Armistice Day in Nottinghamshire
This Armistice Day, we’re sharing some of the Nottinghamshire monuments remembering the fallen in WW1 and WW2.
Captain Albert Ball a first world war fighter pilot from Nottingham, who at the time of his death at the age of 21, was the UK’s leading flying ace with at least 44 victories to his name. King George V visited Nottingham’s Old Market Square in 1917 to present Albert’s parents with his Victoria Cross and France awarded him a legion d’honneur.
In 1921 a monument was unveiled in the grounds of Nottingham Castle, where it still stands today. The Castle is also home to Ball’s Victoria Cross, as part of the Sherwood Forester Regiment display. There are a number of other memorabilia at the Castle and other sites including the Nottingham City Museum, Brewhouse Yard.
Winston Murphy on the Pathways Memorial at the New Art Exchange
Jamaican-born war hero Winston Murphy served in the merchant navy between 1940 to 1945. His ship was torpedoed while he was serving in the North Atlantic Ocean, off Nova Scotia, in freezing mid-January weather. Winston raised the alarm, helping others escape to safety. In later life, he still recalled the cups of coffee he was greeted with after his rescue.
City War Memorial on the Victoria Embankment
Sir Jesse Boot donated land on the Victoria Embankment of the River Trent in the early 20th century to create memorial gardens and a commemorative arch and terrace. The site is Nottingham’s main WW1 tribute and is registered under the Historic Buildings and Ancient Monuments Act 1953 within the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens by English Heritage for its special historic interest.
Opened as a satellite station for RAF Swinderby in September 1940, Newark Air Museum now is one of the independent biggest aviation museums in the country. The museum’s ‘Lancaster Corner’ has an area dedicated to World War II aircraft, photographs and artefacts associated with the famous Lancaster bomber and wartime RAF Winthorpe, which was a major training base for 5 Group Bomber Command.
Also in Newark, the National Holocaust Centre and Museum is a place of remembrance for the victims of the Holocaust, a place of testimony and a learning centre open for all communities and faiths. In the beautifully landscaped memorial gardens, the scent and sight of more than 1,000 white roses in full bloom stands as a poignant living commemoration of the Holocaust.