and on the day of the unveiling only about £25 of this remained to be raised. The base of the memorial consists of four massive blocks of granite, formerly used as gun mountings in Yaverland Battery, and a distinguishing feature of the cross is that the circulet at the head is not pierced through. On three panels of the die are cut the names of 78 Sandown men who gave their lives. The front panel facing the Esplanade bears the inscription, "Remember those who came not home from the war," taken from an ode by Dr. Robert Bridges, the poet laureate. On the cross itself there are two inscriptions. The first is the now familiar quotation from Ecclesiasticus. "Their name liveth for evermore." The other is, "Each gave a life for you and me" from one of the "Ballads of battle" written by Lance-Corpl. Joseph Lee, 4th Battalion Black Watch.
Previous to leaving the town the Princess visited the Fire-station, where she was welcomed by Honorary-Chief-Officer J. Dore, and graciously unveiled a brass tablet to the memory of Firemen Hugh Dennett and Edward J. Cassford, members of the Brigade who gave their lives in the war. Mr Dore referred to the excellent war service of the Brigade, and, after unveiling the memorial the Princess asked that the mothers of the two men might be presented to her. The chief officer of the Brigade, Dr. H.B. Billups, was also presented to Her Royal Highness.
Memorial

Sandown War memorial unveiling
 
Sandown War memorial unveiling
 
The unveiling ceremony
Images reproduced from postcards kindly loaned by Alan Leach of Carisbrooke

Sandown War memorial

Sandown War memorial
 
Sandown War memorial
 
Sandown War memorial
 
Sandown War memorial
 
Sandown War memorial
 
Sandown War memorial
 
Sandown War memorial
 
Sandown War memorial
 
Sandown War memorial
 
Sandown War memorial
 


Inscription


THEIR
NAME
LIVETH FOR EVERMORE
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EACH
GAVE
A
LIFE FOR YOU AND ME
-----
A MEMORIAL
TO THE
SANDOWN
MEN
WHO GAVE
THEIR LIVES
IN THE
GREAT WAR
1914 - 1920
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names as given below
-----
REMEMBER THE LOVE OF THEM
WHO CAME NOT HOME
FROM THE WARS
1914 - 18 --- 1939 - 45


 

