Dorset - - Dorset Remembers -


The Arts & Crafts’ me­mo­rial is lo­cated at the Deben­ham fam­ily’s Bladen Val­ley es­tate. It was de­signed by Eric Gill (1882-1940), one of the most cel­e­brated sculp­tors of his time. The slen­der lime­stone col­umn, with ef­fi­gies of a woman feed­ing her baby and a sol­dier with his sword, bears the in­scrip­tion ‘To those who fell in the Great War 1914-1919’ and seven names in­cised on the plinth. Out­side the Saxon St Martin’s-on­the-Walls Church stands the Port­land stone ‘shaft-and-wheel’ me­mo­rial cross on a three-stepped oc­tag­o­nal base with 72 in­cised and black­painted names, 12 on each side.

The west face is in­scribed ‘In mem­ory of the brave men who gave their lives for King and Coun­try in the Great War 1914-1918’. Unique in Dorset, the me­mo­rial cairn over­look­ing Swan­age beach is built with mas­sive, rough-hewn, lo­cally quar­ried Port­land stone blocks. On the south face, the in­scribed stone plaque reads ‘In Mem­ory of Swan­age men who fell in the Great War’. The other sides bear a to­tal of 99 names, a huge num­ber for a small town. Two churches in High

East Street have me­mo­rial plaques out­side but the im­pres­sive rec­tan­gu­lar Port­land stone Ceno­taph in South Walk, un­veiled on 24 May ‘Em­pire Day’ 1921, is Dorch­ester’s ma­jor World War One mon­u­ment. Four cast-bronze plaques bear the names of 238 men and one woman, Nurse Con­stance Hodges. Another is in­scribed ‘In Mem­ory of those of Dorch­ester who gave their lives in the Great War for King and Coun­try’. In a grass bank in the north-east cor­ner of Ford­ing­ton Ceme­tery, be­hind St Ge­orge’s Church, a stone me­mo­rial com­mem­o­rates 45 Ger­man sol­diers who are buried here, once in­mates of the pris­oner of war camp based just out­side Dorch­ester. The me­mo­rial de­picts a kneel­ing Ger­man sol­dier with bowed head and hold­ing a ri­fle. The in­scrip­tion reads ‘Hier ruhen Deutsche Krieger in fremder

Erde doch un­vergessen’ (Here lie Ger­man sol­diers in a for­eign land but not for­got­ten).

Bri­antspud­dle re­mem­bers ‘It was de­signed by EricGill one of the most cel­e­brated sculp­tors of his time’DORCH­ESTERSWAN­AGE

Dorch­ester’s main war me­mo­rialFORD­ING­TON

The me­mo­rial at Ware­hamWARE­HAM

The unique me­mo­rial at Swan­age

The me­mo­rial at Ford­ing­ton re­mem­ber­ing the Ger­man pris­on­ers of war who died at the camp there

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