Posts tagged ‘War Memorial’

Black Hill War Memorial

Stonehaven’s War Memorial stands proudly atop Black Hill and over-looks the harbour and town to the North. Deliberately designed to look like a ruin, symbolic of the tragedy of war and the lives destroyed, it is a striking and unusual monument that we visited as part of the popular clifftop walk from Stonehaven to Dunnottar Castle (more of which in the next post).

Around the outside of the lintels are the names of some of the most infamous and bloody battles of the First World War: Mons, Jutland, Gallipoli, Zeebrugge, Marne, Vimy, Ypres and the Somme. It seems fitting, as the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme was commemorated only a few days ago, on 1st July 2016, that these images serve as my own tribute to the fallen of the Great War:

Black Hill War Memorial, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Black Hill War Memorial, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Black Hill War Memorial, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

© Mark Simms Photography (2016)

India Gate

Designed by Edwin Lutyens as part of the plans for New Delhi, India Gate originally commemorated the more than 70,000 Indian soldiers who died fighting for the British Empire in World War I.

Since then it has become a national war memorial to commemorate the deaths of armed service men and women in other conflicts, including the thousands of British and Indian soldiers who died on the Northwest Frontier and in the Afghan Wars and the Indian troops who lost their lives in the numerous conflicts with Pakistan post-independence:

© Mark Simms Photography (2014)

Port Sunlight War Memorial

The War Memorial, which stands at the heart of Port Sunlight village, was commissioned by William Lever (later Lord Leverhulme) to commemorate those of his Sunlight Soap Factory employees who gave their lives during the Great War. It was designed and sculpted by Sir William Goscombe John and took five years to complete from 1916 to 1921.

These shots were actually taken in the Summer of 2011 – and they are just a few of a number of “old” shots that I have been meaning to share on my blog for some time. As I recall, when I took these, I was actually at a joint 60th birthday/40th wedding anniversary bash at a local hotel in Port Sunlight, but I managed to sneak out for half an hour with the camera. I’m glad I did because the late evening light was beautiful, bathing the memorial in a warm summer glow, which (looking back at the images now) has just helped to soften what is a fairly sombre, albeit impressive, subject. 

Copyright: © The Photography of Mark Simms (2012). All rights reserved.

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