Further Information
Name, RankLinks
ADAMS W G, PTE CWGC record ...
ARNELL R B, LT CWGC record ... Additional inscription on family grave, Christ Church, Sandown
Biographical information
ARNOLD W J, PO CWGC record ...
ASKEW J W, BDR CWGC record ... Buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
ATTRILL P E S, SGT CWGC record ...
ATTRILL R J C, PTE CWGC record ...
BENNETT R, LT CWGC record ... not found
BARBER W H, L/SGT CWGC record ... Additional inscription on family grave, Christ Church, Sandown
BARBER F C, PTE CWGC record ... Additional inscription on family grave, Christ Church, Sandown
BLACK-BARNES C T, LT RN CWGC record ... Buried in Christ Church Churchyard
BOXER H E R, LT-COL CWGC record ... Memorial in Christ Church
BOYCE T F, CPL CWGC record ...
BURGESS J, RSM CWGC record ... Buried in Christ Church Churchyard
BUTCHER H, SGT CWGC record ... Buried in Christ Church Churchyard
BUTCHER L E, PTE CWGC record ... Biographical information
BUTCHER P, CPL CWGC record ... Biographical information
CASSFORD F G, PTE CWGC record ...
CHURCH A P, PTE CWGC record ... Additional inscription on family grave, Christ Church, Sandown
CHURCHILL A E, RFN CWGC record ...
CHURCHILL A, BDR CWGC record ...
COOPER W C, CQMS CWGC record ... Also commemorated on his brother's grave in Sandown Christ Church graveyard G H Cooper
COX W H, SGT CWGC record ...
CUMMING A G C, L/CPL CWGC record ...
DAMPIER-CHILD T F, ENG LT-CDR CWGC record ... Additional inscription on family grave, Christ Church, Sandown
DENNESS G, RFN CWGC record ...
DENNETT H B, PTE CWGC record ... Additional inscription on family grave, Christ Church, Sandown
DENNETT D G, CPL CWGC record ... Additional inscription on family grave, Christ Church, Sandown
DERBRIDGE E J, PTE CWGC record ...
DUNN G, RFN CWGC record ... Buried in 7th Field Ambulance Cemetery, Gallipoli
FLOYD W, C/SGT CWGC record ...
FORD R P, LT CWGC record ...
Australian War Memorial record ...
Australian War Memorial record ...
FOREHEAD G E, L/CPL CWGC record ...
GATRELL F W, GNR CWGC record ... Additional inscription on family grave at Christ Church Churchyard
HAMM A J, CPL CWGC record ... Buried in Christ Church Churchyard
HANLON G H, PTE CWGC record ...
HARDY V H, LT CWGC record ... Biographical information
HAYDEN W H, SGT CWGC record ... Additional inscription on family headstone in Ryde Cemetery (RSHG)
HAYDEN H, PTE CWGC record ... Buried in 7th Field Ambulance Cemetery, Gallipoli
HAYDEN C F, PTE CWGC record ...
HOLBROOK G F, RFN CWGC record ... Biographical information
HUNTER A H, LT CWGC record ... Buried in Christ Church Churchyard
JANES H L, L/CPL CWGC record ... Additional inscription on family grave, Christ Church, Sandown
KENT E V, RFN CWGC record ... Biographical Information
KENT W T, PTE CWGC record ...
KING G A, PTE CWGC record ...
Australian War Memorial record ...
Biographical information
Commemorated at Lone Pine (Australian) Memorial, Gallipoli
LEAL H M, SGT CWGC record ...
LOVE F S, L/CPL CWGC record ... Additional inscription on family grave, Christ Church, Sandown
MATTHEWS J, GNR CWGC record ...
MUMBY W H, L/CPL CWGC record ... Memorial in Christ Church
NEW W J, DR CWGC record ...
NEWBERY W J, CPO CWGC record ... Biographical information
ORCHARD D, SGT CWGC record ...
O'HARE H M, SGT CWGC record ... Biographical information
PAGE V, LT CWGC record ...
PALMER H, SGT CWGC record ...
PARKES P R, LT CWGC record ...
PHILLIPS G R, DR CWGC record ...
PITT G R, AB Probable CWGC record ...
PUNCH H L, RFN CWGC record ... Additional inscription on family grave, Christ Church, Sandown
RADFORD J C, PTE CWGC record ...
Australian War Memorial record ...
READ F G L, PTE CWGC record ...
REED W G, RFN CWGC record ...
ROBERTS W E, CPL CWGC record ... not found
ROGERS A, L/CPL CWGC record ...
SAGAR J H, SGT Probable CWGC record ...
SAWLEY W H, DR CWGC record ...
SCARR G S, L/CPL CWGC record ... Additional inscription on family grave, Christ Church, Sandown
SHIER E J, BDR CWGC record ... Buried in Christ Church Churchyard
SMITH F C, CSM CWGC record ...
SMITH B, PTE CWGC record ... not found
SOTHCOTT P G, STOKER CWGC record ... Biographical information
SYMMANS F J, GR CWGC record ... Biographical information
THOMAS S, GR CWGC record ... Additional inscription on family grave, Christ Church, Sandown
TITMARSH J, BDR CWGC record ...
WEST F, PTE CWGC record ... not found
WHITE C, RFN CWGC record ... Biographical information
YEATES E J, AB CWGC record ... Additional inscription on family grave, Christ Church, Sandown
STAY W S, STOKER CWGC record ...
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1939 - 1945
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J W APPLEBY, PRIVATE CWGC record ... not found
W BARSDELL, PETTY OFFICER CWGC record ... Buried in Christ Church Churchyard
H.M.S. Royal Oak sinking
D C BARKER, PILOT OFFICER CWGC record ... Biography and circumstances of death
R BARKER, DFC, FLYING OFFICER CWGC record ... not found
W BARKER, AUX. FIREMAN CWGC record ...
D BERRY, GUNNER CWGC record ...
G B BLAKER, MAJOR CWGC record ...
E F BLOW, BOMBARDIER CWGC record ... Buried in Sandown Cemetery
R BRADING, SERGEANT CWGC record ... Buried in Sandown Cemetery
E BRIANT, LANCE SERGEANT CWGC record ...
E BURT, LEADING SIGNALMAN CWGC record ... H.M.S. Royal Oak sinking for further details.
M A T BURKE, MAJOR CWGC record ...
S W BUTCHER, PRIVATE CWGC record ... Buried in Sandown Cemetery
A J CASSFORD, WARRANT OFFICER CWGC record ...
R W CLARKE, CORPORAL CWGC record ...
REV. J COX, SQUADRON LEADER CWGC record ... Biography and circumstances of death
F S B CRANMORE, W/M CWGC record ...
E DANDY, SERGEANT / FLT ENG CWGC record ... Biography and circumstances of death
