Plans for war memorial

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A permanent memorial to the 113 members of the Ramsey community who lost their lives in the First World War is being proposed by the town commissioners.

The memorial would be in the form of a cross composed of 113 ceramic tiles, each decorated with a poppy and recording the name and date of loss of each of the fallen. To illustrate the impact of the losses as the war progressed, each tile would be laid on the 100th anniversary of the death of each person, between the outbreak of war and the end of the conflict. An appeal would be made for relatives to come forward to assist in the laying of each tile.

Subject to planning permission, the memorial will be created on one of the side walls of the Courthouse building. Its overall dimensions would be 2.55 metres (8ft 6ins) in height and 1.65 metres (5ft 6ins wide) and would cost in the region of £2,760.

Town clerk, Peter Whiteway, who developed the concept, explained: ‘Initially the panel might appear sparse, but as time progresses the cross will form and during the period of commemoration the number of poppies will grow until the final image is complete.

‘It would be the intention to lay the first tile showing the date of commencement of conflict on the centenary of Britain’s declaration of war and to build the cross around it.’

The first tile would be laid during a short civic service at the Cenotaph on August 4, to commemorate the centenary of the start of the war.

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