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World War 1 & 2 & Post WW2 - Detailed information
Compiled and Copyright © Terry Morgan 2008

Photographs Copyright © Terry Morgan 2008

The Bath War Memorial is situated at the main entrance to The Royal Victoria Park. It is approached on foot from the North West Corner of Queen Square. Free car parking is available in The Royal Victoria Park but the spaces are at a premium and during working hours is almost completely taken. The public pay and display card park is less than 5 minutes walk in Charlotte Street.

The Memorial comprises a cross of sacrifice with a curved wall behind bearing 12 name panels. Two additional panels contain inscriptions The cities coat of arms are on the central pediment. The railings have cast bronze lions on the upright posts. Carved wreaths are on the pillars at each end of the wall. On the left hand pillar is the memorial to the City’s civilian war dead killed during bombing raid in 1941 and the Bath Blitz of 1942.

Number of dead remembered:

1914 – 1918 1174 (includes those on the recent addendum)
1939 – 1945 602
Post 1945 16
Civilians 402

The monument was unveiled on 3 November 1927 by Sir Reginald Blomfield and Viscount Allenby. The dedication was conducted by the Bishop of Bath and Wells. Reports about the memorial are given in the Bath Weekly Chronicle of 4 January 1919 and November 1927.

The name plates for World War 1 were transferred to the memorial in 1927 from the Royal Mineral Water Hospital. The second World War name plates were added in 1995 and the civilian name plates in April 2003.

The cost of the original memorial, about £3000, was raised by public subscription. The builders were Messrs E Chancellor and Sons and the architect was Sir Reginald Blomfield.

With the large number of names it has been necessary to split the detail into sections and then into alphabetical groupings. Under the section 'Number of dead remembered are the four sections, use the link to go to the home page for the required section then folow the links from that section to the various groups.

See also Terry Morgan's Bath web site.

Last updated 15 August, 2008

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