J FINDON, WAR CORRESPONDENT "Daily Express" No CWGC record Biographical information
S GARRATT, RIFLEMAN CWGC record ...
J HARDING, SERGEANT CWGC record ... not found
F C HENTSCH, FLYING OFFICER CWGC record ... Commemorated at Sandown Cemetery
A HOLBROOK, PETTY OFFICER CWGC record ... Additional inscription on family gravestone at Ryde Cemetery (RSHG).
A E HUNT, PETTY OFFICER CWGC record ... Buried in Shanklin Cemetery
A H JARVIS, SECOND OFFICER CWGC record ...
G H KENT, BOMBARDIER CWGC record ...
J KERSHAW, Ld/Am CWGC record ... Biography and circumstances of death
G F LOCKE, SERGEANT PILOT CWGC record ... Biography and circumstances of death
P C MARKS, PRIVATE CWGC record ...
F MILMORE, PETTY OFFICER CWGC record ...
J MOORMAN, LANCE SERGEANT CWGC record ...
G MORGAN, ARTIFICER Probable CWGC record ...
C O'REGAN, LANCE SERGEANT CWGC record ...
G PETERS, ROYAL NAVY CWGC record ... H.M.S. Royal Oak sinking
C PRAGNALL, GUNNER CWGC record ...
A RAVEN, LIEUTENANT CWGC record ... not found
C RICHARDS, RAC CWGC record ...
G RUMBOLD, LAC CWGC record ... Biography and circumstances of death
E SAGAR, SERGEANT CWGC record ...
P SCOVELL, PRIVATE CWGC record ... Buried in Sandown Cemetery
W SMITH, GUNNER CWGC record ...
G W SQUIBB, LANCE BOMBARDIER CWGC record ... G W Squibb was a Fireman with the NFS
S W G THOMAS, ROYAL NAVY CWGC record ... Additional inscription on family grave, Christ Church, Sandown
W WYKE, ACTING PETTY OFFICER CWGC record ...
F W STUBBINGS, SERGEANT, R.A.F.V.R. CWGC record ... Biography and circumstances of death
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Others associated with Sandown,
not recorded on Memorial : (World War I)
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George Alfred ALLEN CWGC record ...
Additional inscription on family grave at Christ Church Churchyard
Born 1886. Son of Mrs. and the late C. G. Allen, of Sandown, Isle of Wight.
Frank Mellors BARBER CWGC record ...
Born in Stroud Green, Middlesex, the son of James and Annie Barber; husband of Mary Barber, of "Mayfield," Sandown, Isle of Wight.
Oliver William CHAPMAN CWGC record ...
Born in Sandown. IW County Press of 6th February 1915 : "CHAPMAN - Killed in action, Jan 10th, Rifleman Olly Chapman, King's Royal Rifles, second son of Mr & Mrs W. Chapman, of Salisbury, formerly of Gordon-cottages, Sandown, aged 18."
William James COLE CWGC record ...
Adrian Victor CREE CWGC record ...
Son of the late George John Cree (died 1902) and Mary Cree (née Symonds) of Greencourt Flats, Weymouth. Born in Sandown 1884, educated partly at Isle of College, Appley, Ryde. Killed in action 17 Feb 1916 near Ypres.
Biographical Information
Victor William Darwin FOX CWGC record ...
Son of Robert Gerard Fox and Emily Mary Fox, of 1, Harley Gardens, West Brompton, London. Native of Sandown, Isle of Wight.
Killed in action, France, 18 May 1915, aged 33.
John Howard FRAMPTON CWGC record ...
Son of the late Edmund and Sarah Frampton, of Sandown, Isle of Wight; husband of Clara A. C. Frampton, of 1, Harefield Villa, High Rd., Edgware, Middx.
Additional inscription on family grave, Christ Church, Sandown
George William GIBBS CWGC record ...
Died 26 June 1918. Son of George and Fanny Gibbs, of "Wayside," Broadway, Sandown, Isle of Wight.
James Oliver GRAY CWGC record ...
Died 8 February 1915. Born in Sandown. The IW County Press of 20th February 1915 gives : "GRAY - Feb. 8, at Milton Military Hospital, Portsmouth, Gunner James Gray, son of W. Gray, of Florence Cottage, Newport-road, Lake, aged 42."
Reginald Francis HITCHCOCK CWGC record ...
Son of Herbert Pamell Hitchcock and Agnes Maud Hitchcock of Marlborough House, Sandown, Isle of Wight. Born in Kingston, Surrey.
George Hercules JUSTICE CWGC record ...
Additional inscription on family grave, Christ Church, Sandown
William Richard KING CWGC record ...
Additional inscription on family grave, Christ Church, Sandown
Walter Henry LACE CWGC record ...
Son of Anita and the late Edward Lace; husband of Phyllis Rachel Lace, of Harpenden House, Sandown, Isle of Wight. Associate Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and attended Appley House School in Ryde. Biographical Information
Charles LANE CWGC record ...
Son of William and Emily Lane, of Spicers Farm, Newchurch, Sandown, Isle of Wight. Born in Newport.
James Herbert McCLELLAND CWGC record ...
Veteran Affairs Canada record ...
The Isle of Wight County Press Death notice of 24 Nov 1917 reads : "McCLELLAND, Nov ---, killed in action in France, Herbert McClelland, ---rd Canadian Batt., son of Charles McClelland of Ontario Canada, (formerly of Sandown, Isle of Wight).
Edmund NUTT CWGC record ...
Additional inscription on family grave, Christ Church, Sandown
Frank PARKER CWGC record ...
Frank Parker is named on his wife's headstone at Sandown Christ Church Churchyard
Percy Richard RANKIN CWGC record ... not found
Percy Rankin is named on his father's headstone at Sandown Christ Church Churchyard
Arthur STARR CWGC record ...
Born in Battersea, London. Soldiers Died in the Great War shows that he enlisted in London and his residence was Streatham. Son of Joseph and Rebecca Starr; husband of M. B. Starr, of Epworth House, Sandown, Isle of Wight.
Sidney Miles TOPPIN CWGC record ...
The CWGC record gives : Son of Major-General James Morris Toppin and Mrs. J. Toppin, of Blacklands Park, Wilts; husband of Viva Toppin, of Rose Bank, Sandown, Isle of Wight.
Albert TYLER CWGC record ...
The CWGC record gives : Son of Mrs. H. E. Tyler, of Chester Lodge, Sandown, Isle of Wight, and the late Col. H. E. Tyler.
Additional inscription on family grave, Christ Church, Sandown
Henry (Harry) George WICKENS CWGC record ...
Australian War Memorial record ... includes photo of L/Cpl Wickens in uniform.

