Remembrance Day in Southampton

Historical posts have dominated my posts recently. I meandered through the conflicts during Malayan Emergency from 1948-1960, the Batang Kali killings in 1948 with no closure yet, and how Stanley Warren’s Changi Murals are evocative of pain, endurance and hope.

In the thick jungles which blotted out the sun, where the humid warmth was stifling,  340 UK troops died in Malaya during 1948-60. BBC News charted a graph listing Where they fell. The UK WW1 war dead was 886,342, and the WWII war dead was 383,667.

Today at 11am I observed a two minute silence with hundreds others in my workplace on Remembrance Day. The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marks the signing of the Armistice, on 11th November 1918, to signal the end of World War One.

In Southampton: Their name liveth for evermore.

In Southampton: Their name liveth for evermore.

When I was in the town of Southampton yesterday, I walked past a large city park and saw wreaths laying at the Southampton Cenotaph. I was acutely struck by small wooden crosses.

In one of the crosses, the troops from Royal Hampshire Regiment who died in Malaya in 1948 – 1960 are remembered. Two died in Borneo in 1963 – 1966.

In Southampton: Royal Hampshire Regiment Malaya 1948-1960.

In Southampton: Royal Hampshire Regiment. Malaya 1948-1960.

In Southampton:  Remembrance Sunday

In Southampton: Remembrance Sunday

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10 thoughts on “Remembrance Day in Southampton

  1. Hazel Bateman

    About three years ago, I was given the fascinating job of researching the war memorial that stands in the grounds of St Boniface church. Some of the names are hard to read, and the vicar wished to establish whether or not the church had responsibility for its upkeep. I had a lot of help from an archivist and subsequently spent an interesting morning at Hampshire Records office looking at old papers relating to the war memorial. It was funded by public subscription after WW1 and originally stood roughly opposite the Monk’s Brook pub. When the roads were re-organised, it was moved onto church property. I was able to establish that the church does not have responsibility for it. Chandler’s Ford Parish Council has taken over the project of restoring it and adding the names of Chandler’s Ford people who have died for their country in subsequent conflicts. It is hoped that it can be re-dedicated next year – 100 years since the outbreak of WW1.

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