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GHELUVELT PARK, WORCESTER

 

THERE WILL BE ANOTHER PHOTO FOLDER ADDED TO THIS PAGE NEXT WEEK, AFTER THE SERVICE ON SUNDAY THE 30TH OCTOBER 2011. TO COMMEMORATE THE 97TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF GHELUVELT. ( PLEASE SEE `NEWS / EVENTS` PAGE )

 

Gheluvelt Park is situated in the Barbourne area of Worcester on the A449.

It was first opened by Field Marshall, The Right Hon. John French,1st Earl Ypres, on the 17th June 1922 to commemorate the Worcestershire Regiment`s 2nd Battalion and their heroic counter attack at the Battle of Gheluvelt , near Ypres, Belgium. The Worcesters 2nd Battalion and the survivors of the South Wales Borderers stopped a major offensive of the attacking German army which would have seen the Germans at the channel ports and altering the course of WWI. ( please see brief histories of the regiments and Museums link ).

Within Gheluvelt Park there are homes built for disabled servicemen ( please see brass plaque photos).

There is a new Memorial Sculpture in the park ( 2010 ) made from steel and concrete, the materials similar to what would have been seen at the `Front`. The different heights of the steel columns represent the different campaigns and the height is the amount of soldiers killed. There is a Roll of Honour to the men of the Worcestershire Regiment.

This new memorial was achieved with the help of the Lottery Heritage Fund.

 

 

Full Credits:

Worcester City Council

The Friends of Gheluvelt Park

The Worcestershire Regiment

Plincke – Lead Consultant and Landscape Architect

Lawrence Walker – Contemporary Steelwork Artist

Clarke Nicholls & Marcel  – Consulting Structural Engineers

Firmingers LLP – Chartered Surveyors

 

Contractors: HFN Landscapes, Ustigate, B&P Joinery, Sapcote

& Sons, P. Williams & Son, Manor Roofing

 

( PRICES FOR PHOTOS ON PRICES PAGE)

 

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Information about the Memorial Sculpture.
Each column represents a battle and the height of the steel columns represents losses of British Empire Forces. 1mm in height represents 50 casualties.
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Insription on back of `Roll of Honour`

“Let it never be forgotten that the true glory of the
fight at Gheluvelt lies not in the success achieved
but in the courage which urged our solitary battalion
to advance undaunted amid all the evidence of
retreat and disaster to meet great odds in a battle
apparently lost” (Field Marshal Sir Claud Jacob GCB
KCSI KCMG
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The Worcestershire Regiment Roll of Honour
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