Buried at Dochy Farm New British Cemetery
Born in Sandown. Son of George and Harriet Wickens. Emigrated to Australia and served with the Australian Engineers in France. Killed 14 October 1917 aged 28.
 
Also associated with Sandown
but not named on Memorial : (WW II)
 
J W B PHILLIPS CWGC record ...
Biography and circumstances of death
Anthony John SHIPLEY CWGC record ...
John Edward SHIPLEY CWGC record ...
Brothers Anthony John and John Edward Shipley are named on their mother's headstone at Sandown Christ Church Churchyard
WILLIAM SPELLER CWGC record ...
Son of Arthur and Annie Speller, of Watford, Hertfordshire; husband of Florence Speller, of Sandown, Isle of Wight.
BERYL ALICE THOMAS CWGC record ...
Civilian, died 17 June 1944, of 7 Camborne Road, Sutton. Daughter of Ivan and Alice Hooper, of Sandown, Isle of Wight; wife of Sqdn. Ldr. Geoffrey Thomas, R.A.F. Died at 7 Camborne Road.
GEORGE FREDERICK WHITE, BRIGADIER CWGC record ...
 
Also associated with Sandown
but not named on Memorial : (Malaya 1952)
 
DEREK BLUNDELL STEBBING Born in Lake 1922; family lived in Sandown later. Served with RAF Regiment in the Malaya campaign, and killed in action.
Biography and circumstances of death

His name appears on the Lake War Memorial (added in 2012) and the

Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum.

 
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Page last updated : 19 August 2014
added report of unveiling


 
 

 
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